January 17, 2017

Countdown Monday Tuesday Overnight Thread (1/16/17) (1/17/17)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

What did you spend the day doing? The ONT hopes you were up to nothing. Really. A National Nothing Day.


Tomorrow January 17th is a day that the Kennedy clan will celebrate.

Quotes of The Day

Quote I

Without tenderness, a man is uninteresting.-Marlene Dietrich

Quote II

Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future.- Lewis B. Smedes

Quote III

We are healed from suffering only by experiencing it to the full.- Marcel Proust

Quote IV

We should measure welfare's success by how many people leave welfare, not by how many are added.- Ronald Reagan

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Seventeen Years Ago Today, the Little-Known Drudge Report Was BREAKING HARD....


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President Obama, Who's Totally Horrified By Leaks That Hurt National Security, Commutes Bradley Manning's Sentence Down to Time Served, Plus Five More Months


He was sentenced to remain in jail until 2045 for leaking huge amounts of classified information about the US military, as well as State Department cables.

Now he'll be in jail until... mid-May.

As many people have observed: Leaks that hurt US national security are meh at worse, but leaks that hurt Democratic political ambitions? Unforgivable.

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John Lewis Admits That He Did Skip Bush's Inauguration in 2001, Also Claiming That President Was "Illegitimate;"
Reuters Headline: "Trump Accuses Civil Rights Leader... of Lying"


He accused him of lying? Or correctly noted that he was lying?

Or is Reuters suggesting that Lewis has dementia and therefore cannot remember rather large events in one's life, not so long ago?

Below the fold, some tweets on this, Lewis' accusation against himself of lying, and Ekdahl and Salena Zito noting Reuters' curious gloss on the event.

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Shock: Widow of Orlando Nightclub Shooter Was Terror Wife


I've had it with these Zionist Lies!!!

Instapundit has the excerpt (above); here's the original story at FoxNews.


Salman, 30, "did knowingly aid and abet" her husband's attempts to support the Islamic State terror group, the two-count indictment unsealed on Tuesday stated. It also charged her with obstruction of justice. The indictment painted a much different picture from her claim she was clueless about his intentions.

The "aiding and abetting" charge signals that the feds believe she played a major role in the attack, a former federal prosecutor told FoxNews.com. "If you give somebody a gun knowing that they are going to use it to rob a bank, in the eyes of the law you are just as guilty as the bank robber," John Malcolm, Director of the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, said.


As for the obstruction charge, prosecutors said Salman "knowingly" misled police and the FBI about the massacre.

However, she drove him to the nightclub at least once before the attack, a law enforcement source told Fox News. In addition, she reportedly shopped with her husband at a Walmart where he bought bullets.

Video at the link.

Salman was born in Afghanistan.

Also, the Fort Lauderdale airport shooter confessed he was inspired by the foreign terror caliphate ISIS.

Not a single case of foreign-originating terrorism occurred on US soil during Barack Obama's watch, the media lied.

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UK Prime Minister Teresa May Gives Speech Indicating She'll Be Pursuing the "Hard Brexit" Option


There are three general options May could choose:

"Hard Brexit," where the UK exits the common market entirely and relies only on general trade agreements of the World Trade Organization in trading with its continental partners (plus any bilateral agreements it can strike up). The UK would gain almost all of its sovereignty back in this option.

Favoured by ardent Brexiteers, a hard Brexit arrangement would likely see the UK give up full access to the single market and full access of the customs union along with the EU.

The arrangement would prioritise giving Britain full control over its borders, making new trade deals and applying laws within its own territory.

"Soft Brexit" means the UK bargains with the EU and tries to remain in the common market by making some concessions on otherwise-sovereign decisionmaking -- almost surely on immigration. And because Angela Merkel's government has suggested that there will be no special breaks for the UK unless they cave on just about everything else, "Soft Brexit" means, basically, almost no real Brexit at all. Germany (and France) has the whip hand, and they know it. Any minor concession by the EU will only come with major concessions from the UK.

Finally, there was (maybe still is) the possibility of "No Brexit at all." After all, a referendum by the people doesn't have to be respected by the political elites. The political elites really don't care much about the consent of the governed.

But May has been saying for a while that "Brexit means Brexit," and that she will not seek to undermine the people's decision.

Now she's delivered a speech about the principles guiding her in negotiating Britain's exit from the EU, and most are taking this as a "Hard Brexit" positioning. Though, of course, this is negotiating tactic; it's possible she's just matching Germany's declared hardline stance with her own hardline stance, and that something between Hard and Soft can be agreed to once everyone has done the required number of "I'm leaving this room, do not contact me again" door-slams.

Here are some of the principles she claims she will fight for:

May has set out her Brexit plans over 12 points in a speech at Lancaster House in London. Key among these was a commitment for the UK to leave the EU's single market, and that MPs and peers will get a final vote on the deal.

Other elements of the speech included that the UK would not be a full member of the customs union, but would hope to strike some sort of tariff-free deal, and continue to cooperate over areas like crime and anti-terrorism.

May said that “no deal for Britain is better than a bad deal”, raising the possibility of the UK leaving the EU on default World Trade Organisation rules.

She also reiterated Philip Hammond’s threat that if the EU failed to offer a good deal, the UK could move to become a low-tax regime to poach investment.


In case you're concerned the MPs could reject May's proposed exit from the common market...

May's spokeswoman also said that the parliamentary vote would not stop Brexit, raising the likelihood that if MPs turned down the eventual deal the UK would leave the EU under WTO trade rules.

May now having rattled her Iron Saber, it's time for the EU to rattle their own; the main spokesman for the group negotiating with Britain for its exit had this to say in return, on Twitter.

Guy Verhofstadt (@GuyVerhofstadt) Britain has chosen a hard Brexit. May's clarity is welcome--but the days of UK cherry-picking and Europe a la cart are over.

Guy Verhofstadt
Threatening to turn the UK into a deregulated tax heaven will not only hurt British people--it is a counterproductive negotiating tactic
January 17, 2017

World War Trump, it sounds like.

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Trump Considering Cutting Government Budget by 10%, Federal Workforce by 20%


Trump promises the moon and the stars, but I at least like the direction of this claim.

Making good on a promise to slash government, President-elect Trump has asked his incoming team to pursue spending and staffing cuts.

Insiders said that the spending reductions in some departments could go as high as 10 percent and staff cuts to 20 percent, numbers that would rock Washington if he follows through.

At least two so-called "landing teams" in Cabinet agencies have relayed the call for cuts as part of their marching orders to shrink the flab in government.

Looks like the Trump transition teams are big fans of our GAINZZZ philosophy.

I nominate Sixkiller for Secretary of Deadlifts and Broseidon for National Squat Advisor.

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It's Official: Dissent Is Officially Patriotic Again, Three Days Ahead of Schedule!


First Seal of the Apocalypse of Dissent Being Patriotic Again: Nobel Lunatic Paul Krugman calls Trump "illegitimate" is an act of patriotism. (Link to Matt Vespa of Townhall discussing the column, not the column itself.)

Second Seal of the Apocalypse of Dissent Being Patriotic Again: Celebrities grabbing American flags by the pussy.

Ever notice leftwingers only deploy patriotic signalling in protest against a Republican? They never just express their love of America just to express their love of America. When things are going okay (per their standards), they never drape the flag around themselves or say nice things about the country.

They would consider that kitschy, unenlightened, and oh yeah, Also Racist.

They only attempt to claim the symbols of America as an act of contemptuous insult against actual Americans, and only when they're pissed off at actual Americans.

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Meet the Generals Leading the Intelligence Community's War on a Duly Elected President


Mollie Hemingway recaps the intelligence community's many illegal leaks against Trump, and rounds up the usual suspects who should be asked closely about their participation in the leaks.

Let me suggest this: The very fact that the media won't ask these men closely about the leaks suggests to me the media knows that one or more of them are leaking -- one doesn't rake one's own source over the coals on television, after all.

The media has asked Russian officials if they "hacked the election," and then cast snarky doubt on their denials.

Why aren't we getting any of that with the US intelligence community leakers?

A plausible answer, it seems to me, is that the media is protecting the sources it knows damn well are the leakers.

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Mr. Trump: For Science Advisor, You Can't Do Better Than Dr. Judith Curry

—J.J. Sefton


Blinding You With Real Science

It's fun watching radical environmentalists' heads explode at the appointment of fossil fuel proponent and global warming skeptic Scott Pruitt to head the EPA. But the headwaters of the Green movement (which is in fact the Red movement in disguise), like much of the anti-western Left, can be found in academia. Not merely restricted to the liberal arts, the hard sciences have now become politicized to a highly dangerous level. Beyond the dogma peddled by colleagues, a large part is the vicious cycle of research being funded via government grants. And since governments (especially under Obama) have a political agenda to push, in order to get along, you go along. So Lysenkoism is the order of the day in too many respected institutions, and those who do not go along are not just denied crucial funding for research, they are publicly attacked and threatened with the destruction of their careers and livelihoods.

Such is the case with Dr. Judith Curry. Despite being a foremost expert in the field of climatology, Dr. Curry has come under vicious assault for her stated beliefs that essentially the notion of man-caused climate change is complete bullshit. Here she is in a clip from 2015 giving testimony before a Senate committee. Noted intellectual lightweight Senator Ed Markey attempts to give her the Torquemada treatment and she (along with co-panelist Mark Steyn) swats him down like the insect he is:

I do not know if a National Science advisor has been nominated yet. But I cannot think of a more powerful message that can be sent to academia, and the Left in general, that the era of political persecution, censorship of opposing viewpoints and the junk science of Bill Nye and Neil DeGrasse Tyson is over than by President Trump appointing Dr. Judith Curry as his National Science Advisor.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread


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Saint Francis In Meditation
Francisco de Zurbarán

I saw this painting over the weekend, and the photo above is a pale reflection of it. My first thought was that it was an El Greco, because it seemed to glow with an inner light, like View Of Toledo.

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The Morning Report 1/17/17

—J.J. Sefton


Good morning, kids. The one item that stands out is the story about some thug who accosted an interracial couple enjoying a quiet meal by spouting off excerpts from the Nuremberg Laws in Ebonics. But in Obama's Amerika, punching the miscreant's lights out would be the hate crime that sends you to the gulag. The restraint the gentleman had is incredible considering the fear and disgust you could see on his girlfriend's face. Personally, I blame society: the Great Society, to be precise and pig-ignorant stooges like John Lewis for inflicting it on all of us. Other than that, I meant to post something about the life of Steven McDonald a few days ago but got sidetracked. New Yorkers will remember him for being left a quadriplegic after being shot by a robbery suspect, but his life afterwards is a testament to greatness. Thanks to Mindful Webworker for the SCOAMF countdown art. Have a better one and remain blessed.

UPDATE: I'm now unsure about the veracity of the video purporting to show the harassment of an interracial couple. We don't know where and when this happened, and that should've been a red flag for me. I'll keep it up but take it under advisement.

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Monday Overnight Open Thread (1/16/17)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian


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No, John Lewis Isn't Making an Unprecedented Stand by Boycotting Trump's Inauguration.
He Boycotted Bush's Too


And he also claimed Bush was illegitimate.

This racist is boycotting all presidents with skin colors not his own.

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New Project Veritas: "DisruptJ20," A Collection of Leftwing Hate Groups, Caught on Video Conspiring to "Shut Down" Inauguration and Inaugural Events


One of the plans includes setting of butyric acid stink bombs in the Deploraball's ventilation system.

Mischief? Well, it wouldn't be mischief if people, mistaking the bitter chemical smell for a lethal chemical terror attack, panicked and fled the ball and wound up trampling people.

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Widow of Pulse Nightclub Shooter Omar Mateen Arrested in San Francisco for Obstruction of Justice



The FBI arrested the wife of the Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen on charges of obstruction of justice, a US law enforcement official said on Monday.
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The Intel Community "Deep State" Is Conducting Political Warfare inside the US


They do this a lot -- ineffectually -- in foreign countries.

Now they're doing the same thing here, and just as ineffectuality.

Video at the link, but here are some quotes:

"It cast doubt, not on CNN, but on the intelligence community and what they're doing exactly," Hemingway said. "Obviously they're leaking like sieves in an ongoing war against the president [elect]. So BuzzFeed kind of pulled the curtain back, showing how the intelligence community -- particularly the more partisan brass, not the intelligence officers who do the good work -- how they use the media to punish or destroy their political enemies."

"That is a very important journalistic story, and one that I think should be covered as journalists are sort of cooperating with this intelligence community campaign against the president [elect]," she said. "As we take this information from them we should also apply skepticism."

Asked if she thought intelligence officials were pushing these stories, Hemingway said U.S.Director of National Intelligence James "Clapper is a guy who lied to Congress about whether he was spying on them, he lied under oath about whether he was collecting information on hundreds of millions of Americans. We've had the intelligence community get in trouble for some political decisions about releasing information on Syria, creating an echo chamber to push the Iran deal. So as we take this information from them, we should also be applying skepticism and that’s something that’s not just right now but really going back decades. It's a lesson we keep failing to learn."

What scares me here is not the sinisterness of this -- but the gross incompetence, clumsiness, and obviousness of it.

This is the agency "covertly" attempting to influence foreign nations to our advantage? Using this level of deftness of touch? Hiding their hands to this extent?

I always thought Idiocracy was both a plausible and unsettling end-of-days scenario. It was unsettling because there was no heroism in humanity's last stand, just a pitiful stupidity. Other apocalypse scenarios at least give you the mercy of a powerful and capable villain -- so that even if you die, you die nobly and heroically, battling a worthy foe.

This entire episode is revealing our IC to not be some sinister and capable organization, but instead to be sinister and incompetent, incapable, and impotent.

But very energetic -- in a spastic, fumbling way -- in their determination to make their lurching presence felt.

It's frightening to think that the world is controlled by powerful unseen forces -- but it's terrifying to think the world is clumsily manipulated by borderline retards who imagine themselves to be kingmakers and kingbreakers.

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Political Palate-Cleanser: Would You Go Under the Knife Knowing 99.99% of the Hospital Staff Are Lefties, and You. . . Aren't?

—J.J. Sefton


Now THAT right there is Presidential Medal of Freedom-worthy, IMHO. But it's exactly the pickle the witty, and wickedly funny, conservative author and columnist Harry Stein found himself in the day after the election.

Ah, but was there ever a better time to be stuck in a hospital room, with a TV for company, than in the days that followed? There they were, hour after hour, the still disbelieving and distraught journalists struggling to make sense of it. I'd never before watched MSNBC for more than 30 seconds, but now I was nightly trying to guess who'd be angrier or more bitter, Maddow or O'Donnell. And then there were Joy and Whoopi on The View. Talk about bliss!

The one hitch was that, under the circumstances, I had to keep it to myself. If, as Ronald Reagan famously joked to his surgeon, "I hope you're a Republican," I could be pretty sure most of those tending to me in a New York hospital were anything but; and how hard would it have been, really, as I lay there helpless, for some unregenerate Hillary fan of an orderly to slip one of those untraceable killer drugs into my medicine port? More than once, hearing approaching footfalls, I quickly switched to The Price Is Right or Jay Leno's Garage.

Read the whole thing, and if you aren't familiar with Stein's work, you should be. He's a contributing editor over at the terrific City Journal and author of numerous works, both fiction and non fiction. His most recent is the (sadly) perennially-pertinent No Matter What, They'll Call This Book Racist.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread


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The New Arrival
Auguste Toulmouche

Very Victorian, even though he was a Frog. But it is a sweet scene, executed marvelously....

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The Morning Report 1/16/17

—J.J. Sefton


Good morning, kids. Hope you all had a great weekend but at last, the end of a rhetorical eight-year death march is, mercifully, in sight. I've chosen a number of particularly infuriating items today that have the common themes of chutzpah and hypocrisy. So, I've been inspired to coin a new word: chutz-pocrisy. Both are standard operating procedures of the Left but each of these items are breathtaking in their abundance of each. See if you can identify them. And, although I have not forgotten about my call for McStains to resign, I add John Lewis to that list. Whatever noble sacrifice he made years ago in the service of civil rights has now been more than offset by his time as a congressman in service to a party that has all but destroyed black America ever since. John Lewis is a disgrace and if he had any decency or self-awareness, he'd apologize to the American people and seek anonymity for the rest of his days. Have a better one and remain blessed.

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Sunday Overnight Open Thread (1/15/17)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

Quotes of The Day

Quote I

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
― Benjamin Franklin

Quote II

“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

Quote III

“Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves”
― Abraham Lincoln

The ONT attempts to be funny, thought provoking and helpful. Here's our attempt at being helpful. How to survive Blue Monday.

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MSM Delenda Est


You have to see this to believe it. Lying, partisan CNN hacks can't understand why everybody despises them.

They have no clue. They literally have no clue.

Ha ha ha ha!! Their bewildered butt-hurt fills me with joy, and invigorates me like warm sunshine after a dreary winter.

And here's my editorial response to the CNN panel of lying sh*tweasels:

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Food Thread: A Food Show Host Who Is Not A Dick?


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H/T to some Moron who didn't (too embarrassed?) to give his nic

I watch Guy Fieri's flagship show, "Diners, Drive-ins And Dives," mostly because some of the dishes he finds are fantastic looking, and often quite inventive. But his schtick wore thin a long time ago....the frosted tips, the silly glasses worn backwards, the stupid teenager shorts and flip-flops, and his seemingly congenital inability to swallow food. What? Oh...just watch. He never swallows. And his opinions of the food are scripted too. Nothing is the best,; it always "one of the best." Hey Guy...just say what you think? That might be interesting.

But here is another perspective, courtesy of commenter "Lizzy," and I must say, it is pleasant to read about a celebrity who isn't a total dick in real life. Here's What Happens After Guy Fieri Visits a Restaurant is a refreshing antidote to the typical celebrity chef who is an awesomely vile person to everyone except the reviewers and the high rollers who finance his next venture.

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All Good Things Must Come To An End

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

If it wasn't pay for play, why is the Clinton Slush Fund & Massage Parlor Global Initiative is closing its doors for good?

A huge part of Americana soon to be gone. The Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey Circus to close.

Speaking of things that must come to an end. The last week of the Obama Reign of Terror Administration. Adios you Jug Ear F*cker.

Open thread until some food whiz comes along to enlighten us.

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 01-15-2017: Fallen Idols


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Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes. Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, where men are men, all the 'ettes are hotties, safe spaces are underneath your house and are used as protection against actual dangers, like natural disasters, Russian hackers, Michael Moore at an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet, and somebody sneaking carrots into your chili. Also special snowflakes do not get respect, but instead, belly laughs. And unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these pants, which should be sent back to the 1970s with extreme prejudice.

"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library"
--Jorge Luis Borges

Where's The Beef?

I have a couple of recommendations from Mary Clogginstein and all the gals down at the Brattleboro, VT, Womyn's Reproductive Health Care Clinic and Chop Shop who have been in deep mourning since November 8th as Obama is being rudely shoved out the door by that ruffian Trump.

The Meaning of Michelle: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own, edited by Veronica Chambers, is a collection of 16 essays from various writers. From the blurb, it sounds like a thick, syrupy goo of hagiography and gloppy praise seldom encountered outside of third-world dictatorships:

Michelle Obama is unlike any other First Lady in American History. From her first moments on the public stage, she has challenged traditional American notions about what it means to be beautiful, to be strong, to be fashion-conscious, to be healthy, to be First Mom, to be a caretaker and hostess, and to be partner to the most powerful man in the world. What is remarkable is that, at 52, she is just getting started.

Wait, so Michelle Obama has "challenged traditional American notions about what it means to be beautiful?" That's kind of an odd thing to say. Isn't that a tacit admission that she isn't beautiful, but some people desperately need to believe that she is? And furthermore, I'd damn well better agree, or be labeled a racist? It's got a creepy, sort of North Korean personality cult vibe to it.

And we see this same sort of constipated compliment in Mrs. Chambers' introductory essay, where she writes:

But we've never had anyone like Michelle before. She wasn't a model, an actress, or a musician. She was quite simply the star of her own life -- and that was a game changer for Black women...

In other words, she hasn't really done anything particularly noteworthy in her life up to this point, except maybe marry the right guy. Any actual accomplishments would have been mentioned, and the adulation would have been fulsome. There is no real reason for any of this nauseatingly gushing praise. As a great American philosopher once asked, where's the beef?

Incidentally, marrying well seems to be Hillary's main accomplishment in life, too. Without Bill escorting her to the big dance, Hillary would probably still be shredding billing records and shaking down local businesses at some corrupt law firm somewhere. That both she and Michelle Obama are held up as feminist icons has always made me laugh.

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EMT 01/15/17


Starting the 2017 diet today. Need to lose 20. Want to lose 30.

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Low Content ONT


S-a-t-u-r-d-a-y, NIGHT!

What, nobody else remembers the Bay City Rollers? Wildly popular as I was in elementary and middle school. I still remember my first school dance. Disco was king, and I felt I should have some “chains” to wear.

I wore the chain from a bathtub plug around my neck (I took the plug off first. Hee! I should have left it on, I might have started a trend a la Flava Flav and clocks.). rolleyes1.gif

Now that we have the embarrassing story section of the evening out of the way, on with the ONT! Just think, only 6 more days until we're done with the president's grand strategy of playing 3-D chess with foreign foes.

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All I can say is


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Are You Ready For Some Elbows Football?

—Misanthropic Humanitarian



New England


Smart money says New England. But, stranger things have happened. And..........

Hillary Clinton Will Not Be POTUS.

Open thread.

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Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread 01-14-2017


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Harry Potter and the Passed Pawn

Good afternoon morons and moronettes, and welcome to the Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread, the only AoSHQ thread with content specifically for all of us chess nerds who pay homage in the temple of Caïssa, goddess of the chessboard. And, for those of you who aren't nerdly enough for chess, you can use this thread to talk about checkers, or other games, or politics, or whatever you wish, only please try to keep it civil. Nobody wants to get into a Black Friday brawl on a Saturday afternoon. Because, after all, it's not Black Friday.

Problem 1 - White To Play (382)

Hint: White can win material

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Ace of Spades Pet Thread

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Grab a beverage, a snack, get cozy and enjoy the Ace of Spades Pet Thread.

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Saturday Gardening Thread: Wild Things [KT]

—Open Blogger

Well, OK, it's not a tornado, a hurricane or blizzard, but I thought this photo was representative of damage from the recent Atmospheric River that hit the West Coast. I have been on this road in the summer. This is McKinley Grove Road, 7.5 miles above Dinky Creek Bridge. Excepting fire-related weather events, this is about the wildest kind of weather we have had in Central California lately. Has weather affected your gardening or other activities this week? Problems anticipated in the coming week?

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Due to technical difficulties, we do not have as many of Kindltot's wildflower photos as I had planned. But we can adjust. We can also discuss some other wild things. UPDATE: More photos added.

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Thread below the Gardening Thread: Chicago Dreams and Memes [KT]

—Open Blogger

Serving your mid-day open thread needs

Well, I missed Obama's Last Campaign Rally this week. Yes I could, yes I did. But the Chicago location of the rally triggered me to seek out a safe space for thought somewhere in Chicago. Maybe with the Chicago Boyz?

David Foster wonders why college professors and entertainers often have similar political views. Do you have any clues?

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Saturday Morning Weird News Dump

—Misanthropic Humanitarian


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EMT 01/14/17 Day after my B'day EMT


You are only as old as you feel, they say. and I feel Vic.

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Friday Overnight Open Thread CDR-MLess Edition

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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CDR M is in hiding. So, little 'rons & 'ettes you get the Junior Varsity B Team tonight.

Happy Friday The 13th. Everything you wanted to know about Friday the 13th. (Well, not everything. C'mon and play along)

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Speaking of Friday the 13th. Quite the flight.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. Welcome aboard the most metal flight of your lives. Let’s do some sky crimes.

Finnair flight AY666 has, according to the Daily Mail, become something of a running joke for several reasons. Along with pentagrams and images of Baphomet, 666 is, of course, associated with Satanism. And several times a year, AY666 just happens to fly on Friday the 13th.

Today’s extra-unlucky flight also happened to be nonstop from Copenhagen to Helsinki. Or as ticket-holders would have seen it written: CPH->HEL.

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Michael Wolff: Trump Has Upset the Establishment By Letting Them Know Their Station and Status are Not Secure


Really good piece.

The ongoing expressions of shock on the part of the cultural establishment--expressed on a daily basis by The New Yorker, New York magazine and The New York Times, anything, apparently, with New York in its title--reflect their fears that the development of a more careful, regulated and corrected world is about to be undone. That the unapologetic white male has returned. You could hardly find a more threatening and throwback version of that than Trump--a rich, voluble, egomaniacal, middle-aged pussy hound...

The culture norm is as starkly confronted as the political norm with proof that it's not speaking to the lives of a sizeable part of the nation: that same pussy talk that shocked cosmopolitans turns out not to be of much concern, and even to express a casual day-to-day reality, for many Americans....

INSTINCTIVELY OR BY CANNY PLAN, Trump converted the conservatives' parochial and rate-limiting culture war on abortion and gay marriage into a much more visceral campaign against the political pieties of sophisticated America, with Trump as the ultimate revenge on upper-middlebrow cultural life. It's the mannered and effete against the profane and immediate....

This attack on careful, orderly, prescribed culture is what happens when the culture stops talking about real things--at least what a significant part of the country regards as real and important. Or, it is--and certainly is inevitably thought to be by those cultural standard bearers under attack--a sinister onslaught against enlightenment itself....

Indeed, the election reengages a gender battle that many people on the New York side of the Trump gap had thought was mightily going in only one direction. The vestigial and primitive American man, unreconstructed, baying at the moon (probably high on opiates)--the alt-right in the liberal view--voiceless for many years (or, anyway, wise to shut up), now had Donald "Let me be your voice" Trump. The obvious message of his sudden resurgence of course is that he didn’t go away or reform: He was just shut out. Without any place in upper-middlebrow culture, except as an occasional enemy of reason or subject of scandal, there was no bridge to who he was--no humanity left for him.

Very good piece. He has some suggestions for media-types who would like to actually get to know what is happening in America -- but I doubt he'll find any takers.

Posted by Ace at 07:02 PM Comments

Thank God It's GAINZZZDay


I have no GAINZZZ these last two weeks according to any measurement. In fact, my Stupid Scale claims I've gained two pounds. And even though I've actually gained some muscle (but not two pounds' worth), it claims my bodyfat % has zoomed up by six percent.

But I look pretty good. I'm not wearing those shirts I used to pick out that were strategically drapey to try to hide my belly.

Here are some things to look at:

A Time article from last March about intermittent fasting.

Jason Fung put out a new book (with Livin' La Vida Low Carb blogger Jimmy Moore) all about Intermittent Fasting this past fall. There's an article about it here. I haven't read it yet.

Pretty awesome video about building your own DIY power rack with about $200 in lumber and a little bit of easy-to-find pipe. And if you dig that, check their other videos to see how to add a pull-up bar to the rack, and dip bars, and a pull-down pulley rig for doing lat pulls and triceps extensions.

I really wanted to do that -- I really want to do that -- but I estimated that the odds I would cut at least one finger off with a saw at better than 60% and figured multiple surgeries would take the price of the thing higher than $200 for me. But if you're handy with tools, your costs might be lower.

And speaking of DIY: I also wanted to hear about any progress on the hobbies you've started recently, or any plans you're making for the near future.

Oh: I wanted to mention this: A commenter (forget who) recommended citrulline to me. I forget the reason offered. I thought it was recommended as a recovery supplement. But I think it's more of a pre-workout supplement-- energy-boosting.

Anyway, it actually does seem to work. I have more energy when I take it than when I don't. So much so I threw some more money away buying a pre-workout stack that contains citrulline (along with a lot of caffeine and yohimbe, whatever that is).

Caffeine obviously gives you energy. But that part makes me jittery.

The citrulline, though: I think that actually does work on its own, without caffeine-like side effects.

Posted by Ace at 05:24 PM Comments

House Passes Mattis Waiver; Also Moves First Step in Obamacare Repeal


The Mad Dog is unchained.

As you probably know, a federal law of questionable constitutionality states that a nominee must be at least seven years a civilian before being appointed to a cabinet position.

The House voted 268-151 on the waiver. Thirty-six Democrats voted in favor of the waiver, while one Republican, Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.), voted against it.

The Senate on Thursday voted 81-17 to pass the waiver.

Amash, huh? Keep your eye out for that name in the next story.

The House also took the first step towards repealing Obamacare, which is a measure to block the Democrats from filibustering a repeal in the Senate:

The framework does not directly deal with repealing the Affordable Care Act. Rather, it would prevent Democrats from using a Senate filibuster to derail a future bill nixing and replacing the health law. That's critical because it takes 60 votes to end filibusters, and Republicans have only a 52-48 Senate majority.

The budget, which does not need the president's signature, was considered a critical step for majority Republicans in their bid to work with the incoming Donald Trump administration in fulfilling vows to replace the health care law.

According to Phil Kerpen, Amash was super-busy in the House today:

Update: Drew provided this explanation from Amash:

Posted by Ace at 04:30 PM Comments

Human Rights Watch Declares Donald Trump a Threat to Human Rights


"No comment," said a drone-bomb President Really Good at Kill-Lists ordered to kill an American citizen.

I don't really care about that much, but shouldn't these lunatics?

[A]ccording to HRW, anyone who supports repeal of Obamacare or is pro-life is a threat to human rights. Good to know. Meanwhile, the report eventually gets to the U.S. use of drones. President Obama, who approves every target and is therefore directly responsible for the loss of life described here, barely gets a mention, much less a scolding...

They bring that up as an avenue of threat that Donald Trump presents, without actually saying much about the guy who bragged about being really good at drawing up kill-lists.

Posted by Ace at 03:31 PM Comments

Horrifying: 12 Year Old Livestreams Her Suicide-by-Hanging


Really terrible.

But the real victims of a suicide are those left behind to pick up the pieces.

A tormented Georgia girl hanged herself in her front yard and live streamed it...

Katelyn Nicole Davis, 12, filmed her suicide outside her Cedartown home on Dec. 30 after sharing that she had been sexually abused by a family member.

The footage shows the tragic pre-teen dangling from a tree for about 20 minutes while a woman shouts her name off camera.

Cops didn’t arrive in time to save her, and she was pronounced dead at the Polk Medical Center.

Many suicides contain an expressive component, and the wide reach of the internet makes that express-yourself-by-ending-yourself drive more potent.

Posted by Ace at 02:57 PM Comments

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