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June 18, 2018

Monday Overnight Open Thread (6/18/18 )

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The Quotes of The Day

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“I held my head high. I am not ashamed. I am not scared. And I will not apologize for defending my right of self defense. Never ever bow a knee. Never bend a knee. Never bow before the outrage mob on any issue. Ever. Know that you are in truth. What you believe is right.” Dana Loesch


Quote II

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson


Quote III

“No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good.” C.S. Lewis


Quote IV

I went to a Muslim swingers' party. We all toss our detonators in the ring and swap each other's virgins.

Still, it's striking the way so many chaps who "convert to Islam" mysteriously "radicalize" near simultaneously: you'd almost get the impression it's a two-for-one deal. Mark Steyn


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Is the House GOP serious about cleaning up the DOJ? Or is this just another election year ploy-RED MEAT?

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said Sunday that “there will be hell to pay” — including impeachment for top Justice Department officials — if the agency fails this week to give Congress documents about an FBI informant used to spy on the Trump campaign.

“We can’t force the resignation, but we can hold in contempt, we can pass resolutions, we can impeach. I think we’re getting close to there,” Nunes said of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in an interview with Maria Bartiromo on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.”


Remember John Koskinen?


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Afghanistan, what good is it? Too many US armed forces lives have been lost there. Too much money has been spent there.

The $8.6 billion spent was from fiscal years 2002 through 2017. Despite that money, opium production increased 63 percent in just 12 months from fiscal year 2016 to fiscal year 2017. That is enough to produce 900 tons of exportable heroin. The report estimates Afghanistan’s fiscal year 2017 opium output at $4.1 billion to $6.3 billion — as much as a third of the country’s gross domestic product.

The report also indicates that opium cultivation now covers some 1,200 square miles — roughly 20 times the land mass of the District of Columbia. The 590,000 Afghans employed in the industry exceeds the combined size of the country’s army and police force.


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Suicide. Why is it becoming trendy?

How to explain the increase?

Well, since this amorphous and constantly expanding thing known as “mental health” is nearly a $200-billion-a-year industry, the “wellness” charlatans were immediately barking about how we don’t do enough about mental health and how it’s a shame that we don’t spend more on mental health, and even though “rates of psychiatric treatment and diagnosis have…greatly increased” and “Treatment for chronic depression and anxiety — often the precursors to suicide — has never been more available and more widespread,” we need to haul in more pills by the trainload because obviously the only problem here is we don’t spend enough money on mental-health treatment.

Please, if you will, pay no mind—or what’s left of your mind after all those antidepressants and painkillers—to the fact that over the same timespan that the suicide rate shot up 30%, the number of Americans sitting around strung-out and placidly drooling on antidepressants nearly tripled.


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How does one go about improving the flavor of whiskey? Hot cinnamon, vanilla, Beaver? NH distillery has added beaver flavor to its lineup.h/t ALH

TAMWORTH, N.H. (AP) — Beaver-flavored whiskey, anyone?

A New Hampshire distillery has a new bourbon, Eau De Musc, flavored partly by the secretion from a beaver's castor sacs.

Tamworth Distilling says the secretion, called castoreum, has a history of being used as a flavoring and is on a small list of FDA ingredients called "generally recognized as safe."

The distillery says on its website castoreum "exhibits bright and fruit qualities (raspberry) and rich leathery notes along with creamy vanilla aroma," common among barrel-aged spirits.

Other ingredients are raspberry, Canadian snakeroot, fir needles, birch bark (tar oil and regular oil) and maple syrup.

Until Muskrat makes a strong showing, I'm afraid you're stuck with Beaver Whiskey.


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Is James Comey running for POTUS? Or has he always wanted to visit Iowa? Inquiring minds want to know.


The Biff Kristol/James Comey boat cruise ticket does have a certain appeal.


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Meet Leah Vukmir, a GOP State Senator from WI who is running for US Senate. Gutsy and provocative, what say you?

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Vegas. Orgy. What were the odds?

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Speaking of what were the odds, victim of Nigerian email scam about to recover his lost funds.

A decade ago, Fred Haines was wandering the Wichita airport looking for a Nigerian man hauling two chests full of cash.

After an hour of waiting and asking around, he finally came to the realization that the $65 million Nigerian fortune he thought he was inheriting was not coming after all.

What is now coming, though, is the $110,000 he had been scammed out of, thanks to the work of the Kansas Attorney General's Office.

Three years and three home refinances, brilliant.

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The ONT Musical Interlude

Slow-mo spinning a record to pieces.

June 18, 1948, Columbia Records started the first mass production of the 33-RPM long player. The new format could contain a maximum of 23 minutes of music per side versus the three minutes that could be squeezed on to a 78 RPM disc. via thisdayinmusic.com



June 18, 1942, Born on this day, Paul McCartney, The Beatles Wings, solo. The most successful rock composer of all time. McCartney first met John Lennon on July 6th 1957, who was impressed that Paul could tune a guitar. With The Beatles he scored 21 US No.1 & 17 UK No.1 singles plus McCartney has scored over 30 US & UK solo Top 40 hit singles. He has written and co-written 188 charted records, of which 91 reached the Top 10 and 33 made it to No.1 totalling 1,662 weeks on the chart. via thisdayinmusic.com

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June 18, 1963, Born on this day, American musician Dizzy Reed, best known as the keyboardist for Guns N' Roses. with whom he has played, toured, and recorded since 1990. via thisdayinmusic.com

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Being a Leftie African-American means you can be homophobic.

President Donald Trump’s most fervent supporters clapped back with fury Friday after Hollywood actor Samuel L. Jackson tried to mock the president by posting a “homophobic” joke to Twitter about his birthday celebrations.

“Must have been a party at The White House, Mitch, Paul, Rudy & others were spotted wearing knee pads & carrying these lined up outside. Happy Birthday,” Jackson wrote early Friday morning, hours after the culmination of Trump’s June 14 birthday.

His tweet insinuated to many that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Paul Ryan and the president’s attorney Rudy Giuliani had provided the president with oral sex for his birthday:


Imagine Vince Vaughn tweeting about Nancy Pelosi going down on wining and dining Sheila Jackson-Lee.


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It pays to increase your science knowledge. People are getting dumber.

Researchers at Norway’s Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research now have scientific proof of something we’ve long suspsected—we’re all getting dumber.

In their paper, “Flynn effect and its reversal are both environmentally caused,” which was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Bernt Bratsberg and Ole Rogeberg report that IQ scores have been steadily dropping since the 1970s.


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We've heard that the science is settled on global warming. How can that be settled when something less complicated isn't? The Medeiterranean Diet, buh-bye.

In 2013, the New England Journal of Medicine published a landmark study that found that people put on a Mediterranean diet had a 30% lower chance of heart attack, stroke, or death from cardiovascular disease than people on a low-fat diet. It received massive media and public attention when released, and since has been cited by 3,268 other scientific papers. The study had tremendous impact on the field of nutrition and health science.

Yesterday (June 13), however, the journal retracted the study—providing a new reason for skepticism about how effective the now-popular Mediterranean diet really is.

In the larger context, the reality is that this is yet another signal to always read nutrition science with skepticism.

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Tattoos that went wrong. Really, really wrong.

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Perhaps he should have chosen an Emotional Support animal. Genius Award Winner.

A 20-year-old Utah man was booked into jail Monday after allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old girl. He told cops that he was her “emotional support friend,” according to the probable cause statement.

This story comes out of the city of Spanish Fork. Utah County jail records obtained by Law&Crime show that Justin Royle Schmidt was released from custody on Tuesday. He faces one count of unlawful sexual activity with a minor, a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison, and a $5,000 fine.

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After 21 years 3 years missing dog is found and returned to its family. Tonight's Feel Good Story of The Day.


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