January 16, 2021

Saturday Overnight Open Thread (1/16/21)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Saturday Night Joke

A man walks out to the street and catches a taxi just going by.

He gets into the taxi, and the Cabbie says, 'Perfect timing. You're just like Frank.'

Passenger: 'Who?'

Cabbie: 'Frank Feldman...He's a guy who did everything right all the time. Like my coming along when you needed a cab, things happened like that to Frank Feldman every single time.'

Passenger : 'There are always a few clouds over everybody.'

Cabbie: 'Not Frank Feldman. He was a terrific athlete. He could have won the Grand-Slam at tennis. He could golf with the pros. He sang like an opera baritone and danced like a Broadway star and you should have heard him play the piano. He was an amazing guy.'

Passenger: 'Sounds like he was something really special.'

Cabbie: 'There's more. He had a memory like a computer. He remembered everybody's birthday. He knew all about wine, which foods to order and which fork to eat them with. He could fix anything. Not like me. I change a fuse, and the whole street blacks out. But Frank Feldman, could do everything right.'

Passenger: 'Wow, some guy then.'

Cabbie: 'He always knew the quickest way to go in traffic and avoid traffic jams. Not like me, I always seem to get stuck in them. But Frank, he never made a mistake, and he really knew how to treat a woman and make her feel good. He would never answer her back even if she was in the wrong; and his clothing was always immaculate, shoes highly polished too. He was the perfect man! He never made a mistake. No one could ever measure up to Frank Feldman.'

Passenger: 'An amazing fellow. How did you meet him?'

Cabbie: 'Well...I never actually met Frank. He died and I married his wife...'

(H/T Isophorone Blog)

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Saturday Evening Movie Thread 01-16-2021 [Hosted By: Moviegique]

—Open Blogger

(This is a review of two Kim Ki-Duk films: "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring" and "3-Iron".)

The first Korean film I may have seen, as a wee nearly-29-year-old bairn, was Yongary, Monster from the Deep, the Korean Godzilla, if you like, which was almost as popular in its day as the giant Japanese lizard. Then for nearly 29 years...nothing. And then in 2003, this odd film called Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring actually turned up on some local (not even art-house) screens, and we decided to go see it.

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Not the worst living arrangements I've ever seen.

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Saturday Afternoon Chess thread 01-16-2021


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Moviegique will be along later with the movie thread. As always, the chess/dress pr0n thread is an open thread, so there is no such thing as an off-topic comment.

Beginner Problem - White To Play (1281)

Goal: White can force mate in 3 moves
Hint: Reposition the bishop

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Ace of Spades Pet Thread

—Misanthropic Humanitarian



Good afternoon and welcome the almost world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread. Forget about politics, current events and enjoy the world of animals.



(H/T Blake)

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Saturday Gardening and Puttering Thread, January 16 [KT]

—Open Blogger


Hi! It's cold and wintry in most of the country, but we still have some gardening, puttering and dreaming going on amongst The Horde. We are a determined bunch. The photo above is from Keena.

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Thread before the Gardening Thread, January 16 [KT]

—Open Blogger

Serving your mid-day open thread needs


Some poor, phoneless fool is probably sitting next to a waterfall somewhere

totally unaware of how angry and scared he's supposed to be

Tina Donn

How much information these days is intended to agitate and manipulate?

There are more things, Lucilius, that frighten us than injure us, and we suffer more in imagination than in reality.

Seneca: Epistulae ad Lucilium

Speaking of "phoneless", I was called upon yesterday to take my neighbor in to the hospital (the emergency room is closed). I had to sit outdoors (no visitors in the hospital), and the sun interfered with reading on my phone. So I just sat in the sun near the ambulance staging area (real people doing real things) and watched the little birds. Sparrows, mostly, but a hummingbird also approached me. Can't say that it wasn't nice.

Maybe I have been in information overload lately.

I think Muldoon said this in the comments to a previous thread:

So when FDR said "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself", he wasn't saying 'be brave', he was saying 'WE will provide and protect'.

When the word 'freedom' no longer means individual liberty to live life, but rather 'freedom from fear and want' you get socialism.

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Saturday Morning Coffee Break

—Misanthropic Humanitarian


(Day 16, so far, so good.)

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EMT 1/16/21


I am currently testing the axiom "you have to spend money to make money".

Contractors are a predictable complication to the ability to make money at this point.

I'm in a race to make enough money to pay off my debts before my avenues to make money is deemed *ist or *phobic, and must be necessarily transferred to a more deserving entity.

I can't say I have much hope, but for some perversely masochistic reason, I can't stop trying.

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Quarantine Cafe: The Grifties Edition


Someone calling himself "Hotep Jesus" will be doing a "Grifties" award show on January 21.

Oh, there have been so many outstanding grifters this year. Can't they all just win?!!

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Matt Gaetz Reads Insurrectionist Democrats the Riot Act


Brandon Morse at RedState:

Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz... made it clear that while the riot at the Capitol was wrong, the Democrats were literally cheering on months of destruction and violence during the Black Lives Matter riots.

And the Democrats really didn;t like hearing about it.

During his time, Gaetz made it clear that rioting in any form is wrong, including the riots at the Capitol, but he had a message for Democrats.

"But make no mistake, the left in America has incited far more political violence than the right," said Gaetz. "For months our cities burned, police stations burned, our businesses were shattered, and they said nothing!"

"Or, they cheerlead for it, and they fundraised for it, and they allowed it to happen in the greatest country in the world," he continued.

At this point, you could hear a commotion rising in the background as Democrats began to yell at Gaetz.

"Some have cited the metaphor that the President lit the flame," said Gaetz, his voice rising to drown out the shouting.

"They lit actual flames!" he shouted. "Actual fires and we had to put them out!"

Gaetz was cut off at this point.

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As Fox News' Ratings Fall Below Those of Disney's "Pedophile Picnic" and Bravo's "AIDS Roadshow," It Leaks Word That It Might Fire Its CEO


I don't think this is real.

Oh, they might fire her.

But I feel Fox creating a narrative that this one person was the Big Problem, so that they can avoid getting rid of Paul Ryan, Bill Sammon, Chris Wallace, Sandra Smith, Neil Cavuto, and Chris Stirewalt.

To name just a few of the diehard Democrats and Democrat-allied corporatists that need to go.

By the way: Don't overlook Bill Sammon, just because he's not on the air. He controls -- and censors -- Fox News hosts and reporters. He's head of Fox News' DC "news" bureau, I think, and therefore is the Censorship Czar for all political stories.

He's the tumor you don't see, but which is killing the body.

But here's your sacrificial lamb.

So don't fall for the bait. Even if they can her, they have not done even 1% of what they need to do to rebuild trust.

Still, it's a pretty good LOL that they had to put this story out, huh?

Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott's Job Is in Jeopardy, Insiders Say

Amid sagging ratings, Rupert Murdoch has taken a more hands-on role at Fox, perhaps portending the end of the road for the network's CEO since 2018.


Amid ongoing ratings struggles, Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott and President Jay Wallace are fighting for their jobs as their boss Rupert Murdoch has swooped in to take a more hands-on role at the network in recent days, multiple network insiders told The Daily Beast.

In fact, according to six people familiar with the situation, Scott's days at Fox News may shortly be coming to an end, following a tumultuous few months in which the conservative cable news giant’s ratings have sagged following the November election....

In response to a request for comment for this story, a Fox Corporation spokesperson said, "Your premise is wrong. It is wishful thinking by our competitors." But when pressed for a statement of support for Scott from Fox CEO Lachlan Murdoch, none was forthcoming.

Yeah, so here's who they're thinking of making the new CEO: David Rhodes of CBS and Bloomberg, brother of Obama "mind-meld" buttboy Ben Rhodes.

They claim he's "libertarian" and "more conservative" than his gonzo-progressive lunatic brother. Well, thank God for small favors, huh?

Heckuva job, Lachey.

So you know, Fox is suuuuuuuper serious you guys about repairing its reputation with conservatives.

You guys seriously they're so serious about winning you back you don't even know how serious they are you guys.

You guys?

You guys?

Notice is Hereby Served to the GOP

Think we'll just keep eating the endless series of Shit Sandwiches you serve up for us?

Look at Fox.

Last warning. BEYOND the Last warning. We will eat your Shit sandwiches no more. We are not just ready to walk, but eager to walk.

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Disney Lucasfilm Strikes Deal With Its Red China Business Partners to Produce Chinese Communist Party Propaganda Under the Star Wars License


Moved from the sidebar.

Presumably, this version of Star Wars will have the franchise's (anemic, admittedly) anti-authoritarian messaging stripped out.

From "Disney Star Wars Is Dumb:"

Now that the CCP's pet gerbil has been placed into the U.S. Presidency, and with the possibility of Bob Iger being appointed as ambassador to China, the propagandist possibilities are endless.

James Waugh, VP of Franchise Content & Strategy for Lucasfilm, says that the author of this story will bring very specific Chinese perspectives to the world building. Though it’s likely that James conflates the perspective of the Chinese people with the perspective of the CCP, which are entirely different and separate.

Chen Yang, the Vice President & Chief Editor of China Literature, claims that this effort will show online literature's "inclusiveness." Amusingly however, we already know that this "inclusive" story will feature an exclusively Chinese sector of the galaxy.

Below, Kathleen Kennedy proudly introducing her new Chinese Communist Propaganda Merchandizing Opportunity, plus some of the propaganda they're already pumping out.

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Sad: Frank Luntz and His Ridiculous Hairpiece Are Both Unhappy to Note that 91% of Trump Supporters Would Vote for Trump Again


So like 91% of the 95% of the Republicans who voted for Trump.

So about 85%.

Another member of the permanent DC insider class, supposedly on the "Republican" side, who is as hard-progressive as AOC's left nipple on a crisp February morn.

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"Everything is Broken:" A Must Read Essay


This essay takes a little time to get going, and you might wonder where it's going at all.

But stay with it. It's really a must-read. Bookmark it for the weekend.

The article rambles about the Silicon Valley drive to make everything "flat" -- basically, all the same, without place or purpose, because that's the Silicon Valley ideal.

We're no longer rooted in any particular place or culture. Such things are too complicated for FaceBook profiles. The real world has been made to conform with the limitations of the fake digital world -- by removing people's individuality.

It has made them flat, because Google's algorithms cannot try to sell shit to three-dimensional people.

It then turns to the consequences of turning everyone flat:

Once we accepted it, we turned from willful individuals into parts of a mass that could move, or be moved, anywhere. Once people accepted the idea of an app, you could get them to pay for dozens of them--if not more. You could get people to send thousands of dollars to strangers in other countries to stay in homes they'd never seen in cities they’d never visited. You could train them to order in food--most of their food, even all of their food--from restaurants that they'd never been to, based on recommendations from people they'd never met. You could get them to understand their social world not as consisting of people whose families and faces one knew, which was literally the definition of social life for hundreds of thousands of years, but rather as composed of people who belonged to categories -- "also followed by," "friends in common," "BIPOC" -- that didn’t even exist 15 years ago. You could create a culture in which it was normal to have sex with someone whose two-dimensional picture you saw on a phone, once.

You could, seemingly overnight, transform people's views about anything--even everything.

The Obama administration could swiftly overturn the decision-making space in which Capitol Hill staff and newspaper reporters functioned so that Iran, a country that had killed thousands of Americans and consistently announces itself to be America's greatest enemy, is now to be seen as inherently as trustworthy and desirable an ally as France or Germany. Flatness, frictionlessness.

The biological difference between the sexes, which had been a foundational assumption of medicine as well as of the feminist movement, was almost instantaneously replaced not only by the idea that there are numerous genders but that reference in medicine, law or popular culture to the existence of a gender binary is actually bigoted and abusive. Flatness.

Facebook's longtime motto was, famously, "Move fast and break shit," which is exactly what Silicon Valley enabled others to do.

The internet tycoons used the ideology of flatness to hoover up the value from local businesses, national retailers, the whole newspaper industry, etc.--and no one seemed to care. This heist--by which a small group of people, using the wiring of flatness, could transfer to themselves enormous assets without any political, legal or social pushback--enabled progressive activists and their oligarchic funders to pull off a heist of their own, using the same wiring. They seized on the fact that the entire world was already adapting to a life of practical flatness in order to push their ideology of political flatness--what they call social justice, but which has historically meant the transfer of enormous amounts of power and wealth to a select few.

Because this cohort insists on sameness and purity, they have turned the once-independent parts of the American cultural complex into a mutually validating pipeline for conformists with approved viewpoints--who then credential, promote and marry each other. A young Ivy League student gets A's by parroting intersectional gospel, which in turn means that he is recommended by his professors for an entry-level job at a Washington think tank or publication that is also devoted to these ideas. His ability to widely promote those viewpoints on social media is likely to attract the approval of his next possible boss or the reader of his graduate school application or future mates. His success in clearing those bars will in turn open future opportunities for love and employment. Doing the opposite has an inverse effect, which is nearly impossible to avoid given how tightly this system is now woven. A person who is determined to forgo such worldly enticements--because they are especially smart, or rich, or stubborn--will see only examples of even more talented and accomplished people who have seen their careers crushed and reputations destroyed for daring to stick a toe over the ever multiplying maze of red lines.

So, instead of reflecting the diversity of a large country, these institutions have now been repurposed as instruments to instill and enforce the narrow and rigid agenda of one cohort of people, forbidding exploration or deviation--a regime that has ironically left homeless many, if not most, of the country's best thinkers and creators.

I think people are waking up to this "heist" of all culture, thought, commerce, individuality, and humanity by a small group of Woke Plutocrat Tyrants and lunatic religious zealots, but, alas: It might be too late to do a damn thing to stop them.

Oh well, at least Rich Lowry knows that his funding will be guaranteed for fifty years.

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Surprise! Leftwing Cities, Which Kept Their Populations Hostage During the Election Year, Suddenly Press for Speedy Reopening Now That Political Goal Has Been Achieved



Wow, amazing how the mayors of America's largest cities are advocating for reopening the week before the Biden administration takes hold.

I guess the "Dark Winter" Biden promised before the election -- to presumably occur under Trump -- has been cancelled?

Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday said Chicago restaurants and bars need to be allowed to reopen "as quickly as possible" not just to help those businesses survive, but also to cut down on instances of private parties where people don't take proper precautions against COVID-19.

Under the state's virus mitigation plan, Chicago's restaurants and bars were forced to halt indoor service in late October. While Gov. JB Pritzker has said some regions of the state can begin rolling back some COVID-19 restrictions starting Friday if they meet certain virus thresholds, reopening of indoor dining wouldn’t happen until each region moves back at least three more phases, and Chicago is not yet on track to begin easing restrictions.

Thursday morning, Lightfoot said she plans to have a conversation with Gov. JB Pritzker about how to begin rolling back virus mitigation efforts ASAP.

"I want to get our restaurants and bars reopened as quickly as possible," she said.

Alfonso Jose Castillo, owner of Americanos, said his business will not survive if things continue as they are.

Don't worry, Alfonso: The pandemic is going to be magicked away within a week.

Make sure you congratulate the Covid Karens on the pseudoright who, as very much usual, believed every word their progressive pals (or progressive handlers) told them to believe on Twitter, and once again played their assigned roles in another criminal leftwing political operation.

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The Antifa/BLM Insurrectionist Who Stormed the Capitol Has Been Arrested.
And, Guess What? He's a Cherished Guest of... You Guessed It, CNN


There was a violent Marxist BLM activist at the Capitol incident. He urged protesters to charge the Capitol, and kept repeating, "We're gonna burn it down!"

He used his BLM smooth-talk to get cops to stand down and let the protesters into the Capitol. I imagine he used threats of some kind -- either "Let us in or there will be a physical confrontation you won't walk away from," or "Let us in or I'll scream 'Racism!'"

Here's some of his previous work, inciting a crowd to attack the White House and physically, violently drag Trump out of it:

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The Morning Rant


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"A Nice Slice of Normal"

This is how Mrs. Muse described our morning out on Thursday. We had received word of a local restaurant's defiance of the lockdown edits issued by our despot governor that ban indoor dining (although outdoor dining in cordoned-off tents where you sit at tables moved from the indoor section and warmed with propane heaters so the temperature is pretty much the same as indoors is allowed). So we immediately thought, hey, this is a business we need to support, so we got up early and showed up for breakfast. We really liked it: the food was good, portions were generous, and the prices were reasonable. The wait staff were very friendly and down-to-earth. They wore masks, but most of the customers did not, and Mrs. Muse and I didn't even bother bringing ours in with us. They didn't care. It was kind of like a hole-in-the-wall eatery in eastern Oregon we stopped for lunch at on our way back from Colorado back in September that posted a sign that said "the government says you have to wear a mask, but not those with medical exemptions, so if we see you without a mask, we will assume it's for a medical reason." In other words, screw the government and their stupid rules.

This place didn't have a sign like that, but, as I said, they didn't care. Also, ehile we were eating, we noticed a woman walk in who was open carrying. So we felt very much that yeah, this is definitely our kind of place.

We both of us enjoyed a nice slice of normal. Too bad we couldn't make it a "to go" order.

But I have to say that part of me hated feeling like this, exulting in *my* kind of place and *my* kind of people, and knowing that there are fellow Americans who I don't feel this way about. I don't like the tribalism that I feel has been forced upon me, just because I voted for a guy.

And that's another one of my political pet peeves. The "Trump cult" thing is by far the most stupid insult I've ever heard from Democrats, even moreso than the "Trump is a dictator" line. I just don't get it. They attack everything Trump ever thinks says, or does, so loudly and so obviously, it's like it's some sort of conditioned reflex, and *we're* the ones in a cult? Do they pay any attention *at all* to what we say about him? We know he can be a blustering blowhard. We know he's not a poster boy for marital fidelity. I don't think anybody on this blog wanted Trump when he first announced his candidacy. We knew he made a bunch of conservative promises during the campaign, but since there was little or no evidence he actually was a conservative. I figured we were seeing the "let's fool the rubes" playbook being run again, as happens with every election

So the only reason we voted for Trump in Nov. 2016 was that the alternative was too ghastly to even think about. The choice was like, what would you rather have live in your house with you, a loud barking dog that poops on all of the furniture, or a giant, poisonous, fanged spider that never sleeps?

And then the barking dog started doing the stuff that he said he'd do: stem the incoming tide at the southern border. Bringing jobs back to America. Reconfiguring bad trade deals. Drastically curtailing our military involvement overseas. Appointing conservative judges. And the Mideast peace treaties he brokered were an added bonus.

Also, remember that he accomplished all of this while facing non-stop opposition from the Democrats and disgruntled status-quo GOPe-ers.

I remember feeling like it was a breath of fresh air. I mean, a politician who actually kept the promises made during his campaign? Whoever heard of such a thing?

So, because we liked what we saw, and wanted to see more of it, and also believed that foreign policy is set by the President, not by Lt. Col. Stay-Puft or any other functionary of the State Dept., suddenly we're in a "cult" that worships Trump.

You want to see cult-like behavior? This is cult-like behavior. So is this.

Also, I know that there are grandees in the GOPe right now who are watching Trump's flame-out and thinking, "Our base must want more Jeb. Because Trump flaming out means that our base must want more Jeb."

Now *that's* a cult.

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Mid-Morning Art Thread


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Head Of A Scholar
Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo

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The Morning Report - 1/15/21 [J.J. Sefton]

—Open Blogger


Good morning, kids. Friday and while the top story may be the news that broke last night announcing President Trump's declassifying of Obamagate documents concerning the Hillary Clinton bought-and-paid-for Steele Dossier, the most significant story I think is the Enemy's vote to impeach the President with just scant days remaining in his term. Aside from mere foaming at the mouth rabid hatred of this man, arguably one of the greatest natural leaders and patriots the nation formerly known as America ever produced, there is a rationale behind it: to break the back of the American revival/anti-globalist groundswell that carried him to victory in 2016 AND 2020.

Beyond it's uselessness in practical terms of removing the President prior to noon this coming Wednesday, I think it is a colossal political blunder. If stealing the national election and quite possibly both chambers of Congress wasn't enough, blood-libeling the President and by extension all of us as violent, racist insurrectionists for a "riot" in the Capitol that was caused by agents of the Democrats, and then impeaching him is an absolute outrage. And for key figures in the GOP and far too many backbenchers to willingly go along with this just underscores the futility of conventional party politics, if not explodes it as the myth that it is.

But the premeditated murder of the greatest nation on earth cannot go unanswered. It must not go unanswered. Somehow, some way, some day, there must be some righteous retribution where this nation is restored, the wicked are punished, the corrupt system they ran dismantled and destroyed, and safeguards introduced that prevent this cancer from ever infecting us again. Call it "fundamental transformation," if you will. Sadly, I do not think I will live long enough to see it happen, but we have no choice but to fight.

Until that time, we and our children will face a domestic feral Leviathan that will use its power to control and coerce every aspect of our lives in order to maintain absolute power while lining the pockets of those in charge, as well as a cultural and academic system that played perhaps the central role in putting us in this position. As bad as that is, there's also the totalitarian regime in the Orient hell bent on global hegemony via bribery, espionage and perhaps overt military action, which we will be powerless to stop even if we wanted, considering an alarming number of our political leaders have been in their pocket for years.

I'm not going to lie to you; the situation is very much in doubt.

Oswald Spengler's The Decline of The West, published 1918-1922, laid out the trajectory of the enfeeblement and decay that awaited us, developing a theme that went as far back as the Greek historian Polybius, but that, in the wake of a war that wiped out a generation, seemed less a "theme" than an historically imminent reality. The greatest poet of the modern age, William Butler Yeats, felt it in his bones, working out a visionary schematism in his prose volume A Vision and reflecting on the inevitable in his timeless poem "The Second Coming," written one year after the end of the Great War: "And what rough beast, its hour come round at last/Slouches toward Bethlehem to be born?" Robert Bork's must-read Slouching Towards Gomorrah hammers out Yeats's vision in lurid contemporary detail, pointing toward a "syndrome" of collectivist attitudes dominating the culture, the debilitation of the family structure, and a "left-liberal moral consensus" diluting the text of the U.S. Constitution...

...In the course of time, cowards and parasites -- let us call it the Iscariot function -- will prevail over Great Men and Women. Nation-saviors like Churchill and Thatcher will be cast aside, heroes like Trump will be betrayed by friends and colleagues and openly cheated of re-election. The historical template is Themistocles, the philosophical, Socrates, and the literary, Shakespeare's >. They cannot forestall the vector of decline and will be derided and punished for having tried to do so. As Adams wrote in an April 22, 1776 letter to James Warren, "But I fear, that in every assembly, Members will obtain an Influence, by Noise not sense. By Meanness, not Greatness. By Ignorance not Learning. By contracted Hearts not large souls. I fear too, that it will be impossible to convince and perswade People to establish wise Regulations." And thus do nations and ultimately the civilizations of which they form part subside and vanish as a result of inward rot, the great baulks of timber that hold them up gnawed and crumbling in a myriad of different places.

History, so to speak, can happen here. It has been happening for some considerable time, culminating in the most recent of a long sequence of hammer blows: the fraudulent election of Joe Biden thanks to widespread electoral malfeasance, the advent of rigorous and pervasive censorship protocols, and the ongoing purge of constitutional freedoms. Indeed, it is happening throughout the Western world. Nonetheless, for those of us who still care and recognize the precious muniment we have been given, let the coup de grace happen later instead of sooner. The fight continues on myriad fronts.

Not exactly "happy and peppy and bursting with love" today, am I? And yet, nothing is inevitable. There is still at a minimum a clear (if not vast) majority of people in this country who are not "down for the struggle." 80 million of them, or more, voted to stop the insanity by supporting Trump and the MAGA/America first agenda. This is no longer about party politics. Party politics is dead. This is about good versus evil.

I'm here, and I'm not going anywhere. Come and get me.

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Hodgepodge ONT


Weird week. I'm used to writing these in the evening, but I have appointments all evening so I'm writing this in the middle of the afternoon. Also, I don't have as much material as usual. I have been staying far away from social media lately. It's just toxic, toxic to mind, body and spirit, and frankly I don't need that right now.

One thing I will comment on is the camera on my new iPhone 12. I'm not one who rushes out to buy the latest technology, but my old iPhone 8 was giving up the ghost recently so I got a new phone. The camera on this thing is amazing.

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This was taken from the dock, at 11 PM, in a snowstorm. The only light is from the propane lantern in the sun room (power is out). Still snowing, no moon or stars out.

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Quarantine Cafe: Riotous Hearts and Bad Boys Edition


Rule 43 1/2: Whatever your twist is, Amazon sells a print-on-demand porno book about it.


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Twitter Insider Secretly Records Jack Dorsey Vowing the Purge on Conservatives Will Be Going On for a Long Time


He says it will go on well beyond the Usurper's Ball (what normies call "The Inauguration").

That means that this has, as you probably expected, nothing to do with "safety" or trying to forestall "violence" at the Usurper's Ball.

That means that this is just part of a pre-planned, programmatic purge that they had ready to go. Turnkey fascism. They were just waiting for an all-leftwing government to be installed to escape any political-legal consequences.



@jsolomonReports that Pres. Trump has ordered the declassification of intelligence docs from Obamagate, including Christopher Steele's debriefings and FBI asset Stefan Halper's instructions. Expected to be released tomorrow or Monday. #MAGA #AmericaFirst #Dobbs


John Solomon (@jsolomonReports) says he expects Stefan Halper "Tasking Documents" -- and much more -- to be released in next few days:

"They (FBI) were spying on the Trump Campaign. This FBI document will show that for sure."


A former sr administration official tells me President Trump has slew of pardons ready to go, as well as executive orders, plans to declassify Ukraine info and appoint special counsels on Hunter Biden and possibly Dominion voting machines as well. Unclear which he will do.

Is Trump still allowed to exercise presidential authority? The media claims -- or speculates -- that Pence has essentially declared a soft-coup version of the 25th Amendment, whereby any serious action by the president needs -- unconstitutionally -- the vice president's okay.

As I said, that's unconstitutional.

But the "Defenders of Democracy" have been running a coup for over four years.

Update: as I post this, John Solomon is saying on Newsmax that Trump has now given the declassification order.

But, as a commenter asked earlier: will his insubordinate bureaucracy actually execute his order?

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Portland Mayor and Antifa Ally Ted Wheeler Gets Snippy When Asked If His Years-long Indulgence of Antifa Violence Led to Capitol Storming


I learned it from you, Ted.

Alright, Ted? I learned it from you!

And what has the media told us for years?

The voices on "the street," the ones who break windows and burn things, are the voices we must take heed of as a civilization.

Some rowdy conservatives made the most famous mistake in the history -- they trusted the media.

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Fox News' Latest Ratings Are Like If Garbage and Human Filth Had a Baby and That Baby Was Abandoned In the Woods and Then Was Raised by AIDS


Heckuva job, Paulie.


I'm grimly curious about how long Fox News' unwarranted ego and Woke Karen ideology will keep telling it "We can win this bitter war we're waging on our only possible audience."

Meanwhile, CNN will no longer have a monopoly on airport tvs as of March 31st. Thanks to clutch cargo for that.

Update: Rumors of Management Shake-Up?

Via RedState's Nick Arama:

Bottom line? They are in need of a reevaluation of themselves. But you can see their opinion hosts such as Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson are still strong and holding them up, which tells you the problem is in becoming like other news media. Why would Fox viewers want to hear regurgitated CNN news?

He includes a tweet from former Fox host Eric Bolling, who puts a siren on this post:

FoxNews (Again)-
LAST PLACE in all ratings categories:
25-54 demo- last
Total audience- last

25-54 demo- last
Total audience- lasthttps://t.co/rW2VjkenzS

Rumors of management changes soon.

-- 🇺🇸ERIC BOLLING🇺🇸 (@ericbolling) January 13, 2021

We, their audience, have been warning Fox News that we objected to their mad rush to the left for years. Probably for four years.

They didn't listen. They had all the market research in the world, for free. Their actual customers saying, "If you keep this up, we're out."

They ignored all this.

They have earned their fate.

"And if he dies, he dies."

-- Ivan Drago, media critic

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Mid-Afternoon Open Thread


This is a little gift I'm giving to myself.

Good video below.

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Sohrab Amari: The Corporate-GOP Divorce Will Be Painful in the Short-Term, but Rewarding in the Long Term


I just want to get to where we can start the reckoning.

November's election revealed that the class realignment of our two parties is solidifying. Democrats have increasingly emerged as the party of upscale suburbs, of Silicon Valley and Hollywood and Wall Street, of the owners of capital and the professionals who service them. The GOP, meanwhile, is trending toward a multiracial working-class party, preferred by those who generally make their living by toil.

So why are conservatives fretting about corporate America cutting off the GOP, a process merely accelerated by last week's (disgraceful) mob assault on the Capitol? Did they think building a working-class party was going to be painless? That they could mouth pro-worker rhetoric while continuing to ignore workers' concerns on issues like immigration and wages? A country-club party with blue-collar decor?

That jig was going to be up at some point. The sooner, the better -- for an underrepresented American working class and for Republicans who take the realignment seriously.

Megacorporations using their money to strip the rights from citizens are begging citizens to strip them of their money.

Progressive corporate tax rates, for example, would be a major equalizer.

cOrPorAtIonZ arE OuR FreNz, part 1: the Mattel corporation are your frenz.

"Come out barbie, let's go party."

Social media is swooning over images of Barbie buddying up to a doll of an iconic fashion designer and LGBTQ ally Aimee Song. The pics first surfaced in 2017 as part of a campaign to raise LGBTQ awareness, but went viral recently with Twitter rooting for the same-sex pairing.

Barbie creator Mattel had originally devised the collaboration as a way to promote Song’s ubiquitous "Love Wins" shirts, which raise funds to help LGBTQ youth in crisis. As such, the photos show Barbie and a plastic facsimile of Song sitting together on a bed, and other relationship-like activities, while sporting her signature couture.

cOrPorAtIonZ arE OuR FreNz, part 2: The Cadbury Cream Egg company is your frenz.

The company, which makes a candy most associated with the most important Christian holiday, and which is mainly marketed to children (as all store-bought candies are), will launch an ad campaign featuring (content warning) gay men french kissing with a Cadbury egg between their tongues.

Order them in time for Easter, yo! Let Christ know that H8 has no home here!!!

cOrPorAtIonZ arE OuR FreNz, part 3: Disney and Lucasfilm are your frenz. Disney and Lucasfilm are super-proud to have insinuated even more trans propaganda into your children's Star Wars books.

He has a non-binary black character whose pronouns are "they/them," to indoctrinate your children:

"I wanted them to be able to say their own pronouns and not have other people gender them and decide their gender from the outside. I wanted them to be clearly a human and not an alien ’cause in this particular case that was important," he said.

He concluded, "And I wanted to show canonically Han and Lando respecting the they/them pronouns without missing a beat because they’re heroes. And real heroes respect people's pronouns."

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Fake Doctor Who Is "Quitting" the Soon-To-Be-Cancelled Show


Yes I know: Not only is this about a frivolous topic -- a tv sci-fi show -- but it's about a tv sci-fi show that everyone stopped watching two years ago.

Still, let us note again the Iron Law: Get Woke, Go Broke.

Doctor Who is now hitting its all time lowest ratings. They just had a "Festive Special."

They used to have a Christmas special, but now it's on New Years Day, not Christmas, so they call it a Festive Special.

When former companion Billie Piper asks why it's no longer on Christmas, former Doctor Matt Smith accidentally tells the truth and says, "I don't know, I guess it's been demoted."

Ding ding ding ding ding ding ding.

That is correct.

Whereas the Christmas Special used to get ratings in the 12 million, 13 million range, the latest "Festive Special" got... 4.69 million.

The absolute lowest of the rebooted Doctor Who.

And so, it's about time to finally admit what was obvious three years ago: Fake Doctor Who is a complete failure.

The putative star of Fake Doctor Who, Jodie Whittaker, is reportedly "quitting" the show.

And the BBC isn't denying it.

Is she quitting or is she fired? Probably something like "quitting to avoid being fired."

Being a high-profile failure for more than three years straight isn't good for anyone's career.

For three years, the media has colluded to lie that the show was not just good, but among the best versions of itself ever.

Because they couldn't admit that Woke Doctor Karen was a failure.

Now that the ever-falling ratings make it impossible to maintain that lie, the media switches to a new tack: Yes the show is awful, but it's the BBC's fault, not Jodie Whitaker's.

The BBC has failed Doctor Who, and Jodie Whittaker – no wonder she's quitting

Flat, worthy and woke, the unlucky 13th Doctor's adventures have been a criminal waste of this talented actress – and caused a ratings slide


The 13th Doctor’s adventures were often flat, worthy and woke - often starting promisingly but soon disappearing up their own time-space continuum. In the midst of mediocre writing, Whittaker was unable to carve out a strong identity. She was neither frightening, fierce nor funny like previous incumbents. Yes, she had warmth and fizzing energy but that wasn’t enough to fully flesh her out.

Instead she was made slightly socially awkward and needy, forever talking about friendship, trying to make her "fam" catch on, cracking corny jokes and straining to be down with the kids. It’s like a lack of confidence in the character becoming female found its way into the uneven writing. She was made tomboyish and surrounded by men so her femininity didn't scare the horses. Unfortunately, all this achieved was to drain her of originality and dilute Whittaker's undoubted charisma.

I doubt her charisma. In fact, I flatly deny it.

Oh the BBC, and the producer, and the writers, all contributed mightily to this pile of woke failure.

But so did Jodie Whitaker. Not only does she not have a speck of intelligence in her eyes and no gravitas in her personality, but she decided to introduce herself to the Doctor Who fandom by announcing that all previous Doctor Who was sexist.

She's a vapid, moderately-attractive dope trying to play a swaggering immortal adventurer.

Of course, you can't blame an actress for being completely unsuited for a part. You blame the idiot who hired her.

In this case, it was worthless failure beta male showrunner Chris Chibnall who not only hired her but insisted the BBC hire her.

And the BBC is threatening that they're keeping him on for next season.

However, the truth is:

1, they're not keeping him on. They just don't want to admit the enormity of their failure all in one go. So they're claiming that Jodie Whitaker is quitting by her own decision now, but that Chibnall's staying on, because he's so great and has produced such good television. And then, in a couple of months, whoops, he's "moving on" too.

2, they're not keeping anyone on, because the show is such a calamity that they'll have to cancel it for a decade until the filthy stink of the Chibnall/Whitaker era dissipates.

Meanwhile, the Star Trek franchise has likely been killed for an entire generation thanks to the Cult of Wokeism, and Star Wars is mostly dead (only partly alive due to the intervention of Toxcially Masculine director Jon Favreau).

But they'll keep on doing it.

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Twitter, Facebook Lose $51.2 Billion in Combined Market Value Since Purging Conservatives Last Week



Social media giants Facebook and Twitter have collectively seen $51.2 billion in combined market value wiped out over the last two trading sessions since they banned President Donald Trump from their platforms following the U.S. Capitol breach.

Large tech firms and a number Democratic political figures have claimed Trump incited violence at the U.S. Capitol last week. The incident disrupted debates in both the House and Senate as lawmakers were forced to shelter in place while police and security attempted to seize back control.

And right now, lawyers are scanning prior declarations by Dorsey and Zuckerberg about their censorship policies, and planning shareholder suits due to big losses in stock price based on false claims made by Dorsey and Zuckerberg.

Any stockholders who lost money, arguably due to reliance on their false representations, can sue the companies.

I'd really like to hear from those self-identified "conservatives" in Conservative, Inc. who still think that corporations are our frenz.

Or are they still claiming to be conservatives? Are they nearly ready to admit what they are, pro-monopoly social liberals and staunch defenders of the political elite's right to rule?

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Gallup: Congress at a 15% Approval Rating


Boy, it's almost as if the public's wishes were ignored -- somehow -- in the previous " " " election " " ".


Congressional approval at 15% according to Gallup. 60% in another poll say impeachment is a waste of $/time. 77% wish Congress were working on Coronavirus, not impeachment. And 80% of GOP voters in battleground states say they'd be less likely to vote GOP who support impeachment.

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The Morning Rant: Minimalist Edition



Purge: transitive verb
1 : to clear of guilt
2 : to free from moral or ceremonial defilement
3 : to cause evacuation from (purge the bowels)

All three definitions apply to our current situation, but the third one is particularly apt, because the country's bowels are filled with people like Rick Scott, who may mean well, but is fantastically out of touch with what is going on. His "business as usual" tone is maddening and, quite frankly, offensive.

Rick Scott sees 'big opportunity' for GOP to win back Senate in '22, doesn't rule out role for Trump

“I would have rather won these two Georgia seats, but I think we’re going to see a clear choice,” he said. “Over the next two years, the Democrats are going to try to do a whole bunch of things the public doesn’t want. They don’t want packing the Supreme Court. They don’t want higher taxes and more regulation. They don’t want the police defunded.”

“I think the Democrats now have the ability to go do some things. I think it’s going to help define them and I think it’s going to help us have a big win in 2022,” he added

Looking forward, Scott said he is already working hard to recruit good candidates.

He goes on to dribble more platitudes out of his mouth, with a tepid invitation to President Trump.

But if the Republican party wants to survive, they need to have a full-throated, unified roar at the malfeasance of the Democrat party and the Deep StateTM pulling the strings. And they need to act with the same intensity. That will start with a public casting-out of the traitors in the House and Senate. They can't be recalled, but they can be relegated to back offices with no staff, and tossed off every important committee. Then their reelection funding can be cut to zero. And then the minority leaders should stand up in front of the media and explain that disloyalty to the President and the party has consequences.

Of course this will never happen. Which is why Senator Scott's fantasy is a silly joke. Because we will remember. My original optimistic hope was that the Republican party would retake the House in 2022 with younger, more energetic and more Trump-like candidates. But the last week has shown me that the cowardice, venality and disloyalty in the party overwhelms love of country. They are on a sinking ship and are scrambling to sit in the first-class lounge.

Well, good luck with your plans Senator Scott. I am curious how you are going to convince me to vote for a Republican candidate who doesn't reject your brand of politics-as-usual. Will you bribe me with vacuous bromides about challenging the Democrat agenda? Will you promise some meaningless votes against the Democrat majority? Will you beg for money to retake the Senate?

Because there are some things you can do. I just named a few, but the biggest one of all is a sea change. Embrace Trumpism, because it is ascendant among American conservatives, and your brand of squishy pseudo-conservatism has been discredited. Accommodation is a thing of the past. Bipartisanship is a dirty word. Either fight for conservative principles or piss off. Unless you are even stupider than you sound, you must know that the system is broken, and either you work to repair the damage or you will be discarded by the voters whose clear, unambiguous desires you have ignored.

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Mid-Morning Art Thread


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Albert Anker

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The Morning Report - 1/14/21 [J.J. Sefton]

—Open Blogger


Good morning, kids. Thursday and of course the complete and utter sham of a second impeachment of perhaps one of the greatest Presidents in history - and quite possibly the last - tops the news. I'd say our government is a joke but for the fact that yesterday's Roman farce merely confirms that it's dead. The pretext for the Enemy to seize absolute power underscores one of the greatest political aphorisms of our time, from the mind of none other than Ace himself:

Our speech is violence, their violence is speech.

And of course, when there is no violence, the Enemy will plop on a MAGA hat, wrap themselves in a Gadsden flag, initiate some, then blame it on us, as was the case on Black Wednesday. For me to get all worked up about corrupt degenerates on the left and pseudo-right in DC, in the propaganda organs or in show biz and everywhere in between strutting, preening and foaming at the mouth with their sub-literate drivel is a waste of time. What I am worked up about is that rigging an election and overthrowing the country merely to seize power is not the end game. It's just the opening gambit. Forget about what's in store in terms of laws and edicts handed down from the rogue's gallery of hardcore Marxist freaks, geeks and thugs that now control the Legislative and Executive branches with little to fear from an at best neutered Judiciary.

Any opposition will now be considered seditious and subject to imprisonment. Think that that's hyperbole? Think again:

During a live stream on her Instagram page, Ocasio-Cortez was asked by a viewer if, to help with national healing, there were congressional plans to institute any "truth and reconciliation or media literacy initiatives."

The socialist congresswoman replied that, yes, indeed, she and some of her colleagues have been exploring media literacy initiatives to help "rein in" the press and combat misinformation after last week's riot at the U.S. Capitol.

"It's one thing to have differentiating opinions but it's another thing entirely to just say things that are false," Ocasio-Cortez added. "So that's something that we're looking into."

Oh, are they?

Now, perhaps in the political systems favored by AOC citizens are impelled to look to government for ultimate truth, but that's not the case in the United States. At least, not yet. Here, the Constitution "reins in" Congress from intruding on the speech of citizens, journalists, or any private institutions, not the other way around.

We need only point to our media "factcheckers," journalists with political and ideological biases who have regularly, and arbitrarily, labeled completely debatable contentions as falsehoods, while either ignoring or justifying scores of other unsettled contentions. Are these the arbiters of facts who will be manning the government commission appointed by those storied truth-tellers in congress?...

... For those unaware, the "truth and reconciliation commission" the AOC fan asked about was most famously used in South Africa after the fall of apartheid as means of "restorative justice." The insinuation by those who use this phrase is that 74 million Americans who voted for the Republican presidential candidate are racist thugs in need for similar programs. It's a disgusting smear, and speaks to the dangerous and illiberal inclination of progressives.

Not so long ago, 2008 to be precise, a number of people were raising the alarm bells about the then Democrat candidate for president and his connections to some of the most rabidly anti-American radicals including Bill Ayers, the former head of the Weathermen terrorists, whose bombs left a trail of bodies and terror from coast to coast in an attempt to overthrow the government. Larry Grathwohl, a Vietnam vet managed to infiltrate the group and became an FBI informer. He recalled sitting in on one of their meetings in the early 70s in what the author of this piece (a tribute to Grathwohl after his death in 2013) described as "a kind of Wannsee Conference at which WUO [Weather Underground Organization] members plotted the murder of 25 million Americans."

I brought up the subject of what's going to happen after we take over the government: we become responsible then for administrating 250 million people. And there was no answers. No one had given any thought to economics, how you're going to clothe and feed these people.

The only thing that I could get was that they expected that the Cubans and the North Vietnamese and the Chinese and the Russians would all want to occupy different portions of the United States.

They also believed that their immediate responsibility would be to protect against what they called the counter revolution and they felt that this counter revolution could best be guarded against by creating and establishing reeducation centers in the Southwest where would take all the people who needed to be reeducated into the new way of thinking and teach them how things were going to be.

I asked, well, what is going to happen to those people that we can't reeducate that are diehard capitalists and the reply was that they'd have to be eliminated. And when I pursued this further they estimated that they would have to eliminate 25 million people in these reeducation centers. And when I say eliminate I mean kill -- 25 million people.

I want you to imagine sitting in a room with 25 people most of which have graduate degrees from Columbia and other well known educational centers and hear them figuring out the logistics for the elimination of 25 million people and they were dead serious."

One chilling idea WUO leaders entertained was working enemies of the revolution to death in labor camps, something many so-called progressives today would no doubt favor doing to Tea Party supporters.

And here we are in 2021. The heirs of Ayers, BLM and Antifa, have bombed, napalmed and lain waste to at least a dozen cities across the nation, only this time with the approval of, and quite probably at the behest of the Democrat Party, with the same goal: the overthrow and destruction of the United States. And once again, Ivy League eggheads with doctorates are talking about re-education camps. And Bill Ayers is still tied at the hip to Barack Hussein Obama. And Barack Hussein Obama orchestrated the coup that wound up not only sabotaging President Trump, but finally overthrowing a nation, society and a people that he despises.

When Titty Caca AOC blathers on about "truth and reconciliation" commissions, and Robert Reich as well as other incompetent little Eichmanns of his ilk parroting Ayers and foaming at the mouth in orgasmic anticipation of "re-education camps," to laugh at this - especially in light of what we have seen with our own eyes this past year - is to be dangerously out of touch. As sick and twisted as these people are, they have captured the government and all its instrumentalities of law enforcement. There are no more firewalls. The only thing that can sate a will to power is absolute power.

Dangerous times ahead.

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Wednesday Overnight Open Thread (1/13/21)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian



The Quotes of The Day

Quote I

Once I’ve finished with my song and I release it then I don’t mind who makes what interpretation of it. At least, for me, they’re thinking about it. They’re free to think it means this, that or the other. If they ask me what it means I’ll say, “OK, well this is what I think it means but you’re free, feel free to think of it as anything you wish.” Paul McCartney

Quote II

You are capable of more than you know. Choose a goal that seems right for you and strive to be the best, however hard the path. Aim high. Behave honorably. Prepare to be alone at times, and to endure failure. Persist! The world needs all you can give. E. O. Wilson

Quote III

Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness. Marianne Williamson

Quote IV

“But for those who voted for Biden, that’s what you’re going to get, and for Republicans, and Christians who voted for Biden, this is on your hands. To be sober, I just want them to realize that.” Focus on the Family (FOTF) President Jim Daly

Quote V

“When I am asked to provide strategic advice to help a company operate in a more responsible and humane manner consistent with U.S. law in spirit and letter, it is an opportunity to make things better while helping protect and create American jobs.” Former Senator Barbara Boxer

Quote VI

“A lot of people are migrating to OnlyFans out of desperation. These are people who are worried about eating, they’re worried about keeping the lights on, they’re worried about not being evicted.” Angela Jones, an associate professor of sociology at the State University of New York at Farmingdale

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Quarantine Cafe: Your Mouth Says "Wednesday" but Your Eyes Say "Friday" Edition


Man I'm tired.

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Jake Tapper HEARTS The Vets!!!


Observers of Jake Tapper have long noted that whenever he says something super partisan, super unprofessional, or super assholish, he attempts to deflect from the mini-scandal, and to gather support from the gaytarded fake conservatives who follow him around like they're in love with the wrinkles of his asshole, by tweeting out empty stuff showing how much he supposedly "cares" for "the vets."

It's been his go-to move for years and years. Even before he had heavy Nixonian jowls.

Sean Davis, I think, has dubbed this maneuver "going to Vetcon One." Like going to Defcon One.

Usually Jake would go to Vetcon One to deflect from his leftist agitation and assholery, but how's he going to go to Vetcon One over questioning the patriotism of a man who gave his life fighting for Tapper's rights?

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Guys, It's Not Armie Hammer's Day


A commenter said that he thought Hammer was in a divorce proceeding and that's what has brought on these disclosures.

Sounds plausible, though I don't know if that's right.

But Armie Hammer is definitely having a worse day than you are, so we've all got that going for us, which is nice.

EXCLUSIVE: 'S**t's getting weird.' Shocking videos show an 'out of it' Armie Hammer drinking beer behind the wheel and licking white crystals off friend's hand, as sources tell of his downward spiral into drugs and depravity

Armie Hammer is seen in videos obtained by DailyMail.com looking 'out of it', cracking open a beer while driving and licking a substance off his friend's hand

The insider described his downward spiral into drugs and depravity, saying: 'He always liked to drink, do drugs, but never like this'

Hammer's estranged wife Elizabeth Chambers, who he split from in July 2020, is said to be currently 'shocked and sickened' over the recent revelations

"Shocked and sickened," yeah, I bet.

Armie Hammer doesn't have too much money from Hollywood, but I bet he's got big stacks from the Armand Hammer fortune.

Rebuttal: Miklosian Recollections LLP says that Armand Hammer was nearly broke when he died. I don't know if that's true.

A close friend exclusively told DailyMail.com: 'Armie had a whole other side to him that she wasn't aware of'

'Whether it was always there and he kept it hidden, or something happened that changed him completely, she doesn't know,' they added

The 34-year-old began to trend on Twitter after a series of sexually graphic Instagram DMs that he allegedly penned to a woman were leaked publicly

The actor is yet to speak publicly on the matter, and multiple requests for comment sent to his representatives have so far gone unanswered

Though the messages are unverified, the user attempted to prove their authenticity by sharing private photos alleged to be from Hammer

The video gets a big meh from me. He does lick a white powder from a man's hand, and from the front of the hand, too (which seems even grosser to me), but the way it's played up, I don't think it's drugs. Like, you don't make a big deal about doing drugs if you're really doing drugs, do you?

He does crack open what looks like a Miller High Life but who knows.

Someone out there is definitely attempting to assassinate him by leak.

Oh, and if you want something more political: I wrote a book in the sidebar.

Ten soon-to-be-former Republicans voted for impeachment, including Madame Dragon Neocon Liz Cheney (obviously -- it's illegal to be anti-futile-neocon-wars), and Mitch McConnell confirms the earlier story -- yes, he's debating whether to remove Trump from office.

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Former Trump Official: I Had a New Job With a Private Airline. But Then One of Their Biggest Clients, the National Hockey League, Found Out I'd Worked For Trump. The NHL Forced My Employer to Fire Me.


1) A couple of hours ago, I tweeted out that this tweet referred to me. Shortly after, I deleted that tweet. After much introspection, and talking with friends and family, I feel obligated to reveal why I deleted it.

Quote Tweet
Jan 12
A very talented friend of mine, who interned w/ @GOPLeader, and at 20 was one of the highest ranked staffers in the Trump campaign, was just fired from his new job when client found out he worked for Trump. He now can't afford rent. Still think cancel culture isn't that serious?

2) After identifying myself as the subject of the thread, @Fly_PJS reached out to me, threatening to take legal action and publicly defame me if I didn't delete the tweet. Intimidated and nervous, I immediately deleted it.

3) But after thinking about it, and discussing my rights of free speech with advisors, I will not be bullied into silence. I'm now going to raise my voice louder.

4) In early January, PJS hired me to be a concierge for a contract they had with the
@NHL team, @Canes. Having worked with PJS as an operations associate for Trump Campaign HQ, I eagerly accepted the position-excited to join a company I had developed a personal relationship with.

5) After receiving a laptop, establishing a work email, and even purchasing additional work clothes, I prepared to travel to Raleigh, NC today for training. Yesterday evening, around 7 PM, PJS called and fired me without explanation.

6) I was devastated. I had gone from being employed to unemployed in a matter of seconds, and I hadn't done anything wrong.

7) I called the owner of PJS and asked for any explanation, and he told me very bluntly: the @NHL found out I worked for the Trump campaign and threatened to cancel the contract with PJS unless they fired me.

8 ) Instead of standing up for me, instead of explaining to the NHL that I, as a person, am not solely defined by my previous work on the Trump campaign, they fired me for their own company's financial gain.

9) I was upset and disappointed, but I didn't initially blame them for this decision. I wish they had stood up for me...they didn't. I didn't have any animosity towards PJS, until they tried to bully me into silence.

10) So now I'm sharing the story, in its entirety. Even though the owner told me this afternoon that he would deny everything I say if this went any further. But this is the truth, and I feel more empowered and supported if I share it with all of you.

11) I can't begin to thank all of the people who helped me through this, and have reached out to me on Twitter, LinkedIn, and by email to help. Thank you all so much! I look forward to continuing to voice the truth so this never happens to a conservative again.

This will keep happening, forever, until conservatives get serious about boycotting one or two of them into bankruptcy.

If we keep feeing them our money, we're paying for our own persecution.

But I just don't know if anyone will ever give up their TV. I've taken a big half-step myself, but it's still only a half-step.

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Sexts of Actor Armie Hammer (Lone Ranger, Man from UNCLE) Leaked


Ethan Van Sciver reads the sexts in this video.

When I saw the headline for this, I imagined Armie Hammer's claim to want to "eat you," and confession of being "100% a cannibal," was wink-wink stuff. Like Spinal Tap sexual imagery.

I want to wink-wink eat you, baby, because I'm a wink-wink cannibal.

But to work as a metaphor, you have to keep sort of vague. At least vague enough so that your "eat you" stuff can apply to oral sex.

He did not keep it vague.

He made it very specific.

Alarmingly specific.

Here's a print article about it, if you'd rather read about his body-mutilation and cannibal sex-talk.

"You just live to obey and be my slave. I will own you. Would you come and be my property till you die?" Hammer allegedly asked in one message. "If I wanted to cut off one of your toes and keep it with me in my pocket so I always had piece of you in my possession?"

In another, Hammer tells a woman that he wants to "brand you, tattoo you, mark you, shave your head and keep your hair with me, cut a piece of your skin off and make you cook it for me."

The actor then noted that the two would hypothetically win a contest of "'Who's [sic] slave/master relationship is the strongest'" if she followed his commands "to slit your wrists and use the blood as lube for a***."

Hammer also spoke numerous times of his desire to break bones and make his partners bleed during prospective sexual encounters, going so far as to tell one woman that he was "going to c-- thinking of breaking your bones."

"Text me about breaking your bones while raping you," wrote Hammer. "My c--k is in my hand. And I’m thinking of breaking your ribs."

Prince just emailed me to say, "That's not how you do a flirty sexual metaphor. You keep it light. You make it about a red car or a blue beret or something. You don't tell her to slit her wrists so you can use her blood as lube. That's third-date shit."

I know I should take a principled stance against this kind of cyberbullying and invasion of privacy, but fuck these people. They wouldn't say jackshit on behalf of any of us.

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Mitch McConnell Says He Will Not Reconvene Senate Until January 19th, the Day Before Trump Leaves Office


The Democrats (and the GOPe) still plan to impeach Trump after he's left office, but I don't think that's legal.

We did talk about that with respect to Clinton. But I believe the Constitution says you can hold an impeachment for a federal official. Not a former federal official. Trump will be a private citizen on January 20th. There is no impeachment for private citizens.

But that's what the law says. And we all know, we now live in a post-law, post-constitution regime (though the Serf Class is required to obey the laws that the Ruling Class is immune to).

President Trump's impeachment trial won't be heard in the Senate until after he has already left office and Joe Biden is president, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed Tuesday, delivering a fatal blow to Democrats.

The House of Representatives will vote later Tuesday on an article of impeachment accusing Trump of inciting an insurrection during last week's Capitol riot, but the Senate is not due to reconvene until Jan. 19 -- the day before Biden’s inauguration.

Democrats desperate to have the matter heard in the upper chamber as swiftly as possible lobbied McConnell (R-Ky.) to take up the matter while Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer explored a 2004 rule which would have allowed him to recall the chamber in an emergency.

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Surprise! Disney Lucasfilm's new Chinese Communist Party version of Star Wars is a pungent propaganda fart against running dog capitalism
CoRpoRaTIonZ aRE OUr FRenZ, COmradezzz!
Ignore the inelegance of the translation. But due check out the political messaging, which Disney Lucasfilm is using Star Wars' IP value to push on behalf of its Communist Chinese business partners.
Disney Lucasfilm now creating Chinese language Star Wars stories for Chinese market only; stories will not be translated into English
More, from "Disney Star Wars Is Dumb:"
Now that the CCP's pet gerbil has been placed into the U.S. Presidency, and with the possibility of Bob Iger being appointed as ambassador to China, the propagandist possibilities are endless.
James Waugh, VP of Franchise Content & Strategy for Lucasfilm, says that the author of this story will bring very specific Chinese perspectives to the world building. Though it’s likely that James conflates the perspective of the Chinese people with the perspective of the CCP, which are entirely different and separate.
Chen Yang, the Vice President & Chief Editor of China Literature, claims that this effort will show online literature's "inclusiveness." Amusingly however, we already know that this "inclusive" story will feature an exclusively Chinese sector of the galaxy.

CoRpOrAtIoNz ArE oUr FrEnZ
Woke Media now complaining that uber-woke Doctor (Karen) Who wasn't woke enough, because black people were among the people who suffered violence on the show
We demand representation! (But nothing bad can ever happen to the characters representing us.)
Some black commenters are shouting back at these idiots, telling them to stop their "quest for supreme wokeness"
Dan "Ben Sasse with an eyepatch" Crenshaw says that Trump's rhetoric is responsible for encouraging violence -- forgetting that he released a video portraying himself as a leader of a team of super-soldiers taking over the government
This is the game they have been playing for 100 years. They did the same thing with Sarah Palin's "target" map. "My rhetoric encouraging 'fighting' is just passionate politics. Your rhetoric encouraging 'fighting' is a literal call to violence." Fuck these people, and fuck Dan Crenshaw.
I mean, it's incredible, right?
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"Lockdown is a luxury of the rich... luxury of the affluent. Lockdown harms the disadvantaged. We have given up looking after the vulnerable. I cannot understand how ppl cannot be sensitive to these issues. Much of the world does not have that privilege"
-Oxford Prof @SunetraGupta

Someone said: There are only lockdowns for the middle class. For everyone else, it's poor people delivering shit to rich people.
Nikki Haley -- Jeb Bush with a UTI* -- started a presidential PAC today. As expected.
We’re now 3.5 years away from the DC pundit-class being SHOCKED when Nikki Haley gets 5% of the vote in Iowa.

* Yes, I know, technically speaking, Jeb Bush himself is "Jeb Bush with a UTI."
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I'm officially an Independent.

Lot of that going 'round.
Whoops! Whoopsie! I had meant to link Ethan van Sciver (and Cecil) for the corporations are our frenz material, but I forgot to. The show's worth listening to. Good stuff to put on while you're on the treadmill or etc.
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The Republicans who like to go begging for favor from the mainstream media will always tell you that they're driven by conscience and deep principles.
That, my friends, is a trainload of hooey.
They're pathetic emotional midgets who are desperate for attention. If they became full-time Democrats, they'd just be one in a big crowd. If they remain Republican, they've got an easy, albeit brief, attention fix. Whenever their fellow Republicans need them, all they have to do is slip a shiv in their backs and they get a pure hit of New York Times love for a few days.
There have been a few Republicans running for cover since the riot at the Capitol. And by "running for cover: I mean "saying whatever the Democrats want you to say."

I agree, mostly, though I don't agree that their defections and betrayals are always due to the need for validation by the only people that matter, aka rich progressives in the media and corporate and government worlds.
The thing is: If you crave validation from one particular socio-political group, in fact, you identify as part of that socio-political group, period.
Bill Kristol doesn't just suck progressive dick only because he wants progressives to buy him a drink and some breath mints afterwards. He sucks progressive dick because he's attracted to progressives and their dicks.
There are a class of "conservatives" who are always scolding conservatives, always betraying conservatives, always jumping at the chance to "tell conservatives some hard truths." These same "conservatives" also are forever pitching "The Conservative Case for [x] Progressive Policy Position.
The reason they do so is not entirely for career advancement and social blandishments. A lot of it is that, but it's not all that.
A lot of it is and always have been something deeper and strong: Their actual group affiliation and loyalty is to their progressive allies.
Families can squabble, but they're still family. The fake "conservatives" have always been members of the progressive family, just having a family squabble over minor things like what the corporate tax rate should be. That's why they always leap to defend their progressive family members' right to speak -- while gleefully supporting their progressive friends taking your right to speak away from you.
You're just allies of temporary convenience. The left is their actual permanent family.
And blood is thicker than corporate tax rates.
Speaking of Dan "Ben Sasse with an eyepatch" Crenshaw...
Story of a Friend of a Friend:
A guy got sick of FaceBook's bullshit, and posted a preliminary good-bye to his FaceBook "friends." The response was a wall of wailing SJWs claiming that it was only his "White privilege" that allowed him the ability to give up "the struggle against Trump's fascist America" by quitting FaceBook.
Unimpressed by these droning NPC's nonarguments, he nuked the account.
"It's only your White Privilege that lets you leave a Boomer media app that grandparents used to spy on their grandkids (not realizing they're all on IG and Snapchat)." Quitting "the struggle" by quitting FaceBook. Hardy-har-har-har-har.
You stupid subliterate NPCs would starve to death if your TVs and phones weren't always blasting your malformed dum-dum brains with fast food commercials.
Trump's first impeachment vote fell almost entirely along partisan lines. This time, however, several House Republicans voted to move forward against the president, including Reps:
Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.)
Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.)
Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.)
John Katko (R-N.Y.)
Fred Upton (R-Mich.)
Peter Meijer (R-Mich.)
Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.)
Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio)
Tom Rice (R-S.C.)
David Valadao (R-Calif.).
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Now this is finally some good news to get excited about!!!!
Eager target of Chinese Honeytrap operation Eric Swalwell has more thoughts:
Eric Swalwell just said Donald Trump is America's Osama Bin Laden
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