July 27, 2017

Overnight Open Thread (07-27-2017)

—CBD

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Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fall, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth lasts for a thousand years, men will still say, 'This was their finest hour!'
-- Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill
Yes, I am a Jew, and when the ancestors of the right honorable gentleman were brutal savages in an unknown island, mine were priests in the temple of Solomon
-- Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield
[In response to a taunt by Daniel O'Connell]
People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them.
-- George Bernard Shaw
[in "Mrs. Warren's Profession"]

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McMaster Fires Another Iran Hawk, While Doing His Best to Protect Obama Holdovers

—Ace

Derek Harvey is a Middle East expert who had been on the National Security Council. He had pushed for a "more belligerent" line on Iran -- in accordance with Trump's, but apparently not McMasters', wishes.

Obviously, then, he had to go.

Harvey was apparently a strong advocate of Trump's decision to bomb a Syrian airfield in April in retaliation for the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad using chemical weapons on civilians days earlier. Harvey also supported a more bellicose Iran strategy than either Tillerson or Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

Mattis, in particular, had strong disagreements with Harvey. Sources told the Standard that Mattis raised his concerns with National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, who was the one to fire Harvey on Thursday morning.

Harvey, a long-time intelligence professional with wide knowledge of the Middle East, played a critical role in the administration's Iran, Syria, and Iraq policies. He has extensive experience as an intelligence officer and analyst for the military, embassies, and the Defense Intelligence Agency.

McMaster meanwhile continues fighting to keep Obama's Team in place.

Harvey was closely involved in president Trump's efforts to rid the National Security Council of Obama holdovers, who were suspected of leaking national security secrets to the press. After extensive research, Harvey compiled a list of suspected leakers and reportedly delivered it straight to the president, who then took his list to McMaster.

Even though President Trump asked McMaster to fire the individuals on the list, the NSC chief refused the president's directives to get rid of the Obama holdovers. This comes as Congress continues to sound the alarm about the national security implications of a White House that can't control the release of classified information.

And as the classified leaks continue to spill into the public domain at a record-high rate, the National Security Council remains staffed with a shockingly high percentage of holdovers from the Obama era. Reached for comment, a White House official estimated that well over fifty percent of the National Security Council staff are Obama holdovers.

But instead of firing the Obama holdovers, McMaster has purged several conservative Trump supporters from the ranks of the NSC.

Obama's holdovers are invested in keeping the "Iran Deal" alive, one imagines. Right?

You know, establishment types ooohed and aahed over the Mattis and McMaster nominations while people I consider more credible -- that is, Deplorables with some subject-matter expertise -- told me both were weak and more aligned with Obama.

They turn out to have been right.

So I guess the question for the "principles" braggarts is this: You supposedly were against the Iran deal. Yet the establishment-blessed men you say are the Adults in the Room seem to be determined to keep it.

So, have your principles been corrupted by your tribal loyalties to the establishment/RINO wing?

Do you really oppose the Iran deal, or do you oppose it like Lisa Murkowski opposes Obamacare?

Posted by Ace at 08:08 PM Comments



Scaramucci to Reporter: Tell Me Who's Leaking, Or I'll Just Fire Everyone

—Ace

I'm not sure if this is crazy or if this is necessary, or if it's a bit of both.

“Who leaked that to you?” he asked. I said I couldn’t give him that information. He responded by threatening to fire the entire White House communications staff. “What I’m going to do is, I will eliminate everyone in the comms team and we’ll start over,” he said. I laughed, not sure if he really believed that such a threat would convince a journalist to reveal a source. He continued to press me and complain about the staff he’s inherited in his new job. “I ask these guys not to leak anything and they can’t help themselves,” he said. “You’re an American citizen, this is a major catastrophe for the American country. So I’m asking you as an American patriot to give me a sense of who leaked it.”

In Scaramucci’s view, the fact that word of the dinner had reached a reporter was evidence that his rivals in the West Wing, particularly Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff, were plotting against him. ...

[H]e has become obsessed with leaks and threatened to fire staffers if he discovers that they have given unauthorized information to reporters. Michael Short, a White House press aide considered close to Priebus, resigned on Tuesday after Scaramucci publicly spoke about firing him. Meanwhile, several damaging stories about Scaramucci have appeared in the press, and he blamed Priebus for most of them. Now, he wanted to know whom I had been talking to about his dinner with the President. Scaramucci, who initiated the call, did not ask for the conversation to be off the record or on background.

“Is it an assistant to the President?” he asked. I again told him I couldn’t say.

“O.K., I’m going to fire every one of them, and then you haven’t protected anybody, so the entire place will be fired over the next two weeks.”

I asked him why it was so important for the dinner to be kept a secret. Surely, I said, it would become public at some point. “I’ve asked people not to leak things for a period of time and give me a honeymoon period,” he said. “They won’t do it.” He was getting more and more worked up, and he eventually convinced himself that Priebus was my source.

Okay, then he turns to Reince Priebus, and Steve Bannon.

“They’ll all be fired by me,” he said. “I fired one guy the other day. I have three to four people I’ll fire tomorrow. I’ll get to the person who leaked that to you. Reince Priebus—if you want to leak something—he’ll be asked to resign very shortly.” The issue, he said, was that he believed Priebus had been worried about the dinner because he hadn’t been invited. “Reince is a fucking paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac,” Scaramucci said.

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Scaramucci also told me that, unlike other senior officials, he had no interest in media attention. “I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own cock,” he said, speaking of Trump’s chief strategist. “I’m not trying to build my own brand off the fucking strength of the President. I’m here to serve the country.”

Okay, definitely kind of crazy. Still, maybe the leakers need to know a crazy guys is just itching to fire them.

Posted by Ace at 07:10 PM Comments

More on Fusion GPS: Veteran Washington Reporter Says Media Won't Report on Fusion GPS' Activities as a Major "Source" of "News," Because If You Dug Down Into It and Saw Fusion GPS' Emails With the Media, "It will look like an apocalypse"

—Ace

A startling Q&A from Grassley and Browder, who testified today about the Magnitsky Act, Putin's efforts to overturn it, and Fusion GPS' role in helping Putin overturn it:


Lindsey Graham notes that Fusion GPS was both behind the anti-Trump Pee Pee Party Dossier as well as being on the same team as whoever set up the Don Jr. meeting.

Mollie Hemingway digests Browyard's testimony.

The full testimony is here, and I strongly advise you to read it. It's gripping as hell.

It's also alarming -- not just about the incredible brutality, venality, and corruption of the Russian government, but the even more frightening Shadow Media in the US which takes money from corrupt governments to get stories friendly to them planted in US media accounts, or to kill stories they don't like.

This tweet also has some of the highlights.

Lee Smith also checks in and digests the accusations flying about Fusion GPS. This is amazing stuff.

I'm not going to get into the details -- you'll have to click for those; this all seems very scary to me, scary enough I don't even want to mention this stuff -- but here's Lee Smith's conclusion:

It’s one of the peculiar paradoxes of the media today that the firm that sparked the anti-Trump resistance, and fueled the patriotism of those newly awakened to the dangers of Russian interference in American political institutions is working with companies intimately linked with Moscow. Fusion GPS is working to undo the U.S. sanctions on Russia implemented by the Magnitzky Act, and has been networked into Gazprom’s investment in Venezuela’s energy sector alongside Derwick Associates. And yet the U.S. media is focused on the Great Kremlin Conspiracy, the fruit of what appears to be only one in a series of smear campaigns waged by Fusion GPS. Sure, the reasons are partly ideological—Trump is not the press’ preferred candidate. And financial—the daily campaign against Trump is driving traffic that print and broadcast haven’t seen in a long time.

The press has its hands tied. “If they report that the Russia dossier is probably nonsense,” said Halvorssen, “and Fusion GPS is running information operations across the media, then that calls into question all the other stories that Fusion GPS has fed journalists in the past. Why are so few journalists willing to look into Fusion GPS?”

In order to report honestly on the Trump scandals, a weakened press would have to report honestly on Fusion GPS—which would mean lifting the lid on the incompetence and malfeasance of their own institutions and colleagues, which would reveal a scandal as threatening to democracy as anything Trump has said or done. “Imagine if they subpoena Fusion GPS’s emails,” said a veteran Washington reporter, “there are going to be lots of journalists in there who’ve taken stories from them. Big names, senior figures in the field. It will look like an apocalypse.”

There was a Mamet film about ten years ago called Spartan. It was okay. But what was great about it was its deadpan depiction of the US as a country in which government thugs and quasi-government thugs killed and assaulted people with impunity. Not just impunity -- they didn't even worry about it much. They acted as if this was all routine, not exceptional at all.

I'm starting to get that kind of vibe from all this.

Posted by Ace at 06:10 PM Comments

William Shatner Goes to War with... the Social Justice Warriors

—Ace

Engage.

Wait, he's not the one who said engage, is he?

What did Kirk say? Nanoo nanoo if I remember right.

Well whatever. He's giving them full phasers and photon torpedoes.


BTW, posting this was a pain in the ass because for some reason, William Shatner has me blocked.

WTF, dude?

Posted by Ace at 05:05 PM Comments

Sarah Carter/Circa.com: FBI Special Counsel Under Investigation for Leaking Classified Information

—Ace

The problem with draining a swamp is that there's nothing to uncover by draining it, except deeper swamp.

FBI General Counsel James A. Baker is purportedly under a Department of Justice criminal investigation for allegedly leaking classified national security information to the media, according to multiple government officials close to the probe who spoke with Circa on the condition of anonymity.

FBI spokeswoman Carol Cratty said the bureau would not comment on Baker and would not confirm or deny any investigation. Baker did not return comment when Circa attempted to reach him through the FBI.

This comes as Department of Justice Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he would soon be making an announcement regarding the progress of leak investigations. A DOJ official declined to comment on Circa’s inquiry into Baker but did say, the planned announcement by Sessions is part of the overall "stepped up efforts on leak investigations."

Three sources, with knowledge of the apparent investigation, told Circa that Baker is the top suspect in an ongoing leak investigation, but Circa has not been able to confirm the details of what national security information or material was allegedly leaked.

Posted by Ace at 03:24 PM Comments

President of Human Rights Foundation: Fusion GPS is a Professional Smear Organization Hired By Big-Money Players to Destroy Anyone Who Opposes Their Clients

—Ace

Thor Halvorsen claims that he was exposing a corrupt company called Derwick which had sold a bunch of faulty electric plants in Venezeula, with the contract awarded by corrupt officials who got kickbacks from the company.

In Venezeula -- who'd imagine such a thing.

He says that Derwick then hired Fusion GPS to begin planting stories in "fringe websites" that he was a pedophile and drug addict.

He says their tactic is to accuse any enemy of their clients of acts so heinous that mere innocence isn't enough to remove the stain.

Sounds like he's saying they're a company behind #FakeNews.


Watch his interview on Tucker Carlson.

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Posted by Ace at 02:34 PM Comments

Hillary Will Offer Personal, Candid Rehash of All Her Scripted Robotic Excuses in New Book "What Happened"

—Ace

How 'bout that title, huh?

Hillary has a real gift for catchy pith, doesn't she? "I'm with her." "Stronger together."

"What happened."

She's a poet made of nothing but heart and laser-light.

So this gin-soaked nutter continues spiraling downward.

David Harsanyi explains:

[T]he reasons Why It Happened are pretty clear.

First of all, no one really likes you. I don’t say this out of political or personal malice. I assume few people like me, either. But being inherently unlikeable is an awkward attribute to have when you have designs on public office...

Now, granted, this might have something to do with your long history of corruption, mendacity and malleable political principles. Or maybe it’s just something about your personality. Whatever the case, no amount of whataboutism regarding Donald Trump can erase living history.

It’s also probably difficult for voters to be stirred by someone who wants to be president as badly as you do. The ambition, it oozes from you. And because you’ll say anything polls tell you to say, you are extraordinarily uninspiring. Your politics are a sort of a lagging indicator. By the time you embrace them, the moment has passed us by.

...

Some politicians can get over their shadiness and disagreeable nature by excelling at retail politics and/or strategic thinking. You’re not that person.

The Federalist's Bre Peyton collects some funny parodies and reactions to Hillary's "What Happened."

Here are a couple:



Posted by Ace at 01:17 PM Comments

Roger Simon: Imran Awan Needs a Special Prosecutor 1000x More Than Trump

—Ace

It sure seems like a lot of powerful people have something to hide.

Jeff Sessions should immediately appoint a special counsel in this case whose tentacles are so vast they reach the highest levels of our government. The FBI, working unsupervised, has already been tainted by its heavily-criticized investigation of Hillary Clinton's emails, an investigation that actually may turn out to be related to this one. It cannot be trusted to do this by themselves. We need a special counsel.

Further, unlike Russiagate, this is an investigation that already has a crime (Awan will be arraigned August 21). It isn't in search of one. It's just trying to find out its extent wherever it leads.,,,

There are a lot of shoelaces to be tied up here. Among them:

1, Why did Debbie Wasserman Schultz keep this man in her employ right up until he was arrested Tuesday night when he has been under suspicion for months. Does he have something on her or other people?

2. Why did Nancy Pelosi lie when she said she never heard of Awan? Email revealed by Wikileaks says Awan had access to Pelosi's iPad. (Wiklileaks has never been shown to be inaccurate.)

3. What is on the smashed hard drives Awan is trying to retrieve from the FBI? (Oh, those Democrats and their hard drives.)

4. Why is Awan suddenly being legally represented at the highest level by Clinton ultra-loyalist Chris Gowan -- a fact-checker for Bill Clinton's memoir of all things? (They are already using the same right-wing conspiracy baloney they used in the Lewinski case.) Does this make sense if Awan's just a low-lif.e fraudster? Why not let him dangle?

5. Just what is the relationship, if any, between the Awan case and the unsolved Seth Rich murder? Is it entirely an accident that Debbie Wasserman Schultz's brother Steven is accused of blocking the investigation? Denials from Debbie aren't worth much anymore.

6. Where did the Wikileaks come from anyway? Was it really Russia?

Could have been Russia employing a shady Pakistani to get the information. It's not as if spymasters are only permitted to recruit their own nationals.

But we need a special counsel to know for sure.

Plus, see Glenn Reynold's recap post on the IT 5 (that link appears fragged; maybe just check his main page and scan down), including this plausible speculation.

Five Capitol Hill technology aides told The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group that members of Congress have displayed an inexplicable and intense loyalty towards the suspects who police say victimized them. The baffled aides wonder if the suspects are blackmailing representatives based on the contents of their emails and files, to which they had full access.

“I don’t know what they have, but they have something on someone. It’s been months at this point” with no arrests, said Pat Sowers, who has managed IT for several House offices for 12 years. “Something is rotten in Denmark.”

The fact that a Friend of Bill and Hill superpartisan lawyer has been brought in to defend this alleged grifter just makes this all the more suspicious.

Posted by Ace at 11:52 AM Comments

The Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

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"One thing that the mental midget Kamala Harris doesn't realize is that this country is a country consisting of several states, and these sates are not just sub-divided federal administration units. They are not like Canada's provinces or France's departments or Japan's prefectures. American states are independent entities in their own right, and some of them existed *before* the country did. And in the original constitution, the senators were intended to represent the interests of the states at the federal level, and also to "temper" the populism of the House of Representatives, which actually did represent the people. But since the passage of the 17th Amendment, which mandated the popular election of U.S. Senators, the people get represented twice, and the states, not at all. It's just one more piece of erosion away from federalism and towards an all-intrusive statism."

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Posted by OregonMuse at 11:26 AM Comments

Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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Lambeth Palace
Henry Pether

His father, Abraham Pether, and his brother, Sebastian Pether were also artists and known for their moonlit scenes.

Obviously it was a family of werewolves.

Posted by CBD at 09:30 AM Comments

The Morning Report 7/27/17

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. I don't think the image above needs a caption. We know what happened and we knew it in advance, so why get worked up over it? I think the time is approaching if it's not here already to strongly consider actively abandoning the GOP. Perhaps as someone suggested the President himself can instigate the formation of an actual opposition party, not to oppose Democrats but to oppose Washington DC as it exists today. He's not going to get much accomplished through normal order and legislative processes. And after he departs, seven years from now (please G-d) the cancer will still be here. So now is the time to lay the groundwork for the long war. And battle number one is assembling an actual army composed of people on our side with our ideals and goals in common. And that would be his greatest accomplishment.

In other news, the psychotic Left has gone apeshit over the President's banning of mentally defective individuals from military service. And the complete press embargo on the Awans and Debbie Wasserman Schultz's coverup of criminal activities within the DNC continues. Lastly, Rush has an interesting take on what is really going on with the President's open conflict with Jeff Sessions and the DoJ.

Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

Posted by J.J. Sefton at 07:23 AM Comments

Wednesday Overnight Open Thread (7/26/17)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(The ONT is pretty good with loud music too!)

*****

Quotes of The Day

Quote I

If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid. Epictetus


Quote II

Doesn't matter what you say or do; people can always find a way to call you a dick. Dave Attell


Quote III

I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death. Leonardo da Vinci

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Posted by Misanthropic Humanitarian at 10:05 PM Comments

Puppy Wants to Play With Tennis Ball, But Isn't Quite Sure How

—Ace


Night!

Posted by Ace at 08:39 PM Comments

Total CNN and MSNBC Blackout of Arrest of IT Guy Continues; Print Media Mentions the Story -- with Hilarious Understatement

—Ace

Total blackout for facts which a non-corrupt media would find worth a mention:

Major cable news networks have given no coverage to the burgeoning scandal involving IT staffers to former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis.

Reporting by the Daily Caller News Foundation has revealed that Wasserman Schultz's top information technology staffer Iman Awan was arrested Monday after trying to flee the country amidst investigations into Awan concerning banking fraud and a criminal cybersecurity probe. Awan wired over $280,000 to Pakistan after the FBI recently recovered multiple smashed hard drives from Awan's home.

Despite being blocked from the House computer network since February amid allegations of "committing serious, potentially illegal, violations on the House IT network," Awan remained employed by Wasserman Schultz's office. He and four of his relatives have received $4 million by working for Democratic members of Congress since 2009.

Wasserman Schultz finally fired Awan on Tuesday, after he attempted to flee the country. His wife already fled to Pakistan with $12,000 in cash. Awan and his relatives had full access to the emails of the Democratic members they worked for, and Wasserman Schultz's password to her iPad she used while she was head of the DNC.

If you're coming late to this story, Jim Geraghty has a recap.

By the way: Guess wyo Iman Awan's just-hired lawyer has deep connections to?

No seriously, guess.

Chris Gowen, Imran Awan’s lawyer, is a long-time campaigner for former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and a member of an attorney team that brought a fraudulent lawsuit against energy giant Chevron.

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Politico reported the criminal probe concerned “serious, potentially illegal, violations on the House IT network.”

Gowen described Awan’s arrest as “clearly a right-wing media-driven prosecution by a United States Attorney’s Office that wants to prosecute people for working while Muslim.”

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His official bio on the firm’s web site notes that he “left the Public Defender’s office to work for former President William Jefferson Clinton and then-Senator Hillary Clinton. Chris was a fact checker for President Clinton’s memoir, My Life.”

“He also served as a traveling aid for President Clinton’s national and international trips. Chris finished his tenure with the Clintons by directing the advance operations for then-Senator Hillary Clinton during her 2008 presidential campaign.”

So let's digest this story. In a media environment obsessed with the DNC hack, it turns out five individuals were abusing their access to the DNC email system while -- possibly -- committing an assortment of crimes.

* Imran Awan's wife (herself one of the IT 5) already fled to Pakistan, carrying $12,000 in cash with her.

* Imran Awan man himself wired $280,000 to Pakistan, then attempted to flee there.

* Debbie Wassman-Schultz has threatened "consequences" against the Capitol Police unless they return her hard drives before the police are done using them as evidence in a case they're investigating against the IT 5. Almost as if she has something to hide.

* Despite the IT 5 taking all sorts of liberties with the DNC email and passwords while the DNC freaks out about an email hack, and despite them doing shady shit on the side (Imran Awan was arrested for bank fraud), they somehow manage to land a big attorney with deep DNC/Clinton connections.

* The Daily Caller reported that stolen hard drives were recovered from Imran Awan "smashed" by hammers. (His new Friend of Bill lawyer denies this.)

* Despite all these goings-on, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz actually kept Imran Awan on the payroll for reasons unknown, even as he was subject of a Capitol Hill police probe. She only (finally!) fired him after his arrest, then refused comment.

So: lot of interesting stuff going on here.

The National Laughingstock did file an obligatory the-right-wing-is-making-fun-of-us-for-embargoing this story.

Check out the grabby, juiced-up, must-read, must-RT headline they gave this compelling set of facts:



Can you feel your pulse quickening with the thrill of the journalistic hunt?

Can you feel your breath catching in your throat?!

Wow. It's almost as if they want to be able to say "we covered that story" while doing everything possible to bury it.

Almost as if that's what they were attempting, mind you:


CNN did post an online recap of the story -- pioneering the the innovative Don't Read This Boring Story Which the Right Is Forcing Us to Mention format that the National Laughingstock later imitated:


Gee I wonder if they'd downplay this story to such a laughable degree if it had been Paul Manafort wiring $280,000 to a foreign safe harbor and then attempting to abscond.


Posted by Ace at 07:20 PM Comments

Hall of Shame: The Six #FakeNewsRepublicans Who voted for Obamacare Repeal in 2015 But Voted to Save It Today

—Ace

Susan Collins, who should be primaried, voted against the repeal in 2015 too. So she's a liberal Obama stooge, but she's not a liar.

But these six are damned liars-- including the supposed "hero" John McCain, of course.

Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va. Dean Heller, R-Nev. John McCain, R-Ariz. Lisa Murkowski R-Alaska Rob Portman, R-Ohio

I bet you others -- such as John Cornyn, Bob Corker, and Lindsey Graham -- would have voted "no" if necessary to save Obamacare, but voted yes for the sake of appearances.

This is the party whose "principles" Trump is tarnishing?

What principles?

Will John "Build the Dang Fence" be giving us more lectures about Honor (which he alone possesses, according to his own reports) and "loud-mouths" who expect elected Senators to honor promises they made when seeking votes?

Posted by Ace at 06:11 PM Comments

Must-Read Piece About Fusion GPS

—Ace

Lee Smith details the history of the firm.

Why work for a salaryman's wage when you can make a pile of money running a corporation funded by other well-heeled corporations, organizations, and even foreign governments?

Basically, some reporters realized that the model of news-researched-by-newspapers was over. So they opened a research/"comms" shop to research the news (or "news," or even #FakeNews) and just deliver it to friendlies, chiefly on the left, who have neither the institutional support nor the personal work ethic to do the work themselves.

Reporters know about Fusion GPS, Lee Smith says, but they don't mention them -- they don't mention them because they don't want to burn their sources. They want Fusion to deliver them scoops (or even "Scoops") that have been paid for by political/agenda-driven groups. They want to hide the hand that delivered them their stories, both for personal aggrandizement (they don't want to admit they're just pass-throughs for a privately funded opposition research group) and to make sure the free stories keep coming.

And Fusion GPS was working closely with Russia -- they were among the shops hired to get the Magnitsky Act overturned.

Reporters know this, obviously -- but how often do you ever see this mentioned in a story?

Why do you imagine that is? Why does someone hide from the public a fact that they know, if their entire job is (supposedly) to "report the truth"?

Here's Smith:

There is no accurate accounting of how many of the stories you read in the news are the fruit of opposition research, because no journalist wants to admit how many of their top "sources" are just information packagers--which is why the blinding success of Fusion GPS is the least-covered media story in America right now. There's plenty of oppo research on the right, but most of it comes from the left. That’s not because Republicans are more virtuous than Democrats and look for dirt less than their rivals do. Nor conversely is it because Republicans make a richer subject for opposition research because they're so much more corrupt. Nope, it’s simple arithmetic: Most journalists lean to the left, and so do the majority of career officials who staff the federal government. There are more sounding boards on the left, and more sources. It’s not ideological, it's business.

Thus, most of Fusion GPS's contracts seem to come from the left--except for its most famous project, the Russia dossier. Before it was passed on to the Democrats, it started on the right, when one Republican candidate--thought to be Jeb Bush but never confirmed--hired the outfit to amass damning material on Trump. From humble beginnings, it has taken on the shape of a modern-day legend....

The Trump-Russia story has frequently been likened to Watergate, a specious comparison since the latter started with evidence of a crime and the former with publication of an anthology of fables, pornography, and Russian-sourced disinformation put together and distributed by partisan political operatives. The salient comparison is rather in the effect--it has the same feel as Watergate. And it's taking up the same space as Watergate--and that's because comms shops-for-hire like Fusion GPS have assumed the role that the American press used to occupy.


Posted by Ace at 05:07 PM Comments

Susan Collins: That Guy Who Called Me a Sell-Out for Defending Obamcare to the Hilt Sure is "Fat" and "Unattractive"

—Ace

She said this to Jack Reed, who is of course a liberal Democrat Senator. Because of course a liberal Democrat is, John McCain style, her very good friend.


Just a lot of bitchiness from our degenerate Mean Girls political caste. This isn't a very serious offense -- but then, nothing they do or say is actually serious. It's all high school Mean Girls put-downs and posturing for social position (such as posturing about opposing Obamacare).

Collins issued her apology after she was heard telling Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., that Farenthold is "so unattractive it's unbelievable" after a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing Tuesday.

"Well, fat guy. He's huge," Collins told Reed. "He's so … he's so unattractive, it's unbelievable. Did you see the picture of him in his pajamas next to this bunny, this Playbook bunny?

Anyone seen Susan Collins? She's not exactly the gold standard of physical beauty herself.

Collins' catty remarks were caught on hot mic. They were a response to Farenthold's statement on a talk radio show that some "northeastern" senators had sold out the party on Obamacare (which is true), and that were this a different era, and were those senators male, he might challenge them to a duel.

The last bit seems a bit histrionic and Social Positioning itself.

Still, it's pretty clear who Susan Collins' Very Good Friends are, and who she considers to be The Deporables in the national high school.

Posted by Ace at 03:48 PM Comments

Trump Tweets Repudiation of Obama's Very Late Transition to Let Transgenders in the Armed Forces

—Ace

It's Colonel Steve Austin, not Eve Austin.


Someone in the Trump White House bragged (at least, so a journ0lismist claims) about the political impact of the transition:

Quote from a Trump administration official: "This forces Democrats in Rust Belt states like Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin, to take complete ownership of this issue. How will the blue collar voters in these states respond when senators up for re-election in 2018 like Debbie Stabenow are forced to make their opposition to this a key plank of their campaigns?"

I don't understand why you'd publicly declare that a policy had been chosen on the merits, and then also -- quite publicly -- leak it that the policy was chosen mostly on the political advantage of it.

You would have this political advantage without telling people about the political advantage. In fact, you'd have more political advantage. Because now Democrats can deflect the very "ownership" spoken of by saying, "This is just a political ploy by the White House, as a White House staffer admitted..."

Seems to be someone who wants to tell us all how clever he is.

Pro-Tip: Clever people don't have to tell people how clever they are. In fact, clever people often try to make themselves seem not very clever at all.

Posted by Ace at 02:31 PM Comments

Princeton U. Looking to Hire Certified (Certified!) "Men's Engagement Manager" to Combat Aggressive Masculinity, Teach Men Not to "Get Tougher," And Help Them Transition Into Docile Young Women

—Ace

I added the last part, but it seems implied, no?

There were four alleged rapes this is in response to -- three allegedly committed by Princeton U. employees, and one allegedly committed by... a student working on the SHARE committee.

A committee which patrols for sexual harassment.

Well done.

Why does everyone else have to pay for Princeton employees' and sexual harassment SJWs' sins?

The job involves 'challenging social constructs that contribute to violence'

They include upturning stereotypes of 'tough men' who can't be 'vulnerable'

The listing appears to frame sexual violence as purely male-on-female

There were 13 violations of sex codes, including rape, at Princeton in 2015-16

Four of them were made by employees; the sex of those involved is unclear

In April, SHARE, the office advertising the new position, was named in a lawsuit

It says 'John Doe' was sexually assaulted twice by a male SHARE associate

Although "John Doe" could be a woman, I'm going to assume it was in fact a guy, making the alleged perp also a guy.

Are you quite sure that masculinity per se is your problem?

The New Jersey university's job listing calls for experts in women's and gender studies, social work or similar fields to 'foster an environment for healthy male social development.'

That will come by 'challenging belief systems and social constructs that contribute to violence and offering alternative options,' the listing says.

...

They will do that by 'enhancing awareness and challenging gender stereotypes, increasing the community's understanding of interpersonal violence dynamics, and reducing behaviors that lead to both perpetration and victimization.'

That includes practices such as telling men that there is nothing shameful about showing vulnerability, and that males should not be encouraged to 'act tougher,' a related Princeton site says.

The clinician may also apply the 'compulsory accountability program for students accused of sexual misconduct under Title IX.'

I got this from a Dan Riehl tweet. Note that the entire tweet is so unbelievably effeminate that Twitter asks if you'd like to translate it from French.

Seriously. I hope that shows up on your screen:


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The Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

talking ape.jpg"Any of you see that lying little sh*t-weasel Brian Stelter yesterday on CNN? What an embarrassment. 'Journalists love America', my left nut. Stelter and all his journ-o-list buddies have trashed America for years, and now suddenly they're Ernie Pyle? Give me a break. And since when does creepy John Podesta falling for a e-mail phishing scam constitute an 'attack' on America? Stelter is a carbuncle that aspires to be a pimple, and he makes Chris Hayes look like a tower of masculinity. His only good point is that he's not as repulsive as Kurt Eichenwald."


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Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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Reflection on the Thames
John Atkinson Grimshaw

Some of his works are gauzy (like this one), and some are crisp and clean and almost photo-quality.

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The Morning Report 7/26/17

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. Yesterday's kabu-kakke theatre has just left me depressed. And combined with the seeming failure of Jeff Sessions and now evidently Rex Tillerson, I just have to throw my hands up in disgust. So, let's say PDT replaces both of them and if need be his entire cabinet with unapologetic fighters for the cause, there is still a political/bureaucratic machine ready to blockade anything that will take away one iota of power and one red cent of its ill-gotten lucre. That was, is and always will be the problem.

I suppose the most galling thing was the revolting display surrounding John McCain as he entered the Senate in the guise of some revered elder statesman and great American. He's not. He disgusts me. His entire life in politics has been in service of himself and his great, crashing ego. No doubt, in what may have been one of his final performances in the well of the Senate, he showed a complete lack of humility and willingness to even concede that those who oppose him (including people like us) did so quite passionately yet with no personal rancor. He has lived his life as an embittered old hack, defending a corrupt and immoral ruling class while railing against a decent and honest citizenry that seeks moral, civil and cultural restoration. Sadly, since if this revolting display is how he has chosen to exit this mortal coil, alll I can say is "go." And give my regards to Teddy Kennedy when next you see him.

On a more positive note, a woman from PDT's home turf of Queens named Vickie Paladino let loose an epic tirade against Bill DeBolshevik. I don't know what her professional background may be, but as to her temperament, I hope the President finds people exactly like her to staff his administration. Bra-effing-vo!

Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

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Tuesday Overnight Open Thread (7/25/17)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(Grab one and join The ONT)

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Quotes of The Day

Quote I

“You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline - it helps if you have some kind of football team, or some nuclear weapons, but in the very least you need a beer.” ― Frank Zappa


Quote II

“The best beer in the world is the one in my hand.” ― Charles Papazian


Quote III

“Do you remember your first sip of beer? Terrible! How could anyone like that stuff? But beer, you reflect, is an acquired taste; one gradually trains oneself—or just comes—to enjoy that flavor. What flavor? The flavor of that first sip? No one could like that flavor! Beer tastes different to the experienced beer drinker. Then beer isn't an acquired tast; one doesn't learn to like that first taste; one gradually comes to experience a different, and likable, taste. Had the first sip tasted that way, you would have liked beer wholeheartedly from the beginning!” ― Douglas Hofstadter


Quote IV

“A man has no more right to an opinion for which he cannot account than for a glass of beer for which he cannot pay.” ― Anonymous


Snowflakes. Special f*cking snowflakes. It appears that millennials are killing the beer industry.

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Department of Justice Lawyers Still Suing Little Sisters of the Poor and Other Religiously-Oriented Organizations Over Obamacare Birth Control/Abortion Mandate

—Ace

Message to Trump: This must end. End it.

DOJ lawyers have continued to keep alive a slew of cases appealing a 2014 district court ruling that granted an injunction from the mandate to several Catholic organizations. The Supreme Court vacated an appeals court ruling against The Little Sisters of the Poor and similar organizations in 2016, sending the cases back to the lower courts. Many religious freedom advocates expected that the Trump administration, which has vowed to protect The Little Sisters and other organizations burdened by the contraceptive mandate, would drop the legal campaign against the religious organizations. But more than six months into the Trump era, the legal fights are still alive.

Although Trump signed an executive order directing the DOJ to consider and propose an alternate rule which would insulate religiously-oriented organizations from compliance with the birth control/abortion mandate in Obamacare, no such rule has actually been published, so the situation remains as it was.

Also seems like a possible firing offense.

Posted by Ace at 08:09 PM Comments

Adam Kredo Reports State Department Was in "Open War" With White House, Ignoring Policy Edicts and Hiring Orders

—Ace

Maybe it's time to clean house -- finally.

The State Department under Secretary Rex Tillerson has been locked in a growing power struggle with the White House that has angered officials in the West Wing and sparked claims that the Trump administration's top diplomatic organ is now in "open war" with the White House on a range of critical issues, including the Israeli-Palestinian impasse, Iran, the crisis with Qatar, and other matters, according to multiple sources who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon about the situation.

The State Department is said to be in a state of "massive dysfunction," with top officials working under Tillerson ignoring White House directives on critical staffing issues and key policy matters, according to multiple sources, including administration allies who are said to be increasingly frustrated with what is perceived as the White House's inability to control its own federal agencies.

BTW, remember that Tony Scaramucci said he'd be having a sit-down with his underlings yesterday and would fire any leakers?

This FoxNation article isn't coming up for me, but the twitter headline is White House Aide Quits Before Scaramucci Can Fire Him.

But I can't read it. Maybe it'll come up for you.

Posted by Ace at 06:51 PM Comments

Pakistani-American IT Guy -- Subject of a Criminal Probe, and From Whom the DNC's Hard Drives Were Recovered, But Only After Being Smashed By a Hammer -- Arrested as He Attempts to Flee Country
Update: DWS Fires-- Finally

—Ace

The media continues giving no f***s.


Update: Charged with bank fraud.

Update: Fired. Finally.


Posted by Ace at 06:00 PM Comments

Trump Shifts Iran Compliance Certification Authority Away from State Department to His Own Team
Update: Tillerson Now "Taking a Little Time Off"

—Ace

Or at least he's trying to do that.

President Donald Trump has reportedly sidelined the State Department and entrusted White House staffers with making the potential case for withholding certification of Iran at the next 90-day review of the nuclear deal, Foreign Policy reported.

According to the report, the president made the decision after his "contentious meeting" with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson last week.

Newsmax reported:

“This is about the president asking Tillerson at the last certification meeting 90 days earlier to lay the groundwork so Trump could consider his options," one of the sources said.

"Tillerson did not do this, and Trump is infuriated. He can't trust his secretary of state to do his job, so he is turning to the few White House staffers he trusts the most," the source added.

Tillerson, it is reported, is generally "frustrated" (possibly by this maneuver specifically) and is considering resigning.

CNN reports that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is becoming “increasingly frustrated” with President Donald Trump and his administration to the point where he is allegedly considering a resignation from his post, and could quit before 2017 ends.

Sources reportedly close to Tillerson told CNN that the Secretary of State is losing patience with Trump and, as a result, there may be a “Rexit” in the near future.

Except for the Iran certification, Tillerson hasn't impressed me as especially good or especially bad. He's just a warm body filling a hole.

My problem with forcing Tillerson out is the same I have with forcing Sessions out: Who's going to take this job?

No one takes a stressful job except for one reason: to increase their reputation, power, and personal earning potential.

It doesn't seem like being a Secretary in the Trump Administration is the gateway to accomplishing any of those things.

So who comes in? Who has the stature enough, and the Establishment blessing enough (because you know no man comes into the Kingdom of Government except through the Establishment), and is also willing to be professionally humiliated down the line, to become the SecState?

Update: Tillerson "taking a little time off."


Posted by Ace at 04:10 PM Comments

McConnell's Next Mysterious Obamacare Gambit: A "Skinny" Repeal of Just the Least Popular Parts of Obamacare?

—Ace

It's not nothing, but it does seem to be very low-cal and unsatisfying substitute for what we were promised.

Republican senators are planning to pursue a "skinny" repeal of Obamacare if Tuesday's Senate votes to open debate on health care and pass the current GOP bill both fail.

The so-called "skinny" repeal would be a series of amendments to dispose of a few key components of the Affordable Care Act that Republicans have identified as being particularly burdensome, NBC News reports.

The first vote on Tuesday will be to open debate on the health care measure. Should that "motion to proceed" pass, the Senate will debate and vote on multiple approaches to the current health care bill.

...

The Senate would then move to vote on the current Senate replacement bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act. However, the BCRA includes newly added amendments from Sen. Ted Cruz (R, Texas) and Sen. Rob Portman (R, Ohio) that have not been scored by the Congressional Budget Office and would likely need 60 votes, rather than a simple majority of 50, to pass.

McCain's headed to Washington, and Mike Pence is standing by to break ties, for these votes.

But the #FakeNewsRepublicans -- Collins, Murfluvsky, and Caputo -- have already vowed they won't pass any kind of repeal without a "replacement." In other words, they just want to keep Obamacare.

Protesters have delayed the beginning of the vote, chanting "Kill the bill, don't kill us."

#FakeNewsRepublicans Lisa Muffzinsky and Susan Collins have re-announced they will fight to keep Obamacare. If any other #FakeNewsRepublicans defect, they can't even have a debate on the question.

Posted by Ace at 02:20 PM Comments

Decision "Soon" on Whether Sessions Will Stay or Go

—Ace


Sessions' allies -- including many conservatives -- are angry at how Trump has treated Sessions, including Trump recently tweeting that had he known Sessions would recuse himself in the Russia matter, he'd've never appointed him AG.

Or, like this one:


I don't think Trump can have what he wants here. He seems to be pressuring Sessions to either un-recuse himself and end the Mueller probe or resign so he can appoint someone new who will end the Mueller probe.

The first seems impossible -- Sessions has declared himself conflicted on that issue -- and the latter seems no more likely.

Anyone Trump names as AG nominee will of course be asked -- repeatedly, and with no wiggle room -- if they think Mueller should continue doing his job. No one, not even in DC, is going to claim the Mueller probe should go on just to get confirmed and then turn around and fire him post-confirmation.

Further, I don't even see who would agree to take the job, given Trump's public scoldings of Sessions.

Trump wants something impossible from the AG.

If Trump wants Mueller fired, he's going to have to step up to the plate and do it on his own authority, without trying to find the cover of a lackey to do it for him.

Kurt Schlicter lays out the case for Trump to just man the hell up and fire Mueller -- the right way -- here:

Trump must eventually fire Robert Mueller, a partisan tool carrying water for his Establishment pals as he oversees an utterly corrupt “investigation” where the only person we actually know committed any wrongdoing is his bestest buddy Jim Comey. But Trump can’t just lash out and do it, though it is well within his political and moral right to do so. No, he’s got to do it cleverly, with cunning, in a way that shows the American people exactly why Mueller’s witch hunt is a flaming dumpster fire of conflicts of interest and contempt for the right of normal Americans to have a say in their own governance.

Trump has to set the stage before he pulls the trigger and puts the coup de grace into the temple of this appalling fiasco. He has to do it so the American people will see and understand why ending this idiocy is so absolutely necessary to preserve our Republic despite the mainstream media’s best effort to hide the truth.

Trump needs to seize the initiative from Leaky Bob. You know, I keep hearing how Mueller was this squared-away Marine officer, but through these incessant leaks his organization demonstrates a complete lack of both integrity and discipline. Mueller seems unwilling or unable to exercise any kind of leadership over his team of Hillary donors, or to instill a culture of seriousness and impartiality. The continuing misconduct of his out-of-control, ever-expanding fiefdom demonstrates that he must be relieved of command. And here’s the letter the president should send to him to set the stage to do it....

Huh, maybe Trump should name Schlichter as attorney general. He is a lawyer and an Army cavalry Colonel. Colonels get promoted to general all the time.

BTW: IBD also argues that Mueller's decision to grant himself additional jurisdiction -- and go outside his appointed ambit to search for whatever financial irregularities he can find -- is an automatic firing offense and should be treated as exactly that.

Posted by Ace at 01:32 PM Comments

Fusion GPS Co-Founder Will Plead the Fifth

—Ace

Not that it matters. Apparently the only thing that matters is Jared Kushner's closed door testimony, and what Adam Schiff will claim he heard leaked about it later.

Glenn Simpson, whose Fusion GPS firm has been tied to anti-Trump efforts and pro-Russian lobbying, will not talk to lawmakers in response to a subpoena, the leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committe said Friday.

Committee chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and ranking member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., confirmed in a statement that they subpoenaed Simpson to appear before the committee Wednesday as part of a hearing about the influence of foreign lobbying in last year's presidential election.

"Simpson’s attorney has asserted that his client will invoke his Fifth Amendment rights in response to the subpoena," Grassley and Feinstein said.

It's an op.

By the way, the Democrats took "intel" from Russian spies and spread it around.

While the mainstream news media hunts for evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, the public record shows that Democrats have willfully used Moscow disinformation to influence the presidential election against Donald Trump and attack his administration.

The disinformation came in the form of a Russian-fed dossier written by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele. It contains a series of unverified criminal charges against Mr. Trump’s campaign aides, such as coordinating

...

Mr. Steele makes clear that his unproven charges came almost exclusively from sources linked to the Kremlin and Russian President Vladimir Putin. He identified his sources as “a senior Russian Foreign Ministry figure,” a former “top level Russian intelligence officer active inside the Kremlin,” a “senior Kremlin official” and a “senior Russian government official.”

Posted by Ace at 12:25 PM Comments

Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

talking ape.jpg"So I'm watching CNN the other day (stop laughing) and they show a bunch of anti-Trump protestors marching around and waving signs, and it's obvious that the signs all have the same slogan and all look to be professionally printed. Why does it never occur to any of CNN's crack journalists to ask one of the protestors where did they get their signs from, and who printed them? Or, how about: did you ride to the protest on one of those buses over there, and where did the buses come from and who paid for them? These seem to be simple, basic, Journalism 101 questions that they ought to be asking right out of the gate, but never do. Sigh. Nobody listens to a gorilla."

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Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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Waterloo Bridge
Claude Monet

Posted by CBD at 09:30 AM Comments

The Morning Report 7/25/17

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. Only Tuesday and we're chock full 'o linkage this morning. First up, the rumors around the President's displeasure with the performance of Jeff Sessions and the latter's departure are swirling, with reports of him being replaced by Rudy Giuliani and now Ted Cruz appearing. I have always thought of Jeff Sessions as a decent, honorable man who was one of PDT's first, full-throated supporters right out of the box. He has been very good so far on one of the President's biggest policy items, border control and immigration. Yet, in many other ways, he has, to say the least, been a disappointment. In his defense, when you have a DoJ that consists of thousands of employees who not only oppose their boss but are actively sabotaging him and dare I say would not be at all upset if he suffered the same fate as Steve Scalise, your effectiveness cannot help but be compromised. But there is no excuse for Sessions stepping on his johnson and recusing himself, thereby allowing the kangaroo court of the Russia hoax to go forward. That so good a man should be so lousy an AG. If he does go, maybe the next AG will actually RICO the shit out of Soros, Hillary and Obama. I can dream, can't I?

The other big story is today's vote on the GOP version of kabu-kakke healthcare Three Card Monty. The only thing that should be voted on, in a just and sane world, is the repeal of the 2010 ACA in full as well as the dismantling of the industry-imposed and government approved monopoly on health insurance. But the only thing that is immortal in this world is a government bureaucracy. And now, irony of ironies, with the GOP in full control of the government, the Left is floating the idea of Charlie Gard-care thinking that the GOP wing of their party will embrace "bipartisanship!!!" and actually institute single payer. Think of that; the Left is electorally neutralized and yet they have a chance to institute their 100-year wet dream of national health --- while being completely out of power. If the GOP even so much as hints that this is open to consideration, it really is the bitter end. For them and probably for us as well.

On a positive note, I throw you a lifeline of a tax plan proposal from the conservatives that abolishes the IRS. Yeah, I know. But at least it's something to raise your spirits even if it doesn't have a snowball's chance in Hell. If nothing else, it's good to know that some people are thinking right.

Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

Posted by J.J. Sefton at 06:30 AM Comments

Monday Overnight Open Thread (7/24/17) Nothing In Particular Edition

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(Something to think about)

*****


Quotes of The Day


Quote I

Fettucini alfredo is macaroni and cheese for adults. Mitch Hedberg


Quote II

Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again. Franklin P. Jones


Quote III

However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.Sir Winston Churchill

*****

A few more things to think about. Little known facts about serial killers.

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Berkeley Radio Station Cancels Richard Dawkins Appearance Over His Denigrating Comments About Islamism-- But Not Over His Far More Extensive History of Attacks on Christianity

—Ace

Feels like our Masters have now settled upon our official State Religion.

Dawkins himself brought up the question on everyone's minds:

I am known as a frequent critic of Christianity and have never been de-platformed for that. Why do you give Islam a free pass? Why is it fine to criticise Christianity but not Islam?

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And Here We Go Again: "Thor," Who Was Turned Into a Woman in the Comic Books and Saw Sales Plummet, Now Says James Bond Should Be a Woman Too

—Ace

Marvel Comics has replaced almost every single marquee character with a more "diverse" one: Thor is now Natalie Portman (Jane Porter). Captain America is now a Nazi/Hydra undercover operative, so the mantle of Captain America is worn by Sam Wilson, formerly called The Falcon. The Hulk has been replaced by the long-standing character She-Hulk -- though she's now just the Hulk -- and also by a young Chinese-American Millennial called Amadeus Cho, often called "Amadeus Bro" because of his Millennial/Radical, Dude! sort of persona.

His book isn't called "The Incredible Hulk." His book is called "The Totally Awesome Hulk." Because Radical, Dude!

Ironman is now "Ironheart" -- Tony Stark is missing in action, and a 15 year old black girl is now Ironman.

Even Wolverine isn't Wolverine any more -- Wolverine is now that girl from the Logan movie, called, formerly, X-23, but now officially "Wolverine." (An old version of Logan from a different timeline is also present in the universe, but he's called Old Man Logan, not Wolverine.)

How are the sales doing?

Dumpster fire, baby.

Marvel Comics aren’t doing well. Sales have declined, even as Marvel has pushed out every major event and crossover it can over the past two years. In a recent interview during the Marvel Retailer Summit, Marvel VP of Sales David Gabriel decided to ignore all the problems and criticism in order to place the blame on diversity.
What we heard was that people didn’t want any more diversity. They didn’t want female characters out there. That’s what we heard, whether we believe that or not. I don’t know that that’s really true, but that’s what we saw in sales. We saw the sales of any character that was diverse, any character that was new, our female characters, anything that was not a core Marvel character, people were turning their nose up against. That was difficult for us because we had a lot of fresh, new, exciting ideas that we were trying to get out and nothing new really worked.

Has it occurred to any of these people that Tony Stark is more than just the suit? Like, Batman is more than just the costume; people respond to the character of Bruce Wayne, too. You can't just take a completely different character -- and one the audience hasn't spent decades following -- and put him in the same costume or give her the same name and say "This is your new Batman."

I guess Chris Hemsworth doesn't know the gender switch was tried for the character he plays on screen -- Thor changed into "Thor, The Female Version" -- and the numbers cratered.

Because now he's calling for the same thing for James Bond.

Chris Hemsworth is best known for his role as the Norse god Thor in the “Avengers” movies. But outside of cinema, Hemsworth has had a hard time fitting in with the progressive left, who have slammed him for violating every progressive tenet, ranging from cultural appropriation to transphobia.

Unable to stop making politically incorrect gaffes, Hemsworth has now taken it upon himself to call for a woman to play the role of the next James Bond.

In an interview with W Magazine about the new film “Atomic Blonde,” the actor revealed that he would like to see Charlize Theron take on the role.

If Charlize Theron is already playing a super-spy clearly modeled as a female version of James Bond -- why does she actually need to play "James Bond" as well?

It's as if they're admitting from the start that they have no faith in a real female character. It has to be a knockoff gender-swapped female character who just cannibalizes the existing fan base of the male original.

This is so stupid -- "James Bond" isn't a unique individual. He's a 00 agent -- and there are more of them. If you wanted a "female James Bond," you could just run a movie in the same universe as the James Bond franchise, and just make her -- get this! -- a completely distinct, original character that is a female 00 operative.

Say, aren't Shared Universes the big thing anyway?

You wouldn't even have to make her a British agent. You could say the CIA has its own 00-type program and she's an American. To make her different than the James Bond character. What an idea.

Then you could make money by following the Avengers model of a crossover/team-up. Why, they could even start on opposite sides of the adventure and have a fight before realizing they're actually working against the same enemy, albeit from two different angles.

But no, we should all follow the Lady Ghostbusters and Marvel failed models of just gender-swapping established heroes and hope it'll work out better this time.

Can we have any female characters who aren't fundamentally parasitic free-riders on the goodwill and legacy of male characters?

I guess not. I guess we're all done with making new characters or any kind of new movies, period.

Frankly, I want the media destroyed far more than I care about another dismal James Bond movie so I hope they actually take Hemsworth's advice and just set their IP on fire, forever.

Posted by Ace at 06:51 PM Comments

Trump Cuts Funding for Extremely Ineffective Teen Sex Education Program, and Media, Get This, Flips Out About It

—Ace

They want to control our bodies!

Well, maybe. Or maybe they just don't see the point of pissing away tens of millions of dollars on teen sex education programs in which the students have unsafe/unprotected sex just as frequently as kids who did not attend any program at all.

Mollie Hemingway reports:

In response to the weak evidence of positive effects, much less positive sustained impact, Health and Human Services recommended defunding the program after June 30, 2018. A non-profit news site called Reveal News wrote a highly critical piece on the funding change, without mentioning the ineffectiveness of the programs. Many other media outlets followed suit, publishing one-sided stories that treated good intentions as sufficient proof of good-enough results for hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer funding. Some media outlets falsely stated that the funded teen pregnancy programs have been shown to be effective.

“Trump’s hires at HHS were notably hostile to teen pregnancy programs that worked. Now they’ve killed them,” claimed one fact-challenged columnist at the Los Angeles Times. No media outlet mentioned the ineffectiveness of the programs, whether it was NPR, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Politico, Business Insider, The Independent, Forbes, Teen Vogue, or Bustle, even though effectiveness reports are right there on the agency’s web site.

After noting that, she goes through the studies proving the complete non-effectiveness of the sex programs (including the abstinence only ones). In only a handful of cases are programs effective even in slightly reducing sexual activity (or unprotected sexual activity, depending on the program's agenda) and only that for a short period of time -- after a number of months, sexual activity returns to what it was before, and just like kids who never went to these Let's Put the Taxpayer's Money in a Joker-Sized Pile and Burn it programs in the first place.

It's almost as if their agendas are spending other people's money and sexualizing teenagers and not, as they may claim, teaching teens to be "responsible" when it comes to sex.

Posted by Ace at 05:55 PM Comments

This Guy

—Ace


I wonder what his girlfriend thinks about all of this. *

* No I don't.

Posted by Ace at 04:48 PM Comments

New White House Comms Director Anthony Scarmucci: If People Keep Leaking, I'm Going to "Fire Everbody"

—Ace

I like this man's enthusiasms.

Enthusiasms. Enthusiasms.

Regarding leakers:

"They will get fired. Tomorrow I'll have a staff meeting, and it will be very -- I'm not going to make any prejudgments about anybody on that staff, if stay, they're going to stop leaking. If the leaks continue, we are strong is our weakest link and I'll say it differently in a pun where a strong as our weakest leak. If you guys want to keep leaking, get together and make a decision as a team that you're going to stop leaking. If you're going to keep leaking, I'm going to fire everybody."
Posted by Ace at 03:36 PM Comments



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