Saturday Evening Movie Thread 04-10-2021 [Hosted By: Moviegique] — Ace Open Blog
We'll pick up the "Silents Are Golden" thread next time, but since we actually made it into the theater, this seemed like an appropriate review as we enter the second week of Easter.
The Boy and I saw The Ten Commandments five years ago for the 60th anniversary and somehow it was fitting that our moviegoing should resume with the 65th anniversary of the same. Rereading my review from back then, I have to say: I nailed it. My impression is largely unchanged from back then. (The Flower was with us this time, so she got to see this for the first time and really enjoyed it.) I was less struck by the datedness now than I was before, though in fairness, it can be hard to gauge how dated something seemed 65 years ago. (It's easier to spot when they make concessions to the era they were made in.)
"The wet weather is backing up traffic on the 405 today..."
But if I were going to describe this movie in one word?
Ace of Spades Pet Thread [Misanthropic Humanitarian] — Ace Open Blog
Good afternoon and welcome to the almost world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread. This week's Pet Thread is a little different as you might know the Hamsters said "Enough". Hopefully, yours truly will #LearnToCode by next Saturday.
Saturday Gardening and Puttering Thread - April 10, sorta wild [KT] — Open Blogger
Hi, everybody! Learning how this new site works is kind of exciting!. Think our post today is gonna be somewhat shorter than usual. I'm on a learning curve. Thought that today it would be nice to concentrate on things that are not too formal. I am not up to formal today.
Below, a couple of photos from 40 miles north.
Irises, amaryllis, nectarine and a plant that shall not be named.
Anybody having trouble yet this year with the Plant that Shall Not Be Named? We have some rambunctious stems coming onto our porch.
Whatever happened to classical liberalism? [KT] — Open Blogger
Frederick Douglass loved free speech.
When did liberals stop believing in free speech?
This week, I have been passing along information to people who are trying to stop the flow of Critical Race Theory and other forms of Critical Social Justice into our schools and other institutions. Things are happening fast. Most of the people involved in pushing back are conservatives, of course. But some of them are liberals. And some of THEM are trying to re-assert the idea that there are good things about Western Civilization.
It's about time. Some people are scaling up the message. Besides conservatives, who seem to be doing more behind-the-scenes stuff like talking to legislators, organizing parent groups, etc.
Perhaps there is some hope of nudging some kids back from the abyss.
Early-Morning Open Thread [CBD] — Ace Open Blog
Krak is probably on the same learning curve the rest of us are, so here's a new thread and some content from the old thread to chat about until he shows up.
No other form of government in history has ever consolidated its power by ensuring that it would remain subservient to its people.
Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at April 10, 2021 04:15 AM (3D/fK)
This addlepated serpentess is admitting she's senile, as she has forgotten the partisan games she played with Trump's infrastructure proposals.
Biden staffer blocks Senator Cruz from photographing the bodies Biden has stacked up in his detention centers, claiming, piously, she's just about respecting the privacy of the illegals, rather than trying to spare the Senile Sexual Assaulter a bad news cycle.
"Covid Conundrum:" The Brain Trust at NBC "News" Is Baffled About Why the Blue States' Ineffective Covid Theater Measures Are Having No Effect — Ace
The possibility that Democrat politicians and Deep State midgets could possibly be wrong just doesn't occur to them, not for one hot second.
And this is very heartening: A restaurant owner tells two mask-wearing government Karen Enforcement Agents that they are trespassing on her property, and orders them to leave.
Then the whole restaurant joins in, chanting "GET OUT! GET OUT! GET OUT!"
Professor Allahpundit and Dr. Guy P. Benson, Ph.D. were immediately rushed to the hospital with acute butthurt and aggravated asscry.
Quick Hits: George Floyd Had COVID?!!? — Ace
Ladies and gentlemen, here it is, the one and only, the first and only case of a death of someone infected with covid in which the authorities claimed the death was caused by something other than covid:
Isn't that just remarkable?
Now, I am being told that this was mentioned before -- very, very quietly -- but it's amazing how the media has managed to make this highly-relevant fact altogether disappear from the public consciousness.
"Lost City of Gold" -- Buried for 3000 Years -- Discovered near Luxor, Egypt — Ace
Some pictures of the find:
The pharaoh Akhenaten -- the father of King Tut -- abandoned his capital in Thebes (Luxor) to build his own new pharoaical city, Amarna, where he worshipped the sun (Aten) while abandoning the traditional Egyptian gods.
Akhenaten is noted for abandoningEgypt's traditional polytheistic religionand introducingAtenism, worship centered on Aten. The views ofEgyptologistsdiffer whether Atenism should be considered as absolutemonotheism, or whether it wasmonolatry,syncretism, orhenotheism.This culture shift away from traditional religion was not widely accepted. After his death, Akhenaten's monuments were dismantled and hidden, his statues were destroyed, and his nameexcludedfromlists of rulerscompiled by later pharaohs.Traditional religious practice was gradually restored, notably under his close successorTutankhamun, who changed his name from Tutankhaten early in his reign.When some dozen years later rulers without clear rights of succession from the Eighteenth Dynasty founded anew dynasty, they discredited Akhenaten and his immediate successors, referring to Akhenaten himself as "the enemy" or "that criminal" in archival records
I believe that's probably why the city he built was lost -- it was abandoned and forgotten in a rebuke to "that criminal." Ankhenaten wasn't even known to history until his name was re-discovered in the 18th century.
National Geographic reports it's now been found, and archeologists are hopeful some of the mysteries of the pharaoh's disappearance from history as well the disappearance of his city:
"There’s no doubt about it; it really is a phenomenal find,” saysSalima Ikram, an archaeologist who leads the American University in Cairo’s Egyptology unit. "It’s very much a snapshot in time—an Egyptian version of Pompeii.”
"It’s extraordinarily beautiful,” says Ikram. She recalls walking through the preserved streets, surrounded by tall walls where, she says, she expected an ancient Egyptian to come around the corner at any moment. "I don’t think you can oversell it,” she says. "It is mind-blowing.”
Well to be honest, I think they are overselling it with this "lost golden city" branding, which will surely help tourism in the future.
Albion College and the Albion Department of Public Safety say a student is responsible for racist graffiti found in a dorm last weekend.
Albion police brought the 21-year-old Black male in for questioning on April 6, according to Chief Scott Kipp. The student admitted to creating most of the graffiti, and video evidence from Albion’s Campus Safety Department confirms the statements made by the student, Kipp said.
The student was released after questioning, Kipp said. Once the investigation is complete, the information will be submitted to the Calhoun County Prosecutor’s Office for any charges related to the incident, he said.
Albion College immediately announced that even though this supposedly anti-black graffiti was written by a male black student to provoke hatred and racism (and potentially violence) against whites, the college is going to demand that everyone go through the usual Black Lives Matter "racial healing" protocols.
"We know the acts of racism that have occurred this week are not about one particular person or one particular incident. We know that there is a significant history of racial pain and trauma on campus and we are taking action to repair our community,” college officialstweeted. "We will change and heal together as a community, because we are committed to doing the work.”
College officials are encouraging members of the community to care for one another and lean on faculty, staff and community members who are supporting them, according to atweet.
Question: if a white student wrote anti-white hate graffiti in an effort to gin up hatred againstblacks, do you think the school would be bending over backwards to "listen" to complaints from whites, and to "support" them in their "healing?"
Do you think this attempt to provoke racial hatred and possibly violence against blacks would be hand-waved away with the claim that, "Well, you know, there really is anti-white racism from blacks, so let's just pretend this was a real example of that?"
When a single white person commits a crime, it's the moral fault of the entire white race.
When a single black person commits a crime... it's also the moral fault of the entire white race.
Blacks are responding rationally to the indulgences and incentives the Ruling Class is giving them. The Ruling Class is telling them that if blacks attack people of other races, those attacks will be ignored or even excused -- as prompted by WHITE SUPREMACY, of all things! -- and that if they keep faking "hate crimes" against themselves, corrupted institutions will fall over themselves offering payoffs to them.
Flush With Money Looted From the Rest of the Country, Cuomo Announces He'll Pay 2.1 BILLION Dollars to Illegal Aliens, Who Are Not Allowed to Work, For Any Lost Illegal Wages — Ace
Americans got $3400 in total covid payments to make up for their lost wages.
[A]fter a sweeping move by lawmakers this week, New York will now offer one-time payments of up to $15,600 to undocumented immigrants who lost work during the pandemic. The effort — a $2.1 billion fund in the state budget — is by far the biggest of its kind in the country and a sign of the state’s shift toward policies championed by progressive Democrats.
Republicans instantly criticized the measure as out of touch at a time when many other New Yorkers were still struggling, while some Democrats from swing districts upstate and on Long Island said privately that a publicly funded rescue program for people who are not in the country legally could be wielded as a cudgel against them in future elections.
This isn't even the first Blue State to take money from American taxpayers to make it rain on illegals:
CONFIRMED: Hunter Biden's Laptop Is Proven by Forensic Analysts To In Fact Be Hunter Biden's Laptop — Ace
I mean: Not a surprise...!
Below, one of many, many compromising photos on Hunter Biden's laptop -- which the media propagandistically claimed was "RUSSIAN DISINFORMATION" as a pretext to not report on it, and to pressure Twitter and FaceBook into censoring information about it.
All to rig the election even further than the Democrat governors and courts had in favor of the Usurper R@pist Joe Biden.
This is Hunter Biden showing off the ravages that crystal meth addiction has worked on his teeth. This is called "meth mouth."
This is the face of the man who perjuriously claimed he did not frequent illegal drugs on his gun purchase background check form.
The published photographs do not even include the most alarming and most criminal.
People continue to shirk from publishing those, or discussing what they show.
Here's the Daily Mail doing the jobs that the American media doesn't want to do:
AUTHENTICATING THE LAPTOP
DailyMail.com commissioned cyber forensics experts at Maryman & Associates to examine the hard drive to determine its authenticity.
The firm's founder, Brad Maryman, was a 29-year veteran of the FBI, served as a Chief Information Security Officer and founded the bureau's cyber forensics unit. His partner, Dr. Joseph Greenfield, is an associate professor at the University of Southern California and helped write their degree program in intelligence and cyber operations.
After an extensive analysis of the hard drive, Greenfield and Maryman produced a report for DailyMail.com detailing their findings.
Using the same forensic tools as federal and state law enforcement in criminal investigations, they found a total of 103,000 text messages, 154,000 emails and more than 2,000 photos.
-They found emails for multiple accounts on the laptop dating back to 2009, and other data which 'appears to be related to Mr. Biden' between 2016 and 2019.
-The report's findings were consistent with the known timeline for the hard drive.A Wilmington, Delaware computer store work order with Hunter's signature shows he left his 2017 MacBook Pro laptop there on April 12, 2019.
-The Maryman & Associates report said the original 'Macintosh HD' drive was created on March 28, 2018
-Hunter's iCloud email address was added to the laptop's system on October 21 2018, as well as his work email at his firm Rosemont Seneca on February 2 2019.
-The same day, a Gmail address he used to log onto sex cam sites, and another personal Gmail address belonging to Hunter, were also added.
- Beau Biden's old Gmail account was added on February 7 2019.
- Emails addressed to Hunter's various email addresses dating from December 2009 to December 2020 were found on the system.
- An iPad with the name 'Hunter's iPad' and three email addresses associated with the Biden family was backed up on the laptop and on iCloud in January 2019 and again a month later.
- Greenfield found 818 call logs in this iPad backup with timestamps from June 2016 to February 2019.
- There were 8,942 entries in the iPad's contacts book, created between April 2016 and January 2019.
-In February 2019 an iPhone XS was also synced with the laptop. Its serial number was consistent with the timestamps of the data on the phone.
In conclusion, 'The operating system timestamps appear to be authentic, and no evidence was found to suggest that the timestamps or data were altered or manufactured,' the report said. 'No indications were found that would suggest the data was manufactured.'
This is the corrupt son of the corrupt current inhabitant of the White House:
The sex tapes and shots with hookers are mixed in with family photos, business documents and selfies from his then-lover and brother's widow Hallie in his laptop's photos folder.
Hunter's new memoir, Beautiful Things, came out Tuesday and promised to give a candid account of the president's son's addiction
Texts show he would often order drugs to hotel rooms and take them with the women before or after sex – and photos include bottles of 100mg Viagra pills, the highest dose prescribed by doctors.
His Pornhub account had 66 award badges, including a badge for reaching 50 subscribers, watching 500 videos, and watching porn in high definition.
Hunter would sometimes leave on the webcam after filming his sex scenes, and captured himself hunched over his computer, intently watching back through the footage.
Texts from February 20, 2019 appear to show Hunter coordinating with a woman called Dianna Pagano to transport other women in Ubers to his hotel room in New Haven, Connecticut.
A month later Pagano texted Hunter offering to 'hang' with him for '100 or 200 for the night', as well as appearing to offer him drugs, saying 'My guy is giving me 2500qorrh of work cuz he is going on vacation. I just gotta give him 200$; and 'I got some good work if u need anything hun its fire'.
Pagano was charged in November that year with violating her probation by allegedly running a drug ring out of her home in East Haven.
Police told the New Haven Register that items 'believed to be the fruits of a narcotics and prostitution operation, [were] found within the residence.'
Pagano was not charged with a prostitution-related offence.
Hunter may have narrowly avoided a tangle with law enforcement, as six of Pagano's alleged customers were also arrested in the police raid.
Hunter had a second close shave with the law in March 2019 according to his texts, when police allegedly showed up at a Naugatuck, Connecticut, motel where Hunter was taking drugs and entertaining hookers.
When the president's son left his Comfort Inn room to get cash from an ATM, one of the panicked prostitutes, Crystal, texted him 'U called the cops???'
Returning to his room a confused Hunter texted their dealer and pimp 'Where is she? She said the cops came to the room????? WTF man? I went to bank. Call me back.'
Now, pay attention as Hunter Biden's frequent interactions with the police go mysteriously missing from the police files -- and even the Secret Service is corrupted to go clean up his crack paraphrenalia:
Naugatuck Police Department told DailyMail.com they had no record of officers attending the Comfort Inn on March 7.
Hunter had a close shave with the law in March 2019 according to his texts, when police allegedly showed up at a Naugatuck, Connecticut, motel where Hunter was taking drugs and entertaining hookers. When the president's son left his Comfort Inn room to get cash from an ATM, one of the panicked prostitutes, Crystal, texted him 'U called the cops???'
Naugatuck Police Department told DailyMail.com they had no record of officers attending the Comfort Inn on March 7.Returning to his room a confused Hunter texted their dealer and pimp 'Where is she? She said the cops came to the room????? WTF man? I went to bank. Call me back'
Hunter's laptop, which was handed over to the FBI in 2019, is brimming with evidence of apparent criminal activity by Hunter and his associates including drug trafficking and prostitution
Hunter did come under investigation after he dropped off a rental car in Prescott, Arizona, leaving behind a crack pipe and white powder, his drivers license and his late brother Beau's attorney general badge.
Hunter allegedly used a fake name to call the Hertz rental the next day to tell them he left the keys in the car's gas tank compartment.
The police report said they called in the FBI and Hunter was 'located by Secret Service' and found to be 'well.'
Prescott Police Department said they couldn't find fingerprints on the pipe. It is unclear whether the department tried to extract DNA from the pipe.
Despite being dubbed the state's 'foremost pot prohibitionist', County Attorney Sheila Polk declined to prosecute.
That's not the only service the Secret Service provided to him, despite the fact that he wasn't supposed to have the government paying for an armed babysitter squad.
The Secret Service also bodyguarded him like a rapper's flunkies while he went on a drugs-and-hooker spree:
Texts from earlier that year show Hunter was being guarded by a Secret Service agent while he went on a week-long drug and prostitute binge in a Hollywood hotel.
The texts raise questions for the federal agency, which has claimed that no Bidens received protection in 2018.
Either the Secret Service's manpower was being embezzled by the Biden Crime Family, or else we have another case of official records going missing when people try to check up on Hunter Biden.
The laptop demonstrates conclusively that Hunter Biden was a drug addict when he filled out his gun purchase background check forms, falsely declaring that he was not a drug user.
This is a federal crime -- or at least it would be for anyone not part of the Democrat totalitarian state.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden has signed (most likely unconstitutional) gun control laws into being with a (likely illegal) executive order. He continues claiming to create new gun laws while his Department of Justice refuses to enforce existing laws against the criminal pervert Hunter Biden.
And don't forget: The Secret Service attempted to confiscate the gun purchase forms to protect Biden, and pro-Biden Deep Staters in the DOJ covered it up and hid it from Trump, to make sure it wouldn't become a campaign issue.
If President Joe Biden is serious about "commonsense gun safety measures," he'd call for the arrest of his son, Hunter, immediately.
You see, if a nefarious person, say an erratic drug addict, for example, is hell-bent on breaking various laws of our country, what makes anyone think that additional laws pertaining to gun ownership are going to dissuade them from doing whatever the heck they want?
And just yesterday, the day after his dad proposed his new gun control laws, we've learned of even more laws Hunter doesn't care about. And these existing laws all happen to directly relate to purchasing and possessing a firearm.
Let's see if  Biden is as serious about gun control laws as he claims to be.
Mr. [Biden], before you propose one new "commonsense gun safety measure," you should insist that our current "commonsense gun safety measures" be taken seriously and enforced.
Mr. [Biden], call for the immediate arrest of Hunter Biden.
I deleted references to this corrupt, senile Chinese agent being "president." The only thing he was close to being president of was the company Hunter Biden was setting up in partnership with the Communist Chinese government to pay graft to the Biden family.
Meanwhile, Hunter Biden -- who the Chinese and Ukranians thought was really some kind of business superstar worth throwing millions of dollars at -- has a laptop filled with porno films he made himself, with prostitutes.
The Morning Rant 04-09-2021 [OregonMuse] — Ace Open Blog
(This material is from the post that crashed the blog on Monday)
YET MORE PROVERBS FOR OUR TIME
There are three things that are a mystery to the left, yea four things they do not understand: that slavery is a nearly-universal condition, that poverty is the natural condition of man, the inverse relationship between security and liberty, and that freedom implies inequality.
The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government.
Like dragging a cheese grater across one's ear drums, so is listening to a speech by Ben Shapiro.
In order to get things done in Washington DC, many palms must be greased.
Progressivism is the gateway drug to every kind of vice.
If everyone is a Nazi, then no one is a Nazi.
Those who do not believe in violence stand behind men who do.
Having a "big Tent" does not mean letting the monkeys run the circus. (h/t ace)
Democrats steal elections in broad daylight, and SJWs broadcast their screaming folly on TikTok.
Progressives thrive on the unhappiness of others, while contentment sets their teeth on edge.
There is no such thing as hate speech, just speech that you hate.
The media treats Republicans with contempt, but for Democrats their tongue-baths are lavish.