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May 16, 2017

Tuesday Overnight Open Thread (5/16/17)

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Quotes of The Day

Quote I

If you're white and you're wrong, then you're wrong; if you're black and you're wrong, you're wrong. People are people. Black, blue, pink, green - God make no rules about color; only society make rules where my people suffer, and that why we must have redemption and redemption now. Bob Marley


Quote II

I don't believe the world's a particularly beautiful place, but I do believe in redemption. Colum McCann


Quote III

The fact is there is forgiveness for those who seek God. And I believe in the power of redemption. Rick Perry

Beer. Is it for redemption? Nothing says "I'm Sorry" like a six pack of beer. Yes, an apology six pack.



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Do you enjoy reading Hunter S. Thompson? Perhaps you would like to listen to his favorite LPs.

In this same letter, collected in his second volume of correspondence Fear and Loathing in America, Thompson included a list of the best albums of the “rock age” of the 1960s, “because the ’60s are going to go down like a repeat, somehow, of the 1920s; the parallels are too gross for even historians to ignore.” The list didn’t come from Thompson, strictly speaking, but “from Raoul Duke,” the hard-living alter-ego who would star in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, published the following year

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According to Mark Steyn: Cultural Appropriation slays another. Shutuppery is accelerating.

My old friend Jonathan Kay was unable to resist some snide and bitchy Tweeting when CRTV dumped me two months ago, so I can't deny the malicious old queen in me would quite enjoy reciprocating now that he's out as editor of Canada's allegedly prestigious magazine The Walrus. But, alas, my better angels are with Sheila Gunn Reid on this one:

While I should be enjoying the left eating themselves, I think every time the shutuppery bullies win is a bad thing.

Agreed. And the shutuppery is accelerating: It's just claimed its second Canadian magazine editor in a week - over "cultural appropriation", which like everything else these days started off as some obscure fetish only plonking humorless fringe Marxists cared about and then suddenly, in nothing flat, reared up like the shark in Jaws and started chewing up everyone on the beach.


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Not concerned about accurately predicting the weather in the next 48 hours; Scientists have come up with what our planet will look like in 1 billion years.

No one can ever say for sure what the future will bring, but a new video has summed up all the science-backed predictions that we can reasonably make about how Earth will change over the next 1 billion years, and our poor little brains are reeling.

The reality is that it's highly unlikely that anyone will be around to see most of these changes come to pass, so consider this your exclusive front-row seat to a world where supercontinents reign supreme, Mount Everest is no longer the tallest mountain on our planet, and the Sun is a lot hotter.


The ONT is curious who paid for this stellar forecast.

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The Left = Bonkers. The proposed Travel Ban brings out the cuckoo.

We wrote here about an ACLU lawyer arguing one of the Trump travel moratorium cases in the 4th Circuit who said that the president’s order “could be constitutional” if only it had been issued by the rightful president, Hillary Clinton.

As a matter of constitutional law–or law, period–that is idiotic. But it wasn’t just a slip of the tongue by an incompetent lawyer. Today, arguing in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the lawyer representing the State of Hawaii answered a judge’s question by saying that “context matters,” and therefore a president other than Donald Trump could properly issue the same order.

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Conservative Think Tanks. Are they thinking? Or are they just spending money?

Like generals fighting the last war, these think tanks failed to recognize that an entirely new set of challenges demanded an entirely new set of politics, represented by a President Trump whom they loathed. What they forgot is the Red Queen effect (from “Through the Looking Glass”): When your opponents can react to your ideas, “it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place.”


The ONT Musical Interlude

May 16, 2010, Ronnie James Dio, singer with Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath and his own band Dio died after a six-month battle with stomach cancer. He was 67 years old. Dio’s career began in 1957 with The Vegas Kings, which later changed to Ronnie and the Rumblers, then Ronnie and the Redcaps, then in 1961, Ronnie Dio and the Prophets. In 1967, Dio and Prophets guitarist Nick Pantas formed the Electric Elves, which shortened its name to Elf. The band’s success eventually landed them an opening slot for Deep Purple which exposed Dio’s voice to Deep Purple’s guitarist, Ritchie Blackmore, who later recruited Dio and other members of Elf for his new band Rainbow. via thisdayinmusic.com



May 16, 1964, Mary Wells started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'My Guy'. Written and produced by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, it made No.5 in the UK. via thisdayinmusic.com

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You never see this on Cops.

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Melania Trump Slowly, but surely bringing class back to the White House.

For the first time in the history of White House tours, visitors will now be able to view the famous White House movie theater, thanks to a new directive by first lady Melania Trump.

On May 12, Trump announced that the “newest piece of the tour” was meant to give people more access to the building’s “rich history” and “wonderful traditions,” according to the Washington Examiner.

Refreshing compared to the last FLOTUS.

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Sologamy. Or just a fancy word for LOSER

Judgmental are we? Yes, yes we are.

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MOAR SCIENCE!!!!

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Dogs they are a unique animal. This guy likes hanging out on the roof.

Meet Huckleberry, the doggie who loves nothing more than spending time on the rooftop of his human’s house and looking at the world from up high. Passengers are so surprised by the view, Huck’s owner even wrote a ‘Don’t Be Alarmed’ note. It says that they’re perfectly aware of the strange roundabouts of their dog and that they make sure the canine is safe at all times.

Your humble Cob's youngest K-9 will sit for hours on the picnic table in the back yard surveying his kingdom the neighborhood.

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You find yourself in a foreign country. You don't know the language. There aren't many English speaking people surrounding you. What do you do in your spare time?

The transformative power of boredom

After bouncing out of the minor leagues in the US, Eric Thames found himself playing in a second-tier professional league in South Korea. Not knowing the language and with few other Americans on the team, Thames spent a lot of time by himself, bored. Applying himself, he started working on his approach to the game, his swing, and his patience.

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Naked. Resisting a State Trooper. Guess that's what they call a Gawker's Delay.


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We don't get the first laugh at this Genius Award Winner.


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A teacher helps those less fortunate. Tonight's Feel Good Story of The Day


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