EMT 10/04/15 [krakatoa]
Oktoberfest 2015 was yesterday.
I drank just the right amount.
Overnight Open Thread (3 Oct 2015)
I thought I would just throw this out there before the climate change crowd says the flooding in the Carolinas is because of rising CO2 or something. Hell or high water: the flood of 1916.
Illegal Alien Crime Numbers
Here are some numbers on crimes committed by illegal aliens. Funny we don't see the President pontificating on this violence.
approximately 11.7 million illegal immigrants account for about 13.6 percent of all crimes committed in the country. Nearly 12 percent of murder sentences are credited to illegal immigrants, as well as 20 percent of kidnapping sentences and 16 percent of drug trafficking sentences.
Additionally, there are about 2.1 million legal or illegal immigrants living in the US with criminal convictions that are either in prison and being paid for by the American taxpayer or living free.
And each year, approximately 900,000 legal and illegal immigrants are arrested, while another 700,000 are released from prison.
I'm sure the true number is higher. You're still more likely to be killed by a drunk drivin' illegal than someone with a gun.
This is what happens when you coddle mental disorders and attempt to mainstream them. California mom claims REI booted her for complaining about a man in the girls restroom.
Terminator/Hungry Like A Wolf
Not quite up to Weird Al's ability.
Labor guesses at a good portion of the jobs it says are created most months. The guesses at these phantom jobs make spring figures look better than they really are and summer figures look worse.
The phantom jobs are those mostly small-business jobs Labor believes have been created - but they can't prove have been created.
Labor adds lots of these phantom jobs in the spring - and less of them in the summer.
In some months, phantom jobs have to be removed. In the September report, for instance, Labor subtracted 34,000 phantom jobs from its total.
ISIS Theme Parks
Pop quiz time. How well do you know ISIS?
1. Burn Due to Water Skis on Fire (V91.07X)
2. Other Contact With Pig (W55.49X)
3. Problems in Relationship With In-Laws (Z63.1)
4. Sucked Into Jet Engine (V97.33X)
5. Fall On Board Merchant Ship (V93.30X)
6. Unspecified Place in Prison as the Place of Occurrence of the External Cause (Y92.149)
7. Opera House as the Place of Occurrence of the External Cause (Y92.253)
8. Prolonged Stay in Weightless Environment (X52.XXX)
9. Struck By Turkey (W61.42XA)
10. Bizarre Personal Appearance (R46.1)
Most Dangerous Cities In America
1. Detroit, Michigan
- Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,989
- 2014 murders: 298
- Population: 684,694
- Poverty rate: 39.3%
The other 9 cities were Memphis, Oakland, St. Louis, Birmingham, Milwaukee, Little Rock, Baltimore, Cleveland, and Stockton. Hmmm. All Democrat bastions no?
Islam In America
Jake Tapper is delusional if he thinks there aren't any muslim-Americans who want to Islamize America.
If Tapper did a little independent research he'd quickly find that America's most respected Islamic leaders and scholars also want theocracy, not democracy, and even advocate trading the Constitution for the Quran.
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Breaking that Stale Thread Smell - [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse]
Whew! It's been a little while.
Although it's not "content', it is, well, something.
Wait for it....
This kid is my comedic timing hero. I've watched this four hundred times. pic.twitter.com/v1ewDA6idJ— Rob McElhenney (@RMcElhenney) September 20, 2015
This is what the Bahamas looked like from space, about a week ago, before Joaquin. I'm going to guess that when the sky clears, it's going to look a bit different.
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Saturday Gardening Thread: Linky Dinky [Y-not]
Greetings gardeners! Today's abbreviated edition of the gardening thread is brought to you by chain link fences. A few fun facts:
* According to the US Department of Commerce, half of all fences sold in this country are chain link fences.
*The reason for their ubiquity is, first of all, because chain link fencing has been around for a long time, probably longer than you would have guessed.
*The first company to manufacture chain link fences in the US is Anchor Fence in 1891. They were called Anchor Post Fence Co. then. They say that the first chain link fence they ever installed is (or was, as of 2005) still standing, somewhere in New Jersey.
*Some sources say that chain link fencing was actually first made in Norwich, England, in 1844.
*Norwich had for centuries been a weaving town, producing finely woven fabrics. But with the Industrial Revolution, people were making more fabrics for less money. So one company (unnamed) in Norwich altered their machinery to accommodate metal rather than thread.
I was tied up most of the week traveling, so today's thread will feature some links, that may or may not be gardening related.
Perhaps more in keeping with the Gardening Thread, here's some advice about how to quickly cover a chain link fence with beautiful vines.
And, courtesy of HGTV, here's a list of fast-growing vines to help you cover that unsightly fence quickly.
But I digress! Back to links and gardening, there's this:
It is held to be a fact that true humor is a slightly unfocussed view of the ordinary. This is the completely unfocussed view of early childhood. As such, it is of inestimable value to gag writers because children really are funnier than they intend to be or than the adults who try to be. Did yez know that a ""scarlet"" is, by juvenile definition, ""a little scar""? Well, did yez? Or that giraffes ""are a rich source of necks?"" Or that, ""Australia is located in the Pacific. It is presently still floating."" The goldmine Linkletter works (Kids Say the Darndest Things, Kids Sure Rite Funny) is that the unintentional humor of earnest children continues to amuse jaded adults. Aim; the funny bone. Sales: steady. Use: browsing.
I wonder if that kid who said she'd "keep [her] mouth shut" if she was elected president is available?
Finally, courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens, here's a Fall checklist. Have any of you started tackling your Fall chores yet?
To wrap things up, here's an appropriate song:
What's happening in your gardens this week?
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Colledge Football Thread...Week Five [CBD]
#1 Ohio State will be kicking the snot out of Indiana at 3:30pm
#2 Michigan State is kicking the snot out of Purdue
#3 Mississippi plays #25 Florida at 7:00pm
#4 TCU is kicking the snot out of Texas
#5 Baylor plays Texas Tech at 3:30pm
On This Date.....[CBD]
...in 1899, J S Thurman patented the motor-driven vacuum cleaner.
His next words were, "Now that you have so much time, go make me a sammich."
EMT 10/03/15 [krakatoa]
I have nothing good to say after this week. It has reaffirmed my already dreadfully low opinion of Modern Man.
Overnight Open Thread (2 Oct 2015)
Time to talk about gun free zones. Yes indeed.
Lone gunmen have a fondness for places where victims won't shoot back.
Nobel Prize rumors put focus on Kerry-Iran craziness. After Obama got one for just being elected, they might as well do this too. The award means nothing now anyway.
Drunk Sailor Story
Not true but entertaining. Sailor did NOT use raccoon to bypass breathalyzer.
Hmmmm. Using a laser to shave.
In other laser news, supposedly this vagina laser will improve your sex life. It'll only cost $1,150 per treatment and they recommend 3 to 4 of 'em.
VSPOT, a ladies-only spa that recently opened on the Upper East Side, uses a new FDA-approved fractional CO2 laser, dubbed the "FemiLift," to increase circulation and lubrication while tightening the area, all of which can improve a woman’s sex drive, according to VSPOT CEO Cindy Barshop.
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Fast And Furious
Don't seem to recall the President jumping up to the mic to talk about these guns. Two illegal aliens using Fast And Furious weapons (provided by the Obama administration) convicted in killing of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.
Russia action in Syria is 'recipe for disaster' says the guy that let Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya fail and whose foreign policy has been a disaster everywhere except for his one victory in giving Iran everything they wanted.
Remote Weapon System
I think I need a few of these for the house. Remote-controlled weapon system augments soldiers on perimeter guard.
While just about any gun system can be mounted on the tower, the two Scott pointed out were fitted with a Browning M-2 50-caliber machine gun and a 338 Lapua sniper rifle.
The weapons can be raised, lowered, rotated by 360-degrees and fired remotely, he said.
Life You Have Left
An interactive chart that tells you the percentage of how many years left you have to live.
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Craigslist m4w Letter, from a Vietnam Vet to a Woman He Met Briefly in the Rain 45 Years Ago
All of the below is this guy's posting. I'm not putting it in the gray box just because that makes it harder to read.
Update: We might be a little closer to making this Missed Connection happen -- a witness to the events just checked in in the comments.
I was in the seat next to them as they talked. I remember it well...
Posted by: Brian Williams
I feel romance is just a couple of email forwards away!!!
I met you in the rain on the last day of 1972, the same day I resolved to kill myself.
One week prior, at the behest of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger, I'd flown four B-52 sorties over Hanoi. I dropped forty-eight bombs. How many homes I destroyed, how many lives I ended, I'll never know. But in the eyes of my superiors, I had served my country honorably, and I was thusly discharged with such distinction.
And so on the morning of that New Year's Eve, I found myself in a barren studio apartment on Beacon and Hereford with a fifth of Tennessee rye and the pang of shame permeating the recesses of my soul. When the bottle was empty, I made for the door and vowed, upon returning, that I would retrieve the Smith & Wesson Model 15 from the closet and give myself the discharge I deserved.
I walked for hours. I looped around the Fenway before snaking back past Symphony Hall and up to Trinity Church. Then I roamed through the Common, scaled the hill with its golden dome, and meandered into that charming labyrinth divided by Hanover Street. By the time I reached the waterfront, a charcoal sky had opened and a drizzle became a shower. That shower soon gave way to a deluge. While the other pedestrians darted for awnings and lobbies, I trudged into the rain. I suppose I thought, or rather hoped, that it might wash away the patina of guilt that had coagulated around my heart. It didn't, of course, so I started back to the apartment.
And then I saw you.
You'd taken shelter under the balcony of the Old State House. You were wearing a teal ball gown, which appeared to me both regal and ridiculous. Your brown hair was matted to the right side of your face, and a galaxy of freckles dusted your shoulders. I'd never seen anything so beautiful.
When I joined you under the balcony, you looked at me with your big green eyes, and I could tell that you'd been crying. I asked if you were okay. You said you'd been better. I asked if you'd like to have a cup of coffee. You said only if I would join you. Before I could smile, you snatched my hand and led me on a dash through Downtown Crossing and into Neisner's.
We sat at the counter of that five and dime and talked like old friends. We laughed as easily as we lamented, and you confessed over pecan pie that you were engaged to a man you didn't love, a banker from some line of Boston nobility. A Cabot, or maybe a Chaffee. Either way, his parents were hosting a soirée to ring in the New Year, hence the dress.
For my part, I shared more of myself than I could have imagined possible at that time. I didn't mention Vietnam, but I got the sense that you could see there was a war waging inside me. Still, your eyes offered no pity, and I loved you for it.
After an hour or so, I excused myself to use the restroom. I remember consulting my reflection in the mirror. Wondering if I should kiss you, if I should tell you what I'd done from the cockpit of that bomber a week before, if I should return to the Smith & Wesson that waited for me. I decided, ultimately, that I was unworthy of the resuscitation this stranger in the teal ball gown had given me, and to turn my back on such sweet serendipity would be the real disgrace.
On the way back to the counter, my heart thumped in my chest like an angry judge's gavel, and a future -- our future -- flickered in my mind. But when I reached the stools, you were gone. No phone number. No note. Nothing.
As strangely as our union had begun, so too had it ended. I was devastated. I went back to Neisner's every day for a year, but I never saw you again. Ironically, the torture of your abandonment seemed to swallow my self-loathing, and the prospect of suicide was suddenly less appealing than the prospect of discovering what had happened in that restaurant. The truth is I never really stopped wondering.
I'm an old man now, and only recently did I recount this story to someone for the first time, a friend from the VFW. He suggested I look for you on Facebook. I told him I didn't know anything about Facebook, and all I knew about you was your first name and that you had lived in Boston once. And even if by some miracle I happened upon your profile, I'm not sure I would recognize you. Time is cruel that way.
This same friend has a particularly sentimental daughter. She's the one who led me here to Craigslist and these Missed Connections. But as I cast this virtual coin into the wishing well of the cosmos, it occurs to me, after a million what-ifs and a lifetime of lost sleep, that our connection wasn't missed at all.
You see, in these intervening forty-two years I've lived a good life. I've loved a good woman. I've raised a good man. I've seen the world. And I've forgiven myself. And you were the source of all of it. You breathed your spirit into my lungs one rainy afternoon, and you can't possibly imagine my gratitude.
I have hard days, too. My wife passed four years ago. My son, the year after. I cry a lot. Sometimes from the loneliness, sometimes I don't know why. Sometimes I can still smell the smoke over Hanoi. And then, a few dozen times a year, I'll receive a gift. The sky will glower, and the clouds will hide the sun, and the rain will begin to fall. And I'll remember.
So wherever you've been, wherever you are, and wherever you're going, know this: you're with me still.
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Russia Destroys ISIS Training Camp and Command Center That For Some Curious Reason Was Still Standing After a Year of Obama's "Degrade and Destroy" Air Campaign
Obama spoke earlier today about Putin. His big move was, get this, to indulge in Mean Girl put-downs of the Russians, because that's pretty much all he knows -- politicking, insulting, running Mean Girl campaigns against people that are showing him up.
President Barack Obama said Friday that he was willing to work with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on moving Syria away from civil war, but only if that plan includes removing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power.
I'm sure Putin cares very much, Bammy.
Russia, he predicted during a White House press conference, would get stuck in a "quagmire," adding, "It just won't work, and they're going to stay there for a while."
I'm going to guess this is 100% wrong, because the Idiot Princeling is saying it.
The very thin-skinned and vain Idiot Princeling made sure to attack Hillary Clinton for daring to sound tougher than he does (as if that's a difficult trick).
[A]sked whether he now backs no-fly zones in Syria -- which his former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, recommended this week during her presidential campaign -- he warned against "easy, low-cost answers" to ending the war...
He also said, "I also think there's a difference between running for president and being president."
Instead, Obama insisted that the only solution was diplomatic, raising the possibility of a brokered deal to remove Assad from power.
Why would someone need or want Obama for a brokered deal when they can have full victory by force?
Notice how the press plays along with this delusion, as if Obama's impotent mewlings have any effect in the real world at all.
Obama, feeling humiliated (as he ought to), went on to offer other impotent insults, specifically saying Putin is acting out of "weakness" and not strength of the sort shown by the feckless, incompetent coward Obama.
Obama said, "Now, last point I just want to make about this because, you know, sometimes the conversation here in the beltway differs from the conversation internationally. Mr. Assad -- but out of weakness, because his client Mr. Assad was crumbling and it was insufficient for him simply to send them arms and money. Now he’s got to put in his own planes and his own pilots. And the notion that he put forward a plan and that somehow the international community sees that as viable because there’s a vacuum there. I didn’t see after he made that speech in the United Nations suddenly the 60-nation coalition that we have start lining up behind him. Iran and Assad make up Mr. Putin's coalition at the moment."
Yes, but the two countries in their coalition are willing to actually fight, which the 60-country coalition that Obama likes to brag about largely is not.
An army of three guys willing to fight will beat an army of sixty unwilling to fight just about every time.
Obama went on to, as usual, suggest that Putin doesn't properly understand his own interests and goals and if he did he would agree to whatever faggity shit Obama is babbling about.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz Running for Speaker of the House
He has to be better than McCarthy, because everyone, including the homeless feller giving blow-jays under the bridge for a quarter, is better than McCarthy.
Much better, actually. The hobo'll blow you for two bits.
Chaffetz, chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, strongly criticized House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) for connecting the Benghazi Committee investigation to Hillary Clinton’s low polling numbers, which critics argued proves political motivation behind the probe.
"I'm very supportive of Kevin McCarthy, but those statements are just absolutely inappropriate, they should be withdrawn, Mr. McCarthy should apologize. I just, I think it was absolutely wrong,' Chaffetz told MSNBC on Thursday.
I think the liberal shrieking over those comments is, of course, completely contrived, but McCarthy also said a dumb thing. The whole point of RINOs, I thought, was that they were supposedly smarter and more sober than the Crazies and Wacko-Birds of the Tea Party.
Now if that's not true (and by the way: of course that's not true), then why would I want a RINO who's every bit as likely to say something grossly impolitic as a real conservative, while also delivering us liberal policy victory after liberal policy victory?
Milo: If You Want to Stop Mass Shooting, Try Treating Boys Better
Provocative piece with some truth in it, but I think it's mostly off the mark. I'll explain why after a quote (but I suggest reading the whole thing).
I might be a raging homo, but I still innately understand the male need to conquer, crush and win. Men need to express that dark, powerful part of themselves, or it can abruptly overflow. If it is suppressed, derided and ridiculed, it can show up without warning and with horrible consequences.
That’s why I'm so distressed that heterosexual men are being told, constantly, by the media and even in schools, that what they are is bad. This, I submit, is at least in part what’s driving the recent spate of shootings.
The media trash-talks everything men love: guns, booze, boisterousness, drugs, sex and video games. Economic pressures are relentlessly stripping away male spaces like the traditional pub, where blokes can drink and bond. Social pressures are opening up male-only golf and social clubs to women, destroying what made them precious and essential.
Masculinity isn't fragile, as a spiteful, sociopathic feminist Twitter hashtag recently claimed. But -- and here’s where some man-hating feminists almost get it right-- it is powerful, and exciting, and it does have a flip-side if not properly respected. At its best, male competitiveness is the driving force behind most of society's progress. We would be nowhere without the patriarchy, from the internet and space travel to the road under your feet and the roof on your house. The same thing that drives mass shooters inspires courage, too.
It is certainly true that masculinity, and the urge to "crush and conquer" Milo mentions, is a driving force in civilization, for good for ill. If this force is not channelled into useful ends, you get ISIS -- blood, rape, war and fire.
When it's well-channelled, you get guys like Sean Spencer and Chuck Yaegher.
But here's the part where I think Milo goes wrong: Almost all men have this desire to "crush and conquer." It's deep-seeded in men. But the problem is, and the problem has always been, there are some men who are ineffectual -- losers, in the vernacular; Failed Men, men who have failed to really satisfy their sense of what a man is -- and thus are always frustrated in their primeval urges to "crush and conquer."
And radical feminism doesn't really have anything at all to do with that. Someone who wishes to be the ultimate winner, but is more like a sad loser, is going to have some very tender psychological wounds due to that fact.
And there's always this sort of Failed Man in every society. Japan has a lot of Failed Men. In Japan, there has been a response to realizing one was a Failed Man: Suicide.
In America, these Failed Men still long for suicide, but they wish to be famous, and they're lonely for company in their way to the grave.
I agree with a lot of what Milo says about the dysfunctions society creates when it insists that male traits not be directed into useful channels (such as competitiveness or honorable violence, like in the armed forces or the simulation of physical combat, sport). It causes a lot of problems.
In fact, I'd say it's the cause of common criminality among the subgroups likely to join gangs: This is their idea of being a "warrior," and society isn't offering them better alternatives into which they can work out their warrior impulses.
But these mass shootings aren't about that. They're about men who usually understand the "warrior" spirit all too well; however, understanding it is not the same as being any good at it, or being any good at anything at all, which is the problem.
These killers are full of the desire to crush and conquer, but, being losers, headcases, and diagnosable near-morons, have no chance of crushing or conquering anything.
The most they can do is shoot a bunch of unarmed people by ambush. That's really the most they can do. They sure the f*** aren't going to be building any houses or bridges. They don't have the mental equipment for that.
This particular Failed Man tried to fulfill his fantasy of being a man by joining the Army.
Surprise: He was discharged before he finished basic training. Because he was hopeless, and possibly just because he was crazy.
That really doesn't have much to do with "feminization." In fact, in this particular lunatic killer's case, we might actually have wished that the progressives' project to turn men into women would have worked a little better.
I don't know what to do about the Failed Men of society. They're always a problem, whether they're petty criminals (usually of the crueler type) or wife-beaters, child-abandoners, or even child molesters.
They always will be a problem.
Media Loses Its Mind Over Pope's Secret Visit with Kim Davis; So Vatican Expresses a "Sense of Regret"
Before getting to that last ugly bit, do read this funny and true piece by M. B. Dougherty explaining the media's endless butthurt about the Pope-Kim Davis conclave.
[T]the whole world is mad. Why? Because the pope is a prop. In the hands of our nation's true clerical class -- journalists -- this particular pope's function is to demoralize and shame the bad Catholics, i.e., the conservative ones. The previous pope's function was to symbolize their wicked intransigence.
Pope Francis is supposed to be the cool pope. He humiliates traditionalist cardinals. He embraces transexuals. If he occasionally says stuff against gay marriage, well, so what? Like Barack Obama in the 2008 election, sometimes you say what you have to say. But we know where his heart is. He embraces the marginalized and despised.
But this prop accomplished what no upstanding playwright would script. He met someone the scribes really do despise. He embraced that hick.
Horrors. Apparently all the good people who were about to believe again in the bodily Resurrection were stopped in their tracks by this one off-key gesture. As for politics, who could have thunk it? The pope only called for the abolition of the death penalty in a speech to Congress. He asked the state of Georgia for a reprieve in a death sentence case. He congratulated the president for his efforts to bring about international agreements on climate change. Apparently for some scribes, these views exist in a moral exosphere above and beyond petty politics. As Emma Green writes:Davis has been one of the most polarizing figures in American politics in recent months, seen by some on the right as the foremost fighter against violations of religious liberty. When Pope Francis came to the U.S., his message was exactly the opposite -- one of unity and reconciliation, not combativeness.
Translation: Cool pope unites us against bad religious people. Only a bad pope would try to unify or reconcile with that woman. She's polarizing, unlike the other issues Francis highlighted.
Alas, the gesture was even emptier than a secret meeting usually is. Because now the Vatican -- presumably on Francis' behalf -- is trying to appease the "nation's true clerical class," as Dougherty calls them, by apologizing to the True Keepers of the Light.
First, the official Vatican spokesman said, essentially, that the Pope barely even knew who he was meeting with so don't bother reading anything into it.
The brief meeting between Mrs. Kim Davis and Pope Francis at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, DC has continued to provoke comments and discussion. In order to contribute to an objective understanding of what transpired I am able to clarify the following points:
Pope Francis met with several dozen persons who had been invited by the Nunciature to greet him as he prepared to leave Washington for New York City. Such brief greetings occur on all papal visits and are due to the Pope’s characteristic kindness and availability. The only real audience granted by the Pope at the Nunciature was with one of his former students and his family.
The Pope did not enter into the details of the situation of Mrs. Davis and his meeting with her should not be considered a form of support of her position in all of its particular and complex aspects.
And then it gets worse. A "Vatican official" quoted by Reuters, not necessarily delivering the official word on the Kim Davis matter, but then again, maybe doing just that, let out this stinky little fart:
One Vatican official said there was "a sense of regret" that the pope had ever seen Kim Davis, a Kentucky county clerk who went to jail in September for refusing to honor a U.S. Supreme Court ruling and issue same-sex marriage licenses.
See AllahPundit for a sarcastic little exit question.
Oregon Sheriff Press Conference: All Guns Were Legally Purchased; Killer Passed All Background Checks
On Fox now.
So what "common sense gun control laws" would have prevented this, apart from an outright ban?
Army Veteran Chris Mintz Charged Umpqua Shooter, Getting Shot Seven Times
Weirdly, Alex Skarlatos was supposed to be attending Umpqua Community College yesterday, but he's on Dancing With the Stars, due to his fame after having subdued the Thalys gunman in France.*
So he wasn't there.
But another hero stood up in his place.
A heroic student charged at the Oregon college shooter and was shot seven times as he tried to save his classmates, his family said.
Army veteran Chris Mintz, 30, was taken to hospital following the massacre at Umpqua Community College on Thursday morning.
His cousin Derek Bourgeois told DailyMail.com that Mintz faced Chris Harper-Mercer, 26, who killed at least 10 people at the school in Roseburg.
‘I was told he went after the shooter,’ Bourgeois told DailyMail.com.
‘There was no way he was going to stand around and watch something this horrific happen.’
Miraculously, all seven of the shots missed vital organs (and nerves) and he's expected to recover.
However, the hail of bullets broke both his legs.
* It should be pointed out that France has much more gun control than the US, and yet the Thalys train gunman had an assault rifle and a pistol.
The Hero Speaks: Video at Hot Air.
I don't think this is on video, but Mintz said:
"I just hope that everyone else is OK," he told ABC News this morning.
"I'm just worried about everyone else."
Overnight Open Thread (10-1-2015)
Now we have reached the point where a Russian general can barge into a US military office in the Middle East and order us to stop flying our aircraft over Syria. Oh, we're still flying, for now - but you can bet that our flights are restricted and careful to the point of paralysis.
You bet President Obama's afraid of Putin. Physically, tangibly, change-the-diaper afraid.
And as I wrote in these pages on Monday, the odds are good that Putin will order the shootdown of a US drone or even a manned aircraft, anyway. Why? Because he can.
And he enjoys it.
But Putin sees a necessity in humiliating the United States. That's business. And yet, despite Putin's obviousness, the White House team and its acolytes publicly scratch their heads and other body parts, saying, "We're not certain what the Russians intend."-- Ralph Peters
Suppose you were a white person with a deep-seated dislike for black people, and you were intent on training your son to feel the same way. Suppose that, day after day, week after week, you instructed him to study the details of every instance of black-on-white crime. Say you advised your son to extrapolate from these incidents the notion that black people are generally dangerous, and that your zeal to present him with disturbing anecdotes along these lines never waned.
You would be wrong, in just about every possible way: statistically, sociologically, morally. You would be doing your son a gross and damaging disservice. For yourself you would invite, and earn, broad contempt. If your opinions became publicly known, you might well find yourself unwelcome in polite company and your job at risk. Indeed, the National Review contributor John Derbyshire was fired for expressing such sentiments in a blog post three years ago.
And yet for harboring roughly the same level of suspicion, fear, mistrust, distaste, and unease about whites as Derbyshire does about blacks, the essayist and blogger Ta-Nehisi Coates has found himself crowned America's leading civic thinker. "It is Coates to whom so many of us turn to affirm, challenge or, more often, to mold our views from the clay," wrote the Washington Post's Carlos Lozada, not inaccurately.
Coates's recent memoir, Between the World and Me, an instant No. 1 bestseller dubbed "immense" by Publishers Weekly and deemed "essential, like water or air," by A.O. Scott, will not only win every prize in sight, they'll have to invent some new prizes for it.-- Kyle Smith in The Hard Untruths of Ta-Nehisi Coates
On Wednesday Ta-Nehisi Coates was awarded a 2015 MacArthur Foundation 'Genius Grant'.
"And so what we are trying to do now is ensure that every formation in our Army has the appropriate combination of mobility, protection and lethality to overmatch the enemy," he said. "We don't want 14-hour firefights. We want four-second firefights."
..."We want to build into the squad the ability to create smoking boots on the other end of the engagement," he said. "In general, bullets that explode are better than bullets that don't explode."-- Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster speaking at a Ft. Benning conference
On the sidelines of a United Nations luncheon on Saturday, Merkel was caught on a hot mic pressing Zuckerberg about social media posts about the wave of Syrian refugees entering Germany, the publication reported.
The Facebook CEO was overheard responding that "we need to do some work" on curtailing anti-immigrant posts about the refugee crisis. "Are you working on this?" Merkel asked in English, to which Zuckerberg replied in the affirmative before the transmission was disrupted.
"I know that preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons remains the official policy of the international community. But no one should question Israel's determination to defend itself against those who seek our destruction. Seventy years after the murder of six million Jews, Iran's rulers promise to destroy my country. Murder my people. And the response from this body, the response from nearly every one of the governments represented here has been absolutely nothing! Utter silence! Deafening silence. [Here, Netanyahu stared out at the assembly in silence for nearly a minute.]"
But Allahpundit is probably right about what the UN General Assembly was really thinking.
I think this was meant to be reproachful in a sit-there-and-think-about-what-you've-done way. But this audience being what it is, most of them were thinking, "If Iran had gotten on with it already, we wouldn't need to sit here and listen to this Jew talk."
On the bench a yard away sat the only other persons in the cemetery - two Arab teens rocking their skateboards back and forth under their feet and eyeing me with a bored half-curiosity.
I asked if they knew where the graves of the Commonwealth airmen were. Which was a silly question on my part, because I doubt they had a clue what the "Commonwealth" was. But they were affable enough, and I explained the tombstones I was seeking looked like all the others, except, in addition to the Star of David, they'd have the badges of their services. And the lads rose, somewhat reluctantly, to assist me.
We soon found the graves, just behind the memorial to the camp victims: Henry George Popper, 19 years old, of the Royal Air Force, and SS Solomons, 32 years old, of the Royal Australian Air Force, both on a Lancaster bomber that was shot down over Sweden on August 30th 1944. They managed to bail out, but the plane exploded above them, and all the crew were found on the ground or suspended in parachutes from trees, dead from the force of the explosion. The inscriptions read:
Han stupade i strid for fosterlandet och friheten.
Which means: He died fighting for his homeland and for freedom.
What were two Jews doing in the skies over Europe in 1944? At that time, RAF and other allied bombers were being downed by German night-fighters guided by ground controllers at radar screens. So the Telecommunications Research Establishment at Malvern developed a method of jamming the enemy's equipment. The only drawback was that it required an eighth member of the air crew - the "Special Duty Operator" or SO - who could recognize not only, in the cacophony of the Continent, who was speaking German, but understood the lingo well enough to pick up on the enemy's quite sophisticated efforts at misdirection. There was no room for the SO in the heated forward section of the Lancaster bombers, so they sat in the back, dressed as best they could to weather temperatures that, at 20,000 feet over Germany, got down to minus 60 Fahrenheit.
Because of the language requirement, many of the SOs were Jews of German extraction, for whom being shot down and captured in the Third Reich meant not a PoW camp but certain torture and death. Yet they, like all the other SOs, cheerfully volunteered for the job. One such was 19-year old Henry George Popper, born Heinz George Popper.
He was a year or so older than the bigger Muslim lad in the cemetery, but he didn't get to loaf around with his skateboard all day. I bid the boys farewell, and, as I headed back to the gate, my eye fell on another headstone: Julius Popper, Esq (1892-1957) and Dr Eugenie Popper (1894-1974). They were the parents of Henry George Popper and they lived in Barking, Essex. Yet they too wound up in Malmo. Eugenie Popper's words on her husband's death hint at the depths of pain with which they lived after the war:
He came the long way to rest in a Jewish spot with our only child.Henry George Popper is not a famous war hero - just a teenager doing his duty to King and country. Today, all around the cemetery where he lies, thousands of men his age arrive every week in Malmo, supposedly "refugees" from today's war. But, unlike Popper and Solomons, they're not interested in fighting for their country, merely in scramming to the welfare gravy trains of Northern Europe. And if they won't do anything for their own countries, why would Swedes expect them to do anything for theirs? A society that has nothing to die for has nothing to live for, and so Henryk Broder's last Europeans rush to embrace those who will supplant them.
A 25-year-old Palestinian who stabbed a police officer at an asylum centre in Denmark this week is the same man who attacked a Swedish minister earlier in the year, Danish officials have said.
My suggestion: Put him on a train to Germany. They love refugees there.
The ensuing violence left six police and 11 refugees injured. Police this week, after viewing video footage of the altercation, arrested 15 suspects on charges including attempted manslaughter.
Germany's police union Tuesday called for refugees to be separated by religion -- especially between Christians and Muslims -- and by country of origin, to minimise the potential for conflict.
Update: The Master is generous and appreciative.
And likely it will be both horrible and useful at the same time.
You can already rate restaurants, hotels, movies, college classes, government agencies and bowel movements online.
So the most surprising thing about Peeple - basically Yelp, but for humans - may be the fact that no one has yet had the gall to launch something like it.
When the app does launch, probably in late November, you will be able to assign reviews and one- to five-star ratings to everyone you know: your exes, your co-workers, the old guy who lives next door. You can't opt out - once someone puts your name in the Peeple system, it's there unless you violate the site's terms of service. And you can't delete bad, inaccurate or biased reviews - that would defeat the whole purpose.Imagine every interaction you've ever had suddenly open to the scrutiny of the Internet public.
Five Words: Same-Sex Common Law Marriage
Welcome to the state-sanctioned marriage party pal.
Yes, folks: there are people out there who suddenly got the ability last summer to retroactively sue a former partner for alimony. And there's gonna be a lot of lawyers who will find it reliably profitable to figure out what the law is now. Because Anthony Kennedy couldn't be bothered to work out those details.
Shortcuts make for bad law, folks. Deal with it. And, oh, yeah: some of you same-sex marriage advocates out there should probably look into divorce reform. Trust me: you'll be happier if you do.
It's a coin, issued by a real government. Or, at any rate, the government of New Zealand. It has Liz on the other side and everything. It's a proof coin, so it was only ever intended for collectors. But I have to ask myself.collectors of what?
I've been watching the quality of coin designs slide for years but - in all seriousness - there is no excuse for modeling this shitty ever to escape into the wild. Even for the notoriously unfussy collectors' market. Certainly not with the imprimatur of a real government mint.Dude's face fails even the basic properties of bilateral symmetry common to all terrestrial mammals. I wouldn't accept this level of drawing from a middle school student, not without some pretty stern critique.
In a one-car garage behind 367 Addison Avenue in Palo Alto, California, on January 1, 1939, two friends flipped a coin. They had an invention -- an automatic foul-line indicator for bowling alleys -- $538 in their pockets, and a dream. William Hewlett won the toss and Hewlett-Packard was born.
Hewlett and David Packard had met while undergraduate students at Stanford. They both loved the outdoors and electrical engineering. Hewlett went on to MIT for his doctorate, while Packard went to work in research for General Electric in Schenectady, New York. But in 1938, they both returned to Stanford, where Professor Frederick Terman encouraged them to go into the electronic business, as a previous student, Vannevar Bush, had done in 1922 when he co-founded Raytheon. Bush did that in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Terman wanted to make the Palo Alto area a hub of the electronics industry.
...But besides the great products they built, the company they built, the employees they helped, and the charities they helped, Hewlett and Packard did one other thing. They listened. In the summer of 1967, Hewlett received a phone call at home from an inquisitive 12-year-old. Struck by the kid's gumption, Hewlett hired him.Nine years later that kid started his own company in the garage of his parents on Crist Drive in Los Altos, California.That kid was Steve Robert Jobs and his company was Apple. It too was built to last, not just make money, clearly a case of Apple not falling far from the H-P.
Related: Did Carly Fiorina Destroy HP?
As foretold in the Idiocracy prophecies: Models Now 69'ing Down The Runway at Fashion Show
Sorry for the bummer of an ONT - you can go here for a pep talk to perk you up.
Yahoo group. That is all.
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And my lo-fi Twitter spew.
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Umpqua Shooter Identified as Chris Harper Mercer
And yes, Obama wants to confiscate your guns. That's why he mentioned Australia, which confiscated people's guns, as a model, and that's why he doesn't have to hear the details of how this gun was obtained before proposing "gun control" -- because his real desire is to confiscate all guns.
Pope Disappoints His Cheering Section in the Leftwing Press by Visiting Kim Davis
Pope Francis' covert meeting last week with a Kentucky clerk who refuses to issues marriage licenses to same-sex couples has left cable news pundits, reporters and columnists very disappointed.
This comes after many of these same characters heaped enthusiastic praise on Francis for his frequent comments on climate change and immigration.
MSNBC's Chris Hayes, for example, characterized Francis' meeting with Kim Davis as "bizarre in many ways." Considering that the pope has been "very public about what he was choosing to kind of intervene in," his meeting with the clerk is mind-boggling, he argued.
Hayes' guests Wednesday evening, Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King and LGBT-activist Dan Savage, were equally disappointed that Francis would meet with a Christian who claims her conscience compels her to break the law and refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses.
"[I'm] very deeply disappointed about the meeting," King said, conceding later that perhaps liberals like him have been "read[ing] too much into what the Pope thinks about gay marriage and the LGBT community in general."
During Francis' secret meeting last week with Davis, which was reportedly initiated by Vatican officials, he gifted her two rosaries, asked her to pray for him and encouraged her to "stay strong," according to her legal counsel.
More Butts were Hurt here than at a New York Times-sponsored How to be a Modern Man Curiosity Meeting.
Shock: Obama Makes Political Appeal for Gun Control, Before Finding Out If Any Gun Control Would Have Stopped the Shooting
Update: Nation's Top Douchebag to Address Nation at 6:20 PM
The President likes talking about some deaths, but not so much about others. The President, who has yet to say the words "Kathy Steinle," will agitate for his political wish list at 6:20 eastern, 3:20 Pacific, or whenever he feels like it.
If this kid had no record or officially reported psychiatric condition, what "gun control" would have stopped him, apart from full confiscation, which the left claims to not desire?
But of course they actually do favor that; they just won't say so, and their media enablers won't ask questions which could provoke them into confessing it.
Reportedly, the killer advertised the coming massacre, in a general way ("the northwest," etc.) on a message forum. One anonymous guy seems to have encouraged him and given him tips.
I would resist the urge to blame all the people on the message board -- what one guy says is not the fault of anyone else.
A local newspaper in Rosenburg is reporting this:
Kortney Moore, 18, from Rogue River, was in her Writing 115 class in Snyder Hall when one shot came through a window. She saw her teacher get shot in the head. The shooter was inside at that point, and he told people to get on the ground. The shooter was asking people to stand up and state their religion and then started firing away, Moore said. Moore was lying there with people who had been shot.
A Twitter user claims her "grandma" works at the school and she says the shooter was specifically asking if they were Christian or not -- with Christians being shot, non-Christians being either shot in the legs or spared. But note that is just a Twitter user going by the name @BodhiLooney claiming that; we have no idea who this person is, if she actually has a "grandma" at the school (a grandma?), or what.
I put up a post noting this before putting it back into draft before I realized that these two strands of information -- 1, that the killer asked about religion, and 2, that he was specifically targeting Christians -- are on completely different planes of reliability. The former is being reported by a newspaper and they attribute it to a named witness they assumedly spoke with; the latter is being claimed by twitter user "@BodhiLooney."
So I would not put any stock at all in that claim until a named witness clarifies this point. She could be totally on the level, or she could not be, or this could be a game of telephone where words get botched along the line.
Gun Free Slaughterhouse: Of course.
My, these gun-free zones work so well!
For murderers, I mean.
Obama: "I think it's fair to say someone who does something like this has a sickness in his mind, no matter what *he thinks* his motive is"— TheModernMan (@AceofSpadesHQ) October 1, 2015
I only hear Obama talk like that about one particular motivation.
If a Tea Partier, hypothetically, were behind this, he would not be doubting that that Tea Partier murdered in alignment with his vicious beliefs.
New York Times Writer Attempts to Explain What It Is To Be a "Modern Man," to Everyone's Great Embarrassment
It is often unmanly to even discuss "being a man" at all, but it can be done.
But describing "being a man" as nothing more than a series of trivial consumer choices reduces "being a man" to being a woman, but with these fashion preferences swapped out for women's.
The other things that make someone a "modern man" are, apparently, simply behaving like a liberal, urban white woman (the actual target demographic of this piece), as in:
25. The modern man has no use for a gun. He doesn’t own one, and he never will.
26. The modern man cries. He cries often.
27. People aren’t sure if the modern man is a good dancer or not. That is, until the D.J. plays his jam and he goes out there and puts on a clinic.
Yes, crying and dancing and thinking guns are icky. That's pretty much an exact description of Rooster Cogburn and Chuck Yaegher.
This New York Times piece is pure hatebait -- hatebait, because it's written to be mocked, but linked each time it's mocked.
The Modern Man, it goes on to tell us, is obsequious to feminist demands:
1. When the modern man buys shoes for his spouse, he doesn't have to ask her sister for the size. And he knows which brands run big or small.
9. Having a daughter makes the modern man more of a complete person. He learns new stuff every day.
10. The modern man makes sure the dishes on the rack have dried completely before putting them away.
Watching this soft-handed sweetboy explain being a man to people is adorable. Sometimes he tries to butch up by talking super tough about trivial matters of eating and social media usage:
4. The modern man doesn't cut the fatty or charred bits off his fillet. Every bite of steak is a privilege, and it all goes down the hatch.
11. The modern man has never "pinned" a tweet, and he never will.
Wow! That's some manful defiance right there! It's like his closest experience with a real man is watching Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation. Say, doesn't Ron Swanson sometimes talk about meat...? Oh yes, I'll say something manful about meat-eating.
By the way, Twinkie, there's not much fat at all on a fillet. That's the main thing about them, and why they're preferred by children and finicky eaters.
He has another burst of manful defiance in him -- this time, about his precious cellphone:
24. The modern man doesn't get hung up on his phone's battery percentage. If it needs to run flat, so be it.
Also, the modern man is apparently a prig and thinks military-derived slang is "gauche:"
8. The modern man uses the proper names for things. For example, he’ll say "helicopter," not "chopper" like some gauche simpleton.
The modern man is apparently super-into organization and planning his soap usage ahead of time:
12. The modern man checks the status of his Irish Spring bar before jumping in for a wash. Too small, it gets swapped out.
Wow, this Modern Man sure is breaking all the rules.
The Modern Man, as I said before, is very interested in shopping and advertising his fashion preferences:
14. The modern man still jots down his grocery list on a piece of scratch paper. The market is no place for his face to be buried in the phone.
15. The modern man has hardwood flooring. His children can detect his mood from the stamp of his Kenneth Cole oxfords.
18. The modern man has thought seriously about buying a shoehorn.
Why this Modern Man is very fixated on shoes, isn't it? Rather like another sex I could probably name if I gave it enough thought.
The modern man may hate guns and love crying like a little girl, but he'll... do something or other if there's an intruder in the house.
16. The modern man lies on the side of the bed closer to the door. If an intruder gets in, he will try to fight him off, so that his wife has a chance to get away.
Note he says try to fight him off. The Modern Man is admirably realistic about his capacity for physical confrontation.
Then the Modern Man does more Homemaking Projects he saw on GOOP or Martha Stewart:
17. Does the modern man have a melon baller? What do you think? How else would the cantaloupe, watermelon and honeydew he serves be so uniformly shaped?
Basically, the Modern Man is a tweener girl:
20. On occasion, the modern man is the little spoon. Some nights, when he is feeling down or vulnerable, he needs an emotional and physical shield.
Oh I can't quote it all, but he's got some stuff in there about collecting the phony artifacts of imaginary manhood, like making sure he has "All Michael Mann movies" on DVD, or whatever the most up-to-date recording format is.
Because, again, the Modern Man is a Fashion Consumer first and foremost, and adorns himself (or his little den) with various trinkets and baubles intended to prettify himself -- but in a Modern Man sort of way, you understand.
Mass Shooting at Community College in Oregon, At Least 15 Dead, 20 Injured
It occurred at Umpqua Community College, in a town called Roseburg, Oregon.
Police are now confirming 15 dead. They are currently saying they don't know if the shooter is active, or how many injured there are, but previous claims have been that it's an active shooter situation, and that at least 20 were injured (in addition to the at least 15 dead).
Shooter Down. The live coverage just mentioned that the shooter was "down," and now comes this tweet:
UPDATE: "No longer a threat" at Umpqua Community College, according to a Douglas County Sheriff's Dept. spokesperson, citing dispatchers— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 1, 2015
The reporters are more emphatic that the shooter is indeed down. They say that chatter over emergency radio is reporting "Code 4," which means the shooter is no longer a threat.
Sigh: Hillary Clinton's Brother Tony Fingered in Ashley Madison Leak
The August hacker attack on AshleyMadison.com, a website devoted to helping married men cheat on their wives, has snared the younger of presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton's two brothers.
Tony Rodham, who is close to the former secretary of state and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, was a registered user of the infidelity website, DailyMail.com can reveal....
But his loyal second wife Megan Madden Rodham, a dedicated pediatric intensive care nurse with whom he has two young children, said she was aware he had signed up with the website, and that he had squared it with her already.
Rodham's wife tells Daily Mail Online he has never cheated on her -- but admits she knows Rodham was signed up on the website. "I'm fine with it. He is not the sort of man who would take it any further,' she said, standing next to the family SUV -- a Buick sporting a 'Hillary for America' bumper sticker
Well that could be true, I did buy hiking boots and then never actually went hiking.
Surprise! Russia's First Bombing Run Isn't Against ISIL, But Against US-Backed Secular Rebels
Remember, all of Obama's super-close Interesting Foreign Friends are just here to help us n stuff. At least, that's the fantasy our daydreaming president likes to indulge.
Russia launched airstrikes in Syria on Wednesday, catching U.S. and Western officials off guard and drawing new condemnation as evidence suggested Moscow wasn't targeting extremist group Islamic State, but rather other opponents of Bashar al-Assad's regime.
One of the airstrikes hit an area primarily held by rebels backed by the Central Intelligence Agency and allied spy services, U.S. officials said, catapulting the Syrian crisis to a new level of danger and uncertainty. Moscow's entry means the world's most powerful militaries--including the U.S., Britain and France--now are flying uncoordinated combat missions, heightening the risk of conflict in the skies over Syria.
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Russia's approach to the Syrian war--defending Mr. Assad while ostensibly targeting extremists--was tantamount to "pouring gasoline on the fire."
"I have been dealing with them for a long time. And this is not the kind of behavior that we should expect professionally from the Russian military," Mr. Carter said at a Pentagon news conference.
Oh, they're not acting "professionally." What a fierce condemnation.
Russia is going after the US-backed secular rebels because they're the main moral threat to Assad, though not the main military threat. The main military threat is ISIS, but of course the West is willing, in theory, to bomb ISIS. (In theory -- Obama has been conducting desultory air strikes on ISIS that chiefly seem designed to impact American news media headlines.)
But the non-ISIS-aligned rebels are a force the world would generally welcome in place of Assad, so they need to be taken out ASAP. Plus, they're backed by the CIA, so Russia wants to eradicate these American-leaning elements.
Listen to how weakly our Secretary of Defense simpers on:
"It does appear that they were in areas where there probably were not ISIL forces, and that is precisely one of the problems with this whole approach," said Mr. Carter, the U.S. defense chief.
U.S. officials said it was unclear if Moscow directly targeted a location held by the CIA-backed fighters in western Syria because of their association with the U.S.'s covert program to fund, arm and train the rebels.
1, this is not a "problem" with the Russian approach, this is the whole point of the Russian approach, and 2, it is plenty "clear" what Russia is up to.
But Obama, however, is forced to cover for our actual enemies, to spin on their behalves, for to admit what they were actually doing would be to admit his own weakness and impotency.
So he has to make up a fairy tale about Russia, to save himself.
Not only that, Kerry had to stand with the Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and babble impotently about "deconfliction discussions" while Russia was blowing up American allies.
"Deconfliction" is apparently just keeping your jets out of each other's airspace so they don't shoot at one another (and spark World War Three, though we know that won't happen with limpwrist Obama; we'll just apologize for our pilots getting in the way of Russian air-to-air missiles).
Update: I just realized Kerry wasn't talking about jets, primarily -- he was pretending that Russia didn't know they were bombing US allies, that it was a mistake which a "deconfliction discussion" could have cured.
Pathetic attempt at face-saving.
Video of the humiliating spectacle at the above link.
Iranian ground troops will be sweeping in to further attack US interests.
Remember, Iran told Obama that if he gave them the bomb they would fix all that's broken in the Middle East for him, and Obama believed him, because weak people are forced to believe whatever promises are made to them. They have no other options but to trust that someone will help them.
These Iranian forces are under the command of Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, the Quds Force commander in charge of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s international operations, which runs a network of proxy forces throughout the Middle East, including Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Lebanon.
Fox News first reported a secret meeting between Soleimani and Russian President Vladimir Putin, which took place in late July. Part of the discussions between Soleimani and Putin was the future Russian build up in Syria, coordinated closely with Iran.
Suleimani is a terrorist, and his travel is restricted by Western governments due to his status as terrorist.
That meeting was of course during a key moment of the Iran Nuke talks. Didn't take any wind out of Obama's sails, though.
Krauthammer sums it all up.
"The Soviet Ministry announces they hit ISIS targets. Everyone knows it is a lie, like all of the lies that were issued in the Ukraine," Krauthammer said. "They were not hitting ISIS. ISIS isn't in the area. They were hitting... a stronghold for the Free Syrian Army."
Krauthammer labeled Russia’s actions as "humiliating" for the United States, as military leaders were given little more than an hour’s notice of plans for strikes in Syria.
Moreover, he said the Obama administration is failing to act as Russia takes charge in the region, referencing Secretary of State John Kerry’s afternoon media availability with his Russian counterpart.
"[Kerry was] saying, 'Well, you know, we’ve got a little problem about the nature of the targets Russia attacked today, but we’ll go on with other stuff about that later,'" Krauthammer said.
Video at the link.
By the Way: Note how easily Putin could have made this on Obama, had he chosen to. He could have bombed ISIS positions for a week, establishing goodwill, then turned to his real targets, the American-backed Free Syrian Army. Obama could have then spluttered something about "a lot of good" having been done already, and taking the good with the bad.
But Putin does not think that Obama warrants that minimal level of face-saving. Or that America is owed even that little bit of face-saving.
No, he wants us to know what he's doing, and he wants us to know it because he knows then that we have little choice but to accept it, and even endorse it-- so long as this crew of effeminate sybarites is command of the US military and intelligence forces.
Hermann Ottomar Herzog, "Sunset Near Low Creek, Florida" (n.d.)
Morning Thread (10-1-2015)
10/1/15? AYFKM? Oh, well, enjoy your pumpkin spice I guess.
Overnight Open Thread (9-30-2015)
"There is all the difference in the world, however, between two kinds of assistance through government that seem superficially similar: first, 90 percent of us agreeing to impose taxes on ourselves in order to help the bottom 10 percent, and second, 80 percent voting to impose taxes on the top 10 percent to help the bottom 10 percent - William Graham Sumner's famous example of B and C decided what D shall do for A. The first may be wise or unwise, an effective or ineffective way to help the disadvantaged - but it is consistent with belief in both equality of opportunity and liberty. The second seeks equality of outcome and is entirely antithetical to liberty."
-- Milton Friedman
Having a two-star admiral say "we can all get along" while standing on the stage in London with a Chinese three-star admiral who says "we can get along if you totally agree with me" is foolish and arrogant at once. It suggests an ignorance of the current security climate, as well as the assumption that our advantages are so great we can appease the enemy without fearing the consequences. These statements also reveal a growing willingness by some in the military to acquiesce to the wishes of political leaders. This is troubling when considered alongside recent news that the Pentagon Inspector General is investigating allegations by intelligence analysts at U.S. Central Command that their estimates had been altered by senior civilian and military officials to better support administration policies and desired political outcomes. Let us be clear: military officers, especially flag and general officers, are not political appointees. Their oath and duty is to the Constitution and the people whose sovereignty it embodies. The rising unwillingness to provide realistic assessments and strategies to protect American national interests is truly disturbing.
-- CDR Salamander in The USN Should Never Have a Low-T Moment
"Barack Obama's not a failure because he was a first-term senator, or even for lack of experience. He's had seven years of presidential experience and, in my mind, he's still failing. Barack Obama has failed as president because his ideas don't work. And they wouldn't have worked if he'd been in the senate for 40 years. And they wouldn't have worked if he was the CEO of a major company. And they wouldn't have worked if he was a governor. His ideas do not work. They don't work in America, they've never worked anywhere in the world. Here's what works: free enterprise, a limited government, a strong national security. That's what we need from our next president."
-- Marco Rubio
FERPA [Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974] isn't for the benefit of the student. It's a way for the universities to avoid accountability to the people who are actually paying the bills. Note how sometimes students are treated as adults, and sometimes as children. Note, too, that the way they're treated is always the way that's most useful to the university.
-- Glenn Reynolds on why tuition-paying parents aren't allowed to know if their children are even attending a university
The "rich" are never people like the Clintons, who acquired their wealth by the sweat of their brows, toiling in the harsh icy policy-mines of Davos. They're not the guys who make a bundle off some clever bit of tech, sell the company, then pledge to spend a fraction of their fortune on outfitting polar bears with inflatable vests to help them survive their imminent inundation in the boiling waters of the Arctic. They're not people like John Kerry, who married his way into a pile of money derived from a ubiquitous condiment; they're not people like Apple CEO Tim Cook, because c'mon, he's gay. They're not the Kennedys, because the Kennedys could strike oil on their Hyannis Port compound, pay African orphans a dollar a day to work the pumps by hand, build a pipeline that ran through a protected Monarch-butterfly preserve, and the media would still hang halos over their heads because JFK was martyred in Dallas by a free-floating toxic cloud of right-wing hatred that inhabited the brain of a well-meaning Marxist.
These are rich people, but they're good rich people, because you can imagine any one of them writing a check to Planned Parenthood with the words "keep up the excellent mammograms" in the memo line.-- James Lileks
The Great Stagnation: The Typical Male U.S. Worker Earned Less in 2014 Than in 1973
The typical man with a full-time job-the one at the statistical middle of the middle-earned $50,383 last year, the Census Bureau reported this week.
The typical man with a full-time job in 1973 earned $53,294, measured in 2014 dollars to adjust for inflation.You read that right: The median male worker who was employed year-round and full time earned less in 2014 than a similarly situated worker earned four decades ago. And those are the ones who had jobs.
"If you trust only men you have lost," he told the young people in a long, rambling talk about war, trust and politics after putting aside his prepared address.
"It makes me think of...people, managers, businessmen who call themselves Christian and they manufacture weapons. That leads to a bit a distrust, doesn't it?" he said to applause.He also criticized those who invest in weapons industries, saying "duplicity is the currency of today...they say one thing and do another."
Note that making a gun is neither good nor evil in itself - it's the actions of the person wielding it that determine this. It's also interesting to note that the heavily armed Swiss Guard rely on the very weapons made by these 'un-Christians' to protect the Pope's life.
Thank you Ted Kennedy. Also let's hear no more BS about America suddenly pulling up the welcome mat to immigrants.
And heavy use actually makes things worse:
A report issued by the UK's Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has evaluated how technology in classrooms affects test results, and found that the availability of computers provides "no noticeable improvement" to students' test scores. According to the report, "Students who use computers very frequently at school get worse results." Also, "high achieving school systems such as South Korea and Shanghai in China have lower levels of computer use in school." The organization warns that classroom technology can be a distraction if implemented unwisely, and it also opens the door to easy ways of cheating.
Just as there is no royal road to learning there is no technology-based road either.
I want to say this is wrong but then when you look at what these departments have produced over the past few decades....
Unclear on the Concept: Google Ideas Invites Online Harassers to Talk About Online Harassment
And treat calorie-rich food as a quasi-legal controlled substance:
Eventually the change will have to happen, with similar restrictions on advertising, sponsorship, display and accessibility to those imposed on the tobacco pedlars. One day, though not before many thousands have needlessly died, it will become illegal to advertise any food or drink that merits a red traffic-light warning. They will be sold only in plain packaging, with health warnings, on high shelves.
Scripps College, a private all-women's college in Southern California, is giving students ten pronoun options to choose from in their student portal accounts - including "hu, hum, hus, himself," "Just My Name Please," and "None"
It's not clear what the hell students who choose "None" are supposed to be called, especially since "Name Only" is another option. Are they (oops! I said "they!") asking to not be spoken to at all? Because that sounds like a microaggression.
The other eight options are "E/Ey, Em, Eir/Eirs, Eirself/Emse," "Per, Per, Per/Pers, Perself," "Zi, Hir/Hirs Hirself," "Ze, Zir, Zir/Zirs, Zirself," "They, Them, Their/Theirs, Themse" (used as a singular pronoun) and - yes - the archaic "He, Him, His, Himself" or "Her, She, Hers, Herself."This list of pronouns, as well as a pronunciation guide for those insensitive bigots who don't already know them by heart, was provided to the College Fix.
But also 518 words for drunkenness - yet don't seem especially extra perceptive about either. So take that strong-form Sapir-Whorf hypothesis.
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Hillary Is a Really Special Lady, a Continuing Series
BREAKING: Emails show Russia-linked hackers tried at least 5 times to break into Clinton private server.— The Associated Press (@AP) September 30, 2015
In addition, the count of classified emails on her system -- and most likely, therefore, the Russians' system -- has hit 400. And counting.
At least 400 emails that Hillary Clinton sent or received through her private computer server while secretary of state contained classified material, according to the State Department’s latest update Wednesday from its ongoing review of more than 30,000 emails.
In response to a public records lawsuit, the department released another 6,300 pages of the Democratic presidential candidate’s emails after partially or entirely redacting any containing sensitive U.S. or foreign government information on a range of issues.
What did Hillary Clinton do that Edward Snowden did not?
Boehner's House Passes Short-Term Continuing Resolution, 277-151
Some might guess it's to delay the vote on the longer continuing resolution (which will also fund Planned Parenthood, naturally) until it's too late for people to begin the process of primarying out wayward Republicans.
Argentine President: In 2010, An Obama Administration Official Asked Me to Provide Iran with Nuclear Fuel; Obama Administration Official Confirms Story
Kirchner claimed Gary Samore, former White House Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction, visited Argentina and suggested the nation provide Iran with nuclear fuel in 2010, two years into Obama’s presidency.
However, after the government in Argentina requested the fuel transfer request in writing, in keeping with protocol, Kirchner said the Minister of Foreign Affairs never heard from Samore again.
For full context, read her remarks via a transcript from the Argentine president’s official website:In 2010 we were visited in Argentina by Gary Samore, at that time the White House's top advisor in nuclear issues. He came to see us in Argentina with a mission, with an objective: under the control of IAEA, the international organization in the field of weapons control and nuclear regulation, Argentina had supplied in the year 1987, during the first democratic government, the nuclear fuel for the reactor known as "Teheran". Gary Samore had explained to our Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hector Timerman, that negotiations were underway for the Islamic Republic of Iran to cease with its uranium enrichment activities or to do it to a lesser extent but Iran claimed that it needed to enrich this Teheran nuclear reactor and this was hindering negotiations. They came to ask us, Argentines, to provide the Islamic Republic of Iran with nuclear fuel. Rohani was not in office yet. It was Ahmadinejad's administration and negotiations had already started.
Mediate notes the oddness of asking Argentina, specifically, to supply Iran with nuke fuel -- given the bombing a Jewish center in Argentina in 1994, a case officially unsolved but believed to have been sponsored by Iran.
And perhaps there's a reason Kirchner is making this accusation now:
Coincidentally [???-- or not. Ace], the speech by Argentinian President Kirchner coincides with the release of the anticipated documentary film Los Abandanados, which examines the role of Iran in the 1994 AMIA bombing. The film also highlights the circumstances surrounding the mysterious death of Nisman, who actively devoted his life to uncovering the judicial misconduct following the attack. Nisman was found dead in January at his home in Buenos Aires, hours before he was scheduled to address the Congress of Argentina.
Story is true that I went to Buenos Aires in August 2009 to ask Foreign Minister Timmerman if Argentina would be willing to manufacture fresh fuel for the Tehran Research Reactor in exchange for Iran shipping most of its stockpile of low enriched uranium to Russia.
As I recall, Minister Timmerman told me that Argentina could not participate in the project because of Iran’s refusal to cooperate in the AMIA investigation. I said that I understood the political sensitivities and accepted that Argentina could not be part of the project.
We subsequently approached France, which agreed to manufacture the fuel for the Tehran Research Reactor.
In October 2009, Iran agreed to the deal: Iran would ship 1,200 kilograms of low enriched uranium hexafluoride (less than 5%) to Russia; Russia would further enrich the uranium to 19.5% and ship it to France for fabrication into research reactor fuel, which would then be shipped to Iran.
The idea is that we'd give Iran mid-enriched uranium and of course they would enrich it no further than that.
It's unbelievable. Unbelievable.
Republican Congressman Jim Jordan to Planned Parenthood President Cecil Richards: If You're Claiming Those Videos Were "Heavily Edited" and "Misleading," Why Did You Apologize for the Statements Made on the Videos?
The Fragrant Flowers of the SJW Coalition Women's Auxiliary are trying to make this a #WarOnWomen moment because men, get this, disagreed with a woman and said so.
Jim Jordan's point is simple, though Richards tries her hardest to miss it: She apologized for, and I quote, "the tone and the statements" in the first video released by CMP, where Dr. Nucatella talks about selling (or, um, "donating" for cash) fetal tissue in between bites of salad and swigs of wine.
Now Richards is claiming (based on a report paid for by, get this, Planned Parenthood) that the videos are all lies because they're "heavily edited" and "misleading."
So Jordan wants to know: Are you still apologizing for any statements in that first video, and if so, which ones? You don't apologize for inaccurate quotations; you apologize for accurate ones, so which did you have in mind?
But Richards' defense has obviously "evolved" as they've realized Holy Shit, the media really is going to completely cover-up for us and now she finds that initial (dishonest, manipulative) apology inconvenient.
And it's even more galling that the Strong, Independent Women Who Whine And Cry About Everything are claiming there's a #WarOnWomen because a man dared to dispute a woman.
In public!, if you can imagine such a thing. Where has gallantry gone?
But seriously, sometimes these idiots just need things to be explained to them in a confident, male voice that cuts through the sillybananas neurotic voices echoing in their heads.
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New York City Council Honors Ethel Rosenberg, Executed for High Treason for Delivering the US' Atomic Bomb Plans to the Soviet Union, for Her "Great Bravery"
They're not saying her "great bravery" consisted of delivering the bomb to the Soviet Union. Wink. Actually, they are saying that, but they want plausible deniability; so they're claiming they're honoring her "great bravery" in leading a labor strike, while denying the atomic spy charges. (Which are undeniable -- see the Venona intercepts. We had broken the Soviet's codes and were reading their messages to spies, a secret only revealed in 1995.)
Three council members joined Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer in issuing two proclamations lauding Rosenberg, a Lower East Side resident, for "demonstrating great bravery" in leading a 1935 strike against the National New York Packing and Supply Co., where she worked as a clerk.
The proclamations also said she was "wrongfully" executed for helping her husband, Julius, pass atomic secrets to the Soviet Union.
Look, there's no question that "OSA" (Russian for "bee;" Ethel's code-name) was a member of Karl Fuch's (code-name: KALIBR) spy ring charged with working on "ENORMOZ" (the code-name for the US atomic bomb program). She urged Ruth Greenglass to recruit her husband David Greenglass (who worked for the Manhattan Project) into the spy ring; she did, Greenglass joined, and Greenglass delivered over key information to the Soviet Union.
We read their secret communications at the time; we have since disclosed this fact; and former Soviet Premier Nikita Kruschev said so in his pothumously-published memoirs.
In his posthumously published memoirs, Nikita Khrushchev, leader of the Soviet Union from 1953 to 1964, said that he "cannot specifically say what kind of help the Rosenbergs provided us" but that he learned from Joseph Stalin and Vyacheslav M. Molotov that they "had provided very significant help in accelerating the production of our atomic bomb".
So there's no question she did what she was alleged to have done; nor, in fact, was there much doubt at the time -- most Soviet-leaning/communist-sympathizing progressives made the Rosenbergs their heroes not because they thought they were innocent, but rather because they knew they were guilty.
Or, as they would put it: they knew the Rosenbergs had "demonstrated great bravery" on behalf of the Worker's Paradise of Mother Russia.
Some of the Rosenbergs' stalwart defenders are quite open about this.
Today, so many decades later, the descendants of the people who proclaimed the Rosenbergs' innocence have now begun yet another campaign to rehabilitate them. They now argue that although it appears Julius Rosenberg was a Soviet spy after all, he gave little of value to the Soviets, was motivated by the desire to stave off atomic war, and in any case had nothing to do with handing over atomic information of any kind to the Soviet Union.
A new variation of this argument was penned recently by the activist historian and lawyer Staughton Lynd, writing in the Marxist journal Monthly Review, founded in 1949 by the late Leo Huberman and the late Paul M. Sweezy. I have written at length about Lynd’s article, but his argument can be easily summarized. Lynd now accepts as fact that Julius Rosenberg led a Soviet spy network, but he objects to what he calls the triumphalism of those like me who have asserted this for years. More important for Lynd is that the couple refused to "snitch," therefore making themselves heroes. He maintains that their trial was a "sham," and he argues that even if they were guilty, they must be viewed as unadulterated heroes. Why? Because, he actually writes, the couple had "obligations as Communists, and as citizens of the world." So, to Lynd, the Rosenbergs' obligation to spy for Joseph Stalin stands above any loyalty to their own country, not to speak of their willingness to make their own children orphans. Secondly, Lynd believes that if the Rosenbergs helped the Soviets get the bomb, that "might have been justified," since he believes Soviet strength stopped aggression by the American imperialists.
For years, the American Left argued that the Rosenbergs were framed and innocent. Now Lynd says they were guilty but that their actions were justified because they helped "preserve the peace of the world." In effect, he is saying that instead of still attempting to prove the Rosenbergs were framed, we should celebrate them for being traitors to their own country. His argument reveals only the desperation some on the left have to descend to in order to maintain their view that the only guilty party was the United States.
They were Atomic Spies for World Peace, or something.
Sixty years later, and it's no different; the crusty old communists of New York City's government are still heaping laurels on the Sainted Heroes of the Soviet Union, Julius (LIBERAL) and Ethel (OSA) Rosenberg, who delivered the Soviets and ENORMOZ boost in their atomic research.
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Real World Costs Of OPM Hack Starting To Trickle Out
Well, at least it's not like it's important we have intelligence assets in China or anything.
The CIA pulled a number of officers from the U.S. Embassy in Beijing as a precautionary measure in the wake of the massive cybertheft of the personal data of federal employees, current and former U.S. officials said.
Because the OPM records contained the background checks of State Department employees, officials privately said the Chinese could have compared those records with the list of embassy personnel. Anybody not on that list could be a CIA officer.
The CIA's move was meant to safeguard officers whose agency affiliation might be discovered as a result of the hack, said officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive matter.
Of course China would never share that kind of information with others in hopes of hampering the agents ability to be stationed anywhere.
Strangely enough, this whole mess doesn't seem to be getting as much attention as Valerie Plame did. Funny how the media is so selective about when they gin up outrage.
Russia Begins Bombings In Syria
Turns out the Russians didn't send troops and aircraft to Syria for a fall vacation.
Russia has conducted its first airstrike in Syria, near the city of Homs, a senior U.S. official told CNN on Wednesday .
"We see some very sophisticated air defenses going into those airfields. We see some very sophisticated air-to-air aircraft going into these airfields. I have not seen ISIL flying any airplanes that require SA-15s or SA-22s (Russian missiles). I have not seen ISIL flying any airplanes that require sophisticated air-to-air capabilities," Gen. Phillip Breedlove, NATO's supreme allied commander, said on Monday.
"I'm looking at the capabilities and the capacities that are being created and I determine from that what might be their intent. These very sophisticated air defense capabilities are not about ISIL. They're about something else," he concluded.
Yes, it's about keeping us out of Syria. The whole point of the exercise is to save Assad's regime (whether or not that means saving Assad personally is to be seen).
I know people are upset about this and think Obama should have done something.
Here's my question...what's that something entail?
Mostly they will say we should have created a no-fly zone. Ok. And we'd do something that would help the al-Qaeda rebels and ISIL forces why?
The Russian advantage in Syria is that they have an ally there. They are happy to save Assad. He's a long time client and the Russians want to keep access to the naval base at Tartus.
Our position in Syria was limited because no matter how many sides there are in the Syrian civil war, and there are many, none of them help us. No matter which side we came in on, we'd be helping an enemy of ours. There simply is, and never was, a moderate side in Syria which if they'd won, would improve our standing in the region.
Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and other Arab allies want Assad gone but are unwilling or unable to do it themselves. They would have been happy to see Assad go and let us deal with the ruins of Syria. While that was generous of them, it was an untenable position for us.
We need to have a more realistic vision of American power. Yes, we can knock any regime off we want anywhere in the world. What we're not very good at, because it's impossible to be good at, is building civil societies in the Mideast and Muslim nations like Afghanistan.
It's a conundrum that's going to take creative strategic thinking to find a path between "do nothing" and "bomb/invade all the places". I'm not sure that path exists but unless we start looking for it, we're never going to find it.
Until then we can enjoy the spectacle of Russia and Iran getting bogged down in the mess that Syria is and will be for a good long while. Remember the Soviet experience in Afghanistan in the 80s? That didn't turn out well for the regime. And with mounting casualties from their Ukraine operations, Vladimir Putin may be overplaying his hand. We should do what we can to make the price he pays for his adventures, like providing lethal aid to the Ukrainians, as high as possible.
Wednesday Morning News Dump
- The GOP Is Overmatched
- Meet The American Vigilantes Who Are Fighting ISIS
- Teamsters Wariness Of Hillary Could Spell Trouble For Her
- WaPo Hack Refuses To Watch Planned Parenthood Videos, Still Defends Them
- Likeability And The Lens
- The Mystery Of Hillary's Missing Millions
- More Than 250 Americans Have Joined ISIS
- She Can Handcuff Me Anytime
Morning Thread (9-30-2015)
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Overnight Open Thread (9-29-2015)
What Abdul made of being shanghaied by some high-class Nordic totty to serve as her cabin mate on a stomach-churching voyage of moral exhibitionism, I cannot say. But, from personal observation, the "refugees" around me seemed to take it for granted that asylum in Europe should come with complimentary first-class travel (see picture at top right, from a German train).
There were more shrugs at Malmö, when I asked a station official about it. He told me that, on the train from Stockholm the other day, a group of "refugees" had looted the café car. The staff were too frightened to resist. "Everyone wants a quiet life," he offered by way of explanation. Sweden prides itself on accepting more "refugees" per capita than any other European country, and up to a thousand a day are registering for asylum in Malmö. I daintily stepped around that morning's intake slumbering on the concourse.-- Mark Steyn on his rail trip to Malmo, Sweden
Hungary's efforts to barricade itself were recently criticised as "un-European", which rather misses the point. In fact, Hungary is trying very hard to remain European. Meanwhile, a debate has broken out over whether to describe Europe's future rulers as migrants, refugees or asylum seekers. I prefer the attractive Australianism "reffo", which deserves an international audience.
Every Republican tax-reform plan should be rooted in this reality: If you are going to have federal spending that is 21 percent of GDP, then you can have a.) taxes that are 21 percent of GDP; b.) deficits. There is no c.
If, on the other hand, you have a credible program for reducing spending to 17 or 18 percent of GDP, which is where taxes have been coming in, please do share it.-- Kevin D. Williamson
Our attempts to download the briefs and the accompanying booklet have not borne fruit this morning - as these documents exist at the nexus of interest by historians, the press's JFK cult, and conspiracy nut jobs, the Agency server's getting hit on like the only woman at a Dungeons and Dragons convention.
-- WeaponsMan on the release of Presidential briefing documents from the early 60s
"Now my pleasure pillows are purely for my husband."
-- Helen Mirren declaring an end to any further public nudity
Jean Raspail's dystopian 70s novel ain't just a novel anymore. Only in this case the migrants swarming Europe are overwhelmingly young Muslim men who are not from Syria but he pretty much nailed the feckless response from European leaders.
Rather than deal with the rapey proclivities of these immigrants the authorities warn young women to avoid showing any flesh lest it provoke the newcomers or simply unapologetically suppress any news of refugee-committed rapes.
And they want to criminalize free speech online to deal with any natives who might have the temerity to object to all this.
Why it's as if the leaders of Europe have simply decided to replace their clapped out old citizenry with a new, more vibrant populace and are just trying to make the whole volk transition happen quietly and efficiently with a minimum of fuss.
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For those who missed it last night. It is recommended.
No word if he will bring along his 'science project'.
Fifty mil makes a pretty nice slush fund to make your 'problems' go away.
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All I got for my 14th birthday was a radio-cassette player and a Star Trek calendar. Which was pretty much what I was looking for.
Half of life is just showing up. And the other half is staying in the game no matter how it's going for you.
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