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September 30, 2022

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Only after public pressure is the murderer Shannon Brandt, who stalked, ran down, and murdered a teenager named Cayler Ellingson for being a member of a "Republican extremist group" which is 1, not illegal and 2, not even true, charged with murder.

And for some reason, conservatives have the crazy idea that government officials, including Republican officials, feel that violence against them is excusable and just the way things are.

A Glenfield man has now been charged with murder after allegedly running over another person at a street dance in McHenry on September 18.

41-year-old Shannon Brandt was initially charged with vehicular homicide in the incident.

The left has so normalized their constant political violence that police, judges, and GOP officials, including GOP DAs, just accept leftist violence as the normal, natural order of things.

NO. We do not accept it that any longer.

Miranda Devine

Now I'm hearing the FBI is leaking private health information about whistleblowers to the New York Times to try to discredit them. This amounts to unlawful reprisal against a whistleblower which the DOJ Inspector General should investigate.

A court has accepted the FBI's usual bullshit as to why it shouldn't have to disclose its thousands of FOIA'd documents about Seth Rich -- "will expose sources and methods," etc. (They have this bullshit as a macro) -- but the court at least did order his computer to be released, in two weeks.

By the way, the FBI originally lied and claimed it had no documents at all responsive to the FOIA request. Whoops! Whoopsie!

Tipped by commenter Grant Swinger, if that is his real name, a very interesting claim from LawDog, which sounds Learnéd though I don't know if it is, that the Russian pipeline explosion is almost certainly just a case of the Russians failing to do proper maintenance, plus a build-up of methane hydate crystals.

He says there's a process to extract water from natural gas when you inject it into the pipe, but then, you don't get it all out, and this gas has just been sitting in the pipe for months and months, so whatever was left in the gas had all sorts of time to get up to mischief. Like forming methane hydrate crystals.

LawDog doesn't explicitly say so in the article, but he implies that methane hydrate does not need free oxygen to explode. Someone in the comments says there's oxygen "in the lattice of ice" around the crystals.

He notes "issues" with the pipe:

They officially shut it down in July of 2020 for maintenance, and had cornbread hell getting it back on-line, and "issues" with maintaining flow throughout the next year; shut it down again in July of 2021, with bigger "issues" -- we say "issues" because the Russians won't explain what these issues were -- and even more problems, including unexplained, major disruptions in gas flow in Dec21/Jan22; Feb 22; and April 22.
In my experience when anything involving energy-industry hydrocarbons explodes ... well, sabotage isn't the first thing that comes to mind. And honestly, when it comes to a pipeline running natural gas under Russian (non)maintenance, an explosion means that it's Tuesday. Or Friday. Or another day of the week ending in "y".

He also points out the suspicious -- or non-suspicious -- timing of the explosions:

Yes, 17 hours apart. No military is going to arrange for two pipes in the same general area to be destroyed 17 hours apart. Not without some Spec Ops guy having a fit of apoplexy. One pipe goes up in a busy shipping lane, in a busy sea, and everyone takes notice. Then you wait 17 hours to do the second -- with 17 hours for people to show up and catch you running dirty? Nah, not buying it.

I don't know if he's right because I don't understand the science he's talking about and I can't say that anything he's saying is true or not.

But I would say that his explanation explains one thing: The dog that didn't bark, as Sherlock Holmes said.

Why isn't Russia blaming this on Ukraine and calling for an emergency UN Security Council meeting? Why aren't they screaming about it?

Why are they being uncharacteristically chill about it?

It would make sense that they would be a bit muted about it -- if they knew the pipe exploded during an attempt to depressurize the pipes (as LawDog speculates) and they do not want to invite further inquiry which would only wind up embarrassing them.

Still, I have no idea if any of this is even plausible. Interesting, though.

#SixSeasonsAndaMovie became a motto for the ratings-challenged Community TV show. Abed vowed that the short-lived TV show The Cape (was that it?) would be on for "six seasons and a movie" when Jeff said it would be cancelled in three weeks, and the show's crew, cast, and fans adopted this as their own goal.

They got canceled by NBC after five seasons, but then Yahoo "Screen," their short-lived attempt at an online TV service (remember that?) picked them up for a sixth season.

And now, they will finally fulfill the destiny of #SixSeasonsandaMovie as Peacock announces a Community movie.

I mean, an online streaming movie, which isn't fully a movie, but I guess it's what we call a movie now.

Unfortunately, Donald Glover, who played Troy and left in the middle of season 5, won't be coming back.

Oh what a surprise -- the Fauci's combined wealth increased by $5 million just during the two years of the pandemic.

He's a civil "servant." Must be nice!

Dr. Anthony Fauci and his wife's net worth grew by $5 million during the COVID-19 pandemic as thousands of US residents struggled financially, according to a government spending watchdog group.

The combined wealth of the 81-year-old retiring director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and his bioethicist wife, Christine Grady, soared from $7.5 million in 2019 to $12.6 million at the end of 2021, according to a report from the non-profit OpenTheBooks.

"Despite becoming a figure of controversy, the system has rewarded Dr. Fauci handsomely," the group's CEO, Adam Andrzejewski, told Fox News Digital. "While Dr. Fauci has been a government bureaucrat for more than 55 years, his household net worth skyrocketed during the pandemic."

The couple's wealth boost was due in part to major salary increases, cash awards and royalties, according to the report.

Fauci has consistently refused to disclose his royalties, which are paid to him by Big Pharma, and has lied to Congress about the information about these royalties already being available to the public. It's not. It remains a secret kept under lock and key, and he won't turn the key.

Europe's only surviving Queen, Margrethe of Denmark, was "inspired" by Queen Elizabeth to get rid of some her own goldbricking Harrys and Meghans and boot them out of the royal family.

Europe's only reigning Queen was inspired to revoke their titles by other royals - including her late cousin Queen Elizabeth II - and claimed it was to allow the four children of her younger son, Prince Joachim: Nikolai, Felix, Henrik and Athena, to live more normal lives. It follows similar moves by other royal families in Europe, including the Windsors, to slim down their monarchies, the Danish palace said later.

But her decision has 'upset' her second son Joachim and his four children. His eldest sons Nikolai and Felix - from his first marriage - have been branded 'playboy princes' because they are professional models who failed to complete their two-year military education after both concluded it was 'not right for them'. Prince Joachim insists his mother only gave him five days' notice. His first wife Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg, said last night she is 'in shock' and revealed: 'The children feel ostracised'.

Jacob Heinel Jensen, royal correspondent for national tabloid BT who has been at the heart of the story in Denmark, told MailOnline that the Danish Royal Family is in 'crisis' -- and is now in the midst its own Megxit.

He said: 'The situation we have in Denmark today is what the UK had two years ago. Yesterday we had a Prince Joachim going rogue on TV saying how upset he was, how his children are suffering. The parallels between him and Harry are there for all to see'.

'This slimming down is something we have seen all over Europe. The days of gigantic royal families with prince after prince and princess after princess, all paid for by the taxpayer, are over', he added.

It's so fun to hear the lamentations of the entitled.

Meanwhile, the Royal Twats may delay their Netflix series to edit out some of the nasty things they said about (checks notes) Harry's father and (checks notes) Harry's brother.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reportedly want to edit their docuseries with Netflix and delay its release 'until next year' after the Queen's death, multiple sources have told Page Six.

[S]ources claimed the couple now want to make edits to the series, which would possibly delay its release until later in 2023, as they look to 'downplay much of what they have said about King Charles III, Queen Consort Camilla, and the Prince and Princess of Wales'.

One Hollywood industry source said: 'A lot of conversations are happening. I hear that Harry and Meghan want the series to be held until next year, they want to stall.

'I wonder if the show could even be dead in the water at this point, do Harry and Meghan just want to shelve this thing?,' they added.

Netflix signed a $100 million deal with these useless layabouts, back when Netflix thought they were making money and were signing deals with everyone. They were specifically paying for dirt and gossip, not soft-focus crap.

I wonder if Netflix will go the David Zaslav route and start looking for a way to "Batgirl" these two.

At The Dispatch, here's the picture of Lizzo that ran to advertise Allahpundit's godawful piece about Lizzo.

Except, you know, it's not Lizzo.

It's just... some other black woman.


I guess they all look alike to the lily-white smug Urban Progressive Karens at the Dispatch.

FaceBook fact-checkers, y'all:


Oh, and if you want to read something absolutely wretched, I mean really cringey, really embarrassingly awful, you just try reading AllahPundit's "writing" at The Dispatch. He's decided that what his real metier will be is blogging about blogging and writing about writing. It's so self-indulgent and up-his-own-asshole and cutesy and twee it's literally disgusting. Vomitevole, as Ms. Meloni would say. He really thinks we want an Inside Look into The Mind of the Artist Formerly Known As AllahPundit.

He's not doing AllahPundit blog posts any longer -- he's giving you The Making Of Allah Pundit Blog Posts. He's giving you the Criterion Collection bonus features of his blog posts, right in the blog posts themselves.

As my second week as a staff writer at The Dispatch comes to a close, I need to confess. I'm ... not really a writer.

Some of you will have already noticed.

Jonah Goldberg is a writer. Kevin Williamson is a writer. I'm a blogger. Bloggers have different talents than writers.

We value writers for their prose and their insight. We value bloggers for their speed, their efficiency at curating news, and their ability to formulate strong political opinions--"takes," we might more aptly call them--about literally anything that might turn up on the Drudge Report or in the average news junkie's Twitter timeline.

Like Liam Neeson in Taken, I have a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you, if you happen to be someone who esteems careful well-informed analysis over dashed-off screeds about whatever the outrage du jour might be.

Can a blogger successfully transition into a writer? The Dispatch evidently thinks so. I guess we'll find out!

Yeah good luck with that, Champ. We're all eager to see where your New Journey takes you.

I swear to God, there's something wrong with him. It's like he's brain-damaged.

Speaking of people who are terrible at their jobs, chase away audiences, and ultimately get fired, Trevor Noah says that he himself has decided to leave The Daily Show and it was totally his idea and everything.

It's just that after seven years of not being funny on TV, he's ready to not be funny in his first love, stand-up comedy.

Noah said he was eager to get back on the road, doing standup and seeing the world. He said it was "another part of my life I want to keep exploring."

This is an obvious lie. Every stand-up, every single one, attempts to get on TV, not because they want to be an actor (they usually don't want to be an actor) and not because they don't like stand-up (they usually like stand-up itself) but because they absolutely hate the road.

No one wants to be on the road. Trevor Noah does not want to be on the road.

As for "seeing the world," pretty sure you can do that with a high paying job. A lot of rich people manage it. He also claimed he wanted to "continue learning languages."

Oh, right. So that's why you have to return to the road. To "learn languages."

Maybe he'll take a page from AllahPundit and do Stand-Up About Being a Stand-Up. Really tell the world what's going on in the crazy little bean called Trevor Noah's Brain.

Young girls totally aren't pursuing unneeded surgical modifications based on what they see on TikTok and Insta:

This beauty trend could really fox you up.

At least that's what Hannah Edwards, a woman who underwent the TikTok viral #FoxEyeLift procedure and experienced so much pain that she wanted to "die," claims.

"It was honestly the worst pain I've ever felt," Edwards, a 25-year-old nutrition student from Sydney, Australia, told NeedToKnow.Online. "The pain was so bad that I wanted to die, I didn't think I could handle being in so much pain."

In early January, Edwards scheduled a consultation for the fox eye-lift with a clinic, hoping its staffers would help her achieve the face of her dreams.

The controversial cosmetic enhancement is a nonsurgical treatment meant to transform rounded, hooded or droopy eyes into sleek, feline-like ovals.

During the procedure, biodegradable sutures are used to pull the skin near the outer corner of the eye back towards the temple. In the US, the embellishment costs around $2,050.

They say it's "nonsurgical" but then, they suturing your eyebrows up higher on your face. We're kind of playing close-to-the-line with the definition of "nonsurgical."


I wonder what other this-will-change-my-life-completely surgical alterations young girls are being convinced to try via viral contagion?

Twenty-Fifth Amendment Insurance Policy:

To RAWK your way into the weekend, enjoy this Ame Bibabi level talent. You can skip to 2:50 to hear the actual " " " music, " " " or watch it all the way through to first enjoy the " " " dramatic " " " " " " acting " " " beforehand.

Vice says that this is the future of rap. But then, Vice.com also says that it's time for straight guys to start putting things up their butts:

Everyone loves orgasms, right? If we didn't, we wouldn't go to ridiculous lengths to achieve them like pirating porn alone or going through the exhausting process of romancing a special someone just so we can have one in the company of another human.

Well, what if I told all of you straight guys out there that there is a secret orgasm that you don't even know about, and it's much better than relieving yourself into a wad of Kleenex while your computer burns your bare thighs? This is an orgasm so good that it will make your whole body shake, every inch of your skin tingle, and your voice erupt with spontaneous screams like Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally. There's only one catch: To achieve this orgasm, you have to put things up your butt.

Sounds pretty convincing!

But on the other hand, they're in bad financial shape and are trying to sell themselves off one piece at a time, like a streetwhore with prosthetic limbs.

Vice Media has hired financial advisors to seek a sale, either for the entire company or for parts of the business, according to sources.

The company would prefer to sell itself in one piece but may decide to sell off business units if it can't find an appealing deal, the sources said.

That was from May so I guess they haven't found an appealing deal yet.

So now I just don't know what to think!!!

brb looking for an old tv remote to stick up my butt

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