Overnight Open Thread (30 Aug 2014)
Happy International Bacon Day!
This week in pictures: Strategery Edition.
Bacon Music Video
The Doughnut Burger
Oh my. I'm not sure I can stomach the doughnut burger. But it does have bacon!
The World's Nukes
E-cig Scare Mongering
smoke vapor from e-cigs contains toxic metals. It's not smoke you idiots.
Coming Soon To A Theater Near You?
Boy I really hope this idea just stays in China. Chinese theaters test system of onscreen text messages during movies.
Damn it. First we find out SMOD probably won't show up for a couple hundred years and now this. Yellowstone supervolcano eruption would be large but not as catastrophic as previously thought.
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Open Thread for Your Scrolling Pleasure [Y-not]
That one was getting hard to scroll.
Here's a new one I call "Serenity Now."
Saturday Politics Thread: Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal, and Rick Perry [Y-not]
College football season is fully underway this week. (Yes, there were some games last week, but this is the weekend the Big Dogs started playing.)
Tonight, the Wisconsin Badgers (14) will be meeting the LSU Tigers (13) at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. (I have no idea why they're playing in Houston.)
Coincidentally enough, this game involves three states whose Republican Governors should be considered amongst the top contenders for 2016. So let's use that as an excuse to talk about them.
Wisconsin's governor, Scott Walker, is a favorite amongst many here, including the traitorous Meatball, I believe. Here's a short biosketch for those of you unfamiliar with his background:
Born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Walker attended Marquette University in Milwaukee. He started his career working for IBM before gaining a marketing job with the American Red Cross. At age 22, Walker lost a run for the Wisconsin State Assembly in a Milwaukee district in 1990, though he won later, after moving to a more Conservative district in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He served five more terms in the Wisconsin Assembly from 1993 to 2002. In 2002, after the resignation of Tom Ament as Executive of Milwaukee County, Walker won in a special election to fill the seat, winning the first of three terms serving as County Executive in Milwaukee County from 2002 to 2010.
In his first run for Governor in 2006 he dropped out before the Republican primaries. Walker again ran for the governorship in 2010 winning in a three person race in the Republican primary. He faced Democratic nominee, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, in the general election, where Walker won with 52% of the vote. After being sworn into office in 2011, Walker introduced a controversial budget repair plan which eliminated many collective bargaining rights for most public employees and made over $1 billion in cuts to the state's biennial education budget and $500 million in cuts from the state's biennial Medicaid budget. The budget cuts led to significant protests at the Wisconsin State Capitol and sparked an effort to recall Walker.
In a special election in June 2012, Walker again faced Barrett in Wisconsin's first and only Gubernatorial recall election and defeated him for a second time, obtaining more than 53% of the vote. Walker is the first and only governor in the U.S. to date to win a gubernatorial recall election.
Many reject the idea that a prospective candidate's resume matters. I am not in that camp. It does matter to me and I confess I am not particularly impressed by Walker's credentials.
That said, he is credited with accomplishing a lot of great things in Wisconsin, most notably getting the state's fiscal house in order and defeating the unions.
Louisiana's governor, Bobby Jindal, was high on many peoples' lists until that semi-disastrous SOTU rebuttal speech he gave in 2009. After that it seemed as though the popular opinion was that Jindal was too "odd" to be a serious contender. I don't know if that's true for most people, but in my case it does not matter as I vote in the primaries based on what I want, not based on what I think others want. Based on the past two election cycles, I remain unconvinced that the Smart Set who insist we factor "electability" into our primary process know their asses from their elbows.
In any event, here's a quick summary of Bobby Jindal's resume:
Jindal was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to immigrants from India. Prior to entering politics, Jindal studied for a Bachelor of Science in biology and public policy at Brown University from 1988 to 1991 and then a Master of Letters in political science from New College, Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar. He worked for McKinsey & Company and interned for Representative Jim McCrery of Louisiana. In 1996, Governor Murphy Foster appointed Jindal Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, and in 1999 he was appointed President of the University of Louisiana System. In 2001, Jindal was appointed as the principal adviser to Tommy Thompson, the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services by President George W. Bush.
He first ran for governor in 2003 and won a plurality in the nonpartisan blanket primary but lost in the general election to Democrat Kathleen Blanco. He then won a seat in the United States House of Representatives in the 2004 elections. The second Indian American in Congress, he was re-elected in 2006. He ran for Governor again in 2007 and secured an outright majority in the first round of balloting. He was re-elected in a landslide in 2011.
I don't know a lot about Jindal's record in Louisiana, except I remember being fairly impressed by him during the oil spill, when he called out Obama for the administration's inaction. What I saw of that Jindal suggested to me that he has matured past the 2009 Jindal. IOW, I think a large part of Bobby Jindal's poor performance in the SOTU rebuttal was owing to being overly-managed by some bad advisors. I doubt that would happen again.
I confess, what has put Jindal back on my radar was his rapid (August 16th) and strong response to the malicious prosecution (and indictment) of Governor Rick Perry. In case you missed it, here it is:
"I stand behind Governor Perry in his fight for honest government and I am certain he will prevail in this partisan suit," Mr. Jindal tweeted, adding in separate dispatches, "Governor Perry exercised his constitutional authority and this circus is simply a political witch-hunt." and "The lawsuit against Governor Perry is a blatant misuse of the judicial system by liberal activists who couldn’t defeat him at the polls."
Here's Scott Walker's response to the indictment:
Walker urged his counterpart to remain "bold and aggressive" and that he can understand the pressure.
"The bottom line is I can completely understand being under attack from outside sources for political purposes and it appears that's what we're seeing in Texas," Walker said. "I'd encourage him to stick with the truth and point out where politics are being played."
(BTW, I watched the clip of Walker and was not impressed by his delivery. It struck me as rather weak support of an extremely successful Republican governor coming from another Republican governor. YMMV.)
Finally, there's the Governor of Texas. I've been told for years now that I cannot vote for the Governor of Texas in the GOP primary because being the Governor of Texas is disqualifying.
He's the best-known of these three 2016 prospects, having served as governor since 2000. Here's a quick summary of his resume:
James Richard "Rick" Perry (born March 4, 1950) is an American politician who is the 47th and current governor of Texas. A Republican, he was elected lieutenant governor of Texas in 1998 and assumed the governorship in December 2000 when then-governor George W. Bush resigned to become president of the United States. Perry is the longest serving governor in Texas state history. As a result, he is the only governor in modern Texas history to have appointed at least one person to every eligible state office, board, or commission position (as well as to several elected offices to which the governor can appoint someone to fill an unexpired term, such as six of the nine current members of the Texas Supreme Court).
Perry was elected to full gubernatorial terms in 2002, 2006 and 2010 and is the fourth Texas governor (after Allan Shivers, Price Daniel, and John Connally) to serve three terms. With a tenure in office to date of 13 years, 252 days, Perry is the second longest serving current U.S. governor – after Terry Branstad of Iowa. Perry served as chairman of the Republican Governors Association in 2008 (succeeding Sonny Perdue of Georgia) and again in 2011.
Perry won the Texas 2010 Republican gubernatorial primary election, defeating U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and former Wharton County Republican Party Chairwoman and businesswoman Debra Medina. In the 2010 Texas gubernatorial election, Perry won a third term by defeating former Houston mayor Bill White and Kathie Glass.
On August 13, 2011, Perry announced in South Carolina that he was running for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in the 2012 presidential election. Perry suspended his campaign in January 2012 and eventually endorsed Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
On July 8, 2013, Perry announced that he would not seek re-election to his fourth term in the 2014 election, planning to retire instead. Unnamed sources said to be close to Perry told the National Review that Perry may focus on another White House bid for 2016.
There's a lot more given that he's had a very lengthy public record even before his terms as governor.
Of course, if that doesn't matter to you and you care about results, then I direct you to the Texas economy.
Everyone here knows I am a huge admirer of Perry. I also like him. I think he's charming and strong-willed and telegenic.
That said, I have not yet decided on a top guy (or gal) for 2016 and that includes Perry. I hope he runs and runs well. I hope Republicans give him a serious look. I hope the primary tests him - and all of the candidates - and that he (and the others) are all on their game. But, mostly, I hope there's none of that bullshit we saw last time of Republicans misrepresenting each others' records or digging through each others' garbage.
I am confident that each of these three men have "skeletons" in their closet -- racist rocks or exorcisms or academic hiccups. I am also confident that none of those are disqualifying. So if they come out, let's not overplay them. OK?
Of the three prospective candidates, I think Jindal is the smartest, Perry has the strongest record, and Walker may have the fewest negatives. YMMV. As of this moment, my top pick from these three is Perry, but that's largely because I've followed him the most closely.
How about a quick poll to see where you all stand?
To wrap things up, here are some Badger elbows:
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Weekend Headlines [CBD}
Why Israel Defeated -- But Didn't Crush -- Hamas
This is interesting, but there are some assumptions made that are illogical.
United Nations peacekeepers reportedly fleeing across border into Israel
Why do they bother giving them weapons?
Reason #43,949 why government is bad
First they came for our vacuums.....
Ferguson isn't about black rage against cops. It's white rage against progress.
[Multiple Trigger Warning: stupidity, racism, vile patronizing, reflexive leftism....]
Saturday Gardening Thread: Writer's Block Edition [Y-not and WeirdDave]
Good afternoon and welcome to your Saturday Gardening Thread!
Today's thread is brought to you by Billboard's Top 100 Songs of 1962, which happens to be the year I was born. Here's Number 69, "Cindy's Birthday:"
Take it away, WeirdDave:
OK, got no clue what to write about today. None. Zero, Zip, Nada. I tell ya, I got nothing. So I plugged "Garden" into DuckDuckGo and scrolled way down, then started to look for interesting stuff.
What garden is complete without a geodesic dome? Not yours, I'm sure, and at the link you can buy one for only 499 €, whatever the hell a "€" is. I'd be worried that Pauly Shore would show up.
Here's a site called The Gay Gardener. There's lots of helpful tips there, but I haven't found yet how being gay affects your garden, unless you're doing in your garden what you should be doing in your bedroom, in which case I'd suggest investing in a geodesic dome with an opaque cover (see first link) if you have neighbors.
Moving on, since we're getting close to Halloween, perhaps a nice, creepy scarecrow is in order. At the link you can get ones with faces on them, although the fact that they feature a picture of one of their products with crows sitting on it makes me question how effective they are. The faces are a nice touch, if you put one out front instead of in the garden I'm sure you'll give one or two trick-or-treaters nightmares. Still not sure about crow nightmares.
If you find yourself in Iceland, you should definitely visit The Elf Garden. Why? Well, their webpage has a picture of a cat looking at a rainbow sign captioned "We are here". Isn't that enough? We are here. Much better than "How to cook forty humans" I suppose. These people seem to have the intersection of elves and gardens nailed, AND they featured a performance by "the extremely funny Teenagers, Arnor and Oli." Book your tickets now before their voices change, their "Elves and faeries and goblins, oh my" routine won't be nearly as funny in a bass voice.
I got quite excited when I noticed a link to Eden's Garden, I thought God had barred mankind from that place for eternity. Turns out it's an aromatherapy store. I looked, but couldn't find any ValuRite scented oils or essence of Ewok, so it might not be our kind of place.
Hey, here's a website about bugs. They tell you which bugs are good bugs that fight bad bugs that are bugging your garden. Garden Insects. They promise that their bugs can beat up your bugs, and even provide a link to where you can order bugs online. Shopping for AtC has never been easier. Buy now, Christmas is just around the corner.
Finally, we find a link to Michelle Obama's garden. "Today, the garden is planted, tended and harvested by Mrs. Obama, White House staff, the National Park Service and visitors." Sure. I'm willing to bet that one of those listed does just a teensy bit less work in the garden than the others. Call it a hunch. There's more: "Inspired by the First Lady's passion for healthy living and healthy eating, people across the country have revisited the American tradition of starting a vegetable garden at home." Actually Madam First Lady, Americans are "revisiting" the "tradition" of starting a veggie garden because WE CAN'T AFFORD TO BUY FOOD DUE TO YOUR HUSBAND'S LOUSY ECONOMIC POLICIES.
* mic drop *
Weirddave is out.
And now from your co-hostess, Y-not:
Today's my birthday.
I'm past the age where I actually celebrate my birthday, but I'm using the calendar date as an excuse to not feel guilty for having virtually no content for you this week!
You youngsters will discover that as you get to A Certain Age you begin to embrace your Inner Curmudgeon. I hit that age two years ago. My Inner Curmudgeon gives me license to ask to see The Manager when service sucks, to insist that hipster clerks SPEAK THE FRIG UP WHEN TALKING TO ME, and to blow off my AoSHQ duties as desired.
It's quite freeing, really. I'm not sure it compensates for waking up with aches and pains every day, but it's something.
In any event, here are a couple of things from Casa Y-not.
I have finally harvested a tomato! The first of the Black Carbons has produced a ripe fruit (left) which we enjoyed in a salad earlier this week. It had split in a couple of places, but it was still fine for eating. I found it to be a sweet tomato with a firm, juicy flesh. Meanwhile, a tomato from the Black Krim plant (right) is starting to ripen. I'll let you know how that goes.
I was planning on writing up something about fungi, because we've had a lot of rain around here, which has produced tons of mushrooms in our back yard. Most of them are of the smooth, rounded cap type (lower), but I did find one funky one (upper) that was flat with ridges on the top side instead of on its underside the way most mushrooms are.
I'm not particularly bothered by the existence of these things, but if you're interested in learning more about lawn mushrooms, here's a link.
Finally, we've had some extra bonus flowers popping up in our yard recently, thanks to the messiness of the birds who visit our feeder. They're kind of pretty and are helping to fill in that "problem slope" that I told you about earlier this year. It'll be interesting to see if they return next season.
So that's it from your pals WeirdDave and Y-not. What's happening in YOUR gardens this week?
To wrap things up, here's #60 from that list, "Moon River:"
Send comments, pictures, tips, questions, and large unmarked bills to me on Twitter at moxiemom or to my gee m ail account, bailesworth.
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College Football Thread
—Dave In Texas
Or as I like to think of it, sharp cheerleader elbows.
Texas A&M (21) kicked the snot out of South Carolina (9, for now) on Thursday, 52-28 at SC. I giggle now that the whole SEC gets to hate A&M as much as I used to. Enjoy all that, SEC! They're yours now.
Also this is kind of funny, a South Carolina furniture store offers to pay off furniture loans if A&M beats the Gamecocks by more than 10 points.
I just put this in here so I could say "Gamecocks"
They use insurance for this kind of thing, kind of like win a car with a hole in one at a golf tournament. Still, heh.
Boise State didn't do well at Ole Miss (18), a 35-13 loss. Arizona St also beat somebody.
Top Ten action today (and tomorrow, Baylor (10) plays SMU on Sunday in their brand spanking new McLane Stadium and I will be there, yo), all times EDT:
UCLA (7) and Virginia at noon
Ohio St. (5) and Navy, noon
Alabama (2) and West VA, 3:30pm
Arkansas and Auburn (6), 4pm
Oklahoma (4) and Louisiana Tech, 7pm
FSU (1) and Oklahoma St. (33), 8pm
Oregon (3) and South Dakota, 10:30pm
Also Michigan St. (8) beat Jacksonville St. last night, 45-7
Southwest Ohio Moron Meet-up Trial Balloon/Open Thread(CBD)
I had a mini-meet planned for SW Ohio last week as a reward to myself for moving a brat into her new house, but had to abort because 20-year-old college juniors are
horrid, lazy, stupid, ungrateful difficult.
Intrepid Southwest Ohio Moron speedster1 has created an e-mail address for those in the area:
swohmome at mail dot com
Obviously this includes Southeast Indiana and Northern Kentucky. So shoot him an e-mail if you have any interest in meeting like-minded folk.
OT Thread-Clearing Out The Browser Tabs Edition [WeirdDave]
I don't really feel like doing politics today, so I'm going to feature some links and memes from back in the day. I know in internet terms that means last Tuesday, but I've been online for a long time. When I first wandered online, using my Atari ST series computer, the internet wasn't a superhighway, it was a cow path. In 20-plus years of browsing, I've bookmarked and saved a lot of crap, call it a potpourri of poop, or maybe a cavalcade of crap. Now, if I can just get this 5 1/4" floppy drive to interface with Windows 7....
Here's one of the first RPGs I remember playing. It's not quite the grandaddy of them all, but it knew the granddaddy when he was still in school. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you...
Man, I played this thing for hours, along with its sequels. All of the elements of modern RPGs are there, monsters, weapons, food, magic, puzzles....they're just a lot more....primitive. Apparently someone went through the trouble of adapting the game for Windows, so if you'd like to see what kept us greybeards occupied when the internet was still made out of wood, you can do so here: Dungeon Master Java.
Then came flash, and suddenly everyone putting out the most putrid stuff imaginable. Most of it is thankfully lost to the ages, but some were so bad they became awesome and have been preserved. My favorite is Journey: A Tribute To America. It's just so mind numbingly bad that it's hilarious. Such a big Journey fan, and he doesn't even get the lyrics right, but I dare you to watch that and not hear “purple moose” the next time the song comes on the radio.
Let's see, what's next? Oooh! The Brunching Shuttlecocks! Anyone remember that website? Lots of funny stuff, but the two funniest bits IMO Your Roommate Plays The Indigo Girls (I swear I knew that guy in college. I bet you did too) and The Island of Misfit Chinese Food (mildly NSFW).
The trolls we get here at AoS are generally pretty lame, about as much originality as dust, but there is some epic trolling going on out there on the web. Who can forget the saga of Bloodninja, who elevated cybersex trolling to new levels of awesome? I put on my robe and wizard hat. The next to last one must have been an 'ette, she turns it right back on him. Hmmm, I wonder if The Political Hat ever socks as "The Robe and Wizard Hat"?
Some threads never die. Things I Learned From my Patients, about what goes on in the ER, has been running on a doc forum for over a decade now. I scanned some of the latest pages and it's mostly just docs talking doc talk, but if you go back and read from the beginning there's some astounding stuff. Humans, am I right, or what?
Stay away from people named "Some Guy" or "This One Dude", because they for whatever reason, just punch someone in the face or hit them with a crowbar and run off. If I see them on the street, I cross the street to get away from them.
Never, ever leave flashlights, shampoo bottles, beer bottles or any long, circular object on the floor because someday you will fall on it and it will somehow, work its way up your rectum.
if the two dudes live in YOUR city, don't sit out on your front porch reading the bible and minding your own business at 2 AM unless you are praying to be shot
No matter how annoyed you are at being incarcerated dont slash open your scrotum and shove razor blades up your urethra. Now I know, who among us hasn't thought wistfully of doing that but it turns out that it's not a good idea.
Latex paint, despite being thick and creamy, does not coat your stomach and provide the same relief as pepto bismol.
I'm sure Conservative Crank is nodding his head right about now.
That girl has an awesome pair of....suitors.
OK, just a few political links:
Remember when we had a real President who loved this country. Yea. That was great.
I want to live in The Republic of Bill
And that's about it. This morning's OT thread is brought to you by Vladimir Putin
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Early Morning Open Thread - [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse]
Oh, and then there's this:
Yes. That is paparazzi taking photos of..... a puppet. I suspect from the audio that there might be drugs involved.
Overnight Open Thread (29 Aug 2014) - Under The Influence Edition
Evenin' morons. I'm back with this abbreviated ONT. I blame the pain killers.
Fake threat vs real threat
Probably explains why we have no plan for ISIS. Democrats are more afraid of global warming than ISIS. (Warning: Autoplay video).
Deep fried tequila shots anyone?
This could be pretty cool, especially if they make it take place during the same time as the books. Bradley Cooper to star in Mack Bolan movie.
Bonus: Angry dogs wearing costumes.
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So y'all's can write about whatever you like, musically. I'll just write a little bit up here because I wanted to write something about this anyway.
Lately -- I think because it's the 25th anniversary of Kick, or something -- I've been fascinated by INXS.
One of the cable channels has on a two-part docudrama about INXS' rise and fall. The first half is all rise -- formation to Kick -- the second is all fall, from Michael Hutchence being sucker-punched and knocked out cold in Hong Kong (did you know that?) which gave him a nasty change of personality (prone to rages) and robbed him of his sense of smell and taste, to his ultimate suicide in Sydney.
The docudrama is produced by INXS, so it gets very superficial about certain things they probably don't want to talk about. Like, Tim Farris, the band's leader, got married relatively early. Did he cheat? The movie does not say yes or no. It never shows him cheating; it just sort of shows him around semi-dressed girls during the band parties.
I'm not into these movies for such prurient stuff but the film has this tendency to set something up and make you curious, and then completely ignore the obvious questions you'd have about it.
Youngest member Jon Farriss, the drummer, got arrested for drugs at one point. There's an implication in the film he was actually dealing to help the band make rent. But... the film never says. He just gets out of jail because he's a minor, and no one ever mentions it again.
The most compelling character in the movie is... the manager, Chris Murphy, who comes across very well and very central to the band's success.
The other characters in the movie are Michael Hutchence.
Pretty much just Michael Hutchence. And his girlfriends.
Occasionally you see Tim Farris and Andy Farris and sometimes Jon Farris. Kirk Pengilly has a couple of lines, and Garry Gary Beers is almost entirely absent from the movie until the last ten minutes. When he confesses that he's begun seeing a woman besides his wife, in a scene that really showcases...
The film has almost no "how the song was written" material at all. There's one famous story that when Listen Like Thieves was about to go out to the record company, Chris Murphy listened and said, "I don't hear any hits."
So Andy Farris wrote a song in about a day, and Hutchence wrote the lyrics, and the band recorded it in like three takes, and it became their all-time greatest hit (at that time). That was "What You Need."
The movie just completely skips over that. I have no idea why. Especially because "What You Need" directly led to Kick -- the entire album of Kick is designed to sound like What You Need. What You Need was different from everything else on Listen Like Thieves, and everything they'd done before.
So this one song, written and recorded in a single day (or day and a half), changed their whole sound, made them superstars, and spawned, basically, an entire album.
But the movie ignores all of that.
It does reveal a few interesting things. Their first manager found God and decided that he could only manage Christian bands. He tried to convince INXS to become a Christian band. They briefly considered doing so.
Another interesting thing was when the label heard Kick for the first time, they hated it so much that they offered the band one million dollars to write and record an entirely new album. They said it was too black, and they couldn't sell INXS to black radio, being white and all.
It made no sense, either: Seriously, "Kick" was just "What You Need" in 12 different parts. "What You Need" was their biggest hit. Ergo, any executive who's interested in hits should have said, "Cool, it sounds like your biggest hit. Let's push this out there."
But they absolutely hated it.
The band had to go behind their back to release it.
So you probably know what happened next.
It's a decent docudrama, as far as these things go, just... superficial.
But diverting enough.
Anyway, here are a few of their better songs.
I think the below is my favorite song. Andrew Farris said it was made up of a bunch of spare parts that didn't fit at all together, but somehow it did all fit.
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Obama: The News Makes it Seem Like the World Is Falling Apart, But Actually It's Fine, It's Just That We Hear Too Much from Social Media
Speaking to Democrat donors at, get this, a fundraiser:
"If you watch the nightly news, it feels like the world is falling apart,” Pres Obama told Dem donors, citing ISIL, Russia and Ukraine.— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) August 29, 2014
Pres Obama said “The world’s always been messy … we’re just noticing now in part because of social media."— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) August 29, 2014
Above: Social Media makes it seem like an American journalist
was beheaded by a terrorist organization which has declared war on the US
For some time I have had concerns about Obama. And not all of these concerns are political.
I have wondered if he simply snapped.
He continues to make me wonder.
The less menacing possibility is that he is determined to create a happy, false reality for his LIV supporters.
The more frightening possibility is that he was so successful in creating that Happy Place, he decided to move in, and now lives in his own delusions as well.
Meanwhile, as the president fundraises and attends celebrity weddings, bear this in mind:
Senior Pentagon official just confirmed to me that "hesitation" by President Obama delayed July 4th #Foley hostage rescue mission— Toby Harnden (@tobyharnden) August 29, 2014
Meanwhile, Noah Rothman writes that before invading Ukraine, Putin began calling it by its old Tsarist name, and denying that it was really a state.
He's now doing the same thing with regard to Kazakhstan -- also, he avers, never really a state at all.
So, you know.
But this is just "Social Media" making us worried about the Soviet Union, and yes, it is time to call it by its proper name again.
Update: So when Obama says, in press conferences, that he's "deeply concerned" and "working tirelessly" on these "serious matters," I guess he just told us he's lying?
After all, if the world is fine, and everything will just work itself out, and we're only alarmed due to "Social Media," then he can't be "deeply concerned" about it all, can he?
Two versions of the same song; I figured I'd give you a choice.
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Media Ignores Obama's "We Don't Have a Strategy" Statement In Order to Focus on the Important Thing -- Obama Fashion
A partisan Democrat media, hungry for an Obama victory, finds one in his sartorial choices.
Good photoshop about this, too:
And you may find yourself in a beautiful Oval Office... pic.twitter.com/m7N8DDQrZe— Doktor Zoom (@DoktorZoom) August 28, 2014
Retracted: Commenter Andrew tells me I totally misread that piece and claimed it was making a completely different argument than the one it was actually making.
He's right; I'm sorry. Apologies to Vox, too, for misrepresenting them.
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The Man With a Plan: Obama To Attend Celebrity-Studded Wedding, Lead Three Partisan Fundraisers; Ed Henry Asks His Spokesman Why He's Taking a Long Weekend When He Still Doesn't Have a Strategy for IS
Obama does have a strategy -- and that strategy is to Party Like it's 1999.
President Obama has a busy Labor Day weekend planned as he leaves on Air Force One for New York later this afternoon.
Once in New York, President Obama is scheduled to attend two Democratic National Committee fundraisers in the area at private homes.
One of the fundraisers will be a Labor Day Barbecue, hosted by ex-UBS CEO Robert Wolf, who also golfed with the president on Martha's Vineyard during their vacation.
He will then travel abroad Air Force One to Newport, Rhode Island for a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fundraiser with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Saturday, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are expected to attend the wedding of MSNBC’s Alex Wagner to his personal White House Chef Sam Kass.
The wedding will be held at the Blue Hill at Stone Barns, a Westchester County farm-to-table restaurant in New Rochelle, New York.
And then he's traveling to a labor fundraiser.
You'll remember that when Obama "came back to DC from vacation" during his many unattended crises, it seems to have been largely in order to have a five-hour pre-wedding dinner with Wagner and Kass.
Yesterday, White House Consiglierte Josh Earnest spent the entire day claiming that when Obama said "We don't have a strategy, yet," what he actually meant to say was "We have always had and continue to have a clear strategy."
You don't believe me, but there's video of this.
Today, Ed Henry dares to ask Josh Earnest why the president -- who doesn't have a strategy -- spending yet another long period of vacation havin' fun and talking with Interesting Italians.
By the way, I have swiped the videos from those last two posts, but do read the posts -- Rutz and Rothman wrote good posts, but I'll direct you there for their words.
Texas Department of Public Safety Issues Bulletin Warning of Increased "ISIS Interest on the Southwest Border"
This is Judicial Watch's claim, but, as you'll see, they're claiming multiple sources.
We'll see if anyone else can confirm it themselves.
Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices (VBIED). High-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources have confirmed to Judicial Watch that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border has been issued. Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies have all been placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning this imminent terrorist threat.
Specifically, Judicial Watch sources reveal that the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) is confirmed to now be operating in Juarez, a famously crime-infested narcotics hotbed situated across from El Paso, Texas....
Intelligence officials have picked up radio talk and chatter indicating that the terrorist groups are going to "carry out an attack on the border," according to one JW source. "It's coming very soon," according to this high-level source, who clearly identified the groups planning the plots as "ISIS and Al Qaeda."
Another source says that the personnel at Fort Bliss, a military base near the border, are being briefed.
The reporting from Judicial Watch says the attack will be "on" the border, which I guess could mean Brownsville or another large town.
But that doesn't make a lot of sense to me. Seems more likely the incursion would be at the border, but the attack would be elsewhere.
Still, what the reporting says is "an attack on the border." I think that might be garbled in translation, but that's what it says.
Thanks to "Cowboy Poet."
Update: Fox Now Reporting. A few new details:
The Fox report is less alarmist than the Judicial Watch one (but that may be just because they have fewer sources -- they just seem to have confirmed the alert itself).
The alert found by Fox comes from the Texas Department of Public Safety, not the feds, though I suppose they themselves might have been tipped by the feds.
"A review of ISIS social media messaging during the week ending August 26 shows that militants are expressing an increased interest in the notion that they could clandestinely infiltrate the southwest border of US, for terror attack," warns the Texas Department of Public Safety "situational awareness" bulletin, obtained by FoxNews.com.
The three-page bulletin, entitled "ISIS Interest on the US Southwest Border" was released to law enforcement on Thursday.
"Social media account holders believed to be ISIS militants and propagandists have called for unspecified border operations, or they have sought to raise awareness that illegal entry through Mexico is a viable option," states the law enforcement bulletin, which is not classified.
It notes that as of Aug. 26, no known credible homeland threats or specific homeland attack plot has been identified.
Based on that much, I'm taking down the flaming skull, for now, as it seems less urgent and less well-sourced than I first thought.
In addition, Andy McCarthy, who is an expert in these things, is concerned by the memo, but also says he expects this sort of thing in the weeks before the 9/11 anniversary.
For those of us who've been raising alarms about both the jihadist threat and the national-security vulnerability created by the Obama administration's non-enforcement of the immigration laws, this is not a surprise -- particularly less than two weeks before September 11. But it is nonetheless jarring to read.
The way I read McCarthy there is like this: "Yes, this is worrying, but I see this sort of thing all the time."
So I'm resetting my personal Terror Threat Alarm System back down to orange from red. This is a reason for great concern, but not panic.
Not yet, anyway.
Sorry for making you jumpy.
But to add a caveat to the caveat: Fox is only confirming one of Judicial Watch's sources, the bulletin itself. Add in those additional sources and this appears to be more alarming than a routine "Be Advised" memo.
A Diverse Assortment of "Children" Now Taking Advantage of Obama's DACA to Enroll in Local Schools
The mayor of Lynn, Massachusetts gave a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.
Here is what she said of the "children" taking advantage of DACA and enrolling in her schools.
"One of the things that we did notice when we were processing some of these students coming in was that they were adults," she said.
She added that the federal government will not allow school officials to verify their ages, even though one of the students turned out to be 35 years old.
Kennedy said that the majority of those from Guatemala who are enrolling in the Lynn Public Schools claim to be between 14 and 17 years of age.
"But there were people with graying temples, hair around the temples," said Kennedy, adding that although she did not see these individuals in person, she saw photographs of them in registration paperwork. "There were people with more wrinkles than I have around their eyes."
"We were told through a directive from the Department of Justice (DOJ) that we were not to question or verify -- attempt to verify these ages," Kennedy stated at the press conference, hosted by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS).
So there you go.
Lawless. A ruling clique in open rebellion against the country, its people and its laws.
Update: Some draw conclusions from this that I think are unlikely.
I don't think these thirty-five-years-and-older "students" are actually attending these schools. Or at least not many of them, at least not more than a couple of times.
However, to take advantage of DACA, they must pretend to be teenagers, and so they're pretending.
Obama knows it's a scam. He intends the scam. He has set the system up with the exact expectation that thirty-five-year-olds could claim to be fifteen and earn their DACA hall pass.
He knows that if anyone looks into a lot of these "children," it will be revealed to largely be a scam, and will cause negative headlines, and harm his "This is for The Children" narrative.
So his government has ordered local governments that it is illegal to look into the ages of these alleged "children."
I really don't think they'll be attending school, though.
I think they'll mostly be working their "after-school jobs" at the local restaurants and landscaping companies.
I Guess Joe Scarborough Must Be Up For Contract Renegotiations at MSNBC
Joe Scarborough is full of #SmartTakes lately, the kind that seem geared to appeal to Rachel Maddow, who I'm told actually runs the network.
Just last week, when even Politico writers were horrified that Obama had once again gone golfing immediately after (and I mean minutes after) announcing how very concerned he was about the beheading of James Foley, Joe Scarborough offered the counterintuitive spin that Obama was actually broadcasting his strength via this maneuver.
Scarborough's takeaway was that IS must look at this Golfin' Genghis Khan, this Saladin of the Seven Iron, this Mulligan MacArthur, this Desert Fox of the Sandtraps, and tremble, for they must be saying to themselves, "Wow, we killed a guy and he just went golfing. Well, that is one cold bastard."
No he really spun it that way -- that Obama signaled himself to be "one cold bastard," veins filled with ice water, and not the sort of man you should trifle with.
Well, one day after Obama announces to the world that "We have no strategy" to deal with IS, Scarborough's pretty sure this also proves what an incredible leader we have in Obama.
Scarborough actually claims that announcing "We have no strategy" is a technique torn from the pages of Sun Tzu's Art of War.
And no he's not joking. When someone says "I can't tell if you're joking," he insists he's not joking. And he's not.
So you tell me: Does Scarborough believe this ridiculous nonsense or is he just trying to ingratiate himself to Queen Rachel?
Friday Morning News Dump
- The 'We Can't Wait' Clause
- Niebuhr, Iraq, And Moral Clarity
- VDH: Obama's Hazy Sense Of History
- President Obama On ISIS 'Fetch Me My Brown Pants!'
- No Easy Exit From The Euro
- Nidal Hasan Applies to Become Citizen Of The Islamic State
- Rubio, I Totally Wouldn't Vote For That Immigration Bill I Push A While Back
- The Turned Back
- The Council Who Presided Over The Rotherham Child Abuse Scandal
- ISIS Executes 250 Captured Syrian Soldiers
- Has Hillary Ever Been Right
- ISIS Children's Camps About As Bad As You Imagined
- Ladies And Gentlemen, Our Media
- Vladimir Putin And The Return Of The Commie-Nazi
- This Video Is Hilarious, At The 40 Second Mark He Turns Into Bill Cosby (autoplay)
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For the second time this week, a flight had to be diverted because of passengers fighting over seat reclining.
This is ominous:
Putin's speaking at the pro-Kremlin Seliger youth camp. He's just said "The Russian and Ukrainian peoples are one people". Crowd applauds.— Steve Rosenberg (@BBCSteveR) August 29, 2014
Have a nice, safe holiday weekend.
Overnight Open Thread (8-28-2014) - Strategy-less Edition
"...I advise the gun. While this gives a moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprize, and independance to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks."
-- Thomas Jefferson on what form of exercise he thought was best
Apparently not - once you adjust for other factors. Granted it's a study from Sweden but then if poverty does really cause crime, then given Sweden's homogenous population and culture and relatively low crime rate you would expect the link to be more clear-cut and obvious there than anywhere else. But it wasn't.
In Sweden the age of criminal responsibility is 15, so Mr Sariaslan tracked his subjects from the dates of their 15th birthdays onwards, for an average of three-and-a-half years. He found, to no one's surprise, that teenagers who had grown up in families whose earnings were among the bottom fifth were seven times more likely to be convicted of violent crimes, and twice as likely to be convicted of drug offences, as those whose family incomes were in the top fifth.
What did surprise him was that when he looked at families which had started poor and got richer, the younger children-those born into relative affluence-were just as likely to misbehave when they were teenagers as their elder siblings had been. Family income was not, per se, the determining factor.
That suggests two, not mutually exclusive, possibilities. One is that a family's culture, once established, is "sticky"-that you can, to put it crudely, take the kid out of the neighbourhood, but not the neighbourhood out of the kid. Given, for example, children's propensity to emulate elder siblings whom they admire, that sounds perfectly plausible. The other possibility is that genes which predispose to criminal behaviour (several studies suggest such genes exist) are more common at the bottom of society than at the top, perhaps because the lack of impulse-control they engender also tends to reduce someone's earning capacity....There were no associations between childhood family income and subsequent violent criminality and substance misuse once we had adjusted for unobserved familial risk factors.
And you'll be shocked, shocked to learn that the man suspected of beheading James Foley was not driven to it by poverty nor by oppression. He got his money - and taste for killing - the old fashioned way - he inherited it.
British rapper Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, AKA "L Jinny," is the prime suspect in the murder of Foley, according to sources in MI15. Bary's father, Adel Abdul Bary, the terrorist charged with participating in the bombings of embassies in Tanzania and Kenya in August 1998, is awaiting trial in New York after an 8 month extradition battle with the US.
...The "root causes" of [Abdel-Majed Abdel] Bary's radicalism aren't poverty and hopelessness. He grew up in a $3 million home in London, and had the best of everything growing up. His rap career never amounted to much but those who know him say he became radicalized when he began attending one of the many radical mosques in Britain. He is disciple of extremist preacher Anjem Choudary, who has expressed a desire to go to Syria and join Islamic State.
You know back in 1994 if you had asked me to guess at the top 1000 things to expect in the year 2014, I don't think any of the above would have appeared on the list.
The sister of the Boston bombers was arrested for making a bomb threat. And given the family track record this is one threat I would take seriously.
"Ailina Tsarnaeva, 24, of North Bergen, N.J., turned herself in to officers in Manhattan around 2:30 p.m. yesterday and was charged with aggravated harassment, according to police.
"'She made phone threats against another female, saying, "I know people who can go over there and put a bomb on you,"' said New York police Lt. Paul Ng."Tsarnaeva allegedly called the mother of her boyfriend's children in Manhattan on Monday around 3 p.m. and made the threats, according to Ng. Police did not identify the mother or the boyfriend.
And no this isn't a joke.
Students at the University of Oregon began their fall semester on Monday amid controversy over conduct charges filed against a female student for making a joke.
The university is under fire for filing five charges against the student after she yelled "I hit it first" to a couple passing under her window during the summer semester. The student, who requested anonymity, said she did not know the couple and called out the phrase in jest, according to her account to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.
FIRE is now calling on the university to drop the charges and revise what it calls unconstitutional speech codes....Aside from harassment, the student has been charged with "disruption" and "disorderly conduct." The notice of allegations she received from the university outlined all the charges.
Note that once FIRE got involved the university quickly dropped all charges. Two thoughts - 1. This really wasn't offensive, and doesn't even qualify as a joke and 2. what kind of people have the time and energy to track down a person who yelled something random at them from a window and actually file formal charges?
Although the federal Affordable Care Act does not compel employers to provide workers with health insurance that includes abortion coverage, the director of California's Department of Managed Health Care said in a letter to seven insurance companies on Friday that the state Constitution and a 1975 state law prohibits them from selling group plans that exclude the procedure. The law in question requires such plans to encompass all "medically necessary" care.
"Abortion is a basic health care service," department director Michelle Rouillard wrote in the letter. "All health plans must treat maternity services and legal abortion neutrally."
How can a procedure be both elective and yet medically necessary?
Here is a bizarro story out of Wyoming where a 75 year old woman was convicted of killing a previous husband in 1974 after his body was recently found in an abandoned mine shaft. But it turns out that her current husband has also pleaded guilty to independently killing his wife and her kids back in the 70s. Supposedly neither knew of the other's killing ways until the husband's body was found last year. I can only imagine how that conversation went.
Over-cleanliness and widespread use of antibiotics seem to be the culprits.
Food allergies have increased about 50% in children since 1997. There are various theories explaining why. One is that the 21st century lifestyle, which includes a diet very different from our ancestors', lots of antibiotic use, and even a rise in cesarean section deliveries, has profoundly changed the makeup of microbes in the gut of many people in developed countries. For example, the average child in the United States has taken three courses of antibiotics by the time he or she is 2 years old, says Martin Blaser, an infectious disease specialist and microbiologist at New York University in New York City. (See here for more on the reach of microbiome research these days.)
Cathryn Nagler, an immunologist at the University of Chicago in Illinois, has spent years probing links between the immune system, intestinal bacteria, and the onset of allergies. Back in 2004, she and her colleagues reported that wiping out gut bacteria in mice led to food allergies. Since then, Nagler has continued trying to understand which bacteria offer allergy protection and how they accomplish that.
Or perhaps the plants are evolving better defense mechanisms.
First World Problems: "Knee Defender" Argument Diverts Plane
The first - and only - anti-disco riot.
These antics were child's play compared to what would become known as Disco Demolition Night. The anti-disco demonstration was to take place at Comiskey Park in Chicago on the evening of July 12, 1979 between a doubleheader game between the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers. The White Sox agreed to Dahl's demonstration because ticket sales were dragging that year and they wanted to fill seats. Attendees could get in for just under a dollar if they brought along a disco record they wished to see destroyed. The plan was to blow up the pile of vinyl on the middle of the field in between the two games, and the event received heavy promotion on Dahl's sponsoring radio station, 97.9 WLUP-FM.
...Dahl detonated the records, leaving a damaging hole in the middle of the outfield. That's when all mayhem broke loose, as thousands of disco-despising attendees stormed the field. The batting cage was ripped apart, and bats were stolen (one of the thieves that night was the late actor Michael Clarke Duncan.) Grass was ripped up and a bonfire started as the crowd ignored Veeck's instructions to return to their seats. Chicago police were called in wearing full riot gear to get the situation under control. Though there were no deaths from the event, several people were injured and 39 people were arrested for disorderly conduct.The field was deemed unplayable, even after an hour of debris clean up. The second baseball game had to be cancelled due to the deplorable condition of the field.
Do you even need a card to receive pity?
Yahoo group. That is all.
Come on be a smartie and join the yahoo group party! For the children.
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Polygamy Decriminalized in Utah as Federal Judge Strikes Down Criminal Prohibition
Judge rules banning cohabitation violated religious freedom of the Browns
Kody Brown and his four wives appear in the TLC reality show 'Sister Wives'
Kody Brown, who stars in the TLC reality show with his four wives, filed a lawsuit against the state after leaving Utah fearing prosecution after the programme aired.
Now a federal judge has issued his final ruling in the case that strikes down parts of the state's anti-polygamy law.
U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups has ruled that a provision of Utah's law forbidding cohabitation violated the Browns' freedom of religion.
He ruled in favour of the family in December and has now said that Mr Brown and his wives can collect attorneys' fees.
Well, I'm stumped. I just can't keep up with things now.
If I understand this right (and frankly I'm guessing): The law remains one man, one woman for marriage. (Um, except that it can be two guys or two women, I guess.)
In Utah, they prohibited adult men and women who weren't married to each other from cohabitating.
They couldn't live in the same house.
The reason for this is that polygamists would have several non-state-recognized wives, and they'd all live in the same house together. While the state did not recognize the plural marriage, they lived as a polygamist family anyway.
Cohabitation was the means by which polygamists evaded the letter of the law against polygamy.
So Utah banned cohabitation by adults.
And this federal judge has ruled that to be an unconstitutional law discriminating against religion (Mormonism, I guess), so while the state does not have to recognize these marriages, it can no longer act to prevent these non-legal-marriage-like living arrangements, either.
Thanks to @rdbrewer4.
WATCH: Videos of Some Things DESTROYING Some Other Things
I wrote the headline because I see there's been another outbreak of "Jon Stewart DESTROYS ISIS" crap, as well as a "Steven Colbert DESTROYS White Privilege" jag.
Little Kid DESTROYS Mom for Getting Pregnant With Another Baby
Gentle but Clever Octopus DESTROYS Jar Confining Him
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Oh Yes: Ron Paul Says United States Had Foreknowledge of 9/11 Attacks
Former Rep. Ron Paul said he believes the U.S. government had prior knowledge of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and has kept this information hidden in a classified section of the 9/11 Commission report.
Paul, who made the comments during a radio interview last Friday, also argued that the crimes of Osama bin Laden were "minor" compared to the harm the U.S. government has caused since the 2001 attacks.
"I believe that if we ever get the full truth [about 9/11], we’ll find out that our government had it in the records exactly what the plans were, or at least close to it," said Paul, during the interview with Money and Markets host Charles Goyette. "You already mentioned that [the U.S. government] had been warned that something was going to happen."
However, Paul said he doubted that Bush administration officials personally helped plot the attacks.
“Does that prove the fact that our president and others actually sat down and laid the plans and did this? I don’t think it does,” he said.
Ah. His theory is therefore a "moderate, modest" one.
At the link, he talks about the 9/11 attack being "minor."
But it's not minor enough to keep him from conspiracizing about it.
The former congressman took issue with the term "9/11 truther," arguing that it carried a negative connotation.
"It's politically very risky to talk about [questioning the 9/11 attacks], because the left and the government defenders are really, really quick to discredit anybody who raises any question whatsoever," said Paul. "They paint you, and they say 'oh you question this, that means you’re a truther.' I was always amazed, if you question and you want the truth, how they took a word like 'truther' and turned it into a terrible, terrible word."
Hit the link. There's more. They note that Ron Paul denied believing that the US had foreknowledge of the 9/11 attacks when asked about it during his 2012 bid for president.
Many of us believed that he actually did believe all this truther nonsense -- he was constantly on truther radio shows, after all, flattering them and their theories.
I see now that many of us were right.
Meanwhile, now the DNC is blasting Rand Paul's alleged (but arguably present) "blame America first" rhetoric.
Eh, I see my own willingness to entertain a Rand Paul presidency (and a Rand Paul foreign policy) dissolving before me every day on the news.
Louie Gohmert: Just Remember, If We Had Dropped Bombs on Assad Last Year When Obama Wanted Us To, IS Would Already Be In Control of Syria
He just said this on the Cavuto show.
It's a good point.
He was all gung-ho to bomb Assad, but now IS is beheading people and burying hundreds of people alive, and he's pursuing... a moderate course, pushing a "political resolution" of the Sunnis' complaints about the Shiite government as the crucial thing.
Obama on ISIS: "We don't have a strategy yet."— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) August 28, 2014
CNN's Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr, alarmed: On Obama's "we have no strategy" line: "Let me be very clear, ISIS heard all of this."— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) August 28, 2014
Obama Speaking Now, Has Bothered To Put On A Tie
It's a show of solidarity with the Ukraine or something.
This is what happens when Obama bypasses Congress to purchase a suit.— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) August 28, 2014
Ungrateful Loaf of Bread: Democrats Hitting Panic Button On Immigration
Well, I look over at Hot Air and whose stupid byline do I see there? Oh, Gabriel Malor. I think I know him.
Or at least I thought I did.
Anyway, treachery aside, a lot of interesting news about immigration.
The NYT reports Mark Pryor now objecting to Obama's threat to grant executive amnesty to just a few illegal immigrants -- just a mere five million or so.
He objects, of course, not out of conviction, but real fear about the public response to this, and what effect it will have on his Daddy Got Me senate seat.
Now, don’t be fooled by the NY Times’ suggestion above that Democratic panic is limited to conservative states. It’s not. As Guy wrote last week, the immigration issue is also fueling Scott Brown’s surge against New Hampshire’s Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who, by the way, has today abandoned her wait-and-see approach on this issue and announced that she opposes "a piecemeal approach issued by executive order." Shaheen joins Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and Sen. Mark Begich in urging Obama not to issue an executive order ending immigration enforcement for millions of aliens unlawfully present.
The AP has the best information I could find on when Obama plans to unleash immigration mayhem. According to AP, Obama had planned to announce by Labor Day, but that has been pushed back by the ongoing foreign policy meltdowns in Russia, Syria, and Iraq. At this point, it looks like an immigration announcement would come in a few more weeks.
Gabe also discusses the media's hope that Obama's amnesty will in turn provoke a GOP shutdown of the government, which will wind up saving Obama and the Democrats.
However, he seems to think this hope is ill-founded -- and that the political damage will most likely fall upon Democrats.
In Washington, Sen. Mary Landrieu lives in a stately, $2.5 million brick manse she and her husband built on Capitol Hill.
Here in Louisiana, however, the Democrat does not have a home of her own. She is registered to vote at a large bungalow in New Orleans that her parents have lived in for many decades, according to a Washington Post review of Landrieu's federal financial disclosures and local property and voting records.
On a statement of candidacy Landrieu filed with the Federal Election Commission in January, she listed her Capitol Hill home as her address. But when qualifying for the ballot in Louisiana last week, she listed the family’s raised-basement home here on South Prieur Street.
This sort of question may seem a bit minor but voters do seem to care quite a bit about it.
Stuff Matt Yglesias Says
Via @DrewMTips, I've been trying to not mention the M-word, but this is...
Well, it's something.
Remember Sister Soulja? And how Bill Clinton took issue with her, and the press went ga-ga, talking about his "Sister Soulja Moment," his guts in taking on the baser parts of his base?
People forget, but Sister Souljah was speaking out about the problem of black-on-black crime.
Now you all probably did forget that.
There's a reason you forgot that.
Because it didn't happen.
Here's what she actually said to provoke Bill Clinton into calling her out:
"Of black people kill black people every day, why not have a week and kill white people?"
Incidentally, she said this not in the context of condemning black-on-black crime, but in an interview in which she expressed her support for the 1992 Rodney King rioters, and just generally supporting black-on-white crime.
Her attitude was that if a black person is going to kill someone anyway, it might as well be a white person.
In a Washington Post interview published on May 13, 1992, the hip-hop MC, author, and political activist Sister Souljah was quoted as saying, (in response to the question regarding black-on-white violence in the 1992 Los Angeles riots):
Question: "Even the people themselves who were perpetrating that violence, did they think that was wise? Was that a wise reasoned action?"
Souljah: "Yeah, it was wise. I mean, if black people kill black people every day, why not have a week and kill white people?... White people, this government and that mayor were well aware of the fact that black people were dying every day in Los Angeles under gang violence. So if you're a gang member and you would normally be killing somebody, why not kill a white person? Do you think that somebody thinks that white people are better, are above and beyond dying, when they would kill their own kind?"
She wasn't calling for a reduction in violence; she was just calling for it to be redirected entirely towards whites.
I don't understand this whole Matt Yglesias Situation.
I do not understand why people pay him cash money to make a fool of himself week-in, week-out.
Sometimes daily, as John Ekdahl noted earlier.
Russia Invades Ukraine; State Department Pronounces Itself "Concerned"
The Ukrainian PM says that the invasion as begun.
Putin's plan is apparently to not disturb Obama's golf, as he takes over the country bit-by-bit, rather than in one grand offensive.
Ukrainian prime minister Arseny Yatsenyuk announced [spelling corrected] today that Russia had "unleashed a new war in Europe" and that "Russian boots are on Ukrainian ground." According to BBC News, over 1,000 Russian troops (reports are unclear whether they are in official uniform) have crossed into Ukraine and are currently fighting alongside pro-Russian rebels. They now control the Ukrainian border city of Novoazovsk and are attempting to seize Mariupol, a strategic port located on the Sea of Azov -- a rebel spokesman has said they will soon "liberate: the port city. The Ukrainian military is now concentrating on strengthening Mariupol’s defenses.
Meanwhile, Obama is "concerned."
Concerned about Russia invading (in order to subjugate) a peaceful, independent state.
What was the Obama administration’s initial reaction? "These incursions indicate a Russian-directed counteroffensive is likely underway in Donetsk and Luhansk. Clearly, that is of deep concern to us," a State Department spokeswoman said yesterday. She could not have been more inoffensive. Oh, the administration is also "concerned by the Russian Government’s unwillingness to tell the truth even as its soldiers are found 30 miles inside Ukraine. Russia is sending its young men into Ukraine but are telling -- are not telling them where they’re going or telling their parents what they’re doing." The spokeswoman further indicated that we wouldn't change our policy of refusing to provide Ukraine with defensive weapons.
What you say you have when you don't really care.
"This Is the Real Deal:" Video of CNN chatting about their own "concerns" about the Russian invasion of the Ukraine at the Free Beacon.
Meanwhile... the United States refuses to call it an invasion, preferring terms like "an aggression."
America has never been brought to such a state of disrepute in all of its history as Obama's gentle mercies have managed to do.
Joan Rivers in Critical Condition
This is now several hours old. I don't see fresh updates.
8:49 AM PT -- The NYPD tells us ... Joan is currently in critical condition.
We're told ... at one point, Joan's heart stopped beating.
It's unclear if doctors were able to restart the comic's heart.
8:15 AM PT -- We're told an emergency call was placed to 911 at 9:39 AM ET and the caller said, "We have somebody in either cardiac or respiratory arrest."
Joan Rivers was rushed to a hospital in New York City on Thursday after suffering complications while undergoing a throat operation at a clinic.
The 81-year-old comedienne and host of E!'s Fashion Police stopped breathing during the surgery, E! News has learned. Her daughter and frequent co-star, Melissa Rivers, 46, and Melissa's son, Cooper, 13, took a morning flight to the city to be by Joan's side.
Police said they responded to an emergency call that morning about an 81-year-old woman and found her in critical condition. They then had her transported to the hospital.
Tough old bird. I hope she pulls through.
College Football Pickem
—Dave In Texas
@Miketalley73 was nice enough to set up a Yahoo College pickem group if you're interested. There's games tonight so if you want to play, here's the info:
Go to this Yahoo link.
I think you have to have a Yahoo id to play. I don't really know how any of this stuff works including this blog. There's still an open thread down there for all the things not football.
Thursday Morning News Dump
- Russia Might Be Invading Ukraine
- Uncle Stupid's Sugar Buzz
- Is The Left Approaching A Kool-Aid Moment
- Will The IRS's Strategy Of Destroying Evidence Pay Off
- Criminalizing Campus Sex
- A Second American Dies Fighting For ISIS
- It's Time For A Constitutional Moment
- What A Lovely Family
- IRS Ethics Lawyer Could Be Disbarred
- In Syria, ISIS And Assad Must Both Lose
- I Figured He Was Lying When I First Saw This Story
- It Seems Like It's Obama's Job To Inconvenience Americans
- British Jihadi's Should Be Stripped Of Citizenship
- Good, Let The Robots Catch Ebola
- Argentina's Peso Continues To Drop
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Sean Hannity goes off on a Sharia-loving imam during his Fox News show: "every radical Islamist like you will be wiped off the face of the earth."
Oh. The Boston bomber's sister was arrested for making a bomb threat.
David Drucker has an update on the RNC's big new voter turnout program that I've written about before.
Eesh, the CFPB took a really short amount of time to become a bureaucratic hell hole.
Overnight Open Thread (8-27-2014)
When one thing goes wrong, it may be an accident, but when five do at once-Iraq, Syria, Libya, Ukraine, and our border - the man at the helm may have something to do with it, and a foreign policy based largely on John Lennon lyrics may be the proximate cause.
-- Noemie Emery in the Weekly Standard
You'll be shocked to learn that it's mainly due to bad life choices with the key word being choice.
For those of you not up to speed on this, here's the thumbnail: Miley Cyrus brought a "date" to the VMAs on Sunday who was identified as "Jesse," a homeless man in his twenties. When Cyrus won the award for Video of the Year, she sent "Jesse" up in her place to preach to the Hollywood elite assembled at the Nokia Live Theatre, as well as the millions at home watching, about the plight of the homeless.
...Make no mistake, the subtext of the speech was "There but for the grace of God go you." It's the typical progressive claptrap and guilt trip about homelessness. The idea that all Americans are just one paycheck away from living on the streets in a cardboard box has been a propaganda weapon used to diminish the glories of capitalism for decades.But, like most Marxist ideas, it's a lie.
Well come on - who doesn't have a few outstanding warrants in nearby states?
Did you know that the current head of the Islamic State caliphate was in US custody in Iraq until 2009?
The leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS,) Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was formerly held by the U.S. military at Camp Bucca in southern Iraq from 2005 to his release in 2009.
And why was he released? No one seems to know although I suspect it was related to polices inspired by the lyrics of a certain Lennon song as well as a desire to make the whole Iraq/Middle East thing just go away.
Why such a dangerous man was slated for release in 2009, or who made the decision is not known. The Telegraph offers that "one possible explanation is that he was one of thousands of suspected insurgents granted amnesty as the US began its draw down in Iraq."
In 2010, shortly after his release, al-Baghdadi was announced as a new al-Qaeda leader. When bin Laden was killed in 2011, Baghdadi pledged to revenge his death "with 100 terrorist attacks across Iraq" - but with al Qaeda leaders dropping like flies in Pakistan and Afghanistan, no one took him seriously.
After a State Department security agent hit and ran him while he was crossing the street legally back in 2010. Note that it took them 1660 days to settle up which is nearly twice as a long as the siege of Leningrad lasted during WWII.
Otherwise known as We Demand That Those Brazilians Owners Pay Our High American taxes.
With all that said, the Burger King move isn't really about "inversion" anyway. This is a merger. Tim Hortons has a $9.9 billion market cap and generated more revenue than Burger King last year, so it seems implausible that the deal was made for reasons of tax sedition alone. When you merge with a company from another country, one that helps diversify your reach worldwide, it seems like a basic fiduciary responsibility to place your headquarters in the spot that offers you the best business climate. And though Burger King's won't save much in the immediate future, the long-term prospects of choosing Canada will.
Even a semi-auto pistol in 9mm is probably too much for a 9 year old without a lot of supervision and training and even then.... But handing them a sub-machine gun is just asking for tragedy.
The shocking recording taken by the girl's parents and released by police shows Vacca standing closely next to the girl when the gun recoiled as she fired on full automatic mode.
As the clip unfolds, Vacca is seen to instruct the girl to hold the weapon with two hands at all times and to take a perpendicular stance to the target.
Then Vacca asks her to fire one shot for him, which she does.
Then, Vacca tells the girl to adjust her stance and squeeze the trigger to let off a volley, but something goes wrong when she fires a second time.
His last words to the girl are: 'Alright, full auto.'The girl loses her two-handed grip on the weapon and it pulls to her left, striking Vacca in the head.
Harris County, TX has the most and interestingly New Mexico has none.
I guess this is what happens when you run out of other people's money: thieves fall out among themselves on how to divide up the dwindling spoils. Should be fun to watch. Almost as much fun as watching Argentina thrash around-once the fourth richest nation in the world a century ago before the country caught the socialist bug. Maybe it was just bad luck, like those decades of Soviet grain harvests.
Not to worry. I'm sure Venezuela or Cuba can send them foreign aid.
If people had bothered to listen to those who actually knew him.
There was also no evidence whatsoever, pre-election, that Obama would be able to work effectively with people, and certainly none about his warmth or liking of people. The thing was, his supporters either imagined it was there when it was not, or somehow thought its lack wouldn't matter. His brilliance would override everything.
Well, we've seen how that's worked out.
Where people take otherwise innocuous pictures and put a pron company logo on them. And sometimes add a little pixelation.
It's interesting that several of them have had intersecting post-acting careers. And that Gabe Kaplan has been a professional gambler for 30+ years.
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"Sons of Guns" Cancelled After Host Charged With Raping 11 Year Old Girl Almost "Daily"
I have to head out for a reunion with my
hookers family so I'm knocking off very early today.
As Obama Offers "Don't Do Stupid Shit" Theory of Foreign Policy, His Dwindling Band of Disciple-Defenders Offer "Shit Happens" Theory of Geopolitics
Echoing Norma Desmond, Obama's SuperFans insist, "Obama is big. It's the United States that has gotten small."
Liberals make excuses for Obama
BY NOEMIE EMERY
All of a sudden, people have noticed that we are in trouble, and many are saying it isn't the president's fault. All the bad news, from Iraq to Ukraine, from Libya and Syria to the Mexican border, just seems to have happened: Obama was standing there, golfing or shaking hands with donors, and, like a burst of bad weather, the winds blew, the skies opened, and things went to hell. Mysterious forces conspired against him, terrible setbacks occurred for no reason, and we were left with effects without a cause...
Of course, Obama's defenders note that he is currently beleaguered by something that no US president has ever contended with in all of US history: A divided Congress.
She looks at the minor little bother confronting Truman after WWII, to wit, the expansionist Soviet Empire, and notes that previous presidents have in fact faced "nuance-drenched problems," as one liberal defender of Obama calls his difficulties.
Here she gets to the heart of it:
When Republicans fail, it's always their fault, but when things fall apart under Democrats, larger forces are always at work. In the first volume of his work, Reagan biographer Steven F. Hayward took a stroll with us down memory lane to the last time this happened, under one James Earl Carter: "The job of President is too difficult for any single person because of the complexity of the problems and the size of government," pronounced the historian Barbara Tuchman. "As the country goes to the polls in the 47th national election, the Presidency as an institution is in serious trouble," wrote the columnist Joseph Kraft...
If liberals felt compelled to protect a peanut farmer from Georgia, what must they feel for an Ivy League-trained exotic from Hyde Park, a man of the world and messiah, a speaker and writer, but never a doer; themselves, in short, to the ultimate power; themselves as they dreamed they could be? And that is the problem: If he fails, then they fail, and that cannot happen. So the fault is in the stars, in the cards, in unfair expectations--anywhere but where it should be.
And why does the God fail?
Because he's not a god, of course.
I found this interesting:
His supporters argue that his approach has been consistent with his strategy of returning the United States -- after post-Sept. 11 wars -- to a foreign policy built around economic engagement rather than military intervention. The question, though, is whether he is contradicting the pledge embraced in his 2009 Nobel Prize lecture: "to face the world as it is," not as he would like it to be.
"He thought he could change the tenor more easily than he could, and I think he thought the world would be more responsive to his desires than the world has proven to be," said Jon B. Alterman, senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
This explains Obama's failures as well as anything else: He speaks his platitudes with the zest of a man who thinks his audience is hearing all this for the first time, and he thinks his Magic Words can move mountains.
And he has no Plan B for when this fails.
And this fails always.
Al Michaels: Bob Costas Really Needs to Drink a Tall Cold Glass of Shut Your Fat Mouth You Chubby Pisher Juice
He spoke to the Hollywood Reporter about competition from the new Thursday Night Football show on CBS.
How do you plan to handle the Washington Redskins nickname controversy on the air?
Gaudelli: Just like we handled it last year. No one's tuning in to the game to hear our opinion on should the name be changed or should the name be left the way it is. We're doing the game; it's really not under our jurisdiction to be weighing in. If we were a studio show, it would be different.
Lazarus: [Costas] did that, so we don't need to address it again. It was only relevant for Bob to do it in that game [Oct. 13, 2013] because that was the first game after the controversy bubbled up again, and it was a Redskins game.
Michaels: You should have seen Twitter on Bob that night, but that's a whole other story. Our audience wants to watch a football game, and all you really do to fans when they're watching the game, if you go in that direction, is piss 'em off. They don't want to be lectured to -- period.
I assume this "Lazarus" has some connection to Costas and so was trying to put in a kind word for the preening jackass.
Corrected: No, they were talking about whether CBS' new Thursday Night Football show would be competition for their continuing Sunday Night Football show.
Which makes Michaels' dig a bit edgier, as they're co-workers at NBC, I guess.
It also explains why Lazarus, whoever that is, speaks of "we" making the previous statement on the Redskins' name.
Thanks to Buzzion for that correction.