December 10, 2019

Mid-Morning Art Thread

—CBD

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Danae
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn

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The Morning Report - 12/10/19

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. Tuesday and up front we have the conclusion of the hearings phase of sham-peachment and the long-awaited dropping of the IG report to unpack, so here we go. First up, the breaking news is after all the blathering about bribery and Nancy Palsi throwing the Ukraine angle under the bus and returning to the completely dead and rotting Mueller deception, those two have been removed from the articles that the President is to be charged with. Aside from the fact that they are consulting focus groups and Ouija boards to determine their moves, all of this indicates that the Palsi, Schiff-for-Brains and Nadless the Human Pastrami have lost complete control of this entire thing. In any case, yesterday's jam session was no different than any of the previous hearings from either committee. The day started off with the Democrats and their confederates spouting distortions and out and out lies about the President and his actions. The most egregious was this Barry Berke insect doing a Trayvon 911 edited tape hit job by first using a snippet of Trump invoking his Article II authority to fire people as his declaring himself emperor and then playing the soundbite from his campaign where he jokingly asked the Russians to find Hillary's missing e-mails as proof of collusion. The fact that this was not immediately challenged and worse, went completely unchallenged by anyone on the GOP was a major blunder. Opportunity to debunk a major media myth wasted.

You also had the exchange between Berke and dual purpose lawyer and witness Dan Goldman just spit-balling hypotheticals and coming to the conclusion that although Trump might not have acted on his supposed impulses to do something illegal, his impulses alone - because they just know he was thinking them - were enough to hang, draw and quarter him. Louie "Go-Go" Gohmert went nuts when suddenly Berke got up from the witness chair, walked over and took a seat on the panel. G-d bless Gohmert for quipping "How much money do you have to give to get to do that?" which visibly infuriated the amorphous cloud of lipids holding the gavel. He also took a shot at ex-preezy Kenya-Kona Blend which doubtless made him gag on a spliff in the downstairs toilet in Kalorama.

But, then when the Republicans finally got their turn in the afternoon, they quite effectively dismantled with extreme prejudice the Democrats' "witnesses." Again, Matt Gaetz used the thoroughly discredited "pee tape" to flame Dan Goldman, exposing him as a partisan hack after he insisted he wasn't and then Nadless for his utterly unethical use of Barry Berke as both a counsel and witness. Later, Doug Collins went after Goldman for refusing to reveal how Schiff-for-Brains got the call logs for Devin Nunes, Rudy Giuliani and others and who was responsible for leaking them. Collins clammed up. Look, we goof on the bug-eyed schmuck from Santa Monica, but make no mistake; Schiff-for-Brains is a dangerous, power-mad thug.

...Certainly, Schiff has not been shy about gathering evidence. So how is it fair that he would obstruct his minority counterpart?

Now that the world knows that Schiff has no problem spying on his ranking member, potential witnesses have reason to fear Schiff will dox them for talking to Nunes. This, of course, was exactly the point of revealing the information. It's a gross infringement upon the rights of the minority to gather relevant information.

By publishing Nunes' phone records, Schiff has now made it less likely that sources will cooperate with Nunes to turn over information relevant to legislative purposes. Nunes used his position to uncover invaluable information about public corruption. Journalist Lee Smith recently penned an entire book cataloging how Nunes led the team that exposed Clinton's funding of the dossier used to frame Trump (just one example of the many revelations uncovered thanks to Nunes).

This is a big deal. By closing off fact-gathering, Schiff is attempting to blind the minority and force it to accept the distorted facts Schiff presents. Bad facts make bad laws and lead to bad legislative acts-like this flimsy impeachment...

I have no illusions about whether or not Schiff-for-Brains or any of his Democrat co-conspirators and henchman will ever face any serious legal repercussions or justified retribution for what they are doing to this president and what shred of law and order and justice may yet exist. Odds are they won't. But their actions are not playing well in Peoria, especially considering the nature of Trump and more crucially, his incredible record of success when compared and contrasted to past presidents, Democrat and RINO. The Democrat-Media Complex brought this upon itself, but then again perhaps it was inevitable. The eight years of Obama, plus much of the previous 20 of the Bushes and Clinton brought the nation to a crossroads politically, culturally and economically. Trump and most Americans wanted a way back. And the powers that be would not allow that to happen. Winston Churchill spoke of the end, the beginning of the end and the end of the beginning, in referring to what would prove to be the midpoint of World War Two (El Alamein). Perhaps we may be at or even approaching that "end of the beginning" phase. But despite the urge for eeyore-ism, remember that none of what has been exposed - none of it - would have ever been revealed and confirmed to both us, and now many more Americans than ever had it not been for Donald J. Trump. So, at least there's that. And I think it's going to prove to be a much bigger thing in the long run than even we can see from this vantage point in time.

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Monday Overnight Open Thread (12/9/19)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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THE QUOTES OF THE DAY


Quote I

"Remember when Bloomberg demanded a third term as mayor and got it? Trump will do the same. Beware, the same autocratic impulses..." S.E. Cupp


Quote II

“I do believe that we have to deal with the original sin. We have to deal with slavery. Slavery was the thing that put all of what President Trump has done lately into motion. The president has played on racism and he’s used that as a weapon to galvanize a base of support, to mobilize people.” Rep. Al Green (D-TX)


Quote III

“When you talk to those who are in law enforcement and really push them a little bit, like a sheriff or a prosecutor and say, ‘So, really? You mean you’re going to allow violent felons to go ahead and purchase firearms?’ No. They back down pretty quickly.” Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring


Quote IV

And then you have That’sLieutenant Colonel Bratwurst – if you’ve been in uniform, you know there’s one of those guys in every unit, and the wise commander has him off inventorying combat boots at the CIF, where he can’t provoke the troops to hang him by his skivvies from the flag pole out in front of Division HQ. You look at this parade of smug, over-credentialed bureaucrats with delusions of competence and a track record of screw-ups and, to cite the popular meme, you realize that Trump was elected to fire people like them. Kurt Schlichter

Quote V

"The phenomenon of migration is compounded by war, hunger and a 'defensive mindset,' which makes us in a state of fear believe that you can defend yourself only by strengthening borders. At the same time, there is exploitation." Pope Francis

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And Now Some Political Advertisements From Our Tyrannical and Vicious (and Incompetent) Ruling Class

—Ace of Spades

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Trump Surging in Polls in Three Battleground States, as Impeachment Seems to be Damaging Biden and the Democrats

—Ace of Spades

LOL.

I think Trump should thank David Frum, John Podhoretz, David French, the Dispatch, the Bulwark, National Review et al. when he cruises -- ahoy! -- to reelection with 350 electoral votes.

Quarterly polling by the Republican firm Firehouse Strategies, with Optimus, had President Trump struggling in the mega-battlegrounds of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin -- but in the newest edition, he beats every Democrat.

The big picture: Trump won by an average of six percentage points in hypothetical match-ups against all current Democratic candidates, including Joe Biden, who was performing well in head-to-head contests against Trump in polling conducted earlier in the year.

The poll found that a majority of likely 2020 voters surveyed do not support impeaching and removing Trump from office.

LOLOLOLOL

The Democrats have two chances to beat Trump if they can't win two of the three PA, WI, and MI: Slim and none, and slim just resigned after photos of a "thruple" relationship with a staffer surfaced.

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Fusion Co-Founders Glenn Simpson and Jonathan Winer Refused to Talk to IG;
James Comey and Former FBI Attorney James Baker Also Avoided Fully Testifying

—Ace of Spades

Specifically, Comey and Baker refused to get recertified for a classification clearance, thus blocking the IG's efforts to "refresh their recollection" with classified documents.

"Refreshing a witness' recollection" by showing him documents is a common thing at trials and in investigations.

But sometimes witnesses lie about events, and sometimes lie about having no recollection of certain critical details. James Comey, for example, has a steel-trap recall as to things he wants to claim to his media and government coconspirators, but has all sorts of convenient memory lapses about stuff that could get him into legal trouble.

So the IG wanted to "refresh his recollection" about this convenient periods of Lost Time by showing him classified documents and notes that would explain exactly who he talked to and when he talked to them and what he said to them.

Rather than agreeing to do this, Comey said, "Nah, I decline to get new clearance to see classified material," thus preventing the IG from "refreshing his recollection."

Had he been confronted with a lie about a convenient lack of memory with a document that explained exactly what happened, he would have had to make a choice between telling the truth, or doubling down on his lie even in the face of a documentary record "reminding" him of the truth.

Now, one can get out of a lot of perjury charges by claiming one just didn't remember right, but if someone shows you documentary evidence about what the facts are and you still claim you don't remember, or you remember a version of the story at variance with the written contemporaneous record...?

Well, that makes it much harder to plead "no intent" to a perjury charge.

And so Comey -- the Straight Arrow Truth Teller -- choose to avoid such efforts to get at the truth and keep himself without a security clearance.

For whatever reason, he did not want his recollections to be refreshed.

What is that the Democrats (by which I mean "the media") say whenever a Trump associate declines to testify...?

"The only reason to not testify is because you're guilty."

Hm, why does that rule never seem to apply to Glenn Simpson, James Comey, and the rest of the Straight Shooters Gang?

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Star Democrat "Witness" Says That Trump Should Be Impeached Because His 8-Year-Old Son Thinks Trump Is a "Bad Person," Then Jumps from the Witness Seat to the Prosecutor's Table and Starts Interrogating Republican Witnesses

—Ace of Spades

He's both the star witness and the prosecuting attorney at today's fake impeachment hearings, because the Democrats have said "YOLO" to constitutional government and civil peace.

First, as an expert witness in the field of Orange Man Bad:

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"Ghostbusters: Afterlife" Trailer

—Ace of Spades

I initially didn't like it, and wanted to say "#NotMyGhostbusters," but it's grown on me in the past five minutes.

It's set in a small town in the midwest, rather than New York City. This might have something to do with Dan Aykroyd's complaining that Lady Ghostbusters cost far, far too much money to ever be profitable (even if it had been good, which it wasn't).

It also might have something to do with the film's need to position itself as different in all ways from the disastrous Lady Ghostbusters abortion. They need a different setting, a different tone, and a different age cohort of the main characters.

It also differentiates itself from Lady Ghostbusters -- and from The Real Ghostbusters -- by presenting itself not as a comedy at all, but some kind of Spielbergian action fantasy.

There are no jokes in the trailer. None.

Now that's definitely running from Lady Ghostbusters. Whether this is an accurate teaser for the actual movie or if they're just trying too hard to show they're not like the Fake Ghostbusters, desperate for laughs, I don't know.

It has a very Stranger Things look and feel, down to the Spielbergian suburban barely-middle-class messiness.

It has Paul Rudd. I didn't know he was in this.

The Ghostbusters do not appear in the clip, except in a clip from what is probably Ghostbusters 2, presented as a television news clip, as Paul Rudd explains that there were lots and lots of ghosts to bust in the 80s.

But there have been no ghosts since then. Until now.

Didn't see that one coming.

I assume the Ghostbusters will show up (the living ones, at least) to mentor the kids a little, and might even suit up for the climax, but the main characters here are clearly the little kids so the OG Ghostbusters won't be in the movie much and aren't really needed by the plot all that much.

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LTC Hickman Demolishes Strategic Pastry Repository Alex Vindman

—Ace of Spades

Brutal.

From someone who actually served with Vindman, & is in contact w/many other soldiers who have as well, let me just say wrong on integrity, honor, & patriotism. Vindman's a partisan who made disparaging comments about Americans, & I had to reprimand him for it in 2013.

Speaking to those within his Apache Troop/1/2SCR, his command was cut to the minimum for credit, & just prior to deployment for combat, because, according to his NCOs, he lacked the qualities you just mentioned, & leadership. Also, he was the worse commander they've ever served under & a couple of those NCOs are still active duty Soldiers.

Not all officers are good, as some slip through the system like Vindman. His career should've ended as a CPT, but he switched from Infantry to functional area FAO & survived.

The primary takeaway is Vindman acted out of partisanship by foregoing his chain of command, & leaking to a known partisan Democrat to initiate this impeachment. In the military we resolve things in an apolitical military fashion, through the immediate chain of command, & at the lowest level possible.

That he 'perceived' the President's request as a demand is not a fact, nor should his partisan perceptions or opinions matter. Vindman's disagreement with President Trump on foreign policy, is ridiculous on it's face, as @POTUS sets foreign policy, not congress, and certainly not some LTC staff officer.

If Vindman testifies before the Senate, I have a feeling more military folks will stand to tell the truth.🇺🇸 #TruthExposed #TruthMatters

Trump just gave a short statement to the press from the Cabinet Room, but I haven't found a link to the video yet.

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John Durham: I'm the One With the Prosecutorial Power and the Final Say, IG Obama Holdover

—Ace of Spades



Word is, Barr and Durham are privately "furious" at Obama-appointee Horowitz for pulling a Comey -- mistakes were made, no "intent," case closed.

From the post below:

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IG Report Released
COMPLETE WHITEWASH

—Ace of Spades

Here. I'm going to start skimming. If you see anything good, quote it in the comments, if you would be so kind.



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Rumor: Horowitz Report to be Released to Public in One Hour
Mark Meadows: I Now Understand the Reason for Media/Democrat Defensive Leaks; It's Worse Than They've Been Claiming

—Ace of Spades


The DOJ inspector general report on the origins of the Russia probe has been transmitted to Congress.

— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews)

#twoweeks

The Daily Caller sets the table for what the report will talk about.

At the heart of the probe is whether the FBI misled the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) regarding information from Christopher Steele, a former British spy who worked in 2016 for the DNC and Clinton campaign.

The FBI relied on information from Steele to assert there was probable cause to believe Carter Page was a working as an agent of Russia. Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department’s highly respected inspector general, opened an investigation March 28, 2018, that initially focused on how the FBI handled Steele’s information, and whether investigators disclosed everything they knew about the dossier to the FISC.

Horowitz since expanded the investigation to look at whether the FBI had a sound basis to open investigations into four Trump campaign associates in late July 2016. The watchdog also investigated whether the FBI properly handled confidential sources used in the probe.

That part of the report will likely focus on at least two FBI informants: Steele and Stefan Halper, a former Cambridge professor whom the FBI tasked to connect with Carter Page and Trump aide George Papadopoulos.

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The report is also likely to include an assessment of whether FBI officials were biased against Trump during the Russia probe. During an investigation into FBI activities during the Hillary Clinton email investigation, Horowitz’s team discovered anti-Trump text messages that FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok exchanged with FBI lawyer Lisa Page.

More: Fusion Nat whines on behalf of Christopher Steele.

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The Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

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"Democrats and their progressive media allies shrieking about Russia 24/7 need to step back and listen to themselves. And knowing a little history wouldn't hurt. Back in the 1950s, they used to laugh at the Birchers who were finding commies hiding under every bed. And who also made the claim that President Eisenhower was self-consciously a Soviet agent. That last bit was the straw that broke the camel's back for William F. Buckley, who barred anyone associated with the John Birch Society from appearing in his National Review magazine.

He thus booted them from the conservative movement. And it worked. The John Birch Society was effectively marginalized to this day.

"Well, that was then, this is now. The progressives do not have anyone like Buckley, no voice of reason or sanity who can stand athwart history, yelling 'STOP!'

"And since the only way to maintain a conspiracy theory against the evidence of facts and logic is by expanding it, they just keep getting crazier and crazier. Look at those WaPo headlines. One Republican after another gets declared a Russian asset, and then the *entire party* gets labelled a Russian asset, and there is no evidence that any editor at the WaPo ever said, 'Wow, this is just crazy talk' or 'We need to dial it back a bit, otherwise we'll sound like a bunch of kooks and lose the confidence of our readers.'

They're all on board the crazy train, and there's no brakes."

(h/t Nathan Brand for the WaPo headlines)



The Descent Into Madness:

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Mid-Morning Art Thread

—CBD

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Still Life With Rabbit
Anne Valleyer-Coster

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The Morning Report - 12/9/19

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. Start of a new week and the top stories are the release of the IG Horowitz Report and the House Judiciary Committee set to charge President Trump with treason. Yes, gentle reader, you read that right: T-R-E-A-S-O-N. These people are truly sick. They are doing more than just playing games; they are playing with fire, here. If I had the ability to hold back and not slam my fist into Jerrold Nadler's gaping maw, I would certainly displace the perpetual slab of pastrami with a microphone and try to get him on record to answer the question "do you realize treason is a capital crime?" Okay, I get it. You turds are doing anything and everything you can to sabotage the President while covering up for your own crimes of sabotaging 2016 and then Trump's nascent presidency, which for the record, come within a red nether-hair's breadth of actual dictionary definition treason. Meanwhile, we still have hearings set for today, which you gave the Republicans on the committee essentially zero time to prepare for, dumping thousands of pages of evidence at the last minute. Not that that would matter since the committees are a farce of both fairness and legal precedent.

The Democrats have ensnared themselves in their own trap. For over three years, everything they have done to rig the election and then sabotage this president has failed, and spectacularly so. And since impeachment was promised even before Trump took the oath of office, impeachment is what they are going to have to deliver. But invoking treason is truly crossing a line. For argument's sake, let's say the House votes to impeach - and the jury is still out on if they even have the votes (although I suspect they do and the scuttlebutt that they don't is a head-fake), and then he is exonerated in the Senate. What then? Forget the shmoo-like bespectacled "G-d-cursed chimptato hybrid" screaming at the clouds. Will the Antifarians turn into Weathermen 2, Electric Boogaloo? I almost feel the Democrats would cheer that on, if not intentionally engaging in all of this to enable exactly that. As I said, they are playing with fire here.

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 07:38 AM Comments

Sunday Overnight Open Thread (12/8/19)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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THE QUOTES OF THE DAY


Quote I

“Pelosi invokes her Catholicism on everything but abortion,” Rush Limbaugh


Quote II

“We sincerely apologize to this child and her family and will be taking immediate disciplinary action against the person responsible.” Lisa Kinney, DOC Spokesperson


Quote III

"We can't go on like this; it is not sustainable that children skip school and we don't want to continue — we would love some action from the people in power. People are suffering and dying today. We can't wait any longer," Greta Thunberg


Quote IV

"The Internet as we know it was developed by taxpayer-funded research, using taxpayer-funded grants in taxpayer-funded labs. Our tax dollars built the Internet, and access to it should be a public good for all, not another price-gouging profit machine for Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon." Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

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Gun Thread: After Thanksgiving and Before Christmas Edition [Weasel]

—Open Blogger

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Can you believe Thanksgiving is already in the rear-view mirror and Christmas is coming up fast? I don't know about you all but this year has been flying by for me. While you're out shopping for others, how about getting yourself a little something, too? Or even a big something! Here's a question, what one shooting related item would you like to find under the tree on Christmas morning? I'm talking about the one thing you've always wanted but have never managed, for one reason or another, to get for yourself?

Let's take a look below and see what our moron pals have been up to, shall we?

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Food Thread: The Bigger The Better! Make Something Huge For Christmas Or New Year's Eve...

—CBD

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There's nothing quite like a large hunk of flesh, still attached to the bones, and complete with the fat that the beast was kind enough to deposit in and on its carcass.

Who doesn't like a monstrous slice of prime rib, or a wonderful rich and fatty slice from a lovingly roasted lamb leg, or even -- dare I say it -- a double-cut chop from a luscious pork roast?

I guess, for the purposes of politeness and inclusiveness, I should include large birds, but please don't throw TURKEY! at me. Roast a goose or even a duck, but not (shudder) turkey again!

I think the prerequisite is size...there is something festive and wonderful about the idea and the sight and the aroma of something big. When the host has to get help to carry the damned thing into the dining room, you know that you are in the right place!

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Hope For Casualties! The Newest Internecine Struggle On The Left Is Popcorn And Pudding Worthy!

—CBD

It's a Politico article, so don't click!. But it is a clear signal that the hard Left is becoming frustrated with the superannuated Democrat leadership, and wants change now. It's hard to see anyone on the national stage who would give them what Warren constantly signals as her platform (Sanders is, perhaps, different, but no farther left), but that's simply not enough for these heirs to the Weathermen and the SDS and every other left-wing organization that espouses the overthrow of free markets, free speech, and every other freedom we have.

How the Cool Kids of the Left Turned on Elizabeth Warren

Millennial socialists’ favorite magazine is breaking up with Elizabeth Warren. But it’s saying: It’s not me. It’s you.

That magazine is Jacobin, the nine-year-old publication that has become the de facto voice of the young socialist movement in America. Its favorite candidate all along has been Bernie Sanders, the only self-proclaimed socialist to mount a major campaign for the presidency of the United States since Eugene Debs almost 100 years ago. But for many months, as the 2020 campaign began to unfold, Jacobin treated Warren as the next best thing.

I don't know about you, but I am rooting for both sides! Let this be the beginning of a long, brutal nasty, underhanded battle for the soul (if they have one) of the lunatic fringe of the Democrat party, otherwise known as their base.

As Churchill famously said (or didn't say),

If a man is not a socialist by the time he is 20, he has no heart. If he is not a conservative by the time he is 40, he has no brain.
I would disagree with the first point, but wholeheartedly embrace the second...

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The Rule Of Law Is A Marvelous Thing, Unless It Fails The People

—CBD

Is this what is coming in America? When it is blatantly obvious that some are above the law, are the good and not-so-good people of this country going to take matters into their own hands?

India Police Kill 4 Rape Suspects Already In Custody

Police said they needed to question the suspects at the crime scene — before daybreak — to have them retrace their steps and collect more evidence.

But by sunrise, all four suspects had been shot dead by police. They had yet to be charged.

"Law has done its duty," the top police official on the case, V.C. Sajjanar, told reporters at a news conference.

Not for the failures of violent crime tactics (although there are numerous failings on that front) but for the increasingly common assumption that there certain classes of people, namely politicians and the rich, who are actively protected by the government legal apparatus. They are afforded privileges to which we have no access. And even worse, that government legal apparatus has been weaponized for the craven political and financial desires of the chosen few.

How will this play out? Will the elites -- the Deep StateTM -- win out? Will they retain control of the whip hand of government and continue their campaign to cow into total submission the people of America? Or will there be a sea change? One that takes back the power to control our government, rather than be controlled?

I have no idea.

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 12-08-2019

—OregonMuse

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John K King Used Books, Detroit, MI

Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes, wine moms, frat bros, crétins sans pantalon (who are technically breaking the rules), wits, half-wits, quarter-wits, eighth wits, and the whole geometric series, the sum of which equals two Morons. 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, whose ugliness is excelled only by that hat, which looks like something they would use to hide a wireless router.



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This used book shop is just yuuge:

John K. King started in the book business when he was just a teenager in 1965. Since then, he has continually advanced in the field; starting out selling books out of the trunk of his 1954 Packard to present day, offering over a million titles that can only be housed within four expansive floors of seemingly endless shelves.

You could probably spend a week in there and not get to the end of it.


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EMT 12/08/19

—krakatoa

My last mouse was getting pretty flaky.

On black friday, I picked up a $5 mouse at WalMart.

I must say, I think I like it better than the $50 mouse it replaced.

How's it look to you all?

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Saturday Overnight Open Thread (12/7/19)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Saturday Night Joke


Love is a Many Splendored Thing...


A woman, cranky because her husband was late coming home again, decided to leave a note, saying, "I've had enough and have left you...don't bother coming after me"

Then she hid under the bed to see his reaction.

After a short while, the husband comes home and she could hear him in the kitchen before he comes into the bedroom. She could see him walk towards the dresser and pick up the note.

fter a few minutes, he wrote something on it before picking up the phone and calling someone.

"She's finally gone...yeah I know, about bloody time, I'm coming to see you, put on that sexy French nightie. I love you...can't wait to see you...we'll do all the naughty things you like."

He hung up, grabbed his keys and left.

She heard the car drive off as she came out from under the bed, seething with rage and with tears in her eyes.

She grabbed the note to see what he wrote.

"I can see your feet. We're outta bread; be back in five minutes." H/T CBD

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Organic Food & Anti-Vaxxers - Does The Fear of Safe Food Lead to Fear of Safe Vaccines
[BUCK THROCKMORTON]

—Open Blogger

The American media and our popular culture both celebrate a fear of safe, nutritious food if it is not labeled “organic.” To be consistent then, why don’t we also celebrate anti-vaxxers’ fear of safe vaccines, which are also not “organic?” To be clear, I am not an anti-vaxxer. I am strongly pro-vaccine. Everyone in my house is vaccinated, and I am appalled at the outbreaks of contagious diseases due to anti-vaxxers. But let’s be clear, a venn diagram of those who obsess about organic food and anti-vaxxers will reveal a major overlap. If you know an anti-vaxxer, he is most likely committed to an organic diet.

Our culture accepts as a scientific fact that organic food is healthier than non-organic food. You can watch TV, read popular magazines, or listen to healthy-living gurus, and overwhelmingly you will be told that organic food is healthier than non-organic food. Recipes tend to call for organic produce and ingredients. And it goes beyond organic foods. Genetically-modified foods are slandered as “frankenfoods” concocted by mad scientists in a laboratory. Further, we are admonished to avoid anything that is not “natural.”

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Saturday Afternoon Chess Thread 12-07-2019

—OregonMuse

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Viktorija Beinoraite (LIT)



Pic Note:

Viktorija isn't titled, at least not yet. Her FIDE rating is 1928, which, in the U.S., would make her a Class A player, one step below Expert and 2 below Master.

Shore is purty, though.

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 (351)

Goal: White can force checkmate in 3
Hint: Checkmate will be delivered by a rook


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Ace of Spades Pet Thread

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Good afternoon and welcome to the almost world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread. IIRC today's photo above the fold was submitted by Legally Sufficient.

Any way thanks for stopping by this afternoon. Kick back and enjoy the world of pets.

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Saturday Gardening And Puttering Thread, Cozy Edition [KT]

—Open Blogger

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Hello, gardeners, putterers, photographers and friends. Above is a photo of northern lights from Jake Holenhead, from Northern Alberta or the Northwest Territories, taken some years back. We will feature more of these later. But today, we are going indoors for the rest of this thread.

Christmas Decorations Have you put up Christmas decorations yet?

The First Family is celebrating their third Christmas in the White House. This year's theme, "The Spirit of America," is a tribute to the traditions, customs, and history that make our Nation great. Designed by First Lady Melania Trump, the White House decorations celebrate the courageous individuals who have shaped our country and kept the American spirit alive.

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Changes and challenges to our healthcare system [KT]

—Open Blogger

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From October:

Ten hospitals--three in Alabama and seven in Australia--have been hit with paralyzing ransomware attacks that are affecting their ability to take new patients . . .

This is a relatively new health care challenge. But others have been developing for many, many years.

WeirdDave knows more that I do about health care systems, and last night in the ONT, he posted this link on Trump's requirement that hospitals disclose their negotiated rates.

He said:

If you want to know how to reform health care to bring down costs, this is where you start, right here, with absolute price transparency. There's no reason that people can't shop for health care like they do anything else. This is a good start, but it doesn't go nearly far enough. Baby steps.

So, hospitals are suing Trump to keep their negotiated prices secret. Of course.

Anyway, what would ordinary consumers do differently if they had access to the prices of their health care in advance? This piece, linked in J.J. Sefton's Morning Report a while ago, provides a few ideas. Why primary care costs a trillion dollars more than it should:

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Saturday Morning Coffee Break

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EMT 12/07/19

—krakatoa

2 more shopping days until I.G. Horowitz demonstrates the power of a fully operational deep state.

Save us, Obi Wan Durham. You're our only hope.

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The ONT's Upon Us

—WeirdDave

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Like it or not, the holidays are upon us. The weather is colder, the lights are brighter and Hans Gruber is falling off the Nakatomi Tower. The season's upon us.

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Reflections Thread: Please Share Your Sad Stories About How Trump Destroyed the Economy and Blew Up the Planet and Killed You

—Ace of Spades

Among the many discussions we're not permitted to engage in the Trumpreich is the rather important fact that we all died between November 8, 2016 and February 2017.

I think it's about time that we were bold enough to say, courageously, "Mr. Cheetos Mengele, you murdered us all, and no, that's Not Okay."

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"I say, Seth, did you read that coquettish little missive
by David French in his very masculine column French Press?"

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Woman In Polyamorous Relationship With Four Men Is Preggers

—Ace of Spades

The woman and the, uh, men who attend to her all look precisely as you'd guess they'd look.

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Behind the scenes at The Dispatch


She knows which of her four, um, studs is the father, but she intends to marry a different one.

A polyamorous woman in Florida with four partners is pregnant, and says despite sharing her bed with her many lovers, she’s certain of who the father is.

Tory Ojeda, 20, lives with three of her four partners in their Jacksonville, Fla., home. Marc, Travis, Ethan and Christopher take turns spending time with Ojeda, "swapping in and out" of her bed each night, she tells Barcroft Media.

The household’s love story began three years ago when Ojeda met Marc, 18, in high school. Two months later, she opened things up with Travis, 23 -- to whom she is now engaged. Later, she brought Ethan, 22, and Christopher, 22, into the fold[s].

Sorry, it seemed like they made a typo on that last word so I fixed it for them.

...

Ojeda and her boyfriends hope society will one day come around to their type of relationship -- already, couples and "throuples" say opening up their marriage has only made it stronger.

So this is a quipple.

If you want to donate to the child's Psychiatric Institutionalization Fund, I'll set up a Go Fund Me.

Here's some video. Seriously, it looks like the Daily Twitter NeverTrump Circle Jerk. They just need a couple of obese men.

Exit quote: "Tory [the quadruply-penetrated female] is the hub, and we're all the spokes, in a giant wheel."

No really. They said that.

This is so hot I want to drink a nice tall cold glass of bleach.

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Senate Impeachment Trial Could be Quagmire for Democrats and Joe Biden In Particular

—Ace of Spades

No exit strategy.


Just as the Democrats did over the last several weeks in the House, Republicans in the Senate majority will have a chance to call their witnesses and dominate the process -- with condemnations of those who duck their subpoenas. Topping their list are the former vice president, his son, and Alexandra Chalupa, a former Democratic National Committee operative whom Republicans have accused of digging dirt on the 2016 Trump campaign with help from Ukrainian officials.

Chalupa has said she’s "on a mission" to testify and repudiate such accusations. But there's a reason Democrats didn’t put her in the hearing hot seat last month. She has publicly said that officials at the Ukrainian Embassy were "helpful" to her efforts to research the activities of Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's Russia ties – even as she insisted the embassy was not trying to interfere in American politics.

Also worth exploring: the convicted domestic bomber she palled around Ukraine with.

They ought to call him, too.

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Joe Biden on Wednesday said he would not testify in impeachment proceedings against President Trump as Republicans focus on the underlying cause for Trump's concerns about the Bidens' activities in Ukraine – primarily that Hunter Biden was paid millions to sit Burisma's board while his father served as the Obama administration’s point man on Ukraine. Trump's efforts to persuade that country's new president to investigate the matter is at the heart of the impeachment proceedings.

"No, I'm not going to let them take their eye off the ball," Biden told reporters on the campaign trail when asked if he would acquiesce to Republicans' calls for him to testify in an impeachment trial....

But even Democratic impeachment witnesses testified last month that Hunter Biden’s role at Burisma raised legitimate conflict-of-interest questions and that they were at a loss to explain why no one in the Obama administration put a stop to it.

Listen, Fat, you're gonna have to testify under oath.

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Thread: What Words and Expressions Did You Grow Up With That No Longer Make Sense?

—Ace of Spades

One I remember -- which is being used less and less -- is "turn the channel."

TV's don't have dial channel selectors any more, so "turning" the channel doesn't make physical sense. Now people just say "change" the channel. I just heard someone using a strange expression for this, like "turn up" the channel or something.

A few sounds that don't mean anything any more: the busy signal phone noise, and the "off the hook" phone signal.

There's another signal, but I don't know what it's called -- I think if you left your phone off the hook for long enough, it stopped the staccato sound and started a whining/whirring noise that was often used as a sound cue in movies to mean "insane."

This video has some old style rings. (Beware: this is an easy channel to get lost in for a couple of hours.)

Below, a comedian talks about how no one says "we're having company" any longer.

I remember that -- that used to be a said all the time. Now, I don't think anyone says it.

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Adam Schiff: This Phone Record Proves that the OMB Called Rudy Giuliani. That Is All the Proof We Need That He Was Lobbying to Deny Ukraine Aid.
OMB: That's... That's not our phone number, dude
Adam Schiff: ...
Adam Schiff: But Russia

—Ace of Spades

Instead of deploying Oliver Darcy to pressure FaceBook and YouTube into deplatforming Adam Schiff as a constant source of fake news from foreign sources, they instead promote his every false claim.

Who called Rudy Giuliani from the White House, and who took his calls in the administration? Those question have been buzzing around the White House after phone logs were released Wednesday detailing how President Trump's personal lawyer back-channeled diplomacy to Ukraine.

But the phone calls, a presidential spokesperson told RealClearPolitics, were not coming from inside the Office of Management and Budget: "No one from OMB has talked to Giuliani."

...

The report details phone calls and texts dating from last spring and summer, including a nearly 13-minute call on April 24 from an "OMB Phone Number." It is part of the evidence that Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff relied on to build his case for impeachment.

"This is not about Ukraine. This is about our democracy, this is about our security," Schiff said during a press conference after releasing the committee's impeachment report. "Americans should care deeply about whether the president of the United States is betraying their trust in him."

Senior administration officials reply that no one is betraying any trust. They tell RCP that Schiff must have the wrong number....


Apparently Schiff and his staff believe the 395 prefix that showed up on the phone records subpoenaed by House Democrats from AT&T and Verizon belongs only to phones in the OMB offices, something that Republican sources say isn't accurate.

Schiff is so concerned about using foreign sources to get dirt on domestic political opponents that when two men identifying themselves as Russian officials peddled him dirt on Trump, he was all too eager to set up a meeting.

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Gunman Who Went on Shooting Spree in Pensacola, Florida Was.... Saudi Pilot Student;
Authorities Eye Terror Link

—Ace of Spades

Of course they'll make sure they never find that problematic link.

Because that would be racist.

The gunman who opened fire Friday morning at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida, fatally shooting three people, has been identified as an aviation student from Saudi Arabia as investigators are looking into whether the attack is terrorism-related.

The gunman was confronted and taken out by a pair of responding officers. Two people were killed at the scene while a third victim died after being rushed to a local hospital. Seven others suffered injuries and are undergoing treatment, including the two officers, one of whom was shot in the arm and the other in the knee. Both are expected to survive.

As I say:

"We may never know his motive," authorities vowed.

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Amidst "Historic" Impeachment Operation, CNN Ratings Hit Three Year High
Whoops, I Meant a Three Year Low

—Ace of Spades

Wait I thought this was historic.

Shouldn't a historic television pageant be good for the ratings of CNN, the Orange Man Bad network?

Apparently not.

CNN posted its lowest primetime ratings in three years over the Thanksgiving holidays, while Fox News posted higher ratings than CNN and MSNBC combined.

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It was CNN's worst primetime week in three years, and its worst week among the 25-54 demographic.

How historic was it, according to CNN?

Very historic indeed.

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Cowbell: Stock Market Surges After Yuge Jobs Report

—Ace of Spades

Gotta have more cowbell.

Stocks surged on Friday on the back of U.S. jobs growth that easily topped analyst expectations as Wall Street wrapped up a choppy week of trading.

...

The U.S. economy added 266,000 jobs in November, according to figures released by the Labor Department. Economists polled by Dow Jones expected a gain of 187,000. The unemployment rate fell to 3.5%, matching its lowest level since 1969.

“After the sharp slowdown at the start of the year, the recent rebound in employment growth is clearly encouraging, and suggests that the loosening in financial conditions this year is starting to support the economy,” said Andrew Hunter, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics, in a note.

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The Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

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"Wednesday's "expert testimony" from some law profs in front of the House Judiciary Committee can be summed up like this:

Prof. Noah Feldman: "Orange man bad!"
Prof. Michael Gerhardt: "Orange man bad!"
Prof. Pamela Karlan: "Orange man bad! And my womb is barren. As in Barron Trump. Ha ha. Get it? But serious you guys, orange man bad!"
Prof. Jonathan Turley: "Orange man bad, maybe, but not impeachable."
Prof. Pamela Karlan: "I would like to say 'orange man bad' again."

"This is their best case? A bunch of professors who didn't actually witness anything? One of the reasons why they don't get laughed out of public life is because of the compliant, supine media. With nothing to keep them in shape, the Democrats have gotten all fat and flabby, and they really do think no one can see their shoddy merchandise for what it is. And then they get indignant when the shoddiness of their merchandise gets pointed out.

"I think the Republicans on the committee did a good job exposing these "witnesses", especially Karlan, as pretty much being Democratic activists, and not the Olympianly detached and neutral legal experts that the Democrats were attempting to pass them off as.

"This leads me to wonder how these impeachment proceedings would go if they took place during the time of Nixon's impeachment, the mid 70s. There would be no internet, no CNN, no C-SPAN, and there would only be the WaPo, the NY Times, and the 3 "alphabet" TV networks (ABC, NBC, CBS).

"All the Democrats would have to do is bar all TV cameras and limit coverage to only allow newspaper reporters, who could spin this story any way they wished.

"My guess is that they would present the profs as neutral experts, just like the Democrats would like. Republican challenges to this narrative would simply be ignored. All the big newspapers were liberal, even back then, except for the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal. But the Democratic narrative would be pushed out to millions of Americans via TV news every night.

"I think the main game-changer here was the advent of C-SPAN. I think Americans need to know how their government that they pay taxes for functions, and C-SPAN provides that service well.

"My conclusion is that C-SPAN is a national treasure."




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