April 23, 2019

The Cuckshed: Let's Take Reparations Seriously

—Ace of Spades

True conservatives, rushing to embrace racial debts and racial rights to collect:



PJ Media's Paula Boylard notes that the Cuckshed is now quoting the racist Ta-Naheshi Coates as an authority -- and mis-quoting Charles Krauthammer.

The piece, by Richard North Patterson, relies heavily on leftist Ta-Nehisi Coates and -- believe it or not -- the late Charles Krauthammer, who at one time floated the idea of reparations. Only The Bulwark article leaves out the part about Krauthammer suggesting that reparations be paid as part of a Grand Compromise that would end affirmative action programs -- and it was more than a little tongue-in-cheek.

The Cuckshed fails to note that part of the bargain, wherein Krauthammer proposed the ending of all race-based payments and preferences in exchange for a lump-sum payment.


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Reminder: The Russia Collusion Hoax Was Hatched By Hillary Clinton and Her Aides Just Hours After Her Loss, and Fed to a Supportive Media to Explain Away Her Failure -- and Theirs

—Ace of Spades

Larry O'Connor with a reminder that this was an info op from the start.

The Russian Collusion mythology is the most dominant story in the news media and has been for the past eighteen months... dating back to November 7, 2016. And when one examines the contemporaneous reporting by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes in their excellent book Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign.

Allen and Parnes had incredible access to the entire Clinton campaign infrastructure because their book was really meant to be a historical account of the triumphant campaign for the first female president in American history.

As we know, it didn't work out that way. And the authors' account of the immediate aftermath tells us much about how the media were spoon-fed the collusion narrative: (emphasis added)

"She's not being particularly self -reflective," said one longtime ally who was on calls with her shortly after the election. Instead, Hillary kept pointing her finger at Comey and Russia. "She wants to make sure all these narratives get spun the right way," this person said.


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Of course, the plan would only work if the media took the bait. They had that angle knitted up. All they had to do was focus their anger and ire at their friends in the press and accuse them of being at fault for Trump's victory.

They also decided to hammer the media for focusing so intently on the investigation into her e-mail, which had created a cloud over her candidacy. "The press botched the e-mail story for eighteen months"” said one person who was in the room. "Comey obviously screwed us, but the press created the story."

"It was all your fault," they'd say to their pals in the press. And now, they had to make good.

More at the link, including audio of Larry O'Connor discussing this on his radio show.

And this is interesting -- John Sexton writes up Bob Woodward's appearance on Fox, where he claimed that "the CIA" fought strenuously to get the Hot Garbage Dossier included in the official intelligence community assessment on Russian interference.

And Rand Paul says he heard that it was specifically John Brennan fighting to have this unverified pack of Russian disinformation entered into the records of US intelligence.

Almost as if he wanted to get this piece of shit oppo dump purchased by his gal Hillary Clinton included in some kind of official record, so it could be leaked, as a, how you say, insurance policy.

From the Washington Examiner:


"What I found out recently, which was really quite surprising, the dossier, which really is got a lot of garbage in it and Mueller found that to be the case, early in building the intelligence community assessment on Russian interference in an early draft, they actually put the dossier on page two in kind of a breakout box," Woodward said in a panel moderated by host Chris Wallace.

"I think it was the CIA pushing this," he added. "Real intelligence experts looked at this and said no, this is not intelligence, this is garbage and they took it out. But in this process the idea that they would include something like that in one of the great stellar intelligence assessments as Mueller also found out is highly questionable. Needs to be investigated."

Now, we already know that someone in the IC -- Clapper, Brennan, Comey, someone on that level -- had arranged for the fake "briefing" of Trump about some but not all aspects of the dossier specifically so that the briefing could immediately be leaked to CNN. CNN had already told Comey they couldn't publish about the dossier without some kind of "news hook" to give this unverified oppo file some pretext to be reported on, and wouldn't you know it?, Clapper, Brennan, and Comey quickly responded to give CNN just that news hook.

But now, per Woodward and Rand Paul, we seem to know who the most interested party was here: John Brennan. John Brennan, one could speculate, already had tried to get the dossier mentioned in an official US intelligence briefing.

One could further speculate that he tried to get the dossier included in the intelligence assessment precisely because including it in an official report would give it the "news hook" it needed to be reported by CNN after he leaked details of the assessment to it.

One could speculate further still and guess that someone in the CIA caught Brennan trying to sneak Hillary Clinton disinformation into the official US intelligence assessment -- for partisan political reasons, and illegal ones, I'd venture -- and forced the dossier out of the assessment.

So Brennan went to Plan B: convincing Clapper and Comey on the need to get the dossier into the official record via a different route, namely, pretending to brief Trump about it while actually only holding the briefing so that the briefing could be leaked to CNN.

One could speculate about such things.

But, as Woodward says: Needs investigation.

And subpoenas. And sworn testimony, and pain-of-perjury.


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LOL: Nigerian Brothers File Defamation Lawsuit Against Jussie Smollett's Attorneys

—Ace of Spades

Jussie Smollett's lawyers were required to lie to defend him publicly. Kim Foxx's office might have put the fix in to make his legal problems go away, but there was also the public aspect of the crime of which he was obviously guilty; he was a millionaire being paid a lot of money to appear on a tv show. If the public turned against him, he might have to get a real job.

Smollett's attorney insisted publicly that the Nigerian brothers had actually attacked Smollett, and in earnest, not as part of a pre-arranged scam, but with the intention of harming him and without his consent.

That, they say, is defamation, and I don't think there are many people who disagree.

Per ABC7News in Chicago, Gloria Schmidt -- the brothers' lawyer -- also says that Smollett's lawyer defamed one of the brothers by falsely claiming he had had a gay sexual encounter with Smollett.

On or around April 6, 2019, Defendant Tina Glandian further discussed Plaintiff Abimbola Osundairo (hereinafter "Bola Osundairo") on the podcast Reasonable Doubt.

Ms. Glandian inferred that Bola Osundairo and Mr. Smollett engaged, at least briefly, in homosexual acts together. These statements were made to the third-party press and public.

Bola Osundairo is heterosexual and was dating a woman at the time.

Bola Osundairo has never engaged in any sexual acts with Mr. Smollett, thus Ms. Glandian's statements are patently false.

Video of Schmidt announcing the lawsuit at the link.

I think the attorney will have to pay the brothers off. The brothers would likely win a defamation lawsuit, and in any event, it would be costly to fight it.

On the other hand, it will be costly for the brothers to maintain the suit, too, and Smollett's lawyer will make this a very expensive suit to prosecute.

But either way, we won't get any details about what Smollett and his lawyer schemed to say to the public, and which parts of that were known to be false, because lawyer-client privilege only gets breached if you're a Republican or someone who actually supports Republicans.

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Kamala Harris On Gun-Control Network CNN: If Congress Doesn't Restrict Gun Sales, I'll Restrict Them Via Executive Order

—Ace of Spades

And that's not all she said.

Sen. Kamala Harris on Monday night pledged that, if elected president, she will sign a series of executive orders on gun control if Congress fails to pass comprehensive legislation in her first 100 days in the Oval Office.

During a town hall hosted by CNN, Harris said that if a bill from Congress did not make it to her desk, she would unilaterally mandate background checks for customers purchasing a firearm from any dealer who sells more than five guns a year.

Dealers who violate the law, she said, would have their licenses revoked. The other executive orders would prohibit fugitives from purchasing a firearm or weapon, as well as close the loophole that allows some domestic abusers to purchase a firearm if their victim is an unwedded partner.

Video clip below, as well as her non-answer as to whether the Boston Bomber should be allowed to vote for her from prison.

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A US Soldier Who Risked His Live in Mogadishu to Protect Ilhan Omar and Her Clan Invites Her to Drink a Nice Cold Glass of Shut the Fuck Up Dummy

—Ace of Spades

I take it back: she doesn't have a dual loyalty.

Just the one.

By the time Task Force Ranger had been launched, Aidid's network of drug-addled, Khat-dealing gun runners had taken over Mogadishu and were doing everything they could to oppress any and rival clans, including that of Omar, the Majeerteen. In other words, we were sent halfway across the world to help protect people just like Omar and her family. Nineteen incredible men gave their lives defending her country while serving ours. They deserve to be lauded for their service, not attacked for it.

I am thankful Omar and her family and countless others were able to escape to neighboring Kenya while we fought to protect those left behind, but I simply cannot comprehend her attitude towards those of us who fought to protect her country and countrymen from warlords who plunged Somalia only further into violence and starvation. I am glad that Omar can now enjoy the very freedoms we fought to protect, like the freedom of speech and the free exercise of religion affirmed in the U.S. Constitution, but I don't understand why she uses those freedoms to slur the men and women of the U.S. military who made her security and liberty a reality.

The simple truth is that Omar enjoys the fruits of American combat deaths, yet she can't even bring herself to acknowledge the ultimate sacrifice that was made on her behalf, either as a Somali or an American. Her clan didn't stand a chance against Aidid and Habar Gidirs, so I don't blame her for leaving. But I do blame her for attacking those of us who had zero personal interest or investment in her nation for doing our jobs on behalf of our country. And I blame her for smearing American servicemen because we answered the call of our nation to address the violent barbarism of hers.

Also see Deb Heine.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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The Morning Report - 4/23/19

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. Mixed bag for this Tuesday so let's get with it. Starting things off, with the Mueller Deception having finally petered out with nothing substantive except a 400-page document that amounts to nothing more than yet another smear cum opposition research document (which could have easily been written by the same Fusion GPS hacks who cooked up the Steele Dossier), the Democrat-Left-Media Complex's new offensive is to take down President Trump by conducting a witch hunt into his personal and business affairs to try and find and/or concoct evidence to be used to throw him out of office. Jerry Nadler subpeonaed former White House counsel Don McGahn to grill him over alleged Trump obstruction of justice, which is idiotic since there was no crime in the first place with which to obstruct. Fruit from a poisoned tree? Hello? Twin idiot Elijah Cummings has subpoenaed Trump's financial records to which the President responded with a lawsuit. I'd have preferred him telling the tyrannical clod to take his subpoena and use it to keep his polyps company.

Aside from the fact that the Democrats, despite anything coming from the agitprop media and the halls of Congress, are now devoid of any real avenues of attack left to them - that is, anything substantive to show actual high crimes and misdemeanors - they will nevertheless continue down the road of attempting to overthrow this President as a means to appease their base base (adjective and noun). They have zero policies except everything they have ever run on for the past 80 to 100 years, now with more lies and vitriol to go along with the record of societal and economic destruction left in the wake of the aforementioned that were passed into law. The other big reason is that we may actually have an Attorney General who is serious about prosecuting and punishing those who engineered this entire soft coup against candidate and then President Trump. William Barr is already getting the Starr treatment; Ken Starr, that is. But unlike the latter, he has a President who is actually going to defend him as well as showing all indications of being able to defend himself.

Cynics in the audience, and that includes me, think the perpetrators are going to get away with it, especially Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama+Valerie Jarret. I am convinced they were behind it or at a minimum knew from the outset and approved of what their underlings were doing. That said, Brennan, Comey, Clapper and all the rest have got to somehow be held accountable. The fight now is not so much to get Trump as it is to protect the Deep State conspirators and keep their positions safe. Even if one or more of them go down, to whatever extent or manner that manifests itself, the 4-8 years of Trump must not be allowed to be the beachhead that could potentially (please G-d) dismantle the globalist entity that has hijacked America for the past 50 years or longer. Battle is joined.

Aside from running on this disaster, more and more polls are showing the American people are not fond of impeachment and coming to the conclusion that the President was indeed the victim of political persecution. With the Democrat Klown Kar jamming more and more corpses into it almost on a daily basis, the other thing besides demonizing Trump and America as founded, is the pimping of more free shit to the Free Shit Army is what amounts to a Constitutional Demolition Derby. We warned the other day about Mayor Buttplug going pedal to the metal for you heathens to bake that cake, but now Kamala-Toe Harris is promising some sort of second amendment destroying edict in her first 100 days (G-d forbid) as president. Then we have Bernardo Sandersnista who wants to give the vote to convicted felons, including convicted terrorists like the Boston Marathon Bomber. If you have to scrounge for votes in prisons, what does that say about your confidence in how many supporters you have among the citizenry (hence, open borders)? Lastly, not that he has a snowball's chance in hell but potential candidate Bill De Bolshevik wants to make the stone age great again in New York by banning glass and steel skyscrapers. Yet when confronted by his hypocrisy of taking a motorcade of SUVs with him to the gym every day, he states that his deserved luxury would be offset by making whoever the hell would remain on Pliskin's Island shiver and starve in the cold and dark. There's a scene towards the end of Woody Allen's Bananas where the rebel leader now installed as president of San Marcos gets a glassy look in his eye and starts rattling off new laws like "all citizens must now wear their underwear on the outside." Compared to De Bolshevik, I think he'd be preferable.

The other story to take note of is the continued assault on freedom of religion. Along with a SCOTUS ruling on whether or not homosexuals and transgender psychotics are a protected class under the Civil Rights Act, the Democrats are pimping something innocuously labeled the Equality Act:

... It is a power grab in the guise of anti-discrimination. A bait-and-switch. It's another attempt by a ruling micro-clique to exert mega-control over everyone else's lives, including those it purports to protect. It allows the Mass State to maximize bureaucracy and social engineering, especially by its huge regulation of speech and expression. It erodes individual rights while claiming to uphold them. The net result of this act would be a huge inequality of power accrued to the state and drained from the individual...

...Below I offer five general reasons to object to this legislation. I think they give us a more macro view of how it would destabilize a free society, by 1) undermining the First Amendment; 2) threatening the rule of law; 3) nudging us towards a social credit system; 4) redefining humanity; and 5) enshrining identity politics in law. In short, the "Equality" Act doesn't really protect anybody. It undermines human freedom and dignity by legally stripping Americans across the board of inalienable rights...

Worthy of your time, linked above and below in the Feminazi section.

Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

NOTE: The opinions expressed in some links may or may not reflect my own. I include them because of their relevance to the discussion of a particular issue.

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Monday Overnight Open Thread (4/22/19)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Quotes of The Day


Quote I

“Change rarely comes without some bumps in the road. Students are becoming self-directed learners and are demonstrating greater ownership of their learning activities.” Gordon Mohn


Quote II

“It’s no surprise that the pseudo-medical animal rights group Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine doesn’t know the difference between fecal contamination and bacteria on meat products,” KatieRose McCullough


Quote III

“Don Jr. and his wife have FIVE kids. No one should be having five kids. Why are people still allowed to have 5 kids?” Nikki Glaser


Quote IV

“When I decided that I wanted to take hormones to feminise my body, the last thing I wanted to do was to go in front of a psychologist to justify my decision,” Florence Ashley

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Flashback: In 2017, Omar Ilhan Dismissed the Number of Americans Killed in the Black Hawk Down Attack, and Claimed Americans Had Killed "Thousands" of Somalis

—Ace of Spades

Dual loyalty?

Lieutenants of Mohamed Aidid was hunted by US troops after he attacked UN peacekeepers attempting to separate factions in the Somali Civil War.

One can question the ill-wisdom of inserting US troops into a civil war without then claiming that they were acting "Satan"-ically in carrying out a UN peacekeeping mandate.

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Eight Year Old Girl Does Perfect Spoof of AOC, Except She's Too Articulate and Common-Sensical

—Ace of Spades

Below the fold.

Meanwhile, Fake Tapper told us that two different CNN correspondents "have read" the 400+ page Muller report, just 10-40 minutes after its release.

Say, remember how CNN entertained guests who asserted that no human being could possibly read that report in a weekend?

Well, now CNN staffers can read it in 10-40 minutes. Because CNN staffers are Just That Good.

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Representative Gaetz: Evidence That FBI Agents Were Paid Off by the Media For Leaks Will Surface Ahead of the Official DOJ Inspector General Report

—Ace of Spades

Nothing but straight arrows at the top.

Rep. Matt Gaetz says evidence of FBI officials improperly receiving incentives from the media in exchange for leaks will soon come out.

During an interview on Fox News late Saturday, the Florida Republican said the Justice Department inspector general is examining the FBI's relationship with some members of the press. But, he said some of this information will be made public before the watchdog report's release.

"One of the other nuggets that the inspector general is working on is the corruption that existed between the media and members of of the FBI," Gaetz said. "Where members of the mainstream media were giving concert passes and athletic tickets and other incentives to people in the FBI to leak to them so we'll be seeing that even before we see the inspector general's report on how this fraudulent investigation began."

The Washington Examiner notes that some of this has already been reported:

The DOJ inspector general released a report last summer that found many FBI officials talking to the press and attending "social events" with the media during the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private emails, breaking with FBI policy limiting employees who are authorized to speak to the media.


In October, the inspector general released more information in a summary that said a senior FBI official, who had since retired, accepted tickets to a sports event from a television reporter who regularly covered the bureau.

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Evidence of Corruption in Jussie Smollett Whitewash Grows

—Ace of Spades

When Kim Foxx "colloquially" recused herself, she immediately sought to appoint her top deputy to oversee the Smollett case.

But she was informed by her staff that that would be unethical. I guess because a top deputy is just going to do what the boss wants, and the point of a recusal, if it's real, is to take a compromised boss out of the equation altogether.

Spokesmen for Foxx's office lied to the press and claimed that Foxx had never been informed this move was unethical, a law enforcement source says.

First, the department's chief ethics officer, April Perry, and Magats himself sought legal advice on the move and even prepared the proper documents calling for an outside special prosecutor after they were told Magats didn't have the authority to take over for Foxx, according to an e-mail obtained through a public-records request.

Foxx was then informed of the snafu in her plan to appoint her man, Magats, the source said.

But the prepared office document calling for a special prosecutor instead of Magats was never filed, and he remained at the helm of the investigation.

April Perry has since resigned -- as has another top Foxx staffer.

Social justice is not justice. If it were "justice," you wouldn't need the qualifier parked in front of it.


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Why Are Leftwing Politicians Avoiding Saying "Christians" Were Murdered in the Sri Lanka Easter Attacks?

—Ace of Spades

Obama, Hillary, and most of the gang of clowns running for the Democrat nomination have settled on a strange locution to avoid admitting that sometimes Christians are victims (and not just (Oppressors, as The Narrative demands): they're calling the people targeted "Easter worshippers."

Note: Christians do not worship Easter. You can use Context Clues in the word "Christians" to figure out what they worship.

Deb Heine writes about this strange phenomenon.




And of course the media is definitely not interested in describing the suspected perpetrators of this slaughter:



Expect the media and Democrats (but I repeat myself) to identify the religion of the terrorists as "Easter skepticism."

The Washington Post is playing the typical media game: downplay the Islamist violence directed at Christians and Westerners while remaining singularly concerned about possible future "backlash" against Muslims:



The pace of this game has accelerated. It used to be that the media would spend a day or two at least noticing that Islamists had murdered a bunch of people again before claiming The Real Crime is any possible hypothetical speculative future side-eye a woman in a hijab might get at Wal-Mart.

Now, they start claiming that Muslims Are the Real Victims here while they're still gathering up the limbs sheered off of the victims.

Below, some Fake Victims We Shouldn't Bother Ourselves About Because They're Just Alt-Right Haters.


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CNN Falls to Fifteenth Place on Cable

—Ace of Spades

#FakeNewsCNN's ratings fell to their lowest weekly level of the year, continuing the fall that began when their Collusion Delusion was revealed some weeks ago.

The top networks for primetime viewership last week were led by Fox News, followed by MSNBC, the Home and Garden TV, USA Network and TBS Network to round out the top five.

CNN finished 15th, behind networks like Discovery Channel, Food Network, TLC and A&E Network. Their ratings have continued to drop following the conclusion of the Mueller report.

The President congratulated the "news" channel:



In case you missed it on Friday, even the shabby DNC front company, the NYT, is now forced to admit that the entire dossier that Jake Tapper so proudly reported on may be nothing more than the product of a Russian Disinformation Campaign aimed at reducing confidence in US elections.

Agents did not believe that either the source or Mr. Steele was deliberately inventing things, according to the former official. How the dossier ended up loaded with dubious or exaggerated details remains uncertain, but the document may be the result of a high-stakes game of telephone, in which rumors and hearsay were passed from source to source.

Another possibility -- one that Mr. Steele has not ruled out -- could be Russian disinformation. That would mean that in addition to carrying out an effective attack on the Clinton campaign, Russian spymasters hedged their bets and placed a few land mines under Mr. Trump’s presidency as well.

Oleg D. Kalugin, a former K.G.B. general who now lives outside Washington, saw that as plausible. "Russia has huge experience in spreading false information," he said.

Mr. Steele declined to comment for this article.

...

Last year, in a deposition in a lawsuit filed against Buzzfeed, Mr. Steele emphasized that his reports consisted of unverified intelligence. Asked whether he took into account that some claims might be Russian fabrications, he replied, "Yes."

F.B.I. agents considered whether Russia had polluted the stream of intelligence, but did not give it much credence, according to the former official.

But that is an issue to which multiple inquiries are likely to return. There has been much chatter among intelligence experts that Mr. Steele's Russian informants could have been pressured to feed him disinformation.

Daniel Hoffman, a former C.I.A. officer who served in Moscow, said he had long suspected the dossier was contaminated by Russian fabrications. The goal, he said, would be to deepen American divisions and blur the line between truth and falsehood.

"How many times have hearings on Capitol Hill used information from the dossier?" Mr. Hoffman said. "How much damage has it already caused?"


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Avenatti Accused by Grand Jury of Lying to Another Client, Claiming a $2 Million Settlement Hadn't Been Paid, and Using That $2 Million for Himself to Go Sharsies on a... Private Jet

—Ace of Spades

You may have heard of this jet; the feds seized it.

The scheme described here by John Sexton is similar to the con Avenatti ran on the paraplegic client: After having gotten a settlement, supposedly for the client, Avenatti took the money for himself. Most of the settlement was paid up-front, but Avenatti told the client, falsely, that it would all be paid monthly over eight years.

Avenatti then made some of those payments out of the settlement money he already had his greedy little paws on.

But he only made some of the "monthly scheduled payments." From the LA Times:

Avenatti wound up making 11 payments to Gardner, misrepresenting them as Whiteside's monthly installments, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles. By the time the payments stopped in June 2018, Avenatti had given her about $194,000, prosecutors say.

For the next nine months, they allege, Avenatti deceived Gardner, telling her that Whiteside was breaching the settlement by skipping payments.

$194,000 out of a $3 million settlement.

Meanwhile, Avenatti was the co-owner of a private jet.

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Big League Politics: NXIVM Sex Cult Employees Claim that Kirsten Gillibrand's Father, Stepmother, and Cousins Were Involved in the Sex Cult

—Ace of Spades

Everyone's shocked to discover cultlike behavior among Democrat NPCs, I'm sure.

But we'll have to see if this stuff pans out.



Gillibrand's father served as a broker between NXIVM cult leader Keith Raniere -- whose initials were branded on his female sex slaves -- and then-New York attorney general Eliot Spitzer to resolve Raniere’s financial problems with the state, according to ex-employee whistleblower Joseph O’Hara, whose revelations are printed below.

Gillibrand's stepmother Gwenn Belcourt got "hooked" on the cult as did Bill Clinton’s close friend Richard Mays, according to the whistleblower. Nancy Salzman, the NXIVM president, acted as a personal "guru" for Gillibrand's stepmother.

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The Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

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"Well, it's only Monday morning and I'm already in a bad mood -- too soon following the peaceful contemplation of the Easter weekend. I had to go and read a stupid tweet (below) by that prissy litte pussy David French at NRO, and now I'm all like this. What a prissy little pussy he is. Oh wait, I already said that, didn't I? Well, it can't be said enough about the guy. He's giving attaboys to *Romney* who has spent the last two years fighting Trump way more vigorously than he ever did against Obama during the 2012 election. Any idiot who would willingly replace Trump with a weasely little half-conservative like him really needs to have his freakin' head examined. But they're all like that: Both Bushes, McCain, Romney, Dole, all of those clowns, they get all whipped up into a hot fury when they fight other Republicans while their battles against Democrats is tepid at best. And prissy little pussy David French is the same. He's certainly been critical of Obama's policies, but against Trump, he just goes off the charts. But Trump is the only one who fights. More importantly, Trump is the only one who fights *for me*. Prissy little pussy David French refuses to understand this. He's wetting his pants because Trump banged a few hotties. Hell, as far as I'm concerned, I'd be happy to arrange to have a continual parade of hotties delivered to the Oval Office if that would help to keep him fighting. Besides, back in the 90s, we had a president that made Donald Trump look like Mike Pence, and we were told that it was only sex, so we should just ignore it. Well, that's what I'm doing. I'm tired of having someone else make the rules and then squeal like a little girl when I follow them. And my nightmare scenario is not Trump grabbing some mish, but rather it's to have some part of the progressive centipede get me in its sights, and I'm helpless, I don't know what I can do, so I look over to my corner for help, and there's French and Romney laughing about which one of them is going to shiv me in the back. Look, I'll be honest. When I voted for Trump back in 2016, I really didn't know what I'd be getting. But not only has he turned out to implementing conservative policies more so than I ever could have hoped for, he's turning out to be a major obstacle to the progressive wrecking machine that has been steamrolling across our cultural and political landscape for the past several decades. But prissy little pussy David French doesn't care. Because he lives in an isolated little bubble in a wealthy zip code in the Acela corridor, so whether Democrats get elected, or Republicans get elected, it's all the same to him. What does he care, really? His life will go on pretty much the same regardless of the results of any election. So, for him, a lost election is about the same as your team not making the playoffs. Boo hoo. But that's not the case with a lot of other Americans, though. Elections have real world consequences. Trump has tried, with varying degrees of success, to make America work again for normal Americans. But all that prissy little pussy David French has done is to try to undermine him. He's basically been siding with the enemy the whole time. So f* French with a flaming napalm-filled football wrapped in det cord. He's worse than useless."

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Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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Persee killing the Dragon
Felix Vallotton

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The Morning Report - 4/22/19

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. Monday and the top story is yesterday's Muslim massacre of Christians celebrating Easter in Sri Lanka. As of this writing, there are over 200 confirmed dead and at least 450 wounded. Americans, Canadians and other foreigners are also listed among the casualties. Those whose lives were savagely snuffed out for doing nothing more than being devoted servants of G-d died at the hands of others who in their mind were doing exactly the same thing. The so-called "religion of peace" is not a religion, let alone a peaceful one. It is a totalitarian death cult dressed up in the trappings of religion that for over a millennium and half has been waging a war against the ideas and ideals represented by what ultimately evolved into post-Enlightenment civilization, individual freedom and real human progress to subjugate the entire world or destroy it trying. Those goals happen to be identical to that of another malignant, pseudo-fundamentalist death cult: Leftist-Socialism. Despite certain incongruities the latter conveniently overlooks (the enemy of my enemy, etc.), the two have joined forces both here and abroad to bring us down, either by violence or by deception, infecting the vitals of society and using the very freedoms they despise, along with the naivete and willful blindness of our political and cultural leaders, as weapons against us.

I don't have to look at the way the agitprop media is going to cover this, if they indeed cover it at all. The religion aspect will be downplayed or the perpetrators described as "lone wolves" who are misguided, uneducated, come from poverty-stricken areas that lack midnight basketball etc. Funny how the psychos who shot up the New Zealand mosques last month were splashed all over every front page and dominated the news cycles for days. They were also described as emblematic of white nationalism, bigotry, Islamophobia and Trump. Funny though how when that massacre occurred, no one in Bible-Belt America or anywhere else in the civilized world for that matter was passing out candy, dancing on rooftops and ululating "Onward Christian Soliders." The Left's other avenue of attack is to try and find moral equivalency by declaring that all religions kill in the name of G-d. I'm no Rabbi Schneerson or John Paul II, but there is kind of a big difference between people who abuse and completely misinterpret scripture as their excuse to massacre others and those who are following the central tenets and core beliefs of their prophet and his writings. Three guesses as to which "religion" that one is.

And please don't cite some phrase in the Bible or the Talmud or wherever to claim otherwise. Interpretation and the gradual evolution of the liturgy disproves it. There can be no such interpretation or "evolution" of Islam out of its Dark Age cradle as to do so, like so many other things that allow people to think and worship as they please, carries with it a death sentence. In any case, the body count from 9/11/01 onward (and before, really) speaks for itself. May the good Lord bless the souls of those whose lives were cut short, and bring comfort and healing to the survivors and those left behind.

The other big story is, of course, the aftermath of the release of the Mueller Report, the complete mischaracterization of what is in it by the Dem-Left-Media Complex and using that as pretext to move forward with impeachment proceedings against President Trump. As disgusting as these people are, I invite them to go for it. If the infanticide, open borders, red-green madness, economic suicide and assault on free speech isn't enough to kneecap them, the confirmation that this President and his supporters are being persecuted will bury them electorally in 2020.

That said, the inchoate, mad ravings of Maxine "Mikvah" Waters confirm that President Trump is, aside from a political target, a symbolic one; the real enemy of her and her band of traitorous, anti-American criminals are we the people and by extension We The People. By her calling out our "patriotism" she is signaling its okay to harass us - or worse - anytime and any place. This woman and anyone in a position of power who speaks openly like this is manifestly irresponsible and dangerous. Unfortunately, with loathsome, despicable failures like Mitt-elschmerz Romney putatively on our side, we don't need Democrats. What a prick he is.

Down at the border, the migrant invasion crisis continues where fresh off trying to help oust a sitting president, the FBI has arrested a citizen who dared commit the crime detaining illegal aliens at the border and turning them over to the Border Patrol. Hey, he's only doing the job some Americans won't do. The FBI is an unnecessary menace. Sorry about the decent people who do work there, but ever since Hoover and Tolson let their slips show, outside of a few instances here and there, they seem to do more damage than good.

In politics, some shady dealings with the Progressive Caucus and an outside charity, more on the hatred, bigotry and anti-Semitism of that caucus and its jihad-loving members and you can't get more racist than Marx and Engels. Elsewhere, the impeachment trap the Dems are blundering into, Tubby Riefenstahl crashes Blotto's party and gets ripped, Chiquita Khruschev might actually face a real GOP challenger in 2020 and Pete Buttplug is doing it wrong, or something.

First Amendment: Aside from the fallout over the Mueller report and the author getting accosted after Easter services, Michelle Malkin has an alarming report on Chase Bank and others de-platforming conservatives for their political viewpoints. Social credits are not just for Chi-Coms anymore.

Foreign Desk: Comedian wins Ukraine prexy election, US sanctions even allies to isolate the Iranians, and tiny Malta faces down the Russky bear in interdicting help to Maduro. Also, another jihadi Easter massacre was averted in Spain.

The Economy: How the Dems obfuscated the wildly successful Trump tax cuts and the price of natural gas plummets as the US sets production records.

Healthcare: Humana looks to be the Alfred Krupp of healthcare. Bastards.

Education: The Joo-haters really hate the Canary Mission.

Red Greens: It's Earth Day so celebrate by driving a gas guzzler and making your electric meter spin like a dervish.

Hither and Yon: Oklahoma - NOT - OK... etc.

Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

NOTE: The opinions expressed in some links may or may not reflect my own. I include them because of their relevance to the discussion of a particular issue.

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Sunday Overnight Open Thread (4/21/19)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Quotes of The Day


Quote I

And so it's going to be very hard in our society to ever build a cathedral again, much less to repair them, because we don't believe in what they represented. And it's ironic, because we don't like the past. We are at war with the past. We tear down monuments. We don't build cathedrals. We erase names. We say to Father Serra or Christopher Columbus, you don't live up to our standards of race, class, and gender, moral superiority. Shame on you. Victor Davis Hanson


Quote II

“This is a dangerous felon who should not have weapons around children and families. Today's arrest by the FBI indicates clearly that the rule of law should be in the hands of trained law enforcement officials, not armed vigilantes.” New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas


Quote III

“Ilmar Omar is crying she’s receiving death threats. They’re no death threats. There just some people saying something.” Lynne Patton


Quote IV

"Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been over shadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers. President Dwight D. Eisenhower


Quote V

“Holding Mark Zuckerberg and other top Facebook executives personally at fault and liable for further wrongdoing would send a powerful message to business leaders across the country: You will pay a hefty price for skirting the law and deceiving consumers,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.)

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Gun Thread: Reloading 101 Pt. 3: Easter Edition - Working with Powder [Weasel]

—Open Blogger

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There's a Hare in my Scope!

Happy Easter, everyone! I hope you've bitten the heads off of your chocolate bunnies and found all of the eggs hidden in your back yard. Remember, if you're good, the Easter Bunny will leave a quarter under your pillow tonight. Or is that the Tooth Fairy? Either way, let's pick up where we left off with reloading and other fun gun stuff last week, shall we?

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Food Thread: Variety Is The Spice Of Life

—CBD

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Some of my favorite cooking is simple stuff; grilled steak, fried eggs, roasted chicken, Sautéed fish. There is a minimalist theme that runs through that list...the list of the seasonings required start and finish with salt (okay...pepper too...sometimes). It's technique and raw ingredients that drive the quality, but that is by no means the only or best cooking at Chez Dildo.

Sometimes I have a hankering for some maniacal 20-ingredient monstrosity that is, hopefully, a symphony of flavors that come not from the main ingredient -- finned or feathered or hoofed -- but some of the incredible range of flavors we have available to us in most supermarket spice aisles.

It is no wonder that the Spice Trade was a very big deal for a very long time in most of the world. Sure, we all know somebody who just doesn't give much of a shit about eating, and considers meal-time sort of like pulling up to the gas station to fill up. But most of us also love to have our tongues and noses tickled by pungent or spicy or sweet or sour or bitter flavors that compliment the foods we enjoy.

I have a 36 test-tube rack with herbs and spices in it, and that is just a start. Sometimes I will read a recipe and find some odd word in the ingredients, and discover that it is a spice or herb from Africa or Asia or South America that is used and enjoyed by tens or hundreds of millions of people...and I have never heard of it or tasted it! That's neat.

And even spices that are not for everyone (like cilantro) can, in some dishes work out really well.* I have mentioned before a dish at a local Chinese restaurant that is, seemingly, half cumin, half hot peppers and half sautéed lamb. It's ridiculously out of balance, except that it tastes wonderful!

Anyway, don't be intimidated by weird spices and odd combinations. Sure, some of them won't work for you, but you might discover something really pleasing and interesting.


*Except for bay leaf, which is grown in the crack of Satan's ass and is not meant for human consumption.

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Ronald Reagan Was Correct: "No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear"

—CBD

Reining (reigning?) in the power of the Justice Department would be job #1 in a Dildo administration. Well, maybe 1A. Job #1 would be putting a time limit on those stupid video challenges in baseball.

Anyway, Americans should have some expectation that court cases will not continue forever. Or, for that matter, any government interference in commerce or the legitimate exercise of our freedoms. Yes, I'm referring to the ridiculous Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The Standard Oil Case, 100 Years On

I was stunned earlier this week to read in the Wall Street Journal that the famous antitrust lawsuit against Standard Oil that broke up John D. Rockefeller’s massive creation and decided at the Supreme Court in 1911 was still an open case at the Justice Department a century later, and is only now being closed up at long last:

The Justice Department wants to bring to an end its breakup of Standard Oil Co., which started in 1911, along with its efforts to ensure competition in the markets for horseshoes and player-piano rolls.

After a review of old legal agreements, the DOJ on Tuesday asked the U.S. District Court in St. Louis to terminate the decree that was the ultimate outcome of its case championed by President Theodore Roosevelt against the Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey. . .

“To say it’s been overtaken by events,” said Daniel Yergin, who wrote a Pulitzer Prize-winning oil-industry history, “is a vast understatement.”
And it gets better! Shockingly, there seems to be little evidence that Standard Oil was actually guilty of the monopolistic practices that were used as evidence to break it up!

I know...I know...the government never lies. I am as surprised as you are!

Read the whole thing...it's well worth it, if for no other reason to remind one that monopolies are in many ways and cases a figment of the fevered imaginations of the anti-business left.

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 04-21-2019

—OregonMuse

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Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes, wine moms, frat bros, and everybody who's holding your beer. Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, a weekly compendium of reviews, observations, snark, and a continuing conversation on books, reading, writing, and publishing by escaped oafs who follow words with their fingers and whose lips move as they read. Unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these pants, which are just baaa-aa-aa-aaa-aa-aaa-ad.


Pic Note

You're going to want to click on the photo to see the larger version. The woodwork is magnificent.


Bad Library Jokes & Puns:

I think Muldoon may have written some of these:

I asked the librarian where to find a book of patriotic American songs. She said “Over there.”

I asked the librarian where to find books about paranoia. She whispered, “They’re right behind you.”

I asked the librarian for a book about Pavlov’s dog and Schrödinger’s cat. She said it rang a bell, but she didn’t know if it was there or not.

I asked the librarian for a book on engine lubricants. She said to look in the nonfriction section.

I asked the librarian to recommend an author who wrote dinosaur novels. She said, “Try Sarah Topps.”

I asked the librarian for a book about Stockholm Syndrome. She told me the first few chapters were horrible, but by the end, I would love it.

(h/t Bluebird of Bitterness via mindful webworker)



It Pays To Increase Your Word Power®

ABSUMPTION is the process of gradually destroying something.

Usage: The Democratic Party's Feast of the Absumption falls on May 1st this year. Of course, it falls on May 1st every year.

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EMT 4/21/19

—krakatoa

Easter Morning Thread.

“To be sure, it was not Easter Sunday but Holy Saturday, but, the more I reflect on it, the more this seems to be fitting for the nature of our human life: we are still awaiting Easter; we are not yet standing in the full light but walking toward it full of trust.”

― Pope Benedict XVI, Milestones: Memoirs 1927-1977

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Saturday Overnight Open Thread (4/20/19)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Saturday Night Joke

I was sitting on the edge of the bed, watching my wife, Beverly, who was looking at herself in the mirror. Since her birthday was not far off I asked what she’d like to have for her birthday.

‘I’d like to be eight again’, she replied, still looking in the mirror.

On the morning of her Birthday, I arose early, made her a nice Big bowl of Coco Pops, and then took her to Adventure World theme park. What a day! I put her on every ride in the park; the Death Slide, the Wall of Fear, the Screaming Roller Coaster, everything there was. Five hours later we staggered out of the theme park. Her head was reeling and her stomach felt upside down

I then took her to a McDonald’s and ordered her a Happy Meal with extra fries and a chocolate shake.

Then it was off to a movie, popcorn, a soda pop, and her favorite candy, M&M’s. What a fabulous adventure!

Finally, she wobbled home and collapsed into bed exhausted.

I leaned over my wife & with a big smile lovingly asked, ‘Well Dear, what was it like being eight again?

Her eyes slowly opened and her expression suddenly changed. ‘I meant my dress size, you idiot!!!!’

The moral of the story: Even when a man is listening, he is gonna get it wrong.

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Saturday Evening Movie Thread 07-14-2018 [Hosted By: Moviegique]

—OregonMuse

Ben Hur:

According to Wikipedia, 1959 saw the popularization of the sword-and-sandal epic through a smash-hit Italian film distributed in America as Hercules, starring Steve Reeves. No citation is given for this, but one wonders if another little film—you probably haven't heard of it—called Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ was a factor as well. A box-office monster, this film ranks #14 in the all-time adjusted-for-inflation box office—and as I like to point out, the adjusted-for-inflation does not adjust for population. Just as with TV 60 years ago, movies like this had an outsized influence compared to, say, the #15 film Avatar.

It won 11 Oscars, an honor only shared with two other movies, Titanic and Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. And while Ace's love of 1982 is not unfounded, 1959 can give any year a run for its money: Some Like It Hot, North by Northwest, Rio Bravo, Pillow Talk, Anatomy of a Murder, Imitation of Life, The 400 Blows and on and on. As host Ben Mankiewicz pointed out in his intro, this film was so popular, the merchandising for it was bananas, and for years after it came out. You could even get Ben-His and Ben-Hur robes. As Mankiewicz doesn't point out, making this movie 10 years later would've been utterly unthinkable.

None of us had ever seen Ben-Hur, but not one of us balked at the three-and-a-half-hour running time. (And when movies of yore ran this long, they put in an intermission at least!)

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Saturday Afternoon Chess Thread 04-20-2019

—OregonMuse

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Mae Clarke Vs. Capa


As always, the chess/dress pr0n thread is an open thread, so there is no such thing as an off-topic comment.


Easier Problem - White To Play (962)

Goal: White can force a mate in 4
Hint: Force Black to trade away his knight


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Ace of Spades Pet Thread

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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My bad, I forgot to keep track of who submitted today's opening picture. If you are here in the comments take a bow! Thanks for the submission.

In the meantime, welcome to the almost world famous Ace of Spades. Relax and spend a little time in the world of animals.

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Saturday Gardening Thread [KT]

—Open Blogger

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Hello, gardeners and garden admirers! Today we try to say goodbye to winter and welcome spring. Lots of bright colors today. A few veggies and such, and some gardening tips.

I really like the photo above. It reminds me that the bees of Notre Dame Cathedral survived the blaze. Our photo is from crisis du jour. He calls it "Touchdown":

I'm a longtime lurker at Ace. I post rarely (once per year, +/-) but read daily, including your gardening thread when I have opportunity ... which is infrequently because I work most Saturdays. Even so, thanks for your efforts in making the Gardening posts! They're a good break from the weekday focus on politics and culture.

I didn't realize until today that you publish reader-submitted photos. I don't have a garden - and my thumb is not green at all - but I do have a camera and a Flickr page. Over the years I've posted more than 100 flower photos at Flickr, mostly closeup shots using my 'macro' lens. I often have no idea what it is I'm shooting; I just point the camera at something that looks pretty and press the button.


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The New Futurism [KT]

—Open Blogger

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The City Rises (1935)

Happy Easter Saturday! Today, as we remember not to trust too much in the Arm of Flesh, perhaps we should also consider not trusting too much in the inventions of the Arm of Flesh.

Last week we discussed surrealism. This artistic and philosophical movement got going between the World Wars. Futurism, as art, started before World War I, extending from 1909 to 1944. Note on representative pieces at the link.

From the Tate Museum:

Futurism was launched by the Italian poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti in 1909. On 20 February he published his Manifesto of Futurism on the front page of the Paris newspaper Le Figaro.

Among modernist movements futurism was exceptionally vehement in its denunciation of the past. This was because in Italy the weight of past culture was felt as particularly oppressive. In the Manifesto, Marinetti asserted that 'we will free Italy from her innumerable museums which cover her like countless cemeteries'. What the futurists proposed instead was an art that celebrated the modern world of industry and technology:

We declare...a new beauty, the beauty of speed. A racing motor car...is more beautiful than the Victory of Samothrace. (A celebrated ancient Greek sculpture in the Louvre museum in Paris.)

Sort of reminds me of the architecture historian who thinks the fire at Notre Dame was liberating because the building was overburdened with meaning. Along with the librarian who wants to eliminate book collections because they, you know, help explain culture.

Wired called the Italian futurists "techno-utopians". Maybe there are some of those today, too.

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Saturday Morning Coffee Break

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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It's the weekend! Woot-Woot!!! Caffeine and a look at things that didn't get too much attention here at the AoSHQ this past week.

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EMT 4/20/19

—krakatoa

If this actually gets published at the appointed time, it will be an EMT miracle.

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Overnight Open Thread (04-19-2019)

—CBD

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One of my main conclusions from them #MuellerReport so far is that the vast majority of *reporting* on Trump and Russia was extremely accurate.
-- Julia Ioffe
"Based on what we have seen to date, going forward on impeachment is not worthwhile at this point. Very frankly, there is an election in 18 months and the American people will make a judgement..."
-- Steny Hoyer


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Good Friday Night Open Thread

—Ace of Spades

Happy weekend, and happy Easter!

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Earnings and Economic Data May Indicate That Fears of a Slowdown Were Overblown

—Ace of Spades

Unexpectedly!

According to Refinitiv, 74% of the companies reporting so far have beaten expectations. Based on forecasts and actual reports, earnings for the S&P 500 as a whole are expected to decline 1.7%, the first negative quarter in three years. Some forecasters had projected an earnings decline of 4% or more.

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The equivalent of the economy's first-quarter report card will be released Friday, with the first reading of GDP. The outlook for first-quarter growth has suddenly shifted upward, after a series of better data releases later in the quarter.

CNBC/Moody’s Analytics Rapid Update survey shows economists’ median forecast is now tracking at 2.4%, way above the 1% expected earlier in the quarter, when severe winter weather and the government shutdown were stifling the economy.

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Mark Levin: Let Me Explain Why Prosecutors Bring Cases to a Court, not Op-Ed Essays to the Public, In Words So Simple That Even Jake Tapper and Joe Scarborough Can Understand Them

—Ace of Spades

Dude goes off.

Worth the watch. It's 6:25 long.

Also worth watching: Carl Benjamin, aka Sargon of Akkad, dressing down the press as "smear merchants" at press conference.

He's running on the UKIP line to be a European Minister of Parliament. Obviously, he's not going to win that, and I don't know if the UK will even have MEP's after the summer. (Assuming they don't just cancel Brexit.)

So this is really just a publicity stunt.

But he takes the opportunity to tell the media they're failures that no one trusts any longer. Check out his one minute (or so) rant.

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Leftwing Partisan Propaganda Media: "Collusion? Never Heard of It."

—Ace of Spades

Chuck Ross sums up the CNN/MSNBC/NYT/WP/MSM message of the day: "COLLUSION IS A MEANINGLESS TERM BUT ALSO THERE WAS COLLUSION"

Let's take a look:

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Ohhhh: New York Times Reports That It's Very Possible the Entire Steele Dossier Was Itself Kremlin Disinformation

—Ace of Spades

Didn't they dismiss this possibility for two and a half years and also smear anyone who noticed the entire basis of this conspiracy theory that Trump was a Kremlin asset actually came from Kremlin assets?!

Oh right, they did do exactly that.

And now, as Pitch Meeting Guy would say:

Whoops.

Whoopsie!

Now the dossier, financed by Hillary Clinton's campaign and compiled by a former British intelligence agent, Christopher Steele, is likely to face new, possibly harsh scrutiny from multiple inquiries.

Republicans in Congress have vowed to investigate. The Justice Department's inspector general is considering whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation improperly relied on the dossier in applying to the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for a warrant to eavesdrop on Carter Page, a Trump adviser. The inspector general wants to know what the F.B.I. learned about Mr. Steele's sources and whether it disclosed any doubts about their veracity to the court.

The Times spends a few paragraphs alibiing the Clinton campaign and Steele (and themselves) by explaining all the ways in which this dossier could have been completely wrong, and yet innocently so.

Only after those alibis do they venture another guess:

Another possibility -- one that Mr. Steele has not ruled out -- could be Russian disinformation. That would mean that in addition to carrying out an effective attack on the Clinton campaign, Russian spymasters hedged their bets and placed a few land mines under Mr. Trump’s presidency as well.

Oleg D. Kalugin, a former K.G.B. general who now lives outside Washington, saw that as plausible. "Russia has huge experience in spreading false information," he said.

Mr. Steele declined to comment for this article.

Of course, The Daily Caller reported on that possibility weeks ago, when the media was still dismissing the possibility as a conspiracy theory which couldn't possibly be true because it disagreed with their own preferred conspiracy theory.

No Matter How Cynical I Get I Can't Keep Up Update: MikeN brings up a possibility I didn't think of -- what if this new claim is itself a cover story?

173 Ace, don't fall for this. This is being leaked by the same people who were leaking against Trump before. The purpose is to try and protect the fact the dossier was written not by Russians, but by the people who wanted to spy on Trump.

Well, actually... right. Certainly they were paid to deliver a product with specified dimensions and, whaddayaknow, their paid Kremlin-asset "sources" just happened to tell them stories that fit their design.

So yes, this is at least mostly true. But is there a chance that they colluded with Putin to interfere with an election?

I'd say yes-- they just might have been spreading Russian disinformation knowingly. With both sets of partners in the conspiracy getting the political results they wanted.

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New York Times Issues Series of Embarrassing Corrections About Basic Christian Beliefs

—Ace of Spades

Even I know most of this stuff and I only went to Sunday school about three times.

As for the saints-sacraments -- I also guessed that they might be relics or statues.

Based on this French language tweet:



But 1, that's partly because I was translating from the French "saints sacraments" and didn't know if those words had a special meaning when paired (they do -- it's just not on WordReference.com!), and 2, I also said I did not know what this term meant, but was guessing at its meaning, not reporting, authoritatively, what it meant, and 3, I corrected and added the right information in about 20 minutes when two readers told me what it meant.

BTW: I also forgot that "saint" actually means "holy" in French, and just took it to have the meaning we associate it with in English, that is, a person elevated to sainthood.

This bit of forgetting led me down a crooked path of mistranslation.

Mark Hemingway points out the New York Time's very provincial ignorance:

Just in time for Easter, The New York Times has been forced to run yet another correction that speaks to the paper’s profound ignorance regarding the basic beliefs of Christianity.

In a Thursday report on the fire at Notre Dame, The Times highlighted the actions of Father Jean-Marc Fournier, the Paris Fire Department chaplain who exposed himself to certain danger in order to recover the cathedral’s treasured relics.

"I had two priorities: to save the crown of thorns and a statue of Jesus," the Grey Lady quoted him. The story was full of gripping details about the scramble to preserve this statue. "As the chaplain began removing a statue of Jesus, he said, his colleagues were fighting the fire from the cathedral's towers," the paper reported. "With the statue in hand, Father Fournier, alone in the nave, gave a benediction to the cathedral, he said."

There’s one small problem here. There’s no statue of Jesus inside Notre Dame. What Father Fournier was referring to was the Blessed Sacrament, communion bread that, according to Catholic doctrine, contains the real presence of Jesus Christ.

Sure enough, The New York Times later appended this correction to the story: "An earlier version of this article misidentified one of two objects recovered from Notre-Dame by the Rev. Jean-Marc Fournier. It was the Blessed Sacrament, not a statue of Jesus."

They did what I did, I think: They tried to translate the French term used here, "saints sacraments," and they guessed it referred to some kind of relic or statue, as I did, though they added this bizarre specificity that it was definitely a statue and furthermore a statue of that most famous saint, St. Jesus.

Okay, so: Are the New York Times' French translation resources no better than my own?

In fact, they seem worse, because I never had any confidence in my guess. The New York Times reports -- as if it's a verified fact! -- that saints sacraments refers to a statue of Jesus.

By the way: Here's a hint that that couldn't possibly be right:

Saints sacraments."

Does the New York Times not know that the French plural is just like the English plural -- you add an -s, 98% of the time?

And, though some singular words end in -s (as they also sometimes do in English), you can tell that this is indeed a plural because the adjective, sacrament, is also pluralized to agree with the noun?

Seriously? There is no possible way that someone with even the most basic acquaintance with French could think that saints sacraments referred to A statue (singular) of Jesus.

Wait, I mean Saint Jesus.

How could the newspaper possibly confuse these two things? The most logical explanation is that Father Fournier referred to the “body of Christ,” and the reporter took his words literally and not seriously. It doesn’t appear to be a translation error; the reporter who wrote the story, Elian Peltier, appears to be fluent in French and tweets in the language regularly.

Yeah, I'm going to guess "No" on this. To repeat, I myself found a French news source reporting that le couronne d'epines et les saints-sacrements s'ont sauvee', or words to that effect, and I guessed (because the crown of thorns is itself a relic) that the saints-sacraments might be other relics.

I'm going to guess that this idiot saw the same reference and made the same religiously-ignorant guess that I did -- but stated it as a fact, and a correct translation.

Okay, so I don't want to steal everything from Mark Hemingway. So I'll just tell you that if you click the link to see the Times' previous Body of Christ-related corrections, you'll find out that the New York Times thinks that Christians believe that Jesus is buried in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre -- which seems to me to be another wild-assed, Bart-Simpson-Book-Report-style guess based on context.

Also, they think that Easter is the day Christ was resurrected... into Heaven.

And they think the crook'd staff a bishop carries is a "crow's ear," rather than a crosier or crozier.

I mean, it just goes on and on.

Professor Henry Jones Jr. is baffled at the ignorance of the curators of the supposed holy repository of all the facts that need knowing.

Is there a single Christian employed at the New York Times?

If not -- that's awfully strange, isn't it? Perhaps it's time to open an EEOC investigation into this Hate Group.

By the way: Here's the priest the New York Times is quoting-- the chaplain of the French fire brigade who was brought with them into the cathedral to rescue objects of inestimable value.

He does say that his second goal was to save "Jesus," but then follows that with "present en les saints-sacrements" -- taken together, "Jesus, present in the saints-sacrements."

Not "present in a statue."

Also: plural.

And also, not just "Saving Jesus." Saving Jesus, present in the holy hosts.

Here's how another French source put it:

Le père Fournier se fixe deux objectifs : d’abord, « sauver la couronne d’épines et les reliques de la passion », puis « sauver Jésus » en récupérant le Saint-Sacrement, c’est-à-dire les hosties consacrées.

"Father Fournier set himself upon two objectives, first, "saving the crown of thorns and the relics of the Passion," then "saving Jesus," in recovering the Saint-Sacrement, which is to say the consecrated hosts."

Here's the thing: the French word for statue is, get this, "statue," and I find it strange that in no quotation from this guy does he ever mention the word "statue" but repeatedly specifies Jesus as present in the saints-sacrements.

But the New York Times and its Pulitzer winning reporters and editorials just guess that saint-sacraments means "statue."

Bonus: Real Headline from the AP. This is real. This is not The Onion or the Babylon Bee.


Tourist mecca Notre Dame also revered as place of worship

Really.

Thanks to Dr. Spank.

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