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March 27, 2016

Overnight Open Thread (3-27-2016) - Easter Edition

Quote of the Day I

The upper-middle-class climate-warriors at the heart of Sanders's movement imagine themselves victims of a world-destroying capitalist conspiracy. Incremental nationalization of the energy industry is their path to global salvation; nor is the silencing of climate dissenters too high a price to pay. Other Sanders socialists aim to shut down Trump rallies. This is not democracy but a return of authoritarian socialism, the most seductive secular religion that history has ever known.

-- Stanley Kurtz on feeling the Bern

Quote of the Day II

"Europe has been real a******s about Israel," [Bill] Maher said.

"I mean, in general. The U.N. - as of 2015, the United Nations Human Rights Council had issued more official condemnations of Israel than the rest of the world's nations combined. I wonder now that Europe has been attacked four times now in a little over a year, and they say ISIS has 400 fighters that they are ready to introduce back into Europe, and they're trying to get a dirty bomb - maybe Europe will have a little more sympathy for what Israel goes through."

Quote of the Day III

Socialism creates the decline, and other groups come in, like parasites on a weakened host.

-- Neo-Neocon on the history of Molenbeek's decline

So Our National Science Scold Took an Ignorant Dump on Batman



Illinois Supreme Court: Why Yes The State Constitution is a Suicide Pact

The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a plan to cut future retirement benefits and boost employee contributions for Chicago city workers, undercutting a pillar of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's strategy to stabilize one of the nation's most troubled pension systems.

The justices ruled the changes would violate the rights of city workers and retirees protected under the Illinois constitution. The Emanuel administration had argued that the changes came as part of an agreement under which the city would increase its annual contributions to two of the city's four pension funds to ensure they remain solvent.

Brussels Cancels 'March Against Fear' Due to Security Concerns

Muslim Newsagent Asad Shaw Wishes Happy Easter to Britain on His Facebook Page

Let's Follow The Real Footstep Of Beloved Holy Jesus Christ (PBUH) And Get The Real Success In Both Worlds xxxx


Four hours later he was stomped to death in Glasgow by his coreligionists.

Easter Greetings From the Taliban


Why The Belgians Only Questioned Abdeslam For One Hour Over Four Days

Belgian police questioned prime terror suspect Salah Abdeslam for just one hour between his arrest on Friday and the devastating Brussels attacks four days later because he was 'tired', raising fears that they missed the chance to stop the atrocities.

In the latest in a long list of bungles, the hour-long interrogation at a Bruges prison on Saturday produced no intelligence about the impending carnage because investigators took a chronological approach, asking first about the Paris attacks in November.

This was in spite of the discovery of bomb making materials and Abdeslam's fingerprints at a Schaerbeek safe house days before and mounting evidence that the terror cell was active and ready to strike.

Pope Francis Washes the Feet of Muslim Refugees, Blames Weapons Manufacturers for Brussels Attack

"Three days ago, there was a gesture of war, of destruction, in a city of Europe by people who don't want to live in peace," he said. "Behind that gesture there were arms manufacturers, arms traffickers, who want blood, not peace, who want war, not brotherhood," he said.

Note that the attacks were all bombings using home-made explosives. Sadly we seem to be stuck with a pope who's just not up to the demands of the times, preferring instead to pursue his usual leftist hobby-horses.


Meanwhile the New York Times publishes a helpful instructional guide for how to manufacture your own TATP explosives.

Le Shock: Rolling Stone Rape Hoaxer 'Jackie' Doesn't Want to Answer Questions Anymore

The woman known as Jackie who shocked the world with her lurid tale of being gang-raped at a University of Virginia fraternity party doesn't want to answer any more questions as part of a lawsuit.

...A judge has given Eramo's attorneys seven hours to depose Jackie, but because of the sheer volume of communications between her and Erdely, and the fact that Eramo would have to share the time with Rolling Stone's attorneys, the U.Va. dean is asking for another three hours. Naturally, Jackie and her attorney don't want to talk anymore, and Jackie especially doesn't want to talk about her rape claims. . . . The same Jackie who told an untrue story to the media now wants the media to leave her alone.

Snopes Lamely Tries to Exonerate Emory Crybullies, Gets Facts Wrong

WHAT'S TRUE: Students at Emory University gathered in protest after pro-Trump graffiti appeared overnight; administrators investigated the graffiti as it appeared outside designated areas for chalk markings.

WHAT'S FALSE: "Emergency counseling" was offered to or demanded by students; Emory students complained that their "safe spaces" had been violated; students were afraid of or traumatized by the chalk markings.

Well Snopes doesn't outright lie but they do always give the benefit of the doubt to the left in any way they can.

Maryland Considers Removing the Phrase "Northern Scum" from Its State Song

Garry Shandling's Benevolent Spirit

And then I looked at the empty seat next to me and it dawned on me. My seatmate for the next six hours was going to be the man whose hair style I had tried to copy through most of high school, with much hair mousse and little success. The man I wanted to be if I ever grew up, because he made people laugh while he told them the truth, which, back in the late eighties and early nineties, was still a novelty.

Shandling plopped into the window seat. He was, like most male celebrities I've met, perfectly muscular and trim. He had three books with him, whose titles I now forget, and I think he intended to read all of them during the long flight. I mentioned the similarities in our names, and for the next six hours we couldn't stop talking. I can't even remember about what. I drank nervously, trying to time my jokes along with his. My jokes were straining and full of strategies; his were effortless-not jokes at all but bulletins from a complicated man travelling through a particularly funny band of the space-time continuum. We were staying at different resorts, and he invited my then-fiancée and me to dinner at his place.

...I invited him to our wedding. He couldn't make it, but, a week before the ceremony, case upon case of wine arrived from California. We exchanged e-mails about life and love. We made plans to connect in Los Angeles, but it never quite came together. "It's always about the work," he wrote in one e-mail.

He sent us so much great wine, I was never able to finish all of it. This summer I will go through the last of his stock. You're supposed to celebrate a great life when it's over, but I refuse to do so. I don't want to raise my glass to him. I want to meet him on his favorite spirit trail on the Big Island. I want to see him in those shorts of his, beneath a giant dome of afternoon light.


Bat Boy - The Movie Coming Soon


Judi Dench, Helen Mirren and Diana Rigg in 1968 - All Naked

So don't say I never gave you nothing.

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