September 22, 2021

Daily Tech News 22 September 2021

—Pixy Misa

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  • So I'm banned from Twitter again. They have at least sped up the appeals process. Where it used to take a week for a bot to automatically reject your appeal, it now takes less than 24 hours.

    I only really used it to mock the stupid - because that's where they congregate - and it turns out the stupid didn't appreciate it.


  • Specifically I was banned for suggesting that Comrade Dan Andrews - Premier of Victoria - should resign or be thrown into a volcano, whichever works. And this morning Melbourne got hit by a 5.6 earthquake, so while Twitter might have banned me it appears that someone was listening.

    Oh, and despite the earthquake the tradies were on the march again - and Comrade Dan banned the news networks from filming the protest from the air. That's because they want to keep up the propaganda effort that it's a small group of Neo-Nazis, and that lie dies instantly when you see the extent of the protests from above.

    (Also dies instantly when you see the large Sikh contingent.)


  • Update: Here's the latest from Melbourne. Bit harder for me to track it now that I've been banned from Twitter.

    Dictator Dan had his stormtroopers firing non-lethal rounds at protestors at the Shrine of Remembrance.



    Great optics there, Danny Boy.


  • If you're a farm service provider don't use chicken1 as your password. (ZDNet)

    Make it chicken123 next time. Get the hackers to put in a little effort.


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Posted by Pixy Misa at 04:20 AM Comments



Tuesday Overnight Open Thread (9/21/21)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Quotes of The Day

Quote I

“There was a conspiracy here. You’ve heard me talk about this for many, many years. The Clinton campaign conspired with really bad agents and bad actors within the FBI and other locations. So, this guy you’ve got lying to the FBI.Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA)


Quote II

“Everyone’s making a bigger deal of it. For me, it was kind of just something you do.”Michael Harvey, a former Farmington Hills firefighter

Quote III

"These individuals have no medical training. They're not experienced and they're putting people's lives at risk." Alan Hamilton, LAPD deputy chief


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Posted by Misanthropic Humanitarian at 09:47 PM Comments


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Norm's Restoration Cafe: Kenny Rogers Songs Edition

—Ace

Duck seems to be following a woman just because her shoes are the same color as its feet.

Dog is amazing at volleyball.

Lamb wants more pets.

Enormous Tibetan mastiff. Maybe where the mythological fu dogs were derived from?

Seagull hitches a ride on another bird.

Toad hitches a ride on a snake.

One of these things is not like the others.

Inman: Taking care of the first-date jitters with a bang.

Bouncer takes out not one but two spitting, sucker-punching soibois. Note that these soibois may not look soi, but their DNA is pure tofu.

Well-brought-up young lady starts a brawl at a chicken joint.

Two jay-offs have a dispute in stopped traffic. The guy with the SUV attempts to bash the Mercedes (?) convertible, but it doesn't work out the way he expected.

Fugitives ride the lightning. At least they weren't whipped.

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Posted by Ace at 08:04 PM Comments

Special GAINZZZ Make-Up Thread

—Ace

I just covered this, but the CDC has a new study out confirming the same finding: childhood obesity has been rising for a long time, but it really accelerated during the Years of Imprisonment during lockdown mania.

A new study ties the COVID-19 pandemic to an "alarming" increase in obesity in U.S. children and teenagers.

Childhood obesity has been increasing for decades, but the new work suggests an acceleration last year -- especially in those who already were obese when the pandemic started.

The results signal a "profound increase in weight gain for kids" and are "substantial and alarming," said one of the study's authors, Dr. Alyson Goodman of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It's also a sign of a vicious cycle. The pandemic appears to be worsening the nation's longstanding obesity epidemic, and obesity can put people at risk for more severe illness after coronavirus infection.

You do notice, don't you, that exercise can make people more resilient to covid, but the government and CDC never want to talk about that, because that would require you leave your homes periodically?

The CDC on Thursday released the study, which is the largest yet to look at obesity trends during the pandemic.

It found:

--An estimated 22% of children and teens were obese last August, up from 19% a year earlier.

--Before the pandemic, children who were a healthy weight were gaining an average of 3.4 pounds a year. That rose to 5.4 pounds during the pandemic.

--For kids who were moderately obese, expected weight gain rose from 6.5 pounds a year before the pandemic to 12 pounds after the pandemic began.

--For severely obese kids, expected annual weight gain went from 8.8 pounds to 14.6 pounds.

The rate of obesity increased most dramatically in kids ages 6 to 11, who are more dependent on their parents and may have been more affected when schools suspended in-person classes, the researchers said.

You don't say.

You. Don't. Say.

Oh well, at least we kept the nation's most precious resource -- the teachers -- safe and sitting on their asses at home. Or in Aruba.

And obesity, and even just normal overweight-ness, really increases the chances of getting a serious or even deadly case of covid. 78% of those who died from covid were obese or just overweight.

The obesity rate is 42%, and I guess the % who are overweight but not obese would add another, what, 20%? So the 78% figure isn't as startling as it first seems, but carrying extra pounds does elevate risks of death from covid. It's a major reason why the relatively young would die from it.

A more recent study, out this past August, re-confirms that.

The government really should be advising Americans to get some GAINZZZ. But they won't, because 1, the obese have a lobby and that lobby is leftwing and therefore "counts" in the government's eyes, and 2, because they don't want people going to gyms or to parks or to the beaches.

They want them sitting at home consuming Netflix and ordering bullshit off Amazon.

Only the Sophisticated, Vaccinated Crowds can go outside. Only the Unmasked Elite may go dancing at Obama's birthday bash and pose on the red carpet the Met Gala.


The Russia outlet RT.com discusses this issue; Lord knows you won't find many American ones disputing Lord God Emperor Fauci.

[T]he evidence is overwhelming that obesity is associated, more than any other factor besides age, with poor outcomes in Covid-19 patients. Data from around the world has demonstrated and quantified that truth since the first half of 2020, relatively early in the pandemic. Medical leaders in positions of authority and influence, most significantly Anthony Fauci, publicly recognized this fact as soon as it became clear, which leads to an important question.

Why have those same medical leaders said virtually nothing about obesity in the last 18 months?


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Dr. Fauci is a media fixture these days, lecturing the public about everything from masks and lockdowns to social distancing and vaccine boosters. Early this year, Forbes declared that America's obesity crisis needs its own "Dr. Fauci" to help fight it; one must wonder why the actual Dr. Fauci isn't doing so.

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This failure to address a major preventable factor in Covid mortality is a failure of public health policy and its leaders, and it's a failure that has cost lives.

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The benefits of using the immediacy of the Covid pandemic to address America's obesity problem are clear, but ironically, it almost seems that authority figures, public policies, and social phenomena have actively opposed efforts to stay physically fit.

A policeman chases a runner jogging on an empty beach without a mask.

A New Jersey gym is harassed by the state.

Krispy Kreme offers free donuts by the dozen to healthcare providers. (When I stopped by last year, dubious, I was told I could have up to five dozen donuts free. I did not take home five dozen donuts.)

Citizens by the millions have been obligated by their governments to stay home, watching streaming services or playing video games, ordering processed, calorie-dense delivery junk food. Months upon months of behavioral habits won't disappear soon or without effort; the obesity rates keep rising.

The irony would be almost comical, were the consequences to health and life not so dire.

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One can only speculate why the supposed generals in the war against the coronavirus will barely mention the deadly saboteur of obesity. Perhaps they fear the ire of 'Health at Every Size' proponents or the risk of offending a demographic that currently includes almost three-quarters of America. Maybe fomenting the public's anger at strangers unmasked in the local grocery store, rather than recommending the tough introspection and behavioral changes needed to combat excess weight, individual by individual, is a policy path too low-effort to pass up. Whatever the reason, it's apparent we must ourselves resolve to tackle our collective weight problem.

I have low GAINZZZ this week. I've kept up with my walking/sprinting schedule but am only managing to occasionally attempt the 100 push up challenge.

What about you guys? How are yo' GAINZZZ?

And as usual, do you have BOOKZZZ to recommend or PROJECTZZZ or PLANZZZ to brag about?


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Posted by Ace at 06:37 PM Comments

Quick Hits 1

—Ace

Two very unhealthy "men" from nasty leftwing website "The Bulwark" tempt the Grim Reaper by dancing on the grave of a better man.

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Twitter agrees to pay over eight hundred million dollars to settle a class-action lawsuit, brought because they misled investors.

Twitter disclosed a binding agreement to settle a class-action lawsuit, under which the social network will pay $809.5 million to resolve claims it provided misleading user-engagement info to investors.

The original lawsuit, filed in 2016 by a Twitter shareholder, alleged Dorsey and others including former CEO Dick Costolo and board member Evan Williams hid facts about Twitter's slowing user growth while they sold their personal stock holdings "for hundreds of millions of dollars in insider profits." The complaint alleged the company was tracking daily active users (DAUs) as the primary indicator of Twitter's user engagement by early 2015 but didn't reveal that to investors at the time (when it was reporting monthly active user figures). According to the lawsuit, Twitter's DAU figures showed that user engagement growth was either flat or declining.

Twitter, in an 8-K filing Monday, noted that the final settlement agreement will not "include or constitute an admission, concession, or finding of any fault, liability, or wrongdoing by the Company or any defendant." The agreement still requires court approval; the consolidated case was being heard in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Of course it won't. But an $809 million settlement is all the admission you need.

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Inflation propels food prices to their highest levels in "decades."

In the U.S., the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for all items rose 5.3% over a 12-month period ending in August 2021, reducing the purchasing power of consumers when it comes to everyday living costs. Food inflation, in particular, has become worrisome. Higher global shipping costs and labor shortages have resulted in massive production delays and shipping bottlenecks.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, food prices on average increased 3.7% since last August. The change tracks two major categories: grocery store prices, which increased 3.0% (with five of the six major grocery stores in the country reporting price hikes), and prices for dining out, which increased 4.7%.

U.S. suppliers are feeling the squeeze. The widespread labor shortfall is affecting the ability of wholesale distributors to operate at normal capacity. Major distributors like Sysco Corp and United Natural Foods Inc. are experiencing production delays and slowdowns for common food items like cheese, spices, and bacon as companies continue to scramble for staff, Bloomberg reported.

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In a Fox Poll that is skewed towards Democrats, as usual -- Fox finds Biden's approval higher than any other pollster -- they nevertheless find that only 49% of the country finds him "mentally stable" enough to be president.

Only 49 percent of registered voters think President Joe Biden has enough "mental soundness" to serve as president, a Sunday Fox News poll revealed.

Respondents were asked, "Do you think Joe Biden has the mental soundness to serve effectively as president, or not?"

While 49 percent said yes, 48 percent said no. When respondents were asked weeks before, between September 7-10, 49 percent said yes, and only 45 percent said no, handing Biden three more points of less confidence in his mental soundness on Sunday.

On the question asking if respondents believe "Joe Biden is a strong leader, or not?" only 45 percent said yes, down four points from October of 2020. Fifty-three percent said Biden is not a strong leader, up eight points since October 2020.

The poll also asked, "Do you think the country has become more or less united since Joe Biden took office?" Fifty-four percent of the country is less united, while 37 percent said the country is more united since Biden took office.


Biden's handlers go the extra mile to protect their decrepit sexual assailant boss from being asked questions and from answering them.

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Mitch McConnell: The GOP Will Not Vote to Raise the Debt Ceiling

—Ace

He says it should be raised, but it's the obligation of the Democrats to do it themselves.

Mitt Romney, of all people, explains the thinking: If the Democrats are making all spending and taxing decisions without bipartisan give-and-take, why should Republicans have to help Democrats with this vote?

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Construction Workers in Australia Clash With Police to Protest Mandatory Vaccinations

—Ace

Protests of a Mostly Peaceful variety, I'm sure you'll feel reassured to hear.

It's been a violent few days in Melbourne, Australia, where construction workers and other demonstrators are clashing with police as they protest the government's COVID-19 vaccine requirements.

Amid the surging delta variant, officials in Victoria state -- where Melbourne is the largest city -- recently announced a vaccination mandate for construction workers that requires each employee to show proof of at least one dose by Thursday.

Some 13% of the state's active COVID-19 cases are linked to construction sites, according to local media.

Construction workers who are opposed to the new restrictions have made their positions known in protests that have escalated in recent days.

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On Monday, people gathered outside the headquarters of the prominent Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union to protest the mandate, chanting and yelling before attempting to storm the building.

Angry protesters threw bottles and smashed loudspeakers, according to local media reports.


Riot police deployed on the scene allegedly used rubber bullets and pepper spray to disperse crowds, the BBC reported, adding that the headquarters building was damaged and "several people" were arrested in the process.

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"This crowd was heavily infiltrated by neo-Nazis and other right wing extremist groups and it is clear that a minority of those who participated were actual union members," the statement said.

Others have alleged that neo-Nazis and anti-vaccination groups organized on encrypted social media platforms before arriving at the protest in "hi-vis" clothing to look like construction workers.

Are you sure it wasn't the RUSSIAN BOTS behind it?

Bill Shorten -- the former opposition leader and current member of Parliament who serves as shadow minister for the national disability insurance scheme and for government services -- said in a TV interview that some protesters were construction workers while others were "fake tradies."

"There is a network of hard-right, man-baby Nazis," he said, "people who just want to cause trouble. ... They want to complain about the vaccination, and they deserve to get the full force of everything that's coming their way."

They have the same playbook everywhere in the world, don't they?

That's NPR "reporting," by the way.

Below, all the "fake tradies" protesting.

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Posted by Ace at 04:12 PM Comments

Haitian Illegal Immigrants Hijack Bus Taking Them To Processing Center, and Then Flee

—Ace

It was just a "revolt," the corporate shill, open borders Washington Examiner says.

Haitian migrants who were being transported on a federally contracted private bus away from the border revolted during the ride and overtook control of the commercial vehicle before escaping, according to two law enforcement officials.

"Revolted."

This is the Washington Examiner. Searching for euphemisms for "attacked" and "hijacked."

They "revolted," just as the Mostly Peaceful Protesters liberated Nike shoes from capitalist control.

One source says that they were recaptured. The government is refusing comment.

Update:

Bill Melugin @BillFOXLA

More details. The bus was headed from Del Rio to Brownsville. The migrants forced their way off the bus and fled. All were caught. Governor Abbott says they committed a crime and he wants them all jailed and prosecuted.
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Meanwhile, the media continues pushing the "whip" lie.

Josh Gerstein @joshgerstein

NEW: DHS Secretary Mayorkas, in Senate hearing, says investigation launched into video appearing to show use of whips to corral migrants in Del Rio, TX: 'We do not tolerate any mistreatment or abuse of a migrant. Period.'

Chuck Ross @ChuckRossDC

What whips?

Sex-predator enabler Chris Cuomo seized on the lie, of course.

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Lying is all CNN does. It's their ratings driver. It's their business model.

They're allowed to lie and spread misinformation and social media monopolists will help spread their toxic lies.

You, on the other hand, will be banned for speaking the truth or asking inconvenient questions.

Obviously the Biden Occupation pushed the lie, attacking... themselves for the incident.

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Kumala joined in on the Lie Orgy.

She likes orgies.

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Marcia Lucas: The Disney Sequels Are Awful and Neither Kathleen Kennedy or JJ Abrams Understand Star Wars

—Ace

Via Jedi Scum, from a book by a producer of Return of the Jedi and also a former president of LucasFilm:


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Marcia Lucas is widely credited for having saved Star Wars in the edit. George Lucas' cut was disastrous. But Marcia Lucas edited it to be faster and pacier.

That's a fun, short documentary. Watch it if you like Star Wars or movies in general. Or if you like sudden come-from-behind victory stories.

A lot of people don't know this, but in the original script and film, the Death Star was not closing in on Yavin 4 even as the x-wings were sent out to destroy it. They were just attacking it in space. There was no ticking clock. There was no imminent threat to the Rebellion.

They were just attacking the Death Star. In a leisurely way.

Marcia Lucas made up the whole Death-Star-coming-within-range ticking clock . She was able to change the way the ending worked with just a couple of added lines of dialogue and a quickly-put-together graphic of the Death Star coming into range of the planet.

And she thinks the Kathleen Kennedy films are awful.

As HeelvsBabyface points out, this must mean she is a sexist and racist and almost certainly a member of the Alt-Right. She is White Supremacist Adjacent.

Meanwhile, Shang-Chi costar Simu Liu (reviewers say that he shares top billing with two women) is in trouble for "resurfaced" comments, attributed to him, about pedophilia.

The right is angry with him for offering sympathy and understanding to pedophiles, and the left is angry with him for saying that being a pedophile is like being gay.

In the WorldNews subreddit Liu would respond to a BBC article shared in the subreddit with a user submitted headline that reads, "Germany encourages pedophiles to sign up for confidential treatment, even if they have abused a child, and doctors are hailing it as a success."

Liu submitted a lengthy response stating, "I recently did a show in which I played a pedophile, and did a significant amount of research (clinical studies mind you, not the 'method' stuff) on the disorder and how it’s perceived in the media. In the end the role completely changed the way I look at pedophilia and has made me much more sympathetic to anyone who is born with those urges."

He then noted, "From a biological standpoint it's no different than being gay -- a small mutation in the genome that defines our sexual preferences. Depending on what area of the world you were born and what time, it also may have been a perfectly acceptable thing to act on those urges."

"Now, we all know that taking advantage of minors is wrong. Disgusting and vile, even. But with the exception of Germany we are going about it completely COMPLETELY the wrong way. It's like we having learned anything by studying homosexuality -- we're talking about exploring the same "cures" to pedophilia as we were about homosexuality 20 years ago, a la conversion therapy and whatnot," Liu wrote.

This is a Disney star.

But at least they got rid of that "abhorrent" Gina Carano, huh?

Posted by Ace at 01:24 PM Comments

Angelo Codevilla, RIP

—Ace

He was walking when he was struck by a drunk driver. He died of his injuries at the hospital.

This article from January shows his crusading, uncompromising spirit.

Texas v. Pennsylvania et al. did not deny setting rules for the 2020 election contrary to the Constitution. On December 10, 2020, the Supreme Court discounted that. By refusing to interfere as America's ruling oligarchy serves itself, the court archived what remained of the American republic’s system of equal justice. That much is clear.

In 2021, the laws, customs, and habits of the heart that had defined the American republic since the 18th century are things of the past. Americans' movements and interactions are under strictures for which no one ever voted. Government disarticulated society by penalizing ordinary social intercourse and precluding the rise of spontaneous opinion therefrom. Together with corporate America, it smothers minds through the mass and social media with relentless, pervasive, identical, and ever-evolving directives. In that way, these oligarchs have proclaimed themselves the arbiters of truth, entitled and obliged to censor whoever disagrees with them as systemically racist, adepts of conspiracy theories.

Corporations, and the government itself, require employees to attend meetings personally to acknowledge their guilt. They solicit mutual accusations. While violent felons are released from prison, anyone may be fired or otherwise have his life wrecked for questioning government/corporate sentiment.

Today's rulers don’t try to convince. They demand obedience, and they punish.

Russians and East Germans under Communists Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker in the 1970s lived under less ruling class pressure than do today's Americans. And their rulers were smart enough not to insult them, their country, or their race.

In 2015, Americans could still believe they lived in a republic, in which life's rules flow from the people through their representatives. In 2021, a class of rulers draws their right to rule from self-declared experts' claims of infallibility that dwarf baroque kings' pretensions.

In that self-referential sense, the United States of America is now a classic oligarchy.

The following explains how this change happened. The clarity that it has brought to our predicament is its only virtue.

He saw this coming long before most did. From 2010, on America's Ruling Class:

As over-leveraged investment houses began to fail in September 2008, the leaders of the Republican and Democratic parties, of major corporations, and opinion leaders stretching from the National Review magazine (and the Wall Street Journal) on the right to the Nation magazine on the left, agreed that spending some $700 billion to buy the investors' "toxic assets" was the only alternative to the U.S. economy's "systemic collapse." In this, President George W. Bush and his would-be Republican successor John McCain agreed with the Democratic candidate, Barack Obama. Many, if not most, people around them also agreed upon the eventual commitment of some 10 trillion nonexistent dollars in ways unprecedented in America. They explained neither the difference between the assets' nominal and real values, nor precisely why letting the market find the latter would collapse America. The public objected immediately, by margins of three or four to one.

When this majority discovered that virtually no one in a position of power in either party or with a national voice would take their objections seriously, that decisions about their money were being made in bipartisan backroom deals with interested parties, and that the laws on these matters were being voted by people who had not read them, the term "political class" came into use. Then, after those in power changed their plans from buying toxic assets to buying up equity in banks and major industries but refused to explain why, when they reasserted their right to decide ad hoc on these and so many other matters, supposing them to be beyond the general public's understanding, the American people started referring to those in and around government as the "ruling class." And in fact Republican and Democratic office holders and their retinues show a similar presumption to dominate and fewer differences in tastes, habits, opinions, and sources of income among one another than between both and the rest of the country. They think, look, and act as a class.

Although after the election of 2008 most Republican office holders argued against the Troubled Asset Relief Program, against the subsequent bailouts of the auto industry, against the several "stimulus" bills and further summary expansions of government power to benefit clients of government at the expense of ordinary citizens, the American people had every reason to believe that many Republican politicians were doing so simply by the logic of partisan opposition. After all, Republicans had been happy enough to approve of similar things under Republican administrations. Differences between Bushes, Clintons, and Obamas are of degree, not kind. Moreover, 2009-10 establishment Republicans sought only to modify the government's agenda while showing eagerness to join the Democrats in new grand schemes, if only they were allowed to. Sen. Orrin Hatch continued dreaming of being Ted Kennedy, while Lindsey Graham set aside what is true or false about "global warming" for the sake of getting on the right side of history. No prominent Republican challenged the ruling class's continued claim of superior insight, nor its denigration of the American people as irritable children who must learn their place. The Republican Party did not disparage the ruling class, because most of its officials are or would like to be part of it.

Never has there been so little diversity within America's upper crust. Always, in America as elsewhere, some people have been wealthier and more powerful than others. But until our own time America's upper crust was a mixture of people who had gained prominence in a variety of ways, who drew their money and status from different sources and were not predictably of one mind on any given matter. The Boston Brahmins, the New York financiers, the land barons of California, Texas, and Florida, the industrialists of Pittsburgh, the Southern aristocracy, and the hardscrabble politicians who made it big in Chicago or Memphis had little contact with one another. Few had much contact with government, and "bureaucrat" was a dirty word for all. So was "social engineering." Nor had the schools and universities that formed yesterday's upper crust imposed a single orthodoxy about the origins of man, about American history, and about how America should be governed. All that has changed.

Today's ruling class, from Boston to San Diego, was formed by an educational system that exposed them to the same ideas and gave them remarkably uniform guidance, as well as tastes and habits. These amount to a social canon of judgments about good and evil, complete with secular sacred history, sins (against minorities and the environment), and saints. Using the right words and avoiding the wrong ones when referring to such matters -- speaking the "in" language -- serves as a badge of identity. Regardless of what business or profession they are in, their road up included government channels and government money because, as government has grown, its boundary with the rest of American life has become indistinct. Many began their careers in government and leveraged their way into the private sector. Some, e.g., Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, never held a non-government job. Hence whether formally in government, out of it, or halfway, America's ruling class speaks the language and has the tastes, habits, and tools of bureaucrats. It rules uneasily over the majority of Americans not oriented to government.

The two classes have less in common culturally, dislike each other more, and embody ways of life more different from one another than did the 19th century's Northerners and Southerners -- nearly all of whom, as Lincoln reminded them, "prayed to the same God." By contrast, while most Americans pray to the God "who created and doth sustain us," our ruling class prays to itself as "saviors of the planet" and improvers of humanity. Our classes' clash is over "whose country" America is, over what way of life will prevail, over who is to defer to whom about what. The gravity of such divisions points us, as it did Lincoln, to Mark's Gospel: "if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand."

Codevilla had just recovered from covid. And then a drunk driver killed him.

Should we riot? I mean, "peacefully protest"?

Isn't that the thing to do now?

And... the Conservative, Inc. Grifters who have shifted their allegiance to the far left are already maligning him. Jim Swift, the Weekly Standard's CGO ( Chief Gay-Ops Officer) who attempted to get Salena Zito fired, reaches into his Bag of Slander to attack the dead before the body is cold:

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Posted by Ace at 12:06 PM Comments

The Morning Rant: Minimalist Edition

—CBD

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The United States Constitution is clear. The President is the commander in chief of the armed forces. The framers of the Constitution knew what they were doing...ensuring civilian control of our military, which meant ultimately that the people controlled the military.

Article II, Section 2, Clause 1: The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.

But three generations of a slow and steady degradation of our officers corps, primarily those who are political appointees, has created a situation similar to the civilian Deep StateTM, in which unelected and unaccountable senior officers act in a manner counter to the express wishes of the Commander in Chief.

Milley, Army chief displayed 'pattern of behavior' defying authority: former senior military official

In an interview with Fox News Digital, E. Casey Wardynski, a former assistant secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs under the Trump administration, accused high-ranking military officials Milley and McConville of making statements that insinuated they were calling the shots.
There is a long and storied tradition among honorable military men; if you disagree with your civilian superiors you have the option to resign. But you do not have the option to disobey, or to subvert civilian control of the military and conduct foreign policy.

But the current chairman of the joint chiefs seems to have done both! And he doesn't even have a long and successful record on which to base his disagreements with civilian authority. It is becoming clear that it is simply arrogance coupled with stupidity.

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Milley is a hack. There is no other way to describe him. His military decisions were catastrophically bad, and his leadership may be even worse...pushing an aggressive post-modern lunacy on the military in direct opposition to its clearly understood function. Placing divisive racial theories at the heart of the nation's military is a recipe for disaster. But unlike many of his predecessors, he has no martial spirit, no honor, and is driven by a craven desire for power and control, which has come at the expense of many good men and has resulted in America's defeat in Afghanistan.

For that alone he should resign in disgrace, but his efforts to undermine his superior, the President of The United States, is even more serious, and requires an investigation, court martial, and if found guilty, prison.

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Mid-Morning Art Thread

—CBD

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The Love Letter
Jean-Honore Fragonard

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The Morning Report - 9/21/21

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning, kids. Tuesday and first up, a clarification. The headline for yesterday's post, "#HaitiHasNoHomeHere" came from the fertile mind of commenter "Joe Biden," not me. Apologies for not giving proper credit with the post.

Now on to the meshugas and dissolution at hand. Well, our borders have been erased and we're being flooded with masses of third world peasants from Central America, Haiti and perhaps most ominously Afghanistan. All of them are unskilled, uneducated, unable to provide for themselves and arguably unwilling to do so since Tio Azucar will take care of them cradle to grave, via the "generosity" of the American taxpaying citizen - all in exchange for being registered as Democrats shortly after or even before being gifted citizenship. And now add to that list of "un's" unvetted and unvaccinated. But first, get a load of this bullshit:

The White House conceded Monday they were not requiring border crossers to show proof of vaccination, even though the government requires proof of a vaccine or a negative coronavirus test for other travelers into the United States.

When reporters asked about the apparent double standard on vaccination requirements, White House press secretary Jen Psaki argued that illegal immigrants and migrants crossing the border were not intending to stay in the United States.

"They're not intending to stay here for a lengthy period of time," she said, referring to migrants. "I don't think it's the same thing. It's not the same thing."

Say, what?! Illegal aliens and migrants don't intend on staying in the nation formerly known as the United States "for a lengthy period of time?" RUFKM?! I guess this Rosa-Klebb-meets-Raggedy-Ann-looking stooge thinks the 35 years since Simpson-Mazzoli and the 56 years since Hart-Celler is nothing more than a coffee break for the 33-44 million illegal aliens (11 million in Common Core) already in-country. Meh, that insult is not nearly as disgusting as the fact that the entire room full of stenographers didn't bust a gut laughing in her face. Meh, they're stenographers, not journalists. But wait, there's more!

On Monday, the CDC announced that the thousands of Afghans continuing to be brought to the U.S. by the Biden [junta] for permanent resettlement will be required to be vaccinated against measles though there has not been any indication that they are likewise mandated to take the coronavirus vaccine. . .

. . . The move comes as there have been measles outbreaks at a number of U.S. military bases where the Biden administration is temporarily housing tens of thousands of Afghans. The military bases where Afghans are staying include:

-- Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia
-- Fort Pickett in Virginia
-- Fort Lee in Virginia
-- Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico
-- Fort McCoy in Wisconsin
-- Fort Bliss in Texas
-- Fort Dix in New Jersey
-- Camp Atterbury in Indiana

In addition to measles, CDC officials revealed that some Afghans brought to the U.S. have spurred outbreaks of viruses such as varicella, mumps, tuberculosis, malaria, leishmaniasis, hepatitis A, and [Chinese] coronavirus.

Biden has said he hopes to resettle about 95,000 Afghans across the U.S. over the next 12 months. In a 21-day period from August to September, Biden brought more than 48,000 Afghans to the U.S. for resettlement -- a population more than four times that of Jackson, Wyoming.

The resettlement operation is being bankrolled by not only American taxpayer money funneled through a number of refugee contractors but also multinational corporations and a non-governmental organizations (NGO) backed by former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.

The one disease that's orders of magnitude more lethal than any other on the planet, which is "not healthy for children and other living things" (to paraphrase a patch on my jeans circa 1971) is "radical" Islam. The word "radical" is a redundancy considering the nature of Islam itself and its 1,500-year history of spreading the hell out of peace all over the planet. And now, these emissaries of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity - DIE - will be spreading all over the country. Oh joy oh bliss.

As I linked yesterday (and here) the bulk of these refugees are heading to swing states. What a co-inky-dink.

. . . Tucker Carlson suggested in a Sept. 1 broadcast that Democrats are using refugee resettlement as a means to consolidate voting blocs for future elections.

"You may notice that these communities include an awful lot of swing districts in swing states all over the United States. It's not just Virginia," he said after bringing up the State Department list. "Three of these communities are in Texas, a state the Democratic party has tried to flip for years now."

"Does Pennsylvania need more people? Probably not, Lot of unemployment between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia," he continued. "But Pennsylvania is also a state that Donald Trump won in 2016. Maybe they should go there."

There's going to be a lot more than just elections swinging. Mostly infidels, from lamp posts.

Following America and her Afghan allies' handing over control of Afghanistan to Taliban jihadists, US troops scrambled to get fellow Americans as well as those who helped our military and their families out of the country. Along with them, the US evacuated tens of thousands of Afghan refugees, who have been allowed to resettle in the US. One of the organizations that has been tasked with resettling them is ICNA, a radical Muslim group linked to South Asian terror. With a number of these refugees already having been flagged with potential ties to terrorism, themselves, ICNA's involvement in this can only be seen as a recipe for disaster. . .

. . . It has been reported that a number of the evacuated Afghan refugees were found to have potential links to terrorism. According to NBC News, "Of more than 30,000 evacuees from Afghanistan to the US, about 10,000 needed additional screening. . . and of those about 100 were flagged for possible ties to the Taliban or terror groups." The report states that, even after this, the flagged individuals may be allowed to remain in the US. According to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, some evacuees showed up directly on terror watch lists and were "not allowed to enter the US" -- that is, of course, until they are deemed non-threats.

Given ICNA's documented associations with and promotion of overseas terrorism, specifically with regard to South Asia, the group's assistance in the resettlement of Afghan refugees poses an obvious danger to national security. Can anyone trust that terrorist sympathizers working within ICNA will not facilitate the infiltration of jihadis into America, while providing them with funding and logistical support? Affording ICNA a role in resettling Afghans is as suicidally negligent as housing the refugees on US military bases, which is also taking place.

So, whether it's from south of the border or from Haiti or now from Afghanistan, a large swathe of third world humanity is being shipped in to essentially swamp and subsume not just white Americans, as the Marxist racialists shriek, but American-Americans, all for the sake of maintaining and consolidating power by replacing the population and erasing the last vestiges of collective memory once and for all.

They are free to spread diseases, sloth and poisonous ideologies without vaccinations, masks or filters (messages or viruses) while we are to be muzzled and induced lest we have our lives destroyed or otherwise are forced to live as outcasts in our own homes. If we're lucky. And the so-called elites get to flaunt their hypocrisy with lavish parties, awards ceremonies and other hoopla while demanding respect and tribute.

In a sane world, they'd be on the receiving end of a Ceaucescu necktie. Sadly, there are far too many who'd rather knuckle under and crawl or worse, cheer on the debasement. I'm heartened by the actions of the citizens in Melbourne, Australia but revolted by what happened in California last week and now Canada yesterday.

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Daily Tech News 21 September 2021

—Pixy Misa

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  • The Southerly Kerfuffle continues: After the weekend protest in Melbourne, the Victorian state government - which recently lost in a pub quiz to a plate of sandwiches - decided to shut down all construction sites and throw the workers out of, well, work.

    Instantly creating an army with nothing better to do than protest. Every. Single. Day.



    Long, long thread. News outlets, politicians, their own union leaders, and other assorted communists first tried to play down the size of the protest, and then, after the center of Melbourne had been shut down for several hours, decided that they were all Nazis, probably come from overseas just to stir up trouble.

    Yes, they booked their flights two weeks ahead and sat around in quarantine all that time because they knew on the 4th that the Victorian state government was going to shut down building sites on the 18th.

    Our politicians up here in Sydney can certainly be heavy-handed and I would like nothing better than to never see any of them disgrace my TV screen ever again, but they can't come close to the self-destructive idiocy of the mob running Melbourne.

    Case in point: Construction sites will be allowed to operate at 100% capacity in Sydney again, even though we've had more Bat Flu cases recently and fewer protests.


  • Senate Democrats are calling for the FTC to pass privacy regulations because they are incapable of writing coherent legislation. (The Verge)

    I'm not sure the federal government needs to get involved here, since California already has, and everyone is already failing to live up to those rules.


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Monday Overnight Open Thread (9/20/21)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Quotes of The Day

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I'll say it straight out loud. I do not think that Joe Biden "won the election." I don't think it is a question of "widespread fraud." I think the way the system works with the Electoral College, you only need actually to spread fraud in six key cities in six key states. Mark Steyn

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“My mom and dad took me out on the back porch and my dad started talking about how the world isn’t fair. I knew something was wrong,”Eleven-year-old Macie Shenefield

Quote III

“They were never great but at least they were edible. This year it’s just strange how everyone gets free lunch and the lunches are trash. Kristi Salzano, mother of two school children

Quote IV

Sorry, but even if there are good field agents, our intelligence agencies were always a festival of fail that could only be more obvious if it wore a fruit hat and shashayed to samba in the Carnival in Rio.Sarah Hoyt


Quote V

“Historically, the organization was viewed as an Army command tasked with law enforcement duties. We must now clearly establish CID as an elite federal law enforcement agency that operates within and in support of the Department of the Army.” Gregory Ford became the first civilian director of the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command

Quote VI

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. Frederick Douglass

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Norm's Restoration Cafe Monday

—Ace

I don't know what happened to the last thread.

Note the sailboat at lower right:

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Dogs think everything that isn't "food" is "game."

Hedgehog puttering around the yard, collecting stuff to make a nest.

Inman: Duck goes for the cheapest attack on a dog.

Man plays harmonica and ducks join in.

Zen dog.

Cat magic.


Inman: Drum major spill.

Bus driver delivers unruly customer to the depths of hell.

Men's room disagreement.

Kicker scores extra points for bonus damage.

Soiboi swipes at Trump flag, then gets into a karmic collision.


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Quick Hits

—Ace

Fragged thread. Not sure how, but I guess I reverted to the first draft of this post from this morning. I'll reposting to keep the comments intact.

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Del Rio Border Crisis Escalates As Biden Administration Lies and Propaganda Press Ignores

—Ace

26 governors are demanding a meeting with the Puppet Biden over his de facto repeal of the southern border.

More than two dozen Republican governors are demanding a meeting with President Biden to address securing America's borders, saying the illegal immigration surge under the current administration has created an "international humanitarian crisis."

A letter released Monday signed by 26 Republican governors, including Doug Ducey of Arizona, Ron DeSantis of Florida, and Greg Abbott of Texas, asks Biden to schedule a meeting at the White House within the next 15 days so they can have an "open and constructive dialogue regarding border enforcement on behalf of U.S. citizens in our states and all those hoping to become U.S. citizens."

More and more "migrants" keep walking across the unenforced, unprotected border.

Hundreds of Caribbean migrants trying to reach the U.S. border walked through an immigration checkpoint operated by Mexican authorities. The group is trying to reach the border city of Reynosa before crossing the Rio Grande to Texas.

The incident took place on Saturday morning north of the city of San Fernando, Tamaulipas, approximately 80 miles from Texas. Between 400-500 migrants, primarily from Haiti, were traveling from Veracruz to Reynosa when Mexican authorities turned back their buses. Rather than stop, the migrants walked toward the rural city where they rested and renewed their march the same day.

The group walked north and as they got close to a federal checkpoint, they stopped and held a prayer service with local church leaders. After, the migrants walked past the checkpoint expecting authorities to try to stop them, however, officials stood down.

By the way, local law enforcement gave Fox News' reporter Bill Melugin a ride in their own patrol helicopters to film the border -- evading Biden's tyrannical orders from the FAA to forbid all drone flights.

Here's video he took of the "wide-open" border.

I still have seen nothing in the propaganda press protesting this obviously-illegal attempt to hide Biden's disasters from public view.

The media is ignoring the crisis -- but they seized an opportunity to push an emotional pro-illegal-immigrant appeal to the masses.

A photo showed a mounted border patrol agent trying to catch a fleeing Haitian migrant. Note that Haiti has no border with Mexico, being an island; they're taking boats to Mexico to then sneak across the non-existent US border.

The media shrieked that the agent was using a "whip" against the border-sneak. In fact, he's just holding the horse's reins.

But the propaganda press saw an opportunity to instill in the minds of the public that illegal aliens are being hunted like escaped slaves, and they pounced and/or seized on it.

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Some great reporting and video from Bill Melugin: "When Secretary Mayorkas said, once again, that the border is closed, I can tell you that is a tough pill for border agents to swallow. They talk to us off the record and they roll their eyes...This is the U.S. border right now. Take a look at it."

The mounted border patrol riding out to stop criminal entry into the US.

There are now fifteen thousand illegal border-crossers camped out under the Del Rio bridge.

A mass of illegals crosses the Rio Grande, unimpeded. And unvaccinated, of course.

Illegals crossing a dam on the Rio Grande. Again, unimpeded by law enforcement.

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You Can Ignore Mask Mandates If You're "Having a Good Time" and/or "Feeling the Spirit," San Francisco Mayor London Breed Proclaims

—Ace

Another Sophisticated, Vaccinated Crowd.


San Francisco mayor London Breed was caught partying at a nightclub without a mask -- despite having given the order just that month that masks were required in all businesses, regardless of vaccination status.

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After Weeks of the Democrat Media/Deep State Conspiracy Ginning Up Fear About the September 18th Rally, No One Shows Up Except for the Media, the FBI, and Their Informants

—Ace

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Capitol Hill police chief warns of "potentially violent" rally!

Speaker Nancy Pelosi has invited Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to a security briefing by Manger regarding the Sept. 18 rally. The briefing will be held on Monday at 11:15 a.m. in the Speaker’s Office, a source familiar told CQ Roll Call.

In response to questions about preparations for the Sept. 18 rally, Pelosi told reporters Wednesday that "we intend to have the integrity of the Capitol be intact." She later lamented that the group is coming to Capitol Hill.

"And now these people are coming back to praise the people who were out to kill, out to kill members of Congress," Pelosi said.


Very few people turned up for the rally, except for the Ambulance Chasing Propaganda Press and Deep State agents.

Members of the media and law enforcement vastly outnumbered a few hundred rallygoers at a much-hyped event outside the Capitol on Saturday to support those who were arrested on suspicion of participating in nonviolent crimes that were connected to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

"I'm a little disappointed," said Linde Barrera, a retired public school teacher from New York, who said she came to the rally on a bus with about 20 other people. "I think that more people probably still wanted to come, but they were a little scared, so they canceled."

She held a sign with a message written in glitter glue: "Jan. 6 jailees should sue the swamp."

...

"As much as it was discouraged, I'm glad to see some people," said Bernie Hoffman, a resident of nearby Arlington, Virginia. He also attended the Jan. 6 rally, though he said he did not go into the Capitol.

"It could have been me” being arrested on trespassing charges, he said. "What's going on in this place is way beyond outrageous."

I'm conflicted about this result. On the one hand, I support protesting for the restoration of normal human rights to these political prisoners.

On the other hand, I'm pretty sure the Deep State planned to capture more political prisoners.

People had a fun time afterwards playing Spot the Glowies*:

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Australian Protesters Smash Through Police Picket Line in "Unauthorized" Covid Protests

—Ace

Gettin' spicy.

Australia's police arrested 235 people in Melbourne and 32 in Sydney on Saturday at unsanctioned anti-lockdown rallies and several police officers were injured in clashes with protesters.

Victoria police said six officers required hospitalisation. Several officers were knocked to the ground and trampled, the police said and television footage showed.

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Most of the restrictions in Victoria, New South Wales and Canberra are to remain until at least 70% of those 16 and older are fully vaccinated, which based on the current pace of inoculations could be in late October or early November.


...

"It was extremely disappointing to see another example of a small minority of the community showing a complete disregard for the health and safety of not only police, but each and every other Victorian," Victoria Police said in a statement.

Would that small minority also be a "distinct minority"?


Via Instapundit, and then via Lawrence Peterson's Battleswarm Blog, video of protesters charging through the picket line.

I don't know where this happened. I assume it's the incident in Melbourne, as some cops are seen being trampled.

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Once Again, A "Sophisticated, Vaccinated Crowd" Throws Itself a Swank Party and Ditch the Masks While the Help Is Forced to Wear Them

—Ace

Stop me if you've heard this one a hundred times.

No masks for the Elite:

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The elites go maskless, while the Servile Class must cover their prole faces. Look closely at The Help standing behind the two Stars.

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Senate Parliamentarian Rules That Amnesty Cannot Be Added Into Spending Bill Via Reconciliation

—Ace

Reconciliation is the process the Democrats were hoping to use to jam in a mass amnesty for illegals without any Republican votes.

There's a special rule that you can "reconcile" somewhat differing Senate and House bills without having to send each bill individually back to their respective houses for repassage. Wrong: Commenters point out the bills do have to go back to their respective houses for final passage, but there is no filibuster allowed on that vote.

But the differences to be "reconciled" must concern spending and taxation.

The Democrats attempted to slip an amnesty bill through the 50-50 Senate by claiming that the incidental changes in spending which would be caused by amnestying 8 million or more illegals counted as "spending," and so could be jammed into the "infrastructure" bill via reconcilliation.

The Senate parliamentarian ruled that this is against the rules and cannot be done.

Democrats can't use their $3.5 trillion package bolstering social and climate programs for their plan to give millions of immigrants a chance to become citizens, the Senate's parliamentarian said, a crushing blow to what was the party's clearest pathway in years to attaining that long-sought goal.

The decision by Elizabeth MacDonough, the Senate’s nonpartisan interpreter of its often enigmatic rules, is a damaging and disheartening setback for President Joe Biden, congressional Democrats and their allies in the pro-immigration and progressive communities. Though they said they'd offer her fresh alternatives, MacDonough's stance badly wounds their hopes of unilaterally enacting -- over Republican opposition -- changes letting several categories of immigrants gain permanent residence and possibly citizenship.

The parliamentarian opinion that emerged Sunday is crucial because it means the immigration provisions could not be included in an immense $3.5 trillion measure that's been shielded from GOP filibusters. Left vulnerable to those bill-killing delays, which require 60 Senate votes to defuse, the immigration language has virtually no chance in the 50-50 Senate.

In a three-page memo to senators obtained by The Associated Press, MacDonough noted that under Senate rules, provisions are not allowed in such bills if their budget effect is "merely incidental" to their overall policy impact.

Citing sweeping changes that Democrats would make in immigrants' lives, MacDonough, a one-time immigration attorney, said the language "is by any standard a broad, new immigration policy."

The rejected provisions would open multiyear doorways to legal permanent residence -- and perhaps citizenship -- for young immigrants brought illegally to the country as children, often called "Dreamers." Also included would be immigrants with Temporary Protected Status who've fled countries stricken by natural disasters or extreme violence; essential workers and farm workers.

I still think the Democrats could vote 50 strong -- with Kumala's tie-breaker -- to overrule the Parliamentarian. I also think they could just fire her.

I don't think Manchin would vote with them on that.

Still, they tried to break the rules, again. To end American sovereignty.

Are you enjoying your Restored Norms?

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The Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

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THESES ON COVID-19

Covid-19 is an airborne respiratory virus, and is here to stay. Get used to it.

90% of our Covid crisis is political.

Lurking behind our Covid crisis is our obesity crisis.

A "zero-covid" or "stamp out covid" (whatever you want to call it) policy is stupid and counterproductive.

Any federal, state, or local government that is attempting to implement a "zero-covid" policy is interested in public control, not public health.

Covid-19 will become less lethal over time.

Each succeeding Covid-19 variant will be less lethal than the previous one.

We need more research on what constitutes an effective treatment strategy, not only for the unvaccinated, but for the vaccinated who nevertheless come down with Covid.

"Go home and wait until you're sick enough to come to the hospital" is not an effective treatment strategy.

Outdoor masking is silly and stupid.

Forcing little kids to wear masks all day is silly and stupid.

Forcing little kids to wear masks all day should be declared a criminal act.

Most masking is virtue signaling.

Instead of inadequately tested, rushed-to-market vaccines, the government should be passing out free vitamin D, especially during the winter months.

I would rather have the government force me to take a daily dose of vitamin D than an inadequately tested, rushed-to-market vaccine.

Anthony Fauci should be fired.

Anthony Fauci should be investigated for channeling federal dollars to the Wuhan Institute of Virology to fund their gain-of-function research.

Anthony Fauci should be keelhauled.

Forced vaccination is immoral.

Withholding medical care from unvaccinated persons is insanely immoral.

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought out the worst in too many Americans.




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Mid-Morning Art Thread

—CBD

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St. Paul At His Writing Desk
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The Morning Report - 9/20/21

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning, kids. Start of a new week and the autumnal equinox. As usual, there are a number of things popping all at once, each in its own right that under normal circumstances would be major news, so it's difficult to try to zero in on just one thing. That said, the catastrophe at our southern border, which has all but been erased since late last January, will take the lead because of its magnitude on its own and because it impacts a couple of other issues. Most notably, the Afghanistan disaster and the $3.5 trillion dollar nail in the coffin of American society.

So upwards of 15,000 migrants are gathered in, under and around a bridge in Mexico but the wrinkle to this whole thing is that they're Haitian. Now, it's one thing for Guatemalans, Salvadorans and even people from as far south as Patagonia to schlep up to the Rio Grande and demand asylum (more than likely in trucks and buses bought and paid for by a certain Nazi collaborator among others). But Port au Prince is about 2,000 miles to Del Rio. Mostly over water. So, what the hell is going on here?

The surprising answer, which the migrants provided independently in different places and at different times, was universal: on Sunday, September 12, the Mexican government effectively sent a mass of migrants it had bottled up for months in its southern states up to the American border. This move, which appears to have been done under the cover of Mexico's independence week of celebration known as El Grito, essentially foisted a humanitarian problem onto the Americans in a single week.

A quick background is necessary to understand what the migrants were saying. In short, when it was newly installed in January, the Biden [junta] began to pressure Mexico to maintain and use its National Guard and immigration bureaucracy to slow the flow of expected caravans and of tens of thousands of Haitians and other migrants coming in from all over the world. This was a fairly quiet diplomatic campaign, and it coincided with billions in promised U.S. aid and other benefits such as covid vaccines. It was a different approach from the Trump style of threatening to damage the Mexican economy with tariffs unless the leadership slowed U.S.-bound illegal immigration coming through Guatemala.

In response to Biden's softer approach with gifts, Mexico apparently responded with a lighter version of a Trump-era tactic, which was to require that migrants entering from Guatemala be held in the southern state of Chiapas, in the border city of Tapachula, until they applied for and obtained temporary legal permits. National Guard roadblocks reinforced the policy.

As CIS [Center for Immigration Studies] reported in March from Mexico, many thousands of immigrants willing to invest in bribes and smuggling fees obviously find ways around the National Guard. But many thousands of others chose not to invest in these expensive end-runs and stayed in Tapachula for months hoping for cheaper Mexican papers solution.

Probably by design, the documents were slow to come, taking three, four or five months. A sea of migrants built up behind this bureaucratic dam, tens of thousands of them . . .

. . . The reason, according to the migrants CIS interviewed, the Mexican cartels in this city do not involve themselves in human smuggling as they do in other parts of northern Mexico. Migrants who get to Acuna are free to cross themselves over the river without paying a tax or smuggling fee to ruthless Mexican cartels, with no fear of violent retribution for doing so on their own. . .

. . . Many are now boarding yet more buses inside the camp, these ones provided by DHS to take them to Border Patrol processing stations. Some may be deported. But most likely will spend a day or two until they get temporary resident permits and a date to appear at an American immigration office in the city of their choice. Then under current Biden policies for families and unaccompanied minors, a great many will be released to travel anywhere in America, boarding yet more buses to those cities and towns. . .

. . . CIS could find no public reporting of any official Mexico announcement or confirmation of these immigrant accounts.

But if their accounts prove to be true, Mexico's decision presents a clear diplomatic affront to the Biden [junta], transferring a significant threat management and humanitarian challenge to America, not to mention a potential political problem for the Biden [junta]. . .

. . . In a sign of keen awareness that the Del Rio encampment situation portends political damage in an area where polls show Biden is already very weak, the [junta] has picked a strategy of not speaking about it and working to make sure no one else did either.

The White House had not addressed the camp. Up until Friday, DHS was content to let the city of Del Rio lead a press conference about national immigration policy and what was happening.

The federal government barred reporters from touring the site and rarely made officials available for questions. At one point, the Federal Aviation Administration issued a ban on unmanned aerial vehicles over the bridge area, a measure that seemed aimed at Fox News, which has fielded a drone team to photograph the migrant shantytown.

Although this a very thorough report from the CIS, it doesn't tell us how thousands upon thousands of Haitians, among others from nations that are nowhere near Mexico, let alone our former southern border, got to the Rio Grande in the first place. More than likely it is not just Soros blood money but more than likely your tax dollars at work.

Funny how Haitians can't seem to cross the border they share with the Dominican Republic, but traveling thousands of miles across the Caribbean and then inland to Del Rio is a breeze. True, the DR doesn't offer food stamps, section 8 housing, free healthcare and schools. But you can bet your bottom dollar that the island of Hispaniola is divided by a very effective border fence and the Dominicans guard it closely. While not as dramatic as a night shot from space of the Korean peninsula, Haitian and Dominican society are in many ways like night and day. And the activities of the Clinton Crime Family surely didn't help the situation.

Yet while we're all looking at Del Rio, planeloads of unvetted, unvaccinated and more than likely unreconstructed practitioners of the "Religion of Peace" are winging their way to a city and town near you, eager to partake of baseball, hotdogs, apple pie and Chevrolet. Or, more than likely burqas, joy-buzzer-clipping, infidel hunting and sharia law.

Last week, the Biden [junta] announced that the first group of roughly 36,000 Afghans brought to the U.S. at rapid speed will be resettled across 46 states -- including Texas, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.

With more details from the Biden [junta] on the resettlement operation, more Republican governors have come out to support the plan. In August, without having vetting or screening details, 10 Republican governors announced their support for the plan and asked Biden to resettle Afghans in their states.

Those 10 Republican governors include South Carolina's Henry McMaster, Maryland's Larry Hogan, Massachusetts' Charlie Baker, Utah's Spencer Cox, Georgia's Brian Kemp, Arkansas' Asa Hutchinson, Arizona's Doug Ducey, Iowa's Kim Reynolds, Oklahoma's Kevin Stitts, and Vermont's Phil Scott.

The blathering is that all of these refugees have been fully vetted. Considering we bugged out of Afghanistan faster than you can say "I-keeeeel-you," I rate these statements as beyond insulting. But keep voting even more harder-er! And at least we won't have any more mean tweets. On a somewhat positive note, the $3.5 trillion final transmogrification of America into a flaming socialist dung heap has had the brakes put on it by the surprising reservations of Democrats Manchin and Sinema. As with all these bills, they are never about what they are labeled as but what's buried deep in the fine print on page 877 or thereabouts. In there is, you guessed it, amnesty for millions already here and more than likely under that bridge in Del Rio and from every corner of the soon to be Greater Xi Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere.

But what's this from the Senate parliamentarian?

"A preliminary ruling from Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough, obtained by Fox, would bar Democrats from adding immigration provisions to the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill.

"Democrats did not have firm legislative text nor a total price tag for the bill. So it's hard to see how there is an absolute ruling on this," Pergram said. "But, budget reconciliation bills, which Democrats were using to avoid a filibuster, must be strictly fiscal in nature and can't add to the deficit. It was believed that this push to add immigration to the bill was too policy driven."

"This is a blow to Democrats and progressives who pushed to add immigration provisions to the bill. This will cause problems if Democrats have to slash the total size of the size of the legislation to mollify moderate Democrats," Pergram continued. "It was thought that lopping immigration provisions into the bill could help placate liberals if Democrats have to trim the size of the legislation."

Pergram added that the key part from MacDonough's decision was that including immigration as part of reconciliation "is further evidence that the policy changes of this proposal far outweigh the budgetary impact scored to it and it is not appropriate for inclusion in reconciliation."

Now, from what I understand (and I could be wrong), Veep Throat Harris and/or Cuck Schemer can disregard MacDonough's decision but the propagandists are all reporting this as a major blow if not insurmountable problem. Given the fact that this junta does not care for the rule of law, I will assume that some sort of decree will come down from Kalorama or wherever and amnesty shall be "deemed" to have passed.

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Daily Tech News 20 September 2021

—Pixy Misa

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Sunday Overnight Open Thread (9/19/21)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Quotes of The Day

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"The thing right now that’s going on is tyranny," Mustaine added. "This is called tyranny. Look it up when you get home. And tyranny isn't only in government. Tyranny right now is in the schools, and tyranny is in the medical business."Dave Mustaine (H/T Doof)

Quote II

"You don't spend two decades pumping trillions of dollars into a money pit and funding all manner of transparent fantasies one year at a time with no real continuity or long-range planning, then all of a sudden develop the ability as you're running out the door at half past midnight to make prudent decisions to secure your material interests." Unidentified Afghanistan vet and journalist

Quote III

“The Met itself has always been such a huge symbolic institution for New Yorkers and growing up in a neighborhood, coming back to it after graduating school, working as a waitress. I remember, especially there was this one year when I was walking to work and the gala was happening.” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)

It's a shame she wasn't struck by a bus on her walk.

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Gun Thread: Sunday Evening Edition!

—Weasel

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Howdy, Y'all! Welcome to the wondrously fabulous Gun Thread! As always, I want to thank all of our regulars for being here week in and week out, and also offer a bigly Gun Thread welcome to any newcomers who may be joining us tonight. Howdy and thank you for stopping by! I hope you find our wacky conversation on the subject of guns 'n shooting both enjoyable and informative. You are always welcome to lurk in the shadows of shame, but I'd like to invite you to jump into the conversation, say howdy, and tell us what kind of shooting you like to do!

Welp, with the weather cooperating, guess who headed down to the farm this weekend? Go ahead! Guess! Yup, your 'ol pal Weasel headed to the farm for the weekend. I needed to do some mowing and some other chores, and finally do some shooting! You may recall one of the raffle prizes at the NoVaMoMe in July was a Dream Date with Weasel for a day of shooting at WeaselAcres. Our pal and Gun Thread regular, Thicc Boi won the raffle, and we were able to get together this weekend. The weather was favorable, and I took several guns down with me. The fun will be over by the time you read this, and we will have a full range report next week!

With that, let's get to the gun stuff below, shall we?

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Posted by Weasel at 07:00 PM Comments

Food Thread: Cheap Ice Cream And Expensive Soup

—CBD

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Visit any half-way decent supermarket and you will see a huge number of ice cream brands, running from the least expensive half-gallons of mostly air, to the super-premium pints that can be ridiculously expensive. And while I think the really inexpensive ice creams are so-so, the relationship between price and quality is not perfect. I have had some pretty good store brands and regional brands, and some of the most expensive pints have been disappointing.

I recently became fixated on the flying saucers of my youth, and we even chatted about them in a recent Food Thread. We used to go to the Carvel in town (Tom Carvel lived in town!) on hot summer nights and eat tons of those flying saucers and huge cake cones of the custardy soft-serve that they specialized in.

Fast forward a few years and I saw in a sort-of local market that they have flying saucers in vanilla, chocolate AND vanilla-chocolate swirl! How cool is that! And because I am a traditionalist I served them for Rosh Hashanah dinner, and they were well received. Apparently I am not the only person to enjoy revisiting the foods of my youth.

But the best part was a few days later when one of the brats asked for a container of the plain ice cream, and I picked up a quart of their chocolate ice cream (custard maybe?). Damn. It was great. I will usually eat a small scoop of whatever is served and enjoy it, but this stuff was creamy and dense and wonderfully chocolaty and just fine eating.

And I have no idea why. So Horde...or at least the ice cream making contingent...enlighten me!

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