October 15, 2021

Please Open Your Memenals To The Book Of ONT, Chapter 69, Verse 420 (Nice!)

—WeirdDave

Bringing in the memes, bringing in the memes,
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the memes!

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Posted by WeirdDave at 10:00 PM Comments


King Harv Imperial Coffee

Hammer-Headed Bat Cafe

—Ace

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New Zealand as seen from the International Space Station,
via @astrophotosnaps


Ducklings feeding the fish.

Cat sees a cat on TV doing that kneading/massaging thing cats do, and decides to do that too.

Dog and owl are friends.

Kitten sittin'.

Dog IQ test.

Blue whale, with a Standard Reference Boat for size comparison.

Marathon dog-belly check-in.

Kid elephant makes an absolute mess of his birthday cake.

Parrot imitating a dog barking, and then a dog yelping.

Baby goats bothering a cow.

Dog is very direct about wanting more pets.

Surfing with dolphins.

I saw a guy on Twitter complaining about the honking of hammer-headed bats, which I'd never heard of.

First up: They're weird-looking.

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It's a big bat, weighing about a pound. The giant nose (only seen on males, females have more fox-like nose) is for purposes of making a big honking sound, a "lek," used to attract females for mating.

Here's what that might sound like.

Inman: Security guard terminator.

Chicken inflation.


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Posted by Ace at 07:43 PM Comments


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GAINZZZ

—Ace

This seminar will be of special importance to garrett: medical school hosts a seminar about "body terrorism" against fat LGBTQ people.

As relayed by The College Fix, the seminar was set to study "the oppressive history of the Body Mass Index (BMI) within the medical industrial complex."

Also addressed: "best practices to reduce the harm experienced by fat LGBTQ+ patients in healthcare settings."

The official topic, as stated by the invitation:

LGBTQ+ Affirming Healthcare Series presents "The Intersection of Fatphobia and LGBTQ+ Health"

The event aimed to "examine the impact of body terrorism on fat LGBTQ+ people."

Here is who is permitted to attend this salon:

Fat Cisgender Gay Male
Fat Cisgender Lesbian
Fat Straight Biological Male Identifying as a Woman
Fat Straight Biological Female Identifying as a Man
Fat Queer Biological Male Identifying as a Woman
Fat Queer Biological Female Identifying as a Man
Fat Cisgender Bisexual Male
Fat Cisgender Bisexual Female
Fat Bisexual Biological Male Identifying as a Woman
Fat Bisexual Biological Female Identifying as a Man
Any Fat Pansexual

Wow, gay activists and fat acceptance militants. Two groups who are famously in favor of free and frank exchange of idea.

I'm sure this will be wide-open discussion where any and all opinion are permitted.

Some real science being done out there -- why, this study says that high testosterone is correlated with a high sex drive, including an urge to masturbate.

Oh, interesting: It says that according to The Research, all AoSHQ readers have High Testosterone. Based on their filthy habits of nigh-constant onanism, it says further.

Women too. In fact, it says -- especially the women.

As the primary male sex hormone, [the hormone lacked by Jonah Goldberg] plays a leading role in the sexual development of guys. But folks often overlook the role it plays in female sexuality. Yes, women have [the hormone lacked by Jonah Goldberg], too, though much less of it -- and it exerts a far different pull, new research suggests.

"It was quite surprising that the link with masturbation was stronger among women than men," said study leader Wendy Macdowall of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, in the United Kingdom. "And that among women we saw no link with aspects of partnered sex."

Aside from one, that is. In women, testosterone levels were sharply higher in those who had ever experienced a same-sex relationship.

Dirty birds.

Men who had relatively high [hormone that Jonah Goldberg lacks], or high T, levels were more likely to have had more than one sex partner at the same time during the previous five years, the study found. And straight guys were more likely to have had a recent encounter.

They were also found to write 99% fewer "The Conservative Case for [Something Obviously Leftwing]" articles, too.

On to the GAINZZZ: I have none. I have some MAINTAINZZZ, which are not actually GAINZZZ, but also not LOZZEZZZ.

In short, they're like kissing your sister. Which means: incredibly hot. So f***ing hot.

I mean, look at her. Sure she's got the buck-teeth and cheeks of a nerd groundhog but sis has got an ass like a young Keifer Sutherland.

What are your GAINZZZ?

And have you read or started (or planning to start reading) and good BOOKZZZ? Any MOVIEZZZ -- preferably older so they're cheaper and can be seen without giving Hollywood much MONEYZZZ?

Here's a shot of visually-induced adrenaline for you:

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Posted by Ace at 06:29 PM Comments

Daily Doomfest

—Ace

Huge news from Loudoun:


Beth Barts, the leftwing Chardonay Antifa activist on the Loudoun school board who organized a doxing/intimidation campaign against parents who criticized the board, has resigned, effective November 2nd.

Beth Barts, a far-left member of the Loudoun County School Board, has resigned from her position.

First elected in 2019, Barts has been criticized by parent groups over Critical Race Theory and transgender policies in the school system. Her resignation, which will take effect on November 2, 2021, staves off an ongoing recall attempt.

ICYMI:

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"Parents should have no say in how their children are sexually assaulted." -- Terry McAuliffe, probably

No thanks to the useless GOP. But do send them all the money so they can do absolutely nothing for you.

Zogby poll: Biden now down to a new low, 36% approval.

Disapproval? 61%.

"Our latest polling shows President Biden with a 36% positive job performance rating (excellent-15% and good-21% combined), while his negative rating is 61% (fair-19% and poor-42% combined)," pollster Jonathan Zogby of Zogby Analytics told us.

Worst of all, women are abandoning the president, followed by independents -- voters critical to helping lobby for his $3.5 trillion tax-and-spending plan and $1.2 trillion infrastructure program.


"Women voters are abandoning ship. Biden needs to improve his polling numbers with women or Democratic leaders risk losing the 2022 midterm election," said Zogby.

Zogby said that the problem for Biden is that he appears unable to get his agenda through Congress as the economy is sinking and other critical issues, such as the border crisis, crash in.

"Voters can't help but wonder why the Biden administration keeps sweeping these issues under the rug and declaring them 'transitory.' Democratic leaders cannot even come to consensus within their own ranks," Zogby said in his analysis.

But Biden can take solace in the claim by his hyperpartisan political operatives at the Clickbait Nonsense Network that supposedly he's at 50% approval, with 50% disapproving.

Sure. Sure.

Prepare for a shock: With F. Joe Biden as figurehead and leftwing fascist Merrick Garland installed as head of the DOJ, the government has, get this, agreed to let Andrew McCabe have his pension back, and agreed to pay all of his legal expenses.

In fact, they've reversed -- undone -- his firing.

And they're paying him the legal expenses incurred due to being investigated for lying to the inspector general about his illegal leaks.

But the Democrats are back in power so all their minions get paid off with taxpayer money.

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By the way, McCabe raised over $500,000 from left wingers and Deep Staters for his legal defense, so his legal expenses were already paid for.

Biden just gave him a $500,000 payoff.


Thanks, NeverTrump! Tell me how opposed to corruption and venality you are again.

A guy on Twitter made this point:

Andy Swan @AndySwan


Hey @JoeBiden I'll tell you what.

Why don't you mail a vaccine to everyone, we'll sign something saying it was us that took it, and our party operatives can return the paperwork in bulk to you at 3am.


NO ID NO PROBLEM

NO EVIDENCE OF WIDESPREAD VACCINE FRAUD

Yes, indeed. Note that the FBI is now on the case of people selling or buying hoax vaccination cards.

Suddenly it's not racist to expect Poor Minorities to secure a piece of ID required by the government.

They want fraud punished -- but only when it's something they're actually interested in guaranteeing the integrity of.

When it comes to something unimportant like vote fraud? The more fraud, the better.


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Posted by Ace at 05:04 PM Comments

The Bulwark Vs. The Dispatch: The Ruckus In the Cuckhouse

—Ace

Cobra Commander XV @cobracommandr15


The Bulwark going to War with the Dispatch is the undercard paywall-per-view for Pre-School Fight Club.

It's fun to watch fat weaklings throw girlpunches at each other.

Jonah Goldberg, who is, I guess, sad and lonely with so little Internet Attention these days, drew first blood -- blood? Let's say he drew first pinkish liquid -- by insinuating that he and his fellow fat sadsack liberals at The Dispatch were not amoral grifters like those at The Bulwark, because they only write most of their articles about Trump and Trump supporters.

Whereas The Bulwark features, I guess, exclusively articles attacking Trump and Trump-supporters.

Before getting to that, I want to clarify something I should have more strongly clarified long ago:

Some readers and voters are NeverTrump and probably feel implicated when I attack NeverTrump.

I actually mean that as to the NeverTrump political leaders and " " " intellectual " " " leaders. I mean the politicians and writers, not the voters and readers.

My basic position is that you don't get to resign to join the enemy and stab your once-compatriots in the backs, and then, four years later, come back to your original nation and ask for your commission back.

Now, as for people who are just voters, people can vote for whoever they want, and no one owns your vote. And no one is entitled to your readership.

So I have no actual animus towards NeverTrump voters. If Trump was too toxic for you to vote for -- I get that. I wondered about that my own self.

But if you were a political leader or an " " " intellectual " " " leader (and note that NeverTrump "thought leaders" are dumb and lazy and chiefly just repeat what the leftwing media (and their corporate donors) tell them), you're out. You're out for good.

No army ever gives a commission back to an officer who deserted, and certainly not to an officer who joined the enemy.

It's incredible to me that "thought leaders" at places like National Review, who were too cowardly to actually endorse Hillary and F. Joe Biden but left readers with little doubt as to who they wanted to win, are now back, presenting themselves to conservatives, and announcing "We are willing and ready to Lead You Lesser Intellects again."

Really? How big of you. And until when? When will your next defection take place? When is the next time your obvious, transparent sympathies to the left (and your desire for approval by your liberal friends and future media employers) require you to break faith with conservatives and propagandize for a filthily corrupt leftwinger, who you will claim is "moderate" and "decent"?

Fuck you. Use your diminished influence to write for and represent Democrats. We got on without you for six years, and didn't notice we'd missed anything we weren't glad to be rid of.

You're proud of saying you can do business with Democrats. Well, do business with them, and never darken our doors again.

That point made, here's Goldberg, attempting to claim The Dispatch is not a Trump-obsessed outlet. (My Fat Dude, have you read David French lately?)

If you wake up every morning trying to argue about why Trump is bad and the people who like Trump are evil, you're just as obsessed with him as the people who wake up every morning wanting to prove that Trump is a glorious statesman and everything he does is great.

Both sides! Both sides! He said the thing he says! He said Both Sides!

Never Trump and pro-Trump publications, he concludes, are "two sides of the same Trump-obsessed coin."

Well, this caused quite the stir at The Bulwark, who were quick to point out -- rather accurately -- that in fact The Dispatch only exists to pander to NeverTrumpers (and, I should say, the leftwing donors who think that stoking NeverTrump sentiment will help Democrats).

Jonah Goldberg's Narcissism of Small Differences

In a world of trouble, why snipe at allies?

by MONA CHAREN OCTOBER 13, 2021 5:30 AM

Great start. And of course-- these people are allies. They are alike in almost all ways, except for one: The people at The Bulwark have been more honest and open about simply defecting to the Democrat Party, while those at The Dispatch defected to the Democrat Party as well -- but for tactical/fundraising/branding reasons, wish to pretend that they did not.

ack in 2016, when formerly distinguished conservatives were suddenly lining up to issue glassy-eyed endorsements of a half-mad reality-TV figure, Jonah Goldberg wrote a brilliant column comparing the experience to Invasion of the Body Snatchers. He captured the sense so many of us had that nearly an entire party and, eventually, nearly an entire intellectual movement, had been lobotomized. "People would go to sleep violently opposed to Trump and everything he represented,” he recapped for Vanity Fair, "but by morning they'd start telling me how under comrade Trump, we were going to have the greatest harvest we've ever seen." If Goldberg does nothing else in his career, I will always cherish him for his indomitability when others, with less to lose, crumpled.

So it's disappointing to see him falling for the narcissism of small differences. As Sigmund Freud wrote, "It is precisely the minor differences in people who are otherwise alike that form the basis of feelings of hostility between them."

True. The Bulwark has branded itself as Republicans Turned Democrats, while The Dispatch is branding itself as True Republicans Aligning With Democrats Until the Republican Party Becomes True Once More.

This is a very slight distinction, but that's how you win market position, by specifying the niche you wish to compete in.

By the way, she links this Vanity Fair article in which the frontmen for The Dispatch make it clear that the entire reason for the outlet is NeverTrumpism.

For example, it starts thus:

avid French may check off traditional Republican boxes--conservative, military veteran, evangelical Christian--yet admits he’s out of step with the party's Trumpified base and is wary about its future. "If Donald Trump doesn't win or doesn't run in 2024, but somebody who adopts the ethos of Donald Trump wins or runs as a Republican in 2024, I don't see that as an improvement," French told me. "I see that as sort of this cementing of the identity of the party behind this particular ethos."

French said he fears the "angry populist" movement of the Trump era--or "the new right,” as he has also put it--will become irrevocably melded with the Republican Party.

That's a future that French, and other writers at The Dispatch, hope to avoid. While the conservative-media industry largely fell in line behind Trump, some outlets and pundits considered insufficiently loyal charted a different course.

So when French and Goldberg and Hayes were advertising their new venture at a leftwing outlet -- and no doubt hoping to troll for some leftwing donations -- they were quite upfront and explicit that the blog (I almost said "magazine," lol) was NeverTrump now, NeverTrump forever.

But now for branding reasons, Goldberg now wants to pretend that The Dispatch is and always was above this Trump vs. NeverTrump business.

Unlike those other guys.

Which is precisely what Charen suggests:

Celebrating the two-year anniversary of the Dispatch, Goldberg, apparently feeling the need to do some product differentiation, tossed off a gratuitous swipe at The Bulwark. Both publications are redoubts of Trumpism-defying conservatives, and thus, you might think, allies? Compadres? Friends?

Fellow travelers, I would say.

Fellow grifters, I would say, perhaps more accurately.

Are The Dispatch and The Bulwark competing for a shrinking pile of leftwing donations, and trying to position themselves as the one NeverTrump blog to survive? Will these Pepsi vs. Coke brand wars intensify as leftwing donors realize that, as usual, Kristol and Goldberg and Sykes and Hayes have no reach or influence that is worth renting?

Let's hope!

Speaking of NeverTrump: the great Lee Smith sent along a review of Tom Nichols' new " " " book " " " -- really a quickie cash-in, turning his petty twitter arguments and demands for attention into a print file -- and I gotta tell you, it's something.

Oliver Traldi reviews Noted Twitter Addict and Self-Proclaimed All-Purpose Expert Tom Nichols' newest 10,000 word Twitter rant and I love it. The review, I mean.


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It's Time for a Special Prosecutor for Hunter Biden -- and Joe Biden

—Ace

Jonathan Turley:

The comingling of funds is the latest contraction of President Biden's repeated claims that he was unaware and uninvolved in past dealings by his son. Given these links, there are legitimate questions of why the Justice Department has not sought a special counsel in the ongoing investigation of alleged money-laundering and tax violations linked to the president's son. More importantly, even if there are no criminal charges, there is now a compelling need for an independent report on the alleged influence peddling operation by Hunter, his uncle James Biden, and potentially his father, President Biden.

He notes the new emails reveal that Hunter Biden -- who was sucking up money from the Chinese communist government and Russian oligarchs while his father, F. Joe Biden, was serving as Vice President -- was comingling his funds with his father.

Which means F. Joe Biden was using some of the money coming in from the Chinese communist government and Russian oligarchs.

Most notable are the new emails from Eric Schwerin, his business partner at the Rosemont Seneca consultancy, referencing the payment of household bills for both Joe Biden and Hunter Biden. He also notes that he was transferring money from Joe Biden. If true, the communications indicate that some of President Biden's personal expenses were paid out of shared accounts with Hunter, including accounts that may have been used to pay for prostitutes. Rosemont Seneca is directly involved in the alleged influence peddling schemes and questionable money transfers from Chinese and Russian sources.

Oh right, Hunter was at this time making $25,000 wire payments to Russian hookers.

Kompromat, I think the media used to enjoy calling that kind of thing.

...

Past emails included discussions of offering access to then-Vice President Biden. They also include alleged payments to Joe Biden. In one email, there is a discussion of a proposed equity split of "20" for "H" and "10 held by H for the big guy?" [Former business partner Anthony] Bobulinski confirmed that "H" was used for Hunter Biden and that his father was routinely called "the big guy" in these discussions.

...

That creates a rather nasty problem at the Justice Department. Federal regulations allow the appointment of a special counsel when it is in the public interest and an "investigation or prosecution of that person or matter by a United States Attorney's Office or litigating Division of the Department of Justice would present a conflict of interest for the Department or other extraordinary circumstances."

...


There is already a federal criminal investigation into these matters involving Hunter Biden, and the latest emails now link President Biden receiving money and benefits from related accounts as well as key players. Even if one questions a direct conflict of interest, it is hard to deny the towering appearance of a conflict in the ongoing investigation.

“The Big Guy” is now president and his administration is handling an investigation that could have political as well as legal implications for him and his family. It may be time for a special counsel.

Turley notes that no lesser authority than that Tower of Probity Charles Schumer demanded a special prosecutor to investigate Trump and his entire family, claiming that without such an investigation, and proof of innocence, the public would have doubts about the integrity of the government.

And now...?

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Posted by Ace at 03:07 PM Comments

F. Joe Biden, the Corrupt Leftwing Incompetent Propagandized for by NeverTrump, Is Destroying the Economy and May Plunge Us Into a New Depression

—Ace

Deb Heine wrote about F. Joe Biden's bizarre "whispering press conference" in June.

In that press conference, F. Joe Biden stated that employers would have to compete against the government's welfare payments if they wanted to attract labor. We're now seeing the effects of negatively incentivizing work. Turns out, when you make work not just a cost in the worker's time but also literally charge him money to work, workers won't work.

Biden also made a specific claim about inflation, as Deb now notes:

Deb Heine, Dissident @NiceDeb

Biden during his whisper presser on 6/24: Experts say "inflation is it's going to pop up a little bit and then go back down."

Also: "If it turns out that what I've done so far--what we've done so far--is a mistake, it's going to show." Well Joe, it's showing.

Indeed, it is showing big-time. Year-over-year inflation for some everyday goods:

Ground beef: + 10.6 percent. Steaks: +22.1 percent. Bacon: +19.3 percent. Pork roasts, ribs, steaks: +19.2 percent. Chickens: +17.1 percent. Fresh fish: +10.7 percent. Eggs: +12.6 percent. Peanut Butter: +6.2 percent. Apples: + 7.8 percent. Ham: +7 percent. Baby food: +4.4 percent.

Is anyone in the propaganda press interested in checking F. Joe Biden's proclamations against the factual record, or are they just clickbait hate sites now?

How about the Conservative, Inc. "Thought" Leaders who pushed for the election of F. Joe Biden? Do they have anything to say about this?

Even leftwing apparatchik Larry Summers is warning about the doom Biden is making for us.

Summers, who was Secretary of the Treasury under Clinton and then a national economic adviser under Obama, says that the Fed is pushing a highly inflationary monetary policy for politics-- out of "wokeness," and I guess to appease Alexandria Donkey-Chompers.

You can't spend limitless dollars unless the fed prints limitless dollars.

And that's what they're doing.

Former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers castigated monetary policy makers in the U.S. and elsewhere for paying too much attention to social issues and not enough to the biggest risk to inflation since the 1970s.

We have a generation of central bankers who are defining themselves by their wokeness," Summers, who is now a professor at Harvard University, said on Wednesday. "They're defining themselves by how socially concerned they are."

Speaking to a virtual conference organized by the Institute of International Finance, Summers compared the arguments by the Federal Reserve and other central banks downplaying the risk of inflation to those made by former Fed chairs Arthur Burns and G. William Miller, who presided over the central bank in the 1970s when the annual pace of price rises often topped 10%.

"We're in more danger than we've been during my career of losing control of inflation in the U.S.," the 66-year-old Summers, a paid contributor to Bloomberg, said....

Fed policy makers last year adopted a more inclusive approach toward their goal of achieving maximum employment, going well beyond the headline unemployment rate. They have pledged to keep their benchmark interest rate near zero even as inflation surges, committing to ensure greater progress in the job market.

Central bankers have also been increasingly discussing incorporating climate-change concerns into their work.

Thanks to SMOD for that.

President Ron Klain is actually happy about the inflation and shortages -- he says these are "high class problems" he's glad America has.

Peter Navarro says that Jimmy Carter called and he wants his 1970s deflation back.

Navarro notes that all the circumstances that caused stagflation in the 70s are present again.

Except this time, conditions are worse. The overprinting of fake dollars is substantially worse.

A feckless Team Biden has set America up for a new round of 1970s-style stagflation. The similarities between then and now are eerie.

Seventies stagflation resulted from profligate fiscal policy, politicized monetary policy and food and energy shocks. President Lyndon Johnson's guns-and-butter decision to simultaneously finance both the Vietnam War and his Great Society programs triggered a wave of demand-pull inflation.

After President Richard Nixon appointed Arthur Burns as Federal Reserve chair, Burns cranked up the Fed printing press in support of Nixon's re-election efforts. The resulting currency debasement forced Nixon to abandon the US dollar standard, the linchpin of the global monetary system; the dollar cratered, driving up import prices and further stoking inflation.

This May 4, 2021, file photo shows the Federal Reserve building in Washington.
Yet another Biden claim -- that inflation is 'temporary' -- proves wrong
The US economy also suffered two crippling supply-side crises. Food prices soared as a result of bad weather, Soviet grain purchases and cropland mismanagement. Energy prices skyrocketed, thanks to the Arab oil embargo.

Say, aren't energy prices skyrocketing right now, not due to an Arab oil embargo, but an American embargo on the production of oil imposed by Biden himself?

Policies that have reduced US energy production by fifteen percent? Nearly one sixth?

Winter heating prices set to explode upwards by 54%.

- Get ready to pay sharply higher bills for heating this winter, along with seemingly everything else.

With prices surging worldwide for heating oil, natural gas and other fuels, the U.S. government said Wednesday it expects households to see their heating bills jump as much as 54% compared to last winter.

Nearly half the homes in the U.S. use natural gas for heat, and they could pay an average $746 this winter, 30% more than a year ago. Those in the Midwest could get particularly pinched, with bills up an estimated 49%, and this could be the most expensive winter for natural-gas heated homes since 2008-2009.

This thread documents the War on Energy F. Joe Biden has been waging since day one of his fake presidency.

Rather than undoing his anti-energy executive actions, Biden is instead merely pleading with energy producers to lower their prices and eat a loss in order to bail F. Joe Biden out for the midterms.

He's also begging foreign suppliers -- OPEC and Russia -- to produce more oil to offset the huge price increases he himself has mandated through executive actions.

Lance Gooden @Lancegooden · 23h Joe Biden on Day 1:

Shut down the Keystone XL pipeline.

Joe Biden on Day 266:

Begged oil companies to lower energy prices.

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Say, what did F. Joe Biden say about food shortages and presidential responsibility for same, back in the early days of covid?

Politico finally notices that alleged "Secretary of Transportation" Pete Bootyjudge has been MIA even as cargo ships and trucks -- you know, transportation -- are snarled and unable to deliver goods.

He's been playing house with the other gay dad. He's been out for two months -- two months of paternity leave.

For a guy.

Who also has a critical job. During a crisis involving his job.

To spend time with his two Future Presidential Campaign Props.

While U.S. ports faced anchor-to-anchor traffic and Congress nearly melted down over the president’s infrastructure bill in recent weeks, the usually omnipresent Transportation secretary was lying low.

One of the White House’s go-to communicators didn't appear on TV. He was absent on Capitol Hill during the negotiations over the bill he had been previously helping sell to different members of Congress. Conservative critics tried (unsuccessfully) to get #WheresPete to trend and Fox News ran a story on October 4 with the headline: "Buttigieg quiet on growing port congestion as shipping concerns build ahead of holidays."

They didn't previously announce it, but Buttigieg's office told West Wing Playbook that the secretary has actually been on paid leave since mid-August to spend time with his husband, Chasten, and their two newborn babies.

They covered up that a cabinet member had taken two months off. They're only admitting it now to make excuses for his absence.

"For the first four weeks, he was mostly offline except for major agency decisions and matters that could not be delegated," said a spokesperson for the Department of Transportation. "He has been ramping up activities since then." As he does that, Buttigieg will "continue to take some time over the coming weeks to support his husband and take care of his new children," the spokesperson added.

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Posted by Ace at 02:02 PM Comments

Conservative Member of Parliament and Brexit Supporter David Amess Stabbed to Death in Church

—Ace

He had been stabbed last night. He died of his wounds within the past few hours.

If you search for more news, note his name is AMess, not ARNess, as it may appear if you're not looking at the letters too closely

A Conservative Party minister in the U.K. has died after being stabbed during a meeting with his constituents at a church, according to police.

David Amess, 69, was speaking at a Methodist Church Friday when a man entered and stabbed him. Police arrived after 12:05 p.m. local times and arrested a man for the stabbing.

"We are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident and do not believe there is an ongoing threat to the wider public," Essex police said in a statement, adding that officers had recovered a knife.

If they're not looking for anyone else, that must mean it was a leftist or Islamist who killed him. Those are the only people who Always Act Alone.

Whenever someone on the right breaks a law, it's part of a Wider Conspiracy that Threatens the Very Pillars of Our Civilization.

People on the left are reacting with their typical class, dancing on the graves of a political opponent assassinated by what will almost certainly turn out to be one of their fellow leftists. This politician, for example, who belongs to the "left-center" Welsh nationalist party Plaid Cymru:

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If you read about this case in the British press, you'll come across statements that he was killed in a "surgery" and that police will in the future be present at "surgeries."

This unfamiliar (to Americans) use of the word "surgery" is explained by Wikipedia: It means one-on-one meetings with constituents, out in the actual constituency (the region), rather than back in a Parliament office.

A political surgery, constituency surgery, constituency clinic, mobile office or sometimes advice surgery, in British and Irish politics, is a series of one-to-one meetings that a Member of Parliament (MP), Teachta Dála (TD) or other political officeholder may have with their constituents.[1] At a surgery, constituents may raise issues of concern in the same manner that a person may directly consult a general practitioner (GP) in their surgery (a "surgery" being the term for the GP's workplace, an "office" in American parlance). The issues may relate to local issues (street crime, litter, a request for intervention by the representative on behalf of the constituent with local or national government) or to national policy matters.[2] Often the constituent's issue will be followed up by a caseworker or assistant. Surgery meetings are usually confidential and differ from town hall meetings, which are open to many people at the same time.

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Posted by Ace at 01:21 PM Comments

Surprise 1: Media Refuses to Cover Bathroom Sexual Assault in Loudoun School, Even As They Repeat the DOJ's Claims of "Domestic Terrorist" Parents
Surprise 2: Loudoun School District Has Been Covering Up Sexual Assaults For Years

—Ace

Virginia law requires public schools to report specifically named serious crimes.

R4pe is obviously a serious crime on that list.

But the Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) has refused to report those. They have a clean record.

It is little wonder that they claimed they had "no reports" of sexual assaults in bathrooms. They have no reports of any sexual assaults -- it's their policy.

They've been covering up sexual assaults at least as early as 2018.

Loudoun County Public Schools did not record multiple known incidents of alleged sexual assault in schools dating back several years, despite a law that requires statistics about school safety incidents to be reported to the public and which includes provisions holding school superintendents personally liable for violations, a Daily Wire review of public records found.

After The Daily Wire raised the discrepancy with the Virginia Department of Education, VDOE spokesman Charles Pyle said that "VDOE is reviewing the discipline, crime and violence data submissions of Loudoun County Public Schools and is in communication with LCPS to determine whether the division's reporting is accurate and whether the division is in compliance with state and federal law."

The same law could have implications for a Loudoun superintendent or principal in the wake of a May 28 alleged sexual assault in a bathroom -- an incident first reported by The Daily Wire Monday. On June 22, Superintendent Scott Ziegler told the public, "To my knowledge, we don’t have any record of assaults occurring in our restrooms."

Virginia law requires that "Reports shall be made to the division superintendent and to the principal or his designee on all incidents involving... sexual assault."

The Daily Wire asked LCPS questions last week including, "Has Stone Bridge ever reported the May alleged sexual assault in any statistics or made anyone aware of it?" LCPS hid behind state law, with Director of Communications Joan Sahlgren replying that "Any information related to student information is confidential under state and federal laws regarding student privacy."

This is a lie. They're claiming that this data is protected by privacy laws.

Lie. The perp's name, and the victim's name, are protected by privacy laws. The fact that a r4pe took place is not.

In fact, the law requires this disclosure.

Instead, they covered it up, and pretended they were doing this to protect the students.

In fact, as is common in the education industry -- they're harming students in order to protect their filthy jobs.



However, state law actually requires statistics on assaults and other incidents in schools to be reported to the public, in the form of annually updated statistics available on a public database called Safe Schools Information Resource (SSIR) administered by the Virginia Department of Education. LCPS reported to the state that Stone Bridge had zero sexual assaults for the 2020-2021 school year, which includes May 28, 2021.

Didn't the Parkland school district likewise cover up assaults and gun crimes, which enabled school shooter Nikolas Cruz to murder children?

But they do this to protect the children, you understand.

It just so happens that it sweetens their numbers, gets them performance bonuses, and gets them reelected.

But that's entirely an unexpected side-benefit. The cover ups of crimes in schools are all For The Children.

And by the way, Luke Rosniak dug up a sexual assault that took place in the LCPS system in 2018. A boy was sexually violated by other boys, who inserted "objects" inside him.

Not reported! To protect the children, you understand.

You will not be shocked to discover that the entire media has joined in the cover-up.

And remember, the incident where an LGBT activist taunted the girl's father, claiming she was lying, is one of the key "incidents" the National School Board Association used to justify demanding DOJ and FBI targeting of parents.

The "targeting" of school boards the media all reported on. National news.

But the whole reason for the incident that largely started this? They refuse absolutely to report on.



Mainstream broadcast networks failed to cover a Tuesday night report that alleged a Virginia school board covered up a rape allegation against a boy who wore a skirt in the girls' bathroom, according to a media analysis.

The Loudoun County School Board kept the rape allegations quiet as it successfully pushed to adopt a policy that allows students to choose which bathroom to use based on their preferred gender, according to the Daily Wire. The alleged rapist was reportedly transferred to another school where he was later charged with sexual battery and abduction of another student. Neither ABC, CBS, nor NBC dedicated primetime coverage to the report, according to the Media Research Center....

"How can one call itself a news organization when it blacks out coverage of a story like this, which has such broad impact on the safety of our children and education?" Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center, tweeted.


The father of the alleged victim, Scott Smith, was arrested in June at a school board meeting on the proposed transgender bathroom policy after the meeting was deemed an "unlawful assembly" of concerned parents. Scott Ziegler, the superintendent of the school district, denied having knowledge of any arrests regarding incidents in the bathroom and said that "the predator transgender student or person simply does not exist," according to the Daily Wire report. Smith's arrest came less than a month after the alleged rape.

The Washington Post, possibly worried that they had been caught not covering a story of obvious interest to Washington Post readers (more people reading the Post in northestern Virginia than in DC proper), now admits that there were two sexual assaults that took place in Loudoun schools -- but refuses to report that the school board tried to cover it up, or that it was a case of a "boy in a skirt" attacking a girl in a restroom.

Which is not a point made simply to denigrate trans people, but to prove what is obvious, that a woman is an extremely difficult situation when she's in an isolated area with a biological male -- which is why we had sex-segragated spaces from the beginnings of human civilization.

Not "gender" segregated. Biological sex-segregated.

But this would add nuance to a public controversy the Sexual Left wants to pretend has no nuance to it at all, so they forget to report that part.

A teen accused of sexually assaulting a fellow student at a Loudoun County high school in May is also accused in a second sexual assault less than five months later at another county high school, according to the Loudoun County commonwealth’s attorney.

The dual allegations sparked anger from parents who showed up at a school board meeting Tuesday night and blasted school officials for their handling of the incidents and the student’s enrollment in a new school after the first allegation.

Some parents who spoke at the meeting grew emotional, saying they feared for the safety of their children in Loudoun County Public Schools.

Note that they refuse to say why this particular crime has a political, policy-oriented edge to it. Just a random boy r4ping a random girl, which was allegedly "mishandled."

If you want to know the details of that, why, you must be a Racist and a Domestic Terrorist.

But would the Washington Post even be allowed to report on the perp, even if they wanted to?

YouTube, a monopoly video posting site, and a child corporation of Google, a monopoly in the two key businesses of search and ad placement, has given Steven Crowder a "hard strike" -- the last warning before a complete ban -- for daring to mention the transgender part of the story.

They're taking the position that transgenders are never to be accused of sexual crimes, ever.

Even when the transgender nature of the perp is directly relevant to a major public issue involving schoolchildren's safety.

This monopoly has decided you're simply forbidden to mention the gender expression of any perp who isn't "cis" gender.

Straight white males? You can propagandize and propagandize how these little r4pists are constantly attacking young girls.

But put a skirt on that white male who has a normal heterosexual (he would say "homosexual" or "lesbian") attraction to girls...? Then his demographic traits are officially forbidden to be spoken.

YouTube suspended Steven Crowder's channel for one week on Wednesday, claiming the conservative pundit and comedian violated the platform’s rules against hate speech.

YouTube's counsel sent an email to Crowder’s attorney, William Richmond, informing him of the strike against Crowder’s account and explaining that a September 30 video uploaded to Crowder’s channel "targets the transgender community in an offensive manner," according to a copy of the email. YouTube has blocked Crowder from posting videos to his main and auxiliary accounts for one week. The email said in part:

We write again on YouTube's behalf regarding your client, Steven Crowder. YouTube has repeatedly instructed Mr. Crowder regarding its hate speech policy and warned him against continuing violations of that policy through content he uploaded to YouTube. YouTube specifically warned Mr. Crowder that videos he uploaded showed a pattern of recklessly targeting the LGBTQ+ community for abuse and insults. It warned that further uploading of content that targets, insults, and/or abuses the LGBTQ+ community would result in additional penalties.


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Crowder responded on Twitter Wednesday: "A hard strike from YouTube and Woe... this is terrifying. We covered SPECIFIC, documented instances of rape. @YouTube says not allowed. All parents should take note. If you believe in the insane notion of biological sex, you will be silenced."


So our Tech Overlords have decided that schoolgirls can be freely r4ped due to dangerous and misguided policies favored completely by the Tech Overlords, and you're simply not permitted to say that one helped cause the other.

Yes, it's that simple. The cause of transgenderism will be won by Tech Monopolists by deleting/censoring any evidence that it causes harm.


And NeverTrump and the Corporate "Cons" will continue babbling about The Conservative Case for a Fascist Outlawing of Any Speech Contradicting the Political Agenda of Our Illegal Leftwing Monopolies.

Update: From GnuBreed -- this is standard operating procedure in our schools.

OUAT, my daughter was assaulted on a school bus by an older male. I asked her if she wanted to press charges to which she said yes. I then warned her that nothing would happen. But together, we went thru the process.

Step 1 was to force the school cop to cough up an incident report, which didn't exist until I insisted. Then off we went to juvy justice to file charges, with the report and witness statements. Then we waited... forever. They just buried it too.

It's the way The System works, and it is close to universal.
Posted by: GnuBreed


Meanwhile:

Corey A. DeAngelis @DeAngelisCorey


NEW: The Pennsylvania School Boards Association voted to withdraw from the National School Boards Association because of their recent letter suggesting that some parents should be considered "domestic terrorists."

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The Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

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WHAT TO DO WHEN IT GETS REAL

Last time I brought to your attention an idiot who claimed to be feeling all threatened because his Trump-supporting neighbor flew a black flag and he thought that it meant he wanted to kill people, particularly him. There was much weeping and wailing gnashing of teeth about it in his tweet thread. But there seemed to be a disconnect between his words and his actions. If he really thinks his life is in danger, why doesn't he get the hell out of there? Joe Mannix commented:

He doesn't really believe it. If he did, he wouldn't have penned a semi-literate article about it. He doesn't believe it for even one second. He's vice-signalling about his own purity in believing that dissidents should be silenced, imprisoned or murdered.

But no overt threat has ever been made. Any threat exists only in his own mind. And nowhere else.

The left works itself into a frenzy over stuff like this and then uses it as an excuse to call for the silencing, cancellation, and imprisonment of people with political views they disagree with.

I'm revisiting this because I'm having a similar thing going on in my own life.

Those of us in the leadership of my church are looking at the social deterioration and the increasing hostility against us by those who hold the reins of power have started to ask ourselves questions such as: what do we do if our pastor gets accused of hate speech? What our our legal options? What if someone succeeds in getting our bank account cancelled? What if a bunch of woke mob protestors show up one Sunday?

Not that anything like this is happening yet. So far, we're a small enough church that we're pretty much flying under the radar. But this is all new territory for us; we're in the first stage of a threat assessment and while we can't predict the future, perhaps it would be prudent for us to come up with contingency plans based on a few broadly-defined scenarios that might possibly occur.


Also this People's Rights site might be of help. It encourages you to ask yourself the this question:

Who would you call right now if you needed help defending your rights against a government agency?

And their answer is... your neighbors. Meaning, like-minded individuals in your area, who may be in the same situation. The site allows you reach out to them, meet up with them, develop support networks, etc. Having said this, I have to add a "caveat emptor" warning since I don't know much about this group and only have become aware of it through a friend who is involved.

I don't think it costs anything to sign up. It might be worth looking into.

I assume most of you morons have heard of The Alliance Defending Freedom. They advertise themselves as "the world’s largest legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, marriage and family, parental rights, and the sanctity of life. We defend your most cherished liberties in Congress, state legislatures, and courtrooms across the country—all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary." This is the group that's taken on the various "bake the damn cake, bigot" cases that a number of Christian small businesses have been hit with. Well, they've started something new, the ADF Church Alliance, which provides churches with legal help should they find themselves on the wrong end of a religious freedom lawsuit. Yes, it costs, but they're up front with their pricing, which is based on church size.

This is very much like the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) that would, for an annual fee, provide legal assistance to parents who found themselves being harassed by hostile school officials.

So we're very much looking into the possibility of signing up with the ADF Church Alliance as one of things we can do to protect ourselves.

And our congregation. Because not only can we as a church come under attack, but individual members might find themselves subjected to the fury of the woke mob, for whatever reason. Therefore, those of us in church leadership need to figure out what we can do so our congregants can be confident we have their back. "We'll pray for you" isn't good enough. That's kind of like the progressive pantywaist complaining about a neighbor's flag on social media and that's as far as his 'activism' goes. We need to learn how to devote time, money, energy, and whatever other resources are necessary to support our members against the woke crybullies and thugs that would do them harm. We can't leave them twisting in the wind.




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Mid-Morning Art Thread

—CBD

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Shipwreck
Ivan Aivazovsky

Posted by CBD at 09:30 AM Comments

The Morning Report – 10/15/2021

—Buck Throckmorton

Good Morning all. The incomparable J.J. Sefton is going to be out of pocket for a few days, which is a good opportunity for all of us to appreciate just how amazing his daily report and link-alanche is. He puts out the best aggregation of links in the conservative blogosphere. I don’t know how he does it, but I sure am grateful. He won’t be away long, so don’t touch that dial.

In the meantime, here are a few things going on:

The same people who shuttered “non-essential” businesses and locked down the economy are now coming for your single-family home.

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Having eradicated so much liberty under Covid, you can bet that the left feels confident they can forcibly re-shape our housing habits. These words from the NY Times are honest, but chilling: “But the process will be difficult…”

Pol Pot smiles. I think he’d say the process wasn’t that difficult, just messy.

*****

In a Kurt Schlicter column linked by J.J. this past Tuesday there was this great quote:

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Posted by Buck Throckmorton at 07:35 AM Comments

Daily Tech News 15 October 2021

—Pixy Misa

Top Story

  • The cache on AMD CPUs is up to 12 times slower on Windows 11 than on Windows 10. (Tom's Hardware)

    I don't know how they managed that. The article carefully measures and explains the effect - and that this drastic reduction in cache performance only means that your applications run 7% slower - but doesn't go into why.

    A fix is expected next week, but nothing I've seen, including AMD's own announcement of the problem, discusses why it is happening.


  • But new emojis. (WCCFTech)

    Yes, the people working on emoji updates for Windows 11 are entirely independent of the team fixing the cache latency issues, but still.


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On Any Given ONT

—WeirdDave

Welcome to the Thursday night ONT. Well, we're almost halfway through October, that means Halloween is getting closer. Do any of y'all have any plans? Are you planning on wearing a costume? If so, what?

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Christmas is Cancelled Cafe

—Ace

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The Milky Way as seen from Bachalpsee, Switzerland,
via @astrophotosnaps

Cat is training to be a goalie.

This cat is weirdly good at standing up. Make it stop.

This cat is weirdly good at camouflage. Note there are four cats, not three. Yes, I've confirmed it. The fourth is very hard to see. (No, he's not hiding behind another cat. He's in plain sight.)

A toddler is having trouble climbing into bed, so the family dog comes over to give him a living foot-stool.

Dog pretends to be mean and snarly, but he's really just a sweetie.

Toddlers and dog have a jumping party.

Puppy jailbreak.

I think this is a mama whale with her calf.

Tandem jump.

Hedgehog pups-- they don't look real. they look like very basic cartoons.

Could this be real? If the ball is CGI, what is the dog doing?

Inman: Cross mootocrossers.

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Joe Biden Has a Response to Supply Disruptions: Ordering Suppliers to Fix Their Disruptions.
Surprisingly, Experts Say That's Not Going to Fix The Problem

—Ace

The most incompetent, brain-damaged, mush-mouthed imbecile to ever hold the position of "president" thinks that he can command things to be fixed just by unintelligibly reading remarks written for him by his handlers.

President Joe Biden is pushing to ease supply shortages and tame rising prices in time for Christmas, but unsnarling U.S. supply lines could take far longer, experts told Reuters.

Biden brought together powerbrokers from ports, unions and big business on Wednesday to address shipping, labor and warehousing pain in the U.S. supply chain, and announced new around-the-clock port operations in Los Angeles.

As his Republican opposition seizes on possible Christmas shortages to connect Biden's economic policies to inflation, and try to stall a multitrillion-dollar spending bill in Congress in coming weeks, the White House's message Wednesday was that a solution is in sight.

Oops, Republicans are seizing again. That must mean the Democrats have authored another catastrophe.

But Biden's brain-damaged ramblings aren't likely to fix anything, experts say:

"What the president's doing isn't going to really hurt. But at the end of the day, it doesn't solve the problem," said Steven Ricchiuto, U.S. chief economist at Mizuho Securities.

Even the Washington Post's hand-picked "experts" agree:

[S]ome industry executives described the administration's latest initiative, which the White House billed as "nearly doubling" the port’s cargo-handling hours, as incomplete. Matt Schrap, chief executive of the Harbor Trucking Association, whose members service the ports, said the measure will make a "big difference" only if terminals abandon requirements for truckers to return a specific type of empty shipping container before collecting a full one.

And Craig Grossgart, senior vice president for global ocean at SEKO Logistics, said: "It will accomplish zero. It’s just window dressing."

It's not just the Port of LA or Long Beach.

It's also Savannah -- and experts say that unless your goods-made-overseas (and aren't just about all goods now made overseas?) sailed a full month ago, they won't be arriving in time for Christmas:

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Charlie Spiering @charliespiering


Jen Psaki says "we cannot guarantee" that Americans will get their gifts on time this Christmas


Via Ed Driscoll at Instapundit, the Washington Post has discovered the real story in the port snafu, and that story is... Republicans Pouncing.

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That gels nicely with Reuters' "Republicans Seizing" scoop.

Does the leftwing media have a point? Is it true that when their are shortages, it's not the fault of the current president?

Well, to answer that, let's consult The Sage of Scranton in May 2020, blaming "food shortages" on poor presidential leadership:

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Weird, I don't remember the Washington Post or Reuters chiding Joe Biden with "Democrats Seize" headlines as regards covid-caused shortages.

Ron Klain -- often called "President Klain" because he's the chief puppeteer working President Ice Cream -- says he "inherited" this problem.

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Inherited it since... May 2020?

And you just decided to do something about it this f***ing week?

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Quick Hits

—Ace

Bloomberg Business: Tips from an ex-FBI Hostage Negotiator in how to deal with an anti-vaxxer at your holiday dinner.

The leftwing clickbait propaganda media is really upping their yearly "how to deal with your Republican relatives at Thanksgiving" game.

A Bernie Sanders-connected group vows to make life "unpleasant" for his colleague Krysten Sinema, just as she's headed off to Europe.

There are antifa in Europe, of course.

Yesterday the group Our Revolution vowed they would join other activists in an effort to harass Sen. Sinema everywhere she went and make her life "unpleasant" until she agrees to support Biden’s Build Back Better bill. The activists may find it difficult to follow through on that plan, though because Sen. Sinema has left the country and was last seen in Paris.

In Victoria (Australia), they've disqualified four senators from voting, citing failure to obey Covid Fascism rules, and thrown the control of parliament to the left.

LibertyDownUnder @libertydownundr


Bad news from Australia. The Victorian parliament has voted to stop 4 senators from voting (because they didn't hand over medical information about vaccination status), giving Labor a majority in both houses of parliament, allowing them to pass proposed permanent emergency powers

David Reaboi, Late Republic Nonsense @davereaboi

They keep blowing past the "right of revolution" phase like it's a string of yellow lights.

The Chicago Police Department is refusing the city's vaccine mandate -- and daring the city to enforce it.

How many precincts does Mayor Groot control?

The federal government is attempting to outlaw e-cig products by making it very costly to get any particular product approved for sale. They take the position that every single flavor of a flavored nicotine juice is a separate product, requiring hundreds of thousands of dollars in costs to get approved.

But when tobacco behemoth R.J. Reynolds asks the FDA for approval for their e-cig, the FDA hops-to and grants approval for it right-quick.

The Food and Drug Administration made history Tuesday following its announcement that it was granting authorization to an e-cigarette company to sell its products.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the FDA granted authorization to the tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds to sell three of its Vuse Solo vape products in the U.S., explaining that these products can help adult smokers quit using deadly combustible tobacco products.

This is the first time the health organization has explicitly granted permission to a company to sell a nicotine-based product in the U.S.

The decision comes as the FDA faced a court deadline in which it conducted a vast survey of more than a million e-cigarettes in order to determine which ones should be allowed to remain on the market.

The FDA rejected 10 different flavors proposed by Vuse Solo and only approved tobacco-flavored vape cartridges.

Via Twitchy, Miles Taylor, the "Anonymous" fake whistleblower nobody who conned the media into believing he was a top Trump staffer, and Christie Todd Whitman (the Obama-voting "Republican" who has not been Republican since the early 90s) are calling themselves "Republicans with a Plea" and asking all Republicans to vote for... all Democrats, in every single race.

Again.

AGHamilton reminds us that the media runs "pleas" by "Republicans" every few months claiming that the only way to save the Republican Party is to elect nothing but Democrats from President to dog-catcher.

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Capitol Police Internal Memos Reveal No One Believed Ashli Babbit Was Armed, and No One Remembers Sergeant Byrd Issuing a Verbal Warning Before Killing Her

—Ace

A righteous kill though, right?

More than 500 pages of internal documents from DC Metropolitan Police concerning the fatal shooting of Ashli Babbitt in the Capitol on Jan. 6 reveal witness accounts stating she was not holding a weapon at the time of her death and how "upset" the officer was after shooting her.

"These previously secret records show there was no good reason to shoot and kill Ashli Babbitt," stated Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, which obtained the documents through a May 2021 FOIA lawsuit. "The Biden-Garland Justice Department and the Pelosi Congress have much to answer for the over the mishandling and cover-up of this scandalous killing of an American citizen by the U.S. Capitol Police."

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A Capitol Police sergeant, whose name is redacted, described seeing Babbitt climbing through a broken window, but did not witness her holding a weapon, according to a portion of the documents received by Judicial Watch.

"Sergeant [redacted] observed a white, female protester was climbing through an opened area where the glass pane had been knocked out. He heard a gunshot and this female fell backwards through the opening. The crowd on the other side of the barricaded east doors, began to step back and some put their hands in the air. Sergeant [redacted] observed Lieutenant Byrd step back just after hearing the gunshot. He did not see anything in the female protester's hands prior to the gunshot," the Internal Affairs Division report stated.

"Sergeant [redacted] never went on the other side of the barricaded east door. He also did not know that it was Lieutenant Byrd who shot his gun until he talked to him moments after it occurred. Lieutenant Byrd looked upset and stated, 'I was the one who took the shot,'" the report continued.

Note that the cops are observing the Blue Code of Silence -- no one will say she was unarmed. They'll just state it in the negative: they did not notice a weapon. Not that they affirmatively noticed no weapon.

Judicial Watch noted that in a written transcript of the interview with the sergeant, he detailed he was not sure "if something happened to" Byrd that "caused him to take the shot or not."

...

The sergeant went onto describe that Byrd was "visibly upset" after shooting Babbitt.

"No, his eyes were red. He was, you could see he was visibly upset and he just, you know, kind of comfort him and told him, you know, we gotta get outta here," the transcript of the interview states.

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"He did not see Ms. McEntee [Babbitt] in possession of any potential weapons," the summary report states.

"He reiterated that he did not observe that she was armed."

That interviewee also described Byrd as "upset" following the shooting.

"Lieutenant Byrd was shaking, he did not say anything…. Byrd was nervous, teary-eyed, and appeared very upset. His voice [was] also shaky when he called for medical assistance over the radio. Lieutenant Byrd was still very upset," the report continued.

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"The crowd on the outside of the previously barricaded east doors began to step back, and some raised their hands in the air. Sergeant [redacted] did not see anything in Ms. Babbitt's hands prior to hearing the gunshot."

Witnesses also say they did not observe any verbal warnings or commands before the shooting:

Another report on an interview with a Capitol Police officer on Feb. 4 stated, "He did not hear any verbal commands" before Babbitt was shot.

But some rando "reached out" to say oh, he definitely heard warnings.

A separate Jan. 6 phone interview with a man who "reached out" to the Metro PD, who claimed to have been in the House Chambers at the time of the shooting, contradicted the officer's Feb. 4 interview.

He said he did in fact hear Byrd shout "loud verbal commands" that he would "shoot" before firing at Babbitt. That interviewee also claimed Byrd fired twice, not once.

"He was yelling, he was giving commands. Um, he was saying, I will shoot. Uh, he was saying some other stuff. I couldn’t clearly make out what he was saying, but he was definitely, uh, giving commands, no question about it," the interviewee said, according to transcripts.

"He [Byrd], uh, did everything he could do... He was by himself, we were defending the front door and they were shaking it."

Yeah, that's an informant. And it sounds like he was told that Byrd was in trouble for not having issued a verbal challenge before executing an unarmed woman, so Uncle G would consider it a big favor if he "reached out" and said he heard all kinds of verbal warnings.


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California Bleeding: Walgreens Closes Five More San Francisco Stores, Citing The City's Policy of Tolerated Thieving as the Reason

—Ace

The pharmacy chain had already closed 17 locations -- in San Francisco alone.

Walgreens is closing five more San Francisco locations as drug stores from the Bay Area to the Big Apple are besieged by rampant shoplifting and lax enforcement.

San Fran shoplifters have been emboldened by a referendum that lowered the penalty for stealing goods worth less than $950 from a felony to a misdemeanor, cops and prosecutors have said.

A spokesperson for the company confirmed the latest closures to SFGate.

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"Retail theft across our San Francisco stores has continued to increase in the past few months to five times our chain average. During this time to help combat this issue, we increased our investments in security measures in stores across the city to 46 times our chain average in an effort to provide a safe environment."

Meanwhile, San Francisco's downtown is a "ghost town" as office workers move out.

The South of Market neighborhood is home to the headquarters of a slew of prominent tech companies including Uber, Dropbox, Airbnb, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Yelp, and Salesforce.

As much as 90% of the city’s workforce is now working from home, ABC7 News reported. Before the pandemic, San Francisco had the highest building occupancy rate in the U.S., but most of its skyscrapers have now emptied out, the outlet reported.

About 27% of office space in San Francisco is now available, according to a report by CBRE, a commercial real estate firm, compared to 19% of available office space in Manhattan. Meanwhile, San Francisco apartment rents, while starting to rise again, dropped more steeply than anywhere else in the country over the pandemic, while the cost of living remains high at 44% more than New York City, The Economist reported.

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Several tech giants have announced they are moving their headquarters out of California permanently, fleeing the high taxes, expensive real estate, and stringent government regulation of Silicon Valley.

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As workers, especially tech workers, migrate out of San Francisco, the city's downtown restaurants and other vendors are left wondering whether business will ever go back to normal.

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Meanwhile, bars and restaurants are still subject indefinitely to an indoor mask mandate in San Francisco. While the city's current mask mandate will be lifted for other businesses like gyms, churches, and offices, on October 15, the order does not apply to bars and restaurants.

Not only are workers deserting San Francisco, so are schoolchildren.

And the city is upset by that... because the loss of 3500 schoolchildren will result in the loss of $35 million in school funding.

And that is the only reason.

- San Francisco school board officials are discussing a new report showing an enrollment drop of 3,500 students in the last two years.

The drop could mean a loss of state funding to the tune of $35 million.

SFUSD Superintendent Vince Matthews says the district needs to adjust to a "new normal," according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Former San Francisco mayor turned California governor Gavin Newsom is determined to accelerate California's decline. A new California law mandates that large retailers have "gender neutral" aisles.

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a woke law on Saturday forcing stores to have 'gender neutral' sections where traditional blue and pink toys and toothbrushes are banned.

Large department stores must now display products like toys and toothbrushes in gender-neutral ways - a win for LGBT advocates who say the pink and blue hues of traditional marketing methods pressure children to conform to gender stereotypes.

The new law, however, does not completely outlaw traditional boys and girls sections at department stores. Instead it says large stores must also have a gender neutral section to display 'a reasonable selection' of items 'regardless of whether they have been traditionally marketed for either girls or for boys'.

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Low said he was inspired by the 10-year-old girl daughter of one of his staffers who asked her mom why certain items in the store were 'off limits' to her because she was a girl.

Right. Woke 10-Year-Olds are now supposedly writing our legislation.

Simultaneously, California is banning all gas-powered lawnmowers.

California will soon ban the sale of new gas-powered leaf blowers and lawn mowers after Governor Gavin Newsom signed off on the new law - also on Saturday.

The move is aimed at curbing emissions from a category of small engines on pace to produce more pollution each year than passenger vehicles.

The gas-powered equipment to be banned uses small off-road engines, a broad category that includes generators, lawn equipment, pressure washers, chainsaws, weed trimmers and even golf carts.

Under the new law these machines must be zero-emissions, meaning they'll have to be battery-powered or plug-in.

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The state budget, approved earlier this year, includes $30million to pay for this effort and help professional landscapers and gardeners make the transition from gas-powered equipment.

But an anonymous industry representative has told the Times that the budget is 'woefully inadequate' for the nearly 50,000 small businesses that will be affected by the new law.

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Federal Judge Orders the DOJ's Department of Civil Rights to Open Probe Into Treatment of January 6 Protesters

—Ace

Julie Kelly is one of the only real journalists in the country, and maybe the only one reporting on systematic DOJ abuse of the J6 protesters.

The United States is now engaged in systematic torture of US citizens.

In a major rebuke of the Justice Department and D.C. Department of Corrections, District Court Judge Royce Lamberth today found the jail's warden and director of the Department of Corrections in contempt of court for refusing to turn over records related to the care of Christopher Worrell, a January 6 detainee who suffers from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and a broken hand. He has been incarcerated under a pre-trial detention order sought by Joe Biden's Justice Department and approved by the court’s chief judge since his arrest in March; Worrell has been in the D.C. jail used specifically to house January 6 defendants since April.

Lamberth scheduled the hearing on Tuesday after D.C. Jail Warden Wanda Patten and DOC Director Quincy Booth failed to comply with his October 8 order to submit the evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon, who determined in June that Worrell needed surgery for a broken hand he suffered in May, and also to submit Worrell’s medical requests related to needed cancer treatments. Jail officials and attorneys representing the department claimed the screw-up was a miscommunication but Lamberth rejected their argument. "I don't accept that explanation," Lamberth said. "No one noticed in jail that he's sitting there in pain all the time? Does no one care?"

Worrell's attorney, Alex Savron, told Lamberth his client is being subjected to "cruel and unusual punishment" in the jail. A medical team recommended that Worrell start receiving six months of "intense" chemotherapy and radiation but jail officials were vague as to how they would care for Worrell's side effects including ongoing pain and nausea.

Lamberth called the jail's treatment of Worrell "inexcusable" and questioned aloud whether Worrell was being treated differently because he is a January 6 defendant. (I have reported here for months how the constitutional and human rights of January 6 detainees have been routinely violated at the D.C. jail.)


Just The News reports this quote:

Lamberth said D.C. officials failing to turn over medical records is "more than just inept and bureaucratic jostling of papers," the Post reports.

"I find that the civil rights of the defendant have been abused," Lamberth said. "I don't know if it's because he's a January 6th defendant or not, but I find this matter should be referred to the attorney general of the United States for a civil rights investigation."

Lamberth also suggested that the U.S. Marshals Service may have to move inmates from the D.C. jail to other detention facilities if they are receiving improper treatment.

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Meanwhile, lefties cheer as another judge -- an Obama appointed judge -- sentences J6 protesters to more time than prosecutors are even asking for.

A federal judge in Washington has repeatedly sentenced people who stormed the U.S. Capitol to more prison time than prosecutors sought, saying that even people who were not violent should face consequences for joining the unprecedented assault.

In the past week, U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan has imposed sentences ranging from 14 to 45 days on four people who pleaded guilty to unlawful parading and picketing inside the Capitol building on Jan. 6 -- a misdemeanor offense.

"There have to be consequences for participating in an attempted violent overthrow of the government, beyond sitting at home," Chutkan said at one of the hearings.


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Chutkan, a former public defender appointed to the federal judiciary by former President Barack Obama, last week sentenced another defendant who admitted to the misdemeanor charge, Matthew Mazzocco, to 45 days in prison.

That court hearing marked the first time that one of the judges overseeing the hundreds of Jan. 6 prosecutions imposed a sentence that was harsher than what the government asked for.

Remember: NeverTrump propagandized for third term of Obama.

We will #NeverForget, NeverTrump. You will never be allowed to occupy a position of power or influence again.

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Maniac Goes on Rampage In Norway, Targeting Citizens With a... Bow and Arrow

—Ace

We need common-sense bow control laws.

A man armed with a bow and arrow killed five people and wounded two others in a series of attacks in the Norwegian town of Kongsberg on Wednesday, local police said.

The suspect was in custody, police added.

"The man used a bow and arrow ... for some of the attacks," police chief Oeyvind Aas told reporters. The police were investigating whether other weapons had also been used, he said.

"The man has been apprehended ... from the information we now have, this person carried out these actions alone," Aas added.

One of the wounded people was an off-duty police officer.

Newspaper VG showed images of an arrow that appeared to be stuck in the wall of a wood-paneled building.

...

"I understand that many people are afraid, but it's important to emphasise that the police are now in control," [the Prime Minister] said.

Following the attacks, the police directorate said it had ordered officers nationwide to carry firearms. Norwegian police are normally unarmed but officers have access to guns and rifles when needed.

This photo shows an arrow shot by the attacker lodged in a wall:

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The suspect is a 37 year old Danish national who was living in Konigsberg.

It turns out that he was a Muslim convert who has been flagged by police as an extremist before.

Police said the man who they said shot several people was a Muslim convert who had been flagged in the past for being radicalized, police said, according to The Associated Press.

The deadly attack is now being considered an act of terrorism, the AP reported. The determination was made by the country’s domestic security agency, known as PST.

"The investigation will clarify in more detail what the incidents were motivated by," PST said in a statement.

"There earlier had been worries of the man having been radicalized," police Chief Ole B. Saeverud said during a news conference. He did not explain what is considered radicalized meant.

Four women and one man between the ages of 50 and 70 were killed, the AP reported.

Likely White Supremacist violence.


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CNN Medical Reporter Sanjay Gupta Appears on Joe Rogan's Podcast, and Gets Grilled About Why CNN Lied About Him Taking a "Horse Dewormer"

—Ace

When Joe Rogan caught covid, he took a course of monoclonal antibodies as well as Ivermectin. I think he also took HCQ.

All were prescribed by his doctor.

When he bragged he'd shrugged off covid and was healthy after three days, the leftwing media, including the Clickbait Nonsense Network CNN, claimed he had taken a "horse dewormer."

This was a complete lie, of course. Ivermectin is in fact prescribed by veterinarians for horses and cows as an anti-parasitic, but it's also prescribed to humans, and of course Joe Rogan got the human form of the drug.

Not the horse form.

Nevertheless, the Clickbait Nonsense Network called it a horse dewormer.

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This was a defamatory lie. It's so defamatory that Rogan is considering suing CNN for defamation.

Sanjay Gupta made an ill-advised trip to Joe Rogan's podcast where he was forced to answer uncomfortable questions about his employer's constant "gleeful" lies and defamations.

"By the way, I'm glad you're better," Gupta said.

"Thank you," Rogan responded. "You're probably the only one at CNN who's glad... The rest of them are all lying about me taking horse medication."

"That bothered you," Gupta grinned.

"It should bother you too," Rogan shot back. "They're lying at your network about people taking human drugs versus drugs for veterinary."

"Calling it a 'horse dewormer' is not the most flattering thing, I get that," Gupta conceded.

"It's a lie," Rogan pushed back. "It's a lie on a news network... and it's a lie that they're conscious of. It's not a mistake. They're unfavorably framing it as veterinary medicine."

That language by Rogan makes me think he's consulted a lawyer about the basis for a lawsuit.

"Why would they lie and say that's horse dewormer?" Rogan asked. "I can afford people medicine motherf---er. It's ridiculous! It's just a lie! Don't you think that a lie like that is dangerous on a news network when you know that they know they're lying?... Do you think that that's a problem that your news network lies?"

"What did they say?" Gupta asked.

The podcast host first told Gupta that his ivermectin was "prescribed to me by a doctor," forcing the CNN correspondent to say the drug "shouldn't be called" horse dewormer.

"Does it bother you that the network you work for out and out lied, just outright lied about me taking horse dewormer," Rogan grilled Gupta.

"They shouldn't have said that," Gupta admitted.

"Why did they do that?" Rogan asked.

"I don't know," Gupta responded.

"You didn't ask? You're the medical guy over there!" Rogan exclaimed.

"I didn't ask," Gupta said. "I should've asked before coming on this podcast."


Gupta denied Rogan's claim that CNN made the claims with "such glee" before playing a clip of "OutFront" anchor Erin Burnett calling ivermectin a "livestock drug."

"I don't think Erin had glee," Gupta reacted.

"Well, it's more Brian Stelter who was the gleeful one," Rogan replied, referring to CNN's leftwing media guru. "The point is that's a lie."

"It can be used for humans! I get it," an uncomfortable Gupta exclaimed.

"Not just could be used for humans- is often used for humans along with all the other drugs that I took. All human drugs," the podcast host said. "They know it's a human drug and they lied. It's defamatory."

"Yeah, they shouldn't have done that," Gupta reiterated. "I don't know if it's defamatory."

"I bet it is," Rogan asserted. "It's a lie."

Rogan wanted to know what else the Clickbait Nonsense Network might also lie about to please its ultrapartisan shitlib viewers:

"My point is you're working for a news organization. If they're lying about a comedian taking horse medication, what are they telling us about Russia? What are they telling us about Syria? Do you understand that that's why people get concerned about the veracity of the news?" Rogan pressed Gupta before the CNN correspondent, again, conceded he did not take a horse dewormer.

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The Morning Rant: Minimalist Edition

—CBD

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Bake That Cake!
And if were up to the Nutmeg* state, religion-based pregnancy assistance would have to include referrals to abortion clinics.

This is insane. Or left-wing, which in today's America is pretty much the same thing. How the attorney general of Connecticut doesn't see this as a blatant violation of our Constitutional rights is beyond me and most sentient beings, but as usual, the progressive movement is on the offensive, as they have been for more than a century.

Federal Suit Filed Against Connecticut Law That Punishes Pro-Life Speech

Attorneys for a Connecticut faith-based pregnancy center are mounting a constitutional challenge to a state law requiring it to provide abortion referrals, claiming the statute violates the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious freedom and freedom of association, due process, and equal protection.
What's next? Forcing a Kosher butcher to provide directions to the nearest pork store or lobster pound?

The First Amendment is clear, but the prohibition against a state religion has always rankled the leftists because of course they want a state religion...it's called socialism. And they absolutely loathe competition from those pesky pro-life weirdos.

I cannot see this law surviving a challenge in the courts, but that presupposes that the judges have read and respect the United States Constitution, and that is becoming rarer and rarer.

But it really is stupid, and the sub-literate 90 IQ attorney general is laughably inept at defending this indefensible law.

Tong said he supports the right to express a pro-life viewpoint, but "there is also the reality of deceptive advertising by other LSPCs. Some LSPCs have misled pregnant women into the false belief that they offer abortion services, emergency contraception, and unbiased counseling."
"Some." Sure. Too bad he doesn't provide examples. But "deceptive advertising" by religious organizations could be the next target.

What do you mean "Jesus Saves!" That isn't provable in court, therefore you must take down the sign or provide information to direct potential worshipers to other religions that do not agree.

It sounds absolutely ridiculous, but so does the original law, which was passed by both legislative houses and signed by the governor!

*It's called the Nutmeg state because the spice was imported to Connecticut by sailors returning from the South Seas...and the clever Yankees would often carve fake nutmeg from blocks of wood and sell them to the unsuspecting.

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Mid-Morning Art Thread

—CBD

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The Big Dory
George Bellows

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The Morning Report - 10/14/21

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning, kids. Thursday and with the economy heading south, ironically as hordes of illiterate peasants head north, Emperor Backtalk, the Kalorama meat-puppet, fled from reporters so as to avoid questions about the near collapse of our supply chain that is set to make American stores resemble those of the non-Potemkin village Soviet Union. Not that he would have anything to fear from a reporter pool that is essentially on par with that of Soviet era Pravda and Izvestya.

Whatever damage the self-inflicted wounds of the forced lockdowns caused, they're nothing compared to the wrecking ball we have been pounded with since noon last January 20th. Massive borrowing, the incentivization of indolence by paying people to stay home, the dismantling of our fossil fuel industry, and the threat of internal exile for those who refuse the jab are key components in all of this misery. And, yes baby, the Misery Index is back along with stagflation. Psaki-psircling back to this supply chain madness, even with the constraints put on the economy by the Chinese COVID stupidity, how could that have possibly thrown a monkey wrench into the works? Well, it really didn't. But the hand of whack-o environmentalists (BIRM) aided and abetted by greasy, brilliantine tyrant Gavin Newsom have their hoof prints all over this.

According to the Washington Post, the port crisis is also causing rail yards to back up and logjams for truckers. California passed AB 5, which eliminated owner-operators. Another law put restrictions on the age of trucks that could legally operate in the state. These restrictions further impede getting products out of the ports and in and out of the rail yards. Florida doesn't have any of these restrictive rules.

The Florida Ports Council's response shames the one from the federal government. For example, Representative Michelle Steel (R-CA) introduced legislation to ban ships from idling or anchoring within 24 nautical miles of the Southern California coast for the next 180 days. Steel's Stopping Hazardous Incidents in the Pacific Act of 2021 (SHIP Act) is based on speculation that an anchor or chain from a ship off the coast may have caused a pipeline spill in the area. Florida, meanwhile, is offering the cargo ships a place to go.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is at the helm of the crisis for the Biden administration. The former small-town mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has no evident experience handling a supply chain crisis that spans the globe. He got the job because he dropped out of the primary, endorsed President Biden, and likes trains a lot. . .

. . . Miami, Florida, has opened its arms to tech companies fleeing California. Residents of the Golden State flocked to Florida in 2020 in numbers not seen previously. Maybe cargo ships will be next. Governor Ron DeSantis made some real infrastructure investments to upgrade Florida's ports. Let's see if they pay off and save Christmas for everyone.

The thrust of the article is how Florida, yet again, under the leadership of Ron DeSantis, is willing and eager to ride to the rescue and show the Left how things get done. That is, using common sense and letting business and people do their thing with minimal interference from the government. But no. We can't do that because Gaia, white supremacy and capitalism. The ridiculous SHIP act from Michelle Steel underscores the motivating force that I had noted a few days ago. Fear and the drive for absolute safety. So, because of an oil spill caused by an errant anchor, an already moribund economy has to be My Pillowed indefinitely.

Look, I'm not a fan of oil spills, but remember how the Left shrieked in 2010 about the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe? As bad as it was, only a few months passed before all the oil had essentially dissipated and was gone, much to the chagrin of the propagandists who went down there to follow up and found that the Gulf, that is the Earth, had healed itself. Rush Limbaugh, PBUH, was all over this for months and yet again he was right. However many thousands or even tens of thousands of gallons might have leaked into the water, it was all figuratively and quite literally by comparison to the size and volume of the Gulf, a drop in the ocean. What most people don't realize is that oil is constantly leaking up from beneath the seabed in the same or even greater volume than the instantaneous spillage of Deepwater, or even the earlier Exxon Valdez, but it is eventually absorbed and dissipated.

I don't mean to go off on a tangent but commerce, a free market, individual choice and indeed our entire way of life have been predicated on being able to choose for ourselves the who, what, where, how and why we want to live as individuals based on our own understanding of what is best for ourselves. Of course, being respectful of others as laid out by both custom, morals, ethics and a just and stable law. Considering who and what is now in control of our government and our society, I'm sure you can spot the problem. Fauci himself, echoed by Arnold Schvartzeschvartze, said it out loud: "Screw your freedom!" That of course was in reference to wearing the worse than useless face diapers. But it applies to everything. Every aspect of our lives is to be controlled because we are too stupid to make decisions for ourselves. Naturally, an enlightened elite will make the choices for us, with the reward of never having to be beholden to the constraints they put on the rest of us.

But at least we can be reassured that the GOP has our back. Mostly with a knife in it.

Republicans in Congress plan to improve their messaging on climate change, conservation and the environment in an effort to win the support of Americans who deem the issue important.

"If we sit on the sidelines and are not willing to talk about it because we don't like the green New Deal, we won't be successful," Utah Rep. John Curtis told the Daily Caller News Foundation in an interview. "We've got to get Republican members of Congress comfortable talking about it, educated in the real facts and in the real science."

In July, Curtis founded the House Conservative Climate Caucus, a first-of-its-kind caucus that has more than 70 GOP members. Chief among the groups' core beliefs is that the climate is changing and humans have contributed to it through decades of global industrialization.

But the caucus' members have proposed free market, "America first" solutions to climate change in sharp contrast to Democrats' big spending ideas. The Green New Deal, which progressives in Congress unveiled in 2019, is composed of various proposals to help the U.S. achieve net-zero emissions in the near term, which could cost Americans as much as $65,300 per household.

Note to Utah Rep. John Curtis: The climate of the earth has been changing for 4.5 billion years. The effect of man's activities on the climate has been ZERO. (NB I said "climate" and not "environment"). The idea that you are going to propose "free market solutions" to the goal of turning America into a planned Soviet economy on the premise of one of the greatest lies in history is just beyond rage-inducing. The stupidity of thinking that the GOP is going to attract Leftists by offering slightly less than America's head on a platter is idiotic. We're already white supremacist bigots who stole the land from the Indians and then raped it with our oil wells, SUVs and private homes. I.E. we're evil and need to be eradicated. And you think you're going to win them over?! Shut your whore-mouth, sit the hell down and get the fuck out of the way.

Amazing. Complete schmucks like John Curtis are eagerly grabbing their ankles for people who, when they're not decapitating them in the womb, are force-feeding our children puberty blockers and Communist propaganda 9-3 in the schools of mis-er-ee. And when parents who actually give a shit about what's going on are stomped on by the police at school board meetings, assholes like John Curtis look the other way.

The callousness is what is so hard to stomach from the progressive elites of Loudon County, Virginia, the wealthy dormitory community of Washington, DC.

They laughed and cheered when plumber Scott Smith was crash-tackled by police and humiliated at a school board meeting on June 22 as he tried to raise the plight of his 15-year-old daughter who he says was raped and sodomized in the school bathroom by a boy in a skirt. No one expressed any concern for his daughter.

There was no compassion, either, from superintendent Scott Ziegler, who claimed bafflingly at the meeting that there had been no assault in a school restroom anywhere in Loudon County and airily dismissed parents' concerns about the risks of transgender bathrooms. Then he gave a little woke homily to show those powerless parents in the room who really was in charge.

"Time Magazine in 2016 called that a red herring . . . we've heard it several times tonight from our public speakers but the predator transgender student or person simply does not exist," he said.

Tell that to the Smith family.

The rainbow activist who allegedly threatened Smith's livelihood at that meeting told him point blank his daughter's rape three weeks earlier did not happen, as if she would know.

He raised his voice and called her a "bitch."

For that mild response to her provocation he was arrested. The video of his humiliation, his T-shirt ripped, his belly exposed, his pants pulled down, went viral globally.

No one cared about his shattered family.

The Soros-funded left-wing prosecutor, Buta Biberaj, reportedly a de-carceration, proponent tried to get Smith jailed for his disruptive behavior . . .

. . . Caught amid this Kafkaesque nightmare was a father trying to protect his daughter. Too bad. He's an inconvenient reproach to the perverted equity agenda, so he must be crushed like a bug.

Where the fuck is John Curtis when this is going on? Where the fuck is the GOP? Yeah, I know they're worse than useless but where are the few like Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Marsha Blackburn or Louie Gohmert over in the House? And where is Donald Trump?

Yes, Joe Biden is a freaking disaster. But this is going on in the name of, at the behest of, and because of Joe Biden being installed in the White House after a rigged election overthrew the damned country. I think it's at least as serious an issue, if not more so than even Afghanistan and the economy. And still, we get calls to vote harder, or for Constitutional Conventions or today's tone-deaf pundit (who I really like) Ted Malloch calling for all sorts of actions to kneecap the Deep State. Well, considering the Deep State is at the controls, in Soviet America, Deep State kneecap you, Ted.

Finally, I'm heading out of town, so this will be the final Morning Report for the week. I'll be back a week from tomorrow, so see you then.


    ABOVE THE FOLD, BREAKING, NOTEWORTHY

  • "They laughed and cheered when plumber Scott Smith was crash-tackled by police and humiliated at a school board meeting on June 22 as he tried to raise the plight of his 15-year-old daughter who he says was raped and sodomized in the school bathroom by a boy in a skirt. No one expressed any concern for his daughter." (nota bene the actions of the police; back the blue my ass - jjs)
    Virginia Dad Vilified for Defending Daughter Shows Rot at Heart of the System
  • Victor Davis Hanson: "Our Byzantine interior and Roman coasts are quite differently interpreting their shared American heritage as they increasingly plot radically divergent courses to survive in scary times."
    Is America Becoming Rome Versus Byzantium?
  • "Sure, Wall Street is slightly rigged, but that's better than tired trustees or busybody bureaucrats supplanting current corporate governance."
    For Investors, There Are Worse Things Than Insider Trading
  • "What made the left obnoxious, for Marx, was its faith in the notion that ideas and subjective beliefs and moral abstractions, rather than material economic realities, move history. The middle-class leftists of the 19th century, for example, put a lot of hope in reforming the manners and mores of working people, instead of seeking to address material inequalities between classes. In doing so, they merely preserved the existing order. Sound familiar?"
    Say What You Will About Karl Marx; He Would've HATED Titty Caca AOC and the Left

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Daily Tech News 14 October 2021

—Pixy Misa

Top Story

  • No, airdropped NFTs cannot empty your crypto wallet. (CoinDesk, September 22)

    OpenSea bug lets hackers empty crypto wallets with airdropped NFTs. (Bleeping Computer, October 13)

    I mean, sort of... I read through the article, and it looks like there's a long series of factors involved:

    1. A hacker mints an NFT with a malicious SVG file attached as the ERC721 metadata image.

    2. They then airdrop this NFT into the wallets of their victims.

    3. OpenSea imports every single NFT across three different blockchains, so the new NFT shows up automatically.

    4. User clicks on the new NFT.

    5. This is surmise on my part, though I don't see how else the rest could happen: Metamask was using the SVG tag rather than the IMG tag when the detected image type was SVG.

    6. The SVG file has embedded JavaScript, and the SVG tag permits the JavaScript to run. (The IMG tag would block it.)

    7. A Metamask (or other wallet) prompt pops up to connect your wallet. User clicks on that was well.

    8. Another Metamask prompt pops up to siphon your funds out of your account. User clicks on that one as well.

    9. All your money is gone.

    The moral of the story seems to be well, don't do that then. Don't allow SVG files, don't use the SVG tag, don't take any wooden airdrops, don't blindly click on Metamask popups, keep your funds separate from your NFTs, and just generally treat the blockchain with the same level of trust and respect as you'd grant a Chicago politician you just caught rifling through your cash register.


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Wednesday Overnight Open Thread (10/13/21)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Quotes of The Day

Quote I

"We recognize that cutting down on sodium in your diet is hard to do on your own because about 70 percent of the sodium we eat comes from processed, packaged, and prepared foods," Susan Mayne, director of the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Nannies gotta nanny. Do you think our Founding Fathers thought that some unelected
government nanny decide what we can and cannot eat would be governing us today?

Quote II

"Look, the big picture is that we have a tax gap that over the next decade is estimated at $7 trillion. Namely, a shortfall in the amount that the IRS is collecting due to a failure of individuals to report the income that they have earned." Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen

Quote III

We don’t have a trillion-dollar debt because we haven’t taxed enough; we have a trillion-dollar debt because we spend too much.” President Ronald Reagan

Quote IV

The lefty vax freaks are having too much fun being jerks about it though. They are miserable people who only find joy in spreading their emotional inadequacy and misery to others. It’s safe to say that they’re thrilled that people are losing their jobs over this. Stephen Kruiser

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Container Ship Parking Lot Cafe

—Ace

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Clever cow. She turns the water off at the end, too.

Strung-out cat in a heroin den.

Prairie dog likes cheek rubs.

Capybaras at a pool party.

Bunny masseur.

Dog and friends.

Cat at his day job, which is teaching humans to load the toilet paper roll the correct way, with the underhanded roll. God bless you for your work, sir.

Cats love wool.


Boji update: He's getting a check-up at the vet. Here's some new (to me) footage of Boji on his daily commute.

So, you hid your cat-snacks in your nightstand drawer. Now they're all secure from your cat, right?

FALSE.

Good dog owner.

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Quick Hits

—Ace

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In a possible sign of a coming red wave, a pastor and tax advisor has flipped an Iowa state house seat from Democrat to Republican for the first time in decades.

A pastor and tax adviser will become the first Republican to represent Newton in the Iowa state House in decades after winning a special election Tuesday to fill a vacancy in a once ancestrally Democratic manufacturing hub that has moved to the right in recent years.

Jon Dunwell (R), making his second run for the legislative seat, beat out Democratic opponent Steve Mullen by a 60 percent to 40 percent margin. About 1 in 5 voters in the Jasper County-based seat turned out to vote, according to the county auditor's office.

Dunwell is the second Republican to win a formerly Democratic-held legislative seat since President Biden took office, after a Republican won a state Senate seat in Connecticut over the summer.

The district voted 60% for Trump in 2020, and 57% for Trump in 2016.

But in 2012, it went 56% for Obama.

Charlie Spiering @charliespiering


Jen Psaki says "we cannot guarantee" that Americans will get their gifts on time this Christmas


New York Times "journalist" admits that the danger posed to unvaccinated children by covid is so vanishingly small that it's difficult to even quantify. You need actual numbers to run the numbers.

David Leonhardt @DLeonhardt

The more encouraging half of the story is kids.

For those without a serious medical condition, the danger of severe Covid is so low as to be difficult to quantify. For children with such a condition, the danger is higher but still lower than many people believe.

David Leonhardt @DLeonhardt An unvaccinated child is at less risk of serious Covid illness than a vaccinated 70-year-old.

There is both good news and bad news in that comparison.

In fact, he notes, other data sets show that the danger for unvaccinated children is either lower than that posed to vaccinated fifty year olds (and note that even unvaccinated, 50 year olds are not terribly threatened by serious covid cases) and may even be lower than the danger posed to vaccinated 30 year olds.

And 30 year olds have very, very low odds of catching a bad case of covid. Even less so if they're vaccinated. (Or so the experts tell us.)

And unvaccinated children are less threatened than any of those vaccinated age groups.


August saw 4.3 million people quit their jobs, what some are calling "The Great Resignation."

Almost 3% of workers handed in their resignations in August, a record, the government reported Tuesday. The number of people quitting rose to 4.3 million, dwarfing the number of layoffs from employers, who cut 1.3 million jobs the same month.

Those findings come on the heels of last week's jobs report, which found that almost 300,000 women left the labor force in September. That means all of September's employment gains -- when employers added a meager 194,000 jobs-- were due to a bump in men finding new jobs.

More than half a million quit in the stressed (supposedly) health care sector.

More than half a million health care workers quit their jobs in August, according to a new report from the Labor Department.

The report, known as the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTS, showed that about 4.3 million Americans quit their jobs in August--the highest on record since December 2000.

About 534,000 health care workers quit their jobs in August, up from about 404,000 during the same month in 2020.

The numbers suggest health care workers handed in their resignations in droves--fueling ongoing concerns of staffing shortages--as the highly contagious Delta variant caused COVID-19 hospitalizations to soar across the U.S. over the summer.

Record-high numbers of Americans working in other public-facing roles also quit their jobs as coronavirus cases surged.

They're suggesting they quit because they were afraid of catching covid. Note that they will not even hint at the live possibility that they quit because of covid mandates.

This video by a trans "woman" raging at a manager of a Sonic has gone viral. But not entirely for the reasons the tranny believes.

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Report: F. Joe Biden May Be Pulled Into Probe of Hunter Biden, Because They Intermingled Funds -- Including Funds Hunter Biden Received from Foreign Governments While F. Joe Biden was Vice President

—Ace

Miranda Devine revealed the comingling of funds between the Bagman Hunter and "The Big Guy" F. Joe Biden, back in June.

As Hunter Biden Prepares to Sell Political Influence Disguised as "Art" for a Half Million Dollars Per Piece, Miranda Devine Reports Hunter Biden Paid For Some of the Upkeep of Joe Biden's House

Here's what makes this important, as Byron York explains: For years Joe Biden has boasted that he's the "poorest man in Washington, DC," suggesting that he's free of the graft that so many politicians take.

But, in fact, Joe Biden kept himself poor while sending out Hunter to collect the graft on his behalf:

For years, Joe Biden was known as the poorest man in the U.S. Senate. It was a label he himself welcomed, claiming it showed how ethically clean he was. "I entered as one of the poorest men in Congress, left as one of the poorest men in government, in Congress, and as vice president," Biden said during his presidential campaign in 2019. What Devine has discovered suggests that while Biden bragged about his lack of money -- in other words, claiming to be free of the financial corruption common in politics -- he was relying on his influence-peddling son to pay some of his bills.

Speaking of influence peddling, Devine also reported recently that Hunter Biden "used the perks of the vice presidency -- parties, meetings with Joe Biden and flights on Air Force Two -- to pursue business deals with Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim while his father was in office." To illustrate the story, Devine published a 2015 photo of Slim, Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, and other men with whom Hunter Biden was pursuing business, at the vice president's residence in November 2015.

York is also reminded by Miranda Divine that Hunter Biden has claimed that Joe Biden forces him to give up "half of his salary" for the "Big Guy's" upkeep.

Now we know of another email which states that 10% of a deal will be reserved for "The Big Guy," meaning Joe Biden.

Hunter was probably exaggerating about "half" his money. But I imagine the 10% figure is mostly accurate.

Except that sometimes the Big Guy will inveigh upon his corrupt son to pay the expenses of maintaining his home.

While Joe Biden careens around the country eating ice cream and behaving like a kind, but slightly dotty grandpa, it's worth remembering the cynical way he used his son, Hunter, to generate cash for the family.

Hunter, now 51, wanted to be an artist or a writer, but he was assigned by his father the role of family breadwinner through lucrative grace-and-favor jobs and sweetheart deals facilitated by Joe's network of connections in Delaware and, later, throughout the world.

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"I hope you all can do what I did and pay for everything for this entire family for 30 years," Hunter wrote in a 2019 text message to his daughter, Naomi, that was found on his abandoned laptop.

"It's really hard. But don't worry, unlike Pop [Joe], I won't make you give me half your salary."

There's no direct evidence of such a wealth transfer on Hunter's laptop.

But what we do know is that, while Joe was vice president, Hunter routinely paid at least some of his father's household expenses, including AT&T bills of around $190 a month.

We know from an e-mail on June 5, 2010, with the subject "JRB bills" to Hunter from Eric Schwerin, his business partner at Rosemont Seneca, that he was expected to foot hefty bills to Wilmington contractors for maintenance and upkeep of his father's palatial lakefront property. Joe's initials are JRB, for Joseph Robinette Biden.

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He goes on to explain "there is about $2,000 extra in 'my' account beyond what is used for monthly expenses." It is unknown why Schwerin used quotation marks around "my." But it appears the account is used, at least in part, to pay expenses for Joe.

Yes, and it appears the Poorest Man In Washington was comingling funds with his jet-setting, influence-peddling crackhead son.

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At this point, Joe had been vice president for barely 18 months of his first term.

Now the Daily Mail reports that experts have told them that F. Joe Biden could be implicated into any criminality on Hunter Biden's part.

Or, at least, that could happen, if America were a functioning laws-not-men democracy instead of the corrupt third world shithole it is.

A report published Tuesday contends that President Joe Biden could get tied up in the ongoing FBI investigation into his son Hunter Biden’s finances due to the sharing of bank accounts and payment of each other’s bills.

Emails obtained by DailyMail.com from Hunter Bidens abandoned laptop show that his business partner, Eric Schwerin, was working on Joe Biden's tax returns and discussing the father and son paying each other's bills.

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Hunter Biden has claimed that he and his father shared a bank account and admitted last year that he was under federal investigation over his taxes.


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An expert on money laundering and criminal tax law told DailyMail.com that those entanglements could drag the current president into the FBI’s investigation.

"Whatever transaction you're looking at, if there's a connection to a family member or a friend, sure the answer is yes [they would be investigated]," the expert, a former federal prosecutor who requested not to be named, told DailyMail.com. "Obviously, if you're talking about the President of the United States, you'd better have a pretty damn good reason to talk to that person."

The FBI and IRS are reportedly also investigating Hunter Biden’s business relationships and the possibility that money laundering charges are in order.

Another expert, former U.S. Intelligence Officer and Treasury Special Agent John Cassara, told DailyMail.com that President Biden would already be in the crosshairs if not for the fact that he’s the president.

"The information available publicly is very worrisome, particularly in the areas of corruption," Cassara said. "They could go at this from all different avenues. Follow the corruption trail and then charge money laundering."

So:

Hunter Biden was taking money from Ukranian oligarchs at the same time his father, the then-Vice President, was demanding that the Ukraine fire a prosecutor who was bothering the Ukrainian oligarchs.

And then furthermore, F. Joe Biden and Hunter Biden were comingling funds. So funds received from the Ukrainian oligarchs were then made available to F. Joe Biden.

Nothing will come of this. America is a corrupt oligarchy itself.

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