December 09, 2016

Is This Something?

—Ace

It's kind of not something but whatever.

Below the fold, a promotional video from Magic Leap, a company "backed" by Google which endeavors to bring "mixed reality" glasses into the world. The idea is that virtual reality constructs will be beamed straight into your face-pussy so that you see fantasy objects appear in what is otherwise the real world.

Say, like, maybe you're doin' squats. Then you can push the buttons boop-boop-beedeboob and suddenly you see Bane as your Liftin' Coach telling you "You call that form, Detective? Oooahrr, I've seen better form from The Riddler."

Bane's fake, but those plates you're puttin' up, bro? Real as the juddering vein in your forehead, brah.

The video was used to stoke investor interest, but note, none of the "virtual reality" stuff you see was actually projected into anyone's actual vision. It's all special effects, like any other post-production CGI effects. It's just a "This is what the future might look like" promotion.

Still, whatever.

It should be noted that Magic Leap is the subject of two disparaging articles today, Business Insider noting the technology used to raise $1.4 billion in capital is not likely to resemble the actual technology they are hoping to make, and this one from Fortune suggesting the Magic Leap tech is inferior to Microsoft's HoloLens.

BTW, note both of those stories seem to cite the same story by an outfit called "The Information" as the primary source.

So I'm not sure if this is something at all.

Obviously I have no idea either way. I just heard of this ten minutes ago.

Still -- Cool video, yo!

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Terry McAuliffe: Just Before The Election, My Pet Chicken, Which Was Named "Hillary," Died

—Ace

Huh. Maybe there's something to that Spirit Cooking after all.

So that's the link to the article. But I have to show you Free Beacon's illustration that pairs with the story.


[T]he Atlantic's Steve Clemons asked McAuliffe how his family's pet chicken was doing.

"I hate to say this, one chicken died. About a month before the election Hillary died," McAuliffe responded. "We've got Hillary Jr. now. She is bright and fluffy and making a lot of noise and healthy as an ox."

Nate Silver just emailed me to say that if he'd had this information, he would have predicted the election differently. "My model actually weights a lot on chickens," the pencil-necked goon explained. "I mean, my models put a scary amount of weight on chicken-related data. I don't do pie graphs. I do chicken pot pie graphs. Sometimes I worry about myself. Cluck!"

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Shocker: Researchers Say There's Just Not Enough Evidence to Conclude "Sex Addiction" is a Thing Which Is Really Real

—Ace

Previous editions of the DSM called "sex addiction" "being a dude."

Celebrities, Anthony Weiner hardest hit.

Claiming a sex addiction may be a go-to for misbehaving celebrities and politicians, but from a science perspective there isn't enough study to prove sex addiction is real, according to a professional organization of sex educators and therapists.

There is not enough empirical evidence to classify sex addiction or porn addiction as a mental disorder, the The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) said in a statement to members last week. The organization said that current sex addiction therapy and counseling is not adequately informed by human sexuality and thus not supported as a standard practice by the organization.

I saw someone link this Bob Newhart appearance on Mad TV a little while ago, and it seems apropos here.

And speaking of sex, there are now dating sites which will hook you up only with people who supported the candidate you supported:

The encounter had seemed promising enough, but the couple brought together by an online dating site failed to connect because of one glaring, irreconcilable difference: He was a Donald Trump supporter, she was not.

It's a scene played out again and again in the dating world: In an increasingly partisan and polarized country, similarity in political viewpoints has become a major criterion when choosing -- or weeding out -- prospective love interests.

But now, new dating websites are cropping up to take the guesswork out of pinning down political leanings.

One site, TrumpSingles.com specifically caters to fans of the divisive real estate billionaire...

A similar site was set up for supporters of Bernie Sanders, the tousle-haired Vermont senator whose fiery rhetoric and embrace of environmental causes earned him a fervent and loyal following among liberals and voters under the age of 30.

TrumpSingles says it has registered 12,000 people with a goal of "Making Dating Great Again" -- a riff on Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan.

Unlike conventional dating sites such as Match.com and OKCupid, the site screens its users to ensure they are not trolls seeking to make trouble, but truly supporters of the president-elect, who takes the oath of office next month.

I don't think this idea is anything close to crazy, or divisive. A long time ago I used to go to a "secret" conservative meet-up. When I would go there, I preferred not to talk about politics (it's my day job, after all -- I just got done talking about politics all day).

So why go at all? Why go to an event featuring people who shared (basically) your politics and avoid politics as a topic?

Well, what I think is that politics is just a good proxy for general outlook. So whether or not I'm explicitly talking about politics, I'm going to be talking with people who are not, from my perspective, simply insane. I can talk to them about Die Hard and not hear that John McClaine should be prosecuted for executing innocent terrorists/theives. (#GermanMercenaryLivesMatter.)

I tried to test this theory with a question: Which is the more aesthetically pleasing building, the Chrysler Building, or the Empire State Building?

This is kind of a trick question because the Conventional Wisdom liberal-hegemony repeat-this-answer-if-you-want-to-be-considered-"cultured" answer is the Chrysler Building.

But the Chrysler Building uses an aesthetic I've never much liked -- ornamental, cheeky, frivolous, tarted-up. Decor imposed on the thing artificially, like the curlicues of a doily, rather than emerging naturally from the construction.

The Empire State Building is, to me, more attractive --mostly (but not entirely) an emergent beauty arising from functionality. Yes there are set-backs and such to give the thing some texture, but it's mostly just straight lines rising straight into the sky.

Anyway, a test of this theory showed some viability: most people, say seven out of ten, choose the Empire State Building. And I suspect those who answered the other way really didn't care either way and were just recalling what the liberally-accepted answer was.

So I don't really think it's nuts or divisive or hyperpartisan to use politics as a proxy to see if someone else is basically on your vibe.

Posted by Ace at 03:23 PM Comments

Australia Has Refused Entry to 1600-2500 Migrants, Many from Terrorism-Prone Countries, Denying Them Refugee Status;
So Obama, Naturally, Is Going to Take a "Classified" Number of Them Into the US

—Ace

Um, why?

And what power does he have to do this?

These are people Australia has decided do not warrant refugee status (or what our law would consider asylum). Therefore they have no right to move to Australia. But for a variety of reasons, Australia cannot, or does not want to, send them back, and the "refugees" won't accept offers of resettlement in New Guinea or Cambodia because they’re holding out for a First World country...

Most are from Iran, with smaller numbers from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, and elsewhere. I can see why Australia would want this deal; it costs Oz taxpayers $2 billion to run the two island detention facilities and closing them down would rid the government of the headache. But if Australia doesn’t consider them refugees, why should we take them?

... The chairman of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, Bob Goodlatte and Chuck Grassley, also want to know why we're doing this, and they wrote to the secretaries of State and Homeland Security asking for details on the secret agreement to bring the illegal aliens here. When Capitol Hill staffers asked the State Department how many such "refugees" would be resettled here under the secret deal, they were told the number was "classified."

Some have noted that when a corporation hands out a big check to a charity, it's the shareholders who actually foot the bill, but it's the CEO who attends the Awards Ceremony and gets toasted by the swells for his generosity.

Liberalism seems to be pretty much built on that type of stolen valor: Obama gets feted for his progressive tears, but it's ordinary Americans who will wind up footing the bill for this.

Mark Krikorian reminds us that the OSU jihadist was a Somali previously settled in Pakistan before being granted refugee status in America.


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Adult Babies Shriek Obscenities at Director of 1999 Pro-"Trans" Film Boys Don't Cry for Being Insufficiently Pro-"Trans"

—Ace

Someone, I forget who, postulated the beginning of the end for this militant Snowflakism would be when they began to piss off their chief propaganda organ -- Hollywood -- enough that even Hollywood said, "Fuck these hysterical Adult Babies."

We're getting there.

The students hurled a litany of insults at [Boys Don't Cry director Kimberly] Peirce, putting up posters that read "fuck your transphobia" and "you don't fucking get it" among other things. Worse, when Peirce ascended to her podium, students had placed a sign there. It read "fuck this cis white bitch." That Peirce is actually gender-fluid is quite beside the point.

The students' unbelievable rudeness crossed the line into a kind of censorship when Peirce tried to speak: the students simply shouted over her. Eventually they let her talk, but some students continued to yell things like "fuck your respectability politics" and "fuck you scared bitch."

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You're probably [] wondering why the social justice left hates Peirce so much. Well, the film was ahead of its time in 1999, but in 2016 it's problematic. That's because the main character, Brandon, was played by Hilary Swank, a non-trans person. Students were also incensed at the idea of Peirce having profited from violence against trans people, which isn't a remotely accurate way to characterize things, but there it is.

University officials bothered doing what they never bother doing when the Adult Babies shout down a conservative -- they chided (gently) the Adult Babies.

Posted by Ace at 12:34 PM Comments

Snowflakes Will Fall: OSU Activists Complain Police Wrongly Shot... Campus Terrorist

—Ace

Mm-hmm. From Blake Jeff at the Daily Caller:

The OSU Coalition for Black Liberation is a campus protest group on OSU's main campus in Columbus. The group held a rally Wednesday to protest the death of young black men at the hands of police, and read off a list of non-white men who had been killed by police in the last two months. Among the names read off was that of Abdul Razak Ali Artan [the OSU stabbing jihadist and run-down warrior]....

Organizers of the protest said that Artan’s particular actions were irrelevant.

"In some cases, the deceased may have committed acts of violence against others before they were killed," gender studies student Maryam Abidi said at the event, according to The Lantern. "Perhaps they were domestic abusers, perhaps they threatened or killed others. This possibility is not something to shy away from. The protest against police brutality extends to the innocent and the guilty alike, because we know that no matter the crime, justice and due process don't come from a cop's bullet."

Gee I wonder who Tucker Carlson is booking for his guest victim tonight.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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Must look familiar to many of you....

[Don't even ask...you know what you did]

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The Morning Report 12/9/16

—J.J. Sefton

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Go Pull Your Puzder

Good morning, kids. The weekend's here. Time for holiday cards, maybe some cookie baking and other things to prep before heading to the relatives next week. Some good links, IMHO, so read up. And considering the story earlier in the week about the breast cancer patient groped and persecuted by the TSA, I have much more sympathy for Judge Reinhold. And thanks to Obama, for the first time in history, US life expectancy declined. The good news is Harry "castrato" Reid is on the way out, but the bad news is the loathsome, execrable Chuck "rhymes with . . ." Schumer will take his place. As we say in Yiddish, may G-d transform them into chandeliers, "by tog zol er hengen, und by nacht zol er brenen." Have a better one and remain blessed.

Thursday Overnight Open Thread (12/8/16) I Phoned It In Edition

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

Sometimes reality (aka "the job") interferes with the ONT creation process.


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Hillary Clinton: The World's Most Pressing Crisis Right Now is Fake News or Something

—Ace

I remember some fake news I once heard -- someone on TV was claiming the Benghazi attack was a "spontaneous" protest spurred by a YouTube video.

I wonder if that's what the old gal's thinking of.


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Geraghty: Faithless Electors Aren't "Brave;" They're Attention-Seeking Narcissists Who Deserve Mockery and Contempt

—Ace

I'm not even juicing that headline.

He talks about Chris Suprun, the idiot who recently announced he would break his solemn oath to vote according to the law for the candidate the state's voters chose, and instead substitute his own "conscience" and vote for a better Republican -- John Kasich, actually.

Geraghty points out that Suprun didn't have this self-created dilemma thrust upon him -- he actively ran for the position of elector, after knowing it was 99% certain Trump would win the state.

Thus, while he wants to be hailed as a hero, he should properly be villified as someone who lied his way into office knowing full well he intended to break his solemn promise to the voters.

Suprun didn’t just sign on for this; he actively campaigned for it. He urged other Republicans to trust him.

And he signed an oath vowing to vote as the state -- not he himself -- decided.

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In such circumstances, faithless electors are not brave or honorable.... [N]ow they want to break their word, take a public stand, and be hailed as heroes by the considerable throngs of Trump critics. Don’t give them this. Mock their lack of foresight or stubborn refusal to accept the consequences of their actions....

They're preening narcissistic idiots who want to be rewarded for refusing to keep a promise, and they should be treated as such.

Hear, hear.

As I keep saying, there's a lot of picking and choosing among the #NeverTrump camp about which principles Sacred Honor requires them to strictly keep.

Honesty in word and deed seems to be very expendable principle.

The most important "principle"? Preening. Constantly. Unceasingly. Hysterically.

Posted by Ace at 05:41 PM Comments

Valerie Jarrett: Trump's Victory Was "Soul-Crushing"

—Ace

Meh. I was hoping for soul-annihilating or at least soul-ripping.

"Obviously we were surprised by the outcome of the election. It kind of was like -- I'm not sure what the right analogy would be -- but like a punch in the stomach, let’s say. Soul-crushing might be another description," Jarrett said. "But that’s the democracy that we have. The people get to decide and the elections matter and we have to get about the business of doing our job."

Your tears are sweet lubrication, for my dick.

Posted by Ace at 04:52 PM Comments

Jill Stein's Agitations About Possible Vote Fraud Prompts Michigan Legislature to Pass Voter-ID Requirements Bill

—Ace

Well done.

Jill Stein didn't get the recount she wanted in Michigan, but she did get the state to take vote-integrity issues seriously. Meeting in its lame-duck session, the state House of Representatives passed a tough voter-ID bill that includes $3 million for funding of free state identification and birth certificates after over 18,000 voters cast ballots without identification in the presidential election...

The current law, Sexton says, allows you to sign an affidavit affirming your identity in lieu of providing an ID. Note to Michigan: You can't catch someone defrauding the vote here because they're signing a name and address that isn't their own. How you gonna track them down?

The new law would allow them to cast a provisional vote without an ID, but they'd have to show up within ten days after the election to present their ID to officials before their provisional vote would be treated as an actual vote and counted.

It's preposterous we're even having this debate.

Posted by Ace at 03:58 PM Comments

Trump Expected To Name Critic of Minimum Wage, Workplace Regulations as Secretary of Labor
Update: And He's a Huge Booster of... Amnesty and Dramatically Expanded Replacement Worker Visas

—Ace

American Thermidor.

President-elect Donald Trump is expected to name fast-food executive Andy Puzder as labor secretary, according to people familiar with the decision.

Mr. Puzder, chief executive of CKE Restaurants Holdings Inc., the parent company of the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s burger chains, has been a vocal advocate for cutting back regulations he says have stifled growth in the restaurant industry, which represents 10% of the American workforce.

An adviser and contributor to Mr. Trump’s campaign, Mr. Puzder has criticized the Affordable Care Act and argued against raising the federal minimum wage higher than $9 an hour. Democrats have called for raising the federal minimum wage to as high as $15, alongside union groups that have waged a campaign to push pay floors higher at the state, local and federal levels.

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Critics were swift to denounce Mr. Puzder as a choice for labor secretary.

"With Mr. Puzder, the fox is in the hen house," said Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D., Conn.), the ranking Democrat on the House subcommittee that oversees funding for the Labor Department. "His nomination represents the greatest assault on workers that we have seen in a generation."

Why you gotta talk so sexy like that when I'm on the job, Rosa?

By the way, as the CEO of the parent company of Carl's, Jr., he's been assailed by feminists for running commercials featuring hot girls in bikinis.

Here's what he had to say about that: Shut up, babies.

The CEO of Carl's Jr. doesn't care if you find the burger chain's racy ads offensive. Well, he cares in one respect – if no one is offended, he's going to convince the marketing department to craft an even sexier commercial next time.

"If you don't complain, I go to the head of marketing and say, 'What's wrong with our ads?'" says Andrew Puzder, CEO of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's parent company CKE Restaurants, describing a conversation with the head of an unnamed organization that regularly protests company marketing. "Those complaints aren't necessarily bad for us. What you look at is, you look at sales. And, our sales go up."

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"I like our ads. I like beautiful women eating burgers in bikinis. I think it's very American," he says. "I used to hear, brands take on the personality of the CEO. And I rarely thought that was true, but I think this one, in this case, it kind of did take on my personality."

Every parent knows that at some point, you must begin ignoring the Crying Babies so that they learn that Crying will not buy them attention.

Caution Flag: I just saw Mark Krikorian, an immigration critic, write "#NeverPuzder" on Twitter, while one of CATO's Amnesty Forever thugs praised the choice and gloated "Time to roll back visa restrictions," presumably for H1-B's.

I wrote to Krikorian to ask for more information.

Maybe this isn't good at all.

Krikorian: Maybe the Worst Possible Choice. Not liking this now.

Trump’s pick for Labor secretary is perhaps the worst person imaginable for that role: Andrew Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, the parent company of fast-food chains Carl's Jr., Hardee's, and others. He is one of the nation's most outspoken business voices for Gang of Eight-style immigration policies. He didn't just sign an open letter once as a favor to a friend; he's been a high-profile champion of amnesty and huge increases in immigration and guestworkers. This op-ed in Politico, timed to coincide with the launch of the Gang of Eight effort in 2013, could have been written by Jeb Bush. Here he is at AEI in 2013 making the case for importing more low-skilled workers. Here he joins with the Bloomberg-Murdoch Billionaires for Open Borders outfit and Grover Norquist in an effort to "push 2016 presidential candidates and congressional Republican leaders to support immigration reform this year." There's plenty more.

Krikorian provides a link to each statement beginning with "This Op-ed" or "Here here is...," etc. You'll have to go to his piece for those links.


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Lena Dunham Posts Selfie of Herself on the Dumper, Then Deletes In Embarrassment

—Ace

Sometimes a gal just has to "shout her visual influence," whatever the hell that could possibly mean.

No seriously -- what does that mean? Any thoughts?

Oh, she also recently went on a spirit quest in Arizona wilderness to seek the "guidance" of the rocks after the emotional rape of the Trump victory.

PS, I've been up for a while. Just had trouble finding any good first post. Like, an easy one. A slumpbreaker. Because I have six really good articles to post about "Fake News," but that's going to take a lot of editing and synthesis. So I'm posting this terrible, terrible item while I procrastinate on that.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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The Revenge, A Ballad of The Fleet
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At Flores, in the Azores Sir Richard Grenville lay,
And a pinnace, like a flutter’d bird, came flying from far away;
“Spanish ships of war at sea! we have sighted fifty-three!”
Then sware Lord Thomas Howard: “’Fore God I am no coward;
But I cannot meet them here, for my ships are out of gear,
And the half my men are sick. I must fly, but follow quick.
We are six ships of the line; can we fight with fifty-three?”

The link goes to the full poem, which is a grand exposition of bravery and honor and fighting spirit and love of country.....

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The Morning Report 12/8/16

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning, kids. Thursday greetings from Hymietown, USA. Of note today is the brilliant pick of Scott Pruitt to head the EPA. And I hope that to "head" an agency means to utterly neutralize it from within. Other than that, the Michigan recount was halted and Trump cannot be stopped by Stein, aka the Clintons. But the campaign to question his legitimacy and his agenda is just getting started. That's about it, so have a better one and remain blessed.

UPDATE: Click here for link to Michigan recount

Posted by J.J. Sefton at 06:44 AM Comments

Wednesday Night ONT - Liberal Tears Edition

—WeirdDave

Hi everybody! What time is it? It's ONT time!


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Confession Is Good For The Soul [Warden]

—Open Blogger

A fellow conservative traveler told me how he spent 20 minutes today patiently explaining to a left-leaning, low information voter what the purpose of the electoral college is and how it protects the interests of the citizens from smaller states. He was pleased at how receptive his target was. What she was hearing was completely new to her.

He concluded his story with this thought: "You know, I think some people just turn off the learning switch after they graduate from high school or college and go through the rest of their lives without learning much of anything unless they absolutely have to."

I remarked that this woman should be commended, at least, to being open to new information and reconsidering her opinion. It's a rare thing in humans, generally, and even more rare when it comes to political opinions.

I started thinking about some of the positions I believe that I've been wrong about and decided to list a small sample here. I'm hoping that you guys will do the same in the comments.

Why do this? First because admitting publicly that you were wrong about something helps to keep you humble and serves as a reminder that learning is a process that never ends. If you haven't changed your mind on a few important subjects over the past decade, then chances are you're neither curious about the world around you, nor intellectually rigorous with yourself.

Secondly, because evolving from an old position to a new one usually involves a logical thought process. People who go through this process are usually good at explaining how they arrived at their new opinion because of it. I find that people who have changed their minds on some topic of relative importance usually have interesting insights pertaining to that topic.

So with that said, here's a brief list of things I've changed my mind about.

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Just When You Think That "Reason" Writers Aren't A Bunch Of Vox Writers With Hash Pipes, They Write Something Like This...

—CBD

Trump's Problem With Free Speech: The billionaire bully chafes at the restrictions imposed by the First Amendment.

Look, the concept of libertarianism is marvelous, and these folks have occasionally written interesting and provocative pieces that are buttressed by classic libertarian thought. But all too often they resort to the leftist technique of vilifying people because of their associations. Here we have PE Donald Trump talking with the dictator of Kazakhstan. And they extrapolate from Trump's oft-stated desire and practice of suing people who say things he thinks are untrue -- to Trump arresting, imprisoning and possibly killing his critics, just as they say Nazarbayev does.

Last week Donald Trump had a nice telephone chat with Nursultan Nazarbayev, the autocrat who has ruled Kazakhstan since 1989, two years before it broke away from the Soviet Union. According to the Kazakh government, the president-elect "stressed that under the leadership of Nursultan Nazarbayev, our country over the years of independence had achieved fantastic success that can be called a 'miracle.'"

One aspect of the Kazakh miracle that Trump surely admires is Nazarbayev's ability to make criticism (and critics) disappear. As Trump's constitutionally contemptuous comments about flag burning illustrate, he supports free speech the same way he supports free trade: with preferential exceptions designed to protect the people he cares about most.

First...I doubt very much that Donald Trump initiated this conversation. It beggars belief that he woke up one morning with a burning desire to talk to a man he has surely never met, and whose name he probably didn't know.

Second..."Reason" is basing this on the press release from Kazakhstan, not from Donald Trump. I know this is a crazy idea, but a single-sourced account is pretty much worthless.

Oh...by the way, Kazakhstan gave up its nuclear weapons. You know, what every good leftist wants of the world. And some guy named Obama met with Nazarbayev in South Korea in 2012 and...get this...praised him for his leadership in nuclear non-proliferation.

I wonder what's different?

Posted by CBD at 07:21 PM Comments

On Media Lies and Political Lore

—Ace

The media wants to talk about Fake News. Okay, let's talk about it.

Let's talk about what this really is -- lore.

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a body of traditions and knowledge on a subject or held by a particular group, typically passed from person to person by word of mouth

Lore is kind of communal bullshit -- bullshit about your family legacy (how many people have "family lore" that tells them they're one thirty-second Cherokee, for example*), bullshit about sex, bullshit about how not to get pregnant, bullshit about how to increase your sexual potency (oysters! powdered rhino horn! gorilla dick jerky!).

There is of course political lore -- a tradition of bullshit passed from one partisan to another, never really sourced to anything a rationalist would call an authority or proof. Just stuff that "everyone knows."

Everyone knows if you have sex with the woman on top you can't get pregnant.

Everyone knows Mikey from the cereal commercials died when he drank soda while eating Pop Rocks.

The media is always on patrol to debunk such bullshit political lore coming from the right side of the political aisle -- and make fun of right-wingers for believing such nonsense, and claim such nonsense has real consequences in life, so if you're spreading such lore, you may be killing people, for real!

That's why they're currently in such orgasms over the #PizzaGate shooter. #PizzaGate sure sounds like Internet Detective nonsense to me, but the media has seized on this one story as a way to deflect from the fact that they've been pumping out their own FakeNews all year -- and all decade, in fact. **

Criticizing amateur news-sleuths is a lot more fun for the media than explaining why so-called professionals are so amateurish and biased.

But back to the lore: the media wants to find every piece of rightwing bullshit, rightwing lore they can and show how totally false fake falsity-false Lie it is.

But notice they never challenge any leftwing lore.

In fact, they're the most prominent purveyors of such fare.

And of course they don't want to talk about that.

"Hands Up, Don't Shoot" -- the lore that Michael Brown was an innocent bystander, raising his hands in surrender as an Evil White Cop executed him for being black -- was a lie from the start, concocted by Brown's partner-in-crime (literal partner in crime -- he was present during the bodega robbery earlier that day) and then spread by a media just looking for stories that would illustrate their Narratives that we need to elect Democrats.

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Michael Brown's mother was invited by the Democratic National Convention to speak at Hillary's four-day nominating commercial -- and she stood with parents with sons who arguably or even probably had been killed in questionable circumstances.

Michael Brown had not been killed in questionable circumstances -- even Obama's corrupt DOJ had to admit that. Yet there she was, because leftwing political lore still deemed Michael Brown a Gentle Giant and Innocent Victim, and it didn't matter what the actual facts of the matter were.

The media said nothing about it. They praised the folks on stage for their strength. They did not criticize Hillary Clinton for putting on a pageant containing Fake News and provable lies.

Lore that excites conservatives -- and which may be necessary for building party unity among conservatives -- must be eradicated. Michael Flynn's son must be chased off of transition teams for believing such Vicious Lies that Have Consequences.

But lore that excites parts of the progressive coalition -- and which may be necessary sops to some sectors of the progressive coalition to animate them into voting for an old broke-down white lady they don't even like very much -- gets a total pass.

The media blesses such lies with silence, tacitly approving of the lie.

There were no fact-checkers on the DNC Tragedy Pageant.

And note that cops are being assasinated in the street -- this is no "lore," cops are being killed on the street in 2016 at a rate far exceeding that seen in 2015.

And this is all based partly on the #FakeNews that Michael Brown himself was assassinated by cop.

Fake news has consequences, Media -- or do those consequences not matter when they are visited upon people outside of the progressive coalition?

The SPLC, recently cited all over the media as an objective resource for cataloguing hate, refused to report the 2,000 teached reports on whites being harassed due to election anger, because that fact was inconvenient to the narrative it wanted to push that minorities were being targeted.

The SPLC put the Family Research Council on its "hate organization" list, claiming they "hated gays." This claim -- more #FakeNews -- sent a shooter to the Family Research Council's door -- the shooter shot (but did not kill) a guard.

#FakeNews has consequences, Media. Or do those consequences not matter when they are visited upon people who disagree with you politically?

Shockingly, the media actually had on the disgraced High Priest of Fake News -- Dan Rather himself -- as an expert voice to explain how terrible other people's fake news is.

There's a still cherished bit of progressive lore (total bullshit, I mean) -- that Jared Loughner was "inspired" by Sarah Palin's rhetoric, and went out to kill Gabby Giffords because he'd heard Sarah Palin say "Don't retreat-- RELOAD!" or saw some bullseyes on a map showing which House seats in swing districts she thought Republicans should "target."

This is false. Jared Loughner was a psychotic with no known sympaties for Palin or the GOP or the Tea Party; his chief obsession was, if you remember, his idea that the syntax of language was some kind of means to control people's minds. Apparently he had tried to get Giffords to investigate this Conspiracy of English Syntax and she had passed, and that -- and not any ideas about the 10th Amendment -- is what motivated his shooting spree.

Amazing, the Washington Post, in decrying "Fake News," uses this Fake News lore -- that Palin's words caused Laughner's shooting -- as an example of Fake News having real-world consequences.

In a post which itself denounces false political lore, the Washington Post goes right back to the well and spreads false progressive political lore.

I mean, everyone knows it was Sarah Palin's hateful rhetoric that set Jared Loughner off. Citation: something my buddy told me some time when he was toking on some kind bud.

This is why conservatives hate the media: The media only notices right-wing misbehavior. If their political correligionists are spreading some Fake News themselves, some false political lore, the media is very understanding. After all, if Hillary Clinton had excluded Michael Brown's mother from falsely conveying the notion that her son was gunned down by a cop assassin, it would have conflicted with Black Lives Matter's narrative. And if she contradicted Black Lives Matter's narrative, that might have depressed black turnout and hurt her chances of winning an election.

So, you know: It's perfectly understandable and excusable that she helped package and spread some #FakeNews.

Where did the people online spreading the sorts of "Fake News" stories the media hates learn how to do this, I wonder?

Maybe they've seen the media making up stories and repeating them until "everyone knows" something that's flatly false and swinging elections thanks to those lies.

Maybe they've decided that if it works for the Democrat-Media Complex, it can work for their own purposes.

If the media wants to stop political lore from spreading, they can lead by example and stop spreading leftwing political lore themselves, and, get this, being as eager to run "Fact Checks" on leftwing political lore as they are to run days and days of stories on the Perils of PizzaGate.

But of course they don't want to stop leftists from spreading political lore, and they certainly don't want to end their own addiction to passing off their political lore as "facts" that "everyone knows."

And they will continue to wonder -- why don't people trust us?

Why do people listen to people with no track record at all in journalism on such matters?

Here are the answers to both questions:

They don't trust you because they've seen you lie repeatedly, then double down on those lies. (Check your own archives for how often you "debunked" "Republican claims" that Obamacare would cause premiums to rise, or strip people of their current doctors.)

And they trust people with no track record at all because while you have a track record, that track record is full of lies and fabrications.

Between someone who you've never heard of -- and thus has never lied to you before -- and someone who's consistently lied to you, then got arrogantly angry about why you doubt their new series of lies, people are going to trust the person they don't know for a fact to be serial liar and fabricator.

Clean up your own acts before you presume to criticize others.

No one wants to hear a pasty priest lecture about chastity and devotion when he still smells of the whorehouse and we all know he's going right back to the whorehouse the moment the pews are empty.

Go fuck yourselves in your rotten, lying heart with a knife, Media.

* An Oklahoma source tells me literally every non-Indian in Oklahoma believes that they have an Indian or two in their ancestry. It's just common Oklahoma lore.

That doesn't excuse Elizabeth Warren -- you don't represent yourself as a minority professor based on family lore that everyone in Oklahoma believes about their own family.


** I've deleted a few sentences about the inadequacy of the "evidence" I've seen for "PizzaGate" for two reasons: 1, it seems to attracting a lot more attention that I wanted it to, and I don't want people yapping about this other matter when I wrote a post about the thing I actually wanted to talk about, and 2, from what I learned from the Media, you're not supposed to call bullshit on your own side's factually-dubious Political Lore, in the interests of party unity and electing people of the party you favor.

So I'll follow the media's example here and just ignore what I think are unfounded claims being made by my political coreligionists. I'll just focus on the other side's political lore.

Posted by Ace at 05:45 PM Comments

Feminist: Sex Will Be Less Fun During a Trump Administration

—Ace

Puerile. They only have three things they can say. Like how PETA only has two moves: Graphically violent imagery and nudity.

These idiots can only say Serious You Guys The Patriarchy N Stuff, Men Just Want To Fill Women With Babies, and Sex Will Be Better With Us (Almost Certainly Frigid) Gals If You Just Do What We Saaaay.

Yeah I think most guys have run into the "sex will be better/more frequent if you do x" play. Not true.

Jill Filipovic is a journalist based in New York and Nairobi and the author of the forthcoming book, "The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness." Follow her on Twitter. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

Note that every feminist book makes some reference to sex, breasts, or the vagina.

Because they totally want you to notice their minds, yo.

Under a Donald Trump presidency, sex is about to get a lot less fun.

Jill Filipovic

That's because Trump has tapped Tom Price, an anti-abortion and anti-contraception congressman from Georgia, as his director of Health and Human Services. Price is an opponent of the Affordable Care Act and a proponent of defunding Planned Parenthood, an organization that serves more than 2.5 million patients, many of them low-income, every year.

Birth control and STI testing and treatment make up the majority of services Planned Parenthood provides, and federal funds are already blocked from paying for abortion. Federal funding mostly goes to Planned Parenthood in the form of Medicaid dollars, which are set aside to provide health care for poor Americans, and that's who these funding cuts will largely affect.

With Price at the helm of HHS, even women who don't rely on Planned Parenthood for health care will have a harder time getting contraception. According to Price, "there is not one" woman who has been left behind by unaffordable birth control costs, and so his proposed gutting of the ACA would pull the provision that fully covers contraception.

Etc., etc., etc. Notice that the article is just sort of doing the standard feminist whining about birth control costs. It's not about sex, whether "fun" or otherwise.

Yet that was the title slapped on it -- either the writer offered this title, or an editor (editrix?) at CNN did.

Either way, someone at CNN sexualized this poor thing for clicks.

Boo, sexualization!

Posted by Ace at 04:40 PM Comments

Trump Chooses Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt, Who Has Sued the EPA Numerous Times, to Be Head of EPA

—Ace

Well. I guess he won, then.

Pruitt has been a very outspoken critic of President Obama's EPA, has sued the agency on mulitple occassions and has also questioned "the degree and extent of global warming and its connection to the actions of mankind," having called the "debate … far from settled."

According to the Environmental Defense Fund, Pruitt previously boasted that he “led the charge with repeated notices and subsequent lawsuits against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for their [sic] leadership’s activist agenda." Moreover, per Reuters, Pruitt led the charge for Oklahoma in restoring environmental regulatory oversight to the states and away for the agency he's slated to run.

Princeton can use a guy like Joel.

Posted by Ace at 03:12 PM Comments

FAQ: Why Are Leftists Such Pansies?

—Ace

You talk like a fag and your shit's all retarded.

I mean, really, why are they such pansies?

Here's my guess. A right-winger turns on his favorite television show and has his favorite character tell him his favorite candidate is demonic. He turns on the news and hears "journalists" edit out stories of Democrat malfeasance while emphasizing Republican corruption. He goes to the movies and has his political beliefs insulted and derided. His favorite singer hates him. His professor excoriates him. His employer would fire him if he knew what he thought.

It makes you tough. It makes you smart. It makes you educate yourself as to why you believe what you believe and what the arguments for and against it are.

A leftist? He floats in a candy-cane cloud of self-congratulating self-reinforcement. Hollywood, the news media, academia, they all tell him: "You're smart. You're good. You're right. You're nice. You're going to win the election. Anyone can see that. How could you lose? Anyone who disagrees with you is bad, stupid, mean, wicked."

No wonder these people whine and cry when things don't go their way. Spending their days in a pink haze of bias, how could they ever have seen it coming?

Eh, maybe. But I think mostly they were Born This Way. There are soft people and there are harder ones. The soft people seek to Herd Up, like lesser animals, because they're soft and in need of protection from the group. They also seek help from the government, because they need to be subsidized and championed.

The harder people just take care of their own shit.

Some are born makers, others takers. Yes, culture reinforces these attitudes and makes it easy to be weak, but some are just born weak.

I don't hate them for that.

I hate them for taking the Weakling's Vengeance any chance they get.

I don't think the Captain America movie was right that only a weakling can properly handle being given the gift of strength. I think the strong, long living with strength, develop a code of restraints on their strength -- chivalry, the rules of war, bushido, etc. -- and thus have some experience with having power, and exerting it in an ethical (or at least) restrained way.

But give a weakling who's never had power before in his live some power and control over another, and what checks exist inside him to restrain him? None. None at all.

All he's got is grudges, anger, and an opportunity he knows won't last long to inflict pain on his (real or imagined) persecutors.

That doesn't mean the strong are always just and noble -- they aren't. And it doesn't mean they don't use their strength to hurt others, or at least to advantage themselves. They do.

But it does mean they've had previous experience in being in a power position and have probably developed at least some ethical boundaries as far as the exertion of their power.

But lifelong weaklings haven't, and so there is nothing so vicious as a weakling who's temporarily been gifted with a little power to get payback and live out his Weakling Revenge Fantasy dreams.

And for eight long years, you've been living in a Weakling Revenge Fantasy.

But all dreams come to an end, don't they?

Posted by Ace at 01:51 PM Comments

MeAgain Kelly: I'm Totes Worried About Trump's "Dangerous" De-Legitimization of the Media

—Ace

Nothing but ego and skinny legs.

I really don't like people like this: Lawyers who think five votes by judges are the end-all be-all, reporters who think that Reportage is just the yak's tits. It's a very provincial, egotistical, solipsistic way to view the world: I trained in the use of the hammer, therefore, all the problems of the world can be classified as types of nails.

People who think this way do so to construct a belief in themselves as the omnicompetent hero, always the Man in the Arena, always the keystone upon which the burden of the arc of history weighs.

Everyone is the hero of their own life movie, but MeAgain is also the hero of your life movie.

And any tribe to which she belongs is therefore the Best Tribe and must be championed.

Her membership in the Media is what gives her Status; like all egotistical people, she will defend the source of her Status like a warrior bee defends its queen.

We begin this Hero's Tale as we begin all Hero's Tales, with an origin story. John McCain had his seven years as a prisoner tortured daily in North Vietnam; MeAgain's origin story begins, as usual, with her torture by Mean Tweets on Twitter.

Kelly felt that power firsthand in August 2015, when she pressed the candidate about his derogatory comments about women during the first Republican primary debate. Trump responded with a Twitter attack, which was quickly followed up by a barrage of insulting tweets and even death threats from his followers.

"What people don't realize about Donald Trump — and I don't even know if Donald Trump realizes it — is that every tweet he unleashes against you ... creates such a crescendo of anger," Kelly says.

The host of The Kelly File says that although she worried for her own safety and that of her children, she and her producers were determined not to let the threats impact their coverage of Trump. Now that Trump is the president-elect, she is especially concerned about his "de-legitimization" of the media.

"I think it's dangerous," Kelly says. "People ... need good, strong, skeptical journalists to be covering whoever it is -- whether it's Barack Obama or President Donald Trump -- and we're in a dangerous phase right now, where too many millions of Americans aren't listening at all to what the press tells them."

The Press is your teacher, and you are its Students, kneeling before your master, who will impart wisdom to you, if you would only be good students and believe what master tells you.

Posted by Ace at 12:20 PM Comments

Hate, Incorporated: SPLC Buries 2,000 Reports of White Kids Getting Harassed Over Trump Victory

—Ace

Narrative: It's what's for dinner.

And breakfast.

And lunch.

And elevensies.

They know about elevensies, don't they?

At least 2,000 educators around the country reported racist slurs and other derogatory language leveled against white students in the first days after Donald Trump was elected president. But the group that surveyed the teachers didn't publish the results in its report on Trump-related "hate crimes."

The Southern Poverty Law Center partnered with the American Federation of Teachers, which formally endorsed Hillary Clinton, to circulate the questionnaire among its 1.6 million mostly Democratic members. The survey was sent out to K-12 teachers and administrators who subscribe to its "Teaching Tolerance" newsletter.

The SPLC's widely cited report -- "The Trump Effect: The Impact of the 2016 Presidential Election on Our Nation's Schools" -- reported that 40 percent of the more than 10,000 educators who responded to the survey "have heard derogatory language directed at students of color, Muslims, immigrants and people based on gender or sexual orientation."

But what they didn't say is that 20% of those respondents reported anti-white harassment.

The takeaway was that Trump-supporting white kids have been harassing minorities at the nation's schools. And SPLC's schools report, along with a broader report on alleged Trump-inspired hate crimes--" Ten Days After: Harassment and Intimidation in the Aftermath of the Election" -- sparked breathless coverage in the New York Times, Washington Post and other major media.

The media is in one of its typical spasms about "#FakeNews." But while they rail about FakeNews, they continue to propagate it like mad -- like they have a monopoly on propaganda, and are understandably upset to see others horning in on their business.

They will cover this up, of course, and refuse to correct their previous spreading of #FakeNews, and of course will continue quoting Democrat pressure groups SPLC and the AFT as some kind of disinterested "experts" just offering you the straight dope on American policy questions.

Amazingly, a Washington Post writer -- and I'm going to guess a Social Justice Warrior, as the Washington Post pretty much is all 22 year old Social Justice Warriors now -- writes a blistering assault on "Fake News," even as she, get this, re-relays Fake News. She actually claims that Jared Loughner was inspired by Sarah Palin -- six years after this Fake News had been thoroughly discredited.

And on that, Ashe Schow writes that the biggest purveyor of Fake News is the media itself, now shrieking about Fake News.

Posted by Ace at 11:00 AM Comments

Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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Saturn Devouring His Son
Goya (Francisco de Goya y Lucientes)

Goya painted this lovely scene onto one of the walls of his home. I wonder what message he was sending to his kids?

Posted by CBD at 09:45 AM Comments

The Morning Report 12/7/16

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning, kids. Middle of the week already. Hard to believe that one of the most pivotal moments in our history happened 75 years ago. My wife's dad was on board the U.S.S. Nevada at Pearl Harbor. As he recalled, if you dove off the starboard side, you lived. If you dove off of port, you died. He was presumed dead and eventually turned up the next day, after pulling bodies and parts of bodies out of the water. May G-d bless the memory of those who fought and died there that day. Have a better one and remain blessed.

Posted by J.J. Sefton at 06:45 AM Comments

Tuesday Overnight Open Thread (12/6/16)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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"A date that will live in infamy"-President Franklin D. Roosevelt describing the attack on Pearl Harbor 75 years ago tomorrow, December 7th, 1941. His speech of December 8th, 1941.


In everyone's life a little rain snow must fall. Check out the recent snow in Hawaii.

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Posted by Misanthropic Humanitarian at 10:04 PM Comments

Fake News and "Fake News"

—OregonMuse

I guess putting embedded YooToob links on the front page slows down the blog, so my video is below the fold.

What you will see is a 10-minute conversation between Fox TV commentator/talking head Tucker Carlson and NY Times Public Editor Liz Spayd. The subject of the conversation is the NY Times' craptacular election coverage, and I actually felt a bit sorry for her because she is being called upon to defend the indefensible, and her heart clearly isn't in it. And she is actually rendered speechless more than once in this interview, and it takes her awhile to phrase an answer.

This is actually a good sign on a personal level for her. It means that somewhere deep down inside, there is a little flame of honesty that her work for the NY Times has been unable to extinguish.

And I think it's hilarious how hard the post-election MSM has been pushing the "fake news" narrative, because basically they're just trying to deflect from their unbelievably crappy news coverage that this election has laid bare for all to see. The MSM basically did not do its job and their response has been to point the finger that somebody else.

And I hope you've all noticed that what they mean by "fake news" is just news they don't agree with:

The fake journalism that helped elect Donald Trump is now enemy number one for the fourth estate.

The linked article is an hilarious anthology of NY Times pieces that got the election completely wrong.

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Posted by OregonMuse at 07:15 PM Comments

Japanese Firm SoftBank Promises $50 Billion in Investment in America, Likely Generating 50,000 Jobs, After Meeting with Trump

—Ace

Tired of all this #Winning.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Son told reporters at Trump Tower that the investment would come from a $100 billion fund created in partnership with the Saudi Arabia sovereign-wealth fund and other investors.

SoftBank in October announced a $100 billion tech fund with the Saudis called the SoftBank Vision Fund. The fund had not detailed where it would invest.

Details about the jobs or what sort of businesses the fund would invest in were not announced. But Son showed reporters a PowerPoint slide signed by Son and Trump with the vague numbers.

Shortly after the meeting, Trump tweeted the details of the agreement and said the deal never would have been done "had we (Trump) not won the election."

Allahpundit writes that this is probably to buy goodwill for a purchase of T-Mobile they're eyeing but may be blocked by the government on anti-trust grounds.

Well, you can't spell "propaganda victory" without "victory."

Posted by Ace at 06:12 PM Comments

Fake Mattis Quotes Thread

—Ace

Mattis has some really balls-out quotes.

JeffB. published his own fake Mattis quote -- but this sounds like something Mattis could say.



A reader had the same idea and proposed a Chuck Norris type thread about Mattis.

So how about? Post your own Mattis-like quotes, and maybe tell some Chuck Norris type lore about him.

Posted by Ace at 04:38 PM Comments

Joe Manchin: Democrats Shouldn't Block Trump's Supreme Court Pick

—Ace

Hmmm.

As you've probably heard, the 2018 Senate battleground map is terrible for Democrats. 2016 was terrible for Republicans, but they weathered it. 2018 is the Democrats' time in the fire, with five Democrat Senators up for re-election in states where Trump demolished Hillary:

Republicans are targeting a quintet of senators from conservative states where Trump walloped Hillary Clinton: Montana, Missouri, Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia. The GOP could amass a filibuster-proof majority by running the table in those states and other battlegrounds.

To prevent that, Schumer will need to mine his fellow leaders to accommodate vulnerable Democrats with profoundly different ideologies and political circumstances -- from Wisconsin's Tammy Baldwin, who also was tapped for a leadership spot, to West Virginia's Manchin, who has gone out of his way to align himself with Trump voters this week.

On Election Night itself, Joe Manchin told reporters that he couldn't necessarily be counted on to vote with the Democrats to maintain control of the Senate if it shook out as 50-50. (I took that as a major sign that maybe Trump was actually going to win.)

Now Manchin is talking about making nice-nice with Trump on Supreme Court picks.

"We have to be careful how we go down this road," Manchin said during a panel discussion at a centrist "No Labels" conference in Washington.

Manchin was referring to Senate Democrats' willingness to use the filibuster to try to block Trump's high court pick and cautioned against doing so.

"If my Democrat friends just hunker down and say, 'No, no, and hell no'…I can understand that [Republicans] are gong to say, 'Wait a minute, we have a pretty good person here. We need to give him a fair shot,'" he said. "Those types of things, I hope we're going to avoid before we get into this dysfunction that we've been in."

As the article notes, Manchin is also being considered as a pick for Secretary of Energy, which would give his seat over to Republicans, as the governor who'd select his replacement is a Republican.

Posted by Ace at 02:51 PM Comments

Italy Votes Massively Against Constitutional "Reform" Criticized for Empowering Government and the Establishment; Many See Tea Leaves for Possible Italian Exit from EU

—Ace

The referendum was about reforms to Italy's government. I honestly don't know what those reforms were and I'm not sure a non-Italian would care much about them.

Update: Zombie reports the "reforms" were thus:

The "reforms" were basically this:

Currently, the Italian Senate has significant power to guide national policy. The reforms were to remove that power and grant it solely to the president -- essentially giving him dictatorial powers. Since the current president was pro-EU and pro-immigration and a classic "establishment" type, the people didn't want his power increased.

The reforms were opposed by anti-establishment, populist parties who claimed the reforms were badly drafted, would result in gathering more power into government hands, and would empower the ruling elite.

Italy's president, Mario Renzi, had gone all-in in support of the reforms and declared that he would take a failure as a vote of no confidence in his leadership. True to his word, he resigned after his reforms were voted heavily down.

The impulse to reject the reforms (or "reforms") is therefore being taken as a strong hint that Italy's populist moment may result in a vote to leave the EU -- if the nation's mood is anti-establishment and anti-centralization-of-government power, it seems likely the nation's mood is also against the EU.

What was clear, said Stefano Stefanini, who served as a diplomatic adviser to Giorgio Napolitano, a former Italian president, was that the vote was "a test of strength of the anti-Europe and anti-establishment forces in Italy."

Mr. Stefanini said Mr. Renzi's departure could embolden parties feeding on economic frustration, loss of national identity, anger at Brussels and a desire to break with the post-World War II belief that Italy's economic and national security interests were better served within an alliance of liberal democracies. The vote showed that Italy "is reverting to a willingness to go it alone as a nation-state," Mr. Stefanini said.


The primary beneficiary of Mr. Renzi’s defeat is Italy's anti-establishment Five Star Movement, a party that advocates a referendum to determine whether Italy should give up the euro.

See also this gif of the WSJ's front page, particularly the second big headline about the upcoming 2017 elections in Europe, and how many nations are about to have gigantic votes amidst unease about the euro and a revolt against a Brussels-mandated inrush of immigrants.

Wow: An Italian actress who promised to give a blow-jay to those who voted no on the reforms says she's a "Donna di parolas" -- a woman of her word.

She's announced tour dates of the cities she'll be visiting and giving pompas (blowjobs) to those who promised to vote "No."

BTW, I never mentioned this before, but I promised to vote No on the Italian referendum too. It may have slipped your minds, but I'm sure now you remember me making that promise and will back me up on this in, say, an Italian court, if it comes to that.

Posted by Ace at 01:08 PM Comments

Opinion: David Petraeus Is Not Fit to be Secretary of State, Nor to Serve in Any Capacity in an Administration

—Ace

I didn't have strong feelings about this one way or the other, but The Federalist's Christine Brim has pushed me into the #NeverPetraeus camp.

Petraeus's positions have been identical to Clinton’s for years, possibly up to the moment last week when he entered Trump Tower for his meeting with the President-Elect. Petraeus as Secretary of State is Hillary Clinton in a better pantsuit.

And that's why Petraeus is not just a bad choice for Secretary of State--he's a bad choice for any other cabinet position. He brings too much baggage, a damaged brand, and a long history of lying. He lied to the FBI and CIA about his handling of classified documents; he lied to his wife about his mistress; he lied to Congress about Benghazi. Why should Trump's transition team assume he’s telling them the truth now?

...

Petraeus's first impulse is to silence any criticism of Islam that could upset his Middle East clients. When he was commander of CENTCOM, those clients were the Islamic nations in the CENTCOM region. Not much changed when he joined the global financial firm KKR in 2013, as a "door opener" to Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and everyone else he had previously courted in his official government role.

But then in December 2015, Trump suggested a temporary ban on Muslim immigration. Petraeus's Muslim clients went ballistic...


Petraeus's op-ed reached CAIR-levels of outrage, scolding "those who flirt with hate speech against Muslims," "those who demonize and denigrate Islam," and "demonizing a religious faith and its adherents." A bravura finger-wagging performance, the op-ed also served as a timely audition for a future Clinton administration, with Petraeus warning "It is precisely because the danger of Islamist extremism is so great that politicians here and abroad who toy with anti-Muslim bigotry must consider the effects of their rhetoric."

...

As Catherine Herridge of FOX News reported, House Intelligence Committee members claimed then-CIA Director Petraeus misled them when he testified on September 14, 2012, two days after the Benghazi attack. Petraeus blamed the attack on a spontaneous protest against the internet video, though the Obama administration knew that it was a planned terrorist attack. Petraeus also claimed that the mortar rounds landing at the Annex in Benghazi could not be evidence that terrorism was involved, when intelligence experts had reported just the opposite. He was under investigation at the time by the FBI for his earlier mishandling of classified information, which created concerns that his testimony was influenced by the Administration.

Definitely read the whole thing. Petraeus is a Hard Nope for me, with a bonus GFY added.

Posted by Ace at 12:15 PM Comments

OMG: Social Justice Warriors Now Pushing for Seasonal Favorite "Baby It's Cold Outside" to Be Banned, Because Rape

—Ace

[Stands up slowly, begins clapping hands slowly at first but then with rising tempo, fervor and force]

Posted by Ace at 11:29 AM Comments

Mid Morning Open Thread

—OregonMuse


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Adam and Eve
Domenico Zampieri (AKA Domenichino), 1623-1625


(CBD is off installing a new hard drive in his computer, so I'm subbing for him this morning)

Lots of things going on in this painting. You can click on it for a larger version. Adam's pose brings to mind this passage:

And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
(Gen 3:9-12)


So, in other words, "Hey Lord, don't blame me, it's your fault for giving me this dumb cluck of a wife."

And men have been trying to evade responsibility ever since.

Not that Eve is that much better. Look at her, she's pointing at the snake:

And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
(Gen 3:13)

Eve: "Don't listen to that lazy bum! The snake tricked me. Stupid snake."

God looks like he's just giving the finger to the both of them.

Over there on the right, there's a lamb lying down with a lion. I think that's about to change.

And I have no idea what those floating baby heads on lettuce leaves are supposed to be. Angelic beings, apparently. Or maybe some sort of appetizer.

Posted by OregonMuse at 09:49 AM Comments

The Morning Report 12/6/16

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning, kids. Another Tuesday and another day Hillary Clinton will never be president. First up, courtesy of Weasel Zippers, and breaking is the FBI reporting a credible threat against an LA Metrorail station. Glad to see Allen West having a confab with Trump, as opposed to Gore. And there are already rumors swirling that Trump is going to abandon his immigration policy, although I will have to see that to believe it. I do fear and anticipate the GOP and Democrats working hard to sabotage it. Anyway, have a better one and remain blessed.

Posted by J.J. Sefton at 06:40 AM Comments

Monday Overnight Open Thread (12/5/16) Smorgasbord Edition

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

smor·gas·bord
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noun
a buffet offering a variety of hot and cold meats, salads, hors d'oeuvres, etc.
a wide range of something; a variety.
"the album is a smorgasbord of different musical styles"


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One of the ONT's favorite Holiday baked goods is fruitcake. Yes, fruit cake. Mamma Misanthropic use to make it for Papa Misanthropic and her favorite son. Now Mrs. Mis. Hum. makes it using the same old time tested recipe from The Electric Company-Home Service Bureau 1954 cookbook.

Dark Fruit Cake

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
5 eggs
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup sour milk
1/4 cup grape juice
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon mace
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 pound citron
1/2 pound chopped pitted dates
1/2 pound candied orange peel
1/2 pound candied cherries
*1 1/2 seeded raisins
1 pound seedless raisins
1/2 pound almond slices
1 pint brandy or your choice of whiskey or rum.
New clean cotton dish towels (Flour sack towels)
*Optional


1. Have ingredients room temperature
2. Line greased pans with waxed paper. Grease paper.
3. Cream butter well. Add sugar gradually.
4. Add eggs one at a time. Beat well after the addition of each. Add molasses, sour milk and grape juice.
5. Dredge fruit and nuts with part of flour.
6. Sift remainder of flour, spice and baking soda together. Combine with first mixture. Add floured fruit and mix well.
7. Spoon into pans
8. Bake at 275 degrees. See time chart below.
9. Makes about 7 pounds
**10. Soak dish towels in brandy.
**11. Wrap completely cooled cakes in brandy soaked towel. Wrap with cellophane wrap, then aluminum foil and place in cool dry location for 2-3 weeks. Dig in and enjoy.

** Mamma Misanthopic's special touch.

1-2 pound fruit cakes-about 90 minutes per pound
2-4 pound fruit cakes-about 60 minutes per pound
4-8 pound fruit cakes-about 45 minutes per pound
8-12 pound fruit cakes-about 30 minutes per pound
Over 12 pound fruit cake-about 20 minutes per pound


What goes well with fruit cake? Eggnog of course!! Remember, if eggnog was good enough for General George Washington, it is good enough for you.

Here is his recipe for eggnog.

One quart cream, one quart milk, one dozen tablespoons sugar, one pint brandy, 1/2 pint rye whiskey, 1/2 pint Jamaica rum, 1/4 pint sherry—mix liquor first, then separate [a dozen] yolks and whites of eggs, add sugar to beaten yolks, mix well. Add milk and cream, slowly beating. Beat whites of eggs until stiff and fold slowly into mixture. Let set in cool place for several days. Taste frequently.

Using these recipes you'll be helping your local liquor store immensely. Your liver is a different story.

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No Surprise, But a Recanvass of Voting Machines in Pennsylvania Shows No Problems

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A preliminary re-tally indicates that Hillary got shlonged.

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