Levi Wells Prentice, "Blue Mountain Lake" (n.d.)
Monday Morning News Dump
- The Bergdahl Affair Is The Quintessential Obama Fiasco
- Ungrateful Loaf's Federalist Article On The Indiana Religious Freedom Bill
- Iran Backs Away From Key Detail In Nuclear Deal
- Guano War II
- One In Eight Illegal Immigrants Now Has White Collar Gig
- Martin O'Malley Speaks Out Against Possible Dynastic Rematch For WH
- Dopey Obama Organizer Snaps Selfies At Scene Of Deadly Manhattan Explosion
- Russia's Oligarchs Head For London As Rouble Collapses
- PIMCO: The Eurozone Can't Survive In Its Current Form
- Americas Death Is Greatly Exaggerated
- Sometimes You Really Need A Slushie
- Lawsuit Accuses Angie's List of Manipulating Reviews
- The Campus Left Begins To Implode
Morning Thread (3-30-2015)
And just like that, it's Monday again ...
Overnight Open Thread (3-29-2015)
And since wealthy people don't spend nearly as high a percentage of their incomes as poor people do, much wealth is sitting around not doing its job.
-- NYT reporter Mark Bittman proving he has no clue about modern economics.
This should be fun to watch. Admittedly, this should also be a gutter war without rules or mercy, but I can't imagine that Freedom Watch didn't know that, going in. Sometimes you just have to expect that it's all going to end in tears, recriminations, and blood on the floor.
-- Moe Lone on Freedom Watch's racketeering lawsuit against Hillary Clinton
Go to Google News and search for "teacher + arrest + sex." How many times a week are public school teachers in America charged with illegally having sex with their underage students? My guess is that it happens more commonly than college students getting raped. So why aren't feminists marching into your local Board of Education meeting and demanding that something be done about the "rape epidemic" in public schools?
Think about that.-- RSM on The 'Rape Epidemic' That Isn't
The primary purpose of race-talk in America today is to allow elite whites to silence and shame non-elite whites. Thus, it's not surprising that the people pushing it are...a bunch of elite whites.
-- Insty on Starbuck's lame race talk campaign
But I find it inconceivable that The New Yorker would have run this piece if it didn't have Lena Dunham or some other bold-face-name in the byline. Titled, "Dog or Jewish Boyfriend?" it's a pop-quiz for the reader to guess whether she's talking about her dog or, that's right, her Jewish boyfriend.
...Still, I don't think she was going for anti-Semitism, though she'll happily pocket the edginess that accusation brings. Rather, like so much of what Dunham does, it reeks of self-indulgence. She clearly think it's very clever. But as a piece of writing it's remarkably un-clever. It's not terrible. It's more like a solid B in a college-writing seminar. And, I suppose it is a sharp way for her to do what she loves: over-share the various details of her life, most of which, like this piece, are incredibly boring if ascribed to a person you're not fascinated by.But that's just it. For some unfathomable reason, there are people who find Dunham fascinating. She clearly has a gift for convincing late-middle-aged white urban liberals that she's on to something big and important. I'm just amazed she's pulled off the con for this long. And I'm disappointed that even The New Yorker fell for it.
Obama and his minions are huddled wherever they're huddled, busy destroying the Western World with their bizarre policies and eagerness to make a deal with Iran that is so desperate it makes the word pathetic seem pathetic. The results of this desperation have been wretched, a fascistic new Persian Empire emerging from Libya to Yemen with Obama auditioning for the role of Cyrus the Great - or is it Ahmadinejad Junior? Whatever the case, it's horrible Even those same Democrats know it. They're embarrassed - and they should be. But for the most part they don't have the guts to say anything. This is the kind of administration that exchanges a creepy sociopath like Bergdahl for five Islamic homicidal maniacs and expects praise for being humanitarian. And everyone walks away shaking their heads.
It's hard to know why Obama is doing it all. I know it sounds like a rude overstatement but in a way he reminds me of that crazy German pilot flying that plane into that alpine cliff, only the plane is us (America and the West). Does he hate us all that much - or is it just Netanyahu? Whatever the explanation, it's mighty peculiar. At this point almost no one in the Congress appears to be backing him up - and yet he continues. Who knows what will happen next?
Because FDA. Although the FDA declined to point out the exact rule that forbids this.
A USDA official contacted them shortly after the Feb. 26 incident, saying they needed a license to showcase their llamas or even allow people to snap photos of them, the couple said. Neither was aware of such a policy. The husband and wife, who are both retired Phoenix police officers, had planned to continue offering the llamas for therapy and educational purposes.
And this is why.
Cute but I've probably seen better in almost any Chinese supermarket in California.
Weekly Commenter Standings
Top 10 commenters:
1 [533 comments] 'Mike Hammer, etc., etc.' [74.86 posts/day]
2 [493 comments] 'Ricardo Kill'
3 [448 comments] 'Misanthropic Humanitarian '
4 [444 comments] 'Vic We Have No Party'
5 [439 comments] 'AllenG (DedicatedTenther) - TrueCon'
6 [417 comments] 'Zap Rowsdower'
7 [389 comments] 'ThunderB, Shapeshifter'
8 [346 comments] 'Anna Puma (+SmuD)'
9 [329 comments] 'Nevergiveup'
10 [319 comments] 'Nip Sip'
Top 10 sockpuppeteers:
1 [54 names] 'Doctor Fish' [7.58 unique names/day]
2 [35 names] 'Prince Ludwig the Indestructible'
3 [34 names] 'Blue Hen'
4 [33 names] 'steveegg'
5 [33 names] 'SCOAMF'
6 [32 names] 'The Political Hat'
7 [31 names] 'wth'
8 [30 names] 'Cloyd Freud, Unemployed'
9 [30 names] 'ManWithNoParty, unperson from Free Market Jesus Paradise '
10 [29 names] 'Thomas Jefferson'
The group. Never heard of it.
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Emergency Backup Gun Thread [Weirddave]
Nothing much seems to be in the hopper right now, so here's stuff I've bookmarked over the past few weeks.
Gun of the Week
Points for honesty, I suppose. Insane, but honest.
It always boggles my mind that so many people just can't seem to understand two basic things. #1 Gun laws are useless as a method of stopping criminals from carrying guns because criminals by definition ignore laws, and #2 people who apply for CCPs are the law abiding, again by definition. They are also those most likely to accept the responsibility to step up and do the right thing, as this story demonstrates. How many would have died without the intervention of the guy with the CCP?
Scary, Scary, Scary
YOU HAD ONE JOB RSO! I know people make mistakes and nobody's perfect, but this is a big one. Thank God nobody was hurt.
Shooting on a Budget
Anyone know anything about the Micro Desert Eagle? I've heard people swearing by it and people swearing at it. If we ever get CCP here in Maryland, it's one I might consider.
Guns can be dangerous in the wrong hands. But so are articles about guns written by people who don’t understand anything about them.
Hmm. Hope I get a passing grade, I'm writing about guns.
1873 Springfield "Trapdoor" Carbine. Beautiful one too, I got the picture from an auction site where the gun was expected to fetch at least $20K. A pretty significant advance in rifle design, it didn't help Custer and his boys at Little Big Horn. Speaking of which, if you ever get a chance to go to the Little Big Horn battlefield, do it. It's amazingly well done, you can drive (or walk) the entire progression of the battle and really get a feel for exactly how it all went down.
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The "Wow, it's been four hours since a new thread" thread - Niedermeyer's Dead Horse
Here's a bit of fresh thread to tide you over until something of value is posted.
How 'bout them 80's?
And, kids, remember...
Open thread, obviously.
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Food Thread: Passover Edition [CBD]
This will be even more abbreviated than usual -- it seems that somebody sneaked into my bedroom a few nights ago and pumped several pounds of wet concrete into my sinuses, then used a blowtorch on the back of my throat. Impressively stealthy! It was probably Brian Williams tuning up his SEAL skills.
This photo is captioned as "Seder on the U.S.S. Astoria in the Pacific, 1945." But the Astoria was sunk in the Battle of Savo Island on August 9th, 1942, after taking at least 65 hits. So this is either dated incorrectly or it is another ship, but the name on the table covering seems definitive.
Update: Courtesy of commenter DBA, the third U.S.S. Astoria was a Cleveland class light cruiser that was renamed Astoria in honor of the heavy cruiser that was sunk at Savo Island.
It is from a nice article in Tablet about How American Troops Celebrated Passover During WWII, but be warned, it is a far-left site; do not click on any other links without appropriate protection.
Israel's most famous pastry chef is the owner of Ron Ben Israel's Cakes, in NYC. He makes some incredible stuff. While I have no particular interest in pastry making other than admiration of the skill involved, he amuses me because some of the same people who are vilifying Indiana for being anti-gay are vilifying Israel for being a repressive, racist, apartheid state, even though people like Ben Israel (who is openly gay) walk openly anywhere in Israel and nobody gives a shit, but would be stoned to death or pushed off buildings in much of the Arab world (I didn't say it made much sense...I said it amused me).
While poking around that site, I found this recipe for Chicken Thighs With a Crunchy Almond Crust. I think that Panko bread crumbs will work better, but it's a pretty simple recipe that can stand a lot of modification without going completely off the rails. Valu-Rite instead of the eggs might be pushing it, but.....
This guy makes the extremely valuable point that a steel will not sharpen your knives...it's just for tuning up between sharpenings, which should happen on a whetstone. In a pinch I have used the bottom of a ceramic plate, and even once or twice a rock. But there is nothing like a good quality stone and somebody who knows how to use it. Well...."this might be better," (possibly NSFW) but you get my point.
And because Passover starts on Friday, what better recipe than a leavened, gentile breakfast food.
3 T. warm water
1 pkg. yeast
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 C. milk
4 T. butter, divided
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 C. flour
Combine water, yeast and sugar. Let stand until bubbly, about 5 minutes. Heat milk, 1 tablespoon of the butter and salt in a saucepan over low heat just until warm. Add to yeast mixture. Add 1 cup flour to yeast mixture and beat until smooth, about 2 minutes on medium speed of mixer. Beat in egg. Add remaining flour and beat until smooth. Cover batter with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
Stir down batter and let rest for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, melt remaining butter in a saucepan over low heat. Skim off foam and discard milky solids from bottom of saucepan. Brush bottom of a skillet with melted butter. Brush insides of four crumpet rings or 3-inch round cookie cutters with butter and place rings in skillet. Heat skillet over medium heat. Spoon about 2 tablespoons batter into each ring. Cook until batter begins to bubble on top and is lightly browned on bottom, about 2 minutes. Remove rings. Turn English Crumpets over. Cook until lightly browned on bottom and done in centers. Can be served warm or split and toasted before serving.
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Gaming I guess
—Gang of Gaming Morons!
Short week as there isn't much coming out and news wise, there wasn't much other than Zelda isn't coming out in 2015 which leaves a big hole in their Christmas lineup. Nintendo only has two games announced so far that could to really move the needle. Star Fox which has so far been shown off as a smaller digital game and Xenoblade Chronicles X which would mean they would give it 8-ish months between it's Japanese (comes out next month) and Western releases. Though two weeks ago, they did announce their new "development platform" under the NX codename. It's notable that they called it a development platform instead of a new handheld or console which gives credence to the long held belief that their next console & handheld would be one in the same for the most part. Kinda makes you wonder if they will hold off on releasing a Zelda game for the WiiU and create a Twilight Princess situation where the game comes out on the old and next gen systems.
That being said, as for Nintendo as a whole, them finally listening to the shareholders lead to a very nice $5 share price bump (it hit up to $8 but evened out at $19 from $14) as they announced a partnership with DeNA which the West probably knows more as Mobage, one of the biggest names in mobile gaming. Basically, Nintendo will make the games while DeNA will do all the back-end system work. Considering Nintendo's forays into internet, this is the optimal setup. This is a pretty big turn for Iwata, after years of sticking his head into the sand, he's finally noticed the current gaming landscape. Will it save his job? Will it "save" Nintendo? Though it's a positive step, I don't see it. To make it work, they would have to go full bore on mobile. And even then, they're selling to a marketplace that really doesn't know or care about Mario. Only Pokemon is their real ace in the hole for cracking mobile. I personally wouldn't say no to a mobile Fire Emblem game though. I think their stock price is too high but I'm cautiously optimistic on their future, especially if Iwata gets what he deserves (not going to happen with the way he's surrounded himself with yes men on the board).
• So yeah, Zelda isn't coming out this year. A sales rep said it also wouldn't be at E3 but well, that came from a sales rep, something no one should trust. Not saying I wouldn't be surprised if it didn't show up but I can't say I've ever talked to a sales rep who knew their elbow from their asshole.
• In your delusional pea sized brain, I could see swatting someone in a competitive multiplayer game but Minecraft? Really? And a 13 year old too boot. I miss the old days of people just cutting off someone's electricity right before something big happens.
There isn't much of anything being released this week.
Story of Seasons (3DS) - The legit new Harvest Moon game made by the team who has made almost every other Harvest Moon game (Lost Valley was a Natsume thing). Like all Harvest Moon games, it's all about banging bitches and making paper. Plant some crops, milk your cows and hit on the local girls till you get married and have a kid so you have some free labor. This is back to basics Harvet Moon game which is a refreshing change up. There is some new Animal Crossing style online trading but it's all about reminding you how awesome this series is. I personally really like the series, especially if you skip a few games here and there. Now if Marvelous could make a full featured Harvest Moon for my phone, I'd be even more happy but as is, I've got this game pre-ordered.
MLB 15: The Show (PS4, PS3, Vita) - Your only option if you want to actually play a MLB baseball game. Can't say I'm a big fan of the series as the rhythm over the course of a game never feels right. They've been saying that they're aiming to fix online play but they've been saying that for the last few years. The whole sports genre is just straight up bunk these days.
Toukiden: Kiwami (PS4, Vita) - Eh, it's an updated version of last years decent but not remarkable Toukiden be it this time it's getting a Western exclusive PS4 version of the game. It's mash of musou & monster hunter in a grimdark fantasy setting with giant bosses that inevitably feels very empty. New stuff is 2 new characters, a couple new weapons and crossplay between the Vita & PS4. Personally, unless you need this for the PS4, I'd just buy last year's game which has been in the bargain bin for awhile now.
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And Open Thread.....
And why not?
Sunday Morning Book Thread 03-29-2015: True Crime [OregonMuse]
"Oh Look, We've Found Hillary's Missing Emails"
Good morning to all of you morons and moronettes and bartenders everywhere and all the ships at sea. Welcome to AoSHQ's stately, prestigious, and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread. The only AoSHQ thread that is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Or kilts. Kilts are OK, too. But not tutus. Unless you're a girl.
You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.
Murder & Mayhem
There's a statistic that surfaces early in...Ghettoside that should catch your attention: black men compose about 6% of the country's population, yet they are the victim in nearly 40% of homicides. And who's killing those black men? The answer is most often other black men. Leovy...explores the culture of black violence, specifically in South Central LA, describing a world that seems to exist hermetically sealed off from the rest of the city. With nearly zero mobility and little policing, the people of South Central are left to fend for themselves - further amplifying the devastating drumbeat of gangs and violence.
The reviewer notes that "Poverty deserves less blame" and "The US has long failed to punish blacks who kill blacks". This last bit brought on this one-star review on Amazon:
I can tell you from firsthand experience..that the blame for the inability to catch and convict violent criminals in predominantly black neighborhoods falls on the residents of those neighborhoods themselves. The culture of "stop snitching" means that people...who are literally shot point blank in the face by someone who they know from their neighborhood and survive, refuse to testify against that very person, and when forced onto the witness stand, lie and say that the person on trial is not the person who shot them. By the way, in the case I am talking about..there were at least 10 other people who witnessed the perpetrator shoot this person in the face, and not a single one voluntarily came forward.
So it looks like there's some sort of chicken-or-egg problem here. Crappy policing vs. the "no snitch" culture. Did the former produce the latter or did the latter produce the former? Or is there a third phenomenon that caused both?
I think the cop and detective shows on TV give the impression that murders are solved by forensic evidence acquired by sharp-eyed detectives combined with clever deductive reasoning, when in reality, most murders are solved by the police acting on information provided to them by informants, AKA "snitches". So when that source of information dries up, murders don't get solved.
And speaking of unsolved inner-city murders, there's Murder Rap: The Untold Story of the Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations by the Detective Who Solved Both Cases by Greg Kading, that claims that these murders were hits ordered by... wait for it... Suge Knight and Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs. Kading was unable to bring it home because he claims he was suddenly yanked from the case by LAPD higher-ups, after which it then sputtered and slowly ground to a halt.
Evidently, those rap guys play for keeps.
I had forgotten this book, but Steven Pinker, in his book The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, argues that, well, violence has declined. In the long term, that is. His is a sweeping view, which is admittedly hard to see from a place like, say, Mosul, or even from downtown Compton, but overall, but from prehistoric times to the modern day, civilizational, pacifying influences are slowly but surely winning out over the forces that encourage us to kill each other. Seriously. This 800+ page book is nothing if not controversial.
A Smart Military Book For This Smart Military Blog
Heard this week from a moron who told me that his father is one of men shown in the photograph on the cover of this book, Letters to Lida: World War II Told Through the Eyes, Heart and Words of a B-29 Tail-Gunner. According to the Amazon blurb, this is
an historical account of World War II in the words of B-29 tail-gunner, Staff Sergeant David J. Lemal. The story is based on 150 letters David wrote to his mother, Lida, during the war and his reflections, as he read those letters to his daughter, nearly seventy years later.
My correspondent goes on to say:
This is David Lemal's story, obviously, but it's also the story of my Dad's experiences in combat. He never talked about what happened in the war. Thanks to this book, I feel like I have a much better handle on the truth. Those B-29's were experimental planes, rushed into action, overloaded on takeoff, and subject routinely to engine fires and other malfunctions. The tailgunner's job was especially unpleasant, as he was isolated from the rest of the crew during engagements. Their plane had to make emergency landings at Iwo Jima several times on the way home from bombing runs, when they couldn't make it to Tinian due to damage or loss of fuel. The scenes of Iwo are as horrifying as you'd expect, even cleaned up for polite letters home. It's touching to see how young Lemal spared his family the awful details of war, while giving them the general outlines.
The info on the B-29 is interesting. I finished Unbroken a couple of weeks ago, which had a different perspective on these planes, namely, they were shown as heroic liberators, especially when viewed from the confines of a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp. They were a definite improvement over the plane that Zamperini was shot down in, the B-24.
He concludes with:
There's also a very good discussion at the end of how the returning soldiers were treated, as the war ended so suddenly with the dropping of the A-bombs. It wasn't all parades and fanfare, to say the least. Like my Dad, Lemal went home and got on with his life, handling the nightmares discreetly.
It's amazing what these young men go through, and how it affects them the rest of their lives. I always have to remind myself of this when I'm watching movies or TV shows where the action hero is shooting one bad guy after another, and everything is just fine and dandy, and he's pretty much doing the same thing next episode (or the sequel) as if it were nothing, but it this was real life, he'd be a psychopath.
I never knew there was a movement among Roman Catholics to canonize G.K. Chesterton, but apparently there is. I found this out when I stumbled upon this (unabashedly hagiographic) article in The Atlantic, An Unlikely Saint, which is an interesting description of the many facets of his greatness.
Personally, Chesterton is like opera, that is, I can recognize the talent, but it isn't something I naturally enjoy. I tried a couple of times to read his classic Orthodoxy, but I quickly grew weary of his cutesy little one-liners, which many, I think most, of his readers find clever and witty, but to me, it's merely irritating.
My loss, I think.
But whatever my opinion of his writing style, I still think Chesterton was a great man, one of the voices of sanity in an increasingly mad and mindless world.
Famous Last Words
How many of these do you know? Take the 'famous last words' literature quiz. I got hardly any of these. The best I could do was 47%, all my guessing, which served me well in the past, this time availed me not (or is that naught?).
What I'm Reading
I just finished How Dark the World Becomes by Frank Chadwick which was recommended back on a way earlier book thread, and it's one of those books that that you hate to have end. The main character is a Ukrainian gangster who is trying to eke out a living on a rough and hostile world far from Earth and is doing OK, except that his powerful boss now wants him gone, and his attempts to escape the tight situation he's caught in brings him into contact with the nanny of two very well-to-do alien children who are marked for death for reasons that aren't immediately clear. So since his need to survive roughly coincides with theirs, he agrees to protect them as they make their escape off-planet. And as the violence escalates, he slowly starts to understand just how important these children really are, and why someone is trying to kill them.
Highly recommended for science fiction fans.
I also finished up The Hot Gate, which is book 3 of John Ringo's 'Troy Rising' series. I liked it, I recommend the Troy series, but the book didn't really conclude, it just sort of stopped at the end of a huge battle, and it left me wanting to hear more. I hope Mr. Ringo will get back to this series, but I suppose he's pretty much moved on to other things.
Books By Morons
Moronette commenter artemis has just published her third Scotland Yard mystery, Murder in Hindsight, which features the unlikely crime-fighting duo of Detective Sergeant Kathleen Doyle, and Lord Acton (Chief Inspector Michael Sinclair), and it will be available on March 31st.
Here's a taste:
There's an unusual killer combing London's streets - a vigilante is at work, killing suspects from prior cases who were never convicted; those who'd gotten away with murder, in hindsight.
It's a puzzler, though; this vigilante is staying to the shadows, and covering his tracks so that Detective Sergeant Kathleen Doyle is left to guess at his motivation. Is the killer guilty about his own role in helping murderers get off, or is it someone who's just had-it-up-to-here with the imperfect justice system?
In the mood for some chick lit? Tammy al-Thor tells me she has a friend who writes mysteries that are, in her words, "strictly 'ette fodder". The Lanvin Murders, is available as a promotional for the low, low price of FREE until April 3rd.
All Portland vintage clothing store owner Joanna Hayworth wants to do is turn her back on the modern world and retreat into a carefully curated life of satin cocktail gowns, icy martinis, and old movies.
But when Joanna finds a key in a 1930s Lanvin coat cast off by an ex-showgirl, everything changes. The elderly woman turns up dead, and Joanna is pulled into a long-ago drama of back room deals, blackmail, and lost love. She must find a very real - and present day - killer before she becomes his next victim.
Long-time lurker akornzombie wants me to tell you about his webcomic. It's titled Third Shift, and it's the story of how a guy, his girlfriend, and the werewolf they befriend become vampire hunters.
It's rated NSFW for blood, violence and naked werewolves.
So that's all for this week. As always, book thread tips, suggestions, bribes, rumors, threats, and insults may be sent to OregonMuse, Proprietor, AoSHQ Book Thread, at the book thread e-mail address: aoshqbookthread, followed by the 'at' sign, and then 'G' mail, and then dot cee oh emm.
What have you all been reading this week? Hopefully something good, because, as you all know, life is too short to be reading lousy books.
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Early Morning Thread 3/29/15 - Slugabeddin' Sunday [krakatoa]
Some days take a little more sleep to start than others.
Overnight Open Thread (28 Mar 2015)
The Royal Navy later tweaked the formula of the rations after the rum had been proved by adding some water and a bit of lime juice to combat scurvy. This healthy cocktail became known as grog after the 18th century British admiral Edward Vernon, better known as "Old Grog" for the waterproof grogram cloak he wore at sea.
Fair Trade Condoms
That was until she learned how condoms are made while taking a sustainable economics course at NYU: Mass-marketed rubbers are often produced using toxic chemicals, unfair wages, child labor or production methods that are harmful to the environment.
So Singer ditched the Durex and went fair-trade.
Yes, like coffee, chocolate and cotton, rubbers are now coming under the scrutiny of fair-trade advocates
Another reason why you really should never, ever listen to a celebrity. Sharon Stone denies involvement in Chevron shakedown.
Sleeping In The Military
Heh. They really are copying us. Russia's answer to US next-gen fighter hits the skids.
How the new female Thor shows the grip that feminists have on comics. Despite promises of not becoming a vehicle for feminism, they did it anyway.
Oh dear. You don't get to pick and choose what you'll allow the executive to get away with. Rep. Ellison: 'Not Constitutionally proper' this time for congress to allow Obama to use his pen.
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Hoops Thread [Y-not]
So, apparently there's some basketball occurring at present.
Your wish etcetera etcetera...
Open thread for basketball and whatnot.
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Open Thread: I Like Gridlock [Y-not]
This is what you get when control of your state legislature is divided:
I like it!
Here's a round up of what New Mexico's legislature did.
Governor Martinez was trying to get them to repeal issuing drivers licenses to illegals, but they failed.
Open thread until something more interesting comes along.
Saturday Gardening Thread: Bi-Polar Edition [Y-not and KT]
Y-not: Good afternoon, gardening morons and moronettes! Weirddave is indisposed so today's thread is a bi-polar edition featuring self and KT.
To get us in the mood, how about a song?
(You can read IZ's story here.)
The emergence of Spring coupled with those last few winter storms that are still hitting parts of the U.S. got me thinking about weather prediction, particularly almanacs. I have a feeling we have experts on this topic in our midst, so I'll just put together a few interesting links I found and let you all share your knowledge with the horde.
What is an almanac, anyway? Here's a brief summary from Mental Floss:
Historically, almanacs are annual publications that outline the days of the year alongside factors like sunrise and sunset times, holidays, moon phases, and solstices. The calendar hanging on your wall is an example of a simple almanac. Some of the earliest almanacs referenced celestial events to tell readers whether they would have good or bad luck on certain days, much like how we use horoscopes today. By the 17th century, the only publication more popular than almanacs in England was the Bible. Around this time, they began popping up in the America colonies, offering seasonal weather predictions, tips for household management, and entertainment like puzzles and jokes.
The Farmers' Almanac (founded in 1818 ) and the Old Farmers' Almanac (founded in 1792) are two of the most popular remaining almanacs. The former offers long-range weather predictions made two years in advance. Today it claims to have an annual distribution of more than 2.6 million copies and a readership of 7 million.
Both publications claim to have a roughly 80 percent accuracy rate. Their predictions are the products of top secret mathematical formulas that take into consideration things like sunspot activity, tidal action, and planetary positioning
For those of you who use Almanacs, especially for your garden planning, do you think this 80 percent accuracy rate is correct?
An article published at the Daily Beast last month claims that the harsh New England winter was predicted correctly by The Farmers' Almanac:
Not only did they get it right, just as they claim to around 85 percent of the time -- they actually made this winter's predictions almost two years ago, using much the same technique they did back in the 1800s.
"It's like an ancient Chinese secret," says the Almanac's managing editor, Sandi Duncan gravely, before laughing. "No, I'm kidding. It is an old, old formula that dates back to when the Almanac was first founded back in 1818, it's a mathematical and astronomical formula. It takes things like sun spot activity, position of the moon, the phase of the moon, and a variety of other factors into consideration."
Even Duncan doesn't know the details, which are passed on only to the venerable publication's resident weatherman, Caleb Weatherbee, a shady, pseudonymous fellow who has had a byline in the book for two centuries.
"He's a real person, but he has a false name to keep him secret," Duncan explained. "We've only had seven weather prognosticators actually, in almost 200 years..."
This chap at OPENSNOW seems less impressed. His analysis (published last year) suggested that neither almanac was particularly accurate. Here's his summary of the Farmers' Almanac's predictions for this past winter (which would have been in the future when his post was written):
Follow the link for pretty maps of his analysis. (I knew that would appeal to the horde after Meatball's Map Fests!)
If you're interested in learning more about how and why almanacs developed, this blog might be of interest to you. Here's a sample:
Almanac. Or Almanack. Or even Almanach. It doesn't matter how you spell it, we don't know for sure where the word comes from. The al bit at the beginning would point to an Arabic etymology -- it means the -- as in algebra, alcohol or alchemy. The latter part of the word could come from menakh, and al-menakh appears in Pedro de Alcala's Arabic-Castilian Vocabulista (1505), referring to the climate, with manah (probably intended as the same word) as a word for a sundial, but the word isn't found elsewhere in Arabic. Walter Skeat, in his Concise Etymological Dictionary (1882), is unequivocal that the word has no connection with Arabic whatsoever.
You-Know-Who will be crushed to learn that. Heh.
He goes on:
The first use of the word appears in Latin, in Roger Bacon's Opus Majus (1267), where he mentions ancient astronomers discussing tables that are called almanacs -
"In expositione tabularum, quae almanac vocantur."
Follow the link to this blogger's post and you'll be treated to interesting history, as well as beautiful images of ancient almanacs.
Closer to home, there are three almanacs that are probably most familiar to American gardeners: Poor Richard's Almanac, the Old Farmers' Almanac, and the Farmers' Almanac.
Poor Richard's Almanac was the brainchild of Benjamin Franklin:
After The Pennsylvania Gazette, Poor Richard was the most profitable enterprise that Franklin undertook as a publisher. It sold about 10,000 copies a year. Given the now indissoluble connection between "Poor Richard" and Benjamin Franklin, it should be emphasized that most of the material in Poor Richard was not actually written by Franklin. This was especially true of the aphorisms, their most famous feature. Franklin could have had no idea that the brief sayings he used, taken from "many Ages and Nations," would become the primary basis for his international fame as an author. He never pretended they were his own. He wrote in Poor Richard for 1746,
"I know as well as thee, that I am no poet born; and it is a trade I never learnt, nor indeed could learn. . . .Why then should I give my readers bad lines of my own, when good ones of other people's are so plenty? 'Tis methinks a poor excuse for the bad entertainment of guests, that the food we set before them, though coarse and ordinary, is of one's own raising, off one's own plantation, etc. when there is plenty of what is ten times better, to be had in the market."
Intellectual property, the ownership of ideas, was not what mattered. The point was not where the ideas had come from but the uses to which they could be put.
The Old Farmer's Almanac was originally published in 1792.
Under the guiding hand of its first editor, Robert B. Thomas, the premiere issue of The Old Farmer's Almanac was published in 1792 during George Washington's first term as president. Although many other almanacs were being published at that time, Thomas's upstart almanac became an immediate success. In fact, by the second year, circulation had tripled from 3,000 to 9,000. Back then, the Almanac cost only six pence (about nine cents).
An almanac, by definition, records and predicts astronomical events (the rising and setting of the Sun, for instance), tides, weather, and other phenomena with respect to time. So what made The Old Farmer's Almanac different from the others? Since his format wasn't novel, we can only surmise that Thomas's astronomical and weather predictions were more accurate, the advice more useful, and the features more entertaining.
The Farmers' Almanac weather predictions are based on a secret mathematical and astronomical formula. Developed in 1818 by David Young, the Almanac's first editor, this formula takes many factors into consideration, including sunspot activity, moon phases, tidal action, and more. This carefully guarded formula has been passed along from calculator to calculator and has never been revealed.
Finally, while reading up on almanacs, I was reminded of just how amazing our ancestors were. Do you remember learning about Benjamin Banneker when you were in school?
Astronomer. Entirely self-educated, Benjamin Banneker was born November 9, 1731, in Ellicott's Mills, Maryland. He was the son of an ex-slave named Robert, whose wife, Mary Banneky, was the daughter of an Englishwoman and an African ex-slave.
Because both of his parents were free, Benjamin escaped the wrath of slavery as well. He was taught to read by his white grandmother, Molly, and for a short time attended a small Quaker school.
For the most part, though, Banneker was self-educated, a fact that did little to diminish his brilliance. His early exploits included constructing a wooden clock in his early twenties, despite having seen only one other timepiece in his life. In addition, Banneker taught himself astronomy and accurately forecasted lunar and solar eclipses.
Banneker's talents and intelligence eventually came to the attention of the Ellicott brothers, industrialists who had made their name and fortune by building a series of gristmills in the Baltimore area in the 1770s. George Ellicott, a fellow mathematician and astronomer, loaned Banneker numerous books in both fields.
In 1791 Banneker teamed up with Major Andrew Ellicott, an American surveyor, to map out a new national capital.
He also wrote almanacs.
Now, here's KT:
Weed of the Week
I hate grasses like these. They are so dangerous to pets - dogs in particular - and to livestock. Like a government program, the seed heads just work themselves in deeper over time. Plus, those nasty seed heads get stuck in your socks.
This list of nasty grasses is for California, but there are similar species in other parts of the country. You know that if a grass is called "ripgut", it must be pretty horrible. These grasses are more problematic for people on the edge of civilization, like we are, than for those in the Big City. But check your dogs after walks in slightly wilder areas.
Years ago, one of our dogs got a foxtail seed head in her paw, and it traveled almost to her knee before wreaking more havoc on a partial return trip down her leg. We had little clue that there was something wrong until just before we took her to the vet. Dogs are tough. When he saw how she was standing, he said, "I didn't know you lived in the country".
This year, I think we have cleared the yard where the dogs play. Still working on the yard where the cats play. Gotta hurry, because the seed heads are ripening now.
I hope the topic below is more pleasant:
We had a couple of really hot, summery afternoons here recently that made me think it was time to be eating tomatoes from the garden. The hottest days came about the time that the birthday of Benito Juarez was being celebrated in Mexico, one of the first places where tomatoes were used as food. Juarez was unusual among historic Mexican leaders for his indigenous ancestry. He was born in a small Zapotec Indian village.
His ancestors may have eaten tomatoes something like the Zapotec Tomato (AKA Zapotec Pink Ribbed). A lot of people like this tomato for salsa, salads or for stuffed tomatoes. It is partially hollow. The stuffing tomatoes shaped like bell peppers never appealed to me much, but I might try Zapotec sometime. Here's a simple stuffed tomato recipe if you ever decide to try this cultivar. You could use regular tomatoes in this recipe, too.
Tomatoes have changed since old cultivars like the Zapotec Tomato were developed. But you can see traces of its form in some famous Italian cultivars and in some of today's beefsteaks.
When some people think of beefsteak tomatoes, they think of tomatoes big enough to cover a sandwich with one slice. And many beefsteaks are big enough to meet this criterion. But for me, the small seed cavities of a beefsteak tomato are the primary "beefsteak" characteristic. This makes the tomato less juicy, so it is not quite as messy on a sandwich. "Fine Cooking" has some good tips on choosing and storing beefsteak tomatoes. They also have a fairly extravagant recipe for a BLT Burger. I can enjoy a simple tomato sandwich - a slice of beefsteak tomato on good bread, with a little salt. Maybe a touch of butter. Maybe some bacon.
Note the small, irregular seed cavities in Giant Belgium, below. An advantage if you're making sandwiches.
Some of the Neves Azorean Red tomatoes above look better suited to salad than sandwiches, because of their shape. I'm with James Beard - keep a beefsteak tomato and onion steakhouse salad simple. You can't beat ingredients straight from the garden. In Switzerland, they would arrange the tomatoes on a platter and top with the onions and vinaigrette.
The unpredictable shapes of many beefsteak tomatoes come partly from big, complex blossoms. There are some unfortunate consequences of these irregularities in many cultivars, including cracking (usually starting at the shoulder of the fruit) and catfacing on the blossom end. Tomato nuts who care mostly about flavor generally look beyond the defects. You can't always judge veggies, or people, by their appearances.
Are you now asking yourself, "Are beefsteak tomatoes right for my garden"?
Tomato Growers Supply has separated most of its red and pink beefsteaks into a distinct category. The venerable hybrid "Big Beef", which I grow every year, is not in the beefsteak category. It is listed with the main crop tomatoes, because it does not have the interior structure of a beefsteak.
Other suppliers offer many more beefsteaks. Check out some descriptions and evaluations on the net from people who live in your region. I like to experiment with a few new cultivars each year. I planted 21 tomato cultivars this year. Eight are beefsteaks and one appears to be an oxheart/beefsteak cross. Only two of this year's eight beefsteaks have a prior good track record in my garden, and they were still not extraordinarily productive.
I'm not really up on some of the newer hybrid beefsteaks. Burpee has some huge ones now. Other seed houses have signature series, too. Let me know if they have worked for you.
Following are some recommendations I have picked up over the years. No guarantees:
Container Planting: New Big Dwarf (the inspiration for the Dwarf Tomato Project), Roselle Purple or Dwarf Wild Fred.
Short season or cool summer areas: Gregori's Altai, Pruden's Purple, Pink Berkeley Tie Dye, Soldacki, Goldie, Gold Medal, Chianti Rose, Bush Beefsteak F1 or New Big Dwarf.
Hot, dry areas (not the interior deserts, necessarily): Dr. Lyle and Stump of the World have done well for me. Others recommended for our area include Boondocks, Brandy Boy F1, Neves Azorean Red, Giant Belgium, Marianna's Peace, Jumbo Jim Orange or Mexico (not "Mexican Beefsteak").
Hot, humid areas: JD's Special C Tex, Indian Stripe, Dixiewine or Florida Pink. I know there are more.
Really big plants: Climbing Trip-L-Crop or Pink Climber.
Competitive tomato-growing: Last I heard, "Delicious" held the world record for the largest tomato - more than 7 pounds. Burpee introduced this cultivar in 1964 after years of selection from "Beefsteak" (AKA Crimson Cushion or Ponderosa Red). Delicious is reputed to hold its flavor when the nights turn cold in fall. This is probably a good thing, since it ripens late.
Other tomatoes promoted for competition include Big Zac F1, Goliath (open pollinated - not the hybrid lines) and Believe It or Not.
I was surprised to find a giant tomato contest in the UK, because they tend to grow tomatoes in greenhouses. A cash prize is involved. How long can Delicious hold the title in the face of international competition?
The article linked above has a side discussion on tomatoes resistant to "Blight" - known as "Late Blight" in the USA. This is the organism that produced the Irish Potato Famine. A few hybrid tomato cultivars carrying specific genes for resistance to this organism have now been introduced. Two were recently released through the University of North Carolina. A few heirlooms and other tomatoes have varying amounts of natural resistance. But if you live where tomato diseases are a big problem, hybrids with known resistance to the diseases in your area may be good "crop insurance". You may still want to baby an heirloom beefsteak plant for a chance to experience sublime flavor.
Y-not: Thanks, KT!
Speaking of Benjamin Franklin:
Benjamin Franklin is sometimes erroneously credited with the idea of Daylight Saving Time.
Franklin discussed the idea of changing sleeping times in a 1784 satirical essay sent to the editor of the Journal of Paris.
"I looked at my watch, which goes very well, and found that it was but six o'clock; and still thinking it something extraordinary that the sun should rise so early, I looked into the almanac, where I found it to be the hour given for his rising on that day. I looked forward, too, and found he was to rise still earlier every day till towards the end of June; and that at no time in the year he retarded his rising so long as till eight o'clock. Your readers, who with me have never seen any signs of sunshine before noon, and seldom regard the astronomical part of the almanac, will be as much astonished as I was, when they hear of his rising so early; and especially when I assure them, that he gives light as soon as he rises. I am convinced of this. I am certain of my fact. One cannot be more certain of any fact. I saw it with my own eyes. And, having repeated this observation the three following mornings, I found always precisely the same result."
According to WebExhibits.org, Franklin thought the switchover would be easy with "All the difficulty will be in the first two or three days; after which the reformation will be as natural and easy as the present irregularity."
According to Franklin, if people were to rise an hour earlier, they would willingly go to bed an hour earlier in order to compensate. He also said the citizens of France could save the modern-day equivalent of $200 million on candles because as many wouldn't be needed if people slept when it was dark and awoke when it was light. He even worked out the math.
Well, everyone makes mistakes!
What's going on in YOUR gardens this week?
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News Roundup: Jew-Hate Edition [CBD]
Virginia State Bar boycotts Israel
This is a ham-handed attempt to cater to the BDS crowd. But every time a seemingly legitimate organization (Yeah..I know...it's lawyers) accepts the premise that Israel is outside of the world of nations it legitimizes attacks on its existence.
Jew, Or Dog? Our Favorite HBO Actor Opines
Williamson's caveat that Dunham is Jewish means nothing -- The Self-Hating Jew is an all-to-common thing. And Dunham is a leftist through and through. Her religion means very little in comparison to her political manifesto.
Speaking of Self-Hating Jews....Rep. Steve Israel Beclowns Himself
Rep. Steven King (R-IA) asked: "Here is what I don't understand, I don't understand how Jews in America can be Democrats first and Jewish second and support Israel along the line of just following their President."
Well Representative King, it's because they care more for their partisan politics than the survival of their religious and cultural origins and the existence of a staunch democratic ally in the ME.
But his colleague in the House had this to say: "Especially galling is pronouncements by people who've never been to Israel that Democrats like me are failing the loyalty test."
So...all of the Morons around here who profess unequivocal support for the State of Israel (but have never been there) are mere poseurs in comparison to Steve Israel, whose "support" of Israel includes accepting Obama's attacks on the only democracy in the ME and support for Leftist organizations that explicitly reject the concept of a free, democratic Israel.
Of course there is good news too...
Those who continue to hate Israel, hate America," Cruz said in Washington DC in September at an event called, In Defense of Christians. "Those who hate Jews, hate Christians. If those in this room will not recognize that, then my heart weeps for them.
Fundamental Concepts - Why the Left Hates Families [Weirddave]
I know that many Progs will contest this. "We don't hate families! Why I have a mother/father/spouse/child/etc.. who means the world to me! That's crazy wingnut hater talk!". That's probably true, and as individuals I'm winning to concede that they may think families are spiffy. As Progressives, however, they are in service to an ideology whose greatest obstacle is the extended and especially the nuclear family. Not Conservatives, not Christians, not the Koch brothers. The family is the greatest threat to the Progressive worldview.
In order to understand this, we must first identify what the Progressive worldview is. Boiled down to its simplest, it's this: "The government can do it better". Do what? Anything. Individual Progressives might believe that there should be certain limits on what the government should do, but the overall guiding star of the movement is that everything will work better when the government is in charge. It's nothing more than a Utopian vision: Things aren't perfect now, but when WE are in charge of them, then we can make them perfect. The fact that perfection is impossible never enters their minds.*
Don't believe me? Don't listen to me, listen to them. In 2012 the Democrat Party played a film at their convention outlining their values. "Government is just the word for things we do together" was a line prominently featured. Hillary Clinton titled her book "It takes a Village", in other words "All of us"(and what's that word for things we all do together? Hmmm.). When I say that they'll tell you, I mean that they will TELL YOU:
So what's stopping them? Well, the biggest thing that's stopping them is that America, 2015, didn't just spring into existence. We have a preexisting social infrastructure as a nation, and if they mean to replace it with big government, the existing structure must be destroyed. Government must be the only answer to the question "Who takes care of the people?", and everything the Left has been doing for the past century has this at its end. The idea that the people are capable of taking care of themselves is anathema to Progressive dogma, and as such it must be eliminated from the lexicon. Ask a Progressive what the great successes of the past hundred years have been, and I guarantee that however long their list, the following things will be prominently featured: Social Security. Welfare. Unions. Obamacare. National Education Standards. Each of these programs replaces traditional institutions that served the same function.
Social Security - Eliminates the need for extended families
Welfare - Replaces private charity
Unions - Gets rid of the idea of merit in employment
Obamacare - The individual surrenders responsibility for their own wellness to the state
National Education Standards - Indoctrinate the young, and the world will fall into your lap
And so on. They've been remarkably successful in all of these efforts, but the family has remained the hardest nut to crack, and any society that maintains a robust family structure will always be resistant to the siren song of a collectivist Utopia. A person who graduates high school and waits until after marriage to have children has a less that 10% chance of falling into poverty. That's a fact. A population where more than 90% of its members are living above the poverty line doesn't need a welfare state, private charity is more than capable of caring for those that fall through the cracks. A society where families can oversee their child's education on the local level resists ideological indoctrination. A society where parents can chose to work harder and expect to reap the rewards of that hard work and where effort is admired doesn't need unions to prop up the lazy and the corrupt. A society where strong families are able to accumulate resources over their lifetime doesn't need Social Security. In short, a society of strong families doesn't need much government at all, and Progressives know this, which is why the nuclear family must be destroyed as a cohesive social unit.
I could write about a zillion words here outlining how Progressive policies have attacked the family in the last 50 years, but I'm going to assume that most of you reading this are well aware of the statistics, how the welfare state has led to an explosion of single parent families, many of who are utterly dependent on government largess to survive. If not, there are voluminous works available online, just Bing them. I would close with one simple observation: The Progressive elite, the white upper and upper middle class, they don't practice what they preach. By and large, their lives are still structured around the traditional family. They raise their children together (even if divorced), and see that they finish school before marrying, and they make sure that all of the tradition benefits of familiar wealth accumulation, power and connection are bestowed upon their children. Abortion takes care of any nasty premarital "accidents", ensuring that their children aren't "punished with a baby". They know that the family is the key to prosperity, they just want to ensure that these benefits are reserved for those of their class and breeding. Who cares if the hoi polloi are being condemned to a lifetime of toil and misery by excessive government, Progressives have to have someone to rule, don't they?
*I'm taking their stated beliefs at face value, and many of the foot soldiers of the revolution, Lenin's "useful idiots", probably do in fact believe that they are working for a "better world". Most of the leadership behind the Progressive movement is far too smart to believe any such thing. Utopia is just the flashy bling to dazzle the rubes. Their motivations are no different than any other humans. There's an acronym that identify why people become traitors or spies - MICE - which stands for Money, Ideology, Coercion and Ego. I don't think it vastly different here, although I'd substitute Power for Coercion in those that seek to be the ruling class.
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Saturday Politics: The Totally Unofficial Pre-Primary HQ "Midterms" (and Steel Cage Death Match) [Y-not]
Are you ready to rumble?!
Today's thread is going to be a sort of "mid-term exam" of the politicians we've been tracking for the past eight months. I've resisted grading them as we go, because I think it's very difficult to do that without injecting my personal biases into it. Heck, even the CATO "scorecards" of governors seem highly subjective to me... and they're professionals.
But this week I'm going to tear off my mask and create a scorecard for the Magnificent Seven (Cruz, Haley, Jindal, Martinez, Pence, Perry, and Walker). And then I want you to do the same.
Here are the rules:
1. Each candidate must receive a grade for each category, even if that grade is 0.
2. The grades should be scored relative to these seven candidates, NOT against some conservative ideal.
3. The grading system is as follows: 1 = the best candidate of the seven on this issue/topic; 0 = an average candidate; -1 = the worst candidate on this issue/topic.
4. There can only be ONE candidate who receives a 1 and only ONE candidate who receives a -1 for each of these topics. In other words, your scoring should yield five candidates who get a 0 on any given issue.
5. A zero is NOT a bad score. It's merely an indication that the candidate (who was already pre-screened as being "acceptable" to most of the horde last Fall) is ok on this issue, but not the "best." Same thing with the -1 score; it merely indicates that when compared to the other six candidates, you think this person is the least-good. The +1 score indicates that you like this person's positions and record the best when compared to the other six candidates.
6. Be prepared to show your work.
7. In addition, you may pick two categories to "up weight" to indicate that they are of great importance to you and two categories of less importance to you to "down weight." You may use any criterion you like to decide what's important/unimportant to you.
This is not scientific. There will be "hunches" and "feelings" that each of us draws upon. There's simply no way to avoid that. However, try if you can to actually refer to their records when you're assigning the scores. (I've provided links to the relevant Saturday Politics Threads below.)
What I found in going through this process is that the rankings it produced, although not necessarily exactly what I'd guessed they'd be, "made sense" to me in retrospect. I promise you that I did not come up with this system to try to produce a particular result. This is not about persuading anyone. It's about asking yourself to identify the strengths and weaknesses of each of these seven politicians as possible 2016 prospects. Try to be honest with yourself.
One last thing. I didn't turn this into a clickable poll, so you'll have to do this on paper (template provided below) or your own computer (I used Excel). The reason is that I think it's too easy for us to click the boxes next to the name of the candidate we favor and that produces a skewed result b/c it becomes about scoring so "your guy (or gal)" wins, rather than about really looking at their records relative to each other.
Here's my scorecard:
Here's my reasoning for the scores I gave the candidates:
Best = Nikki Haley's experiences as a CFO turned successful conservative governor could help unite Chamber of Commerce set with the base.
Worst = Scott Walker entered politics after only a couple of years in the "real world" and his political experience is limited to local and state politics in a fairly small, homogenous state.
Best = Bobby Jindal's communication skills impress me, whether it be stump speeches, interviews, and impromptu pressers. He is adept at staying on message, often quite forcefully and eloquently. Ted Cruz is a close second for me, although I do not particularly like his style in stump speeches.
Worst = Rick Perry has a pattern (even since 2012) of stating good positions in a bad way. The most recent example was his comparison of firearms regulations to drivers licensing, but there have been others.
Educational Policies (Common Core)
Best = Rick Perry rejected Common Core out of the gate. As an aside, his efforts working with the higher education professionals in his state received a great deal of praise, resulting in the so-called $10K degree. Not bad for an Aggie!
Worst = Susana Martinez appears to support Common Core.
Jobs and Wages
Best = Rick Perry: Texas, QED. All kidding aside, I think of the people we're considering, Perry did best to project the "happy warrior" image as he went around the country luring employers to his state. The proof is in the pudding... and his is delicious!
Worst = Susana Martinez: New Mexico. I think Governor Martinez has made some efforts to promote job growth, but she is up against a blue and now purple legislature, plus the nature of her state holds her back, I think.
Energy (fossil fuels and nuclear, ethanol)
Best = Bobby Jindal is from an energy producing state that has had to go toe to toe with the Obama administration. A good case could also be made for others, but I am giving Jindal credit for releasing a detailed energy plan last Fall that included a phase out of the RFS.
Worst = Mike Pence supported the ethanol mandate while he was running for governor. As a legislator, he was very pro-nuke, but I see little evidence he's been effective at promoting this policy, including in Indiana.
Fiscal Responsibility (Mike Pence's here)
Best = Governor Susana Martinez managed to earn the highest CATO score and NM was ranked well in "fiscal condition" by the Mercatus Center, despite the fact that she has a liberal legislature. I think arguments could be made for Governors Walker or Perry as well. Governor Pence inherited such a great situation from Daniels and yet still seems to be drifting toward some big spending programs, so I dinged him for that.
Worst = Bobby Jindal made some efforts early in his tenure to address budget issues, but he lost ground in recent years (see Mercatus Center's report). He is now trying to play catch up by slashing Louisiana's budget.
Best = Mike Pence had a reputation as a tax-cutter when in Congress and Indiana has cut taxes under his governorship.
Worst = Scott Walker's state of Wisconsin ranks poorly in "tax climate" rankings. They are finally getting around to cutting taxes in his second term even though Wisconsin had a Republican legislature throughout most of Walker's time in office.
Labor Policies (Unions)
Best = Scott Walker: Throne of (Union) Skulls, QED.
Worst = Mike Pence seems to be the least-active of these seven in battling unions so that's why I ranked him lowest. I don't think he's particularly bad on this issue.
Best = Bobby Jindal opposes Medicaid expansion (as do several others). I gave him an edge in the rankings because he has done a lot of thinking about this and related issues, including earlier in his career.
Worst = Mike Pence appears to be on track to enact an Indiana version of Medicaid expansion, despite the conservative legislature he inherited.
Best = Ted Cruz is an eloquent and accomplished defender of the Second Amendment on the national stage, including before the Supreme Court.
Worst = Although Rick Perry is by no means a "gun grabber," I think that his occasional inability to communicate clearly on gun issues is problematic.
As of right now, I think I could vote for any one of these seven Republicans -- certainly in the general election and probably even in the GOP primary. Pence would be the one over whom I'd have to hesitate the most in the primary. There's something about him that makes me nervous. However, I think Pence could be a strong candidate in a general election because of his experience and the strength of Indiana's economic rebound, so I'm loathe to toss him out of consideration. We'll see if I change my mind after we go through some other issues, like immigration and foreign policy.
The surprise for me is that as much as I would really like to run on Perry's record in Texas, when I forced myself to reflect honestly about his "media skills" (speeches, interviews, etc), I concluded that that's his Achilles heel (so much so that it even affected his score on gun rights). I know that he is widely acknowledged as being good with "retail politics," especially connecting with voters one on one, but he does have a tendency to not clearly say what he means, especially when thinking on his feet. I've concluded that although 2012's problems were partly owing to his surgery, his performance since then suggests there's a deeper issue at play. I do not think it disqualifies him. I would still (as of today) happily vote for him in the GOP primary. But it's a weakness I can't ignore.
I suppose I was also a little surprised that Martinez, who is far from a fire-brand conservative, out-performed Pence in my grading system. I am hesitant about Pence, but I did my best to not factor that into the grades I gave him. (Nor did I give Susana Martinez extra credit for having "lady parts.") Martinez has some "wrong positions" (such as on Common Core), but she still beat Pence in this exercise.
Here are their overall scores and letter "grades" that I assigned to them based on those scores:
I tried one more grading scheme and allowed myself to upweight two issues/criteria and downweight two others based on the things I personally care most and least about. In my case, "media skills" and "jobs & wages" were each given a 2x weight and "education (Common Core)" and "gun rights" were given a 0.5 weight. Using those multipliers my candidate rankings remained fairly stable, with the exception of Martinez who dropped below Walker.
In summary, my top four GOP prospects are (in order): Jindal, Haley, Cruz, and Perry. As much as I would like to run on Perry's record in Texas, I find myself gravitating more toward Jindal, in large part because of his superior communication skills. Nikki Haley is a strong second choice (particularly given her lack of "negatives") -- I sure wish she would run.
OK, now it's YOUR turn! I've provided a blank score sheet to help you with this exercise:
How would you rank them and why?
Which of these ten topics/issues are the most important and which are the least important to you when assessing these candidates?
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EMT 3/28/15 - Pack up your Troubles edition. [krakatoa]
It's Saturday folks. Time to forget about the woes of the world, hit the links with a caddy named Jose, and pretend for the moment you can do no wrong.
You know: like Obumbles every day of the week.
Overnight Open Thread (27 Mar 2015)
Is America in decline? Yup. Can we stop it? Not with the elected leadership we have now (both D and R). The electorate is gonna have to feel a lot more pain before it can influence the political process and the media that covers for it.
Robotech movie heads to fast track at Sony. Fingers crossed this happens.
Check out this fan made film (took 4 years) about TIE fighters. I'm diggin' the anime feel to it. Already a lot better than Rebels on Disney XD.
The Most Dangerous Profession
So what earworms did the horde deal with this week?
Needles are behind the recent HIV outbreak in Indiana.
Middle East Nuclear Arms Race
Why bother with a nuclear deal with Iran when it will likely cause Saudi Arabia to obtain their own nukes which would then force Iran to drop any nuclear weapon development restrictions (not that there were any actual restrictions in the first place) agreed to with Obama? In the end, this supposed agreement with Iran that was supposed to hinder Iran's nuclear weapons development instead kicks off a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. How is that good for America?
Honoring battles, honoring the fallen, something Mayor Emanuel does not understand. Just sad that he didn't know the story behind the names of two of the airports in his state.
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TREY GOWDY: HILLARY CLINTON WIPED HER SERVER CLEAN SOMETIME AFTER THE GOVERNMENT ASKED HER FOR ALL OF HER EMAILS
Hillary Clinton wiped “clean” the private server housing emails from her tenure as secretary of state, the chairman of the House committee investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi said Friday.
“While it is not clear precisely when Secretary Clinton decided to permanently delete all emails from her server, it appears she made the decision after October 28, 2014, when the Department of State for the first time asked the Secretary to return her public record to the Department,” Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi, said in a statement.
Clinton was under a subpoena order from the panel for all documents related to the 2012 attacks on the American compound there. But David Kendall, an attorney for Clinton, said the 900 pages of emails previously provided to the panel cover its request.
Kendall also informed the committee that Clinton’s emails from her time at the State Department have been permanently erased.
Italian Supreme Court Reverses Conviction of Amanda Knox and Raphael Sollecito, Dismisses All Charges, Forever
JohnE, VerumSerum and I just did a brief 60 minute podcast.
John will have that up soon. Andy will have that up at some point. He's traveling now.
Amanda Knox's statement on the verdict: pic.twitter.com/C0XQvSteGK— John Sexton (@verumserum) March 28, 2015
Worth a Read: If you liked the vicious spectacle of the Mr. Plinkett review of the Star Wars films, you may like the Hellman-Zanotti Report, the actual appeals court ruling that ripped the Knox conviction to shreds and set her free (several years ago, before proceedings were started again).
It's a savage thing that leaves the original prosecution and judge with few tatters of dignity left.
AoSHQ Podcast: Guest, @DanaPerino
Dana Perino, co-host of Fox News Channel's The Five joins Ace, Gabe and John to discuss her new book, And the Good News Is...: Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side.
Don't worry, though, this sunny optimism is balanced with the usual commentary on bad news from around the globe.
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On Her Majesty's Personal Secret Service: Hacked Hillary/Blumenthal Emails Reveal She Was Being Fed Intelligence By Her Own Private Spy Service
So many questions here.
One important question is: Did she disclose the emails containing these intelligence reports to the government? I strongly doubt that.
Is she claiming intelligence reports about Libya, during the civil war, and in the build-up to Benghazi, are "personal"? How could she possibly claim these are not work product?
But she will claim that -- she must be claiming that.
The question that strikes me as even more deadly is:
WHO THE HELL WAS PAYING FOR THIS?
Hillary's spymaster was a former director of the Clandestine Service for the CIA in Europe. He now owns his own private intelligence firms. These are not the sorts of services purchased by poor men. These are the sorts of services purchased by very, very rich men, and big well-capitalized corporations, and even governments.
WHO WAS PAYING HILLARY'S SPYMASTER FOR HIS WORKPRODUCT?
Indeed, who was paying Blumenthal himself, who seemed to be Hillary's liaison to her spymaster?
Was Hillary writing the checks from her personal account?
I have a feeling the answer will turn out to be: The "charity" called the Clinton Global Initiative.
Major scoop from Jeff Gerth, writing at ProPublica, co-published with, of all venues, Gawker. (Which has been revealing a lot of stuff lately, to be fair, including the fact that Bill Ayers was present and partying at the Wagner-Kass wedding Obama attended.)
Starting weeks before Islamic militants attacked the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, longtime Clinton family confidante Sidney Blumenthal supplied intelligence to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gathered by a secret network that included a former CIA clandestine service officer, according to hacked emails from Blumenthal’s account.
The emails, which were posted on the internet in 2013, also show that Blumenthal and another close Clinton associate discussed contracting with a retired Army special operations commander to put operatives on the ground near the Libya-Tunisia border while Libya's civil war raged in 2011.
Blumenthal’s emails to Clinton, which were directed to her private email account, include at least a dozen detailed reports on events on the deteriorating political and security climate in Libya as well as events in other nations....
It’s unclear who tasked Blumenthal, known for his fierce loyalty to the Clintons, with preparing detailed intelligence briefs. It's also not known who was paying him, or where the operation got its money. The memos were marked "confidential" and relied in many cases on "sensitive”"sources in the Libyan opposition and Western intelligence and security services. Other reports focused on Egypt, Germany, and Turkey.
Indeed, though they were sent under Blumenthal’s name, the reports appear to have been gathered and prepared by Tyler Drumheller, a former chief of the CIA's clandestine service in Europe who left the agency in 2005. Since then, he has established a consulting firm called Tyler Drumheller, LLC. He has also been affiliated with a firm called DMC Worldwide, which he co-founded with Washington, D.C., attorney Danny Murray and former general counsel to the U.S. Capitol Police John Caulfield. DMC Worldwide’s now-defunct website describes it at as offering "innovative security and intelligence solutions to global risks in a changing world."
Read it all. It's incredible.
Given Hillary's close relationship with a former head of the CIA's Clandestine Branch, I have new questions about Michael Morrell, the former CIA officer who was so very helpful to Hillary during her Benghazi tribulations, and who later wound up as a paid senior executive in the Beacon Global Strategies group, working under Hillary's top advisor Phillip Reines and alongside Hillary's man Leon Panetta.
Richard Engel: US Allies in Gulf Won't Tell Obama Anything Because They Believe That Obama Is Leaking Secret Information to Iran to Kiss Up To Them
And I don't mean Engel or the Saudis. I mean Obama.
The Saudis began operations in Yemen without informing the US -- a hitherto unlikely scenario.
But they kept the operation a secret.
Because they think Obama is so determined to make kissy-face with Iran that he would have leaked their battle plans directly to their enemy.
They no longer consider the US "reliable."
Starting at 1:51.
Times of Israel: "Deal" to Be "Signed" Tuesday on Iran Nukes; But Iran Gets Rid of Nuclear... Symbols on Its Currency
I don't know who to believe here-- the British Foreign Secretary said not much would be written down, but the Times of Israel is saying something would be signed.
What would be signed? I guess if you just wanted something to sign, you could type up a Statement of Candy and Unicorn Pleasures.
As previously reported, Iran gets to keep enriching uranium at its fortified, subterranean nuclear base at Fordo:
What has been agreed is that Iran will be allowed to continue to operate its secretive underground facility at Fordo, the TV station’s well-connected Middle East analyst Ehud Ya’ari said. Ya’ari, who did not give a source for his information, echoed the widespread Israeli description of the emerging deal as "bad."
Meanwhile, though, there is some great news. Iran just unveiled their new 50,000 rials bank note.
Since 2007, at the previous height of the Iran nuke crisis, Iran has shown off the nuclear symbol (that is, an atom) on this bill, as a gesture of defiance to America.
But they're now taking that symbol off, because, Peaceful Nukes now!!!
Yayyy! We Win!!!
British Foreign Secretary: We'll Have a "Narrative" Coming Out of the Talks; Nothing Will Be Written Down, But That Doesn't Matter
We'll still have our Narrative.
Brits: Iran nuke deal would be vague, unwritten
By EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE 3/27/15 1:00 PM EDT
No specifics, nothing written, perhaps not even anything that Iran and the international negotiating partners say as one--that's the most to expect out of the nuclear talks now running up against the deadline in Switzerland, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Friday.
But even concluding this round of talks with that level of ambiguity, Hammond said, would count as a significant success. And he thinks they'll get it.
As has been often remarked, diplomats always say their efforts end in success. They are the most self-deceptive imbeciles in the world. No matter how they fail at their stated objectives, they say that whatever happened is a "success."
Just talking is a "success," you know.
"We envisage being able to deliver a narrative. Whether that is written down or not, I don’t think is the crucial issue,”This will be a political statement, or perhaps political statements from the [negotiating partners] and Iran which create enough momentum to make it clear that we've now got this boulder over the hill and we are into the detailed work to produce an agreement."
The "political statement" is that Iran gets its nuke and if Israel interferes they are guilty of war crimes.
The other political statement is that Barack Obama just gave Obamacare to the World.
Of Course: Obama Now Turning on P5+1 Allies on Iran, Bullying Them Into Supporting a Bad Deal
The View From the French Security Establishment: Obama Is "Politically Naive," Thinks Iran Will Save Him In Syria and Iraq
You know it's a bad deal when even the French are calling it too French.
By the way, kudos to the Free Beacon and Adam Kredo for what seems to be scoop.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland--Efforts by the Obama administration to stem criticism of its diplomacy with Iran have included threats to nations involved in the talks, including U.S. allies, according to Western sources familiar with White House efforts to quell fears it will permit Iran to retain aspects of its nuclear weapons program.
A series of conversations between top American and French officials, including between President Obama and French President Francois Hollande, have seen Americans engage in behavior described as bullying by sources who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon.
The disagreement over France’s cautious position in regard to Iran threatens to erode U.S. relations with Paris, sources said.
Tension between Washington and Paris comes amid frustration by other U.S. allies, such as Saudi Arabia and Israel. The White House responded to this criticism by engaging in public campaigns analysts worry will endanger American interests.
Benjamin Haddad, previously advisor to the French in negotiations and now a researcher at the Hudson Institute, said:
"The French want a deal, but they see no rush and repeat that Iranians need a deal more than we do, and that we shouldn't fix artificial deadlines that put more pressure on us than Iran."
But this "deal" is more about restraining Iran's enemies than Iran.
One source in Europe close to the ongoing diplomacy said the United States has begun to adopt a "harsh" stance toward its allies in Paris.
"There have been very harsh expressions of displeasure by the Americans toward French officials for raising substantive concerns about key elements of what the White House and State Department negotiators are willing to concede to Iran," said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. "That is because the clarifications expose just how weak the Americans' deal is shaping up to be."
Thanks to @redsteeze.
The French View: Here's a report on this from two days ago (March 25), in Le Fig.
Tensions Between France and the United States on Iran's Nukes
The negotiations between the great powers and Iran restart Thursday at Lausanne, while the deadline of March 31 approaches.
The French ambassador to the UN, Francois Delattre, stated again to the Security Council: Iran's progress was "insufficient" for guaranteeing the longterm peaceful character of its nuclear program. We must have an agreement "robust" repeated Laurent Fabius [the Foreign Minister]. The tensions between the French and Americans concern many points of the deal, of which the technical details should be finalized June 30. Paris wants more [!!!!] restrictions on the program of Research and Development, in order to stop the Iranians from constructing even better centrifuges. France also wants the period of restriction to be 15 years rather than 10 [sought by Obama]. France is further skeptical of the idea of quickly suspending some UN sanctions. Barack Obama, say the French diplomats, seems to be ready to make concessions which are far removed from the objectives initially agreed to by the six great powers.
I should point out that France still thinks it's a great power, which is cute.
Then again, I guess we think that too.
"The differences are not made-up. At the core, it's about a strategic problem," comments Bruno Tertrais, director of research at the Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS). The White House wants to invest in the relationship with Iran for fixing the conflicts in the Middle East and especially in Syria and Iraq, where Teheran more and more openly pulls the strings. "It's political naivite. The White House has given in to illusions about the type of relationship that it thinks is possible to cultivate with Iran and of the possible positive consequences of an agreement on nukes on the [whole of the] Middle East," Tertrais further said.
Indeed, for long months, the French and Americans have no longer had the same definition of what would be a "bad deal."
So: Obama doesn't want to lead or even act in Syria and Iraq, and doesn't know what to do there.
So he's counting on Iran to fix these problems for him, and Iran is telling him the price of that is giving them their nukes.
And Obama, who never met a cop-out or "Present" vote he didn't like, is gung-ho to take that deal.
He will take any deal that gets him out to the golf-courses again.
BTW: This expert said this about Syria and Iraq two days ago -- but a White House source confirmed this was Obama's deluded thinking last night.
Anonymous Officials: You Know, Bergdahl's Really A Hero. He Was Trying to Walk to the Nearest US Military Base to Report His Platoonmates' Wrongdoing.
They're the real villains here, you know.
There are no depths to which these monsters will not descend, JWF says, and he's right.
Team Obama-Bergdahl has trotted out this line before. The spin served with honor and distinction, just like Bergdahl.
Guys, this whole unit discipline excuse for Bergdahl was floated and slapped down last June. http://t.co/mfvxW5jGzx— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) March 27, 2015
All this crap about the unit being "unruly" concerned video of the troops not wearing helmets and armor in the field. Make no mistake, "armor discipline" is an important thing in the Army. But also make no mistake, you need to strictly enforce discipline to get troops to keep helmets and armor on, because they are heavy, hot, and uncomfortable. If you watch old Vietnam footage, you'll see troops without helmets all the time. And armor is even more rare.
Not wearing armor is a reason to get on the troops' leader, and give a talking to the troops. But this fairly minor event has been blown up by a media desperate to rescue Obama as possibly meaning... well, the picture they're trying to paint is that these troops went around killing and raping civilians, isn't it? When in fact their major sin was not wearing helmets.
Was He Going to Report on America's Wrongdoing?
Was He Planning On Reporting This Fellow Soldier's Wrongdoing?
Georges Lemmen, "Snowy Evening" (1910)
Friday Morning News Dump
- Harry Reid Won't Seek Re-Election
- Final Minutes Of Doomed Germanwings Flight
- In Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew Built A Welfare State That Works
- US Caves On Iranian Nuke Deal
- Can Jewish Americans Support Both Democrats And Israel?
- A Comprehensive Failure In Washington
- US Stock Market Is Just Way Too Rigging Easy
- NASA Plans To Bring Boulder Into Moon's Orbit
- The Wrong Time To Coddle
- Facebook Doesn't Want You To Read This Article (Not A Click Bait Headline)
- Fed Prepares Rate Hike
- Political Correctness Is Devouring Itself
- Gee, I Wonder Why No One Watches MSNBC
- Four Things We Need In The Republicans' 2016 Nominee
Overnight Open Thread (3-26-2015)
Busy. Drinking. Not caring. Too unmotivated at the moment to give you the punishment and abuse you deserve. But considering outsourcing it to an Indian consulting service. Those guys will work for rupees and aren't hung up at all on ethics or US Laws.
The latest man to score an interview with President Obama, Shane Smith, has conducted some hard-hitting interviews, including one with a Japanese sex doll.
Friendly governments spy on friendly government. That's how friends make sure who are their real friends.
The way the U.S. allegedly found out Israel was spying on the nuke negotiations was because the U.S. was spying on Israel.
There is a simple rule here, a rule of legislation, a rule of business, a rule of life: beyond a certain point, complexity is fraud. You can apply that rule to left-wing social programs, but you can also apply that rule to credit derivatives, hedge funds, all the rest of it.
-- PJ O'Rourke
Bill Clinton is not a hypocrite. If a man believes that it is just and moral to redistribute wealth, there is nothing hypocritical in his attempts to redistribute some of that wealth to himself.
-- PJ 'O'Rourke
In fact the Obama administration has been consistently undermining Nigeria's fight with Boko Haram. Either as part of a malevolent strategy or just general fecklessness.
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
If you enjoyed 1939 and 1979, get ready for 2015.
And guns too I'm assuming. Well then the ATF, DEA, and USMS want YOU!
Not quite the panic-inducing threat the warmalists seem to think it is.
Well whatever you think it is, you're probably wrong in some way.
I'm surprised Jackson, TN and Rockford, IL had neighborhoods in the top five.
Short answer: Run. Run like the wind. Cut all ties to your previous life. Convince her you're dead. Consider re-emerging in a couple of years. But always check for ex shadows like a scared groundhog.
Yahoo group. That is all.
Come on be a smartie and join the yahoo group party! For the children.
And my lo-fi Twitter spew.
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OBAMA CAVES ON ALL ISSUES IN DESPERATE RUSH TO GUARANTEE IRAN A NUCLEAR BOMB
Just so everyone understands: this document is not Obama's attempt to impose restraints on Iran. Rather, it is his attempt to impose restraints on The United States, and of course the Hated Jewish State of Israel.
Obama's real goal throughout this process has been to deliver Iran 8 unimpeded years of bomb research on his watch, and then bind the hands of his successor to guarantee Iran another 8-12+ years as well.
This entire process is designed to legitimize Iran's nuclear program so that the United States (and Israel) will be restrained from attacking Iran's bomb sites.
As usual, then, Obama's efforts are not directed towards safeguarding the US, but rather safeguarding the US' enemies, which are of course his allies.
The Obama administration is giving in to Iranian demands about the scope of its nuclear program as negotiators work to finalize a framework agreement in the coming days, according to sources familiar with the administration’s position in the negotiations.
U.S. negotiators are said to have given up ground on demands that Iran be forced to disclose the full range of its nuclear activities at the outset of a nuclear deal, a concession experts say would gut the verification the Obama administration has vowed would stand as the crux of a deal with Iran.
With the White House pressing to finalize a deal, U.S. diplomats have moved further away from their demands that Iran be subjected to oversight over its nuclear infrastructure.
"Instead of ensuring that Iran answers all the outstanding questions about the past and current military dimensions of their nuclear work in order to obtain sanctions relief, the U.S. is now revising down what they need to do," said the source. "That is a terrible mistake--if we don’t have a baseline to judge their past work, we can’t tell if they are cheating in the future, and if they won't answer now, before getting rewarded, why would they come clean in the future?"
I demand that Hillary Clinton be made to answer fully and frequently about her position on this treachery.
I mean... What could go wrong? pic.twitter.com/hOySgUucWi— Maleficent Sextape (@DerickjThompson) March 25, 2015
Hillary Super Fans Lay Down The Law On "Sexist" Words You Can't Use When Reporting on Hillary
And boy hardy! Is that a fitting name!
"Now that we're gearing up into a presidential election, we are going to watch how the media reports again on Clinton," he said. "We support any Democrat, but we're very sensitive to media sexism."
In an email titled "Your Obsessive and Loathsome Coverage," West warned newsrooms this week that he and other Clinton supporters will be on the lookout for instances of sexism directed at the presumed Democratic Party nominee.
"We continue to experience vile and hateful responses anytime we speak out against sexist reporting, sexist comments, or post positive facts about Hillary Clinton and her record," read the email, which was obtained by the Examiner. "[W]e will not tolerate any form of sexist news coverage of any woman who chooses to break through glass ceilings; whether as a CEO or running for President of these United States."
The email, which was spearheaded by West, listed examples of the times newsrooms have supposedly been sexist towards Clinton, including a New York Times' report that she continued to "scramble in the dirt on the crabbed limbs of legal compliance," a Washington Post description of the 67-year-old as a "stale, musty" car, and a New Yorker description of her as "petulant."
A recipient of West's email, Times reporter Amy Chozick, noted on Twitter Wednesday that HRC Super Volunteers had contacted her. She then listed West's many examples of media's sexist descriptors for Clinton, including "polarizing," "calculating," "disingenuous," "insincere," "ambitious," "inevitable," "entitled" and "over-confident."
I don't see any mention there of "cankles."
F A K E ? ! ? ! That's what Ken White (Popehat) says, and now that he brings it up, this all does seem like a rightwing prankster.
Happy to see sexist media owning up but this should be more clear. There are more than 13 words that are off limits. http://t.co/jJ6LbMmUsS— HRC Super Volunteers (@HRCSuperVols) March 26, 2015
Amnesty International: Palestinian Rockets Killed More of Their Own Citizens Than Israeli Ones; Deadliest Attack on Palestinian Civilians During War Was a Misfiring Palestinian Rocket
Quick, let's condemn Israel some more for not building the Palestinians better terror rockets.
Amnesty International said Thursday Palestinian rocket fire during the 2014 summer war in Gaza had killed more civilians in the Gaza Strip than in Israel.
The damning report urged armed Palestinian groups to end attacks on civilians in Israel and to protect those in the Gaza Strip from the effects of such attacks.
The militant group Hamas, which de facto rules Gaza and led fighting against Israel during the conflict, slammed the report as "biased" and accused Amnesty of being a "Zionist organisation".
Amnesty said rocket attacks had killed six civilians in Israel, including a child, but that other rockets aimed at the Jewish state had fallen short and killed at least 13 civilians, 11 of them children, in Gaza.
That was the deadliest own-goal, which Palestinian witnesses of course claimed had been fired by an Israeli F-16. In fact, an examination of the pieces of the weapon showed that it was a Palestinian rocket.
Obama was reportedly so angry about this report that he passed Ayatollah Khamenei the plans for the hydrogen bomb.
Romney Shows Brian-Williams-Level Comedy Chops on Jimmy Fallon
Well, a lot better than Brian Williams.
I know this is a horrible post. I am looking for stuff. There's a lot of stuff but it all feels pawed-over, like, I can put up stuff about Germanwings but I have to think you've already thought all the thoughts you're going to think about that.
Oh well, there is this: Scott Walker says he doesn't support a pathway to citizenship for illegals, and says it's a lie to claim he "flip-flopped" into saying that, and Allah says he's a Big Liar in the first place, because he's always supported a pathway to citizenship and likely always will.
Building Explosion in NYC
What happened here is confused: First Shep Smith said it was a collapse which probably ruptured a gas line, now he has on a guy who says the event began with a first-floor explosion.
They don't know yet if people are trapped in the building.
The building is at 125 2nd Avenue, near 7th Street.
But based on that photo, there cannot possibly be any living people trapped.
But when life gives you lemons, make lemonaid.
Also: people taking selfies in front of the burning building— Kathrin Werner (@Kathrin_Werner) March 26, 2015
But the Crusades: Two Men, High Horse, Of Islamic Persuasion, The Inquisition, Plot Attack on National Guard Base, Jim Crow
U.S. Army National Guard soldier and his cousin have been arrested on charges of conspiring to support Islamic State, the Department of Justice said on Thursday.
Army National Guard Specialist Hasan Edmonds, 22, was arrested at Chicago Midway International Airport while attempting to fly to Cairo, Egypt, the Justice Department said. Jonas Edmonds, 29, was arrested at his Aurora, Illinois, home.
"Disturbingly, one of the defendants currently wears the same uniform of those they allegedly planned to attack," said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Carlin, in a statement.
And no one is willing to publicly discuss reducing immigration from Muslim lands, despite the fact that distressingly high fraction of Muslims currently follow a creed of murder.
Nope! We're just going to have to occasionally be murdered, and at all times be poorer than we would otherwise be (an enormous intelligence service is expensive), because we somehow "owe it" to the Islamic world or something.
Because the Crusades.