May 29, 2016

People Are Awful [CBD]

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And Open Thread

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 05-29-2016: Memorial Fathers Day [OregonMuse]

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Can You Spot The Dad In This Photograph?

Yes, I know the real fathers day is next month. But I've heard that Memorial Day is now self-identifying as Fathers Day, so hey, who am I to say otherwise? Also, today's book thread pic was sent to me just this week and so I had to use it.

Good morning to all of you morons and moronettes and bartenders everywhere and all the ships at sea. Welcome to AoSHQ's stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, where men are men, all the 'ettes are lovely, space isn't safe, and snowflakes will melt. Oh, and gender is binary, so don't get cute. None of these weird hybrids. What are we, potted plants? The Sunday Morning Book Thread is the only AoSHQ thread that is so hoity-toity, pants are required.

Is The Patriarchy Smashed Yet?

Last week, there was some discussion in the comments about Washington Times columnist Diana West's book, American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character, and the controversy that erupted when it was first published.
Her massively researched book

...lights up the massive, Moscow-directed penetration of America's most hallowed halls of power, revealing not just the familiar struggle between Communism and the Free World, but the hidden war between those wishing to conceal the truth and those trying to expose the increasingly official web of lies...It was this moral surrender to deception and self-deception, West argues, that sent us down the long road to moral relativism, "political correctness," and other cultural ills that have left us unable to ask the hard questions: Does our silence on the crimes of Communism explain our silence on the totalitarianism of Islam? Is Uncle Sam once again betraying America?

I had noticed a few years back that the way the left in our country was treating Islam and the Islamists was eerily similar to the way they treated communism and communists back in the days of the Cold War. It's like I'm watching a reboot of the same movie (the last movie ended with Reagan, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the dissolution of the USSR. So who's our Reagan now? Trump?)

The Islamists' sneaking of operatives into the American government is the book Ms. West originally set out to write, but the communism question came up as a side issue, and then became the main issue for her.

But that's not her first book. Rather, that honor belongs to The Death of the Grown-Up: How America's Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization, wherein Ms. West asks "Is there a single adult left anywhere?" She sees

...a US filled with middle-age guys playing air guitar and thinks "No wonder we can't stop Islamic terrorism."...But, the grown-ups are all gone. The disease that killed them was incubated in the sixties to a rock-and-roll score, took hold in the seventies with the help of multiculturalism and left us with a nation of eternal adolescents who can't decide between "good" and "bad", a generation who can't say "no". From the inability to nix a sixteen year-old's request for Marilyn Manson concert tickets to offering adolescents parentally-funded motel rooms on prom night to rationalizing murderous acts of Islamic suicide bombers with platitudes of cultural equivalence, West sees us on a slippery slope that's lead to a time when America has forgotten its place in the world.

And to this I would add the inability of college administrators to tell disruptive students to shut up and get back to class, otherwise face expulsion. I remember seeing a video of a Mizzou student throwing a tantrum in response to a college ombudsman who came out to talk, and she was yelling and railing at him, and the guy just stood there and took it. I'm watching this play out, absolutely dumbfounded at his reluctance to say anything in response, and then it suddenly occurred to me that there really is not much difference between the yeller and yellee: I'd guess that both like and dislike pretty much the same things, he is no doubt on board with all of the agenda of social-justice-wankerism, so he really didn't have any reason to tell her to shut up and go back to class. In fact, you could make the argument that given their similarities in worldview, he probably should've been out there with her, yelling and screaming and carrying on. In order to fight social-justice-wankerism, you need a different platform upon which to stand, and he didn't have one.

And, as has been pointed out, the trigglypuffs on campus will continue to throw their tantrums until the adults who write the checks decide they're not going to write any more checks.

And another book which covers much of the same ground is Men on Strike: Why Men Are Boycotting Marriage, Fatherhood, and the American Dream - and Why It Matters by Helen Smith (I think she's the Instapundit's spouse), who argues that aren’t dropping out because they are stuck in arrested development. They are instead acting rationally in response to the lack of incentives society offers them to be responsible fathers, husbands and providers. In addition, men are going on strike, either consciously or unconsciously, because they do not want to be injured by the myriad of laws, attitudes and hostility against them for the crime of happening to be male in the twenty-first century.

A male population consisting of adolescent and subservient pajama boys is seen by progressives as a social good. In order to get this, they have to start early. So says Christina Hoff Sommers in her book The War Against Boys: How Misguided Policies are Harming Our Young Men, which documents how

...the problem of male underachievement is persistent and worsening. Among the new topics Sommers tackles: how the war against boys is harming our economic future, and how boy-averse trends such as the decline of recess and zero-tolerance disciplinary policies have turned our schools into hostile environments for boys. As our schools become more feelings-centered, risk-averse, competition-free, and sedentary, they move further and further from the characteristic needs of boys. She offers realistic, achievable solutions to these problems that include boy-friendly pedagogy, character and vocational education, and the choice of single-sex classrooms.

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EMT 5/29/16 [krakatoa]

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So sorry about yesterday everyone, especially Vic. I thought maybe I had turned off my alarm. Nope. Slept right through it. Friday was the last long long day of a long long week.

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Overnight Open Thread (28 May 2016)


Hurricane season is getting started a tad early this year as tropical storm Bonnie threatens the east coast. Funny I actually forgot that we already had our first hurricane this year with Alex back in January.

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Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread 05-28-2016 [OregonMuse]

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Hillary! Clinton's Chess Set? *hic*

Good afternoon morons and moronettes, and welcome to the Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread, the only AoSHQ thread with content specifically for all of us chess nerds who pay homage in the temple of Caïssa, goddess of doubled pawns and fianchettoed bishops. And, for those of you who aren't nerdly enough for chess, you can use this thread to talk about checkers, or politics, or whatever you wish, only please try to keep it civil. Nobody wants to get into a Gaulish fish fight on a Saturday afternoon.

Today's pic is of a chess set you can actually purchase (or at least you could before the business closed). The rules for this game are the usual except for the addition of one, which boils down to: capture a piece, do a shot. I've never played this variant of chess before, but I'd guess that the endgames must be, ah, "interesting."

White Wins Material

This is one for you noobs, an exercise in situational awareness. Look at this position:

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FEN: [2rqk2r/pp2bppp/2n1p3/1B1pn3/8/P1N5/1P2QPPP/R1B1R1K1 w k - 0 14]

After looking at this for a bit, you should be able to say "oh look, White wins material, like, right now." How does he do this? Highlight the blank line just below this sentence if you need a hint:
The knight on c6 is pinned

Did you like that one? OK, good, here's one that's a bit more difficult:

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FEN: [r2k4/1pp2rpp/pn1b1p2/3n4/8/P4NB1/1PP3PP/2KRR3 w - - 0 1]

Again, White can win some material. How? Highlight the blank line just below this sentence if you need a hint:
White needs to force a Black piece to move so he can put pressure on another.

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Ace of Spades Pet Thread [Misanthropic Humanitarian]

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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Mark Bush and his dog Xarius via

Welcome to the Memorial Day Weekend edition of the Ace of Spades Pet Thread. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

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Saturday Gardening Thread: Flags [KT]

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Good afternoon, gardeners and garden visitors. There is an open thread below this one for non-gardening topics.

Hope your Memorial Day weekend is going well. Are you thinking about visiting a Memorial Day garden display?

Memorial Day Flag Garden in the Boston Common

Do you associate any plants or trees with Memorial Day?

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How Many Transgenders In America? 0.006% = About 20,000. Total. [CBD]

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Commenter Golfman provided this very interesting link: Interactive map: Census estimates for transgender population by state. A quick perusal of both the high and low estimates gives me a very rough calculation of about 6 transgenders/100,000 Americans. Following the link to the Census Bureau paper yields about the same number. And yes, that is a very small number. Assuming a population of about 320,000,000, that means that you will probably never meet a transgender, and if you don't live in a particularly dense area you might not ever be within 50 feet of one.

Just to put it in perspective:

Albinism runs at about 1/17,000 worldwide.

Achondroplasia, the most common form of Dwarfism, occurs in 1 in 15,000 to 40,000 newborns.

Male breast cancer represents 1% of all breast cancers, 2,600 new cases diagnosed in the U.S. each year. That's at least 6-8 times the number of transgenders born each year.

According to Wikipedia, 6,500 U.S. Military veterans committed suicide in 2012.
That's at least 20 times the number of new transgenders.

And shall we look at the anorexia rate? "Anorexia is estimated to occur in 0.9% to 4.3% of women and 0.2% to 0.3% of men in Western countries at some point in their life." Why Anorexia? Because it is the most similar example of "Body Dysmorphia" I can think of. Transgenders look in the mirror and see something that isn't there, or they obsessively wish that the image was different. How does that differ from Anorexia?

Yet Transgenderism is celebrated and protected, but Anorexia is treated aggressively, because when left untreated, anorexics die! Of course Transgenders die too, mostly by suicide (41% attempt or succeed).

But by all means, let us celebrate and enable these profoundly disturbed Americans, instead of providing comprehensive psychiatric and medical treatment to overcome their significant, life-threatening illness.

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Saturday Morning Oddities [Misanthropic Humanitarian]

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Ahhh Saturday morning of the Memorial Day Weekend.

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Saturday Morning Open Thread - Niedermeyer's Dead Horse

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It looks like there's a lot of content in process. This will hold you over until it's posted.


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Overnight Open Thread (27 May 2016)


Remembering the quintessential American Hero - and his son - On Memorial Day.

To Stewart, patriotism was a shared ideal. Even the wealthy and well-connected had the sacred duty to stand up and fight for their country.

So Stewart prepared for war. He logged more and more hours piloting his airplane. He hired a trainer to help him bulk up.

In March 1941 - nine months before Pearl Harbor - Stewart, who had just won an Oscar for "The Philadelphia Story," was sworn into the Army ... as a private.

After the Pearl Harbor attack, the Air Force wanted Stewart to sell war bonds, contending that he was too old (mid-30s) and too famous to risk flying combat missions.

But he pushed and wrangled and charmed until - finally - he was sent to England and put in command of a squadron of B-24 Liberator bombers.

Wish we had more folks like James Stewart and his adopted son Ronald McLean. This is a good sign though. Teen keeps American flag from hitting the ground.

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Why Trump Won, and Why the Current Crop of Purported Leaders Must Be Swept Aside



For a long time I've been busting on Marco Rubio people, and the class -- Upper Middle Class College-Educated -- so enthused about him.*

I've said this before, but this class, in particular, is extremely bully-able. Their class itself is is the product of liberal social cues and mores. College being one of the main prerequisites of class entry (other prerequisites: That your parents are also college-educated), this class is particularly sensitive to threats to their social status by liberals.**

Any class whose credentials are monitored by a progressive/archliberal dominant cadre is going to be easily whipsawed into conformity with that progressive/archliberal cadre.

I'm sorry to say this, but most of the right's "leadership" -- media, think tank (academic), political -- is drawn from the upper middle/parents were college educated class.

It takes very little to pose a challenge to their class membership -- a questioning of whether or not they're firmly enough committed to liberal social values, to get them to back down and begin making apologies.

When you look at people like Paul Ryan, the whole point of their "conservative agenda" seems to be to accomplish every single Action Item on the liberal checklist, but through, allegedly, more conservative means (such as "market-based mechanisms" -- this is how Romney, obviously a High Avatar of this class, wound up passing the "conservative version of universal health care," RomneyCare, which ultimately gave us ObamaCare).

And this is why I keep saying, over and over, that Rubio People Are Silly. Marco Rubio never talked about any real conservative principle. He never attempted to upset any political applecarts or further any conservative ends.

He was always the conservagtive candidate you could show off to your Liberal Friends -- and your friends are your culture-makers and class-mores enforcers -- to prove you were "one of the good ones" and "not like those other unsophisticated, racist conservatives."

And that was it. That was what he brought to the table.

That was his selling point.


His big claim to political fame -- where he actually exerted himself to accomplish something -- was being the Salesman for the ultimate progressive agenda item, free and unopposed migration into America by whoever managed to get across the border.

And his job was to sell that as a "deeply conservative" proposition.

Obviously, Ted Cruz was not a good replacement for Rubio in this respect; Cruz was "one of the crazy ones," and thus marked his supporters as "one of the bad conservatives," one of the people who love Jesus and crazy shit like that.

And for a lot of us, this sort of candidate-most-acceptable-to-the-establishment's-liberal-pals model isn't cutting it any longer.

As I've grown older, I've found myself giving fewer and fewer fucks about what my social cohort might think about this or that. I am willing to make fewer and fewer accommodations to get along. I am willing to do less and less just to fit in with the liberal crowed, and keep on the "good conservative" list.

There are simply too many people in the commanding positions of conservative leadership who are very concerned about keeping on the Liberal Friend White List.

Trump won because when a Native American activist (posing as a journalist) declared that "Pocahantas" was "very offensive" as used in regard to Elizabeth Warren -- dishonestly, I might add, as everyone knows the term is used to deny she's an Indian, not to denigrate her as an Indian, and everyone knows this, and only a liar pretends otherwise -- Trump did not begin falling over himself to make apologies and keep the well-wishes of the increasingly unreasonable left-wing hegemony.

He just began making fun of the stupid silly bitch for being a stupid silly bitch.

People are fucking tired of walking around on eggshells and being made to apologize for every fucking goddamn thing in the world.

And what we increasingly want is a political leadership that tells the Grievance Mongers and Offense Farmers to shut the fuck up and get bent rather than explaining to them how a Conservative Version of Political Correctness Can Achieve All the Good Things That Liberal Political Correctness Can Achieve, But Using Market-Based Mechanisms.

It's time to stop fucking about it.

I'm tired of it, and I know millions of other people are tired of it too.

So I don't give a fuck anymore if some dishonest bitch dishonestly feigns offense over the term "Pocahantas."

It's time to start treating them as what they are -- dishonest liars trying to control you.

And it's time to start treating them as straight up internal enemies.

We tried it polite. We've been falling all ourselves for 30 years to try to convince the increasingly extremist left wing assholes that we're not all the foul things they call us.

It's impossible -- their jobs, their income, and their government subsidies depend on us being treated as second-class citizens and beasts for taxation.

It's about time we woke and realized they cannot be convinced, because they never really believed their bullshit anyway, it was always for the purposes of exacting rents out of people and making them knuckle under.

And I'm afraid our current leadership just can never get that -- they find themselves too afraid to go against their class, they fear too much the idea of being outcasts from their castes.

Trump is immune to such Mean Girl persuasions not because he's an especially courageous or wise man, but because he's a narcissist and a bully himself. Not because he's a good man, but because he's a fairly bad one.

But it doesn't matter how he came to be immune to their power -- all that matters is that he is immune to it.

And the people that want to continue to fall all over themselves to appease the unappeasable liberals are no longer needed in the positions of high responsibility in the movement.

Our political leaders -- whether in actual political positions or in communications and ideation -- are here to defend us and keep the increasingly unreasonable and aggressive left off our fucking backs, not to curry favor with these nasty animals, and not to keep in their good graces.

And if they seem more concerned with the latter than the former-- they they have to go.

One cannot act freely until one can think freely first.

They should spend every waking moment fighting the hegemony of Social Justice Warrior thought, not trying to explain how conservatism can accomplish many of the same goals by alternate means.

I imagine in a short period of time we will see a partial political realignment as most of this class I'm talking about -- which is naturally liberal -- self re-sorts itself into the liberal camp, where they really ought to have been all along.

Long Story Short: In social struggles -- not military ones, not political ones -- a concession may be demanded or a privilege asserted, but it cannot actually come into being until/unless the target concedes it.

We have been doing far too much concession in the social struggle. We have granted them too many indulgences, in the obviously-lunatic belief that if we just grant them this next indulgence, they'll be appeased and won't come back in two days demanding another one.

It's time to stop being reasonable. It's time to start being every bit as unreasonable as they are.

* Actually let me take that back and say maybe I'm talking about a much smaller caste -- the politico-media class. You have to concede a lot of the Left's agenda items to remain clubbable in the media.

** By the way, as I've said before, I completely get this, and have felt that pressure myself. I'm not actually saying this makes you a bad person.

However, anyone who is compromised by the left -- including especially by its assertion of authority as arbiter of what is socially acceptable -- is not a very good fighter against the left.

It does occur to me that my complaint here must be overstated -- after all, I don't just want scumbags representing the movement just because scumbags have accepted they are scumbags and thus feel little social pressure to conform to the social mores (which are, largely, created and propagated by the left).

I suppose the optimal sort of person for this job is -- was -- Andrew Breitbart. A perfectly reputable person, who was perfectly willing to act "disreputably" in the service of rejecting social pressure of the left.

I don't know if we'll be able to find many respectable people who can act disrespectfully as the situation demands. Someone's respectable/disrespectable tendencies are pretty much inborn and cannot simply be switched on or off.

But I sure would like to see a whole lot less respectable behavior in the face of increasingly outrageous demands.

Sometimes -- and more so now that at most points in history -- the correct response is simply "Go to hell" or "fuck yourself."

This reminds me of a great essay I read on GamerGate, long ago. Can't remember who wrote it. The central thesis, however, was that the core of GamerGate were very socially marginalized people, who could not be whipsawed into compliance by social pressure because they had been socially excluded already and you cannot threaten to take away from someone that which you had previously denied them. You can't threaten to reduce someone's social status if you've already degraded him in social status.

Thus, when the Social Justice Wariors went after the more socially-excluded gamers, they found stiff resistance by an enemy they could not understand -- people who didn't give a shit about the SJW's heaping of social scorn on them because they were already used to it.

That drove the SJWs crazy.

So I don't really know the answer here, but I'm pretty sure it begins with caring an awful lot less what any prog troll might happen to think.

I would also note that stripping the "Cool Kids" of power beings with denying they're the cool kids in the first place.

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Filler/Open Thread [CBD]

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Behind the Stunt: How a Fake Book Cover Got 5 Million Views

This is pretty amusing...

Intending to exploit that contagious reaction last month, Scott put together a social experiment as part of a video series he was doing for Playboy. Printing up a number of absurdly fake book covers -- from "Ass Eating Made Simple" to "Mein Kampf: For Kids!" -- he hit New York's subway system to fake read them. Almost immediately, one of them was photographed by a redditor and went viral (racking up over 1 million views there). The video that followed did more than 4.6 million views and was covered by multiple outlets including The Guardian, Complex, and The Huffington Post. And this week, he followed up with part two of the video.

And Open Thread until Ace shows up with a 12,000 word review of...something.

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Obligatory If-Hillary-Is-Indicted-Yadda-Yadda-Yadda Post


Whatever. This isn't going to happen. We don't live in a republic; we live in an oligarchy controlled by powerful political groups, and Hillary controls one faction.

Forget superdelegates; we live in a country with supercitizens, and supercitizenship.

But whatever, I don't really feel like posting so here's an easy link.

I guess if it's possible for Trump to be the nominee, it's possible for Hillary Clinton not to be.

But I seriously doubt it.

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Why I Hate The Media: A Continuing Series


Think about the image that drives left-wingers crazy with anger.

Maybe you don't know what the image is. I do.

What drives left-wingers angry is the thought of a well-to-do suburban family. They've got some money. They have three cars. They have an intact marriage and children doing well in good schools.

And they're kinda smug. They pose in a picture and smile in a way that makes leftists angry. They're not aware of all the suffering beyond the perimeters of their perfect lawns.

Also, they think they have wisdom to share with the world. But, in the words of Barack Obama: You didn't build that. Even though this family is obviously doing something right, they have nothing to share with the world, because they haven't .struggled. They're not marginalized.

They have it easy and soft and yet would lecture a poor person about how to become wealthier.

Okay, so that's the image that makes all left-wingers left-wingers.

Now here's the thing:

What the fuck are Katie "Old Dracula" Couric and Brian Williams?

These are the richest people any ordinary citizen will "know." Oh, there are wealthier people, don't get me wrong -- but they're people like Warren Buffet or Peter Thiel.

These smug left-wing c*nts are rich and actually known to people. Why?

Because they're on fucking TV.

So we have these rich smug people, smiling smugly who have the World All Figured Out, ready to drop their Truth Bombs and Life Wisdom on at the slightest non-prompting.

Katie Couric has so much wisdom to share with you about Responsible Gun Laws.

Brian Williams has so much deep thinking to share with you about the shame we should feel at using the nuclear bomb on Japan.

And what, precisely, gives these people moral authority to lecture the rest of us?


Katie Couric has written nothing of consequence. She is vapid morning chat show host who probably had a memoir ghost-written for her and "wrote" some stupid book about Famous Women in History or something -- a pure commercial play probably pitched to her by a book company.

Like Tom Brokaw's The Greatest Generation was -- hey, Tom, we got an idea. How about we use your brand to sell a book that people will buy their dads on Father's Day?

Brian Williams is in a different category, of course. He's written many books -- The Great Gatsby. Gone with the Wind. Judgement at Nuremburg. A little book called The Bible, a fictionalized memoir of his life.

But still -- what right has he to lecture?

So these people with their smug entirely unearned authority, their utter lack of any accomplishment apart from reading from scripts others have written for them and having skin that successfully sticks to pancake make-up, are here to lecture us.

Rich people who think they can and should lecture their inferiors.

Rich people that just happen to be the rich people you know the best because they have Television Programs (which a Peter Thiel does not -- but I bet makeup would stick to his face, too, and I bet he too could read a script written for him by someone else).

And so we have this endless parade of smug, unaccomplished people who have literally achieved nothing -- this isn't a fake "You didn't build that," this is a real You didn't build that -- lecturing us, because they have some money, have nice houses, and can wear make-up reasonably well.

If we're going to listen to the rich practitioners of any job, shouldn't we be listening to physics professors?

Or philosophers? Political theorists? Actual thinkers?

How about actual doers? Maybe a soldier who's actually struggled with more thank keeping down forehead glare under studio lights?

Or doctors? Or, even, actual writers? Not mere newsreaders, but people who write and think long-form?

No, of course not. Such people can be called in occasionally to lend their expertise on specific subject matters, but well-rounded intellects like Katie Couric, Brian Williams, and Tom Brokaw are here to Share Their Truth about the world on all nontechnical subjects -- you know, moral subjects.

Like priests in the cult of the unblinking billion eyes of the television god.

Who the fuck do these ghastly grinning pancake-makeup smeared brain-damaged communications majors think they fucking are?

A society that worships carnival-barkers appearing on idiot boxes is a society that is already brain-dead and which should be euthanized out of simple mercy.

Fuck them all to hell.

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Sailor Who Took Pictures of His Sub's Engine Room On His Unsecure Cell Phone Could Get 10 Years in Prison for Negligently Handling Secret Information


And you know, this being a democracy where we each are equally under the rule of law, Hillary Clinton naturally faces the same risks.

Stop smirking.

Um: Apparently Hillary connected her server to a printer.

Which made it even easier to hack.

Ronald Guilmette, a private security researcher in California who prompted me to look up this information, said printing things to an Internet-based printer set up this way might have made the printer data vulnerable to eavesdropping.

"Whoever set up their home network like that was a security idiot, and it’s a dumb thing to do," Guilmette said. "Not just because any idiot on the Internet can just waste all your toner. Some of these printers have simple vulnerabilities that leave them easy to be hacked into."

More importantly, any emails or other documents that the Clintons decided to print would be sent out over the Internet -- however briefly - -before going back to the printer. And that data may have been sniffable by other customers of the same ISP, Guilmette said.

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AoSHQ Podcast #143: Ben Shapiro


Ace and The Daily Wire's Ben Shapiro tread all the ground between #NeverTrump and #HillaryYouGoGirl.

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Open thread in the comments.

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Marco Rubio Babies Stunned to Discover He's a Professional Politician. Sad!


So Marco Rubio is making a difficult, but adult, decision:

Now his fanclub of Adult Babies and semi-right-wing (but kinda liberal) Social Justice Warriors are all pissing hot pathetic tears from their eyedicks.

If I were this pathetic, I'd hide it, not exult further in it.

But as I've said all along: Rubio People Are Silly.

This is a nothingburger. I can't believe this, but I gotta defend Rubio: He's living in the real world, not the stupid, craven Twitter Bubble that semi-right-wing adult babies have locked themselves into, where they think all their Feelings Are Real.

This is the most pathetic thing I've ever seen.

Frivolous people are gotta frivol.

You know, it's very easy to Remain True to Your Twitter-Announced Principles when you have zero responsibility and zero obligation and zero impact on the actual world.

People should stop congratulating themselves so much for being irrelevant and not having any actual effect on the universe beyond Twitter.

This Adds Evidence... to my thesis that Marco Rubio support was never really about this policy or that one. It was about Rubio being a class avatar for a particular cohort, upper middle class college-educated types.

Rubio wasn't primarily a candidate of any particular policy slate; he was simply, like Obama, a vessel into which people hoped would pour out validation for themselves and their particular (provincial) cultural cohort.

He was just the Sarah Palin of the upper middle class set. By exulting in his alleged integrity and singular moral beauty, they necessarily -- passive-aggressively -- exult in their own pristine moral beauty.

And now he's taken that from them -- they can no longer get high on their own supply of moral beauty. Or at least, they can't get high by whiffing off Marco Rubio. I guess to continue insisting upon themselves now requires them to denounce Rubio.

Ego: It's a hell of a drug.

Self-claimed "thinkers" should think more and believe less. This really shouldn't be a contest of how fervently some maniac believes in silly things.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]

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Raphael Sanzio

This is a portion of a larger piece called "Sistine Madonna," which you can find if you click the image.

There is something impish and sweet and mischievous about these angels. They are plotting something, I am sure of it.

Oh...and Raphael rocks. He's one of those artists who clearly had a conduit to God. Mozart, Michelangelo, El Greco, and some others.

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Thursday, May 26 Overnight Thread - Dregs of the Dregs Edition [Weirddave]

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This is it. The last day of your time in the wilderness. On Sunday, Maet will be back and your regularly scheduled ONTing will resume, but for tonight, one last night, y'all are stuck with me again. So consider this the dregs of the dregs* edition of the ONT.

The World's Most Handsome Horse

It's Fabio! In horse form! Yes, they use the Fabio comparison in the article linked as well, but it was my first thought on seeing the picture. That is one beautiful animal.


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"Vulgar, Incoherent Ramblings" Tom Cotton Destroys Harry Reid [CBD]

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Ace asked me to post the video below the fold. It is Tom Cotton, a rising star, being honest about Harry Reid.

I want this man to be president.

[Not Ace. Tom Cotton. Although Ace might be fun]

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Fire Katie Couric


Yeah it won't happen. But we should demand the scalps anyway.

Meahwhile, the media have taken this opportunity to once again find other stories to cover besides media misbehavior.

It's almost as if they're in some kind of guild that looks out for each other.

And of course Trump Supporters caused a riot at DePaul University.

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Even Andrea Mitchell Calls Bullshit on Hillary Surrogate's Lies on the IG Report on Her Illegal Emails


Definitely worth watching. Watch it at the link or below.

John Schindler says it's over for this monster.

A shoe has dropped for Team Clinton--a very big shoe--and there will be no going back now.


As secretary of state, Ms. Clinton attempted a novel experiment of trying to avoid using any information systems that create records that can be subject to the Freedom of Information Act. The IG report includes painful details, including how she flatly refused to use email for anything, ever, citing privacy grounds. State IT was concerned because Ms. Clinton's work emails--all being sent via her address--were winding up in the spam folders of State officials. Important information was not getting where it needed to go. She needed to use official email for official business. Except she refused.

What was so important, so sensitive that Hillary had to dodge FOIA altogether?


The FBI is investigating this case as political corruption--not just for mishandling of classified information.

Any foreign intelligence service worth its salt would have had no trouble accessing Ms. Clinton’s emails, particularly when they were unencrypted, as this column has explained in detail. Yet Hillary was more worried about the American public finding out about what she was up to via FOIA than what foreign spy services and hackers might see in her email.

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So the GOP Gave In to Obama on Transgendered Bathrooms



On podcast. Be back later.

No I'm Not on the Podcast: I had the time completely wrong. Like, embarrassingly so.

Unrelated: Et tu, Mario?

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Quick Explanation and Apology


Some people, like JackStraw and Chique d'Afrique, are objecting to my post yesterday saying #NeverTrumpers, now having no other vehicle but Hillary F'n' Clinton, should go "radio silent."

I got myself into trouble here by disguising who I was talking about. No matter how many times I do this -- attempting to obscure the people I mean -- and no matter how many times it winds up burning me because people then assume I meant them, I keep doing it.

So, let me be clear:

I was prompted to write that post after reading Charles Murray's Hate-Trump piece at NRO, seeing Ben Shapiro's here's-how-a-Trump-presidency-could-go-wrong piece, and dozen other #NeverTrump pieces.

Then I saw Brad Thor praising Andrew Sullivan for noting that Trump -- not Obama, but Trump -- was the vehicle by which fascism would come to America, and Bill Kristol yet again pushing some Phantom Candidate who could be anyone but who sure looks a lot like Hillary Clinton.

Then I clicked over to Red State, a site I never read, just to see if they were continuing their wall-to-wall #NeverTrump coverage, and they were.

I thought I should write about this. It wasn't just one piece -- I could give a shit about one piece. It was the welter of so many pieces making the same claims.

And apparently the 100% unanimity among the self-proclaimed Thought Leaders of the right, without even noting that Trump has the support of something like 87% of Republicans.

How can such a disconnect not even be noted? Doesn't anyone feel like they should have a guest poster to make the opposite case just to do some minimal due diligence in reflecting the 87% of the party which apparently supports Trump?

I find this kind of unanimity of official opinion repulsive, as I always do. It always makes me angry. I don't know why. I just always has.

But I certainly didn't mean that ordinary citizens should stop expressing themselves.

However, it does seem strange to me that people all over the right are not only continuing to demolish the candidate, even though we no longer have any other avenue by which to challenge a third Obama term, but that this is now apparently unchallengeable Received Wisdom among major right-side outlets and among major right-side thinkers.

Look, I don't like Trump. Most of you know that.

But you know why I'm even political at all? Because of Bill Clinton and his repulsive Lady Macbeth wife.

So the idea that it would now be the bog-standard, vanilla, uncontroversial, and indeed nigh-unopposed position among so many organs of the right that we're now kind of in the electing-Hillary-Clinton business seemed to me to be a rather bad one, and worthy of challenge.

No, I didn't mean you should stop debating this issue yourself.

But I sure would like to see some diversity of thought on the question from the communcative organs of the right. It seems to me that it should not be a settled question -- unworthy of even a moment's consideration -- that we are now all #WithHer.

So yeah, I was suggesting, maybe, a time-out among these outlets, and maybe a choice of topics -- like legislation or the GOP's sell-out on transgendered bathrooms made in the dead of night last night -- rather than simply destroying the only person actually running against Hillary Clinton.

It occurs to me that the frenetic Stop Trump movement began too late -- and now is ending too late as well.


In 2002, after the Republicans won (unexpectedly) more seats in Congress, Bill Kristol observed of the Democrats and their increasingly extremist rhetoric: "They're driving themselves crazy."

By which he meant that, in response to an unexpected set-back, the party was going bananas in emotional spiralling.

Let me suggest that we take a few seconds and a few deep breaths to consider if something like that is going on in our party at the current moment.

We're a little bit angry now. But the thing is, the more you repeat something, the more invested you become in it -- ego is now on the line. You said it, so it's reality!

I can't tell you how many people answered my question "Are we now all on Team Hillary?" with the ego-based reasoning, "Yeah, well maybe when we said #NeverTrump we really meant it."

Oh? You said it, ergo it is binding forever? Well that's a terrifically reasoned position that certainly has nothing to do with ego, emotion, wounded pride, and an affront to one's tribal privileges.

I understand Trump is a brutish know-nothing. But perhaps we could all do well to take a pause and a breath to get some perspective -- are we really now on Team Hillary?

By the way, my special podcast guest today is Ben Shapiro. I'll be discussing this issue with him in an hour.

At the Risk of Poking the Hornet's Nest... I would also call for what I've been calling for for two years: A little introspection from people who have lost the public's trust as to why they lost the public's trust, instead of retreating to the comfortable but counterproductive Obama-like position of "We're too good for them" or "Our pearls are lost before such swine" and "We only failed in our messaging in explaining how wonderful we are."

There's a reason the "conservative movement," such as it is, failed.

And it did fail. Let me propose, to the stunned silence of the crowd, that maybe conservatism is not at the moment an electorally-winning set of policies, and needs some fine-tuning and even some general rethinking.

It would be a useful inquiry to discover why that occurred, instead of just saying, as liberals do, "Republicans are stupid, racist, and afraid of The Other."

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Are You Man Enough to Vote for Hillary?


Based on my one day excursion back into the Twitter cesspool yesterday, the answer from many "conservatives" is "Hell, yes!"

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Peter Thiel Secretly Funded Hulk Hogan Lawsuit As Vengeance for Gawker Outing Him as Gay


Vengeance is expensive, but worth every damn penny.

A billionaire Silicon Valley entrepreneur was outed as being gay by a media organization. His friends suffered at the hands of the same gossip site. Nearly a decade later, the entrepreneur secretly financed a lawsuit to try to put the media company out of business.

That is the back story to a legal case that had already grabbed headlines: The wrestler Hulk Hogan sued Gawker Media for invasion of privacy after it published a sex tape, and a Florida jury recently awarded the wrestler, whose real name is Terry Gene Bollea, $140 million.

What the jury -- and the public - -did not know was that Mr. Bollea had a secret benefactor paying about $10 million for the lawsuit: Peter Thiel, a co-founder of PayPal and one of the earliest investors in Facebook.

A 2007 article published by Gawker’s Valleywag blog was headlined, "Peter Thiel is totally gay, people." That and a series of articles about his friends and others that he said "ruined people’s lives for no reason" drove Mr. Thiel to mount a clandestine war against Gawker. He funded a team of lawyers to find and help "victims" of the company's coverage mount cases against Gawker.

"It's less about revenge and more about specific deterrence," he said on Wednesday in his first interview since his identity was revealed. "I saw Gawker pioneer a unique and incredibly damaging way of getting attention by bullying people even when there was no connection with the public interest."


"It's not like it is some sort of speaking truth to power or something going on here. The way I’ve thought about this is that Gawker has been a singularly terrible bully. In a way, if I didn’t think Gawker was unique, I wouldn’t have done any of this. If the entire media was more or less like this, this would be like trying to boil the ocean." Mr. Thiel said he had not targeted any other media companies.

Apparently there were rumors about this previously, which were dismissed as just conspiracy theories. But the rumors began when Hulk Hogan's legal team specifically did not mount an allegation for which Gawker's insurance company would be compelled to cover their losses -- that is, the lawsuit was designed not to suck money out of an insurance company, but specifically to deliver a lethal blow to Gawker.

Well, had I known that, I would have bought into the conspiracy theory too. That is a very strange decision.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]

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Another Hudson River School artist I have never heard of....

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Overnight Open Thread 05/25/16 - [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse]

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To kick it off, for those who don't typically enjoy the pleasure of watching Ace on one of his all-too-few twitter rants, he's at it again. Check his TL here.

It's a continuation of his #NeverTrump post from earlier tonight.

So, who didn't see this coming?

What an a-hole. Empire of Jeff cuts to the chase, as usual.

In case you weren't watching 60 Minutes this past Sunday and, let's face it, you probably weren't, here's a more-than-annoying story re a quite flawed Army recruitment program. The gist of it: The Army paid out $10M in recruitment bonuses then spent $28M (thus far) investigating more than 100k soldiers who they accused of filing false claims.

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More from the IG Report: Staffers Who Raised Questions About Hillary's Illegal Email System Were Told To Never Bring It Up Again


Of course.

Sorry, I just can't permit this foul creature to be president.

I underestand some feel differently.

This woman has been breaking the law forever. She's a viciously paranoid drunk who keeps an enemies list and has a thirst for avenging slights against her.

The only reason I can see to support her -- and believe me, this occurred to me -- is if you believe Trump is doomed anyway and you wish to make yourself a small target in Hillary's ever-growing list of targets for vengeance.

A completely rational and practical reason.

But that's it.

This bullshit that she'd somehow be more respecting of the law or Constitution than Trump?

Don't delude yourselves.

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Hillary Clinton Failed to Report Multiple Hacking Attempts -- Illegally, Of Course



Plus, below, the State Department can't say the hacks weren't successful.

But let's vote for her because #America.

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Is It Getting To Be About the Time When the #NeverTrumpers Should Go Radio Silent?


Previously there were possible real-world scenarios which justified the continuing anti-Trump position:

1. A dark horse white knight makes an 11th hour entry and runs third party.

This is now virtually impossible, and soon will be entirely impossible. By the way, the application to get on the ballot in Texas has already passed -- so, um, good luck with this one.

2. Trump would prove so toxic in the polls that it would cause the party to do whatever was necessary to install a new candidate, even at the expense of blowing up the party to do it.

I thought this one was more likely than the previous one. I had hopes for this one. I predicted that if Trump continued doing disastrously at the polls, the party would in fact react like a hive of bees killing and ejecting an intruder insect.

However, Trump is not doing too badly in polls lately. Now, sure, the usual caveats apply: Hillary hasn't gotten her own base-unification boost, it's early yet, Trump's problems are obvious except for all the problems we don't know about yet, etc.

However, the hopes that Trump would fare so poorly at the polls that it could be used to show the base We had no choice but to do this appear to be diminished.

Now, I don't like Trump. Should his numbers go down further -- or should some horrifying skeleton emerge from his gilded closets -- I'd support the Warrior Bees Attack and Eject the Interloper scenario.

But it appears unlikely at the moment. Not impossible, but unlikely.

So I have to ask: At this point, what is the point of the #NeverTrump impulse?

Do you guys actually want Hillary Clinton in office, as Ben Howe, possibly just being baiting and trollish, said a few weeks back?

You want more lies? More Benghazis? More jailed video makers?

More Transgendered Bathrooms and Co-Ed showers? More Title IX redefinitions? More Deal Colleague letters? More Social Rape Justice hoax prosecutions?

More executive power grabs? More lying to federal judges by Administration officials? More contempt by Attorneys General and Directors of the IRS?

More illegal orders to release terrorists and give Iran the bomb?

More millions of illegals amnestied?

Remember, in the Jose Ramos debate, Hillary Clinton vowed that not a single illegal alien would be deported, ever, except for those proven to have committed murder.

More foreign policy ineptitude? More rolling into Libya without a plan and announcing like a 15 year old boyman that "We came, we saw, we kicked some ass"?

More Lois Lerners? More weaponization of government?

More hidden secret email accounts? More giving national security secrets to the Chinese to keep Hillary's "yoga routines" out of the hands of the taxpayers?

More illegal executive actions to ban guns? The woman has vowed to overturn Heller, you know.

More liberal Justices? When I flipped to hardcore anti-Trump myself a few months back, it was due to Trump's horrifying poll numbers and the grim probability he'd lose and we'd get 3-5 liberal justices. Enough to seal the Republic's fate.

Well, flash forward two months, and Trump isn't doing too badly in the polls. He might even have a decent shot at winning. At yet the "Principled Conservatives" who ought to be the most concerned about gifting the Supreme Court to the liberals for the next sixty years are blowing the subject off like it's just a big lark.

Excuse me?

Please explain to me the continuing hardcore commitment to #NeverTrump.

Is it...

1. Disliking the fact that the Upper Middle College Educated Class controlled the party for decades, and made a sport of ignoring the Working Class, but now the Working Class has reasserted itself and taken over and the members of the displaced Upper Middle College Educated Class just can't stand not being in a poll position any longer?

2. Showing off to one's liberal comrades that one isn't One Of That Kind of Conservative? That is, Virtue Signalling?

3. Attempting to save one's professional reputation? I get this one myself -- someone asked me why I was so anti-Trump, and I said the man was so vulgar, stupid, and crass that he made it necessary to oppose him simply to preserve one's professional standing.

So I get that idea. I get that idea an awful lot.

But we happen to be talking about the Republic at this point.

One of two people will be president in January -- Hillary Rodham Clinton, a sociopath who was a corrupt politician even before she entered politics (remember Whitewater? Her $100,000 cattles future trading) or Donald Trump.

What is the fear, here? That Donald Trump might be nearly as bad as Hillary Clinton certainly will be?

Name one issue on which Hillary Clinton is superior to Trump. The most I ever here is "We don't know what Trump will do, he could be just as bad as Hillary."

Oh? He could be that bad?

Look, Drew asked a while ago: What makes obviously liberal-cultural-values Republicans actually Republicans, apart from habit?

Maybe it's time for the great re-sorting to begin. It's time for actual Democrats, who are most comfortable with Democrats, and feel the most affinity for Democrats, to make their party allegiance official and simply declare for Hillary Clinton and join the Democratic Party.

Because I cannot see any "conservative" continuing to say "Oh yeah, I want to expand Dear Colleague directives to college and put more men in kangaroo court trials for hoax rapes just to show those Trump people how little I think of their ilk."

Enough. Enough.

You don't have to get on Team Trump, and you don't have to love him. Trump did not suddenly become well-informed or virtuous simply because he won the nomination.

However, at the moment, he is the only plausible tool by which we can prevent President Hillary Clinton, and if that isn't enough to at least get you to bite your tongue or find some other interest (politics isn't especially interesting, you know; there are a thousand fields more interesting and rewarding), then you're not merely #NeverTrump, you're closer to #NeverReallyAConservative.

Believe me, if Trump tanks in the polls, or if some really terrible info comes out about him (which I think is fairly likely), I'll be the first guy explaining to the Trumpheads why we must pull the bathtub drain on Trump to save the Republic.

But we're not at that moment.

And yet all around me I see people who are far too over-proud of their Upper Middle Class Background willing to elect Hillary Clinton just to prove they graduated (or at least attended) college.

Even on a day when the IG reveals that Hillary Clinton is a criminal, the Never Trumpers continue to Never Trump.

They're living in a bubble world made of their own spite and ego.

Reality is what it is. It's not always pretty and it's never ideal.

But the choice is between Hillary Clinton -- a fucking psychopathic monster, liar, and caudilla-in-waiting -- and Donald Trump, a narcissistic buffoon.

Easy call.

Just put you ego to the side and remember this election isn't about your ego, it's about America and our shared future.

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IG Report Damns Hillary Clinton and Her Corrupt Staff


Major takeaways:

* Her private email account and server broke the rules, and those rules were promulgated to give specifics to the law. As Rush Limbaugh was just saying, this is a piecemeal way of getting at "she broke the law."

* She compromised national security recklessly. Her emails document two "attacks" on her unsecure server.

* Of her 26 aides, only five answered the IG's questionnaire. Among the criminals refusing to answer questions (who else but criminals tell the cops to go hang?) are Jake Sullivan, Cheryl Mills, Human "Muslim Brotherhood" Abedin, and of course Hillary Clinton.

* She said she turned over all work related emails and merely destroyed her "yoga routines." She lied. The IG found work emails she did not turn over -- these emails found by other means (such as searching other people's emails).

Ergo, Hillary did not turn over her emails as the law requires, nor did she maintain them, as the law requires. Instead, she destroyed official government records -- illegally.

Her response? It's a Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, of course:

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400 Puffed-Up, Egotistical Blow-Hard Writers Think They Have Influence [CBD]

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More Than 400 Writers Sign Petition Protesting Donald Trump

A group of more than 400 writers, including big names such as Stephen King, David Eggers, Amy Tan, Junot Diaz and Cheryl Strayed, released an online petition on Tuesday to express their opposition to Mr. Trump’s candidacy on the grounds that he is appealing to the darkest elements in American society.

I have read a few of the writers who have signed this petition, and I am not particularly impressed, although Stephen King's early stuff is excellent. But the quality of their writing is secondary to the fact that their rejection of Donald Trump will, if anything, endear Trump to his base. How many Americans really give a rat's ass what a few big writers and hundreds of anonymous hacks think about a candidate for president?

Hell, I am no Trump fan, but anyone who Amy Tan and Stephen King don't like is going to get an appreciative look from me. And David Eggers is just an asshole.

But what is really marvelous is that their criticism of Trump can be applied essentially word for word to Barack Obama. Just take a look at it (below the fold). I defy anyone to find a single criticism in their blather that we have not pilloried Obama for.

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Violent Yet Peaceful Protesters Provoked Into a Scuffle With Trump Fascists


So, according to the mainstream media, some good-hearted, well-meaning rioters were peacefully rioting down the street when they were hate-accosted by some Trump supporters who had gathered in a hate rally.

I'm so happy to see the US becoming what the Founders intended it to be: Venezuela.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — In one of the presidential campaign year's more grisly spectacles, protesters in New Mexico opposing Donald Trump's candidacy threw burning T-shirts, plastic bottles and other items at police officers, injuring several, and toppled trash cans and barricades.

Police responded by firing pepper spray and smoke grenades into the crowd outside the Albuquerque Convention Center.

During the rally, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee was interrupted repeatedly by protesters, who shouted, held up banners and resisted removal by security officers.

The banners included the messages "Trump is Fascist" and "We've heard enough."

Trump lashed back at protesters, tweeting Wednesday: "The protesters in New Mexico were thugs who were flying the Mexican flag. The rally inside was big and beautiful, but outside, criminals!"

At one point, a female protester was physically dragged from the stands by security. Other protesters scuffled with security as they resisted removal from the convention center, which was packed with thousands of loud and cheering Trump supporters.

Trump responded with his usual bluster, instructing security to remove the protesters and mocking their actions by telling them to "Go home to mommy."

He responded to one demonstrator by asking, "How old is this kid?" Then he provided his own answer: "Still wearing diapers."

Trump's supporters responded with chants of "Build that wall!"

I like how the AP reports it as if both sides were to blame. I mean, sure, on one hand, there were riots; but on the other side, there were "chants" and "bluster."

Here's CNN deeming the violence a "scuffle."

Protesters lit fires, smashed a door and threw rocks outside a Donald Trump rally Tuesday night in New Mexico -- the latest scuffle to follow the presumptive Republican nominee's campaign.

The scene outside Albuquerque's convention center was chaotic as police ushered protesters away from Trump's event and into the nearby streets.

There, anti-Trump protesters -- many critical of his positions on immigration -- loudly chanted, "F--- Donald Trump."

The protesters had broken a glass door to the convention center. Some taunted police and jumped on police vehicles as officers in riot gear and on police horses moved them away from the convention center's exits.

Trump had already left the event, by that point, but responded on Twitter Wednesday morning.

"The protesters in New Mexico were thugs who were flying the Mexican flag. The rally inside was big and beautiful, but outside, criminals!" he tweeted.

The scene was reminiscent of the violence between Trump supporters and protesters in Chicago in March.

Once again, the false balance: The Trump people showed up in Chicago for a political rally, and the protesters showed up to commit violence and keep that rally from happening, and this is described as "violence between Trump supporters and protesters."

If some people break into an abortion clinic and beat up the staff, will CNN report this as "violence between pro- and anti-abortion forces"?

No, of course not.

Below, video of some fire between Trump supporters and protesters. A scuffle of thrown fire, if you will.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]

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Tuesday Overnight Open Thread (5/24/16) [Misanthropic Humanitarian]

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Welcome to the Maetenlochless, Tasteless, Sex, Drugs and Rock N Roll Edition of the ONT.

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When it is Twofer-Tuesday, be careful for what you wish for. And you know who you are. Don't you?

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80 Percent of Americans Want to Label Food That Contains DNA In other news, "Idiocracy" Is a best-case scenario [CBD]
Terrible Misfire from Michelle Malkin; the Moral Equivalent of Holocaust Denial
A society that looks down on sideboob is a society in decline
One enjoyable thing about this cycle is watching people who've never had any kind of influence or cachet be finally forced to come to grips with the fact they've never had any kind of influence or cachet. It amuses me.
The Fall of Politico shakes its head sadly at Salon's decline. I love a good catfight. Mroww! [Fritzworth]
People who spend their time writing about the real world should remind themselves, occasionally, that the simplistic models of the world they conjure up in their written essays are not actually the world. "The map is not the territory."
I'm so embarrassed for people who seem to believe the real world is captured, fully, in all of its compromises, complexities, and convolutions, in their simplified little dashed-off #HotTakes.
"“The Great Enrichment of the past two centuries has one primary source: the liberation of ordinary people to pursue their dreams of economic betterment.” How very odd then that the Progressives are so sure that the only route to a better world is for enlightened leaders like themselves to control and regulate the economy, and the people." The Miraculous Explosion of Human Progress in the Past Two Centuries [Weirddave]
Stump the Socialist: Bernie would rather not talk about Venezuela Serious question: why am I not seeing any news about relief agencies going to Venezuela? [Y-not]
Via Sharyl Attkisson: Hillary Clinton's Email: the Definitive Timeline. Drip drip drip. But what's the GOP's plan about this? [Y-not]
Checking In with President Nobel Peace Prize… "depending upon who you ask, the death toll in the Iraq War was 151,000 to one million... [while] the death toll in Syria's civil war has reached 152,000 to 470,000" [Y-not]
The Case for Voting Libertarian for President "We don't know what the future holds, but the possibility that a more liberty-focused candidate could catch fire and give the two-party monolith a run for their money is just too juicy to pass up." The author makes the case for voting for the Libertarian nominee based primarily on political rather than policy arguments. [Y-not]
Paul Nehlen's H-1B Hypocrisy "Despite repeatedly railing against the use of the so-called H-1B visas (on television, radio, social media), Nehlen's own company is already importing foreign workers." Also, Paul Ryan's Opponent, Paul Nehlen, Becoming Dem's Favorite "Republican". Caveat Emptor [Y-not]
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