October 23, 2016

Sunday Morning Book Thread 10-23-2016: [OregonMuse]

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Favley Memorial Library, Villanova University 3_525.jpgDugan Polk Family Reading Room, Favley Memorial Library, Villanova University

Good morning to all of you morons and moronettes and bartenders everywhere and all the ships at sea. Welcome to AoSHQ's stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, where men are men, all the 'ettes are gorgeous, safe spaces are underneath your house and are used as protection against actual dangers, like tornados, hurricanes, IRS audits, and getting caught in the path between Hillary! and giant bags of cash, and special snowflakes can't stand the heat. And unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these, WTH, accordion pants? These have got to be the worst pants I've ever posted. In fact, if you can find pants you think are uglier, send me the pic, or a link to the pic, and I'll post it.

Note on Today's Library Pic

This was a submission from longtime moron 'Skip' and what you're seeing is the finished product of a restoration project that he worked on himself. Skip writes:

I worked on about 1/2 the ceiling along with large crew. But the ground area is where I did most of the work, the window sills, baseboard and mid point crown moulding just another guy and me did. The handrail woodwork and underneath woodwork of the railings as well as doors with exception of the single door leading into the library stacks I did myself.

And that painting on the upper left is a 17th-century work by Pietro Berretini (Pietro da Cortona) titled The Triumph of David that measures 12-by-19 feet. It shows David bringing back the sword of Goliath, whom he has just killed, to King Saul. This painting itself has been restored, and I found an article about the restoration efforts here.

Pop Quiz

OK all you 'rons and 'ettes, what do these words have in common?

In alphabetical order, they are: a, am, and, anywhere, are, be, boat, box, car, could, dark, do, eat, eggs, fox, goat, good, green, ham, here, house, I, if, in, let, like, may, me, mouse, not, on, or, rain, Sam, say, see, so, thank, that, the, them, there, they, train, tree, try, will, with, would, you.

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EMT 10/23/16 [krakatoa]

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Last travel week of the year coming up.

The client just may pay for a celebratory lobster dinner.

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Overnight Open Thread (22 Oct 2016)


Hackers wrecked the internet using DVRs and webcams. Election Day is going to be fun.

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Bad Joke Open Thread [CBD]

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A vulture boards an airplane carrying two dead raccoons.

The stewardess looks at him and says:

"I'm sorry, sir, only one carrion is allowed per passenger."​

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Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread 10-22-2016

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Good afternoon morons and moronettes, and welcome to the Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread, the only AoSHQ thread with content specifically for all of us chess nerds who pay homage in the temple of Caïssa, goddess of the chessboard. And, for those of you who aren't nerdly enough for chess, you can use this thread to talk about checkers, or other games, or politics, or whatever you wish, only please try to keep it civil. Nobody wants to get into pie fight on a Saturday afternoon. Except if you're hungry.

Problem 1 - White To Play (304)

Hint: White to play and mate in 2

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Ace of Spades Pet Thread [Mis. Hum.]

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Why it's that time again. Welcome to the Ace of Spades Pet Thread. The experts say a calendar year is 7 years long to a dog. Wonder what this last week has been? Anyway, down and stay. We didn't tell you that you could leave. Enjoy!

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Saturday Gardening Thread: It's a Dilly [KT]

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Proof that pumpkins are not just about White Privilege

Dilly of a fall we've been having, don't you think? I am a little disorganized this week, having helped my sister-in-law move. Moving is a trial. This post will be sorta random and disorganized, too. But maybe you'll find some content you like. It's Saturday. Time for some casual browsing. At least that is my excuse.

Some members of The Horde are likely planting some things for winter, but many others are wrapping things up. For most of us, it's probably kind of late for home-grown cucumbers for dill pickles, but some of us may still have dill in the garden. One of the perpetual problems in my parents' garden was that dill seed heads never seemed to be ready when the cucumbers were ready for pickling. As you may recall, I am a big proponent of not-quite-ripe dill seed head for pickles.

If you're in the Frozen North, remember that you can grow dill weed microgreens indoors any time. "Dill is a curiously easy crop to grow as a Micro-Green, as long as you don't fuss with it too much."

Incidentally, there is a Florist's Dill.

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Thread below the Gardening Thread: Halloween in Academia [KT]

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Serving your mid-day open thread needs

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Think Disney villains are the scariest things in the Magic Kingdom? Not according to a scholarly report from last year. Is it possible that the kind of stereotypical language in the paper quoted below had anything to do with this familiar Halloween costume debacle?

We posit that Disney's pedagogies of pleasure, which operate from the notion that escape is attainable via the pleasurable experiences offered at Disney parks, teach us how to be particular kinds of Disney subjects who escape into safe and controlled forms of pleasure - these escape fantasies offer a way for consumers to disavow the racism and white supremacy that characterize Western humanist and colonialist projects.

Looks like Halloween parties will be either (1) somber and reflective or (2) psychologically dangerous affairs on many campuses again this year. Have you ever met anyone who needed counseling after seeing a Halloween costume that perpetuates a stereotype?

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Saturday Morning Weird News [Mis. Hum.]

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Good morning Little Boys and Girls 'Rons & 'Ettes.

Saturday morning, do you need a caffeine IV drip? Drink your beverages and check out some of the weird stuff that has been going on.

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EMT 10/22/16 [krakatoa]

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College football is pretty much the last sport I watch.

So it's that or take little Miss Krak/t to a fall festival with hay rides, bouncy houses, a 5 acre corn maze, and tasty treats.

You know what? College ball will survive just fine without me.

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Overnight Open Thread (21 Oct 2016)


Perhaps threatening a cyber attack last Friday wasn't too smart. Cyber attacks disrupt Twitter, Netflix, Spotify, and more.

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We need Peanut-Butter Control...At Least In Wisconsin [CBD]

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Woman mistakes town meeting for Donald Trump rally and smears 30 cars with smooth peanut butter in protest

There too many fantastic quotations in this article, and I can't excerpt it all, but here are a few....

Witnesses claimed the 32-year-old entered the meeting at 9:30pm holding a "family-size jar of low-sodium, creamy natural Jif" peanut butter, shouting about how much she hated the Republican candidate.
The detail is fantastic! Not just peanut butter, but low-sodium, creamy natural Jif!

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Hillary Clinton Secretly Enlisted Feminist Writer Jessica Valenti to Carry Her Water in Branding Bernie Sanders as "Anti-Woman"


Call me old-fashioned, but my idea here is that if it's ethically sound to do something, it should not be a problem to confess it openly.

When you have to keep something secret, that's a pretty good sign it's unethical.

By the way, this is the same presidential candidate whose supporters are claiming she had nothing to do with her Political Renfield Sydney Blumenthal pushing the Birther story against Obama to the press.

As someone commented during that (briefly lived, media embargoed) controversy, this is how attacks are done within the party. Stealthily. With plausible deniability. You don't want to risk alienating voters you'll need later, so you secretly enlist toadies and throne-sniffers to carry your water.

But whatever, Blumenthal wasn't acting at Hillary's behest, just as Jessica Valenti wasn't.

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Buzzfeed: The Home of Listicles About Hot Men


And very, very few mentions of hot women.

Mollie Hemingway asked friends for theories on BuzzFeed's near-100%-fixation on the hotness of men, to the exclusion of women.

Theories ranged from the idea that BuzzFeed is a hostile work environment for straight men, or simply lacks the diversity of talent that would include sufficient numbers of straight men to shape their content, to the idea that BuzzFeed actually seeks to alter human nature itself by the pattern of their articles. One BuzzFeed fan admitted this view, saying that since everything's always been so awesome for straight men sexually, objectifying them is "cathartic hypercorrection" that empowers women's and gay men's sexuality.

There's also this factor: Some Social Justice Warrior women have decided they are so "triggered" by the site of a woman more attractive than they that they will embargo and hate-mail any site showing such women.

Why, they might even create a crusading #Hashtag!!!

And given the average looks of a Social Justice Warrior, that sort of means that any Hottest Women List will have to be made up exclusively of train accident victims and cuttlefish.

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Russian Navy Deploys Carrier to Med [Weirddave]

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Oct 21, 2016 (ANN) In a move sure to be seen as provocation by many western observers, the Russian have redeployed their only carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, to the eastern Mediterranean.

Ordered by the Soviet Union in 1981, the vessel was launched in 1985 and commissioned in 1990 as Admiral Flota Sovetskovo Soyuza N.G. Kuznetsov after Soviet Admiral Nikolai Kuznetsov, a legendary sailor who was promoted in 1955 to his post as the first Fleet Admiral of the Soviet Navy. He was demoted less than a year later for political unreliability. His rank was posthumously restored in 1988 when the Soviets realized two things: That naming their carrier Leonid Brezhnev as planned was less than popular and that naming a ship after a discredited admiral was probably not the best idea. In true Soviet fashion they un-discredited the Admiral. 1988 was a turbulent year in the USSR.

Although classified by western navies as an aircraft carrier, her official designation in the Russian Navy is "heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser", so three years after her commissioning it was decided to put some planes on board. Her first operational deployment (to the Mediterranean, in order to “acclimate” Russian sailors to the harsh climate there) in the mid 90s was cut short, reportedly by mechanical problems with her evaporators, leading to a severe shortage of water aboard. Russian spokesman Alexov Andrelki vehemently denied the rumors in the press. “Reports of a water situation aboard Admiral Flota Sovetskovo Soyuza N.G. Kuznetsov are completely false. As you can see from these photos, Kuznatov is comfortably deployed on top of the water. Look at the photos, there is plenty of water all around the magnificent ship.” After a brief liberty stop in Tartus, Syria (which subsequently suffered a mysterious but unrelated shortage of bottled water), Kuz returned to Russia where she served with distinction in a variety of Russian dry docks.

This month's deployment of the vessel to Syria is her first following an extensive 2010 refit. Photos taken by the Royal Navy (see below) of the vessel transiting the English Channel have led to speculation among American military experts as to the exact nature of these upgrades. “Judging from the stack gas, her power plant appears to have been converted to one burning firewood, or possibly peat.”, said one expert on condition of anonymity, “Either of these would be an excellent choice for them as Russia enjoys vast reserves of both in Siberia. It remains to be seen, however, if they will be able to master the technical aspects of this new-to-them technology”.

Ace News Network will keep on top of this story for any breaking developments.


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Military Upset With Brain-Damaged, Absent-Minded Old Woman's Disclosure of US Nuclear Response Times


But Trump said pussy!

CNN's Barbara Starr reported Thursday that the U.S. military is unhappy with Hillary Clinton discussing nuclear weapon launch times during Wednesday nightís presidential debate, calling such information "extremely classified."


Starr reported that the Pentagon would not officially comment on Clinton's remarks since they occurred during a political campaign. However, many officials who spoke to Starr off-camera said they were not happy with Clinton's comments due to the secure nature of what she was discussing.

"We went to the military this morning and asked them. A military spokesman told us that they do not discuss operational timelines for launching nuclear weapons," Starr said. "This is some of the most classified information. I asked Defense Secretary Ash Carter at a press conference earlier today. He declined to answer the question because it involved politics."

Hillary's team claimed there are "open source" news articles "discussing" this, though those would of course be speculation in the press, not confirmation from someone in a position to know the actual fact of the matter.

But definitely, let's trust this woman's judgment.

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Obama's Cash-O-Rama Bonanza May Have Whetted Iran's Appetite for Ransoming More Hostages


Whodda thunk it?

Iran Seeking ĎMany Billions of Dollarsí in Ransom to Free U.S. Hostages

Source close to IRGC puts bounty on remaining U.S. hostages (Updated)

BY: Adam Kredo Follow @Kredo0
October 19, 2016 4:18 pm

Iran is seeking "many billions of dollars" in payments from the United States in exchange for the release of several U.S. hostages still being detained in Iran, according to reports by Iranís state-controlled press that are reigniting debate over the Obama administrationís decision earlier this year to pay Iran $1.7 billion in cash.

Senior Iranian officials, including the country's president, have been floating the possibility of further payments from the United States for months. Since the White House agreed to pay Tehran $1.7 billion in cash earlier this year as part of a deal bound up in the release of American hostages, Iran has captured several more U.S. citizens.

Future payments to Iran could reach as much as $2 billion, according to sources familiar with the matter, who said that Iran is detaining U.S. citizens in Iran's notorious Evin prison where inmates are routinely tortured and abused.

Iranian news sources close to the countryís Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC, which has been handling prisoner swaps with the United States, reported on Tuesday that Iran expects "many billions of dollars to release" those U.S. citizens still being detained.

"We should wait and see, the U.S. will offer Ö many billions of dollars to release"

NOTE: My computer is failing again. This time, I can't connect to the internet. Posting may be spotty.

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Wow: Leaked Email Shows Huma Abedin Admitting That Hillary Clinton's Morocco Trip was a Pay-for-Play for a $12 Million Donation, and that Hillary "Created This Mess and She Knows It"


Quick, let's elect her. She's corrupt and evil, but she's not "ours," so we don't "own" her mistakes -- just her justices, laws, failed wars, and political persecutions.

But we'll get to tell our Department Heads that we don't "own" her otherwise.

The email from Huma Abedin, Clinton's Deputy Chief of Staff at the State Department, was addressed to Podesta and campaign manager Robby Mook. Hillary Clinton was a director of the foundation at the time.

Singapore and Hong Kong officials reportedly were also vying to convene the CGI meeting in their countries, but the North African nation ultimately hosted it in a five-star hotel in Marrakesh, Morocco, in 2015. Abedin told Podesta and Mook that Morocco was not CGI's "first choice." [CGI = Clinton Global Initiative -- ace]

The actual meeting was paid for by OCP, the Moroccan-government-owned mining company that has been accused of serious human rights violations. Clinton vigorously supported the Moroccan King when she was Secretary of State and the U.S.-financed Export-Import Bank gave OCP a $92 million loan guarantee during her tenure as Secretary of State.

The mining company also contributed between $5 million to $10 million to the Clinton Foundation, according to the charityís web site.

Abedin described the arrangement in the email as having been organized by her boss. Hillary Clinton "created this mess and she knows it," she told Podesta and Mook.

She said the Moroccan deal was entirely dreamed up by her boss. "This was HRC's idea, our office approached the Moroccans and they 100 percent believe they are doing this at her request. The King has personally committed approx. $12 million both for the endowment and to support the meeting." HRC stands for Hillary Rodham Clinton.


The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice charged OCP with "serious human rights violations," including exploitation of workers by not "adequately compensating the impoverished people who live there."

Hillary wound up not going to the event, even after cadging so much money out of the King of Morcco and this shading mining company; but she did send her ex-president rapist husband and charmless daughter.

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October 21st, 1805 [CBD]

—Open Blogger


Some video game.....

No captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of the enemy.

Trafalgar was the first battle I learned about in depth. I had a few of those hard-bound "young adult" histories that I would buy at E.J. Korvette. Not much more than a flowery recitation of the plan of battle followed by lots and lots of action. I was eight...it was great, especially when I began to realize exactly what a British victory did for the world.

HMS Victory, Nelson's flagship, is a 104 gun first rater, and is the flagship of the First Sea Lord of the British navy. Notice the present tense? She is still commissioned, 257 years after her keel was laid.

For those of you who dislike recognizing one of the great naval victories in history, here is a link to a performance that might be more your speed.

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The Morning Report 10/21/16 [J.J. Sefton]

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Good morning, kids. Noted at press time: the lead for the day is not an O'Keefe or Wikileak but right out in the open. Of course, it's from a foreign paper so I fully expect a total US media embargo and/or smears about the individual in question. Also, the IBD-TPP Poll which does have a track record of picking the winner at least as far back as Bush 41 shows a dead heat. Yet if the official propaganda line is Trump is going to get wiped out in a landslide, why is the media going into overdrive with the attacks and smears? That's a rhetorical question. Anyway, have a better one.

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Protests Cited Most Frequently For Reason People Are Watching Less Football


29% say they're watching less football; 27% of pajama-clad social justice warriors who have never so much as touched a ball in their life claim that they're watching more. Yeah, I doubt that. There are only so many hours of free time in the week, and the ratings say viewership is down, not even.

Of those 29% who say they're watching less football, Kaeperneck's follies are cited as the most important reason by 40%.

Other reasons include lack of opportunity to watch football (really? it's on constantly, dudes), lack of interest (a lot of people are complaining about how many crappy games are on), and competition from the Presidential debates.

Roger Goodell says the league hasn't lost viewers at the same time he's trying to figure out why ratings are down.

Hm, here's a possible reason ratings are down: Because you've lost viewers, Chump.

Skip Bayless, working for a network that broadcasts football games and pays a lot of money to do so, dares to say on air that maybe this might have to do with the Anthem protests.

Though of course he first praises the protests as being super-important and raising consciousness and stuff.

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Weird News ONT: Not Sure What Day This Is


This Will Not Be A Good ONT

But There Will Be Clowns and There Will Be Cake


Clown craze takes another life, best reaction is comment #1.

Tats for Kids! j/k!

I know tattoos are incredibly popular with people of all ages. Waaaaay back before the turn of the century (heh), they were still a pretty reliable indicator for lowlife tendencies. Excepting military tattoos, of course.

Now, however, 1)you really can't judge a book by its cover, and 2)almost everybody really *is* a lowlife these days (at least by prior, outmoded cultural standards). Sad but true.

Anyway, I'm torn between thinking this is charming and thinking this is hideous. Tats are always somewhat disfiguring, in my eyes, no matter how nice the drawing. Just a matter of what my environment was when I was brought up. But some people I really respect have them, so I'm trying to be better.

Here is the first cake of the evening.

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Marriage: Life Advice For Morons By Morons [Warden]

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Last week's post on dating advice yielded somewhere near 1,000 comments. I'd call that a success, so let's keep this series going.

Tonight's topic is marriage. Again, I'm not a guy who has all the answers--this is a jumping off point for the commenters. But I do have more than a decade of what I consider to be a very strong and healthy marriage under my belt, so I feel qualified to throw some advice out there for younger, unmarried Ace of Spades morons.

I'll start with choosing a spouse and work forward.

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University of Toronto Professor Refuses to Use "Genderless Pronouns;" Chaos Ensues


"Gendereless pronouns" fall into two main categories:

1. using plural pronouns such as "they" or "them" or "their" when only one person is being discussed, in which case the "genderless pronoun" is a grammatical error

2. using genderless pronouns like "xir" and "xe," which are, get this, not real words

So the University of Toronto apparently has laid down an edict that educated professors are now required to only speak in grammatical errors or made-up nonsense words.

University of Toronto faculty signed a letter criticizing hate speech against their transgender and black students in light of a fellow professor's refusal to use "genderless pronouns."

Psychology professor Jordan Peterson posted a two-part lecture on YouTube in which he lambasted current political correctness on campuses and criticized Bill C-16, a bill that would outlaw discrimination and harassment based on gender identity and expression.

Peterson also refused to use gender neutral pronouns if asked by students.

250 members of the faculty then wrote a letter condemning this lone defender of common sense, and forbidding him from commenting on a proposed law due to his having an Unapproved Opinion about it.

The letter told Peterson that he must start using genderless pronouns if asked and that he needs to stop commenting publicly on the topic.

The letter also claimed that Petersonís refusal to use gender neutral pronouns could be considered discrimination.

"Your statements that you will refuse to refer to transgendered persons using gender neutral pronouns if they ask you to do so are contrary to the rights of those persons to equal treatment without discrimination based on their 'gender identity' and gender expression," the letter claims.

Here's an article about this Heretical Professor advocating for Forbidden Blasphemies.

Here's this Heretic's Forbidden YouTube video.

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MeAgain Kelly Turns the Blue Glare of Her Aryan Fury Towards a Democrat for a Change


And a woman, no less!

Maybe MeAgain didn't feel the need to be protective towards this particular woman because she's black or something. Who knows.

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Two Odious Pretend Conservatives Bitterly Shout At Each Other About Politics


I know, you can't get enough of that, and it never happens on cable TV.

But you might just want to root for injuries here.

I did enjoy watching Bill Kristol's skin turn an unhealthy shade of purple as if he was choking on a plum-pit or maybe just on bile.

"I'm not bitter," he said bitterly.

A moment later he said "I am upset."

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Hobbies/Life Changes Thread


Texas Zombie posted somethng I liked. Except for one thing. You'll know it when you see it.

Make a little game for yourself -- what sentence made Ace mad here?

But the rest of it is good.

Alright guys, help me out with something. I am so weary of this election, the SJWization of America, and our national politics in general. But I can't help myself, I consume a ridiculous amount of political news every day. And of course it is mostly depressing. And then I feel compelled to try and combat some of the ignorance by posting stuff on Facebook which let's face it mostly just pisses people off - including those in agreement - because they too are weary of all of this.

After the election I need to find some things to completely replace the time, effort, and mental energy I spend on politics. I need to just wash my hands and be done with it. At least for a while. I don't think my constant and compulsive refreshing of my browser tabs in hopes that there is some new news item available to be digested is healthy at all. Really need to quit this cold turkey. After the election of course. So help me think up some stuff to divert myself into - something to binge on rather than politics. (I don't want to ditch the HQ but maybe just come for the non political stuff like the medical monitoring and book thread.)

One thing that will make this hard is that a ton of my political consumption happens during the work day because I have a job that is compatible with that.

Here are some things I am thinking of doing to help shift my time and mental energy away from politics. Some big things and some little, symbolic things.

- Read more books. I have a ton of books that I have bought and not read because I spend too much time reading political stuff online. This is probably the single biggest/easiest way for me to shift brain power away from politics.

- Delete all political sites from my favorites. Symbolic but helpful.

- Throw myself into developing a love for a new sport. Maybe baseball. I have never been able to get into it but have been watching this years playoffs. For most of my life the only sport I have followed closely has been the NFL. Not sure I can develop a true passion for a new sport at this time in my life but maybe I can.

- Only carry my cell phone with me when I really need to have it. That way I can't just be constantly browsing on it. That's probably a good life change regardless.

- Ditch the smart phone and go back to a dumb cell phone. That seems like a radical change but maybe it's time.

- Take my kids on evening outings outside of the neighborhood. Find some local fishing holes and do some soul therapy with a rod and a reel.

- Sign up for a class of some kind. Learn a new language or take a cooking class or something.

- Take up a hobby. I just don't know what it would be though. Politics has been my hobby. I am worried that I won't be able to find something of equal interest to replace it with.

- Delete all my social media accounts. (Not a bad idea anyway.)

- Set up a couple of dedicated but inexpensive weekly gatherings with friends who aren't really political. Thursday night football at the local wing joint and whatnot.

What are some other things I can do to fill the void if I cut politics out of my life? Needs to be things that don't involve spending a crap ton of money like go to the gun range every day. Yeah, would love to do that, but I have kids and kids are pretty spendy so I don't have a lot of loose cash burning a hole in my pocket.

Also, anyone else feeling the same way about this? Anyone else ready to just say the hell with it - time to cut politics out of my life to the greatest extent possible?

This is what I'm trying, and what I've been advocating. I fail a lot -- I'm watching The New Season of Lame TV Shows again, despite my vow to stop.

And I'm not reading as much as I vowed. I'm reading, but not every night. It really needs to be an every-night thing.

I have picked up a new sport and am working on my GAINZZZ, as I might have mentioned once or twice in passing.

On the cellphone thing, I've never had a problem with this. I'm not one of those people who's always checking his cellphone, and I feel bad for people who do.

I think life is meant to be lived. I think human beings are meant to live in the three-dimensional world of air and light and breath and blood and not just reduce themselves to machines in the service of lesser machines. The cellphone is supposed to be aid to make living life easier, not a shackle that keeps your head bowed to it as life occurs in the background, while you're checking your newsfeeds and to see if you got Retweeted on twitter.

I think the right word is presence. You're supposed to be present in your own life, not someone who occasionally checks in on it while multitasking on Twitter.

I have a pretty unshakable habit that the phone is reserved for talking to people, making plans via IMs where I will see actual people, summoning Uber, and tracking my GAINZZZ.

When I'm out with people, the phone is not involved.

In fact, when i'm alone, the phone is also not involved. Apart from the uses I mention above, the only time I do social media or email on the phone is when I've turned off my computer to let it cool down and am looking for the next story to post.

Anyway, presence, not just physical presence, but actual mental, cognitive, perceptive presence in the real world, is, I think, a major key to using the human body and mind as they were intended to be used.

And I think absence from that world is what causes so much depression and stress in the current age.

I think the body and mind send subtle signals through emotions, and one of the signals they're sending is an aversion to self-imposed absence from the real world of challenge and miracles.

I think there's an internet-onset form of depression that is the body's and mind's (and spirit's) way of telling their owners: This is not the purpose for which we were made.

People think they're "connected" by their phones and social media accounts. Yes, they're "connected" to those things.

Do they ever pause to wonder what they've disconnected from in order to make those connections?

The other thing Texas Zombie mentions -- learning. A new language, a new sport, a new hobby. Chess, gardening, banzai grooming, fencing -- whatever.

I personally used to hate learning. I learned to hate learning as a child, because adults were bossing me around and forcing me to learn things I thought were boring.

But once you're an adult, if you can get over that early aversion to the process of learning, you get to learn the things you're really interested in, and kind of turns you on. (Mentally, I mean.)

And I have to say that learning is actually fun. Now that I'm learning again, I feel pretty lame for letting so many years lapse without learning.

It's actually a deeply satisfying thing. It feels right. It feels like there's some actual forward progress in your life. It feels something like illumination.

It's like GAINZZZ for your BRAINZZZ.

Anyway, while I don't like Texas Zombie's claim to delete all political sites from favorites, I do think everything else on his list is pretty good advice.

Now, I really have to stop watching the stupid zombie-habit shows I'm wasting my time with. Like I said I would do, but then, get this, did not do.

Posted by Ace at 01:39 PM Comments

Once Again, Media Ignores All Parts of Debate That Favored Trump to Zero In On the Two Parts That Favored Hillary


The "two storylines" that emerged from this debate, as MeAgain Kelly beamed joyously last night, are 1, Trump's aside "Such a nasty woman" and 2, Trump's refusal to say he'd "accept" the results of the election.

As to the first: Trump said this in direct response to a cheap-shot insult -- one that Hillary laughed as she delivered, turning it from a common political attack into an attempt to humiliate through mocking laughter.

Defending her sham Social Security scheme, she said she'd raise taxes on the wealthy to pay for it, then added in a chuckling quip, "I'm sure you'll find ways to avoid paying it, Donald," or something like that.

Apparently there are a lot of women, including lots of women who don't call themselves liberal feminists -- MeAgain Kelly and half of the online female "conservative" commentariat, for starters -- who actually think that a woman is allowed to insult a man to the accompaniment of a witch's mocking cackle and the man is not allowed to say anything more than "I agree with you, Thee of the Superior Sex."

Go fuck yourselves, women (and some men) who think this way. You're not superior and you have no special rights and privileges, and men do not have a special requirement to defer to you in all things.

People who claim these things seem to be trying to vindicate some personal, at-home domestic issue -- "My husband is such a useless cad!" -- through their political agitation.

You have two choices, ladies: You can either compete in the hard world, or you can keep to the soft world. You cannot go out into the hard world, and in fact employ the tactics of the hard world like insult and mockery, and then demand to be treated by the rules of the soft world.

That's not feminism -- that's infantilism. Learn the difference. The only man in the world obligated to treat you like Daddy's Little Girl is your actual Daddy.

As to the claim that Trump is destroying the Republic by refusing to say in advance that he'd "accept" the results of the election -- Hillary Clinton said in 2002 that George W. Bush had been "selected, not elected" and just this week Hillary nodded and clapped and smiled along with a crowd shouting to Al Gore YOU WON! YOU WON! YOU WON!

As Larry O'Connor points out in that piece, much of Gore's subsequent speech on Hillary's behalf strongly implied he'd actually won the election, but not by enough votes that the Supreme Court was chastened from stealing it from him. And Hillary clapped merrily along.

Posted by Ace at 12:34 PM Comments

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—Open Blogger

The Beeches.jpg

The Beeches
Asher Brown Durand

Usually the blurb from the Metropolitan Museum of Art website is redolent of artistic pomposity, but this one isn't bad....

This work, featuring meticulously rendered beech and basswood trees, was painted for the New York collector Abraham M. Cozzens, then a member of the executive committee of the American Art-Union. The painting illustrates a new trend in the work of the Hudson River School, with its diminished emphasis on sublime drama and increased interest in naturalism and in the creation of a tranquil mood. Durand was influenced by the work of the English landscape painter John Constable, whose vertical formats and truth to nature he absorbed while visiting England in 1840. "The Beeches" resembles Constable's "The Cornfield" (National Gallery, London). This work is also the first one Durand based on a plein-air oil sketch, a technique the artist increasingly relied upon to reproduce accurately conditions of light and shade.
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The Morning Report 10/19/16 [J.J. Sefton]

—Open Blogger


Ugh. Been up since 3:30AM. Wifey had an early flight. So just as I was putting the final touches on the post, she calls me from LaGuardia Airport to tell me she left the presentation she was giving on the dining table. Roundtrip in a cab. I deserve a donut. And some danish.

And as I was saying before the rude interruption . . .

Good morning, kids. Doubtless you all will want to talk about last night's debate. The question is not necessarily your perceptions as a well-informed, rational Moron (you have to be to hang around here, trolls and other "vantz'n" not withstanding). Try to put yourself in a LIV's mind and see who sealed the deal and who came off as an asshole, and that might be the key. Point of personal privilege; I've linked to my own piece at Cut Jib Newsletter at the bottom of the list and invite you to read, ponder, pontificate and kvetch. Other than that, have a better one.

Posted by Open Blogger at 07:24 AM Comments

Post Debate ONT - Buy Stock in Liquor Companies. On Second Thought, Just Buy Liquor. By the Case [Weirddave]

—Open Blogger

Well, that's over. Now we can all contemplate the glorious future that awaits us. Our American flock is indeed fortunate to have one of two such fine shepherds to lead us.


Quote of the Week 1

Basically, Trump is everything wrong with America’s culture, and Hillary is everything wrong with our government. -Allahpundit

Quote of the Week 2

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It must be boring to be so predictable.

Continue reading

Posted by Open Blogger at 10:52 PM Comments

Final Topic: The Debt & Entitlements
Also: Post-Debate Spin, And Your Take
In Other Words, This Is The Last Post Before the ONT


Posted by Ace at 10:22 PM Comments

Thread Four: Foreign Policy


Posted by Ace at 10:08 PM Comments

Debate Thread Three: Fitness to be President


Posted by Ace at 09:49 PM Comments

Debate Thread Two: The Economy


Posted by Ace at 09:19 PM Comments

Final Debate Thread: The Mishegas In Las Ve-gas


While you wait, you can chew on this post by John Sexton on the parties' use of the "system is rigged" meme:

itís fair to say that between Occupy Wall Street, the Piketty boom, the attacks on Mitt Romney and ďvampire capitalismĒ weíve had five solid years of progressives insisting the system is rigged. And it has an impact. Itís talk like this that results in 43% of Democratic primary voters saying they are fans of socialism and 56% saying the government is in the best position to run the economy (52% would support nationalizing major industries).

Where has the media been all this time? Why havenít they scolded Democrats for language that is intended to destroy peopleís belief in the reliability of our economic system?


The fact that so few journalists seem to have noticed the parallel tells you more about journalists than it does about whether or not endless attacks on capitalism are a good idea.

Posted by Ace at 08:55 PM Comments

Pre-Debate Thread: The Rubber Match


Oh, this is stupid: The New York Post reports people are now soliciting casual sex in order to cope with the brutal election season.

2nd most popular reason to solicit casual sex? To get off. At least that's my guess.

Posted by Ace at 08:08 PM Comments

College: Where Young Adults Go To Have Their Minds Taught to Think Like Children


Oh, boy.

Hundreds of students marched through a 20-foot-tall inflatable vulva at The Arch on Friday afternoon following the unveiling of PUSSYGATE.

Student organizers hung the purple vulva from The Arch for students and community members to interact with. Spectators watched, took photos with and walked through the open vulva, which hung on display for more than two hours.

Organizers said they wanted students to form their own interpretations of the piece and declined further comment on PUSSYGATE.

For many students, PUSSYGATE served as a statement about the perception of vulvas in society.

"Vulvas carry a lot of shame in our society," Weinberg senior Ary Hansen said. "It's a statement about equality and about pussy pride."

Economically comfortable upper middle class women-toddlers who have never known much in the way of competition, conflict, or challenge sure seem very creative at imagining new, trivial ways in which they're being oppressed. It gives their cush lives some kind of drama, which in turn invests trivial, soft, vapid lives with something that could be mistaken at a distance for meaning.

When you've defined "achievement" as learning to name and "accept" your body parts -- well, Sister, you've set yourself up for a long string of easy wins. Because this shit? Is easy as fuck.

Little stupid babies would laugh at the "challenges" you've set your precious minds to "overcome."

Meanwhile, boys aren't exactly being fed the same message about Penis Pride and overcoming scrotum-shaming.

Gettysburg College freshman James Goodman began his first moments of higher education by being lectured by campus leaders about "toxic masculinity," he tells The College Fix in an interview.

Students who "identify as male" were shown a docudrama film about masculinity. The film, titled "The Mask You Live In," was part of the lessons warning students that the notion of masculinity comes with harmful side effects, he said.

According to the trailer of the film, it teaches that the "three most destructive words" a boy can hear growing up is "be a man." Experts quoted therein also suggest that violent outbursts are prompted by masculinity pressures because "respect is linked to violence."

"They really buy into a culture that doesn't value what we feminize," says scholar Dr. Niobe Way in the trailer, continuing that people of both genders will "go crazy" under that construct.

It's wrong not to value feminine qualities, say all the people who do not value masculine qualities.

Gee, seems to be a bit of disparate treatment.

Well, don't worry about it. In fifty years we'll all be chicks, as Adam Carolla says. The human race will be extinct, and will only be Problematic as a historical, intellectual matter for some advanced star-faring race of xenoanthropologists.

Oh, and this seems like the sort of important thing adults should be worrying about.

You know, there's a part in Brave New World where the ruling class of the future -- simultaneously sexualized down to the level of dogs, and infantilized to the level of, well, infants -- engage in a game called Orgy-Porgy, which is what it sounds like. It's a silly social excuse, masquerading as a "game," to just have an orgy.

I would say Brave New World is here.

Posted by Ace at 06:44 PM Comments

Cleveland Really Can't Catch A Break [CBD]

—Open Blogger


Ontario court to consider application to stop Cleveland from wearing 'offensive' baseball jerseys in Toronto

So...is Canada actually America's ass-hat?

Of course Cleveland is retaliating in the most magnificent way: kicking the snot out of the Blue Jays.

Note from Ace: I think CBD posted this yesterday, briefly, and then I stomped on it, and he tucked it back into draft. Seems like a good post, so I wanted to put it up for real.

Posted by Open Blogger at 05:41 PM Comments

Three GOP Offices Have Now Been Variously Vandalized, Firebombed, or Burglarized


It's important that we monitor Donald Trump for provocative and dangerous rhetoric. It's obvious that only Republican-leaning voters are capable of violence.

An Indiana Republican Party office was vandalized last week after someone tossed two bricks through the window, officials said Monday. That news comes just a day after a Republican headquarters in North Carolina was firebombed. The Sunday blaze injured none, however, a perpetrator also spray painted the message "Nazi Republicans get out of town or else" on a nearby building.

An office in San Antonio used by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign was burglarized on Wednesday, FOX29 reported. Police detained a suspect around 5:30 a.m. and authorities believe that person targeted other buildings in the area, too.

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