February 19, 2018

The Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

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"You know the idiot who shot up that school in Florida last week? He broke the law. In fact, he broke a bunch of laws. This is why he is called a "criminal". Criminals break laws. They do not abide by them. So, in the wake of the shootings, why do people, politicians mainly, want to pass more laws? What do they think they're accomplishing? Is the next psycho who gets ahold of a gun suddenly going to put it back down and say whoa, wait, I can't shoot up a bunch of kids because that would be against the law? That's not how criminals think. Because criminals are, by definition, law-breakers. So they will break the new law just like they've broken the other laws that are already on the books. Come on, this isn't rocket science."

(h/t Candace Owens)



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Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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The Morning Report 2/19/18

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. An abundance of links for this Monday holiday so I shall endeavor to be brief so you can read them, or the comments, as is your wont. First last Friday saw Rod Rosensteinpenis, who looks kind of like the scrawny version of Arnold Stang/Everett Sloane hand down a whole bunch of indictments... that have absolutely nothing to do with Donald Trump or anyone even remotely associated with him or with the myth that he and they alone or in concert attempted or succeeded in rigging the 2016 presidential election. And despite Adam Schiff-for-brains, Schitt for short, conceding that Obama dropped the ball on Russia during the last years of his reign of error, the bug-eyed little commie continues spouting the "collusion" drivel like an automaton. Meh. What can he do? What can they, the Democrat-Media complex do? They are not a legitimate political party or movement but a subversive conspiracy whose goal is to bring America down and subjugate its populace. And so it goes.

Both the collapsing conspiracy to oust PDT as well as gun control will no doubt figure in the campaign, if not the outcomes of 2018 and 2020. This Conor Lamb stooge, whose campaign in Pennsylvania for a House seat has garnered the national spotlight has publicly bucked the Democrat-Media meme and come out against gun control. This is what we call in the trade "a bald-faced lie," since no doubt if elected, he will somehow have a epiphany and proudly lead the charge to disarm his constituents and the rest of us. What a guy.

Meanwhile, in on another major front to take down America as founded, the Left is ramping up the outrage/propaganda machine to maximum by trampling on the not-yet-cold-in-the grave bodies of the victims of last week's massacre at a Florida high school to yet again try and gut the second amendment. Ironically, as this President finally manages to wrest control of the messaging by rightly focusing the attention on the complete failure of the FBI as well as one of the roots of the problem, mental health, an alarming number of those putatively on our side in the GOP are signaling that they may indeed cave and enact even more useless anti-gun legislation - useless in the sense that it will prevent anything like what happened from happening again, but oh so useful in taking away a necessary firewall against tyrannical government. And that was, is and always will be the aim.

Speaking of politics, a bit of a mixed bag from the good news that the Dems are freaking out as the reality of the positive effects of the Tax Plan is increasingly spelling trouble for them come November, the spawn of convicted criminal and Nazi collaborator George Soros is contributing big bucks to Lefties and will no doubt continue to do so once his vile father goes to Hell, and Cory Gardner, a huge PDT critic is also the chairman of the NRSC. Isn't that just a perfect combination. Feh.

On the international front, is Benjamin Netanyahu might telegraphing an imminent strike on Iran? Sure sounds like it. And yet the State Department embeds continue to push for the inclusion of Hezbollah - an Iranian-backed terrorist army for all intents and purposes with a sea of American, Israeli and western blood on its claws - as a legitimate player in Lebanese politics. Nuke Foggy Bottom from orbit, please. Meanwhile, former Secretariat of State and perpetual traitor John Kerry is patting himself on the flanks regarding the insane nuke treaty sellout. Someone shove his head into a bucket of groats.

From hither and yon, Antifa Black Bloc goon squads are interfering with ICE agents as they catch illegal aliens (that is not going to end well), some interesting pieces about the still lingering bits of Obamacare and how to deal with them, and lastly today we mark the anniversary of President Franklin Roosevelt's heinous executive order rounding up Americans of Japanese descent and throwing them into concentration camps. This is not an isolate incident. The weaponized branches of the bureaucracy arrayed against us, especially since January of 2009, are along a continuum of abuses and power grabs of the Democrat Left (with the acquiescence of too many who are supposed to be on our side) and are a perfect illustration of why we the Second Amendment exists, and why the Democrat Left will do anything to get rid of it. G-d help us

Anyway, with my successful attempt at brevity, I give you links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

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Sunday Overnight Open Thread (2/18/18 )

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(The Tropical ONT)


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The Quotes of The Day


Quote I

"Corrupt politicians make the other 10 percent look bad" - Henry Kissinger

Quote II

Perhaps it will force the realization that every environmental issue facing the world can be traced to the ever-multiplying, ever-demanding, human biomass that has subverted the natural-selection process and is consuming the planet to death.Steve Meyer

Quote III

"We see from the research that actually, when consumers are given this information, they actually can make lower-calorie choices, and restaurants can also come out with lower-calorie options," Colin Schwartz

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Weekend Gun Thread

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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A couple of thoughts about the Parkland, FL shooting.

First of all my heart goes out to the victims. May God give them strength and comfort in the days to come.

You can blame the guns. You can the blame the NRA. You can blame gun owners. You can blame the 2nd Amendment. But, the guns, the NRA, you and I and the 2nd Amendment did not pull the trigger to kill those students and faculty members.

What should be blamed? The degradation of human life and instant self-gratification The lack of a moral compass. Our society is a throw away society. Babies are killed via abortion. Marriages are thrown away. The children are damaged then coddled. Belief in God is ridiculed. Mentally ill people are allowed to roam around until it is usually to late for them or some crime victim. If there is no heaven and hell, if there is no God and/or a Moral Compass and if life is nothing to respect this is what you get.

Imagine the hate that flowed through Nikolas Cruz. Seriously think about the following question. If you hate something so bad that you are willing to lose your life; will gun control work?

If you kill your mother and steal her firearms as Adam Lanza did, then murder innocent 6 and 7 year olds; what gun control will work?

As long as the 2nd Amendment is the law of the land there will never be gun control laws that will prevent what Parkland or Sandy Hook experienced. So you ask, what can we do?

If you go to a professional sporting event there are barricades present. There are metal detectors present. There are funnel access points. There are plainclothes and uniformed law enforcement present. It is about time that schools started to acted more like sporting events rather than a soft target. Maybe walk out of school to demand safer schools.

It wouldn't hurt that the law enforcement agencies took tips seriously. It would also help if the judicial system would treat gun offenses more seriously than they are now.

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Food Thread: If At First You Don't Succeed, Fry, Fry Again

—CBD

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I love the crunchiness of fried foods in sandwiches, but they are rarely executed well...the crust quickly softens from the moisture of the rest of the ingredients and from the fried food itself.

That is not to say that I won't eat them. Somebody has to do quality checks!

Oyster Po'Boys may be my favorite fried food sandwich, although at the risk of incurring the wrath of much of new Orleans, I think that there are better bread choices to be had. I think a loaf with a crispier crust and less interior would let the oysters shine!

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It’s About Playing Catch & Throwing Strikes
[Hosted by: Slapweasel]

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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It is that time of year, boys and girls. We get to joke about pitchers and catchers reporting.

Here's the big secret nowadays; they have been in camp for a-couple-a weeks, as have most players that aren't under either the influence of drugs and alcohol or contract disputes that haven't been settled in arbitration. There is one other type of player that hasn't reported yet... the Free Agents. Thus begins our biggest story of this off-season.

Guys to Watch in Spring Training.

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Is It Time For The Supreme Court To Reaffirm Our Rights Against The Power Of The State?

—CBD

I have always wondered about this. Lying to Investigators Shouldn't Be a Crime Why can't I, as a presumably innocent man, send the cops off on wild goose chases?

Part of the reason for my position involves symmetry. As long as government investigators are allowed to deceive you, you should be allowed to deceive government investigators. And deceive you they may -- rather willy=nilly. If a suspect confesses after police falsely tell him that his fingerprints were found at the crime scene, fine. If a suspect confesses after police falsely tell him that they have satellite images and DNA evidence linking him to the crime, fine. My view is that suspects should have the same freedom. If you can throw the police off the scent by telling them you weren’t there... fine.

It's time to take back some of our rights protecting us from an all-powerful government. Making it clear that we are on equal footing with the police is a powerful first step.

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 02-18-2018

—OregonMuse

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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, a weekly compendium of reviews, observations, and a continuing conversation on books, reading, and publishing by people who follow words with their fingers and whose lips move as they read. Unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these pants, from George Takei's collection of pants he considers too gay.


Pic Note

A moron named 'zogger', whom I think mostly lurks, sent me this pic of his library, which you can click on to see a larger version of. Appears to be many interesting items and books here for your perusal. He says:

So here is where I keep most of my books. I have a maybe 30 more books in boxes. I used to have over 500 but I did some weeding out when I retired a few years ago. Also, I am moving toward ebooks this year.

You can see some of the technical books from my past life as a software developer. Also many chess books as I have tried over the years to get better…a losing cause I am afraid.

One shelf on the far right has part of my video collection. Plus a lot of junk on the desk top.



It Pays To Increase Your Word Power®

BARYPHONY is difficulty in speaking.

Usage: Um..ah, let me be, uh, clear, and, uh, as I've, ah, always said, er...

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EMT 2/18/18

—krakatoa

Dear Lindsey Vonn:

Also:

Finally, to all Olympians, Talking heads, Vacuous Celebs, Shiff for brains, Never Trumpers, Deep Staters and anyone else who when endeavoring to take a political action believes strong feels are a substitute for reason...

Look, I know everything didn't go as planned. Nobody thought she could lose to Trump. Until she did. And then, well, then you needed to trigger your "insurance policy", your "Plan B" as it were. I get it. You're off balance, the world doesn't make sense and you are desperate for someone, anyone, to hear your wails and make everything right.

But, seriously folks, you might want to take a closer look at your Plan B through the eyes of your audience:


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Saturday Overnight Open Thread (2/17/18 ) Feelin' Musical Edition

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(The ONT Armada)


Quote of The Day

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Though it's just a memory, some memories last forever. Neil Peart

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Saturday Evening Movie Thread 02-17-2018 [Hosted By: TheJamesMadison]

—OregonMuse

To Director's Cut or Not to Director's Cut

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Have you come across a movie that never seems to have a definitive version? The quintessential example is Blade Runner which went so far as to release five different versions of itself in a single home video package (the collector's edition came in a little briefcase/Voight Kompf machine…which I own). So, which one to watch? If you've never seen Blade Runner, where do you begin? I've seen three of the versions (not the International or Workprint cuts), and I prefer The Final Cut to the other two I've watched, but there's difference of opinion about which one is the best. Some love the voiceover narration from Harrison Ford while others hate it. Some love the addition of the unicorn dream sequence while others hate it. My personal recommendation would be to start with my own favorite and see more if you feel like it.

Blade Runner, though is a unique example. Most movies have only one cut that ever gets shown to the public ever. A select few get a Director's Cut, or some variant on the name. A very few get multiple cuts (Oliver Stone has cut his Alexander a few times while never quite saving the film from himself). For the first set it's easy. There's one cut, watch that one. For the second batch, I tend to use the general rule of siding with Director's Cuts, although there are definite exceptions. For the third batch, it's about just finding which one works best for you, I think.

Let's talk about some!


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Mini Chess Thread 02-17-2018

—OregonMuse

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As always, the chess/dress thread is an open thread, so no topic can be off-topic.



Easier Problem - White To Play (BWTC 47)

Hint: Force Black's king into the corner

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Ace of Spades Pet Thread

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Good afternoon and welcome to the almost famous AoSHQ Pet Thread. Kick back and take a break from all the world and enjoy some quality animal time.

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Saturday Gardening Thread: Graft [KT]

—Open Blogger

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Hello, gardeners and friends of gardeners. The tree above is one of a series of art pieces created by grafting several varieties of stone fruits onto one tree. We have some grafters among us. Any reports?

Meanwhile, Sherpa_K2 sends in the following:

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Just thought I would drop by an say hello and tell you how much in these troubled times your gardening thread is appreciated. A little Zen in morning thankx to KT. Pictures yesterday while I was eagle hunting for photos on a Nature Conservancy in Sequim Wa..

More eagle and habitat photos below, plus garden notes:

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Thread before the Gardening Thread: The Liberal Revolt Against the Masses [KT]

—Open Blogger

Serving your mid-day open thread needs

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Happy Saturday, Horde. I thought that about now would be a good time to get away from the news for a little history. The Assistant Village Idiot put up a post about an interview with Fred Siegel in Spiked Review. It is primarily about the rise of elitism within liberalism since the 1920s in America.

I didn't know much about Siegel. He was an advisor to Rudy Giuliani (after working for Democrats). He is now at the Manhattan Institute and writes at the New York Post, among other places. In 2013, he wrote a book titled The revolt against the masses: how liberalism has undermined the middle class.

He doesn't seem to be a big Trump fan, but he also thinks "The Resistance" is way off base. Anyway, interesting interview. Lots of bits of history that I didn't know. But since I live in the non-liberal part of California, this little vignette from the interview caught my eye:

Let me tell you about what happened at a party in California I went to on New Year's Eve. A lot of interesting, nice people were there. They asked me what I'm interested in, blah, blah, blah, and I would tell them, 'You know, I'm in favour of California resisting Trump. And more than that, I want California to secede.' And they look at me like I'm crazy. They say, 'Why would you, a guy from Brooklyn, want us to secede?'. 'Well', I say, 'you are definitely, I think we can all see, smarter and more virtuous than the rest of the country. You should be the people to take on Kim Jong Un.' When I say that, people literally slink away. . .

Heh.

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EMT 2/17/18

—krakatoa

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Silent ONT

—WeirdDave

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streiff: Today's Indictments Were a Nothingburger, and If You Disagree, Your Name Must Be Adam Schiff

—Ace

Good digest of what's in the indictments and, criticially, what's not in them, like any allegation of the non-crime of collusion.

The project began in 2013 as a way of attempting to cause confusion in the U.S. presidential campaign. Mission accomplished. This indictment is a nothingburger. It tells us damned little we didn’t know from press accounts and there are no arrests on the horizon. Two of the three entities were already sanctioned so indicting them does nothing. There is absolutely nothing in here that even hints that the Russians involved in this had any help from anyone in the U.S. Maybe that indictment is coming but there is not a hint of it here.

This interference is exactly what Comey described around September 2016 when he said the object of the Russians was to create division. There is no evidence presented here that there was any greater goal than creating turmoil.

The interference seems aimed at bolstering what all of us thought were the LEAST LIKELY candidates in the primary: Trump, Sanders, Stein. The Russians attacked Cruz and Rubio and other GOP candidates as well as Clinton. After the election they helped organize anti-Trump rallies.

More importantly, there is no evidence here that there was any coherent strategy–or that they really knew what they were doing–beyond garden variety trolling.

I mentioned Adam Schiff in the headline because someone leaked to Bloomberg that progressives and NeverTrumpers (but I repeat myself) shouldn't give up hope yet because Mueller might still be looking into the non-crime of "collusion," and John Sexton snarks that that anonymous source is probably just Adam Schiff with a big stupid fake mustache and a little boy-sized t-shirt that says TOTALLY NOT ADAM SCHIFF.

Sean Davis has a hypothetical question:



Open thread. Happy weekend!

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Sharyl Atkisson: The #FakeNews Moral Panic Was Foisted Upon Us by Google Plutocrat and Hillary Zealot Eric Schmidt

—Ace

See Deb Heine at PJ Media for the full discussion.

BTW, Eric Schmidt has now stepped down as head of Google (Alphabet).

But he's still a tech plutocrat.

"What if the whole anti-fake news campaign was an effort on somebody's part to keep us from seeing or believing certain websites and stories by controversializing them or labeling them as fake news?" Attkisson posited.

Digging deeper, she discovered that Google was one of the big donors behind First Draft's [the first organization pounding the #FakeNews drumbeat] "fake news" messaging. Google's parent company, Alphabet, was run by Eric Schmidt, who happened to be a huge Hillary Clinton supporter.

Schmidt "offered himself up as a campaign adviser and became a top multi-million donor to it. His company funded First Draft around the start of the election cycle," Attkisson said. "Not surprisingly, Hillary was soon to jump aboard the anti-fake news train and her surrogate David Brock of Media Matters privately told donors he was the one who convinced Facebook to join the effort."

Attkisson declared that "the whole thing smacked of the roll-out of a propaganda campaign."

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She described two warning signs to look out for.

* When the media tries to shape or censor facts and opinions rather than report them.

* When so many in the media are reporting the same stories, promulgating the same narratives, relying on the same sources -- even using the same phrases.

Attkisson pointed out that there's an infinite number of ways to report stories, so "when everybody's on the same page, it might the result of an organized campaign."

I can think of dozens of issues on which the media all use the same verbiage and all start chattering about at the same time.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott: Christopher Wray Must Resign Over FBI's Catastrophic Failure

—Ace

Silly rabbit -- there's no accountability in the federal government or in the "elite" managerial class.

The FBI's failure to take action against this killer is unacceptable. The FBI has admitted that they were contacted last month by a person who called to inform them of Cruz's 'desire to kill people,' and 'the potential of him conducting a school shooting.'

Seventeen innocent people are dead and acknowledging a mistake isn't going to cut it. An apology will never bring these 17 Floridians back to life or comfort the families who are in pain. The families will spend a lifetime wondering how this could happen, and an apology will never give them the answers they desperately need.

We constantly promote 'see something, say something,' and a courageous person did just that to the FBI. And the FBI failed to act. 'See something, say something' is an incredibly important tool and people must have confidence in the follow through from law enforcement. The FBI Director needs to resign.

Oh, and here's a good question:



More on this slaughter that was permitted to happen due to bureaucratic incompetence:

The FBI released the details in a statement conceding their employees did not follow protocol to follow up on this tip. "Under established protocols, the information provided by the caller should have been assessed as a potential threat to life," the statement said. "The information then should have been forwarded to the FBI Miami Field Office, where appropriate investigative steps would have been taken."

The tip was not forwarded to Miami, and "no further investigation" was conducted into Cruz.

Oh, and here's more: This is bad. The FBI claimed they didn't have any justification to seek the IP address of the Nikolas Cruz who wrote "I intend to be a professional school shooter," because... there were two other people calling themselves Nikolas Cruz?

By the way, remember how I said the fake conservatives are going to start seeking out and finding new ways to agree with liberals, now that they might have to seek alternate avenues of employment? And how I said that would start with gun control?

It begins.

Be on the lookout for a shift in the stated reasons for why NeverTrumpers are Better Than You. It had been, "Because we're the most super-conservativey hrrdcore super-cons."

It will now begin morphing into "Because we're nuanced thinkers willing to set aside ideological dogmas to find real solutions."

Either way, though: They're Better Than You. The reasons may change, but the conclusion remains as fixed as the North Star.

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John Brennan: The Indictments Against 13 Twitter Trolls Proves The Vast Conspiracy I Peddled To a Gullible Media

—Ace


This is almost as huge as the revelation that the RUSSIANS spent a whole $150,000 on FaceBook ads.

With the weekend coming up, why not bookmark this great Lee Smith piece about how John Brennan targeted James Comey in a political operation to get Comey to help Hillary out?

Really good stuff, and worth a fresh read now that the RUSSIA Hoax is now, indeed, in tatters.

Brennan has himself previously taken credit for initiating the [FBI/DOJ RUSSIA probe]. While on Meet the Press, Brennan suggested that the British sent their intelligence on to the FBI, in his May testimony before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, he indicated it came from him directly.

"I was aware," Brennan said in May, "of intelligence and information about contacts between Russian officials and U.S. persons that raised concerns in my mind about whether or not those individuals were cooperating with the Russians, either in a witting or unwitting fashion, and it served as the basis for the FBI investigation to determine whether such collusion--cooperation occurred."

Brennan continued: "I wanted to make sure that every information and bit of intelligence that we had was shared with the bureau [FBI] so that they could take it. It was well beyond my mandate as director of CIA to follow on any of those leads that involved U.S. persons. But I made sure that anything that was involving U.S. persons, including anything involving the individuals involved in the Trump campaign, was shared with the bureau."

In other words, the FBI investigation didn’t start when the Australians, according to the Times--or the Brits, according to Brennan’s most recent version of the story--contacted the FBI after the Papadopoulos-Downer meeting. No, it started when the director of the CIA decided to start an investigation, when Brennan passed on information and intelligence to the FBI, and signaled that the bureau better act on it.

By the way, if persistent internet spammers are signs of a RUSSIAN conspiracy-so-vast against the US, Brennan and Comey might want to check out a serial felon in the comments calling herself Agent LACE WIGS.

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Mitt Romney Announces Senate Bid

—Ace

I guess he won't be worse than Orin Hatch, but it sure seems that a very Republican and conservative state should be putting up senators with more backbone.



Okay this is a bullshit post and I get that but whatever. It's technically news. Sort of.

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Well, That's About It For the RUSSIA Collusion Narrative, But the DieHard Liberals We Call "NeverTrumpers" Aren't Giving Up Just Yet

—Ace

Mueller announced the indictments of 13 RUSSIAN individuals for a raft of violations including conspiracy to interfere in an election (which sounds like a bullshit charge to me -- the statute seems to speak of defrauding the government of property, and "election results" cannot be claimed to be "property" except on Law & Order when Sam Waterson's character is gleefully twisting the law to convict the Evil White CEO Who's The Real Murderer Here.)

That said, even accepting this "election integrity" = "tangible property" thesis, these charges pretty much put to be the RUSSIA "collusion" narrative.

And do note, there is no such crime as "collusion;" the closest actual crime is conspiracy, but conspiracy is always defined as conspiracy to commit [ACTUAL NAMED FELONY];" you can't just have a "conspiracy" charge with no specification of a predicate crime.

"Conspiracy" is indeed its own separate crime, but without the agreement to perform an actual, real crime, there is no conspiracy.

You cannot conspire to do things that aren't real, named crimes -- at least not legally.

Because only a few pro-Trump groups, all in Florida, apparently, even spoke with these people, and the indictment specifies that they were "unwitting" participants, that is, they didn't know they were dealing with RUSSIANS, because the RUSSIANS used identity theft and secured American IP addresses to disguise the fact that they were RUSSIANS.

Also, the indictment mentions, but seems to not give enough attention to, the fact that these same RUSSIANS also organized pro-Hillary/pro-BLM/anti-Trump rallies.

Nonetheless, cucks gonna cuck:



After many people embarrass this little sissy with the obvious fact that there is no crime where there is no intent (and "unwitting" precludes even a lesser mental state, such as "knowingly"), xhe changes her claim that this isn't about the law, but about the political analysis.



Oh, so Muller is going to indict on political crimes now, Sissy? You've been all excited all this time about political optics?

Fuck off, you liberal cuck. Within three months you'll be joining your NeverTrump liberal Bret Stephens calling for the repeal of the 2nd Amendment (so long as you can find a liberal magazine to pay you to say so).

The Unmasking continues, and it's not even Susan Rice doing it this time.

(If you notice the NeverTrumpers sounding increasingly liberal notes lately, it's because they've realized the life-boats being supplied by the Washington Post, The Atlantic magazine, and other liberal publications only have so many seats, and they're going to have to start competing for those few remaining Former (Fake) Conservative Paid to Bash Actual Conservative slots.

Gun control will be among the first issues where they announce "I have sinned and can sin no longer;" then they'll start making noises about a more "rational" position on abortion. Global warming will come after that.)

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"Under the Full Moon The Small Ones Will Know Terror:" FBI Busts Twin Brothers For Explosives, Possible Plot to Bomb School

—Ace

Well, they did follow up and investigate this tip, and probably averted a lot of needless deaths.

This NY Post article has additional details.

In a very strange sequence of events...

* One brother, Christian Toro, was reported to be having an "inappropriate relationship" with an underage student at a charter school where he worked.

* The student called in a threat to the school (and was later arrested). Possibly this was some kind of retaliation against Toro for the "inappropriate relationship."

* Toro resigned from the school shortly thereafter.

* Toro was arrested for statutory rape on January 5.

* I think at this point Toro's computer was seized, where investigators found bomb-making instructions as well as the chilling note, "Under the full moon the small ones will know terror."

* The computer also mentioned and "operation flash," which I assume police feared would be a bombing campaign (though I don't think they've said that or proven that).

* They began investigating both Toro and his twin brother Tyler on suspicion of bomb-making.

* They found the two brothers had been stockpiling explosives since October, and had had paid underage students (I assume this mean's Christian Toro's own students, but the article doesn't specify) to break down fireworks to extract the more serious explosive powders from them.

* They were found in possession of iron oxide and aluminium powder, which combine to form thermite.

* A diary was found containing the messages, "WE ARE TWIN TOROS STRIKE US NOW" and "WE WILL RETURN WITH NANO THERMITE."

* However, looking up thermite, it does not appear to be an actual explosive, but instead a compound that burns at a high heat and thus can be used for welding or cutting metal. Whether they had additional explosives, I don't know, and I don't know what they were planning to do with the thermite. Wikipedia does mention that thermite is used in incendiary bombs, to set things on fire. I guess if you put an explosive core in the middle of thermite, you would blow the intensely-hot-burning thermite on to any victims on the blast area.

The twin brothers pled "not guilty" to the various bomb-making charges today. Authorities say they had not picked targets or assembled any actual bombs yet.

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Someone Close to Nikolas Cruz Called the FBI On January 5th To Warn Them About Cruz's Gun Ownership, His Threats to Kill People, and His Disturbing Social Media Posts, but the FBI Failed to Investigate

—Ace

"If you see something, say something" is pointless if the authorities don't actually do something.



But RUSSIA.

The FBI says it failed to investigate a specific report in January that Nikolas Cruz could be plotting a school shooting.

The agency said Friday that the tip should've been investigated thoroughly because it was a potential threat to life....

No shit, really?

On Jan. 5, a tipster who was close to Cruz called the FBI and provided information about Cruz’s guns, desire to kill people, erratic behavior and disturbing social media posts. The FBI says the caller expressed concerns Cruz could attack a school.

The FBI was also notified about a comment on a YouTube video posted by a "Nikolas Cruz" last year. It investigated the comment but did not determine who made it.

Are their computers seriously incapable of running a search for the uncommon name "Nikolas Cruz" and determining they've had two warnings about a mass shooting regarding this guy?

3... 2... 1... before the LEO jock-sniffers rush in to tell us "if you criticize clear failures by the FBI or our intel communities, you're undermining their precious authority and are also a PUTIN SPY."

I had the same problem with these sorts of people during the Ebola outbreak, when the same sort of authority-worshipping, the-plebes-must-be-reassured-of-our-competence-even-if-it-means-lying-to-them assholes kept bleating that we must Have Faith In Our Bureaucrats or else we are Subversives.

Despite the fact that the head of the NIH was on tv lying to the public, claiming ebola could not be spread by a sneeze. (Spoiler alert: It could, and it was.)

Fuck you. Authority and trust are earned, not owed.

There's only a single special case where authority and trust are thought to be owed, not earned, and that is to God. Those who suggest that the same obligatory faith must be extended to government workers are engaging in a bizarre form of idolatry.

There's a thing called "accountability," and it doesn't stop at the threshold of a government bureaucrat's office door.

Posted by Ace at 12:55 PM Comments

LOL: Olympics Ratings Fall to Fresh Low

—Ace

And NBC paid so much for the rights.

With a 13.0/22 in metered markets on combined coverage on NBC and NBC Sports Network, the Comcast-owned outlet was far off the podium on the first Thursday of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Not only is this a low for these games, which have slipped and slid repeatedly, but last night's numbers took a face plant from both Sochi 2014 and Vancouver 2010.

If you take the NBC/NBCSN not-so-happy meal of last night and compare it to the February 13 of 2014 first Thursday of Sochi, the 2018 Olympics are down 10% in the early ratings. Four years ago, the Winter Olympics primetime show was only seen on NBC proper, as was the case back in 2010. So, trim it to just NBC’ 18 vs. NBC’14 and you have last night falling 22% from the equivalent night out of Russia and 32% from the Vancouver Winter Olympics eight years ago.

What annoys me about the Olympics (and Super Bowl, and Oscars, etc.) is that it feels to me like people are organizing ways for me to waste my time. Which isn't the worst thing; people do need to waste time occasionally.

But the thing is, the people organizing these things all have intense ill-will against me.

So I'm just happier and happier to opt the hell out of their Happy Time Organized Time-Wasting Let's All Watch TV Together events. I'll waste time in ways that either I've devised or people who don't wish to subjugate me have put together, thank you.

The Corporate Media needs to die.

Posted by Ace at 12:06 PM Comments

The Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

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"Remember when progressives squealed like stuck pigs when John McEnroe observed that Serena Williams would be ranked about #700 if she competed against men? They were all, like, wetting their panties, and You Can't Say Things Like That, because "grrl power". Well, I was thinking about this grrl power hooey a couple of nights ago when I was watching the pairs figure skating finals. It suddenly occurred to me that you never see the girl hoist the guy over her head with one arm and spin around a bunch of times. If grrl power was *really* a thing, pairs figure skating would be very different: we'd be watching itty-bitty women tossing the men around like sacks of flour, right? Just like the movies where the kick-ass female beats the stuffing out of 3 Special Forces guys at the same time. Let me put it this way: the first time I see a woman figure skater lift her male partner up with one hand and skate around on the ice, I'll eat a damn bug."




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Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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The Morning Report 2/16/18

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. Mercifully the weekend is here, and like yesterday I had hoped to not have to deal with the political grandstanding whoring that the evil Left - and everything they have said and done in the last 36 hours, let alone 150 years, justifies that label - but alas, I cannot. Because it's a war; a war for the hearts, minds and souls of every man, woman and child (the one's who manage to clear the birth canal and escape Planned Parenthood) in this nation.

As with everything else, they lie. If you can stomach it, listen to the words that narcissistic cretins like Chris Cuomo are told to recite (Lord knows, his simpleton intellect precludes him from actually writing what he mouths) and if you just substitute names, dates and adjectives, it's just a boilerplate screed for the crisis du jour; poverty, crime, racism, sexism, imperialism. Lots of "ism" (ironic that there isn't an "ism" in homophobia). But I'm going to go out on a limb here and state that if you really want to get at the root cause of what happened in Florida, it's the destruction of the nuclear family and Judeo-Christian morality and values that binds our society. And we all know who advocates that and why. It's funny that as angry as the Left gets, the one thing that sets them off more than anything else are those who advocate prayer in a time of crisis. It's quite striking, really. To that I say, pray. Good and hard. Pray for the restoration of morality and sanity to America and for the annihilation of Progressivism.

So far the President and key figures in the administration are taking the correct stance and in talking about mental health issues as well as other practical measures like pre-emptive intervention as well as arming of teachers and other school officials, they are once again wresting control of the narrative. Unfortunately, as with immigration and amnesty, some in the GOP would rather knuckle under, crawl and cuck. Hang tough on this, Mr. President.

And speaking of immigration, four separate bills died in the Senate yesterday, not being able to clear the required 60 vote margin for passage. While the most palatable of them, the Grassley Bill, which included all four of the President's key pillars/promises didn't pass, neither did any of the other disastrous bi-partisan efforts to destroy the nation. So, nothing in this case is way better than something and from a political standpoint, it gives PDT the ability to say that at least he tried to do the right thing but was blocked yet again by the Democrats. We're only about two weeks away from the sunsetting of DACA, rogue judges notwithstanding, so we'll see how things shake out at that time. I hope the Solicitor General and AG Lemmon 714 McSnoozerson advises him to scrap it and ignore the miscreant judges.

In news from the Insurrection, former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates is reportedly set to accept a plea offer he can't refuse from Mugsy Mueller, Byron York has a fascinating piece on the Mike Flynn angle, the IBD editorial board is calling for an end to the Mueller shitshow and Sharyl Atkinson gave a fascinating lecture on the origins of the "Fake News" phenomenon during the 2016 campaign.

From hither and yon, China continues to play the long game in its bid for global domination, an analysis of the defense increases in the budget, conservative stalwart Dave Brat talks about learning what else is in the two-year budget deal that PDT signed last week, the other insane Leftist billionaire Tom Steyer is also quietly funding efforts to undermine our society via the ballot box and lastly, and first on the list since it is evidently a developing story, twin brothers, one of them an ex-teacher in NYC forced out on inappropriate relations with a student were arrested in apparent bomb plot. I assume these two will also be described as Hispanics of the white variety.

I repeat: Progressivism kills.

Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

Posted by J.J. Sefton at 07:10 AM Comments

You'll See Tonight's ONT In The Flesh

—WeirdDave

Greetings, and welcome to the Thursday Night ONT. Flu season is here, make sure you have plenty of cough syrup on hand.

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Ahhh, that's the good stuff. That'll leave you comfortably numb.

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Baller Moon, Brah

—Ace

This is from weeks ago. But it's worth gawking at.


Open thread.

Oh, if you didn't get enough of the Arms Control Apocalypse today, the Washington Post actually pointed out that Everytown USA's claim that this was the "18th School Shooting This Year" is a gigantic lie. (Safe link to John Sexton.)

Oh, and as long as I'm linking weeks-old stuff, re-enjoy the Falcon Heavy Rocket test flight footage. The booster rockets re-landing side-by-side is terrific.

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The Little Bureaucrat Who Could: Why Does Sally Yates' Name Figure So Prominently in the RUSSIAGate Hoax?

—Ace

Paul Sperry likens her to a "blackmailer."

[I]n late December or early January, someone working under Obama's own national security adviser, Susan Rice, unmasked routine NSA intercepts of the Russian ambassador. Was it to spy on Flynn, Rice's replacement?

Just days after the inauguration, moreover, Yates used those same NSA transcripts to try to get Flynn fired, by warning the White House that he was "vulnerable" to Russian extortion.

Despite her warnings, Flynn remained in his position for 18 more days.... He was only forced to resign after somebody from the Obama administration illegally leaked the intercepts to the Washington Post and created a political embarrassment for President Trump.

Unlike the Obama officials who disclosed highly classified information, Flynn committed no crime.

Though he misinformed Vice President Mike Pence about the nature of his conversation with the Russian ambassador (the two did, in fact, discuss the sanctions Obama belatedly and conveniently slapped on Russia after the election), he did not make false statements to the FBI. And Flynn made no promises that the sanctions would be removed. The FBI declined to press charges.

Yates knew what the FBI knew when she raced over to the White House on Jan. 26 to warn Trump’s general counsel that Flynn was "compromised." She also knew that the Obama administration had just weeks earlier renewed Flynn's national security clearance at the highest levels. And that the intelligence community had "no evidence," as Obama’s intelligence czar just reconfirmed, that Flynn "colluded" with Moscow.

Still, Yates insisted Flynn posed a threat to the government. Why? Because, she said, he failed to truthfully brief the vice president.

The implication was that unless Trump fired Flynn, he'd pay a price. So it was Yates, in a sense, who was blackmailing Trump.

"Why does it matter to the Justice Department if one White House official lies to another White House official?" White House Counsel Don McGahn reasonably asked Yates, when she rushed into his office with her hair on fire.

But that made no sense, as any "leverage" for blackmail ceases to be leverage when it is known by the people you'd tell it to -- as was now the case here.

And that of course wasn't Yates' only action against Flynn - she also tried to get him prosecuted under you've-got-to-be-kidding-me non-law the LOGAN ACT.

And who sent the FBI to investigate this dubious charge of Flynn violating the arcane and never-enforced Logan Act? None other than Acting Attorney General Sally Yates. Yates famously joined the resistance to President Trump weeks after the inauguration by refusing to enforce the president’s Executive Order on extreme vetting for foreign nationals coming from certain countries known to engage in terror activities.

Note that when the FBI concluded Flynn hadn't lied, the DOJ rushed to come up with a new theory why he was guilty of something anyway: And the pretext they chose was the LOGAN ACT.

The other theory they pushed was Yates' he-could-be-blackmailed-by-information-our-pals-are-already-leaking-to-the-press theory.

How can you be blackmailed about information that appears in, or will very soon appear in (wink!), all the national newspapers?

And of course Yates was present in the notorious By the Book secret meeting with Obama, in which Obama ordered his loyalists to lie to the actual Commander in Chief about what his own government was doing lest he use his constitutional powers to stop it, or even just object to it.

Posted by Ace at 07:04 PM Comments

Did a White Supremacist Troll Punk the Media Into Reporting a Lie It Desperately Wanted to be True?

—Ace

Maybe those claims that this miscreant was part of the "Republic of Florida" white supremacy group were all a lie, which the media pushed to the hilt because it made them feel so damn good.

The Lil Nazi Retracts, Supposedly: The guy claiming this is supposedly on Gab, and is saying he might have gotten mixed up. Or maybe he was just born retarded.

Anyway, you can read a quote of his alleged tweet here (and I don't know if this really is the guy or a spoof account). Content warning for Nazi-type stupidity.

PS, thank God we have pious stalwarts like Erick Erickson to guide us through these difficult times:



Posted by Ace at 05:40 PM Comments

Sara A. Carter: Mueller's Pit-Bull Andrew Weissman Was Reprimanded By Judge For Withholding Exculpatory Evidence From Defendants He Was Prosecuting;
Had His Name Scrubbed From the Record

—Ace

How dare you question the integrity of government officials!, the faggitty, authority-worshipping NeverTrumpers squealed, because conservatism and America itself are founded on the bedrock principle of unquestioning obedience to government and its harrying minions.

In 1997 Andrew Weissmann was officially reprimanded by a judge in the Eastern District of New York for withholding evidence.

Weissmann was reported to the Department of Justice Inspector General and Senate Judiciary Committee for alleged "corrupt legal practices."

A formal letter from U.S. Attorney Eastern District of New York Zachary Carter requested the judge to remove Weissman's name, according to documents.

Civil rights and Criminal Defense Attorney David Schoen said Weissmann needs to be investigated for alleged past misconduct in court cases.

The top attorney in Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel's office was reported to the Department of Justice’s Inspector General by a lawyer representing whistleblowers for alleged "corrupt legal practices" nearly a decade before the 2016 presidential election, this reporter has learned.

Weissmann did not turn over so-called "Brady information" to the defendants, potentially exculpatory information, which he was required to do under law. The information in this particular case was that a key government witness had been an FBI informant for years and was linked to many murders himself.

Sifton denied the defendants' the extraordinary relief of dismissing the case, but he singled out Weissmann for withholding information. The judge described AUSA Weissmann’s conduct as the "myopic withholding of information" and "reprehensible and subject, perhaps, to appropriate disciplinary measures," according to the opinion obtained by this reporter.

Another bit of information which seems to have been withheld is that this key witness, Scarpa, was in a personal relationship with his FBI handler, Lindley DeVecchio, and that DeVecchio was under investigation. (It turns out that DeVecchio was himself indicted for four of the murders Scarpa committed, though the case was later dropped for lack of evidence.)

When those charges were dropped...

...the judge in DeVecchio's case warned "the FBI was willing to make their own deal with the devil." The judge was referring to the FBI's use of Scarpa as an informant, according to reports. Scarpa was later convicted of the murders and died in a New York prison, as reported.

Weissmann, along with the other prosecutors, knowingly withheld the information from the court, according to documents. But DeVecchio was presented to the jury by Weissmann as a solid witness in the case, despite the fact that he was considered tainted by his involvement with Scarpa, according to sources and court documents.

To be honest I'm confused if Weissman was reprimanded for not revealing Brady information about Scarpa, or DeVecchio, or both. Well, point is, he withheld important information about at least one witness and possibly two.

Weissman's allies then wrote letter to the judge, and got his name removed from the motion and order reprimanding him and even suggesting that he might be subject to further process over his violation of the Brady rule.

Posted by Ace at 04:04 PM Comments

Andrew McCarthy: Susan Rice's Email-to-Self Was Really an Email for the Record

—Ace

John Hindraker of Powerline was discussing this yesterday; Andrew McCarthy seems to agree.

The Rice email outlines Obama's strategy to withhold key details of the Russia investigation.

On her way out the White House door and out of her job as national-security adviser, Susan Rice writes an email-to-self. Except it's not really an email-to-self. It is quite consciously an email for the record.

Her term having ended 15 minutes before, Rice was technically back in private life, where private people have private email accounts -- even notepads if they want to scratch out a reminder the old-fashioned way. Yet, for at least a few more minutes, Rice still had access to her government email account. She could still generate an official record. That's what she wanted her brief email to be: the dispositive memorialization of a meeting she was worried about -- a meeting that had happened over two weeks earlier, at which, of course, President Obama insisted that everything be done "by the book."

Funny, though: The "by the book" thing about contemporaneous memos is that they are, well, contemporaneous -- made at or immediately after the event they undertake to memorialize. They're written while things are as fresh as they will ever be in one's mind, before subsequent events motivate the writer to spin a decision, rather than faithfully record it.

An email written on January 21 to record decisions made on January 5 is not written to memorialize what was decided. It is written to revise the memory of what was decided in order to rationalize what was then done...


According to Rice, immediately after the briefing, President Obama had his two top law-enforcement officials, Yates and Comey, linger for "a brief follow-on conversation" with the administration’s political leadership: Obama, Biden, and Rice.

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Significantly, by the time of this January 6 meeting with Trump [the dossier briefing which was immediately leaked to CNN -- ace], the 90-day surveillance period under the FISA warrant would have had just a bit over two weeks left to run -- it was set to expire just as Trump was to take office. (Reporting suggests that there may also have been a FISA warrant on Paul Manafort around this time.) The Obama administration was therefore confronting a deadline if the FISA warrant was to be renewed while Obama was still in power.

The officials in the meeting would need to figure out how the investigation could continue despite the fact that its central focus, Trump, was about to be sworn in as president.

How do you get a re-authorization authorized by the president who you're seeking an illegal, shoddy warrant on?

Simple: You conspire to hide the existence of the warrant re-authorization from him.

You have James Comey lie to him, telling him three times he's not under investigation, which may be technically true, but which is for all real purposes false, given that the point of this warrant is not gather information about Carter Page, but against Trump.

And that's what that meeting was about -- inaugurating a conspiracy to lie to the duly-elected president and hide the warrant process from him.

This is interesting, too:

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We've heard the story a million times: After President-elect Trump was briefed by agency leaders on the intelligence community's Russia report, Comey met privately with Trump to brief him on the Steele dossier.

But is that what happened? I don’t think so. I believe Trump was briefed only on a sliver of the dossier. Remember, the Obama administration presumption was: “We cannot share information fully as it relates to Russia."

After arguing (proving, I'd say) the case that Comey only shared a very narrow sliver of the dossier with Trump -- the part about the Pee-Pee Party Prostitutes -- while withholding from Trump that Hillary paid for it and that Trump was the ultimate objective in the investigation, McCarthy continues:

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By thus bowdlerizing what it means to be a suspect, Comey could repeatedly assure Trump that he (Trump) was not "personally under investigation."

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This is a distorted understanding of how investigations work. Whether eavesdropping is done for national-security purposes under FISA or for law-enforcement purposes under criminal statutes, the objective is always the same: to uncover the full scope of a conspiratorial enterprise. The point is to identify all of the conspirators, and especially to establish the complicity of the most insulated leaders. Carter Page may have been the surveillance target named in the FISA warrant, but he was of low rank in the alleged conspiracy. The point of monitoring Page was to determine exactly what he was doing and, just as crucial, who was directing him. In the conspiracy outlined by Steele, Page was a virtual nobody. His only relevance was vis-a-vis Trump.

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Since Trump would have the power to shut down the investigation, the trick was to avoid making him feel threatened by it. Therefore, the strategy was to withhold information that illustrated Trump's centrality to the investigation, assure him that he was not a suspect, and gently admonish him about the need to respect law enforcement's independence (on pain of being accused of obstruction).

Can't wait for the homoerotic authority-worshippers to tell us all that this is just how you get Justice in America, and to call us Traitors for questioning Clapper, Brennan, Comey, Rice, and Yates.

After all -- they're Public Servants.


Posted by Ace at 02:41 PM Comments

Media Finds School Shooter's Politics Highly Relevant, So, Unfortunately, You Know What That Means

—Ace

Steve Scalise's assassin's politics? Not important. In fact, Steve Scalise's assassin wasn't even important himself -- the media stopped most reporting on it after a mere 4 days, and stopped all reporting on it after 12.

Rand Paul's assailant's politics? Not important. The media pushed the attacker's lawyer's claim that this was a personal dispute over grass clippings and then, when that was proven a lie, neatly forgot to report on the rabid left-wing attacker's motives.

But now motives in otherwise inexplicable violence are important again -- so that must mean the shooter was right-wing (or could be claimed to be right-wing).

Cruz exhibited right-wing politics in high school as well, former classmates told The Daily Beast. Two said he wore a "Make America Great Again" hat in school. An Instagram account associated with Cruz features a photo of him wearing the hat and a red, white, and blue bandana over his face.

"I saw him wear a Trump hat," said Sebastian Gonzalez, a 19-year-old who graduated from the high school in 2017. "At our school you were sort of with Trump or really against Trump."

Ocean Parodie, a 17-year-old junior said that he also saw Cruz wearing the hat.

"He always wore like really patriotic shirts that seemed really extreme, like hating on the Islamic religion. For example, he would say things such as like, he would degrade islamic people as terrorists and bombers. I've seen him wear a Trump hat," Parodie said.

YouTube comments by a person of the same name spewed commentary about Antifa activists and Muslimsppshared targets of white supremacists. "Iam going to kill them in the future," one comment on a video titled "Antifa Gun Club!" read. "Im going watch them sheep fall fuck antifa i wish to kill as many as i can," another comment about six months ago read.

Meanwhile, the FBI was warned about this guy, who left a comment on a YouTube video stating flat-out he intended to be a mass school shooter, but the FBI says it failed to "fully identify" the commenter.

I can see why the FBI couldn't "fully identify" the commenter -- all he did was leave the comment under his actual legal name, along with the uncommon spelling of his first name.

It's hard to "fully identify" someone based on their full legal name and their YouTube login and their IP and all that, I guess.

Of course, the homoerotic authority-worshippers of the right, like David French, are squealing that it's just terrible to question the FBI about this grotesque and catastrophic failure.

Posted by Ace at 01:40 PM Comments

Bruce Ohr Concealed His Wife's FusionGPS Payments From Ethics Officials; May Have Caused His Demotion When Discovered

—Ace

How dare you question the integrity of these criminals.

Justice Department official Bruce Ohr did not disclose Fusion GPS was paying his wife

Ohr was demoted from his post after the information emerged

Willfully falsifying government ethics documents can result in jail time

Bruce Ohr, the Department of Justice official who brought opposition research on President Donald Trump to the FBI, did not disclose that Fusion GPS, which performed that research at the Democratic National Committee's behest, was paying his wife, and did not obtain a conflict of interest waiver from his superiors at the Justice Department, documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation show.

The omission may explain why Ohr was demoted from his post as associate deputy attorney general after the relationship between Fusion GPS and his wife emerged and Fusion founder Glenn Simpson acknowledged meeting with Ohr. Willfully falsifying government ethics forms can carry a penalty of jail time, if convicted.

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For 2014 and 2015, Bruce Ohr disclosed on ethics forms that his wife was an "independent contractor" earning consulting fees. In 2016, she added a new employer who paid her a "salary," but listed it vaguely as "cyberthreat analyst," and did not say the name of the company.

The form requires the disclosure of the name of the spouse's employer -- but Bruce Ohr forgot to add that information.\

Posted by Ace at 12:22 PM Comments

The Morning Rant: J.V. Edition

—CBD

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Sometimes chimps are just crazy. We don't know how to deal with them, because they just don't do what we expect. But we never turn our backs on the crazy ones...they are nuts, but very dangerous. Getting poo thrown on us is never fun.

Iran accuses West of using lizards for nuclear spying

The former chief-of-staff of Iran’s armed forces said Tuesday that Western spies had used lizards to “attract atomic waves” and spy on his country’s nuclear program.

It was the latest in a long line of incidents of Western countries, including Israel, being accused of deploying secret agents from the animal kingdom.


Sure, it sounds funny, and one part of me is pleased that the West, in particular The United States and Israel lives rent-free in Iran's head.

But the reality is that Shia Islam as is practiced in Iran is ripe for this kind of insane-sounding rhetoric. Does the former chief of staff believe it? I doubt it. But it resonates with many in Iran, and it is illuminating that the junta continues to pump out this stuff. It obviously works. And it exposes the mindset of a people who were acquiescent enough to wage a decade-long war against Iraq that killed 500,000 Iranians and whose end result was...nothing.

The combination of that kind of populace and an aggressive ruling class that is confident of its own success in the end-times is a big problem for the world. Israel is at ground zero (and I use that term accurately), but Western Europe and The United States is not far behind.

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