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September 28, 2015

Overnight Open Thread (9-28-2015)

Attention Morons: Submit Your Jindal Questions Before The Rush!

Quote of the Day I

His speeches were fatuous and evasive pabulum, and already forgotten. I am not a Catholic but I understand that, unlike the position of Archbishop of Canterbury, where total contempt from the congregants more or less comes with the job, the Bishop of Rome is generally held in some respect by his church. So last week, out of deference to Catholic readers' sensibilities, I confined myself to an aside:

Best to talk about the dangers of "climate change", as the Pope is doing this week, even as in the heart of Christendom the post-Christian future is showing up at the express check-in.

As the years go by, I like to write about what matters. And in this last seven days, the Mohammed cartoons and the "refugee" tide now engulfing Europe both matter more than "POPE CAME TO THE USA". His Holiness in fact has chosen not to matter, even as European politicians take decisions that will guarantee "Christendom" will be non-Christian. There is something shallow and decadent about a pontiff who prioritizes "climate change" even as every last Christian is driven from the Archeparchy of Mosul. What will they say of such a pope? That he fiddled with the thermostat while Rome burned?

-- Mark Steyn in Last Laughs in Europe

Quote of the Day II

Which translates to something like:

After that the conference ended. Some of the participants had to split up because the pre-booked restaurant became afraid to deal with the Free Speech Society and the speakers they'd invited.

That's true. They did. We were escorted by officers from the PET, the Danish Security Service. But the minute the restaurant discovered that, the management - some joint called Fiat - canceled. Compared to what happened to Charlie Hebdo, that's a small price to pay, but it is still a price, and a telling one. Those who defend freedom for all wind up with less than anybody: airlines that won't fly them, theatres that won't book them, and even crappy Italian restaurants that won't serve 'em a few pasta shells at the end of a hard day defending liberty.

-- Mark Steyn

Quote of the Day III

So to be clear: A woman who's had a single sip of alcohol is unable to consent to sex. But a profoundly retarded man who can't speak or eat on his own can. More of that Male Privilege at work, I guess.

-- Glenn Reynolds

Quote of the Day IV

BY "DENYING ABORTIONS" THEY MEAN "NOT PAYING FOR ABORTIONS:" The US Just Decided to Continue Denying Abortions to Rape Victims Worldwide. By this logic, the U.S. government is also denying Corvettes to middle-aged men worldwide.

-- Glenn Reynolds

Quote of the Day V - The Incoherence of the Trump Edition

Scott Pelley: What's your plan for Obamacare?

Donald Trump: Obamacare's going to be repealed and replaced. Obamacare is a disaster if you look at what's going on with premiums where they're up 40, 50, 55 percent.

Scott Pelley: How do you fix it?

Donald Trump: There's many different ways, by the way. Everybody's got to be covered. This is an un-Republican thing for me to say because a lot of times they say, "No, no, the lower 25 percent that can't afford private. But-"

Scott Pelley: Universal health care.

Donald Trump: I am going to take care of everybody. I don't care if it costs me votes or not. Everybody's going to be taken care of much better than they're taken care of now.

Scott Pelley: The uninsured person is going to be taken care of. How? How?

Donald Trump: They're going to be taken care of. I would make a deal with existing hospitals to take care of people. And, you know what, if this is probably-

Scott Pelley: Make a deal? Who pays for it?

Donald Trump: -the government's gonna pay for it. But we're going to save so much money on the other side. But for the most it's going to be a private plan and people are going to be able to go out and negotiate great plans with lots of different competition with lots of competitors with great companies and they can have their doctors, they can have plans, they can have everything.

...

Scott Pelley: Who are you going to raise taxes on?

Donald Trump: If you look at actually raise, some very wealthy are going to be raised. Some people that are getting unfair deductions are going to be raised. But overall it's going to be a tremendous incentive to grow the economy and we're going to take in the same or more money. And I think we're going to have something that's going to be spectacular.

Scott Pelley: But Republicans don't raise taxes.

Donald Trump: Well, we're not raising taxes.

-- Donald Trump in a 60 Minutes interview

The Greatest Scientific Scandal of the Last 100 Years:  Almost All US Temperature Data Used In Global Warming Models Is Estimated or Altered

And by altered they mean that temperatures from before 1965 were lowered and later temperatures were increased. This is not science; this is fraud.


Majorities of Black and White Americans Now Agree: O.J. Was Guilty

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Even the WaPo Thinks the Latest 1-in-5 College Females Are Sexually Assaulted Study Is Crap

Can you say self-selected?

First, the extraordinarily low response rate of students asked to participate in the AAU survey - 19.3 percent - virtually guaranteed a vast exaggeration of the number of campus sexual assaults.

Even the AAU acknowledged that the 150,000 students who responded to the electronic questionnaire were more likely to be victims of sexual assault than the 650,000 who ignored it because "non-victims may have been less likely to participate."
Then, to resolve any doubt that the respondents were far from representative of the nation's college students, consider the facts buried in Tables 3-2 and 6-1 of the AAU survey.

These tables indicate that about 2.2 percent of female respondents said they had reported to their schools that they had been penetrated without consent (including rape) since entering college. If extrapolated to the roughly 10 million female college student population nationwide, this  would come to about 220,000 student reports to universities alleging forced sex over (to be conservative) five years, or about 44,000 reports per year.

But this would be almost nine times the total number of students (just over 5,000) who reported sexual assaults of any kind to their universities in 2013, the most recent data available, according to the reports that universities must submit to the federal government under the Clery Act.

And even with all this juicing of the data they still had to define sexual assault down to get the results they wanted:

But the AAU, mimicking other agenda-driven surveys, asked respondents questions such as whether they had experienced "forced kissing," unwanted sexual "touching" (which could include attempted close dancing while fully clothed), "promised rewards" for sex, threats to "share damaging information about you" with friends, and the like. Then the AAU counted every "yes" answer as a sexual assault (or "misconduct").

...Worse, the AAU also tallied as victims all respondents who said yes when asked whether anyone had sexually touched them "without your active, ongoing voluntary agreement" - for example, attempting more intimate contact "while you were still deciding."

You know based on this definition I'm pretty sure I was sexually assaulted by Mrs. Maetenloch over the weekend.

The Empathy Module is a Known Issue That Will Be Patched in the Next Upgrade Cycle

Plus everyone knows that all the odd Hillary releases are crap until the first service pack anyway.

NYT: Jewish Man Dies as Rocks Pelt His Car

Suppressing the lead. Read Kevin D. Williamson's editor's notes to find out the real story embedded in the NYT account.

Heh: Marxists' Apartment A Microcosm Of Why Marxism Doesn't Work

Also Pacifica radio:

Tens of thousands of dollars have gone missing and they are behind on taxes and audits. Sexual harassment suits have been tossed around (some lesbian). SAG/AFTRA is suing Pacifica over several issues. A large portion of the workforce (possibly approaching 50%) are "volunteers" and others reduced to part-time to avoid Obamacare and other labor regulations.

They are way overdue for their elections, yet don't have the money for the elections, which are run as incompetently as imaginable.

Their version of Stalin - a woman named Margy Wilkinson - has apparently started a separate foundation with the aim of snagging Pacifica station licenses when the whole place is shut down by the state of California. Oh, did I mention the state of California is investigating them too?

Oregon Town Terrorized by Menacing Deer

A town in southern Oregon will hold a public meeting to discuss how to deal with droves of fearless deer that wander the streets, occasionally acting aggressively toward residents, state wildlife officials said on Tuesday.

The "Deer Summit 2015? will be chaired on Wednesday by Ashland Mayor John Stromberg as part of efforts to address deer that have stalked people, pawed at them with their hooves and even stomped on small dogs.

"The deer have no fear of humans," said Mark Vargas, District Wildlife Biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

If only there were some solution to this vexing problem that could be inexpensively and deliciously achieved by private individuals using personal equipment in their spare time.

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This Is My Rifle And This Is My Gun

And always make sure you use the proper oil for each one.

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Why Aren't The Best Teams In The NFL Expected To Win A Ton Of Games?

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Perfect Pitch 2: VERY Problematic

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Thank You Marijuana God!

The 50 Most Expensive Items In The World

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The Yahoo AoSHQ group - it's got the electrolytes and shit.

And my twitter thang.

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