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June 01, 2020

Monday Overnight Open Thread (6/1/20)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Quotes of The Day


Quote I

“When the first of these little trust fund sissies figures out he’s not walking out of his cell after 20 minutes with a $50 fine but looking at five years in Leavenworth on a Fed rap, he’ll squeal on his comrades. This is an opportunity to destroy Antifa root and branch, and to eliminate the armed wing of the Democrat party. Forever." Kurt Schlichter


Quote II

". . . there is need that our young men should appreciate the Constitution of the United States, under which we have enjoyed so many blessings and under which we must work out our political and economic salvation. And this need is especially keen in a day when that instrument is regarded so lightly by a class of fanatical enthusiasts seeking short cuts to economic perfection, on the one hand, and by unscrupulous demagogues who to promote their own interests do not hesitate to promote disrespect and even contempt for the Constitution and the laws enacted under it on the other." -- William Howard Taft, 27th President of the United States, February 25, 1913
H/T Isophorone Blog


Quote III


Similar or more severe restrictions apply to comparable secular gatherings, including lectures, concerts, movie showings, spectator sports and theatrical performances, where large groups of people gather in close proximity for extended periods of time. And the order exempts or treats more leniently only dissimilar activities, such as operating grocery stores, banks and laundromats, in which people neither congregate in large groups nor remain in close proximity for extended periods.Chief Justice Roberts

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RedState Legal Analyst "Shipwreckedcrew:" Emmit Sullivan's Response to the Court of Appeals Is Deranged, Doesn't Cite Any Authority for His Actions, Just Tells Them To Let Him Do Whatever He Wants

—Ace

Emmet Sullivan has submitted the reply he used taxpayer funds to pay a high-price lawyer to write for him. You can read it here.

I'm sure the Twitter Circle-Jerk of Experts will tell us what a tremendous piece of lawyering Sullivan has submitted.

Making my way through the Sullivan filing.

30,000 Foot Observation and why I think this is not a serious effort to prevail:

1. The Cir. Ct. did not ask for an explanation from Sullivan because they were intrigued by his approach and the just wanted to know more about it.

That is: the Circuit Court was not asking him, "Hey, buddy, this is interesting, can you tell us more?!"

They were saying: DEFEND YOUR ACTIONS. CITE LAWS. SHOW YOUR WORK.

As we'll see, Sullivan decided he couldn't defend his actions and so decided to ignore the orders of the court.


2. The question they asked him to address was pointed, and their reference to Fokker [which recently held that Sullivan had no discretion in this situation but to dismiss] told him where he should focus his attention.

3. But what he has done is basically said "Regardless of what Fokker says in terms of limiting my discretion, I've got a plan and you folks in the Cir. Ct need to just stay out of the way until I'm done. And he tells them all about his big plan and why he's in this position."

Obviously, that's a paraphrase, but even the lawyerly-sounding version of that will not sound good. It will sound like an act of contempt by a judge against the Circuit Court that is his boss.

4. If the Cir. Ct. was just intrigued and was simply expressing its curiosity about what he had in mind when it issued its Order to him, then his response might elicit a response along the lines of "Great -- can't wait to see what comes from your plan."

5) But given their "inquiry", the more likely response to exactly what Sullivan has set forth is "That's what we were afraid of, and we're not interested in what that kind plan might turn up because there's no legal basis for you to do what you propose to do.

Sullivan looks like John Forbes Nash from "A Beautiful Mind" who just can't help by continue to try to convince people in his life that the figments of his imagination are real, and if he just explains it with more earnestness they'll come around and see what he sees.

"Shipwreckedcrew" also claims that Emmet Sullivan has included a falsehood in his reply:

I'm going to resist the urge to blast out on the Sullivan filing in the Flynn case.

But I would note that Beth Wilkinson made a bald face false statement on Page 1 where she says Judge Sullivan found Flynn's statement to be material.

Among the final comments he made at the Dec. 18 hearing was for the attorneys to prepare before the next hearing to answer his questions about "how" the statements were material, because he still didn't understand that issue.

For him to say "I found them material" while having said "I don't understand how they are material" is judicial misconduct -- no way around it. He can't make a determination on a factual element of a criminal offense and profess to not understand what he's just done.

Yes, he never did schedule that hearing, and he never ruled about it. This is either a lie, or complete stupidity from an obviously-unqualified "judge."

I skimmed the reply myself -- shipwreckedcrew is right about Sullivan just saying "Splunge" to the court's actual question. He basically just asks a series of rhetorical questions -- which frankiy, do sound like those of a raving paranoid -- and postualtes that only his Freelance Sleuthing can get to the bottom of this mystery. And in response to the court's question, "Where the fuck do you think you get this power from?," he seriously answers, "The court (you) will really really find my Investigations into this Nefarious Scheme helpful, so let me do what I do."

Among the questions this lunatic incompetent keeps asking is Why did Flynn swear under oath he committed the crime when I asked him if he did?

He knows the answer, but he prefers to leave it a mystery so that the rhetorical question suggests something insidious.

The actual answer is, "Michael Flynn said he had committed the crime of making a false statement when you demanded he do so, immediately after threatening him with a count of treason."

Something this lunatic incompetent had to later apologize for.

But he really wants to know why Flynn reversed himself on his decision to withdraw his guilty plea and instead reaffirm it? Becuase you threatened to put him in jail for treason if he exercised his right to withdraw the plea.

This isn't a mystery, you arrogant, useless check-that-box know-nothing.

This is not going to work. This seems, as someone said, like a "last will and testament" -- when this lunatic incompetent is slapped around and slapped down, he'll point to this daffy filing and say, "See? My personal creation of the Emmett Sullivan Detective Agency would have gotten to the truth, so They couldn't allow it."

What the fuck ever, cretin. YOLO, you stupid, incompetent diversity-slot motherfucker.

Update: UndercoverHuber's repsonses to the ravings of this lunatic incompetent are worth reading.

Posted by Ace at 08:31 PM Comments



Polk County, Florida Sheriff to Antifa Terrorist Raiders Thinking About Coming to Pillage: We're All Armed Here and We Will Kill You Dead If You Come

—Ace

As antifa and BLM threaten to come to the suburbs to assault, loot, and burn, the Sheriff of Polk County, Florida, has a stark warning: Trespassers will be shot, and this is not just lip-service.

"The people in Polk County like guns, they have guns, I encourage them to own guns... And if you try to break into their homes to steal, to set fires, I'm highly recommending they blow you back out of the house with their guns."

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Trump to Give Statement
STATEMENT: Trump and AG Barr Are Walking Down the Street to the Vandalized St. John's Church

—Ace

Update:

Trump walking the streets to show down the mob.

They previously cleared out "protesters" with tear gas.

If you want it, here it is, come and get it...

...

I'm guessing he's going to invoke the Insurrection Act to federalize the state National Guards, and then instruct them to take out the fucking trash if the leftwing mayors and governors refuse to act against the terrorists.

Update:

Brett Baier floated, WITHOUT EVIDENCE, the leftwing conspiracy theory that "right wing extremists" were responsible for antifa's and BLM's and BAMN's riots, assaults, looting, and arsons.

Because of course he did.

But he'll be the first to scold somoene about an Alex Jones conspiracy theory about Crisis Actors.

Had enough of Fox yet?

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Posted by Ace at 06:46 PM Comments

Antifa, "Mainstream" Media Join Forces to Push the "Right Wing Extremists Are Behind the Riots" False Flag Conspiracy Theory

—Ace

Does that mean the known antifa terrorists, and the many black and brown faced rioters, are "crisis actors" hired by these "right wing extremists" to be the fall guy?

This is a conspiracy theory pushed by a radicalized leftwing media determined that their Direct Action arm -- antifa -- should not be blamed for the violence they're obviously perpetrating.

America is now Palestine, where they Palestinians blow up schools and then say, "It was really the Jews."

So here's Jake Tapper now, saying, "It was really the Jews."

Jake Tapper repeatedly demands that NSA Robert O'Brien comment on conspiracy theories being peddlied by Democrats and the #ResistanceMedia (but I repeat myself) that these attacks are not being conducted by the left-wing antifa and BLM cells, but by "right wing extremists."

O'Brien repeatedly ignores Jake Tapper and treats him like the callow antifa-symp manchild that he is.

Deb Heine writes up the Jake Tapper's failed attempt to run psyops on behalf of his allies in antifa.

On CNN Sunday morning, after several nights of antifa and Black Lives Matter-fueled violence in multiple American cities, anchor Jake Tapper asked President Trump’s national security advisor if white supremacists were using the unrest to start a race war.

"What can you tell us about any of the far-right groups that might be trying to use this as a predicate to prompt a race war as Vice News reported?" Tapper asked NSC advisor Robert O’Brien.

Oh, Vice News, you say? The clickbait site going bankgrupt?

O’Brien didn't take the bait, telling Tapper that the violence was in fact being driven by antifa.

The lefty blog "Vice" on Friday first promulgated the conspiracy theory that much of the violence in recent days was being driven by the far-right, saying "far-right extremists are showing up with guns to the protests against police brutality that have exploded across the country" and "others are egging on the violence from behind their computers."

Wait, they're showing up to protest, but not committing crimes?

I thought that made them just... protesters?

But no, these are White People, so criminal intent is presumed.

Various Democrat politicians in Minnesota and elsewhere picked up the ball on Saturday, floating the idea that right-wingers were behind the violence.

I like this snap-back from O'Brien:

"I have not seen those reports," O'Brien said. "I generally don't read Vice so I haven't seen the reports on far-right groups."

Jake Tapper is pushing yet another conspiracy theory, but no one, not Twitter, not his sycophants on the pseudoright who follow him around like remoras, will say a damn thing about it.

David Hradzka has an interesting thread. His belief is that liberals approve of antifa, and think they're Heroes Who Punch Nazis. Juts like Chris Cuomo and the leftist media told them.

But they don't like seening churches burned down or stores being looted.

So they've made up a fiction -- a conspiracy theory -- to ease their cognitive dissonance: That while it may appear that antifa and BLM and BAMN are doing all this, it's really Right Wing Extremist instigators who are tricking peaceful antifa types to do these things, or doing them themselves.

It's a nice idea but I don't believe it. Sure, a few absolutely deluded people might believe this. But CNN has been defending antifa for literally years now. The "mainstream" media has been comparing them favorably to US troops storming Normandy for years now.

And for years now, there has been graphic video evidence of antifa's casual resort to mayhem and violence.

There is a simpler answer than Hrazdka's: The left is now just employing Palestinian tactics. They know damn well antifa-- their Hamas -- is responsible for the violence.

But they're going to provide propaganda cover to Hamas by claiming It was really the Jews pulling the strings, Hamas is innocent.

America is now Palestine -- thanks to the leftwing.

And Jake Tapper and the rest of CNN are playing Pallywood games to defend their American Hamas.

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Posted by Ace at 05:38 PM Comments

"Conservative" Grifter Group "The Lincoln Project" Launches Anti-Confederate-Statues Fundraising Campaign In Middle of National Racial Riots

—Ace

Hey, how about vandalizing these statutes, antifa? And burning down these buildings?

Isn't this a little provocative, in the midst of the current crisis?

Doesn't matter -- Rick Wilson and the cuckold clown George Conway need money and the only people that'll pay them are their leftist supporters.

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Antifa Sets Historic St. John's Church in DC Ablaze;
Leftwing Media Denies Church is Burning to Protect Antifa Allies

—Ace

"Antijournalism," someone callled it, but honestly, I had just called it that myself before seeing that tweet.

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Antifa Posts Home Address of Right-Leaning Journalists;
Within Hours, Antifa Shows Up At Cassandra Fairbanks House and Fires Fireworks and Possibly Guns at the House

—Ace

She called the cops. The cops said, We'll get there when we get there.

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Trump to Governors: Do Your Jobs. Stop Letting Trust-Fund Terrrorists Push You Around Like Pussies.

—Ace

Apparently this audio was leaked by Democrats, who were aghast that Trump demanded they do their jobs and arrest their antifa voters for terrorizing citizens.

Via @edokeefe, whose report of this leak has unleashed all a storm of soy-tears:

JUST IN: President Trump unloads on the nation's governors on a call, calls on them to step up enforcement: "You have to dominate, if you don’t dominate you’re wasting your time. They're going to run over you, you’re going to look like a bunch of jerks. You have to dominate."

In audio obtained by @CBSNEws, Trump tells governors: "Washington was under very good control, but we’re going to have it under much more control. We're going to pull in thousands of people."

MORE: Trump tells governors: "You've got to arrest people, you have to track people, you have to put them in jail for 10 years and you'll never see this stuff again," per audio obtained by

One person listening in on the call describes the president's words and tone as "unhinged."

On the call, Trump references Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Milley and Attorney General Bill Barr. "We will activate Bill Barr and activate him very strongly," Trump says.

MORE: Trump tells governors later: "You're making a mistake because you're making yourselves look like fools. And some have done a great job. But a lot of you, it's not -- it's not a great day for our country."

TRUMP ADDS: "You know when other countries watch this, they're watching this, the next day wow, they’re really a push over. And we can't be a push over. And we have all the resources -- it's not like we don't have the resources. So, I don't know what you're doing."

More: The media has the vapors over Senator Cotton suggesting it's time to deploy the military against their antifa terrorist buddies:

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Posted by Ace at 01:04 PM Comments

Alleged Antifascists Who Media Claims Are Like the Soldier Heroes of WW2 Descecrate the Monuments of the Soldier Heroes of WW2 They Allegedly Resemble

—Ace

That rhetorical question from @undercoverhuber.

A lot of the media, and Democrats (but I repeat myself), declared antifa to be the equivalent of the liberators of Europe in 1944/45.

Chris Cuomo notoriously defended them, saying that antifa's allegedly antifascist punches just weren't the same as illegal punches.

This Democrat politician just declared it so two days ago.

So explain to me why the alleged direct descendants of the boys who stormed Normandy beach are vandalizing and desecrating the monuments of their spiritual ancestors?

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Posted by Ace at 12:00 PM Comments

The Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

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Our cities are burning because some people refused to accept the results of a legal election.

Maybe I shouldn't have been surprised by how fast the Democrats in charge of the blue cities started to circulate the narrative (and by 'narrative' I mean 'totally made-up bullshit') that the rioting and looting and vandalism that has been tearing their cities apart of the last few days is the fault of 'white supremacists.'

Yes, they actually said this. And without any photographic evidence, I might add. No confederate flags, no tiki torches, no klan hoodies, not even any photoshopped MAGA hats. There were just a bunch of white guys with their faces covered that looked very much like standard-issue antifa goons.

And I guess there's a good reason for that.

But I guess I should've been able to predict this would happen.

Because "white supremacists" are the left's go-to bad guys in all of their narratives now. It used to be "large corporations", but ever since the rise of the left-wing high-tech giants, large corporations sre cool now. They aren't the evil, sinister monsters they used to be. Except if you're one of their employees who happens to hold conservative political views and appears on the radar of the HR department (for whatever reason), you might well have reason to hold a different view.

But there's some little part of me that says "oh come on, nobody would ever say anything that ridiculous and expect to be believed", but I guess I really need to recalibrate my expectations.

And another thing that I shouldn't have been surprised by is the number of celebrities who have publicly announced on social media that they will be donating money to bail out the rioters and looters and vandals. Which is weird, because, why would they want to bail about a bunch of white supremacists? Don't they think that white supremacists belong in jail?

That's my "gotcha" observation. But there's something more important to this sort of celebrity charity, and it's rather pernicious. By choosing to allocate their funds for this purpose, they have announced that they are IN FAVOR OF lawless acts of vandalism and looting and AGAINST law-abiding citizens and business owners who are trying to earn an honest living providing a service to their communities. And not just celebrities, I see.

To these celebrities, I would like to say this:

HAVE YOU LOST YOUR FREAKING MINDS??

Because what you're doing is taking sides against normal Americans. Normal Americans, I might add, who buy tickets to see your movies or concerts, pay cable fees to watch your TV shows, and buy whatever products you're endorsing.

How do you think this looks? Do you really want to do this?

And the Joe Biden campaign staffers who have announced their intention to donate to these groups? Is being in support of domestic terrorism the smart move?

How is that going to play in the swing states? I know you'll be the toast of San Francisco and New York, but how about Wisconsin? Florida? Heck, even Minnesota. How about Minneapolis?

Our cities are burning because some people refused to accept the results of a legal election.





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Posted by OregonMuse at 11:22 AM Comments

Mid-Morning Art Thread

—CBD

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Old Man Taking A Rest
Albert Anker

Posted by CBD at 09:30 AM Comments

The Morning Report - 6/1/20

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning, kids. Monday and another grim milestone of yet another day of America held hostage.

Except, America is not being held hostage by a Chinese virus or, to be more accurate, the phony propaganda about the virus as a pretext to take away our civil liberties. No, we are being held hostage by what can only be described as a pre-meditated, organized act of insurrection. For four years, the Democrat-Media Complex has failed in its singular mission to overthrow the duly elected President of the United States and destroy his wildly popular and successful agenda. Even its latest attempt - the forced strangulation of our economy with the concomitant loss of millions of jobs and businesses - is finally petering out, as are the slim chances of its standard bearer, a decrepit degenerate of mind, body and soul that can no longer be shielded from serious and substantive criminal charges, as well as a decades-long career of venality, arrogance, megalomania and incompetence. In that regard, Joe Biden perfectly encapsulates the essence of his party.

So what's left? We're now at the point in the film where after finally grabbing the cat, lighting the fuse, punching the accelerator in the escape pod and breathing a sigh of relief as the Nostromo explodes in a nuclear fireball in the rearview mirror, Ripley can breathe a sigh of relief as she strips down to her panties. And then...

As horrendous as the death of George Floyd was at the hands of a Minneapolis policeman, with three of his colleagues standing by and doing nothing to stop it, it in no way justifies the past several nights of out of control mayhem that have rocked numerous American cities. More to the point, it cannot have been a spontaneous reaction; someone or some group of people gave a pre-arranged signal to start this insurrection.

Former Secret Service agent and political commentator Dan Bongino:

"This is an organized internal coup by a small group of agitators acting as a domestic terror group. That's a fact...

"There were legitimate reasons looking at the tape of Mr. Floyd for all Americans who agreed in unanimity, for one of the first times I've seen in the last probably 10 years, that there was something seriously wrong there and you know what we're not talking about? Any of that because we're talking about an Antifa group, an organized group of agitators, committed unquestionably now to the destruction of the United States..."

David Horowitz, editor in chief at Frontpage Mag:

... Virtually every official in Minnesota with influence over the Minneapolis police and the decision to keep Derek Chauvin on the force despite his alarming record is a Democrat: the governor, the attorney general, the Minneapolis congresswoman and the mayor. The city council consists of 12 Democrats and a Green Party member. The Democrat Party is the "system" that protected the bad cop and led to George Floyd's death.

Just as the Democrats protected the bad cops, so they encouraged the rioters by fueling the myth of America's systemic racism, by not providing a sufficient police presence, when the mayhem started, to nip it in the bud, and by attacking Trump for "glorifying violence," when he warned the rioters that if the local authorities failed to protect law-abiding citizens he would meet force with force.

The organizers of the violence were two far left organizations - Antifa and Black Lives Matter. Until the Minneapolis riots Attorney General and former DNC head, Keith Ellison featured a picture on his website advertising the Antifa handbook for conducting civil war. The proximity of the Antifa-spearheaded riot in Minneapolis prompted Ellison to remove the photo, because Antifa's destruction of his capital city would obviously lead to bad press...

I see that Ellison's son has now openly pledged his loyalty to Antifa, along with the daughters of Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, Bro-Fo Omar/Nur and Bill DeBolshevik. They seem nice.

The estimable Daniel Greenfield:

...The Democrats created the atmosphere. They spilled the gasoline, lit the match, and are still too busy signaling their virtues and blaming Republicans, to do the hard work of putting out their own flames.

Black Lives Matter and Antifa are their organizations. The Minneapolis city authorities and the police force bosses are also their people. The atmosphere was the undiluted work of the Democrats. And with the pandemic fading, they dug into their old playbook and decided that it was time for a new crisis.

After locking down the country didn't work, the Democrats decided to set it on fire instead.

Bingo. From a political standpoint, I think the Democrats have done what one of their little darlings did last night - set themselves on fire with their own Molotov cocktail. And with President Trump officially declaring Antifa a terrorist organization, it's going to consume them. Already the brain dead meat puppets and warblers in the entertainment industry are rushing to defend a violent domestic terrorist organization, with cretins like Patton Oswalt trying to compare these cowardly sucker-punchers to the GIs who stormed Normandy. Calling Antifa "anti-fascist" is like Hitler declaring the Wehrmacht and the SS the same as the Irgun and Hadassah.

It's funny how everyone thinks Trump is brilliant at hoisting the Democrat-Media Complex on its own petard but it's not so much brilliance as it is common sense and the willingness to pull the rhetorical trigger. As David Horowitz notes, the mainstream Democrat Party going back almost 10 years to the astroturfed Occupy Wall Street event have embraced extremist and violent agitators in its quest to gain political victories. Even with 50-plus years of school brainwashing and reinforcement in the media, much of America finds what they stand for repulsive and abhorrent. With individuals such as Sanders, Warren, Bro-Fo, Rancida Taliban, Donkey Chompers and all the rest, there is no going back to the sham of pretending to be pro-American.

Whatever damage to Trump and the GOP that might have happened over the past few months, there is no way in hell real America is going to abandon him and embrace a Winnie Mandela 96-octane necklace. That's not just me talking:

... "This is going to get Trump reelected. Please stop. Think first. Do not get Trump reelected for your behavior," the woman said. "Please, Santa Monica. We don't want Trump reelected."

Even a dim-bulb in Soviet Monica knows that this does not play well in Peoria, despite schmucks like Ali Velshi felching up Baghdad Bob-esque hairballs of "mostly peaceful protests." Yes please, Democrats. Do tell us why Antifa are peace loving pro-American freedom fighters.

The die has been cast, and the Democrat-Media Complex has now declared open war on America to prevent what is now more than likely the re-election of President Trump and the further discrediting of their agenda and diminution of their elected power. But the forces of insurrection and treason are still at work and are not going to back down, especially as the weather heats up and we head towards both the Democrat and Republican conventions this summer.

...Who are those masked men in black with secret-service quality ear-pieces, military grade gas masks and backpacks full of Molotov cocktails? They are very likely professional rioters, recruited, transported and paid by the likes of some George Soros front group or other anonymous Cloward-Piven devotees who share Soros' hatred of America and want to see this nation bought to its knees. Panic over the virus was waning. These orchestrated riots across the country are the next ploy. Someone is organizing this madness. Someone is supplying the most lethal rioters with all the accoutrements of conflagration and moving them into place to all the affected cities. That all costs a great deal of money. Antifa owes its funding to Soros as do the more violent branches of Black Lives Matter. These players seem strangely secure that they will not be arrested or that if they are, they will be quickly released...

With the President officially declaring Antifa a terrorist organization, the full weight of the national law enforcement and national security apparatus must be brought to bear to destroy it. Frankly, death, destruction and mayhem warrant extreme measures as it is not hyperbole on my part to state that we face a mortal threat and open insurrection. Unfortunately, thanks to the Obama regime's almost total subversion of our national LE and IC agencies, there are doubts as to whether or not we can trust them to be on our side or the terrorists.

Here's an idea: declare war on Antifa and tap both General Mike Flynn and Rick Grenell to crush the insurrection. Target number one should be Nazi collaborator and convicted felon George Soros. He should be arrested and deported to Hungary as an actual Nazi collaborator, or better yet Malaysia where IIRC he has been sentenced to death in absentia. At the same time, all of his assets should be seized and every political front group be shut down immediately.

Obviously Soros is not the lone actor in all of this, and I strongly suspect individuals including Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Tom Steyer and even Warren Buffet have been funding this madness as well. But the rot is deep; truly the Democrat Party is now an openly anti-American organization that seeks the overthrow of this nation. I'd say dissolve it as well but that's a bit more problematic. There's crossing the Rubicon but at some point I think the Rubicon will cross us, if it hasn't already.

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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Posted by J.J. Sefton at 07:58 AM Comments

Sunday Overnight Open Thread (5/31/20)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Quotes of The Day


Quote I

“In Minneapolis, you can get arrested for opening a business, but not for looting one.” – Rush Limbaugh


Quote II

If you want to end unrest, end the conditions that create it. If you want to end unrest, work to end the conditions that create it. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)


Quote III

“We’re not rich people giving handouts. We eat this food too. This is where I get my dinner as well. We’re trying to do something good, and trying to help people out who may need it and might not want to go to a grocery store, too. When people are taking the time to get to know the people in their neighborhoods and communities, we’re stronger and more secure.”Thadeaus Umpster


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Posted by Misanthropic Humanitarian at 09:57 PM Comments

Gun Thread: Never, Ever Volunteer for Anything Edition! [Weasel]

—Open Blogger

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Hold my beer! (not an M1917)

Welp, I've been promising you a video of the Model of 1917 for a while and I was able to get down to the farm for a couple of days this past week and do some shooting with it. Let's take a look at that below, shall we?

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Food Thread: Steak For Dinner? Again?

—CBD

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Is anyone else deeply ambivalent about flavoring good steak? I sure am, in spite of the delights of some of those flavorings. compound butters (like the chipotle butter in the photo) usually taste great, and the classic Italian presentation of excellent olive oil and a squeeze of lemon is a marvelous thing. But the flavor of a perfectly cooked piece of nicely marbled beef is so good and pure and simple and...dare I say it...perfect, that it seems a bit of a waste to tart it up with other stuff. It's almost (shudder) French!

Commenter redc1c4 sent along some cooking tips from a high-end butcher in La La Land, and while they are pretty straightforward, I would not consider them the Gospel.

1. Temper the meat.
Yup...I agree. Take it out of the refrigerator about an hour before cooking. I have been doing this for years, and when I can't for some reason I think I have noticed a difference.

2. Season aggressively.
Our second point of agreement, but I season when I take the steak out of the refrigerator. I think that with time, salt penetrates the meat a bit and adds to the experience. And...I hold the steak in one hand and a big pinch of Kosher salt in the other, and sprinkle from up high. That makes it nice and even.

But they also say to use pepper, and I must disagree! I think pepper burns at high temperatures and does not belong on the steak until it is done cooking.

3. Heat.
Preheat whatever method you are using. No argument from me.

4. Patience.
Don't poke and prod and move the steak too much. That's true of all foods!

5. Rest!
Let it rest. Absolutely. This may be the most important bit of advice they provide. Relax, pour yourself a glass of wine or mead or the blood of your enemies or whatever you drink with steak, put up your feet and enjoy the experience of waiting for something glorious. Five minutes won't kill you.

6. The Finish.
They suggest using a thermometer to check the final temperature, and I guess that is good advice. I certainly use my thermometer all of the time, especially on fish. Just not on steak. I think the touch method works just as well, and you get the opportunity to lick your fingers or burn yourself!

7. Plating.
Sure. Why not. Warm the plate. I usually put it next to the grill so it is warmed by the copious quantities of ambient heat, but hot water or a warm oven or a bunch of other ways will work just as well.

I think most people who take steak seriously do all of these things as a matter of course, but if you are just starting out on the road to steak perfection (it is a long road, you'll never get there, but the ride is great!), this advice is a good place to begin.

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First-World Problems...Part 1010

—CBD

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No, they aren't cute. They are terrorists with bushy tails.

They have been digging up my yard this spring with tremendous vigor, and I have had just about enough. Some of you know the lengths to which I will go to end the squirrels' domination of the suburban landscape. I will take no prisoners. I will play for keeps.

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SpaceX Launch! We Can Still Do It!

—CBD

It's gratifying to see an American launch. Yes, that is patriotic and nationalistic and jingoistic and probably racist and sexist and age-ist and whatever pejoratives we have become inured to...

And open thread, because you are going to talk about the rioting anyway...

Below the fold is a live feed of the ISS (not sure how long that will last).

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 05-31-2020

—OregonMuse

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Public Library, Stockholm, Sweden


Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes, wine moms, frat bros, crétins sans pantalon (who are technically breaking the rules), rioters, looters, outside agitators, and the rest of you standing on the corner minding your own business. Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, a weekly compendium of reviews, observations, snark, witty repartee, hilarious bon mots, and a continuing conversation on books, reading, spending way too much money on books, writing books, and publishing books by escaped oafs and oafettes 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, I need to warn you, are especially bad today, and cannot be unseen. So if you have a weak heart, liver or an otherwise sub-optimal constitution, you'd best just keep on walking and enjoy the rest of the book thread.



Pic Note:

Very impressive for a public library:

Stockholm Public Library includes more than 2 million volumes and 2.4 million audio tapes, CDs and audio books.

The "international library" is the section for foreign languages, housed in two floors of an annex behind the main building... Its holdings comprise more than 100 languages with 17,000 volumes in Persian, 15,800 in Arabic, and 14,500 in Spanish. In 2007 the most borrowed languages were Russian (19,300 loans), Thai, Spanish, Arabic, Persian, Chinese, Polish and Japanese. For some of these languages, Stockholm serves public libraries in the rest of Sweden through interlibrary loans.

Here's the story I always like to tell about Sweden:

A few years ago I saw the Swedish movie Let The Right One In, which plot concerned a bullied school kid finding himself protected by a vampire. He is the son of a single mom and there are several scenes shot inside the apartment they live in, and I was surprised how depressing and shabby it looked. I know she's a single mom and probably doesn't make much money, but even still, we're talking Soviet Union/East Bloc levels of shabbiness. Then there was a scene shot at a municipal swimming pool in the town where they lived and the facility looked absolutely magnificent. No expense was spared in the construction materials. It looked like a swimming pool you'd find in Emperor Nero's palace.

Seeing this library reminds me of that.


It Pays To Increase Your Word Power®

(There is apparently nothing new about the Peter principle)

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EMT 05/31/20

—krakatoa

I've been struggling with the question of just what's the right hat to wear to the riots?

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Saturday Overnight Open Thread (5/30/20)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Saturday Night Joke

The king wanted to go fishing, and he asked the royal weather forecaster the forecast for the next few hours.

The palace meteorologist assured him that there was no chance of rain.

So the king and the queen went fishing. On the way, he met a man with a fishing pole riding on a donkey, and he asked the man if the fish were biting.

The fisherman said, "Your Majesty, you should return to the palace. In just a short time I expect a huge rainstorm."

The king replied: "I hold the palace meteorologist in high regard. He is an educated and experienced professional. Besides, I pay him very high wages. He gave me a very different forecast. I trust him."

So, the king continued on his way.

However, in a short time, torrential rain fell from the sky. The King and Queen were totally soaked.

Furious, the king returned to the palace and gave the order to execute the meteorologist.

Then he summoned the fisherman and offered him the prestigious position of royal forecaster.

The fisherman said, "Your Majesty, I do not know anything about forecasting. I obtain my information from my donkey. If I see my donkey's ears drooping, it means with certainty that it will rain."

So, the king hired the donkey.

And so, began the practice of hiring dumb asses to work in influential positions of government.

And thus, the symbol of the Democrat Party was born.

The practice continues to this day.
H/T Hrothgar

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Saturday Evening Movie Thread 05-30-2020 [Hosted By: Moviegique]

—OregonMuse

This Film Is Not Yet Rated

I have, in the past, been a bit of a censorship buff (which, sadly, is neither the least weird nor the least boring thing about me) so I was much intrigued by Kirby Dick’s film exposé of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) This Film Is Not Yet Rated. The film, of course, is not actually rated, severely limiting it’s options for box-office success—the point of the film—but given the way most people reacted when I said I had seen it, I doubt this made much of a difference. Sample true dialogue:

I just saw a film
about the MPAA.”

The what?

The MPAA! The Motion
Picture Association of America.”

Oh.” Blinks of
non-recognition.

They rate the
movies!”

‘kay.”
They’re also lobby
for the studios.”

Got any dip?”

People do not seem to be fascinated by the topic. I first became aware of the ratings board through the late H.B. Halicki who griped that his film Gone In 60 Seconds (the 1974 classic, not the recent remake) had gotten an R-rating instead of a PG because he was an independent and not a big studio. (By the way, I was told this story second-hand as a young child, so it may be entirely apocryphal.) Nonetheless, indies getting a harsh rating where the board was lenient with the big studios are a fair chunk of this film’s exposé.

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Most of this movie's posters have a naked woman on them, not that it's dabbling in exploitation. *kaff*

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Saturday Afternoon Chess thread 05-30-2020

—OregonMuse

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WFM Valeria Rjanova (RUS)


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 (400)

Goal: White can force mate in 3 moves
Hint: Deflect the pawn from the g6 square


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Ace of Spades Pet Thread

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(Wonder if the cat's name is Tanya?)


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Good afternoon and welcome to the almost world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread. C'mon in and enjoy the world of pets. Its a wonderful place to be for the next couple of hours. So leave the world and current events at the front door.

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Tesla Manned Rocket Launch

—Ace

So far it looks like a go. I think the launch is scheduled for 3:22.

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Saturday Gardening and Puttering Thread, Almost June! [KT]

—Open Blogger

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Hello gardeners, putterers and dreamers! It's almost June. Anything interesting going on in your garden? First up today, how about we visit Manny's garden on Kauai? Well, actually it's MrsM's garden. Above, a Lobster Claw Heliconia.

And below, a few of MrsM's orchids.

She grows them on the trunks of her Manila palms in the yard.

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The New York Times gets what it wants: riots [KT]

—Open Blogger

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Police car on fire outside CNN headquarters
Atlanta

In previous weeks and months, we have been reviewing developments since the New York Times announced last August that it would be focusing its news coverage, as much as possible, on racism (with particular emphasis on Donald Trump, of course). Other media outlets joined in.

Some other news items have distracted the media since then. But they sure have a bonanza of race-related stories to cover now. I decided to go back and look at one of the essays which was submitted by black Americans for the "1776 Initiative", which is aimed at countering the pernicious effects of the NYT's "1619 Project". Might it have some relevance to today's news?

Shelby Steele

Mr. Steele's essay describes how he decided, after the disillusionment of the late 1960s, not to abandon America, after visiting Africa. It explains how both minorities and white elites gain power and a sense of historical place through promoting a continued emphasis on victimhood.

You might want to read the whole thing. What has changed and what hasn't since the late '60s?

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Saturday Morning Coffee Break

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(H/T ibguy)

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EMT 05/30/20

—krakatoa

Blue on blue?

Whatevs.

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I'll Have An ONT With A Side Of Fries And A Draft Beer

—WeirdDave

So last night I was pretty bushed and I just posted some of the amusing pictures I collect for content, and y'all went almost 1700 comments. It's like sticking my thumb in a bowl of water – interesting to note the impression I make. :P

Tonight I got to do something I haven't done in months- eat out at a real restaurant like an actual human being! Lockdown Larry said restaurants with “outside seating” could open today and one up the street did. We sat in a tent, but I guess that counts. Our poor server had to be gloved and masked, so I left her a big tip, just because I was so glad to be able to go out to eat.

Related:

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Rioters Smash Glass At CNN's Atlanta Headquarters
Rioters Smash Through Metal Barriers and Advance on White House

—Ace

Second video. I included the first to set up the joke Rita Panahi has going.

Update:

It seems that some journalists are suddenly very concerned about "mere property damage," indeed:

Oh, now destroying property is a problem, huh? Now that it inconveniences you?

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Declassified Flynn/Kislyak Transcripts: Mueller, Schiff, the Entire Media (Including Broad Swaths of "Fair and Balanced News Alternative" Fox) Straight-Up Lied

—Ace

There will be a reckoning.

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Reactions to The... "Protests," As The Fair and Balanced Alternative FoxNews Dictates They Be Called

—Ace

Also a couple things about the pandemic.

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Even as Public is Locked Down With Little to Do But Watch TV, Cord Cutting "Explodes" and Pay TV Is Hit With Its Worst Losses Ever

—Ace

Oh no...

Not the media...

LEARN TO CODE.

This article is actually three weeks old, but it's new to me!

Also, it's about general trends which are continuing.

Traditional cable and satellite TV providers posted their most massive quarterly subscriber losses in the first three months of 2020, as the COVID-19 tornado started to hit the U.S. economy in March. What's more, internet-delivered "virtual" TV providers registered a net loss in the period, too.

Oh no, TV took a hit on the internet too?

Oh no!

And the cord-cutting bleeding is only going to get worse in Q2, as the economic fallout from the coronavirus takes a deeper bite, analysts predict.

The combination of high prices -- amid the backdrop of record unemployment -- as well as loss of live sports fueled an overall drop of 1.8 million pay-TV subscribers in Q1, per estimates by Wall Street analyst firm MoffettNathanson. That translates into an annual rate of decline of 7.6%, the fastest shrinkage of the sector on record.

"At 63% of occupied households, traditional pay TV penetration has reached a level not previously seen since roughly 1995," analyst Craig Moffett wrote in a research note Friday. "There are now as many non-subscribing households (46M) as there were pay TV subscribers in 1988."

The Hollywood Reporter wrote about this yesterday, stressing that the Great Turn Off will accelerate, not diminish.

The rise in unemployment due to the novel coronavirus pandemic led to a new record in pay TV subscriber losses in the first quarter of 2020, and one pay TV analyst on Thursday predicted cord-cutting would accelerate further.

"We see cord-cutting as a secular trend that likely will kick into high gear during and on the other side of COVID-19," Wells Fargo's Jennifer Fritzsche wrote in a report. "With this belief in mind, we have moved our estimates for residential video subscriber losses lower across our cable coverage" to be "worse than Street for 2020 and 2021."

For example, she still projects Comcast to lose nearly 1.79 million pay TV subscribers in 2020, followed by 1.37 million in 2021, up from her previous estimate for a loss of 1.00 million users.

Comcast is a major cable provider and parent company of NBC Propaganda Operations.

The analyst says her "stress tests" modeling accelerating cord-cutting do not "spell doomsday" for the financial health of the media and cable providers.

But... all of her scenarios are bad, and the worst ones are "really bad."

Learn to code, bitches. Learn to fucking code.

Oh that's right, you're too stupid to code.

Learn to dumpster-hunt, bitches. Learn to fucking dumpster-hunt.


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"Protesters" Blocking Traffic, Attacking Cars Are Surprised And Hurt to Discover That Car Drivers May "Protest" Right Back

—Ace

Run them down, a wise man said.

Seriously. If an unruly mob is blocking your car from going forward and attacking it, that is false imprisonment and it may lead to being dragged out of the car and being beaten to death, or raped, or both.

Correction: I should say, run them down when they surround your car and prevent it from moving in any direction. You wouldn't be allowed to run anyone down just because they're blocking forward progress, assuming you could turn around or go into reverse.

But if they're surrounding you and attacking your car: They are attackers. Lethal force isn't authorized by force unlikely to kill (like rolling into someone at 7-10 mph) is.

Not with the intent to injure, but with the intent to flee an attacker using the most expeditious and safe means possible.

No one is required to cooperate with one's kidnappers or obey the commands of an illegal, violent vigilante mob.

Update: It's being claimed that a woman ran after the car and grabbed on to it -- and now The Twitter Mob is saying that is attempted murder, too, because the driver did not stop her car just because Antifa decided she must.

See second video below.

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Julie Kelly: Chris Wallace and the Weekly Standard-ization of Fox "News"

—Ace

I'm already nodding my head and I haven't even read it yet.

Update: In the past few minutes, Chris Wallace has lied -- again -- and claimed Trump called "the protesters" thugs, when of course he was referring to arsonists, rioters, and looters.

This is FoxNews, baby. The Fair and Balanced News Alternative.

What is happening to Fox News Channel?

With the exception of its primetime lineup and a few regular contributors, Fox News increasingly is indistinguishable from its cable news competitors. The network, once considered the sole antidote to dominant left-wing news organizations--both print and broadcast--is making a fatal brand mistake: Alienating its customer base.

...


[T]here is a noticeable change in the tone at Fox News.... [T]rump haters on the Right--folks who long ago burned their credibility with rank-and-file Republicans and conservatives--continue to earn air time on the network. I mean, Chris Stirewalt? Really?

Once-trusted anchors now are openly hostile to President Trump. In a dramatic repudiation of Trump’s comment that he has been taking hydroxychloroquine, Neil Cavuto ranted that the drug is deadly and not effective.

"If you are in a risky population here and you are taking this as a preventative way to ward off the virus or in a worst-case scenario, you are dealing with the virus and you are in this vulnerable population, it will kill you," Cavuto warned his viewers on May 18. "I can't stress this enough. This will kill you." Cavuto insisted he wasn't making a political point but rather a "life-and-death point"” (Cavuto, who is not a doctor, was referring to one non-peer reviewed, retrospective analysis of 368 Covid-19 patients in VA medical centers.)

I'd also note that Neil Cavuto is not a doctor, and in fact looks like a man who routinely hides from medical advice. But here he was, on his own authority, telling you what the "science" says, and picking and choosing between conflicting studies.

Then she gets to Chris Wallace, who is plainly a fat, decaying MSNBC host who gets on the wrong bus every Sunday and shows up at the wrong "news" organization.

Before the release of the Mueller report, Wallace accused Attorney General William Barr of "acting as the counselor for the defense, the counselor for the president, rather than the attorney general," a common refrain of the Left. In a testy exchange, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Wallace, who claimed the administration was ignoring Russian election interference, that the peevish journalist was "fixated" on Robert Mueller.

Hit the link for more.

She concludes that FoxNews' current, but not eternal, core audience is Trump supporters -- whether the Murdoch Boys like it or not, whether Paul Ryan likes it or not, whether Chris Wallace and Chris Stirewalt like it or not -- and they will soon lose most of their audience if they continue trying to cultivate Rachel Maddow's audience.

Do we need yet another #Resistance TV channel?

If you follow ComicsGate, you know the problem occurred when Marvel looked at its actual audience, and discovered they were almost entirely male, almost entirely in their thirties, forties, or fifties, and mostly white.

And Marvel decided it didn't like this audience, so it would start alienating this audience deliberately and chase a "phantom audience" it liked better, a phatom audience of young multi-ethnic girls who love superhero comics becuse if there's one thing a teenaged girl likes, it's stories which are almost entirely about macho posturing followed by single combats or small-team group skirmishes.

I mean, young girls are just ga-ga for barely-disguised boxing stories and war stories! Everyone knows that.

Why, it's working out so well for Marvel they're now in year five of a five year decline in sales.

But hey -- at least they got rid of some of those Deplorable former customers.

Hey, good luck with your new direction in programming, FoxNews. I'm sure you'll have a lot of success when all conservatives are boycotting you and you're forced to compete for the same audience that's already split seven ways by all the (open) liberal outlets.

Oh -- and I'm sure you'll have success fighting for an audience which has lived on poisonous hate for you for twenty five years.

Hey, I've got an idea for a new show you can run to attract your new Phantom Audience.

Can I interest you in a news show hosted by "The New Warriors"? Maybe "The News Warriors"?

I think that's the direction you should take.


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Trump Warns Rioters: When the Looting Starts, the Shooting Starts;
Twitter Censors Tweet -- Again!
Demented Suburban Empathy Mom Nancy French Reports Trump For "Threatening My Nation"

—Ace


Even though Twitter censored Trump's post for supposedly "glorifying violence," rather than announcing a policy he was entitled to announce, Twitter has not yet censored Kathy Griffin's latest urgings that someone assassinate the President:

Twitter also continues allowing the Ayatollah Khameini to make threats against Americans -- without any cenorship or chiding about "glorifying violence."

Meanwhile, this sexually frustrated, spiritually unfulfilled bored cow of a sterotype of a useless, empty-headed housefrump continues Living Her Best Life on Twitter and playing Sheriff Karen:

All of this could be avoided if David French could just manage to achieve an erection for once in his useless c**k life.

The Frenches. Someone has to slap this hysterical bitch until she chills out.

And after you're done with David, move on to Nancy.

Meanwhile, Trump has a press conference upcoming.

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MSNBC's Al Veshi Denies There Is Any Rioting, But Will Allow "Some Fires Have Been Started," Including the Inferno Behind Him

—Ace

By the way, FoxNews is still calling these "protests."

The Fair and Balanced News Alternative, delivering the same pablum we get on MSNBC.

Clarification: I mean the shows controlled by the so-called "News Division," which is pretty much all of their programming except the "opinion" shows like Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, and Laura Ingraham. Lord knows we don't see any opinions from Chris Wallace and Brett Baier.

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Connecticut's "Anyone Can Pretend to be a Girl in Girls Sports" Policy Found to Violate Title IX, Which Guarantees Equal Athletic Opportunities to Women and Girls

—Ace

How serious is Title IX? Well, it's been applied vindictively, mandating, for example, that colleges have to get rid of half of their sports programs because male and female participation should be equal, and if there are more boys than girls interested in sports, whoops, there goes your wrestling team.

I know of a college which had a national champion hockey team. The girls started their own hockey team, which was... not competive. More of a fuck-around than a really competitive program.

Nevertheless, even though the men's team had just won the national championship, and the other was basically Square Dancing 101 on Ice, they were forced to share the ice exactly evenly.

Because... equality.

Women and girls are to be given equal access to their own sports. You can't just have a single wrestling team and say "Girls are invited to try out, but if they fail, oh well."

No, they need their own Women's Wrestling squads.

So how is that in any way reconcilable with the new idea that boys who claim they're really "girls" can compete with actual girls on girls teams?

Spoiler: It's not.

Connecticut's policy allowing transgender girls to compete as girls in high school sports violates the civil rights of athletes who have always identified as female, the U.S. Education Department has determined in a decision that could force the state to change course to keep federal funding and influence others to do the same.

...

The office said in the 45-page letter that it may seek to withhold federal funding over the policy, which allows athletes to participate under the gender with which they identify. The policy is a violation of Title IX, the federal civil rights law that guarantees equal education opportunities for women, including in athletics, the office said.

It has "denied female student-athletes athletic benefits and opportunities, including advancing to the finals in events, higher level competitions, awards, medals, recognition, and the possibility of greater visibility to colleges and other benefits," according to the letter, which is dated May 15.


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The Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

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So this is what the CEI (Competitive Enterprise Institute) has to say about President Trump's new executive order on social media:

President Trump's new executive order on social media speech, if implemented, would require a significant government apparatus to oversee it, as would the legislative proposals we have seen from Republicans like Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO). If the right's concern is the left's presumed dominance of online discourse and the blocking of viewpoints, the proposed Executive Order would worsen the problem by delivering the Internet into the hands of the administrative state...If the Trump White House goes forward with this executive order, some conservatives will have helped erect an Anti-First and Fifth Amendment machinery to police online speech that they are highly unlikely to control as time goes on.

Of course, this misses the point completely. Whoever wrote it has no understanding of the way Trump operates.

It's like tariffs. Many doctrinaire libertarions got upset when Trump proposed new tariffs and increased tariffs on Chinese imports. But it's not clear that he thinks that tariffs are a positive good in and of themselves. He had another end in mind: more advantage trade deals with China, ones that benefitted America more. The threat of tariffs was simply a club that he used to bring China to the negotiating table.

I think this same narrative is in play here. Trump is not interested in adding another layer of government bureacracy to enforce social media regulations. I think his EO is just a shot across the bow to warn social media to clean up its act. The tech giants now know that Trump means what he says and that there are off-the-radar negotiations going on. I don't know this, I am merely speculating, but this is how Trump always seems to work: make a lot of noise in public and get stuff done in practice.

I don't think it is a coincidence that he started taking shots at the pathetic dweeb Joe Scarborough a few days ago. It's part of his distraction strategy. As I've said many times, Democrats and journalists (BIRM) are like a roomful of cats and Trump is the one standing at the door waving a laser pointer. "Just you wait!" I can almost hear them say, "we'll get that red dot this time and that will be the beginning of the end for -- oh, look, there it is, over there on that wall -- get it! Oof! Curse you, Trump!"

He does this *all* the time. And they *always* take the bait. It's like they can't help themselves.

And on a related note, Twitter's fact-checking of Trump's tweet about mail-in ballots turned out to be wrong. Oops.



Here's The Guy Twitter Put In Charge Of Their Banhammer:

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Don't you know? Rioting, arson, looting, and aggravated assault and murder are Acts of Love!!!!
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All Systems Go For SpaceX's First Manned Dragon Launch - Liftoff is scheduled for 3:22PM Eastern. Live stream from NASA here, courtesy of Bob Zimmerman at Behind the Black [J.J. Sefton] UPDATE: Be sure to hit the refresh button to see the latest updates and images at Behind the Black.
Summer Low-Carb Treat?
They used to make sugar free popsicles. They don't seem to make those anymore. But searching on Amazon, I found sugar-free sno-cone syrup and disposable popsicle mold bags. You know, the bags that hold the freezer pop.
I just got the bags, so I can't tell you how it all works together, but I got the snow-cone syrup last night and have been eating a lot of popsicle-flavored ice cubes. Pretty darned good!
When the freezer pops freeze, i'll let you know how they are. I made like 15. I will probably eat like 10.
I'm wondering if having so much ice will dull hunger pangs during a fast.
Commenter "..." says:
76 In 2014 I said:
In five years,
FOX will be CNN
CNN will be MSNBC
MSNBC will be Pravda

Nailed it, though I'm not sure MSNBC is any worse than CNN. We're so used to assuming MSNBC is more partisan and looney than CNN -- but is it? Has that been true in five years?
Dan Bongino
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· May 28
Parler is everything Twitter isn’t. It’s free. Literally. Free to you, and free for your thoughts.
There are no thought-police on Parler. Sign up today.

Some heavy hitters I know just signed up today. I might, but to be honest, I don't really want to be involved in any Twitter-like time suck, whether free or unfree. But I think conservatives will now depart en massse for Parler, leaving just liberals on Twitter -- and by "just liberals," I include the National Review types who are themselves liberal, who only wish to be associated with liberals, and who only talk with liberals. They'll have their long-desired Heaven where there are no Deplorables to argue back against neoliberal corporatism, and the only people permitted all agree on almost every fundamental point of politics. Except for some playfighting over how much the law should favor the multinational corporations paying all of them off.
All the usual Twitter C**ks are tweeting their fury at Josh Hawley for daring to suggest that their church, that is, the Twitter platform, should be exposed to lawsuit if they do not act as a platform, not a publisher; Dave Reaboi responds to them:
@davereaboi

PRO-TIP: Use Evernote to keep URLs of all your anti-Hawley tweets; you’ll need to find them when asking for money from Big Tech in the future.

Say, National Review takes money from Google, right? Why do they never feel obligated to disclose they're on the Tech Monopolies' pad when they fulminate against the Tech Monopolies' opponents?
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The John McCain Funeral Procession Continues, with Grandmaster Meghan McCain
Your father was a corrupt liar, betrayer of friends, homewrecker, abandoner of a cancer-stricken wife. He was also a Democrat.
Proud Goucher College Alumnus Jonah Goldberg Back to Writing About His True Passion, "His Shows"
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So I finally finished Westworld. Rarely has there been a show more adept at holding my attention but not my interest. Such a weird viewing experience.

you know there's no rule that says you have to watch so much tv, and then chitter about it on Twitter like a big fat red-faced bearded housewife
Watch SpaceX’s first manned Dragon launch Our intrepid science reporter Bob Zimmerman is carrying the feed on his website. [J.J. Sefton]
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Anti-Semitic crime in Germany at highest level recorded http://hill.cm/teM1oAZ

Ever recorded?
Are you quite sure about that?
Hint: You know the only book you've ever read, Harry Potter? Think about the historical exemplars the evil wizards were based on.
Another hint: Indiana Jones' second most hated foe, after snakes.
PS: That was like 100 years ago, dude.
In 4 hours and 22 minutes, Tesla hopes to become the first non-government entity to achieve manned spaceflight.
I'll definitely put a post up about this later. It's a big deal when a private corporation now has its own astronaut corps.
Correction: The astronauts themselves are not privately employed. They're NASA astronauts.
At 31:00 in this Derek Hunter podcast, Ann Coulter blasts FoxNews and Jonah Goldberg, with a knock Goucher College
She says that she doesn't watch FoxNews because she knows exactly what they're going to say on it by just watching a few people's twitter feeds a couple of days in advance. I imagine she means Trump's twitter feed -- to attack his latest outrate -- and Jake Tapper's twitter feed, to get the liberal CNN line which gets a very light rewrite for FoxNews and is repackaged as "consensus conservative opinion"
Babylon Bee: Stacey Abrams Says She Will Step Down from the Governorship If Asked to be Biden's VP
If she does step down from the governorship, the chain of succession is as follows: The new governor will be the current governor, Brian Kemp, who is the actual governor, and will succeed himself as governor, being that he is in fact the governor, and not the Let's Just Pretend to Make the Retard Happy Governor that Stacey Abrams is
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"I have power, people should fear me:" Twitch appoints obviously mentally ill transexual, who further claims to be a deer, to its trust and safety council (read: censorship board); transexual deerkin (who is a white man) immediately begins saying many Twitch users are "white supremacists" and then begins giggling about the "power" Twitch has given him/it, stating that people are afraid of him/it, and should be afriad of him/it, because he/it intends to get vengeance
Just another day on social media
Twitch says that their censors represent a "diverse" range of opinions, and that this mentally ill deer tranny does not represent its own opinons -- but if that's true, why is there no normal conservative person on their censorship council? Sure seems like there are some points of view Twitch finds unaccepable.
Oh I forgot, the tranny deerkin wants to outlaw voice chat in competitive play, because he doesn't like the fact that his obviously male (though altered by hormones) voices gives away that he's not a girl, and that's not fair... strange, he has no recommendations to get rid of all sound, as that's not fair to the deaf, nor to get rid of the visual part of games entirely, because that's unfair to the blind. No, it's all about making things "safe" for this tranny deerkin when xhe's playing Fortnight. And that's all that matters, right?
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