July 19, 2019

Iran Seizes British-Flagged, Swedish-Owned Tanker, Imprisons Crew;
Taking Tanker to Revolutionary Guard Complex

—Ace of Spades



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Lindsey Sheppherd Permanently Banned From Twitter For Daring to Respond to a Nasty Transsexual's Extremely Nasty and Personal Insult

—Ace of Spades

Lindsey Shepphered was the TA who was brutalized by a Canadian college for daring to ask the class to discuss a televised debate involving Jordan Peterson.

I guess she's still being harassed by transsexuals.

On Twitter, Transsexuals can insult you, but if you insult them back, you're permanently banned.

I can't tell you the insult this transsexual used. It's that bad.

But Twitter thinks it was A-OK and not anti-woman at all.

All of the soybois support this. #MuhPrivateMonopoly.

106 I'm not bothered by this, not because I agree with it, but because I think it's a done deal absent a civil war. Same kind of thing would happen at any big corporation, big law firm, etc.

When the right decided to agree with the left that bigotry was the only reason gay marriage wasn't a thing, it came with the full Folsom Street Fair accessory pack: florists and bakers must serve the gays; drag queens get to read your kids stories; trannies get to use the ladies' can and compete in womens' sports; everyone must use the correct pronouns and affirm that a boar is a sow; you're a bigot for not dating chicks with dicks.

Ask yourself, how much fight have you seen the GOP and supposedly conservative media figures put up on these issues?

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They can't say much about it, because they're Twitter Addicts, and they would die if Twitter banned them.

Also: They're social liberals who think you're a bigot for even suggesting opposition to this reasonable, moderate, long overdue platform.

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NBC Poll: Trump at 48% Approval

—Ace of Spades

'Scuse me while I whip this out.



Oh boy. The Daily Twitter Circle-Jerk is going to be all about Marvel Movies and Is Hotdog Sandwich? today, huh?

David French just ordered a rope, a chair, and a ceiling joist from Amazon Prime.


Dear Russian Bots and Macedonian Content Farmers

Y'all take the year off. We got it from here.

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The Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

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"After Trump called out the commies on the Squawk Squad for being un-American provocateurs at his campaign rally in Greenville, NC, out came the GOP cuck contingent, all competing to out-cuck each other with their 'Well, I never' and 'tut-tut' as they collapsed on their fainting couches. I think Trump has caused them all to come down with medical conditions: Ben Shapiro needs to consult his gynecologist to check for a yeast infection. Mitt Romney has sore nipples and I think David French is actually lactating. And Jonah Goldberg may actually have to buy a bra. Tom Nichols missed his period, which means he could be pregnant.

Some clown named Robert Tracinski, who writes for The Bulwark, an online publication for squealing teenaged girls, has come down with a really bad case of PMS and then late in the day, Evan MacMullin got hit with severe menstrual cramps. Very debilitating, let me tell you. Unfortunately, this rally caught him during one of his 'heavy flow' days, so it'll be touch and go with him for awhile. But not to worry, Hugh Hewitt seems to be fine, all he needs to do is powder his vagina and he'll be OK.

But seriously, where all these guys when you need them? Where are they when CNN compares Trump rallies to Nazi parades? When have they ever called out the anti-Americanism of the commie Squawk Squad? Or when some idiot on MSNBC says that all Trump supporters are racists? The only people they ever seem to be interested in criticizing is Trump, and other conservatives. It's as of they've made some sort of secret treaty with progressives to be as ineffective as possible. And they're doing a damn good job of it, because they're all freaking useless. They don't want to fight anyone (except Trump), they can't be counted on (except to bash Trump), can't be trusted (except to sit on their hands) and they never do anything (except backstab anyone in their own party).

And now the mittelschmerz mafia is on a crying jag because the crowd trash-talked Ilian Omar during the Trump rally. Whoop de do. Considering that Trump supporters have been called racist, nazis, homophobes, white supremacists, etc., by the Democrats for years now, is that really so horrible? Also, clown show CNN reporter Brian Karem yelled "Go home!" at Seb Gorka during the White House social media summit last week, but I didn't hear any of the GOP girly men complain about that, nor anybody else, for that matter. Did you?

It boils down to this: the far left progressives want us deplatformed. The GOP cucks want us to be civil. In what universe does that make sense?"




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Mid-Morning Art Thread

—CBD

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Girl Reading
Georgios Jakobides

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The Morning Report - 07/19/19

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning, kids. The weekend is here and, all together now, what a week it's been. For the first time at least in my lifetime, America witnessed the raw, naked, ugly, inescapable truth about who and what the Democrat Party is courtesy of a president who, also for the first time in my lifetime, had no trepidation whatsoever in pointing it out. In so doing, he has more than likely put himself firmly on the path to re-election, but more significantly, may have set in motion the fracturing and/or dissolution of the Democrat Party going forward. Even after 50 years of flooding this nation with foreigners who have not assimilated into our culture and the simultaneous brainwashing of at least three generations of natural born citizens who reject our own and their own culture, there is still a clear majority of Americans who are against what the Democrats are attempting to do to our country and their outrage at us for not willingly and cheerfully sticking our collective heads in their noose and begging for mercy.

So now, we have the completely phony "controversy" of a crowd of Trump supporters spontaneously chanting "send her back," referring to one of the four members of the now collective face of the Democrat Party Ilhan "Bro-Fo" Omar. The Democrat-Media Complex and their stooges in Con-servative Inc. are pointing to this as some sort of ugly display proving that it is Trump and all of us that are nativist, racist, bigoted, etc. while completely ignoring the fact that this was in response to the non-stop projectile vomiting of anti-American and anti-Semitic filth emanating from the cake hole of a likely immigration fraudster and daughter (or sister? wife? aunt?) of a Somali war criminal, and echoed by the other three in her gang, and, to my point, the rest of her party and base.

When confronted about this by ABC stenographer Jonathan Karl, the President distanced himself from the chant and disavowed it, and that sent the usually even-keeled Rush Limbaugh over the edge.

...I'm fed up with it! I'm frustrated beyond my ability to deal with it. I hate the defensiveness. We're never gonna get - - If a rally happens and the chant breaks out "Send her back, send her back," and if panic ensues, the panic ensues because the people panicking obviously believe that means it can be proven that we're racist, sexist, bigot, homophobes. So we wish they would shut up. So knowing we can't make 'em shut up, we try to distance ourselves. (impression) "Well, I certainly don't agree with that chant. I think that chant - -

"I think that's very unfortunate, uh, really, really sad. Uh, we don't need language like that in our, uh, politics." What a crock! It's ultimately harmless. So much of who we are is harmless and good-natured and in good fun, and it gets tarred and feathered as racism, sexism, bigotry, and all of this. And now we have to end up being defensive and make sure that we say (impression), "I don't support it. I'm not an advocate of that. I'm very sad that it happened," blah, blah, blah. "Well, Rush, you know it's true! A chant like that, the media's gonna do this." I know the media's gonna do it. Why do we have to play planning on and act like we're guilty?...

...We never learn this. Trump, somebody, whoever got to him, "Mr. President, you need to go out there, disavow." No, because it's never enough. Now Joe Biden's out saying Trump didn't go far enough. He needs to now denounce the KKK, he needs to denounce the white supremacists in his audience, in his voter base. (imitating Biden) "Mr. President, condemn, outright condemn those folks who came out of those fields, outright condemn the Ku Klux Klan, condemn the white supremacists, let me hear you say "I condemn them." It's never enough!

Besides that, you know how unnecessary this all was? I don't see how Trump hurt himself! It's The Squad people who are polling, like we told you, Ilhan Omar, 8% support among swing voters, independents. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 28% support among swing voters. Donald Trump is not perceived as the problem here. Donald Trump's supporters are not perceived as the problem here.

They're the ones making racist statements about their own party members! Trump didn't say anything. When was the last time a Democrat politician was forced to disavow something anybody in their audience ever said or somebody in their voter base? Never!...

Bingo. And as I was listening the one thing, among many, many, many things was the utter radio silence from the Democrat politicians and the propagandists when James Hodgkinson, a Bernie Sanders supporter, opened fire and almost massacred at least a dozen or more Republican Congressmen at a softball practice. As an aside, Hodgkinson apparently was in close communication for many weeks leading up to the attack with Dick Durbin's office, presumably with Durbin himself and yet he has never been called to account for what he knew and when he knew it. Bad as that is, the behavior of the GOP, even after this, was to shut up, put their heads down and let this be swept under the rug. But a crowd chanting "send her back" is akin to Auschwitz?!

Meh, this too shall pass, as so many other seeming "gaffes" the President made, or that the media portrayed him as making, mostly because the Democrat-Media Complex is so utterly blinded by their hatred for him that they shoot themselves in the face before any real political consequences can happen to him. Is there any doubt that any of these four freaks or their allies are going to stay silent for the next 15 minutes let alone the next 15 months before the election? And speaking of which, despite the fact that we are in the opening phases of the 2020 race, the one thing that's been missing in the news cycle this past week was any of the Democrats' presidential contenders. "The Aristocrats!" Squad is, for all intents and purposes, the face of the Democrat Party. Disgusting as it is to have to endure them, their constant presence in the media, whether attacking or reacting to the President means they not only suck the oxygen out of the 2020 candidates, but will doubtless continue to drive any rational, reasonable voter into the arms of Trump. Inshalla.

AMNESTY, IMMIGRATION, MIGRANT INVASION BORDER WALL, BORDER SECURITY

While tap dancing around the "send her back" chant, the President's statement about love of country echoes the sentiment behind the chant, one of Nancy's spark-of-humanity boys butchers 3 just as he was turning his life around, so much for the lie about separating families, and will Cuomo's licenses for illegals be a bridge too far for Empire State voters? Probably not.

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

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

And in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11, I give you Apollo 100...

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Swave And De-Boner ONT

—WeirdDave

So what do you jokers feel like doing tonight? Maybe take in a moo-vie?

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Is This Something?

—Ace of Spades

I have a nequel... a nequel for sequel.

Verdict: Meh. The plane stuff was pretty good but I just saw similar aerial stuff in M:I Fallout.

I didn't understand -- were there flashbacks in this? Was I supposed to be seeing Goose or is that just an actor that looks a lot like him?

And volleyball? We gotta do the volleyball scene too?

Eh, Tom Cruise is mostly doing good work lately so whatever, I'll probably see it.

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Matt Peterson: It's Time to Get Serious and Get Woke

—Ace of Spades

Woke in the right way.

Some of us know what time it is -- and it is much later than many think.

Some of us, on the other hand, think it's 2003 and that Bush's approval rating will remain at 89% forever.

Many people seem surprised that CNN gave a platform to white-supremacist Richard Spencer this week. They angrily decry the outrageous hypocrisy of the Left putting Spencer on the national airwave when it routinely de-platforms those on the Right for far less than giving voice to self-avowed neo-Nazis. But why? Don’t you know the rules?

You know--the rules the Left is used to making, and the rules the "kept Right" [Not-Binary Ben and his gaggle of Safe for MSNBC soy addicts-- ace] is used to keeping. Did you actually think any of what is going on in Big Tech is really about stopping radical hate and violence? If that were true, all the folks from Antifa praising their terrorist lunatic who tried to shoot up a government facility this week would be de-platformed. Don’t hold your breath.

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Spencer was deemed useful to pronounce Trump’s tweets racist. He quickly went on to complain that Trump has done nothing for white nationalists, contradicting the media narrative that Trump is somehow serving their interests, before CNN cut the interview.


But his job was done.


CNN doesn’t care about how gross it is that they gave him a platform. Spencer is now their little pet--their weapon to de-platform others, their new patsy they can trot out at will to say what they need him to say while cutting whatever's inconvenient.

But, you object, how can avowed racists be treated as indisputable judges of what is racist and what is not? Aren’t we told daily that racist microaggressions are committed by those who think they aren’t racist?

Shut up, bigot. Learn the rules.

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[The left doesn't] have to worry about the respectability of their publications if they associate with wild conspiracy theorists. They put batshit crazy charts worthy of the most rabid Q-anon follower in prominent places within prestigious pages.

These fundamentalist zealots have turned our public square into the show trial court of the woke inquisition, replete with the choice between public confession and the guillotine of unpersoning. But the media is not your priest, and the public square is not a court of law. Stop playing their game.

At some point, you will need to join the rest of us and wake up. That's right. Get woke.

As a friend says: The Soy Brigade, the cucks, are the defeat mechanism of the conservative movement. They're always the first to defect -- hell, sometimes they defect to the left before the left has even begun a social media mob.

You can't be accused of cowed by the left if you yourself are leading the leftwing mob.

The left makes incredible claims, and within six months to two years, the Kept Right is repeating those claims as if they are age-old conservative dogmas first spoken by Reagan in his 1950s GE addresses.

Note this new incredible claim:

It sometimes seems that conservatives are accused of being "racist" any time they disagree with a black Democrat....

This is Rasmussen’s stunning finding:

Thirty-two percent (32%) of Democrats, however, say it's racist for any white politician to criticize the political views of a politician of color.

So being a "politician of color" means that your views are immune to disagreement. Unless --once again-- you are a Republican. This, however, I can't explain:

That's a view shared by just 16% of both GOP and unaffiliated voters.

I can only assume that 16% of GOP voters didn’t understand the question.

Pace John Hindraker, I don't assume that. I assume that they understood the question just fine.

I assume they do in fact believe that. They wouldn't state it so baldly if they could formulate the statement themselves, but they would agree that it is racially rude to ever dispute the claims made by any minority, and that only Alt-Right Nazis would ever be so rude.

They want to be "nice," and "nice" means surrendering to all the left's aggressions.

Otherwise there might be a fuss -- and their nice leftwing colleagues and Twitter correspondents wouldn't like that, and might even deliver upon them the most awful sanction of all -- withdrawing leftwing tolerance for them and casting them into the Outer Darkness of being a Garbage Person (on Twitter, or in FaceBook groups).

Whenever the left declares that something is now beyond debate and an absolute prerequisite for acceptance as a tolerated member of the Kept Right, the Kept Right kicks up a slight bit of sulkiness at first, but in six months to two years, they are zealously urging the deplatforming of anyone who ignores the recent leftwing demands Time-Tested Conservative Principles.

They're cowards and weaklings as warriors, but they are bold and fierce as traitors.

"Republicans" who have been sluggish, conciliatory, and soft when allegedly on the conservative side will suddenly become hard-charging death-or-glory hack-and-slashers when they scent the blood of their true enemies -- actual conservatives.

They're traitors. Not by circumstance, but by conviction. They're Benedict Arnolds, they're Kim Philbys.

As the Soviet traitor in the movie Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy says: "In the end it was an aesthetic choice as much as a moral one."

And one traitor in your camp can do more harm than ten thousand zealous warriors outside the gates.


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The Federalist: Democrats Called for Seb Gorka to Be Deported Over Sham Twitter-Based Claims, and Jerry Nadler Even Opened an Investigation Seeking to Deport Him, and the Media Cheered

—Ace of Spades



From that Federalist article:

The media has gone absolutely wild over these tweets. CNN even hosted white nationalist Richard Spencer to weigh in on them in an attempt to associate Trump with his odious views.

Yet when Democrats spearheaded deportation efforts against former Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka, the media was silent. In 2017, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) asked the White House to hand over Gorka’s immigration paperwork to the House Judiciary Committee. Gorka is a British-born Hungarian-American who was naturalized in 2012, five years before Nadler attempted to use state power to intimidate him.

Nadler cited a hit piece written by The Forward attempted to link Gorka to far-right anti-Semitic groups in Hungary. The headline of the article read: "EXCLUSIVE: Nazi-Allied Group Claims Top Trump Aide Sebastian Gorka As Sworn Member."

However, as David Harsanyi at The Federalist points out, the author of this hit piece admitted that there is no solid evidence for its headline or even the smears against him as an anti-Semite.




Matt Vespa writes an article titled, Enough Games, Democrats: We Know You Wanted to Deport Seb Gorka.

And for real, really real, legally real: Not just in a tweet.



Nadler dared to weigh in (and I do mean weigh in), even though he'd actually initiated the steps to get someone forceably deported!



And is CNN reporting on this context?

No, of course not.

They have more important news to report:



Deport Jeff Zucker.

Update: A commenter reminds me that CNN contributor Brian Karam yelled "Go home!" to Seb Gorka during the Rose Garden Rumble.

Will Brian Karam be fired? CNN says this is intolerable xenophobia and racism when Trump snipes "Go back home" on Twitter; can they explain why they tolerate it in their own employees?

Is Ilhan Omar being specially protected because of her race, or because of her Jew-hating, America-hating terrorist-sympathizing radical politics?

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David Steinberg: Real Reporters Like Myself Knew About Ilhan Omar Three Years Ago and Even Sent Our Information to the Media.
The Media Chose to Bury It and Lie To You.
Before Finally Claiming It Was Their Own "Exclusive."

—Ace of Spades

Let's give the Star-Tribune Pulitzers for re-typing Steinberg's work.

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New York Times: Google and FaceBook Are Tracking Your Every Click on Pornographic Websites

—Ace of Spades

Yes, well. #MuhPrivateMonopoly and all.

A new study scanned 22,484 pornography sites and found them riddled with trackers from major technology companies.

Silicon Valley’s biggest companies are always watching you -- even when you're browsing pornography websites in incognito mode.

Trackers from tech companies like Google and Facebook are logging your most personal browsing details, according to a forthcoming New Media & Society paper, which scanned 22,484 pornography websites. Where that data ultimately goes is not always clear.

“These porn sites need to think more about the data that they hold and how it’s just as sensitive as something like health information,” said Elena Maris, a postdoctoral researcher at Microsoft and the study’s lead author. “Protecting this data is crucial to the safety of its visitors. And what we’ve seen suggests that these websites and platforms might not have thought all of this through like they should have.”

The study’s other authors -- Jennifer Henrichsen, doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, and Tim Libert, a Carnegie Mellon computer science instructor -- found that 93 percent of the pornography websites they scanned sent data to an average of seven third-party domains.

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The study found that Google (or one of its subsidiary companies like the advertising platform DoubleClick) had trackers on 74 percent of the pornography sites. Trackers from the software company Oracle showed up on 24 percent of sites, and Facebook, which does not permit pornographic content or nudity on any of its platforms, had trackers on 10 percent of the sex websites scanned by the study.

Is this why I keep seeing ads for RompHims?

A friend of mine mused the other day: It's only a matter of time before Monster Tech, or the Chinese intelligence services which have infiltrated them, start either quietly blackmailing people or publicly embarrassing people by releasing huge troves of data about porn usage.

I guess it's a good thing that my inclinations are mostly normal.

Mostly.

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Woman Suffers Stroke Due to Orgasm Brought on By Sexually-Skilled Lover

—Ace of Spades

The woman was identified as "Not Jonah Goldberg's Wife."

This is actually an old sidebar post, but a friend brought it up to me, and I'd forgotten about it. It's a pretty good one, so I'm putting it back up.

If Jonah Goldberg can re-use my material why can't I?

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Powerline/David Steinberg: Case Closed -- Omar Ilhan, Born Omar Elmi, Married Her Brother For Purposes of Immigration Fraud

—Ace of Spades

A lot of evidence, including birth certificates and marriage records gotten from London records.

Even the Star-Tribune, a leftwing newspaper, admitted yesterday that "Omar" might well have married her brother.

New investigative documents released by a state agency have given fresh life to lingering questions about the marital history of Rep. Ilhan Omar and whether she once married a man -- possibly her own brother -- to skirt immigration laws.

Omar has denied the allegations in the past, dismissing them as "baseless rumors" first raised in an online Somali politics forum and championed by conservative bloggers during her 2016 campaign for the Minnesota House. But she said little then or since about Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, the former husband who swept into her life in 2009 before a 2011 separation.

The questions surfaced again this month in a state probe of campaign finance violations showing that Omar filed federal taxes in 2014 and 2015 with her current husband, Ahmed Hirsi, while she was still legally married to but separated from Elmi.

Although she has legally corrected the discrepancy, she has declined to say anything about how or why it happened.

The new documents also detail the Omar campaign’s efforts to keep the story of her marriage to Elmi out of the press, arguing that detailed coverage would legitimize the accusations and invade her privacy.

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The search of records could neither conclusively confirm nor rebut the allegation that he is Omar’s sibling.

Sent a list of questions and a request to talk to her siblings and father, Omar declined to do so. Hirsi did not reply to multiple calls, texts and e-mails. Social media posts indicate Elmi is in Africa. He did not respond to multiple e-mails.

But David Steinberg's article is as conclusive as you can get.

"Omar" cannot be permitted to keep claiming that questions about this are "Islamophobic lies" -- a bit of bullshit she used to shut down questions about being married to two men at the same time, until it was proven that she was in fact married to two men at the same time.

Update: "I am legally married to one and culturally to another: How Ilhan Omar desperately tried to shut down accusations of bigamy amid claims she was briefly married to her BROTHER to 'commit immigration fraud' while she was still with her current husband.

Thanks to Deplorable Jay Guevera.

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This Is Not Who We Are: A Soy Odyssey

—Ace of Spades

"This is not who we are" was a popular string of words on Twitter last night.

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Damn Those Glorious, Yet Sexist, Men For Being the First Into Space and on the Moon

—Ace of Spades

And everywhere else, if we're being honest.



Update: The Soviets were better because of course they were.


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The Morning Rant: Minimalist Edition

—CBD

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By almost every measure of quality of life, the world has become a better place in the last 100 years, but the neo-Puritans and the Luddites and the watermelons and the climate hysterics would have us believe that we are falling into some abyss of environmental catastrophe. But it simply isn't so, as the graph below shows. In spite of the industrialization of the world and the expansion of human living along the coasts and other active parts of the world, it is far safer!

How can this be? We have been yelled at and hectored and lectured that we are destroying the world and that the climate is rushing breakneck to a place that will kill us all!

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Here's a nice correlation for you...the amount of CO2 in the air is proportional to the decrease in climate-caused mortality, therefore CO2 is protective.

Prove me wrong!

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Mid-Morning Art Thread [Kris]

—CBD

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Manchester From Kersal Moor
William Wyld

For this one, I decided to do a general search through an online art gallery for something I hadn’t seen before and this one caught my eye. It’s a lovely piece that combines genres, colors, and forms to create a nice image full of contrasts.

This is mainly a pastoral work with a splash of the modern cityscape through the center. The foreground and middle ground are filled with a lush green landscape. The immediate foreground is the rugged rise with trees and rocks. A few goats rest on the left, and a couple with a doggeh sit among the trees to the far left. It is peaceful and quiet. We are far away from the black, busy, crowded city. Wyld shows us that Manchester was already becoming a center of the Industrial Revolution by this time. The dank gray forms of the city are starkly angular, whereas the foreground is a gentle curvilinear, wavy with forms going off in many different directions.

The middle ground is low and flat. It provides a nice visual rest after the detail of the hills and the city and a nice barrier separating the two. The Irwell River winds through this area and guides the eye around the piece and blends in well with the landscape. Behind the city the land rises again in a nice echo of the foreground and the color melts into the sky.

This is a Realist work with Romantic influences. The romantic, idyllic pastoral is set against the realist, oppressive city, but the countryside wins out in the end. It dominates our view and the work itself. The major colors of green, white and yellow work together to overpower the dank gray. They almost succeed too, but the gray streaks across the work’s center and cannot be ignored.
Finally, Wyld does a couple of interesting things with copse of trees on the left. First, they are the only thing that intersect all three regions of the painting. The three areas are very specifically defined and could create a disjointed, patchy work, but the trees unite the regions, tying them, and the painting, together. The second thing is harder to describe, so I hope you’re able to follow me…

The shape of the canopy of the trees is mirrored in the smoke from the factories on the right. Even the tree trunks are repeated in the smokestacks. However, because the color of the smoke is more faded than the green leaves, Wyld made the area covered by the smoke larger. Both shapes come to a point to the left of center, directly under the sun. To me, they look like a set of curtains pulling back to reveal the sun. They also frame it. It’s a nice effect.

This work was created around the time Fredrick Engels was writing in Manchester, but I do not think this work has the same message at all. There is definitely a compare/contrast going on between the city and countryside but I’m not reading a vicious attack on Capitalism or a tirade on class warfare and social injustice. It’s seems to be more of a generalized country-life-vs.-city-life theme. It’s a very peaceful scene.

[Kris has graciously agreed (after much begging from me), to write an occasional art thread. Look for her name on the headline so you won't be surprised to find actual informed art criticism on these august pages]

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The Morning Report - 07/18/19

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning, kids. Dragging this Thursday morning after a nice dinner across the river with fellow cob CBD, so blame him if I'm not my usual perky acid-tongued self. Anyway the big story is the continued self-immolation of the Democrat Party courtesy of the "The Aristocrats!," "The Four Marxisteers," call-them-what-you-will, aka "The Squad." Beyond the initial lies about "concentration camps" and torturing children and the President's justified retaliatory strike in defense of ICE and CBP, the Wrecking Crew have ignored the time-honored first rule of holes maxim and as of this writing have broken through the Continental Crust and should be halfway through the lithosphere by lunchtime.

As repulsive as it is for us to have to endure the torrent of raw sewage emitted from these dangerously deranged crackpots, they have exposed the Democrat Party and the Leftist-Globalist enterprise to destroy America as founded for all to see. Intentionally or not, it's all because of Trump. No, not because he's a big, fat, orange meanie and a "racist," but because he instinctively defends this country and its people to the hilt as he would if his own family were personally attacked.

I think what has happened, and no doubt will continue to happen for the next 15 months has the potential to not only wipe out the Dems in the 2020 election, but could have the effect of splintering it altogether. And Nancy Palsi, Cuck Schemer and every one of the 10,000 presidential candidates and the two Democrat dogcatchers from Yuma not running have no one else to blame but themselves for this. That said, much of what we've seen has been festering at least as far back as perhaps the 2004 election and certainly by 2008 with Obama, that is the most strident anti-Americans attaining important positions within the party and movement. Of course, 50-plus years of brainwashing courtesy of the American educational system might had a hand in all of this as well. So when Trump "stole" the election from Hillary by "colluding with Russia," they went over the edge with the rhetoric. But it's far too late to put the toothpaste back in the tube. Nancy Palsi could have stood her ground and looked like the adult in the room by publicly telling the Four Fungi to cool it. But Psych-Out Chakrabarti doesn't play second banana (or is it an apple, CNN?) to some broken down crooked machine pol. Not when there's a glorious socialist revolution to be won! But I digress...

Well, it's more likely that Nancy couldn't rebuke them without pissing off the base since to do so would give the appearance that she is defending OrangeManBad. And how could she do that since she and her underlings openly declared they were going to impeach Trump the moment they won the midterms. Speaking of which, the non-"Let's Stay Together" Al Green's motion to start impeachment proceedings was tabled indefinitely. Funny, but I thought the Congressional Black Caucasians were rushing to Pelosi's defense only a day or so ago and yet this creepy looking stooge who looks like a very tanned version of Engelbert Humperdink's grandfather did the one thing she desperately hoped to avoid. Total circular firing squad.

Despite idiots like John Son-of-a-Postage-Stamp Kasich's bullshit about civility or whatever, even those on the Left are admitting that Trump won this whole thing hands down, and they're absolutely panicked about it. There was, in fact, polling done on Sunday or Monday and Trump's approval among Republican voters actually increased and significantly even after his "racist" America, love it or leave it comments. His rally in North Carolina further underscored it with the crowd shifting from "lock her up" to "send her back." After reciting a litany of horrid quotes about Bro-Fo and company, Trump actually brought up the Somali slag's dubious sham marriage to her brother and the fraud she perpetrated to come to the land she utterly loathes. And the wailing and rending of garments on the Lido Deck of Kristol's ship could be heard far out to sea.

Yet with everything crashing and burning all around them, what did Bro-Fo and Rancida Tliban do? Co-sponsor a bill promoting the anti-Semitic BDS movement. Perfect.

We'll circle back to politics with more related links but first...

AMNESTY, IMMIGRATION, MIGRANT INVASION BORDER WALL, BORDER SECURITY

To the border we go where the House votes to hold William Barr and Wilbur Ross in contempt over the citizenship question on the census that's not going to be on the census, the drug trafficking coming north, 19 out of the 22 MS-13 animals indicted of a savage murder were - surprise! - here illegally, CBP agents are getting assaulted and no one iis doing anything, and Democrats openly promote flouting of the law.

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

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

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Wednesday Overnight Open Thread (7/17/19)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Quotes of The Day


Quote I

"With or without a report from an economist, anyone with a modicum of common sense should be able to recognize that banning the sale of America's most popular quit-smoking tool will inevitably lead to more cigarettes being smoked," Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association, a nonprofit advocacy group.


Quote II

“Busch has the best fans out there who are always up for a little challenge, so we know they’ll be out in the forest finding our hidden ‘Schop.’ The chance to win beer for life also doesn’t hurt.” Daniel Blake


Quote III

"I mean, I'm not in support of middle class families paying more taxes for it. Part of it is going to be about Wall Street paying more. It's going to be about what we tax in terms of financial services. That's part of it. The other part is to ups understand this is about an investment that will reap a great return on the investment. We can't only look at this issue in terms of cost without thinking about benefit. The benefit to the American public will be that people will have access to health care that right now they cannot afford. And we are all paying a price for that." Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA)


Quote IV

As a Coalition of the Fringes, the only thing that holds together the Democrats is demonizing core Americans. Without ever increasingly whipping up hatred of whites, what is there to keep the Democrats’ collection of miscellaneous identity groups from turning on each other? Steve Sailer


Quote V

“They are entitled to their opinion. They are Americans. But I’m entitled to my opinion, and I just think they are left-wing cranks and they are the reason that there are directions on a shampoo bottle,” Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA)


Quote VI

"This disclosure will serve as a wake-up call to every community in the country. America should brace itself for the harsh reality of the scope of the opioid epidemic. Transparency will lead to accountability." Peter J. Mougey

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America's Sweetheart Ilhan Omar, Who Has Brought to America Her Native Somalia's Fragrant and Joyous Form of Anti-Semitism, Wants to be Heard on Her Favorite Topic -- Those F***ing Jews

—Ace of Spades

The best of America -- she must have learned her anti-semitism from someone on Twitter that David French doesn't like and wishes to smear.



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Trump Greenville, North Carolina Rally Thread

—OregonMuse

Link below the fold.

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House Votes to Kill Fakey-Fake Impeachment Inquiry

—Ace of Spades

Should be a lot of anger among the emotionally incontinent.

The resolution went down on a vote of 332 to 95, with all Republicans voting for it and more Democrats in favor of killing the impeachment resolution than were for backing it. There was a single abstention.

After hours of uncertainty about the mechanics of how the measure would be dealt with, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, a Trump loyalist, moved to table the resolution – not long after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would 'deal' with it, without specifying precisely how.

This doesn't mean that the Democrats got out of this with no penalty -- now they have a lot of "moderate" Democrats who have voted to keep Literal Hitler, Worse Than the First Hitler, in Das Weiss Haus, and that's going to Not Be Okay with the progressives, super-partisans, NeverTrumpers and assorted other lunatics who sit on Twitter all day and then cry in the shower like Glenn Close in the Big Chill.

Also, Trump can now say, correctly, that even his enemies in the Democrat-controlled Congress have decided that there's no case for impeachment.

From Tami:

@ChadPergram

Hse votes to set aside articles of impeachment for President Trump prepared by Rep Al Green (D-TX).

The vote was 332-95

137 Democrats voted yea

95 Democrats voted no

All Republicans voted nay

Rep. Justin Amash (I-MI) voted yes.

Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) voted present

This is a delight:



Also via Tami: Jake Tapper's twitter thread with what he hears from his many, many, MANY close Democrat friends, some of whom don't even work for Fusion GPS!

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Absolutely Brutal RNC Ad Links "The Squad's" Rhetoric, Including Promise That They'll "Bring the Fire," to Domestic Terrorist Antifa Attack on ICE Facility

—Ace of Spades

Thanks to Lizzy.

Did Liz Harrington, new-ish RNC spokesman, script this ad? She was documenting all this stuff on her Twitter feed.

She's #Woke, in the good way.

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Jonah Goldberg, You're So Funny

—Ace of Spades

The funniest thing that ever came out of your mouth remains me, Jonah.



Oh I get it, Volksgeist, Spirit of the Folk/Race! So you're calling your twitter enemies... drum roll... Nazis!

"I'm so surprised Jonah Goldberg is now freely using the talking points and slogans of the Squad!" said... no one. Not a one. No one said this. No a single soul thought anything remotely close to this.

As a great man (me) said, the problem with NeverTrump socialism is that eventually you run out of Pierre Omidyar's money.

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Ebola Outbreak Now Declared a World Health Emergency

—Ace of Spades

I assume Trump will not have any qualms about banning all air travel from affected countries, unlike Barry Wonderful, who promised there was no chance any US citizen could contract ebola from someone traveling from Nigeria, and then, woopsie!, a couple of Americans did, if you can believe that.



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Trump Steals Reagan's 84 Reelection Playbook

—Ace of Spades

Special kicker at the end.

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Michael Avenatti: I May be a Scumbag Creepy Porn Lawyer Who's Going to Federal Prison for a Very Long Time, But Look at My Twitter Follower Count, Losers!!!

—Ace of Spades

Your twitter follower count plus that sweet, sweet ass n' mouth of yours will get you a pack of cigarettes a month.



Via Twitchy.

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22 Members of Real American Organization MS-13 Arrested for Hacking Seven Victims to Death With Just As American as You Or Me Machetes

—Ace of Spades

So American. I can't believe the racism here in arresting them for just living life to the full in America, which is the world's Las Vegas -- whatever happens in America, stays in America.

Some people literally had their hearts hacked out with machetes.

The indictment describes one grisly murder in which a rival gang member was kidnapped and taken to Angeles National Forest. He was allegedly attacked and killed by six MS-13 members wielding machetes.

“The victim was dismembered, and his body parts were thrown into a canyon after one of the defendants allegedly cut the heart out of the victim’s body,” prosecutors said.

Most of the killers are -- get this -- illegal immigrants. Also known as The Most American of All Americans.

Good catch from AmGreatness's KBO:

The Los Angeles Times takes care to point out in the middle of an article discussing 24 gruesome, violent machete murders committed by illegal aliens that "MS-13 has also become a bogeyman used by President Trump to justify stronger immigration enforcement by linking the issue to crime."

Bogeyman.


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Planned Parenthood Head Terminated After Just Eight Months in the Abortion Lobby Womb; Found to Not Be Pro-Abortion Enough, Refused to Admit That Men Need Abortions Too

—Ace of Spades

She didn't want to use language about transsexuals in talking about abortion, thinking, I guess, that some people might think it's weird when you keep talking about men's need of abortion services.

She also apparently used slightly, slightly softer euphemisms for abortion (like "abortion care" -- see, they care!), which the Abortion Warriors found insufficiently strident.

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The Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

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"I'd guess that President Trump has never read any Saul Alinsky. Not that he has to. I think he knows pretty much every one of Alinsky's rules by sheer instinct. Particularly the 13th, rule, which is: "Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it." This is what he did with the commie swine who they're calling 'The Squad.'

Hyper-woke squad members are currently spatting with old-guard Democrats for not being woke enough. Among other things, one of them called Nancy Pelosi a racist, and she's just shocked, shocked that the monster she nurtured is now biting her on the butt. And some conservatives are mad at Trump for inserting himself into this squabble because hey, why interrupt your enemy while they're making a mistake?

But whether he consciously intended it or not, Trump has now made 'the Squad' the face of the Democratic Party. He has held them up for all of America to see for what they are: deranged, America-hating, anti-Semitic, terrorist-coddling, far-left lunatics. They're polling close to the single digits now, almost as low as CNN's ratings.

And furthermore, he has glued them firmly onto the backs of the entire Democratic Party. So I think it's going to work out good for us in the long run. This association between will be a suppurating open wound from now until 2020, the squabbling will continue, and the Democrats' constant howling that Trump is a racist is bouncing off him like raindrops hitting a tin roof. They've used that word so many times that literally nobody cares anymore. Except the progressive nutroots, who, along with the French Davidians, will believe anything if it can be construed to mean OrangeManBad."



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Mid-Morning Art Thread

—CBD

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The Evangelists St. Mark and St. Luke
Matthias Stom

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The Morning Report - 07/17/19

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning, kids. I've got an image stuck in my head this morning and I can't seem to shake it. It's from the final scene of Alfred Hitchcock's wartime thriller Saboteur where the heavy, played by Norman Lloyd is dangling from Lady Liberty's torch as the hero, Bob Cummings, strains to hold on to his sleeve, desperately trying to save the guy he's chased for the entire picture who framed him for treasonous sabotage. And then Hitch cuts to a close up of Lloyd's shoulder where, one by one, the stitches on his jacket sleeve start popping loose...

Everything about that entire scene combines into a metaphor that perfectly encapsulates where the Democrat Party and even more frighteningly the nation as a whole is at this moment in time. We're coming apart at the seams. The better angels of our nature are desperate to cling to something, anything in our political enemies that will pull them back from the brink, knowing full well that if the situation were reversed, they'd be doing what Martin Landau did to Cary Grant as he dangled from a precipice atop Mount Rushmore in North By Northwest: grind his heel into Grant's hand.

Beyond any shadow of a doubt (no pun), the Democrat Party has gone from being merely a political enemy and morphed into a mortal enemy not just of the GOP and conservatives, but of the nation as founded, its distinct culture, traditions, heritage and its people. The spectacle over the last few days that we have had to endure, which is solely and wholly at the feet of the Democrat-Media Complex, will go down as a low point in our history, naturally depending upon who gets to write that history. For me, almost as repulsive as having to listen to the effluent coming from the flapping castanets of the Febrile Four Females of "The Squad" aka "The Aristocrats!" are the fools, stooges and confederates of the anti-Trump persuasion who cast equal if not more blame on this President and by extension the majority of the American people.

President Trump has rightly called them out in the plainest of terms for who and what they are and what they have said, vis a vis the bald-faced lies about or immigration and detention policies and more generally the nation and its citizens. Nowhere in any of his comments were any individuals named, let alone their race or country of origin. Only one was born in one of the worst foreign shit-holes on the planet and the other three come from domestic shit-holes of the Democrat-controlled variety, but I digress. The attitude and meaning of the phrase "America, love it or leave it" is unambiguous, and the only crime in Trump saying what amounts to that sentiment is that for far too long it has gone unsaid.

What all of these idiots are missing, mostly because the propagandists aren't covering it, is the rhetoric that Trump was attacking has and continues to incite violence. When you label detention facilities as "concentration camps," compare Trump to Hitler, Pence to Himmler, the Border Patrol and ICE agents as the SS rounding up innocent children and torturing them, is it any wonder that some guy attempted to firebomb a detention facility in Tacoma? (NB: CNN gave the now room-temperature terrorist in question a glowing profile). Not only do The Aristocrats!" refuse to condemn this action but an equally vile backbencher colleague, Karen Bass, is preemptively blaming any future violence on the President. Meh, the Democrats are not going to condemn Antifa terrorists because like their antebellum antecedents, Antifa is as part of the Democrats now as the KKK was back then and for over 100 years, the big "switching of the parties post 1964" lie notwithstanding. Oh yes indeed. I do not have solid proof definitively tying Antifa to any Democrat, but to this day Dick Durbin and his staff have yet to be called to account for their evidently close and extensive relationship with James Hodgkinson, the man who nearly massacred GOP House members at a softball practice two years ago. Cui Bono is not Cher's dead ex.

As the late, great Barry Goldwater famously said,

Moderation in the protection of liberty is no virtue; extremism in the defense of freedom is no vice. Those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth.

Before his words get twisted, as they always do, Goldwater was not promoting violence. He was merely exhorting those in his political party who detested him, to stand up to the oncoming tidal wave of anti-Americanism and Democrat-Socialism that 50+ years later is about to swamp us. Trump is the only president or real political leader on the right in my lifetime to have taken Goldwater's words to heart. Make no mistake, I am not promoting violence either. But it is the Democrat-Left-Media Complex that is going to - and in fact is - forcing the issue. Of winds and whirlwinds, yo.

Now to the links we go...

AMNESTY, IMMIGRATION, MIGRANT INVASION BORDER WALL, BORDER SECURITY

The Son-In-Law also rises, mostly by rolling out the President's immigration fixes, Ken Cuccinelli warns of an ICE dam, Dems tell American citizens to FOAD, Nancy Palsi's "spark of humanity" boys engage in the mostly peaceful cutting out the heart of a victim with machetes, and when the CBP is arresting illegal aliens up in Maine, you know you have a crisis.

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

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

Posted by J.J. Sefton at 07:25 AM Comments

Overnight Open Thread (07-16-2019)

—CBD

[Misanthropic Humanitarian is otherwise engaged, and Ace's D&D die, repurposed for who gets Tuesday night coverage, landed on "Dildo." The downside is that I usually get a head start on the Art Thread on Tuesday nights, so next week will probably just be a Lucian Freud/Ivan Albright retrospective]

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I have a friend who's an artist and has sometimes taken a view which I don't agree with very well. He'll hold up a flower and say "look how beautiful it is," and I'll agree. Then he says "I as an artist can see how beautiful this is but you as a scientist take this all apart and it becomes a dull thing," and I think that he's kind of nutty. First of all, the beauty that he sees is available to other people and to me too, I believe. Although I may not be quite as refined aesthetically as he is ... I can appreciate the beauty of a flower. At the same time, I see much more about the flower than he sees. I could imagine the cells in there, the complicated actions inside, which also have a beauty. I mean it's not just beauty at this dimension, at one centimeter; there's also beauty at smaller dimensions, the inner structure, also the processes. The fact that the colors in the flower evolved in order to attract insects to pollinate it is interesting; it means that insects can see the color. It adds a question: does this aesthetic sense also exist in the lower forms? Why is it aesthetic? All kinds of interesting questions which the science knowledge only adds to the excitement, the mystery and the awe of a flower. It only adds. I don't understand how it subtracts.
-- Richard P Feynman
I'm in favor of legalizing drugs. According to my values system, if people want to kill themselves, they have every right to do so. Most of the harm that comes from drugs is because they are illegal.
-- Milton Friedman
There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self
-- Ernest Hemingway
It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious
-- Oscar Wilde

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Why Not?

—Ace of Spades

Thanks to Brian in New Orleans, your next governor of Mississippi.

More from Mr. Peebles:

Interviewed:

Gregory Wash is a self-proclaimed cartoonist, fashion designer and songwriter. And he's running for Governor of the State of Mississippi.

Here.

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Squad Goals!: Democrats Will Be Forced to Vote on Impeachment, Which Is What Nancy Pelosi Was Hoping to Avoid

—Ace of Spades

I agree with the Squad on this, and not in an ironic way, either: I'm tired of the establishment of either party (actually, two wings of the same overparty) deciding which debates will be permitted to be had publicly and which will be hushed up and worked out behind closed doors.

So, vote. Let's get it all on the record.

And if that puts your allegedly "moderate" members at risk -- tough shit.

No more secret deals to hide contentious debates from the public.

And that goes, most of all, for the Corporatist Cuck Overlords (or former overlords) of the GOP.




Posted by Ace of Spades at 07:20 PM Comments

Mark Sanford, Who Abandoned His State to Dally with His Mistress in Argentina, Ponders Running Against Trump in the GOP Primary

—Ace of Spades

The Valparaiso Vagabundo, the Buenos Aires Aranador, the Pimp of the Pampas, is a real attractive candidate for the Morality Police who pretend to be Republicans, such as Noted Marriage Advocate Charlie Sykes.

Former South Carolina congressman Mark Sanford is considering launching a bid for president just months after leaving office following President Trump urging Republican voters in the Palmetto State to reject his renomination.

Speaking to The Post and Courier newspaper, Sanford said that he is taking the next month to decide whether or not he’ll mount a challenge to Trump's candidacy in the 2020 presidential election, where he would run on a platform focusing on curtailing the national debt and government spending.


"Sometimes in life you've got to say what you've got to say, whether there's an audience or not for that message," Sanford said.

Sanford is set to make his announcement from an undisclosed location, possibly on an Appalachian trail.

Update: Dang, Valparaiso is in Chile, not Argentina. Nuts! I spent five minutes looking for a v-word to match it with!

"Pimp of the Pampas" courtesy of eleven.


Update:



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Peter Thiel: Google May be Infiltrated by Chinese Intelligence

—Ace of Spades

He says Google must answer three questions:

"Number one: How many foreign intelligence agencies have infiltrated your Manhattan Project for AI (artificial intelligence)?" Thiel reportedly asked. "Number two: Does Google’s senior management consider itself to have been thoroughly infiltrated by Chinese intelligence?"

Thiel then slammed Google for its decision to work with the Chinese military while refusing to renew a contract with the U.S. Department of Defense.

"Number three: Is it because they consider themselves to be so thoroughly infiltrated that they have engaged in the seemingly treasonous decision to work with the Chinese military and not with the US military," Thiel said.

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Poll: The Public is Defining the Democrat Party by Alexandria Donkey-Chompers, and the Public Loathes Alexandria Donkey-Chompers

—Ace of Spades

Panic time?

Top Democrats are circulating a poll showing that one of the House's most progressive members — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — has become a definitional face for the party with a crucial group of swing voters.

...

"If all voters hear about is AOC, it could put the [House] majority at risk," said a top Democrat who is involved in 2020 congressional races. "[S]he's getting all the news and defining everyone else's races."

The poll -- taken in May, before Speaker Pelosi's latest run-in with AOC and the three other liberal House freshmen known as "The Squad" -- included 1,003 likely general-election voters who are white and have two years or less of college education.

These are the "white, non-college voters" who embraced Donald Trump in 2016 but are needed by Democrats in swing House districts.

The group that took the poll shared the results with Axios on the condition that it not be named, because the group has to work with all parts of the party.

The findings:

Ocasio-Cortez was recognized by 74% of voters in the poll; 22% had a favorable view.


Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota -- another member of The Squad -- was recognized by 53% of the voters; 9% (not a typo) had a favorable view.

Socialism was viewed favorably by 18% of the voters and unfavorably by 69%.

Capitalism was 56% favorable; 32% unfavorable.

"Socialism is toxic to these voters," said the top Democrat.

And this focus group -- this is a different study -- doesn't seem inclined to support the Democrats' "Give illegal immigrants all that they want, and more!" agenda:



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007 Will Now Be a Black Woman or Something

—Ace of Spades

I don't think it's real. I mean, part of it is real. But it's not really real.

Ages ago, Barbara Broccoli (daughter of EON co-founder "Cubby" Broccoli) was asked if she'd ever make a Female James Bond movie, and she said: "James Bond will always be a man."

Period.

But you know how the UK is now -- it's like 20% worse than America. So every male hero has to be gender-swapped to female, and the British media will attack you until you give in.

The "007 is now a black woman" story goes like this: Supposedly, James Bond begins the next terrible movie retired, so his code-number is now released to be used by others. (They're not going to retire that number and hang his Tuxedo from the rafters? Guy's saved the world like 22 times.)

The "007" who is played by the Captain Marvel actress (another Charisma Exclusion Zone, I'm told) is not James Bond, but just another agent who's been elevated to 00 status, and assigned his old number because it was available.

I agree with the anti-SJW pop culture channel Nerdrotic about this -- Barbara Broccoli and her husband Michael G. Wilson got so sick of the "When is James Bond going to be a woman? Black? Gay?" question that they decided to shut the SJWs up and make a black woman "007" (but not James Bond) briefly in one movie, so that The Mary Sue would get off their backs. I also agree that if Broccoli wants to really end all questions, they'll also bait that this new 007 is a lesbian, so they can Check That Box on the "gay" 007 thing too.

Based on what usually happens in movies, I imagine that this 007 will be killed during the movie, and the real 007 will have to come out of retirement to investigate, or will cede the number back to James Bond near the end of the movie when she realizes he really is a legend and that number should only be his.

I hate the James Bond movies now so this isn't fanboy stuff; I'd kind of love it if they did just set fire to the IP, like they've set fire to Star Wars, Doctor Who, Ghostbusters, etc.

Burn it all up.

But I think this is a fake-out.

You know what's even more of a danger to the 007 franchise?

Their new devotion to continuity.

They're pushing continuity in every movie now. The first one showed Bond getting his 00 license to kill. The third one showed him getting older and going missing and retiring, then coming back. The fourth one also heavily implied he was retiring and getting married. This newest one will feature him retired, and probably with a dead wife on his hands.

What are they going to do when Craig retires? Another reboot?

The old series of 007 movies ignored continuity to the point where no one even wondered about it any more, making it very easy to swap out actors or remake old plotlines or violate prior history in the series.

But these Craig movies are emphasizing that this is all supposed to be part of the same non-epic epic. There's supposed to be a real throughline. We're following Bond through most of his career.

So what happens when Craig retires?

It will be weird when another actor comes in and says "Ignore the past five movies' continuity."

And yeah, in the old series, we always had to ignore prior continuity, but we'd gotten used to the idea that no James Bond movie was really a "sequel" to any other -- each movie was basically a stand-alone with little to no connection to any other movie.

Now they've made it weird.

Likely Plot: Just so you know, there was a leak/rumor that the newest film would be called "Shatterhand."

This was denied.

But so everyone knows: Shatterhand was the pseudonym Blofeld was using in You Only Live Twice, AFTER he'd murdered Tracy.

So if this movie indeed has something to do with "Shatterhand," the plot would go like this: Bond is retired in the beginning of the film, after having married the bland Lea Seydoux from Specter, and Blofeld or his agents kill his wife.

Then he un-retires and seeks vengeance.

So this "new 007" would probably just be investigating a front that turns out to be Blofeld in the beginning of the movie, to offer some espionage-type stuff in between the "Bond hanging out in Jamaica with his wife" stuff to set the stage.

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Jonah Goldberg bewailed the chant, and his next 8,000 Twitter replies were liberals saying it was his fault because he wrote "Liberal Fascism" and the title hurt their feewings.

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Wes Pruden, Washington Times editor and columnist, dies at 83
Thanks to "Ha" for alerting me. (And no, that's not any kind of insult to Pruden; "Ha" is the name he always goes by. A bit awkward in this context but it is just his screen-name.)
LOL reply to the sanctimonious David French, bewailing the country's divisions: "O! Why is the country so divided!?" shrieked the Russia Truther.
Liberal atheist AllahPundit just can't stop attacking Christians
It's "racist" to attack any group you don't belong to, but the liberal atheist AllahPundit attacks conservative Christians, accusing them of Godcrime, four or five times per week
It's also cool that he's quoting Real TruCon Conservatives like MSNBC flunky Michael Steele, too
It's like AllahPundit is saying Christians aren't real Americans and should go back to their own countries, except he says it 5 days a week
The Washington Monument "For three nights, July 16, 17 and 18 -- the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum will project the rocket's image onto the east face of the monument." [CBD]
I'm avoiding the full pile on, because I understand this person is nice and personally loyal, but a Leading NeverTrumper and Fusion GPS conspiracy theory promoter just tweeted, about Stevens' death: Man, the confirmation hearings over John Paul Stevens' replacement is going to be pure fire!
This wouldn't be such a big deal except we keep being told by this crew that they're the Smart Ones who Really Understand Politics. In fact, they're almost all unaccomplished and a bit dim. They mistake "Famous among a tiny subculture addicted to Twitter" for actually famous. Or actually accomplished.
A friend cracks: "Maybe she got this wrong because she was reading from Fusion GPS' dossier on Stevens."
You know, people involved in writing and communications might want to consider that Twitter Is Not Their Friend. It encourages lazy writing and thoughtless #HotTakes. Why bother checking to see the last decade that Stevens worked as a justice when precious seconds for getting in your #EarlyHotTake are slipping away!
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