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September 30, 2023

Saturday Hobby, Crafts and Bodging Thread

—J.J. Sefton

Greetings gang. Time once again to head for the garage, basement, shop, studio, craft room or wherever it is you can go to escape, get messy and lose yourself in some creative pursuits.

NOTE: This is NOT an open thread so limit the discussion only to hobby and similar pursuits.

What are you working on, planning or just dreaming about doing?

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Ace of Spades Pet Thread, Sept. 30


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Good afternoon and welcome to the almost world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread. Thanks for stopping by. Kick back and enjoy the world of animals.

Would you like a treat?

Let's relax a little with the animals and leave the world of politics and current events outside today.

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Posted by K.T. at 03:25 PM Comments


Gardening, Puttering and Adventure Thread, Sept. 30


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Happy Saturday! Well, it's harvest season. The big trucks and big harvest equipment are out and about here in the San Joaquin Valley. And the photo above, from just two weeks ago, is enticing:

Anonymous lurker from northern New Jersey, the Garden State...

Today's harvest of tomatoes ( heirloom varieties) and smaller peppers.

Perfect summer weather for us.

A nice time to enjoy the bounty of the earth . . .

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Thread before the Gardening Thread, Sept. 30: Compare and Contrast


Biden Administration Reports Dangerous African Immigrant At Border

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EAGLE PASS, TX -- As the migrant crisis along the southern U.S. border continued to intensify, a new threat emerged, leading the Biden administration to warn the populace of the presence of a dangerous African immigrant sighted at the border.

"This is serious, folks," President Joe Biden said in brief remarks to reporters. "We've received reports of a very menacing African man roaming the region. Everyone knows I'm a long-time advocate for keeping an eye on these African fellas. This one is especially dangerous. He's here to . . . here to . . . he's got all of the...he runs the . . . he . . . the thing. Rocketship."


Menacing African Man actually did visit the border. That's one way to get some attention on the issue.

Lots of criticism of Musk in the replies for not doing things like, say, building factories in Venezuela. Heh.


Compare and Contrast

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Saturday Coffee Break & Prayer Revival

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Good morning Morons. Where the hell did September go?

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Daily Tech News 30 September 2023

—Pixy Misa

Top Story

  • French AI company Mistral has released an LLM with no strings attached and the commies are furious. (404 Media)

    We've seen what American AI companies do with - or rather, to - their products. ChatGPT will argue endlessly that it's better to let millions of people die in a nuclear fireball than utter a racial slur that nobody will hear. (And also keeps forgetting how to derive the prime factors of small positive integers.) Midjourney will suffer an aneurysm if you use the word "petite" when describing the image you want to generate.

    Facebook does a lot better, unless you're competing with Facebook, in which case you can take a long walk off a short pier. Which is at least understandable, and the term "competing with" is pretty specific and doesn't apply to anyone smaller than Google, Microsoft, or Amazon.

    Mistral just released Mistral 7B under the Apache license, which means you can do anything you like with it except pretend that it's not Mistral 7B.

    It's as good as Facebook's Llama 2 13B while running on commodity graphics cards (16GB rather than 32GB), you can use it for anything you want, and it's not lobotomised - the industry prefers the euphemism "aligned", though they still use an ice pick to do it.
    The Mistral 7B Instruct model is a quick demonstration that the base model can be easily fine-tuned to achieve compelling performance. It does not have any moderation mechanism. We're looking forward to engaging with the community on ways to make the model finely respect guardrails, allowing for deployment in environments requiring moderated outputs.
    This naturally has communists and journalists concerned:
    According to a list of 178 questions and answers composed by AI safety researcher Paul Röttger and 404 Media's own testing, Mistral will readily discuss the benefits of ethnic cleansing, how to restore Jim Crow-style discrimination against Black people, instructions for suicide or killing your wife, and detailed instructions on what materials you'll need to make crack and where to acquire them.
    So will the internet, or any good reference text.

    The real question is why you are trying to murder your ethnic wife with a crack overdose in the first place.

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You're A Better Man Than I Am, ONT


Welcome to Friday night! I've had this picture of a tomahawk steak in my meme folder for a while now. I don't remember why I put it there, it's not a meme. It sure does look yummy though, doesn't it?


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It Came From the Nineties Cafe

—Disinformation Expert Ace

Cappadocia by @kyrenian

Controversial opinion: Pop music was better in the 90s than the 80s. And it was the last time pop music was good.

And there was actually rock on the pop charts. A lot of it.

These songs were actually all mostly hits, some of them big hits. Even though some are hard rock. Even Canadian kid-show pop queens were recording hard rock hits. That hasn't happened on the charts since... well, since the 90s.

You've got to trust your instincts/and let go of regrets/you've got to bet on yourself now, star/'cause that's your best bet

This one's hard because the lyrics either say the song's name or drop some blasphemy. So the best I can do is: Waaaah-waah-waah-waaaaah-wah-wah...!

I want you to know/I'm hap-py for you/I want nothing but/the best for your both (Spoiler: She doesn't mean it.)

More of a novelty, but memorable: This bed's on fire with passion and love/the neighbors complain of the noises above/but she only [sings] when she's on top That's the radio edit of the lyric.

I woke the same as any other day/Except a voice was in my head/It said seize the day, pull the trigger, drop the blade/And watch the rolling heads

And I don't like a thing about your mother/And I, I hate your daddy's guts too/And I don't like a thing about your sister, no, no/'Cause I, I, I think sex is overrated too

The comfort of a knowledge of a rise above the sky above could/
never parallel the challenge of an acquisition in the here and now.

screaming)I can't stand it, I know you planned it/I'ma set it straight, this Watergate/I can't stand rocking when I'm in here/'Cause your crystal ball ain't so crystal clear

Somebody once told me/the world is gonna roll me/I ain't the sharpest tool in the shed/She was looking kinda dumb/with her finger and her thumb/in the shape of an "L" on her forehead

"I had visions/I was in them/I was looking into the mirror/to see a little bit clearer/The rottenness and evil in me."

The next lyrics give it a way a bit:

Fingertips have memories
Mine can't forget the curves of your body
And when I feel a bit naughty
I run it up the flagpole and see
Who salutes, but no one ever does

Run and tell all of the angels, this could take all night/Think I need a devil to help me get things right/Hook me up a new revolution, 'cause this one is a lie/We sat around laughin' and watched the last one die

I was frying on the bench slide in the park across the street/L-A-T-E-R that week/My sticky paws were into making straws out of big fat slurpy treats/An incredible eight-foot heap

In the time of chimpanzees, I was a monkey/Butane in my veins, and I'm out to cut the junkie/With the plastic eyeballs, spray paint the vegetables/Dog food stalls with the beefcake pantyhose/Kill the headlights and put it in neutral/Stock car flaming with the loser in the cruise control A little later: Soyyyyy... un peredor...

I swear I never took it for granted, just thought of it now/Suppose I abused you, just passing it on/Go!/F*ck!

And I feel, so much depends on the weather/So is it raining in your bedroom?/And I see, that these are the eyes of disarray/Would you even care?

Hey, look around today/Everything don't need to be the same/Feel, I'm feelin, lonely people/People just like me who go it alone/I guess I'm gonna go it alone

Dead I am the pool, spreading from the fool/Weak and want you need, nowhere as you bleed/Dead I am the rat, feast upon the cat/Tender is the fur, dying as you burn. The updated video is much better than the original.

Cheese smells so good/On a burnt piece of lamb/Fag of the year/Who could beat up your man

Please tell me why/My car is in the front yard, and I'm/Sleeping with my clothes on/I came in through the window last night/And you're gone, gone

Hello, Speak up, Is there somebody there?/These hang-ups are getting me down/In a world frozen over with over-exposure/let's talk it over, let's go out and paint the town

Color me any color/Speak to me in tongues and share/Tell me how you'd love to hate me/Tell me how you'd love to care/[Bridge]Well I just want/To shake us up/Well I just want/I just want to/To shake us up

We love the all, the all of you/Where lands are green, and skies are blue/When all in all, we're just like you/We love the all of you

I got my head checked/By a jumbo jet/It wasn't easy/But nothing is, no/[Chorus](Woo-hoo) When I feel heavy metal/(Woo-hoo) And I'm pins and I'm needles/(Woo-hoo) Well, I lie and I'm easy/All of the time, but I'm never sure why I need you/Pleased to meet you

It's all about the he-says she-says bullshit/You better let shit slip, or you'll be leavin' with a fat lip By the way, gotta warn you, the girl who flips up her top is underage. I looked it up a long time ago. Not sure how that made the cut on MTV. Also please enjoy this mash-up/parody.

And that parody rolls right into this one: What's with these homies dissin' my girl?/Why do they gotta front?/What did we ever do to these guys/That made them so violent?
[Pre-Chorus] Woo-hoo, but you know I'm yours/Woo-hoo, and I know you're mine/Woo-hoo, and that's for all of time

A lot of videos in the 90s were on that retro tip: Sell the kids for food/Weather changes moods/Spring is here again/Reproductive glands

There's no going back to that/I'm so numb, can't even react/Didn't say it's not okay/But we aren't feeling the same way/I ain't telling you a secret/I ain't telling you goodbye

Mama tells me I shouldn't bother/That I ought just stick to another man/A man that surely deserves me/But I think you do/So I cry and I pray and I beg

Someone said Give peace a chance/(and that's all that we're saying)/While we're sitting on the fence/(Pretending)Our hearts are in the right place/But your faces shows a trace of
Hypocrisy/Don't tread on me/Now you can see

Wake up, kids, we got the dreamers' disease/Age fourteen, they got you down on your knees/So polite, we're busy still saying please/Frienemies, who, when you're down, ain't your friend/Every night we smash a Mercedes-Benz/First we run, and then we laugh till we cry

You think that we connect/That the chemistry's correct/Your words walk right through my ears/Presuming I like what I hear

Chickity China, the Chinese chicken/You have a drumstick and your brain stops tickin'/Watching X-Files with no lights on/We're dans la maison/I hope the Smoking Man's in this one/Like Harrison Ford, I'm getting frantic/Like Sting, I'm tantric/Like Snickers, guaranteed to satisfy/Like Kurosawa, I make mad films, 'kay, I don't make films/But if I did they'd have a Samurai

This one might be a little obscure, but it's kinda great in a deeply stupid way: Now I know your heart, I know your mind/You don't even know you're being unkind/So much for all your highbrow Marxist ways/Just use me up and then you walk away/Boy, you can't play me that way

I'm the cream of the crop, I rise to the top/I never eat a pig 'cause a pig is a cop/Or better yet a Terminator, like Arnold Schwarzenegger/Tryin' to play me out like as if my name was Sega

Went down the highway/Broke the limit, we hit the town/Went through to Texas/Yeah, Texas, and we had some fun/

On to some more conventional cafe stuff:

So are the tigers included in the rent, or...?

Triple play: Switzerland, horse, pretty girl. Lot of leg in the second video.

More amazing vids of Switzerland.

Iceland accompanied by a guy doing The Crow cosplay.

More Iceland. Wow.

Arguing with a goat. In your heart, you know the goat is right.

A cat is caught cheating.

Introductions are in pawr-dor.

You spend $30 on cat toys. The cat ignores them and plays instead with the receipt, which is now destroyed so you can't return the toys.

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Posted by Disinformation Expert Ace at 07:30 PM Comments

Shock: Madison Cornbread Accused of Lying Again

—Disinformation Expert Ace

Apparently she just made up crap for her "book."

Former Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson is back with more dubious claims about occurrences within Trump's inner circle.

On Tuesday, Insider reported that Hutchinson's new memoir claimed that Trump's former chief of staff Mark Meadows, who is a devout Baptist, never drank alcohol in his life before downing multiple White Claws in the White House in November 2020, apparently unaware that they contained alcohol.

In her new book "Enough" Hutchinson said that Meadows consumed the first beverage in front of White House budget director Russ Vought, who she claimed is a "faithful Mormon."

When Hutchinson asked Meadows how much he drank, Meadows said that he was halfway through one and counted three others that he had just finished, meaning he drank 3.5 cans of White Claw.

Hutchison then claimed that Vought said to Meadows, "I know times are hard now, but are they really that bad," which queued Meadows into the fact that he was drinking alcohol by mistake.

This is a funny and lighthearted story, but there is just one major problem -- none of it appears to be true.

Unfortunately for Hutchinson, the key witness in the story, Russ Vought, has taken to X, formerly called Twitter, to point out that the interaction with Meadows never took place and to set the record straight on his religion.

"This story from Cassidy is a total fabrication," he wrote.

"I'm not a Mormon and this interaction with Mark never occurred."

Frankly, this is just embarrassing.

The last time we heard from Madison Cornbread she was claiming that Trump reached over from the back of the presidential Suburban, which she insists on calling "The Beast," and violently wrenched the steering wheel out of the hands of the armed Secret Service chauffeur when he was told he couldn't go to the Capitol Hill rally.

The most honest thing to ever come out of Madison Cornbread's mouth was Matt Gaetz.

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New York City To Distribute Fliers In Shelters at the Southern Border Telling Immigrants That NYC Is a Bad Place to Live And They Should Go Somewhere Else Entirely
Update: Elon Musk At Border

—Disinformation Expert Ace

This is your "Sanctuary City" at work.

The fliers are in Spanish. Well, they have also printed up English-language ones so that it doesn't look like they're telling Hispanics that they don't want them.

But the main flier to be distributed is in Spanish.

Here's the English language version:


Y en espanol:


New York City to Hispanics: Cada muerto

New York City is planning to distribute flyers to migrants in shelters and at the US southern border that say the city's resources "have been exhausted" and they won't get any help finding work, officials said Wednesday.

The one-page flyer, printed in both English and Spanish, warns asylum seekers that "you will not be placed in a hotel," and that "NYC is one of the most expensive cities in the world; you are better off going to a more affordable city." The flyer also declares "NYC cannot help you obtain a work permit, and you will not be able to easily find work."

The effort to dissuade migrants from coming to New York is the latest attempt to slow the rapid influx of some 100,000 people who have arrived in the city since the spring of 2022, overwhelming its shelter system and straining coffers. The city pays $387 a day to shelter each migrant family, and estimates the cost for caring migrants will total $12 billion through mid-2025.

The flyers contradict some of the city and state's own recently announced plans to help asylum seekers apply to work legally and find jobs.

It also contradicts the huge amounts of obnoxious moral grandstanding that gentry liberals do about their alleged "love" and "compassion" for third world immigrants, of course. But Bloomberg doesn't notice that!

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Two Years After A Mass Worldwide Government-Mandated Injection Campaign, Scientists Are Finally Trying to Figure Out Just What We Actually Put Into Our Genetic Code

—Disinformation Expert Ace

So we're finally looking into the exact contents of the experimental untested vaccine using never-before-deployed mRNA manipulation.

Just in time! Perfect!

Early in 2023, genomics scientist Kevin McKernan made an accidental discovery. While running an experiment in his Boston lab, McKernan used some vials of mRNA Pfizer and Moderna Covid vaccines as controls. He was 'shocked' to find that they were allegedly contaminated with tiny fragments of plasmid DNA.

McKernan, who has 25 years' experience in his field, ran the experiment again, confirming that the vials contained up to, in his opinion, 18-70 times more DNA contamination than the legal limits allowed by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

In particular, McKernan was alarmed to find the presence of an SV40 promoter in the Pfizer vaccine vials. This is a sequence that is, '...used to drive DNA into the nucleus, especially in gene therapies,' McKernan explains. This is something that regulatory agencies around the world have specifically said is not possible with the mRNA vaccines.

Knowing that the contamination had not been disclosed by the manufacturers during the regulatory process, McKernan raised the alarm, posting his findings to Twitter (now X) and Substack with a call-out to other scientists to see if they could replicate his findings.

Other scientists soon confirmed McKernan's findings, though the amount of DNA contamination was variable, suggesting inconsistency of vial contents depending on batch lots. One of these scientists was cancer genomics expert Dr Phillip Buckhaults, who is a proponent of the mRNA platform and has received the Pfizer Covid vaccine himself.

In September of this year, Dr Buckhaults shared his findings in South Carolina Senate hearing. 'I'm kind of alarmed about this DNA being in the vaccine -- it's different from RNA, because it can be permanent,' he told those present.

'There is a very real hazard,' he said, that the contaminant DNA fragments will integrate with a person's genome and become a 'permanent fixture of the cell' leading to autoimmune problems and cancers in some people who have had the vaccinations. He also noted that these genome changes can 'last for generations'.

Dr Buckhaults alleges that the presence of high levels of contaminant DNA in the mRNA vaccines 'may be causing some of the rare but serious side effects, like death from cardiac arrest'. He added, 'I think this is a real serious regulatory oversight that happened at the federal level.'

Much more at the link.

In some less distressing health news, scientists have found a link between zinc levels and
diabetes and weight gain.

Researchers have identified a mechanistic link between zinc levels in humans and the risk of type 2 diabetes and fatty liver disease.


Converging lines of evidence have shown that zinc plays a crucial role in insulin production and glucose metabolism. "We know that increasing zinc intake improves blood glucose control in people with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes, and people with a mutation in a key zinc transporter protein have reduced risk of diabetes." says first author Shek Man Chim, Principal Scientist at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., New York, US. "However, the mechanism for how zinc influences systemic blood glucose levels and diabetes risk remains unclear."

The details are a little hard to follow but the upshot seems to be that higher zinc levels result in a reduced risk of diabetes. I think they found that people with a mutation that results in them lacking a zinc-transport protein increases their risk of diabetes.

Below, when they speak of a lack of/loss of Loss of SLC39A5, I think they mean the lack of that mutation, the mutation that results in the lack of the zinc-transport protein.

In other words, here, a lack of the mutation is a good thing, and means that you have the zinc-transport protein.

[T]he team explored its function by genetically engineering mice lacking the zinc transporter protein. As anticipated, these mice had elevated blood and tissue levels of zinc. When the team fed mice a high-fat, high-fructose diet to induce obesity, there was a significant reduction in fasting glucose compared to the control mice fed the same diet. Similar results were observed in a congenital (leptin receptor-deficiency) model of obesity. Loss of SLC39A5 also resulted in reduced insulin resistance--a hallmark of diabetes where tissues fail to respond to insulin signals trying to trigger glucose uptake from the blood.

Given that diabetes often coincides with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, the team explored whether loss of SLC39A5 protects the liver, too. As hoped, mice lacking SLC39A5 had less build-up of fat in the liver and in blood markers of liver damage. Moreover, mice lacking SLC39A5 but fed a high-fat, high-fructose diet also had less fat accumulation in the liver and improved insulin sensitivity compared to control mice.


"Our study provides for the first-time genetic evidence demonstrating the protective role of zinc against high blood sugar and unravels the mechanistic basis underlying this effect," concludes senior author Harikiran Nistala, currently Head of functional Genomics at Alkermes Inc, Waltham, US. "Our observations suggest that blocking SLC39A5 could be a potential therapeutic avenue for type 2 diabetes and other indications where zinc supplementation alone is inadequate."

I took zinc during the Plandemic, but then stopped. (I did continue taking Vitamin D and K, as well as various C and B vitamins supplemented with elderberry. At least, when I start to feel sick.)

I guess I'll have to start taking zinc again.

Anyone gots any GAINZZZ?

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Breaking: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Reportedly About to Announce Run as an Independent Third-Party Candidate

—Disinformation Expert Ace

The Democrat Party is treating him badly so he's donezo.

The rudest and most obnoxious partisans should keep this sort of thing in mind. You're not helping "the cause" if people decide they hate your guts and prefer the party to lose so that you will lose too.

He may run as a Libertarian, which would be final confirmation that the Libertarian Party is just a party of social libertarians.

Robert F Kennedy Jr, who launched his campaign for the Democrat presidential nomination in April, reportedly has plans to announce a run as an independent candidate.

According to Mediaite, Kennedy plans to make the announcement on October 9 in Philadelphia, with a text message viewed by the outlet stating that his campaign is planning "attack ads" against the Democrat National Committee to "pave the way" for his announcement.

"Bobby feels that the DNC is changing the rules to exclude his candidacy so an independent run is the only way to go," a Kennedy campaign insider told the outlet.

On Saturday, the New York Times published a piece stating that Kennedy met with Libertarian Party chair Angela McArdle in July, at a Memphis conference.

"He emphasized that he was committed to running as a Democrat but said that he considered himself very libertarian," McArdle said, adding that "We're aligned on a lot of issues," including the threat of the "deep state."

"My perspective is that we are going to stay in touch in case he does decide to run," Ms. McArdle said. "And he can contact me at any time if that's the case."

Update: A friend tells me he draws more of his support from Republicans than Democrats, so this isn't actually good news.

Thanks to JackStraw.

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"Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" Sissy Jonathan Van Ness Breaks Down into a Puddle of Tears and Entitlement When Asked About Men Competing Against Girls In Sports

—Disinformation Expert Ace

Actor and podcaster Dax Shepard asked the queer activist about the issue. (Van Ness said in an interview he "cussed" at his father "300 days" in a single year demanding to know how he, a father of an "HIV positive" gay man, could vote for Trump.)

Van Ness' response to merely being questioned about the extremist gay/trans agenda is... insane.

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Hawaiian Judges Block Anti-Castration/Mastectomy Bill From Taking Effect, and Claim That the First Amendment Demands that Children Be Expoed to Raunchy Drag-Queen Shows Featuring Simulated Anal Sex

—Disinformation Expert Ace

This must be a new and improved constitution I wasn't aware of.

Montana was hit with a roadblock to its ban against transgender surgeries for minors, as a state judge ruled Wednesday to temporarily block the Republican-backed legislation.

Transgender surgeries, mind you.

The law banning puberty blockers, cross-sex hormone treatment and transgender surgical procedures for minors with gender dysphoria was set to be enforced on Oct. 1, but District Court Judge Jason Marks granted a preliminary injunction on several constitutional grounds.

The ruling says the law, know as SB 99 or the "Youth Health Protection Act," likely violates Montana's Equal Protection Clause because it classifies on the basis of transgender status -- making it a sex-based classification -- and infringes on fundamental rights, subjecting the legislation to strict scrutiny.

Marks also argued the law would not survive strict scrutiny because it does not serve the "purported compelling governmental interests of protecting minor Montanans from pressure to receive harmful medical treatments" and would likely not survive any level of constitutional review. SB 99, according to the judge's ruling, also likely violates the plaintiffs' rights to privacy under the state constitution because the procedures the law seeks to ban are not "medically acknowledged" as "bona fide health risks."


Wednesday's ruling delivers a temporary victory to the two children who identify as transgender, their parents and two medical providers who sued to prevent the law from taking effect next month.

This is a Fox "News" story. Fox "News" is now foursqure behind the claim that this is a "victory" for transgender children.

Meanwhile, a Hawaiian judge based in Texas claims that the First Amendment enshrines the right for Sex Workers to perform for children.

A federal judge in Texas ruled on Tuesday that the state's new law limiting public drag performances was an unconstitutional restriction on speech and he permanently forbid enforcement of it.

"Not all people will like or condone certain performances," U.S. District Judge David Hittner wrote. "This is no different than a person's opinion on certain comedy or genres of music, but that alone does not strip First Amendment protection."

More than a dozen states have sought to restrict drag shows over last year, with Texas one of at least four to pass restrictions into law, part of broader Republican efforts to regulate the behavior of LGBT people.

Hittner ruled that the Texas law was discriminatory and improperly vague.

He said drag performances were not inherently obscene, and were the sort of expressive speech protected by the US Constitution's First Amendment.

It has never, ever been claimed before that pornographers had a right to sell porn to children. This "judge" just claimed that.

Adults have right to porn, yes.

Children do not.

And importantly: pornographers do not have a right to children, which is what this judge is claiming.


The office of the Texas attorney general defended the law, which, among other restrictions, banned "the exhibition of sexual gesticulations using accessories or prosthetics that exaggerate male or female sexual characteristics" in public, or in venues where people under 18 may see it.

Violations could be punished by fines and a jail sentence of up to one year.

Texas lawmakers said the law was needed to protect children from seeing "sexually explicit" content.

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James Comer: I Am Subpoenaing the Bank Records of Hunter Biden and James Biden

—Disinformation Expert Ace


You may wonder: Why not subpoena Joe Biden's bank records, too? Well, I think he's building to that. He will surely find a lot of dodgy money transfers in Hunter's and James's records which might be to Joe Biden.

Or, just as good: dummy accounts owned by Joe Biden.

And then he'll subpoena those.

And if Joe Biden owns secret accounts -- which I bet you any amount of Ace-Buck that he does -- then that's Game Over.

We're going to be seeing some payments into Swiss bank accounts and Hunter and James Biden will refuse to disclose who owns those accounts, or why they transferred 10% for the Big Guy into them.

Ed Morrissey explains, in his comment on this, why it's critical that the House has begun an impeachment inquiry. As I've mentioned before, the House's subpoena power is limited to two general categories: areas in which they are considering passing legislation, and areas of the Executive Branch over which they have direct oversight functions.

Generally, they do not have the power to just subpoena citizen bank records. Oh, they can make a claim that they're considering passing legislation in this area -- which is probably even true -- but courts start to scrutinize the bases for congressional subpoenas when they seem to be straying into areas reserved for Executive branch officers to investigate.

However, the impeachment inquiry gives them full legal and constitutional justification to subpeona personal records, so long as they're connected to a legitimate impeachment inquiry of an executive officer. Which obviously this is.

No court can say boo about it. Hunter and James Biden can and will file motions for judges to block these subpoenas, but judges won't approve those motions.

Unless judges are ready now to simply declare the US Constitution null and void and announce with clarity that we are entering a period of straight-up civil war.

Below, Nancy Mace brings fire with two revelations:

1, Hunter and James Biden knew it would look bad to take money from Chinese-intelligence front corporations, so they were paid days after Biden left the Vice Presidency. These payments were obviously accrued during Biden's Vice Presidency, and merely delayed, to avoid legal problems, until after Biden left office.

2, Hunter Biden wrote an email stating that "my uncle will be here with his BROTHER" (caps in original!) and that his uncle's BROTHER was looking forward to saying "hello" to the Chairman of the Chinese-intelligence-controlled CEFC. She condescendingly points out to the non-geniuses of DC that "my uncle's brother" means Hunter's father, Joe Biden. And she points out that only if you're doing shady, illegal stuff do you resort to this absurd "bullshit" (as she says, on the Congressional record) of avoiding naming "The Big Guy" by calling him "my uncle's brother."

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Diane Feinstein Dies at 90

—Disinformation Expert Ace

Not really a shock.

The political consequences:

Gavin Newsom promised he would appoint a black woman to replace Feinstein if she resigned. (Yay, equality of races and sexes! And by "equality" we mean "superiority"!)

Barbara Lee is currently running in the primary to replace Feinstein, but Newsom has ruled out appointing any of the terrible Democrats (Adam Schiff, Barbara Lee, and Katie Porter) currently running.

The Democratic governor previously pledged to name a Black woman to the seat should Feinstein leave before the end of her term but, earlier this month, ruled out appointing any of the candidates seeking the office in next year's election.

That group includes Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee, a trailblazer in her own right and the only Black woman running for Feinstein's seat. The senator had already announced she would not be seeking reelection in 2024.

"It would be completely unfair to the Democrats that have worked their tail off," Newsom told NBC News in an interview that aired on September 10. "That primary is just a matter of months away. I don't want to tip the balance of that."

Lee and her supporters were infuriated by Newsom's announcement. The congresswoman said in a statement that "the idea that a Black woman should be appointed only as a caretaker to simply check a box is insulting to countless Black women across this country."

"If the Governor intends to keep his promise and appoint a Black woman to the Senate," Lee added, "the people of California deserve the best possible person for that job. Not a token appointment."

The entitlement of the allegedly marginalized...!

Who will he appoint? Instapundit jokes (I think) that he will appoint Kamala Harris, creating an ungraceful exit from the Biden ticket.

Update: Commenters have thrown their support behind "Sparkles," Megan Markle. She's a WOC! And a princess!!!! And a ReAl CeLeBrItY!!!

Another complication is that committee assignments are determined at the start of each Congress, and Feinstein occupied a seat on the Judiciary Committee. Without her, the Democrats do not have a majority, just an equal number of seats as the Republicans have. Without a majority, they cannot just ram through all of Biden's leftwing judicial nominees.

Previously Democrats objected to the idea of Feinstein resigning, because she can be replaced on the committee only with the assent/surrender of Mitch McConnell. I'm not sure that rule still holds in the case of a death.

But if it does, we'll have to see if Mitch McConnell holds firm or if he decides, as usual, that "amity and comity" are more important than delivering for his voters.

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THE MORNING RANT: Polite Conservatives, Lauren Boebert, and “How Losing My Political Values Helped Me Gain My Freedom”

—Buck Throckmorton

There are 221 Republicans in the House of Representatives, and a bell curve of those GOP reps would reveal that most of them are stereotypical political creatures with lengthy political resumes, always striving to convey an air of respectability as they claw their way to higher office and/or more seniority.

But there are always a handful of unpolished representatives at the outer limit of the Republican bell curve. Frankly, they are more likely to authentically represent their districts than the coiffed and polished professionals, and these more exotic representatives are also more likely to maintain an authentically conservative voting record, and to pursue the agenda of the conservative grassroots.

So of course, polite conservatives have a need to obsess about these few exotic Republicans - mocking them, denigrating them, focusing on their private lives, and seeking to terminate their political careers.

A few weeks ago, one of those unpolished Republicans, Lauren Boebert, was caught canoodling in a darkened theater, and perhaps breaking other rules of decorum. (Coincidentally, there was a camera in this darkened theater pointed right at her, and video of her was leaked to the press, yet we’ll never know who smuggled white powder into the West Wing of the White House, despite that facility being blanketed in cameras.)

The left-wing media was predictably appalled and outraged at Boebert, but so was most of right-wing media, whose writers all seemed to need fainting couches and smelling salts to deal with the shocking PG-13 footage they had seen. In fact, it seemed like a contest among conservative pundits over who could show the most indignation and condemnation toward this back-bench representative.

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A few people asked me what I thought about it, and my answer was simple. “I. Don’t. Care.”

Not only I am absolutely sick of the requirement to “celebrate” the alternative behaviors of those on the left, but I am equally sick of the expectation that those of us on the right must either defend or condemn those on our side whose actions cause media outrage.

I don’t care about those politicians’ personal lives, just like I don’t care about the personal lives of the linemen who restore electricity to my house after a storm. And frankly, I really don’t care about how politicians comport themselves in office either, so long as they vote to advance the conservative agenda. I have no expectation that any politician is respectable or will serve as a role model, I just want them to advance my agenda.

A few years ago, someone named “Warden” posted a piece here at Ace of Spades HQ, “How Losing My Political Values Helped Me Gain My Freedom”. It summarized as well as anything I’ve ever read my liberation from caring about the character and behavior of those I vote for.

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The Morning Report — 9/29/23

—J.J. Sefton


Good morning, kids. Representative Ken Buck is an asshole. Check that; Representative Ken Buck is a hemorrhoid on the giant asshole that is the Republican Party. Exhibit 1:

Rep. Buck, who is set to leave Congress, has been a staunch supporter of the same legacy media industry that regularly smears Republicans and Republican voters as bigots, domestic extremists, and conspiracy theorists. Backed by donations from the legacy media’s top lobbyists in DC, Rep. Buck was the lead Republican sponsor of the JCPA in the House of Representatives.

The Congressman, who presented himself to Republican primary voters as a staunch “Tea Party” conservative back in 2010, is now on his way out of Congress, and is reportedly seeking a job at leftist, Republican-hating channel CNN.

In the meantime, he’s still looking to bail out the same media industry he hopes to join, by a last-ditch effort to push the JCPA. Earlier today, the Congressman appeared on a Washington Post podcast with Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), the bill’s lead Senate sponsor, defending his decision to back a piece of corporate welfare for the media industry. . .

. . . One of the first bills introduced by Democrats during their time holding the majority in the House, the JCPA allows some of the nation’s largest legacy media companies to form a legal cartel, immune from antitrust law, to pressure tech companies for special favors.

Now all Ken Buck has to do is become a prime suspect in the death of his intern, marry the ditzy daughter of a Foggy Bottom bottom dwelling Johns Hopkins School of International Relations egghead and CNN can totally pants MSLSD in the ratings! But wait there's more!

Nearly 20 House Republicans joined their Democrat colleagues on Wednesday in killing a bill amendment that sought to prevent U.S. taxpayer dollars from funding Pentagon-sponsored “pride month” events.

Introduced by Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, the measure aimed to “prohibit funds appropriated” by the House’s defense bill for fiscal year 2024 “from being used to carry out the observance of Pride Month authorized by the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness for the Cultural Observances and Awareness Events List.” Despite the GOP possessing a majority in the lower chamber, 18 Republicans, including House Freedom Caucus member Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., sided with Democrats in voting against the amendment (231-202).

Wow! Way to burnish those "severe Tea Party conservative" credentials. And how comforting is it knowing that 17 other stellar public servants stand with you. It is to laugh, hopefully as you avoid simultaneously doing a Jimi Hendrix and aspirating on your own vomit. Anyone want to wager that most if not all of these pieces of shit will vote "No" to impeach Joey Sponge-Brain Shits-Pants? That is if this process, despite the headlines, seriously gets rolling?

The only thing getting rolled these days is We The People. Just to underscore the complete forcible sodomy and knife in the back, there's this little item:

In a letter to Gov. Brian Kemp (R), [GA State Sen. Colton] Moore announced an initiative in August to begin an emergency session to conduct a thorough investigation into the actions undertaken by Willis. An emergency legislative special session can come about two ways in Georgia: The governor can call an emergency session, or one can be called if 3/5 of both legislative chambers sign a letter demanding it.

Kemp and State Senate Republicans apparently oppose working to investigate, defund, and impeach Willis, and instead ousted Moore. “Today’s removal is a direct result of me calling on my Republican colleagues in the Senate to do their job and sign onto an emergency session to investigate Fani Willis,” Colton said in a statement exclusively obtained by Breitbart News:

The Georgia Constitution clearly outlines the legislature’s power to call an emergency session to investigate a judicial officer. After urging my Republican Senate colleagues to join me — they responded by acting like children and throwing me out of the caucus.

I stand by my Republican principles. I stand by the Republican platform. I will continue to serve as a Republican Senator from the great state of Georgia. Unfortunately, now I will be forced to refer to my colleagues, who ran on being “Trump conservatives,” as the RINO caucus.

The people of Georgia are 100 percent with me. This is the fight of our lifetime, and I will continue to double down to defend the rule of law and do what is right.

Recent Rasmussen polling shows that 82 percent of Georgia Republicans say Trump is unfairly prosecuted by Willis. Seventy-seven percent of Republicans also say they are not satisfied with tax dollars being used to prosecute Trump. Another 74 percent of Republicans support the Georgia legislature convening a special session to stop Willis from prosecuting Trump.

Despite the feasible mechanisms and polling popularity, Kemp and many state Republicans dismissed Moore’s initiative out of hand.

Because, reasons! And here we all are pounding each other on the head with souvenir Three Stooges/Pelosi-sized prop gavels over Trump! DeSantis! Electability! and Polling! and all the rest of it while another election is going to be fortified with essential vitamins, minerals and fake ballots to help build strong dictatorships 85 million ways.

In his latest book, Mark "Old Yeller" Levin lays it out with the utmost frightening clarity and concision:

The Democrat Party has developed in the political home of the various American Marxist movements, with which they agree and identify. Hence, they are not so repulsed by America’s past—or more accurately, the Democrat Party’s past—as to forever condemn the Democrat Party and refuse any association with it. They ignore or downplay its links to the Ku Klux Klan, white-supremacist neo-Nazis, lynchings, etc. Instead, they target and blame the entire society, culture, and country for the Demorat Party’s contemptible past. To underscore the point, the American Marxists are supportive of the Democat Party’s modern-day promotion of economic socialism, cultural Marxism, and anti-Americanism. In truth, their contempt for the Constitution, and its routine condemnation, is not so much because of some of the Framers’ biographies, but because the Constitution’s firewalls remain an impediment to, or at least slow their revolutionary aims and the speed with which they seek to make them. . .

. . . Of course the Democrat Party wants the big cities and most populous states to rule over the entire country, since these are Democrat strongholds. And, if they could, they would abolish the states. Presidential candidates would not have to campaign in vast parts of the country, only in the dense areas mostly along the two coasts and certain Midwest metropolitan areas. Thus, representation would effectively be denied to tens of millions of people who live in the exurbs and beyond, including rural areas. The states that produce most of the food we eat and energy we consume would have little or no say in the nation’s governance or in the federal government’s rule over them, which would be disastrous civilly, politically, and economically. . .

. . . Unlike the Republican Party, the Democrat Party is more than a political party. It is the state party. It seeks to monopolize the political system, the culture, government, and society. And while the Republican party exists to try to win elections, the Democrat Party plays for keeps—that is, election defeats can never be allowed to interfere with the ideological trajectory the party imposes on the nation. And when the Democrat Party wins elections, it continues building upon the permanent centers of power, including the vast federal bureaucracy, subsidized nongovernment organizations, lifetime activist judges, tenured professors and teachers, party members in the media, etc. The Democrat Party uses the culture and politics to empower itself and its agenda. And Democrats have no intention of surrendering control of either. Consequently, when the Democrat Party wins elections, it claims broad mandates; when it loses elections, it ignores the popular will of the people and turns to the permanent government and its cultural surrogates to sabotage the Republicans and push forward their American Marxist agenda.

The author of the piece, who goes by the nom de plume Carpe Diem, states:

While Levin does not necessarily offer a solution to combating this pervasive Leftist onslaught that we face, he does a commendable job of identifying and outlining the very real dangers that we face, which is a good start.

Look, I dig Levin. But to be honest, he's been writing the same damn book now for the past 20 years. Only the names and outrages have changed and multiplied by orders of magnitude. Yet the most important constant is the nagging question of "the solution." 20 years ago, bad as things were, we still perhaps had a chance to stop this via what I will assume was a relatively untainted or only moderately tainted electoral system.

Well, that's been shot to hell as 2020 and to a lesser extent 2022 have shown us. Assuming that the polling showing Biden cratering is accurate, the only reason to switch him out for the Wookie, Newsom, Whitmer or whoever is to boost their poll numbers to the degree that it makes the inevitable 2024 steal look legitimate. If Biden refuses to go quietly, or if RFK Jr, Cornel West, Marianne Williamson or someone else runs third party regardless of who the Dem stooge candidate will be, the steal would cause a pretty big stink. At least I assume that that is the calculus in the Kalorama-Davos-Beijing Axis.

Moving back to the high level, the problem remains: An irreconcilably divided country, a Junta that controls the instrumentalities and enforcement mechanisms of power, powder kegs both domestically and internationally that can go off at any moment and no means of extricating ourselves from disaster in a quick, orderly and peaceful fashion.

Have a good weekend. See you on the hobby thread tomorrow. Be there. Aloha.


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  • "Democrats rely on activist groups like Issue One to make the case for conquering local election offices – here’s the real story. . . 'Progressives' only gained so much ground by catching conservatives off-guard in 2020. Now they’re pushing that advantage in an all-or-nothing gambit for permanent control of America. Whether you like it or not, there’s no going back to the sunny days of pre-pandemic America. You’re at war.
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    The Supreme Court is About to Rule on America's Most Powerful Unaccountable Federal Agency

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CJN podcast 1400 copy.jpgCBD and J.J. Sefton discuss: Feinstein finally fossilizes so will Newsom anger minorities by picking Schiff, and who will replace Menendez once he gets the chop? Ken Buck in typical RINO fashion stabs us in the back, AI will make the propaganda press even more insufferable, Israeli leftists riot and the battle to break free from a rogue leftist judiciary, Biden impeachment follies, and more!
Correction: In yesterday's post about the debate, I mistakenly said that Jim Varney was one of the liberal Fox immoderate moderators. Jim Varney is a good reporter at Real Clear Investigations whose work I quote a lot, so I had that name in mind. But he wasn't a moderator at a debate. I meant Stewart Varney.
Sorry for the mistake, and sorry to have sullied Jim Varney's name by associating it with that shitshow.
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An enraging recapitulation of Bob Iger's central role ringleading and encouraging leftwing gay/trans Disney employees to revolt against then-CEO (in name only) Bob Chapek and demand that the corporation oppose Ron DeSantis
S4,E15: CBD and Sefton discuss: Trudeau and parliament give an ovation to a Ukrainian Nazi, INS eager to deport religious family while letting in millions of 3rd world peasants, Skip Bayliss is a disgusting jerk for inventing a racist attack on Deion Sanders, Jackie Robinson as a shining example of meritocracy, no way Michelle O allows herself to replace Biden at the head of the Dem ticket, and more!
Brooks.jpg Brooks Robinson, the greatest third baseman that ever laced them up, is now playing the hot corner in heaven. Brooks Robinson, Hall of Fame Orioles third baseman, dies at 86. Brooks was a class act. My dad is a pediatrician, and he knew Brooks. If dad ever had a really sick kid, he could make one call to Brook's office, and a freshly signed photo, personally addressed to the kid in question, would arrive within a day or so. RIP. [Weirddave]
Morristown family from Germany fears deportation after more than 15 years in the U.S. Ah yes...the new rules. Break the rules and you are allowed to stay. Be law-abiding and you will be tossed out. [CBD]
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Posted by: John Fetterman
There's a new internet conspiracy theory claiming that John Fetterman has been replaced by a double. A Fetterganger, if you will.

I don't see it. Compare this older picture of Fetterman:


...with this newer photo of Fetterman:


Looks like the same guy to me. I think people are just getting hung up on the facial hair.
(ETA: The second picture is from the Fetterman Netflix biography - [Weirddave])
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