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The Politics of Star Trek
This isn't fan-fluff. Some serious political analysis that will make you go "whoa!".
ht @debbywitt [@ComradeArthur]
At a Berlin church, Muslim refugees converting in droves This piece goes on to talk about how their conversion may be more in pursuit of gaining asylum in Germany than actual belief. It begs some interesting questions about assimilation. Thanks to CygnusA81 on Twitter. [tmi3rd]
Gabriella Quevedo: Aerosmith's "Livin' on the Edge"
Nice guitar arrangement. [rdbrewer]


David Patten: How To Restrain The Supreme Court
"The Supreme Court’s recurrent efforts to usurp power over elected officials on matters of controversial social issues will not end on its own. The court will not restrain itself in the absence of outside pressure." [rdbrewer]


Tim Tebow announces self as legit QB in lighting up Jets
"Tim Tebow (11 of 17, 189 yards, two TDs, 32 rushing yards) looked more like an NFL quarterback than he ever did with the Broncos and, of course, with the Jets.... This Tim Tebow threw accurate missiles, one of which became an 18-yard TD pass to Rasheed Bailey at the end of the first half...." He did throw well. [rdbrewer]

Live Science: Does Intermittent Fasting Have Benefits? Science Suggests Yes
"[A]n eating schedule that involves 'intermittent fasting' could help fight not just obesity but many related diseases of modern life, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer's, researchers say." [rdbrewer]

The Escapist: The Night Science Fiction's Biggest Awards Burned
The Hugos. "Perhaps equally disturbing were the calls from members of the established clique to respond to the success of the Puppies by voting 'No Award' in each category the Sad and Rabid Puppies had dominated...." Interesting that so much sci-fi is devoted to overcoming groupthinking authoritarians, yet SJW's would push the Hugos in that direction. Do they even realize that? Via @Zakn. [rdbrewer]




Kevin D. Williamson: Why Jeb?
"There is no obvious case for Bush III." [rdbrewer]


Christian Datoc: Trump Surpasses Field, Flirts With 40 Percent In Alabama Poll
Over twice the percentage of 2d place, Carson, at 16.7%. [rdbrewer]


Chuck Ross: IT Experts: Anti-Spam Companies May Have Copies Or Logs Of Clinton’s Emails
Aye carumba. "The existence of such residual information could have two major implications, the experts say. First, the additional email footprints would have provided more information useful to potential hackers. On a different front, the records would allow federal agencies investigating Clinton’s email server to compare the companies’ records with what the Democratic presidential candidate turned over to the State Department in December." [rdbrewer]

CNBC: Greenspan: The Fed can't solve every problem
Via Drudge. "Greenspan also said he's 'baffled' that a 25 basis point hike by the Fed would have a major impact on economic conditions around the world." Sounds like impact is more expectation driven or psychological than it is market driven. [rdbrewer]

Josh Gerstein: Judge eager to re-enter NSA surveillance fight
"Warning that the constitutional rights of tens of millions of Americans are being violated, a federal judge said Wednesday that he's eager to expedite a lawsuit seeking to shut down the National Security Agency's controversial program to collect data on large volumes of U.S. telephone calls." [rdbrewer]


Monica Crowley: The Clintons’ plan to counterattack Obama
This reads like she has inside information. "The Clintons have never taken a political hit lying down. But given their weak and panicky reactions to Mr. Obama’s current, well-orchestrated hit on her — the FBI investigation into her alleged mishandling of classified material as secretary of state — they have appeared to passively absorb the escalating attack. Until now." [rdbrewer]
Video: Pillow fight prank
Via @JohnEkdahl. [rdbrewer]


Jamie Weinstein: Trump On Flag Burning, The ‘Superstar’ Who Made Him Pro-Life, And Whether He’d Live In The White House
"Trump has said that he switched from being pro-choice to being pro-life after knowing a family who decided not to abort a child and seeing the child become, in The Donald’s words, 'a total superstar.'" Also from TheDC: Watchdog Sues For Hillary Clinton Email Metadata. And the government tells us metadata is no big deal, right? Maybe we can find out where Hillary was the night of Benghazi. [rdbrewer]

Want.
Just a Reminder:
We're always happy to take special interest money at Ace of Spades HQ, money from foreign governments, and especially Big Republicans who feel like winning an election for a change. I think I speak for Ace when I say that we could guarantee North Korea favorable coverage for $10,000 dollars a week. China, $20,000. We're willing to display Putin's favorite muscle pictures for $5,000 dollars each. We'll lay off feminists and SJW's for less. George Soros for more. And we'll do something for Nigel Farage for free beer. Actually, we'll give him free beer for an interview. Just hit the tip jar. --RD




Eric Owens: The Daily Caller Presents: The Definitive List Of The 19 UGLIEST COLLEGE CAMPUSES In America
I know Ace doesn't like #8, for which he uses the pejorative "brutalism," but I think that one is glorious. [rdbrewer]

Curtis Houck: Bill O’Reilly Battles Jorge Ramos over Kate’s Law, Ramos’ Liberal Tilt; ‘You’re Not a Newsman’
"O’Reilly began to wrap things up by telling him twice that 'that’s your opinion' and 'a reporter reports [and] doesn’t give an opinion' while '[a] commentator' does provide their take on matters." Ramos still wasn't clear on the difference and said something about "social responsibility." Added: Rush Limbaugh pointed out something I hadn't considered: Ramos' bias. He works for a Spanish-speaking network. Of course he wants a bigger Spanish-speaking audience. Ramos has a very self-serving social conscience. [rdbrewer]
Dean Jones dead at 84
Star of The Love Bug and many other Disney movies. Rest in peace.

GHacks: Microsoft intensifies data collection on Windows 7 and 8 systems
"Windows 7 and 8 users have been plagued by 'upgrade preparation' updates but left alone otherwise up until recently when it comes to this new level of data collecting. This changed recently with the release of several updates for both operating systems that step up the game." Several updates are routing data to MS. Via "Hank Curmudgeon." [rdbrewer]

Exit Glacier Terminus Positions, Last 200 Years
Conor Friedersdorf: ‘Hillary 2016’ Has Never Made Sense for Democrats
"Why haven’t more challengers entered the race to defeat the Iraq War hawk, Patriot Act supporter, and close friend of big finance?" [rdbrewer]


Charles Hurt: Hillary suffers Trump envy as Clinton fatigue sets in
"The Hillary, meanwhile, is so miserable that Reuters news service brought in a body language expert to diagnose her obvious distress. 'Sadness. Anxiety.'" And anger. Can't forget that. [rdbrewer]


James S. Robbins: Hillary Clinton is not an email crook
"The server fracas isn't Watergate, yet, but the Democratic front-runner is starting to sound a little like Richard Nixon.... Last month, famed Washington Post reporter and Watergate investigator Bob Woodward said that the email scandal engulfing former secretary of State Hillary Clinton 'reminds me of the Nixon tapes: thousands of hours of secretly recorded conversations that Nixon thought were exclusively his.'" [rdbrewer]

Magic spoon found on Mars.

Obama's Lying About The Alaskan Glaciers They've Been Melting For Three Centuries
"Lets go back in history...take a look at this news article from 1952 which says the glaciers in Alaska had already lost half their size...." [rdbrewer]


Dennis Prager: The Result of Victimhood and Lies: Great Evil
"The disregard of anti-white hatred as the motive for blacks who murder whites even when the murder is obviously racially motivated comes from the same people who denied that Islamist Nidal Hasan’s murder of 13 fellow soldiers at Fort Hood was religiously motivated. These people — all on the left — have an agenda...." [rdbrewer]

Progressives Today: NOT THE ONION: The Associated Press Claims Obama STARED DOWN A GLACIER in Alaska
"To liberals in media, Obama is like a superhero or something: 'In climate bid, Obama stares down melting glacier. President Barack Obama stared down a melting glacier in Alaska on Tuesday in a dramatic use of his presidential pulpit to sound the alarm on climate change.'" Obviously, Obama is causing glaciers to retreat, not warming. [rdbrewer]

NY Mag: Romney Is Horrified by Trump — and That’s Restarting ‘Mitt 2016’ Talk
A lot of Trump haters just changed their minds. Seriously though, that sounds like a lie. It's more likely that with Bush fading, Romney and the donor class see an opening--or hope they do. [rdbrewer]


Jim Geraghty: Jeb’s Sudden Free Fall
"The bottom has fallen out for Jeb Bush. The newest poll of Iowa has Bush at 5 percent. He’s at 7 percent in New Hampshire and 9 percent in South Carolina." [rdbrewer]


Eric Owens: Washington State U. SMACKS DOWN Professors Who Want To CENSOR Politically-Incorrect Language
"Officials at Washington State University have now announced that taxpayer-funded professors on campus cannot proceed with their flagrant attempts to censor politically-incorrect terms or require students with white skin to 'defer' to minority students." [rdbrewer]

How Carly Fiorina earned a spot on the big stage at the GOP debate
She's in. "The organizers of the next Republican presidential debate have announced changes to debate criteria that mean former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina will join the rest of the top-tier candidates...." Via @EsotericCD. [rdbrewer]

NY Times: James O’Keefe, a Political Sleuth, to Stalk Campaigns for Wrongdoing
Via Drudge. They try to discredit O'Keefe, and it reads like a heads up to fellow Clinton supporters, but the lede appears several paragraphs in: "In a five-minute video compilation, Veritas showed senior members of Mrs. Clinton’s team appearing to accept a donation from a Canadian women...." The Clinton staffers know it's illegal, but they agree to take the money anyway from someone standing nearby. Good grief. [rdbrewer]
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