August 18, 2018

Saturday Evening Movie Thread [Guest Blogger: Moviegique]

—CBD

We are going to try to expand the topics a bit for this time slot, so it is entirely possible that you will see fishing, Yoko Ono, macramé, Mechanical Engineering 228: Shelf Design, hacky-sack, the psycho-sexual politics of veganism, and other interesting topics. Or not.

It was an inauspicious start to "Incredibles 2" where some people who made the film (actors, in this case) come out before the movie to tell you how much you're going to like the movie that you paid for and are waiting to see. It feels positively needy. But "Coco" turned out okay,

The next thing that hits you—hard—is that they're all 15 years older. I don't know if Holly Hunter smokes, but her voice has gone from a charming whiskey-soaked Southern twang to...your grandmother. Craig T. Nelson is no spring chicken either. Writer/director Brad Bird's Edna Mode is fine, but she was an old lady all along. And while this may not bug most people, I sorely felt the absence of the late Bud Luckey (who plays agent Rick Dickey, the guy in charge in keeping Mr. Incredible employed, and the narrator of the charming "Boundin'" short that played before the first "Incredibles").

"Old"

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Chess Thread 08-18-2018

—OregonMuse

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British Actress Belinda Lee

As always, the chess/dress pr0n thread is an open thread, so there is no such thing as an off-topic comment.


Easier Problem - Black To Play (Ch. 4149)

Hint: hit the pawn


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AoSHQ Pet Thread [KT]

—Open Blogger

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Good Afternoon! Take a break and relax for a while in the world of animals. This isn't the almost world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread, but while Misanthropic Humanitarian is struggling to extricate himself from an alternate dimension, The Horde is stepping in with some great content.

The deeply philosophical photo above is from long-time lurker, occasional poster Scientist Captain:

Not actually my pet, but I saw this vehicle in Salt Lake City, and thought it would be appropriate for the Pet Thread. You have to look closely...

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Saturday Gardening Thread: Impatient for a change in the weather? [KT]

—Open Blogger

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Aug 10 after an early morning rain at Salishan resort on the Oregon coast

Please list me as a dedicated lurker on your marvelous site.

Wish I were there, Dedicated Lurker. It's been a long time since we've seen rain in the San Joaquin Valley. That photo is a beautiful reminder of what we're missing. It's been hot for too long, too. I'm ready for a change. You happy with your current weather?

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Late Summer Saturday Open Thread August 18 [KT]

—Open Blogger

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Worried about cow flatulence, too?

Cows are being allowed to visit nude beaches in Sweden. Some people are concerned about cow poop. There are some other places where human poop is a concern.

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EMT 08/18/18

—krakatoa

For EMT content, please refer to comments.

- The Management

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Did Somebody Axe for an ONT?

—WeirdDave

So, I've been outside splitting wood, with an axe. In 90 degree weather with 90% humidity. Tonight's ONT may be a little loopy.

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Y'all may remember when those trees came down in a storm in March. Well, better to chop them now than wait until there's a foot of snow on the ground. Besides, it's good exercise. Unless it's raining I do 12-15 logs a day.

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Tolerant, Totally Pro-LGBT Liberal TV Clown: Hey, the Owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop Looks Like Some Kind of a Queer Himself

—Ace of Spades

I bet this clip is available on Twitter, and Facebook, and YouTube, and all the other ones, and I bet the Jimmy Kimmel show will get no strikes or shadowbans for "hateful content" or "bullying" based on gender orientation.

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True Con Corporate Class Silent on Censorship of PragerU and the MasterCard-Ordered Banning of Robert Spencer from Patreon

—Ace of Spades

We just discovered that we are being heavily censored and shadow banned on @facebook. At least two of our video posts were removed last night for "hate speech" and our last 10 posts have reached 0 of our 3 million followers. More info and screenshots coming soon. STAY TUNED!

-- @PragerU

PragerU has updated that while previously-censored videos are still censored (FaceBook censors a lot of PragerU videos -- including ones simply condemning censorship), new videos are no longer being automatically banned.

For now.

For those amused at Milo and Alex Jones, how do you feel about PragerU being blacklisted?

Still funny?

You consider yourself above these people. Your enemies don't. In fact, you're more dangerous because your "hate" is respectable.

-- @MelissaTweets

Tim Pool did a video, linked here and embedded below, discussing the matter of MasterCard forcing Patreon to ban Robert Spencer's account. Patreon is not at fault here -- they wrote to Spencer in an apologetic tone letting him know that, by contract, they had to obey MasterCard (who processes the payments or something), and MasterCard had ordered them to terminate Spencer's account.

Tim Pool wonders who pressured MasterCard to do this -- was a leftist "anti-Islamophobia" group, or perhaps an Islamic nation in which MasterCard does business?

Is MasterCard now censoring American citizens in order to curry favor with foreign potentates? If so, don't corporate-but-supposedly-super-patriotic fake conservatives have a duty to find out what MasterCard did this, on whose orders? And maybe even consider -- gasp! -- a regulation that financial companies doing business in America can't deny American citizens services just because a foreigner demands it?

But they won't, because most of the Republican Party and FakeNews Conservative Media is bought off by mega-corporations and act as their mob lawyers and PR agents at every turn.

Are any of our alleged tribunes going to exercise their investigatory powers to ask MasterCard, under oath, why they tortiously interfered with a business relationship between Robert Spencer and Patreon?

Or is MasterCard's cash just too long, fat, and green?

Meanwhile, while the idiot FakeNews Conservatives continue to insist that "Private Business social media companies can do anything they want," that's not true -- at least, they can't do anything they want without serious legal jeopardy.

As Lee Smith again reminds us, social media companies only have a special exemption to the normal laws about liability for libel, conspiracy, facilitating the sale of contraband, etc., that most publications are subject to only because it is assumed that they are not acting as editorial overseeers of the content, picking and choosing what gets put into print.

If a newspaper publishes a defamatory letter to the editor, that newspaper is liable for that defamation. The newspaper picks and chooses what to print, after all; it is responsible for trumpeting that libel out to thousands.

But if libel is published on a social media, the social media company is not legally responsible for it by a special exception of the law.

But that law requires that the social media company act as a neutral platform and not act as newspaper would, exercising editorial judgment about what news is fit to print.

Newcomers like Facebook and Google had a huge advantage over the prestige press. Not only did they not have to pay their content providers, they were also exempt from press liabilities and responsibilities. Tech-optimists like Ron Wyden, then-congressman from Oregon and now senator, wrote it into the law.

According to section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, "No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider."

The point of the Wyden amendment was to protect providers from being sued every time someone objected to a post. Otherwise, they feared, America's great internet adventure would be strangled in its crib.

But when a social media company does begin picking and choosing what it permits to be published on its platform, it does in fact become a publisher like any other, legally responsible for what appears on it.

And yet our bought-off Republican representatives -- some doubt on that last part -- don't make an issue of this, by and large. There are noble exceptions -- Rep. Matt Gaetz bangs this drum, and Senator Cruz questioned tech executives closely on whether they were in fact now "publishers" given that they're exercising a publishers' right to select what's fit for their brand -- but most of them just take that sweet, sweet corporate cash and let tech giants take our rights away, one shadowban at a time.

I guess when the tech oligarchs take away our right to free speech completely, the Corporate Cons can pat themselves on the back while saying, "Well, at least it wasn't the government that stripped conservatives of the right to speak freely. At least we know that this repudiation of Americans' most fundamental right was done 'the right way' -- by private companies, acting with, admittedly, the blessing of the federal government which is ignoring its own rules in order to permit these megacorporations to do all this."

I thought the TruCons believed in the Rule of Law -- they claim as much every single day as they preen their dirty wings.

And yet the law says that a social media company is only immune from responsibility for a third-party's postings if it is a neutral platform and not a publisher making editorial judgments about what speakers are allowed to enter and what speakers aren't.

They seem to be ignoring that part of the law for the benefit of their Corporate Very Good Friends, as usual. The ones, of course, who subsidize them and gift them with nice travel opportunities.

Am I supposed to be heartened that my censors will be corporate rather than governmental?

As was said during the arguments over the Constitution and the need to limit legislators' power, "We didn't trade one tyrant a thousand miles away for 435 tyrants closer to home." (Or something like that.)

And I don't really see how I'm benefiting by exchanging one possible censor -- the government -- for ten or fifteen trillion-dollar tech and financial services giants.


More on this point from Instapundit.


Snark At the "Private Businesses Can Do Anything" Corporate PR Agents:



They keep saying "Don't like it? Then build your own."

And then people do that.

And then these megacorporations collude and conspire to shut down those as well.

Robert Spencer Used to Blog at HotAir: Commenters reminded me of this. You'd think Hot Air would at least publicize this on behalf of an alumnus.

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Andrew Cuomo: When I Said "America Was Never Great," See, I Meant to Say "America Has Always Been Great"

—Ace of Spades

Really?

Seems like you intended to say "We're not going to make America great again, America was never that great," because that's a coherent statement where all the parts of it reinforce the same meaning.

Also seems like if you had meant to say "America has always been great," but had a "speak-o" and said "America was never that great," the audible gasps of shock from even your leftwing supporters would have alerted to you that you had misspoken.

Yeah, the loud gasps of shock should have alerted you. (Video link.)

Also, you went on to say "We have not reached greatness, we will reach greatness" when your various Democrat client-groups get more free stuff from Daddy Sugar government.

But no. It turns out it was Opposite Day and he was saying the exact opposite of what he meant to say.

A tweet from Jon Campbell:

Andrew Cuomo on a conference call just now:

"The expression I used the other day was inartful, so I want to be very clear: Of course America is great and of course America has always been great."

Andrew Cuomo provided this update: "That whole 'America was never great' thing? What a boner! Boy is my face red -- red white and blue, I mean!"

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Judge Ellis in Manafort Case Denies Dox-Factory CNN's Demand for Juror Information; Says He Himself Has Been Threatened, and The Jurors Would Be As Well

—Ace of Spades

Of course.

That was the point.

Also the point? Letting the jurors know that the media is very interested in digging up their identities, and will keep on trying.

The judge in Paul Manafort's fraud trial said Friday he has received threats over the case.

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III made the comments as the jury deliberated for the second day, and as he rejected a motion to release information about the jurors. He said he's confident the jurors would be threatened as well if their information was public.

Ellis said that because of the threats against him, he travels with U.S. Marshals.


"The Marshals go where I go," Ellis said.

See the sidebar for Alex Griswold the cuckling jumping to his Very Good Leftwing Media Friends (and Possible Future Employer's) defense.

Spicy Take: @redsteeze writes on twitter:

We're not enemies of people. Also we want the names and addresses of jurors. No reason.


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CNN and Other Media Organizations Plead to Manafort Judge: Please Give Us the Jurors' Names So That We Can Dox Them Into Voting the Way We Demand

—Ace of Spades

CNN is a known doxxing organization.

The whole point of jury privacy is to keep them from being influenced by outside forces -- why would CNN and its co-conspirators want to breach that?

Citizen-doxxing organization CNN reports:

The judge will hold a hearing on a motion by CNN and media organizations to unseal the names and addresses of jurors as well as other parts of the trial that are currently secret.

"A thirsty press is essential in a free country," the Judge said in announcing the hearing.

Even the most cucked-out of cruiservatives actually understand what their Very Good Friends in the Leftist Media are up to here.

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Judge Tells the FBI That It Will No Longer Be Permitted to Hide Behind "We Can Neither Confirm Nor Deny" Answers, But Must Actually Answer Questions About How It Handled the Alleged Steele Dossier

—Ace of Spades

No more shuck-and-jive.



U.S. District Judge Amit P. Mehta has ruled that the FBI cannot issue a Glomar response when it comes to whatever verification attempts they may have used for the contents of the infamous Christopher Steele dossier. In other words, the FBI can no longer hide behind the "we can neither confirm nor deny" response in order to stonewall records requests regarding how they may have tried to determine the validity of the synopsis of the dossier that raised concerns President Donald Trump might be compromised by Russia, pee tapes and all.

BREAKING: In light of the release of the Nunes/Schiff Memoranda, Judge Mehta has reversed his prior decision and is rejecting the FBI's refusal to confirm or deny the existence of records reflecting an attempt to verify the 2-page synopsis allegations from the Steele Dossier. https://t.co/3QUo0nhyPV

— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) August 16, 2018


The judge had previously sided with the FBI and permitted them to evade answering. But, since Trump has declassified the Nunes and Schiff memos, the judge has ruled that this matter is taken out of the "can't answer for national security reasons" arena and the FBI must answer as in any other run-of-the-mill proceeding.

National security lawyer Bradley P. Moss, whose tweet on the news you can see above, told Law&Crime that this is a "major crack in the Government’s legal defenses."

"[Those defenses were] designed to conceal whether the FBI has taken any steps to verify the accuracy of the 'salacious' allegations outlined in that synopsis provided to then-President-elect Trump in January 2017," Moss said. "Ironically, if it turns out that the FBI has undertaken such efforts and has verified any of the claims, thereby embarrassing President Trump politically, the president will have no one to blame for that revelation other than himself."

Always looking for the bright side, eh?

Well, I have a sneaking suspicion that if this gang of political operatives and professional sneakers and leakers had confirmed a damn thing, we'd've known about it two years ago.

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The Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

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"So the MSM is all butthurt because Trump called fake news the enemy of the people. So they all wrote a bunch of editorials complaining about it. But last weekend during the protests and counterprotests, there were a number of incidents where antifa goons physically attacked reporters and damaged video equipment carried by the cameramen. I saw the video footage, but I did not see a story about this. Did CNN complain that their reporters were roughed up by antifa? I did not see the wall-to-wall coverage there would have been if any one of the 23 white supremacists had so much as given a reporter a dirty look. So, to recap this week's MSM follies, Trump hurt their feelings and it's a national crisis. But then reporters are physically intimidated and assaulted by antifa thugs, and it's a big nothingburger? You know, if I were a progressive reporter whose job it is to cover these clowns, I'd be rethinking that whole 'there are no enemies on the Left' thing they've been going with."




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Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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Fisherwives Waiting For The Boats To Return
Eugène-Louis Boudin

This work is not typical of the artist, and I find that interesting. What was he thinking? In what direction was he going?

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The Morning Report 8/17/18

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. The weekend is here so let's get to it. First up, I don't want to let Andrew Cuomo's disgusting remarks slide both for their own sake and more broadly what they reveal not only about him but about the Democrat-Leftists in this country as they are today.

At some campaign event, in an attempt to take a swipe at the President and his signature "Make America Great Again," the guy spouts off something to the effect of America was never great to begin with. Even the audience, which was no doubt a friendly one (and in New York, if I'm not mistaken) let out an audible groan. Meh, that was probably more of a "shut up idiot, you're giving them fodder!" rather than being offended by the remark, as any normal, right thinking American would be.

The question is, what's worse; that Cuomo said this because he believes it or because he thinks it's politically expedient to do so? Jeez, let that sink in for a moment. It's good politics for the politically ambitious in one party to actually run down the country they live in, were raised in, emigrated to (legally or otherwise) and seek to run. Groucho said he wouldn't want to be in a club that would actually have him as a member, so you'd think Andrew et al would take the advice of that Marx and not the other one.

In my mind, it used to be that the Democrats faked love of country and generally masked whatever anti-American ideology they might have had in order to fool people into voting for them, while the GOP-e was content to profit off of their Socialist scheme to destroy the nation. Now, it's obvious that all pretense has been abandoned and the Democrats are now openly socialist and anti-American. And the GOP-e are the new old Democrats, still content to loot the nation to line their pockets while pretending to be pro-American and pro-Constitution. They should all rot in Hell, frankly.

And on a more tactical level, as we head into the final stretch towards the midterms, there are a lot of mixed signals that have me worried and fairly optimistic at the same time. Yes, the economy is going like gangbusters, judicial nominees are being confirmed and even as Cuck Schemer attempts to derail Brett Kavanaugh yet again with a frivolous lawsuit to dumpster dive in his trash, more people than ever want him confirmed, whatever reputation the media may have had has all but been wiped out, and the President is winning the messaging war on everything from immigration to terrorism to trade and so much more. That said, the ginning up of blind rage and hatred has been at maximum level for the past 18 months. And the primaries have shown a record turnout for Dem voters in their races while GOP numbers are rather flat. Will anti-Trump rage, real or ginned up, be enough to really capture one or both Houses of Congress despite all the good things and despite the loyalty of a strong and growing pro-Trump base? The world wonders...

Going around the horn in politics, Congressional approval is in the shitter, Kirsten Jello-Brains shared the stage with a rioting Ferguson Marxist, Bernie Sanders ducks a question about Keith Ellison's abuse accusations, black female Dem uses racial slur against Asian opponent in Michigan and Keith "X" heir-apparent, accused perjurer Ilhan Omar wants terror convicts to be in good hands with Allah-State.

In First Amendment and Fake News, the Silicon Valley Silencers want you silenced, PDT calls out the mass editorial page newspaper collusion manifesto, and the 17% approval rated Congress shows why they are so loathed. Moving down an amendment, Louisiana strikes back at big banks that went big for Camera Hogg and the DoJ seeks to clarify the situation with Cody Wilson with a number of states attorneys general who are not happy with that ruling.

On the terrorism front, two American idiots who wanted to show the world that the evil was just a figment of the imagination got figment to death by ISIS in Afghanistan, an ex-US military ISIS enthusiast and convert to the religion of peace gets 15 years for plotting to blow up a San Francisco pier, and why the Texas juvie-jihadi case means states need terrorism laws.

Internationally, our wonderful Euro-peon allies are scheming with the Turks and Iraqis (huh?!) to skirt our Iran sanctions, Iran's big cheese says he, get this, regrets the Obama nuke deal, and Sec Def Mattis warns about Chi-Com and Russky influence in South America, even as we sanction those two for attempting to violate our sanctions on the NorKs.

Domestically, Fauxcahontas wants to do for the entire private sector what Google, Facebook and Twitter are doing for the internet - communize the whole thing and take it over. Elon Musk's entire enterprise might be reviewed by the SEC (might be?!), Leftists have access to the Census Bureau by some backdoor bullshit, Fake Flake caves and clears the way for more PDT nominees and an alarming report on private as well as public debt crises.

Meanwhile, another Obama hack-in-black is derailing the Keystone XL yet again while the Left is again attempting to control the EPA vis a vis the "open science" ruling discussed yesterday. My solution? Dissolve the EPA.

From hither and yon, looking back on what Barbara Jordan had to say about impeachment, a "Queer Eye" host gets hounded for daring to say that some Republicans are actually okay, most millennial women do not identify as Feminazi, and circling back to the top two good essays on the future of the nation vis a vis Socialism. One says it'll be with us no matter what and the last says PDT has at the least killed the Obama legacy of it. It also warns that it will be an ongoing effort long after President Trump leaves office. Have a great weekend.

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

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An ONT Made for You and Me

—WeirdDave

Hey there, hi there, ho there, you're as welcome as can be. O-N-T, O-N-T, er O-N-T-T-Teee!


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Wow: Pentagon Analyst Stripped of His Security Clearances After Questioning Exorbitant Contracts for Trump-Campaign Spy Stefan Halper

—Ace of Spades

The people currently all worked up about John Brennan losing his security clearance will have nothing to say about this case.

Via JackStraw. Big news.

A Trump-supporting Pentagon analyst was stripped of his security clearance by Obama-appointed officials after he complained of questionable government contracts to Stefan Halper, the FBI informant who spied on the Trump presidential campaign.

Adam Lovinger, a 12-year strategist in the Pentagon's Office of Net Assessment, complained to his bosses about Halper contracts in the fall of 2016, his attorney, Sean M. Bigley, told The Washington Times.

On May 1, 2017, his superiors yanked his security clearance and relegated him to clerical chores.

Mr. Bigley filed a complaint July 18 with the Pentagon's senior ethics official, charging that Mr. Lovinger’s superiors misused the security clearance process to punish him. He said his client complained about excessive "sweetheart" deals for Mr. Halper and for a "best friend" of Chelsea Clinton.

"As it turns out, one of the two contractors Mr. Lovinger explicitly warned his ONA superiors about misusing in 2016 was none other than Mr. Halper," Mr. Bigley wrote in his ethics complaint, which called the contracts "cronyism and corruption."

Mr. Lovinger filed a whistleblower reprisal complaint in May with the Defense Department inspector general against James Baker, director of the Office of Net Assessment. The complaint also singles out Washington Headquarters Services, a Pentagon support agency that awarded the Halper contracts totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars.

A friend tells me that the James Baker mentioned there is James H. Baker, head of the ONA, and not, as you might guess, the James Baker who resigned from the FBI under suspicions of leaking out the "Steele" oppo report.

There was previous reporting on this story last year, but absent the information about Stefan Halper.

James Baker is an Obama holdover who Richard Perle calls "shallow and manipulative."

Baker is an Obama holdover appointed by Secretary Ashton Carter in May 2015, who remains the ONA director 11 months into the Trump administration.

Lovinger specifically protested $11.2 million in ONA contracts awarded over a decade to the Long Term Strategic Group (LTSG), a company owned by Jacqueline Newmyer, a childhood friend of Chelsea Clinton. Clinton and Newmyer first met each other while attending Sidwell Friends School, an exclusive private Quaker school in the nation’s capital. They were in each other’s weddings, and in 2011 Chelsea referred to Newmyer as her "best friend."

Lovinger's attorney, Sean M. Bigley, accuses Baker of continuing the LTSG contract in the hopes it could help him in a Clinton presidency.

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The IG's decision to launch a preliminary investigation occurred as former high-profile national security officials are beginning to publicly weigh in about Baker’s allegedly retaliatory actions.

Richard Perle, Ronald Reagan’s former Assistant Secretary of Defense, told TheDCNF of Lovinger, "He's been treated so badly. It's a disgrace."

Perle called Baker, "a shallow and manipulative character that should have gone with the change in administration."

Across the Atlantic, Richard Kemp, the former commander of British troops in Afghanistan, who worked for four years at 10 Downing Street for British Prime Minister Tony Blair, also denounced Baker's alleged act of retaliation.

"He is a highly respected analyst across the board," Kemp told TheDCNF referring to Lovinger. "The way he has been treated is deeply troubling."

Lovinger, a GS-15 attorney and strategic foreign affairs analyst, successfully served at ONA for 12 years and each year received the highest possible "E" rating in his performance review. The "E" means "exceptional" performance.

Lovinger was also the 2006 recipient of the "Secretary of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Award," the highest career award for civil servants in Office of Secretary of Defense.

But Baker poorly rated Lovinger in 2017, after he raised issues about the ONA's reliance on outside contractors, including LTSG.

And also the outside contractor Stefan Halper, as it turns out.

A friend points out that charges were levied against Lovinger two days after CNN reported on the dossier, having been assisted in this -- delivered the "news hook" they'd told James Comey they needed -- by Comey, Brennnan, and Clapper.

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New Mexico Jihadi Compound "Mysteriously Destroyed by Authorities"

—Ace of Spades

We're now destroying active crime-scenes before trial?

Video report at the link and embedded below.

So... the site is so dangerous it must be destroyed before trial, and a judge decided these men posed no threat and should be released on signature bond?

Can these two things make sense at the same time?

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ROFL: Manafort Jury Asks Judge to Clarify Meaning of "Reasonable Doubt"

—Ace of Spades

Tweet from @joshgerstein:

BREAKING: Jury in Manafort case sends note asking for legal definitions on filing requirements for overseas accounts, also for clarification on 'reasonable doubt.' Suggests jurors may not view case as a slam dunk. Story TK

The thing is, really, all you need to acquit is just doubt the word of the admitted criminal Gates.

I'm not saying that'll happen. I'm just saying that when your star witness is an admitted embezzler who would go to jail but for testifying that the non-embezzling partner is a super-bad dude, and used his embezzled funds to set up a love-nest for his mistress... well, that is sort of Walking Reasonable Doubt.

Friends and I are just hoping for this for the pure entertainment value of it.

The freak out will be... why, I don't even know what it would be like.

"Epic" is too small a word.

It would be... immortal. It would be God-like. It would a freak-out of God-like dimensions, unbound by space or time.

The Spin: Assuming that there is an acquittal (which I don't know that I would, yet), the snark from the Twitter Idiots will be: "Well, I guess that's the secret to Manafort's success -- surround yourself with liars and criminals even worse than yourself and you can never be convicted because your associates' words are worthless when used against you."

But this is always a problem when there are several criminals in an organization, all possibly guilty of the most serious crimes. You pressure one criminal to rat out another criminal.

But the guy who's ratting is going to have to admit he is a criminal and liar himself (no crimes occur without a lot of lying), and that he might get some consideration in his own sentencing if he testifies for the state... It's always a dicey proposition.

That's why in many cases the prosecution will offer some fairly light sentence in a plea deal.

But here, the prosecution decided to charge Manafort for over 300 years sentencing for tax evasion, and go the jury with their star witness, the admitted embezzler, tax fraud, adulterer, etc.

And they're doing that just to Get Trump.

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All Hands to the Lido Deck, All Hands to the Lido Deck
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—Ace of Spades

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Disney Stands Firm on James Gunn Firing, Despite Cast and Marvel Studios Demanding He Be Re-Hired;
His Pedophilia-Themed Halloween Party Pictures Might Have Something to Do With That

—Ace of Spades

What's the Corposervatives' position on this now? Every time we criticize a corporation for free-speech firings, they tell us that is a shameful degradation of poor defenseless billion or trillion dollar corporation's speech rights; yet they feel perfectly justified themselves in criticizing corporations when they shit-can a liberal or one of their Corporate Conservative buddies.

So, Disney fired Gunn for pedophilia jokes. A lot of pedophilia jokes. The Corporatists praised Disney/ABC for defending their oh-so-important corporate image by firing Roseanne Barr.

But when Disney fired a leftwing Trump opponent -- who, by the way, himself celebrated Disney/ABC's firing of Roseanne Barr for objectionable tweets -- the defenders of poor defenseless corporations' free speech rights started singing a different show tune entirely.

No longer was it just a Private Business' Unchallengeable Right to fire any employee who scuffed up their image.

Now -- and only now -- there were Important Citizen Free Speech Concerns to consider as well, now suddenly an actual human being's right to free speech had to be balanced with corporate speech rights.

For some reason, individual speech rights were not a factor worth mentioning at all in the Barr firing. Nor the firing of any other right-leaning person. (Except in cases where NeverTrumpers are threatened, of course.)

Suddenly it was not only permissible to question a Holy Corporation's free-speech-by-firing rights, but morally necessary.

Well, anyway, despite Dave Bautista and other Guardians of the Galaxy cast members threatening to maybe quit if Gunn weren't hired back, Disney has announced it is standing firm in its original Private Business Decision.

I'm not sure why Disney stuck to its guns on this -- I thought for sure they would fold.

I think this firing was originally a fake one, fake like Christopher Steele's firing seems to have been. A temporary firing with lots of opportunity to sneak back in through the back door.

I figured Disney was actually in on the seemingly organic "Rehire Gunn" agitation.

Maybe they were.

But then this happened: someone unearthed these pictures of James Gunn posing as a pedophile priest for a Halloween party, along with women dressed as underaged girls.

There are two pictures in the tweet below; you have to click on the picture to see the second one.



Now, I actually still think he's joking here, just as he was joking with his written pedophilia remarks.

I think he has a dark sense of humor,* and made these jokes back when people actually thought the Internet Was a Free Speech Zone where you could make dark jokes and no one would take it very seriously.

Before the Social Justice Warriors began scalp-hunting everyone on the right, and the Corporate Cons began inventing excuses why it was just and good that their very good friends, the large corporations, should fire right-leaning people just because Social Justice Warriors told them to.

But Disney bills itself above all else as a family-friendly company whose bread and butter is wholesome entertainment... for children.

Do the Corporate Cons who demanded Swift and Ruthless Internet Justice for Roseanne Barr's single tweet not see that perhaps Disney has a corporate image interest in not employing a guy whose go-to joke is raping children?

Where did this endless defending of a corporation's unquestionable right to fire anyone for violating the corporate code of conduct go when a leftist was mob-hunted? Why do they only seem to take a citizen's side in a SJW mob-hunt when it's a leftist or one of their own NeverTrump allies?

Is there some #MuhPrinciples reason why they only argue in favor of leftists and/or their NeverTrump Never-Ending Circle Jerk buddies in these disputes, and always aid the Social Justice Warriors in scalp-hunting people on the right?

Is that #MuhPrinciples, or is that vindictive, embittered fringe, feeling angry about losing their Right to Rule the Right, selecting who and who does not have free speech rights worth fighting for based on whether or not they oppose Trump with sufficient zeal?

Are any of the Corporate Cons' previously arguing for Gunn to be rehired acknowledging these pictures and reevaluating their stance, or like just playing some cyberflirting game about Mayonnaise or Hot Dogs to pretend it away?

* Well, even though I think that.. I was going to say "No pedophile would actually keep running up the Pedophilia Flag so brazenly," but that's not quite true. Jimmy Saville repeatedly grabbed a girl's ass while on TV. And that wasn't the only time he did that, either.

So yeah, some people are this brazen.

But I just don't get that sense here. I think he just thinks -- or thought -- pedophilia was a funny subject precisely because it is so dark and taboo a subject.

Mike Stoklasa has made a bunch of pedophilia jokes in his "Mr. Plinkett" persona; I certainly never thought he was a pedophile. I thought those jokes were pretty funny, to be honest.

Still, where I come down on this is where I always come down on this:

I will not be subject to one of your rules and yet permit you to be free of your own rule. If it's your rule, you shall suffer under it just the same as me.

We do not (yet) have a formal caste system in America, despite the obvious longing from the left and the NeverTrump rump to establish over-castes and under-castes.

And it's MUH #SacredPrinciple that we shall not have a tiered system of citizenship that the leftwing establishment as well as the "right"-leaning establishment so clearly crave.

And I'll sacrifice anyone to make sure that they do not put me in their designated under-caste.

I have nothing against James Gunn's free speech rights -- but I am quite for maintaining my own.

One Rule. One, you wannabe-aristocrat tyrants.

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Open Thread

—Ace of Spades

I've gotten behind so here's an open thread. I was just doing too many passenger ship icons.

Here's something: CATO Institute now arguing for leaky John Brennan's apparent perpetual property right in a security clearance.*

Pretty much all the Donor Class institutions of Corporate Favor-Banking are now arrayed against us. We're on our own, guys.

But at least the masks have come off.

And Admiral Bill McRaven says, "I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency...The criticism will continue until you become the leader we prayed you would be."

I say do it. I also say he can voluntarily relinquish it if he wants that honor.

Of course, he won't be able to make bank anymore taking jobs which require that clearance.

Oh, and to be honest, let's face it, a lot of those jobs offered to former senior military/DoD people kind of fake-jobs; people pay them, supposedly, for "consulting," but what they're really paying for is to have someone with connections in the Pentagon to act as a friendly persuader on their behalf.

A lot of times these "consulting" gigs are not really created so that the client can receive the "consultant's" thoughts, but so that the client can send the "consultant" to share the client's thoughts with those currently embedded in decision-making and contract-awarding positions in government.

I don't know much about McRaven, but I do know a lot of retired generals make bank in what are essentially barely-disguised lobbying gigs.

But I guess he's not in the game for that.

Yeah, so, if he doesn't want the security clearance, then he should have it revoked. The only point of letting him keep it is to, hypoethetically, be able to receive classified briefings if Trump needs his advice, but he obviously does not wish to advise Trump, and ergo, there is no interest to the American people in him retaining it. There's a big pecuniary benefit to McRaven in keeping it, but given that he's not animated by such selfish concerns, then it's no skin off anyone's nose to cancel it.


Sad!

This morning, my 4 year old came up to me and said "Dad, living dangerously, I'm scared that Trump's revoking Brenan's security clearance represents his authoritarian tendencies." I just had to shed a tear because I didn't know what to say.

Posted by: joe, living dangerously

* People are taking this "perpetual property right" literally. That's my own snarky characterization of it. They don't really argue that. But the assumption seems to be, deep down, that Brennan has "earned" this thing and has a vested interest in it which apparently trumps the president's estimation of his future value as a trusted security-cleared adviser, or his estimation that he has no such future value.

The president has determined that Brennan is likely a leaker, with very good reason, and that leaving a security clearance in his hands is actually just empowering him to receive leaks and then disseminate them in the future.

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Weekly Standard ( 🚢 ) Shocked by Notion of Non-Disclosure Agreements, Despite Routinely Demanding Them from Employees

—Ace of Spades

Background for this: Larry O'Connor was employed briefly by the Weekly Standard to revive its moribund website before being fired, probably because he wasn't toeing the infinitely NeverTrump line the outfit insisted upon.

So when he says what he says, he knows what he's talking about.


If the Weekly Standard finds NDAs contrary to the public interest, they should immediately release Larry O'Connor from the one they made him sign, so we can hear how the sausage gets made in a little-noticed dusty corner of the Fourth Estate.

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Scandalous: Head of the INS Declares that the INS Serves The American People, Not the Would-Be Immigrants Whose Applications They Process

—Ace of Spades

Lawrence Eagleburger used to test new foreign service workers by asking them "Which country do you represent?" They'd typically answer by telling him the foreign country they were assigned to.

"No," he'd say. "You represent America."

The INS chief said something similar, something pretty obvious, and of course the media and the Democrats and the NeverTrump rump (but I repeat myself thrice) is going to freak out.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director L. Francis Cissna on Wednesday defended striking "nation of immigrants" from his agency's mission statement, arguing that his agency ultimately serves the American people.

"Who does the agency serve?" Cissna asked at an event in Washington, D.C., according to a report by the Washington Examiner. "I think there been a misunderstanding of that over the years... People kind of naturally fall into the belief that the individuals that we serve are the people that we interact with every day when we take applications or petitions."

"I don't think that we serve them. We serve the people," Cissna continued. "We serve the American people who have conferred upon the agency a special mission through the Congress to administer these immigration laws."

Via Dave Reaboi, who is shocked that this is now considered shocking.

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The Morning Rant: J.V. Edition

—CBD

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What a concept! Maintaining the traditions and culture of your country by limiting the entrance of foreigners whose culture is anathema to yours. I guess that Hungarians don't have the national suicide gene that seems to be dominant in a few other European countries, like Sweden and France and Germany and the UK and...

The knee-jerk retort from the Left will be, "Oh, that's just what the Nazis said!" And that is half true, but in this case there is the example of other countries being destroyed by the same kind of immigration that Hungary is preventing. This is not political fear-mongering and xenophobia. This is a well-founded awareness of the destructive potential of Muslim immigration.

'No submission to Islam:' Victor Orban outlines explicitly conservative goals for Hungary

In an October 2016 referendum, 98.4 percent of Hungarians voted against accepting migrants allotted to their country by the European Union. Admittedly, a government campaign for a no-vote along with an opposition boycott artificially inflated this number; but it does point to a majority rejecting unvetted migrants. As one prominent Orban ally told me, "We like Muslims, but over there, not here."
Is there a hint of the same irrational hatred that allowed the Nazis to kill 70% of Hungary's Jews in the Holocaust? I don't know, but it wouldn't surprise me. Yet the Dutch and the Belgians, supposedly paragons of enlightened thought, gleefully assisted the Nazis in the extermination of about the same percentage of their Jews, and they are dissolute and without national pride and are rapidly giving in to the Islamist hordes.

So if I were a betting man, I would put money on an Islamist-run pogrom occurring in Western Europe well before anything like that happens in Eastern Europe.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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At The Linen Closet
Pieter de Hooch

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The Morning Report 8/16/18

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. The top story as we head into Thursday is the President's completely justified and long overdue revocation of former CIA director John Brennan's security clearance yesterday afternoon. The reaction from the forces in the Dem-Left-Media complex are predictable. Without going to an extensive, long-winded diatribe of what brought us to this place, suffice it to say that John Brennan used his position before, during and after the 2016 presidential election to both engineer a plot to undermine the candidacy of Donald Trump (and probably every other strong contender in the GOP field) and then failing that, to actually undermine his presidency with the ultimate goal of having him removed from office, voluntarily or otherwise. And since January 20th of 2017, the assault on PDT and on our republic has seen every trick, tactic, smear and even physical assault blow up in their faces, an quite spectacularly all things considered. So now the plot has become an effort to cover up the crime, exonerate the criminals and if necessary leave one or more underlings out in the open to take the heat, as it were. And heat does not necessarily mean justice or punishment as we all know.

That said, the meme is now firing John Brennan undermines the first amendment and is unconstitutional, as the pencil-necked, needle-dicked, loudmouth crook of a Senator from Connecticut vomited up that bromide yesterday. For anyone even vaguely aware of all the moving parts of this (and Lord knows even I'm not following it all), comments like that are beyond insulting to one's intelligence. But the vapidity and stupidity of the comment are maybe one half step more coherent and logical as Chelsea Hubbel claiming infanticide by the million somehow boosts the economy. Mark Levin and others have blasted the meme to shreds and it really is so unworthy of refutation that it doesn't deserve the real estate to explain it. That said, you tell a big enough lie long enough an loud enough and a significant number of the uneducated and uninformed will swallow it faster than a greased cucumber can slide down Sandra Fluke's throat.

But, like virtually every other thing that has happened since the coming of PDT, people beyond just us and the base are paying attention. The incredible economy, the crackdown on the border (such as it is all things considered), the meltdown of the Den-Left in all its forms, political and cultural, it all has had an effect. This is what a semi-cold civil war looks like; when those in power who have been at the controls for a very long time (it is a generational struggle) have it wrested from them, there is going to be a reaction.

In any case, more security clearance revocations are coming as Jim Jordan and others are noting. Good. All things considered, when you realize that going beyond the actual acts of criminality themselves, John Brennan and company have seriously damaged the underpinnings of our society. When people are made to doubt the integrity of the electoral system because of an intentional and sustained propaganda campaign, and then to look at the highest levels of our law enforcement and justice system as corrupt, that to me is a hanging offense. And I am not being hyperbolic. I believe it also goes beyond Brennan which means you-know-who. Will anything even approaching true justice ever be meted out to the miscreants and traitors involved? Highly doubtful. Is the exposure of all of this and the concomitant irresponsible and criminal reaction by those in the media and in politics equally destructive? Of course. But that said, sunlight is the best disinfectant. Painful as all of this is to go through and witness, it has to be done. And stay tuned as the screws, supposedly, tighten on Bruce Ohr.

Lots more going on so let's hit it. Evidently an ISIS operative who came here as a refugee has been apprehended in California on murder charges. Also, a Missouri man has been arrested for pointing a loaded weapon at a pro-life protestor. Remember, our speech is violence but their violence is speech. Feh.

On the political front, Keith Ellison won his primary for MN AG as more allegations of abuse are revealed. The Pussy-Hat posse is nowhere to be found and check the link where Ellison actually sounded as if he threatened his accuser. The President slammed Andrew Cuomo for his anti-American comments and was joined by Cuomo rival "Dickless" Nixon, though her angle of attack was rather different as you can imagine. Bill Nelson and the Dems are circling the wagons around him for his evidently lying about Russia hacking the Florida electoral system, and despite Omarosa and every other crackpot racialist accusing the President, his support among Black Americans is soaring. And with all that talk of a blue wave more and more Dems are now willing to meet with Brett Kavanaugh, even as they desperately attempt to dig up dirt to derail his nomination and seating on SCOTUS.

In First Amendment and Fake Newsery News, Reality Winner is going to get a dose of her first name good and hard, interesting links about Big Tech and censorship, Shopify is punishing gun-related vendors, and good pieces about the Left and the concept of free speech.

Domestically, some blood-boiling links about pensions, pension crises, billion dollar frauds, the root causes of black American destruction and why perhaps they're starting to flock to PDT, the great noodle heist and other picture postcards. Meanwhile, a new rule at the EPA promises to put its regulatory rationale under the microscope and balloons may be the next target for termination after straws.

From hither and yon, Hillary Clinton is paving the way for another little girl to never be president of the United States, Kareem Abdul-Jabroni should try living as black man anywhere in the fundamentalist Muslim world and get edjumacted about slavery for real, and finally, Private Emil F. Ragucci comes home from Tarawa at long last. May his memory be for a blessing.

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

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Wednesday Overnight Open Thread (8/15/18 )

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Quotes of The Day

Quote I

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. Dalai Lama

Quote II

It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things. Theodore Roosevelt

Quote III

A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. Thomas Jefferson


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Julie Kelly: Why Was the Weekly Standard Pushing Bullet-Points from the Steele Dossier Two Days Before Operation Crossfire Hurricane Began?

—Ace of Spades

I've been waiting all day for this article.

In his online appeal for money after being fired this week, disgraced former FBI agent Peter Strzok credited an unlikely source to vouch for his victim status: The Weekly Standard.

At one time a leading conservative magazine, the Standard declared last month that Strzok's plight was merely an "overwrought tale of bias" and the case against him is "just sound and fury." The article brushed off Strzok's actions as “several bad judgment calls” and blasted Congressional Republicans for continuing a criminal investigation into the now-unemployed G-man.


Strzok is following only 32 people on his newly-verified Twitter account. Bill Kristol, the editor-at-large of the Standard, is one of them.

So, what’s with the fanboying between the Standard--an allegedly serious publication dedicated to advancing conservative principles--and a corrupt government bureaucrat who embodies everything the conservative movement fought against for decades?

I found an article in the Standard archives this week that might explain why. On July 24, 2016, just days before Strzok helped launch a counterintelligence probe into the Trump campaign, Kristol gave Strzok and the Obama Justice Department a big assist from the anti-Trump Right by posting a flawed and questionably-sourced article. "Putin's Party" is compelling evidence that Kristol and the Standard were far from mere sideline observers as the Trump-Russia collusion scam took shape in the summer of 2016.

At the very least, the timing of the article suggests there was careful coordination between the central players--including the Hillary Clinton campaign--and Bill Kristol to derail Trump's candidacy just weeks before the [election. But the article’s content also serves to raise alarming questions about the claims by many Republicans that “conservatives” had no knowledge of or involvement with the Christopher Steele dossier.

She notes that Kristol's article hits all the major bullet points of the Hillary-Clinton-financed oppo hit, from Russian Water Sports to Trump being involved in the DNC hacking and all the rest of it.

I figure, maybe Kristol, a fake conservative corporatist chiefly a Republican to make the world safe for the Import-Export Bank, got the dossier from McCain, who of course is the same kind of Republican.

Or maybe, as Kelly suggests, he just got it from Glenn Simpson, who his son in law had hired originally to gather dirt on Cruz and Trump for the Free Beacon. Though the Free Beacon says it had terminated its relationship long before the Steele dossier was, um, supposedly written by Steele, maybe Simpson just knew that Cap'n Bill had a strong interest in seeing this master spy's alleged work.

There's nothing necessarily sinister in that -- except that people who allegedly serve us by providing us with the truth have been lying about it for, what, more than two years now?

Why doesn't the Weekly Standard disclose its links, whatever they might be, to the people behind the dossier and Fusion GPS?

Two things to keep in mind:

First, Lee Smith was fired very shortly after simply offering an article about Fusion GPS to the Weekly Standard. He merely offered it to them.

And then the Weekly Standard suddenly decided things aren't working out between themselves and Smith.

I wonder why that was. RealClearInvestigations certainly thinks that Smith is a valuable reporter. What was it about Smith that made the Weekly Standard decide he just wasn't making the grade any longer?

Second, The Weekly Standard has been very reluctant to even mention Fusion GPS. In the year of revelations about Fusion, The Weekly Standard only has ten articles tagged as "Fusion GPS," and one of those, a simple accounting of the claims made in the Nunes Memo, doesn't even mention the forbidden words "Fusion GPS." The only mention of Fusion GPS comes at the article's bottom -- in the tags.

The only other mentions are: three articles by Eric Felten, one of the few writers permitted to write about this story, four by Mark Hemingway, another writer who used to be permitted to write about Fusion, but who seems to have been sidelined from political reporting and now mostly writes about cultural matters.

Another article only makes this snarky reference about a dog named Nemo pissing at a meeting of junior ministers at the Elysium in France:

It seems that during the meeting, Nemo took the opportunity to relieve himself on one of the palace’s ornamental fireplaces. We know this not because of a helpful Fusion GPS dossier, but because TV cameras happened to be there for a photo op.

Que drole!

The last article mentions it in reporting the reasons some Republicans argue that Mueller should be fired, without breaking any actual news about Fusion GPS. Let's just say the author of this piece, like virtually everyone at the Weekly Standard, is pretty supportive of Robert Mueller's endless probe.

Oh by the way, that last article is by Michael Warren, who was approvingly quoted by Peter Strzok in his GoFundMe pitch.

Just seems to me that The Weekly Standard is very protective of Fusion GPS, and they've never quite explained why that should be.

Certainly circumstances raise questions about possible collusion here, and, by the Weekly Standard's own rules, these questions must be ruthlessly investigated.

It seems to me that a magazine which claims to be interested in serving the truth to its readers, all thirty of them, should be candid about what it knew and when it knew it and who it knew it from.

Oh -- and do please read the Julie Kelly article. I excerpted just a bit to get you interested.

Update: I said originally that I'd guess Kristol got the dossier (or a preview of it) from McCain, but Kelly's piece suggests a more direct route. I changed that section to include the possibility of getting it from McCain, or maybe just from Simpson, who'd know that Cap'n Bill would be interested in it, given that his son-in-law Matthew Continetti had commissioned Fusion GPS to dig dirt on Rubio's competitors Cruz and Trump for the Free Beacon.

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Bill Nelson: When I Made Huge News in the Liberal Media That Russians Had Already Hacked Florida's Election System In Advance of the 2018 Elections, I Meant That They Might Hack Them

—Ace of Spades

Nope. He's lying.

First of all, let's get the backstory, from August 8th. The Tampa Bay Times -- which I know I can trust, because they're responsible for PolitiFact or one of those completely-reliable fact-check operations -- reported that Nelson said, verbally, unambiguously, that Russia had penetrated Florida's voting systems in advance of the 2018 elections. Not that they might or could penetrate them.

Not that they had in 2016.

But that Russians already have penetrated them in advance of the 2018 elections:



Russian operatives have "penetrated" some of Florida's voter registration systems ahead of the 2018 midterms, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson said Wednesday, adding new urgency to concerns about hacking.

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"They have already penetrated certain counties in the state and they now have free rein to move about," Nelson told the Tampa Bay Times before a campaign event in Tampa. He said something similar a day earlier in Tallahassee but declined to elaborate.

"That's classified," the Democrat said Tuesday.

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"We were requested by the chairman and vice chairman of the Intelligence Committee to let the supervisors of election in Florida know that the Russians are in their records," Nelson told the Times on Wednesday. (audio below) He noted he is a member of the Armed Services subcommittee on cybersecurity.

But his claims were immediately subject to challenge:

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The state, however, said it has received "zero information" supporting his claim.

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Nelson and Florida's other senator, Republican Marco Rubio, wrote a July 2 letter to the 67 county election supervisors about potential threats. But that letter lacked the specificity Nelson laid out.

"County election boards should not be expected to stand alone against a hostile foreign government," the lawmakers wrote in recommending "a wide range of services" from the Department of Homeland Security.

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"The Florida Department of State has received zero information from Senator Nelson or his staff that support his claims," agency spokeswoman Sarah Revell said in a statement. "Additionally, the Department has received no information from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the Florida Department of Law Enforcement that corroborates Senator Nelson's statement and we have no evidence to support these claims.

"If Senator Nelson has specific information about threats to our elections, he should share it with election officials in Florida."

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Nelson's remarks immediately caused a major stir among county elections officials, who are testing equipment, training poll workers and counting mail ballots in advance of the Aug. 28 primary. Pinellas County elections officials immediately contacted the FBI, Homeland Security and other state and federal agencies in a futile attempt to find out more about Nelson's assertion.

"Our office has not seen any indication that we have had any penetration by any bad actions," said Pinellas election's office spokesman Dustin Chase.

As the article says, the audio of this conversation is in fact embedded at the bottom of the article linked. The first question is from a reporter specifically asking if he means there was a penetration into records before 2016 or right now, and he answers "Right now."

He adds, present tense, "The Russians ARE IN their [voting] records."

Which makes it curious that he now says, questioned further about his evidence-free claim, that he never said there was any actual penetration going on right now, and that he only meant that there had been penetration in 2016 and that it was "likely" that there could be penetration today.

Ignore the headline that precedes this clip -- he doesn't "admit" he "fabricated" the claim, though that seems to be an inescapable inference that can be drawn from his "HAVE RIGHT NOW PENETRATED/penetrated in 2016" switcheroo.

See video here, or embedded after the jump so as to keep the front page relatively free of CPU-intensive links.

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Let the Blue Checkmark Meltdown Begin: Leaky Brennan's Security Clearance Revoked

—Ace of Spades

Why should a man who is very reasonably suspected of having engineered a leak of classified information to CNN retain a security clearance requiring high ethics in handling such information?

"Mr. Brennan's lying and recent conduct characterized by increasingly frenzied commentary is wholly inconsistent with access to the nation’s most closely held secrets and facilities, the very aim of our adversaries which is to sow division and chaos," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, reading a statement from Trump while briefing reporters on Wednesday.

"Mr. Brennan has recently leveraged his status as a former high-ranking official with access to highly sensitive information to make a series of unfounded and outrageous allegations -- wild outbursts on the internet and television -- about this Administration," the president‘s statement continued.

In addition, Sanders said, the administration is evaluating clearances for former FBI Director James Comey, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden, former national security adviser Susan Rice, former FBI attorney Lisa Page, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strozk, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, whose security clearance was deactivated after he was fired earlier this year, and Bruce Ohr, who is still in the Justice Department although he was demoted from associate deputy attorney general.

"More broadly, the issue of Mr. Brennan’s security clearance raises larger questions about the practice of former officials maintaining access to our nation's most sensitive secrets long after their time in government has ended," Sanders said.

The former Communist responded on Twitter:

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This action is part of a broader effort by Mr. Trump to suppress freedom of speech & punish critics. It should gravely worry all Americans, including intelligence professionals, about the cost of speaking out. My principles are worth far more than clearances. I will not relent.

The RINO Fake Conservatives will agree with this analysis -- that stripping a very likely leaker of a security clearance he has no right to -- does in fact constitute an assault on the first amendment, while simultaneously claiming that every corporate purge of conservative voices raises not a single genuine free speech issue at all because Holy Corporations Are Their Cash-Money Benefactors.

By the way: Brennan's top secret clearance, which he is spectacularly unfit for given the very plausible suspicions he engineered the briefing and then leaked it to CNN, allows government leakers to leak to him top secret information without serious criminal consequences. They could be fired, they could be disciplined, but they couldn't be prosecuted under the Espionage Act because the person they're leaking to has a top secret clearance -- even if he has no actual right or reason to have the information.

Why leave leakers the Brennan Option? What is being gained here?

Oh right: What CNN and the NeverTrump lunatics want is to make it legal to leak top secret information if that information can be used against Trump. They want to preserve this leak loophole because of a crass political agenda.

#BecauseMuhPrinciples.

By the way: MasterCard and Patreon have suspended Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch -- not Richard Spencer of Naziism and Aryan Pride Manboobs -- for no stated reason. The actual reason is a pressure campaign based on the notorious crosshairs-applying hate group the SPLC's designation of him as some kind of "extremist." And the goal is to choke him off from crowdfunding and thus to silence him.


NeverTrump and the CNN First Amendement defenders will swear to #MuhSacredEternalPrinciples that John "Leaky" Brennan has a permanent property right in his security clearance, but will not say a ***damn peep about Robert Spencer, because -- say it with me -- Corporations are Holy and must never have their own first amendment rights even questioned (or challenged via counter-boycott) whereas citizens' free speech rights are silly, trivial thing which are not entitled to any sort of counter-pressure from the nominal right's bought-and-paid-for corporate client class.

Just as Businesses Can Do Anything if they're purging an enemy of the left and the NeverTrump rump, but if a business fires an anti-Trump liberal like James Gunn, or a Member of the Clique like Kevin D. Williamson, suddenly the Private Businesses May Do Anything rule goes out the window for days and dreary days of strident arguing about how such private business decisions threaten the very foundations of the Republic.

Liberals and their buddies -- they'll elevate them above the Sacred Near-Inviolable Rights of Private Businesses.

But for peons like you -- then the rule of Absolute Corporate Power is invoked.

Oh, and by the way: Shopify has purged gun-related retailers and deleted its own mission statement about free speech.

They're allowed to do that. But gun-rights advocates are also entitled to exert counter-pressure and threats of boycott to show their own (free speech) disapproval.

Which is what the left did in the first place to pressure Shopify into doing this.

But if you suggest that the right engate such a campaign, David French and Jonah Goldberg will lecture you about not impinging on the Holy Corporation's free speech rights, completely forgetting that you the citizen-consumer also have a similar arsenal of rights, and that the store owners now deplatformed also have their own rights.

When it's you being pressured into silence, they say: Freedom of speech doesn't mean freedom from consequences, such as corporate economic blockades.

But when someone suggests a counter-boycott against the corporation, the rule is no longer "Freedom of speech doesn't mean freedom from consequences."

In fact, the rule quickly shifts to "A corporation's free speech must be free of all consequences, including even counter-pressure to balance/cancel the left's original pressure."

Corporations are Holy and their rights are so primary that they not only trump every one else's but in fact are so precious that it's a First Amendment violation to even suggest applying counter-pressure.

This is all terrific. It's great to subsidize and donate to a group of supposed advocates who always advocate against your interests and in favor of those attacking your own rights, such as leftist pressure groups and the corporations they bend to their will.

Corporations Are People Too, My Friend

In fact, corporations are the only people whose rights truly matter.

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Chelsea Clinton: Legalized Abortion Has Added Three and a Half Trillion Dollars to the Economy

—Ace of Spades

She inherited her father's morals and her mother's charm.

Abortion has been an important economic stimulus ever since it was legalized by the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, Chelsea Clinton claimed at a "Rise Up for Roe" event on Saturday.

At the event promoting opposition to President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the former First Daughter of President Bill Clinton credited legalized abortion for helping add trillions of dollars to the U.S economy because women who had abortions were more inclined to enter the labor force:

"Whether you fundamentally care about reproductive rights and access right, because these are not the same thing, if you care about social justice or economic justice, agency -- you have to care about this.

"It is not a disconnected fact -- to address this t-shirt of 1973 --that American women entering the labor force from 1973 to 2009 added three and a half trillion dollars to our economy. Right?

"The net, new entrance of women -- that is not disconnected from the fact that Roe became the law of the land in January of 1973."

Thus, no matter what other things Americans may care about, everyone should appreciate the economic value of legalized abortion, Clinton said...

If we're going to look at this in strictly economic terms: What about the would-be economic contributions of those millions and millions of would-be children who would otherwise grow up to be adults and contribute lifetimes' of productive work to the economy?

Posted by Ace of Spades at 04:36 PM Comments

That Lowlife Dog Omarosa: Trump's Mental and Physical Decline Is Due to His Coke Habit.
His Diet Coke Habit, Which the World Does Not Yet Know the Full Extent of.
Yes I'm Serious.

—Ace of Spades

Wow, if this book has further blockbuster revelations like this, it could sell dozens!

In "Unhinged: An Insider Account of the Trump White House," former reality-TV star-turned-White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman says the President's mental and physical decline in the most powerful office in the world is because he likes the soda a little too much. The Daily News received an advance copy of the book due out Tuesday.

In fact, the President keeps a box on his desk with a button that he can push when he wants his favorite beverage.

“The world has yet to learn about the extent of Donald Trump's Diet Coke habit,” Manigault Newman says in the book. “He always had one in his hand, as far back as I've known him. He's up to eight cans a day, at least. Eight cans a day, for the last 15 years, is 43,800 cans of Diet Coke, poured into his system. In the White House , he just pushes a button in a wooden box on his desk. He can summon anything with that button. Whenever I went in to brief him, he'd push the button and get us Diet Cokes."

Scandalous! I know Brian Stelter of CNN will certainly be shocked by Trump's unhealthy dietary habits.

Another shock revelation from the book: Trump hits the tanning bed every morning to look bronzed.

Which to me is a reverse-revelation: I assumed he was putting on bronzing make-up. But no, apparently his unnatural tan is actually natural. (Or, at least: Real.)

Gee, I can't believe the Daily News is going out of business. They've got more scoops than Raisin Bran.

Here's one "scoop," though I suppose this is common knowledge: Trump owns two guns, Ta .45-caliber Heckler & Koch pistol and a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver.

But wait, that dog Omarosa has more to tell you about That Devil Cola:

...

All of his strange habits can be traced back to Diet Coke, Manigault Newman claims.

"When I started to have grave concerns for his mental health, I connected the dots to his physical health and poor choices, specifically, his soda habit," she said.

She said she looked into it and found support for her hypothesis.

"I researched it, and found a brand-new study by a team of neurologists from Boston University that linked Diet Coke consumption with dementia and increased risk of stroke. Dementia. Not being able to remember anything, confusion, loss of vocabulary and ability to process information. Stroke,” she writes.

By "researched" it, she means she typed "Diet Coke" into her Google search field. And then -- Jackpot!

Posted by Ace of Spades at 03:32 PM Comments

Colorado Officials Are Once Again Vindictively Prosecuting Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ignoring Supreme Court Decision

—Ace of Spades

Actually, Anthony Kennedy permitted this, by claiming that the Court couldn't reach the merits of the case but could say that the procedure in the original prosecution was biased.

But how can this prosecution be non-biased when the same people are going after him?

Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop fame is suing the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

The Commission commenced new proceedings against Phillips on behalf of a transgender complainant just weeks after he prevailed at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Phillips' attorneys say the Commission is engaged in a concerted campaign to destroy him, which is unlawful.

Jack Phillips, the Christian baker who prevailed at the U.S. Supreme Court after declining to create a custom wedding cake for a gay couple, filed a lawsuit in federal court late Tuesday suing the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

...

"The state of Colorado is ignoring the message of the U.S. Supreme Court by continuing to single out Jack for punishment and to exhibit hostility toward his religious beliefs," said Kristen Waggoner, an Alliance Defending Freedom attorney who represents Phillips. "Even though Jack serves all customers and simply declines to create custom cakes that express messages or celebrate events in violation of his deeply held beliefs, the government is intent on destroying him -- something the Supreme Court has already told it not to do."

And here's the new cake that someone looking to file a complaint demanded he bake:

On the same day the high court agreed to review the Masterpiece case, an attorney named Autumn Scardina called Phillips' shop and asked him to create a cake celebrating a sex transition. The caller asked that the cake include a blue exterior and a pink interior, a reflection of Scardina's transgender identity. Phillips declined to create the cake, given his religious conviction that sex is immutable, while offering to sell the caller other pre-made baked goods.

In the months that followed, the bakery received requests for cakes featuring marijuana use, sexually explicit messages, and Satanic symbols. One solicitation submitted by email asked the cake shop to create a three-tiered white cake depicting Satan licking a functional 9 inch dildo. Phillips believes Scardina made all these requests.

And so the Civil Rights Commission is going after him again based on this very complainey complainant.

Posted by Ace of Spades at 02:38 PM Comments

Feminist Professor Found Guilty of Pervasive, 3-Year Sexual Harassment of Male Graduate Student;
Other Feminists Defended Her and, Get This, Blamed the Victim

—Ace of Spades

,If any of this surprises you, you haven't been paying attention.

The case seems like a familiar story turned on its head: Avital Ronell, a world-renowned female professor of German and Comparative Literature at New York University, was found responsible for sexually harassing a male former graduate student, Nimrod Reitman.

An 11-month Title IX investigation found Professor Ronell, described by a colleague as "one of the very few philosopher-stars of this world," responsible for sexual harassment, both physical and verbal, to the extent that her behavior was "sufficiently pervasive to alter the terms and conditions of Mr. Reitman's learning environment." The university has suspended Professor Ronell for the coming academic year.

In the Title IX final report, excerpts of which were obtained by The New York Times, Mr. Reitman said that she had sexually harassed him for three years, and shared dozens of emails in which she referred to him as "my most adored one," "Sweet cuddly Baby," "cock-er spaniel," and "my astounding and beautiful Nimrod."

Coming in the middle of the #MeToo movement's reckoning over sexual misconduct, it raised a challenge for feminists -- how to respond when one of their own behaved badly. And the response has roiled a corner of academia.

Soon after the university made its final, confidential determination this spring, a group of scholars from around the world, including prominent feminists, sent a letter to N.Y.U. in defense of Professor Ronell. Judith Butler, the author of the book "Gender Trouble" and one of the most influential feminist scholars today, was first on the list.

"Although we have no access to the confidential dossier, we have all worked for many years in close proximity to Professor Ronell," the professors wrote in a draft letter posted on a philosophy blog in June. "We have all seen her relationship with students, and some of us know the individual who has waged this malicious campaign against her."

Critics saw the letter, with its focus on the potential damage to Professor Ronell's reputation and the force of her personality, as echoing past defenses of powerful men.

Only critics saw the letter in that way?

Is there another way to see it?

"We testify to the grace, the keen wit, and the intellectual commitment of Professor Ronell and ask that she be accorded the dignity rightly deserved by someone of her international standing and reputation," the professors wrote.

Mr. Reitman, who is now 34 and is a visiting fellow at Harvard, says that Professor Ronell kissed and touched him repeatedly, slept in his bed with him, required him to lie in her bed, held his hand, texted, emailed and called him constantly, and refused to work with him if he did not reciprocate. Mr. Reitman is gay and is now married to a man; Professor Ronell is a lesbian.

All right, I didn't see that coming, but in retrospect, of course I should have.

...

Two years after graduating from N.Y.U. with a Ph.D., Mr. Reitman filed a Title IX complaint against his former adviser, alleging sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking and retaliation. In May, the university found Professor Ronell responsible for sexual harassment and cleared her of the other allegations.

Mr. Reitman's lawyer, Donald Kravet, said he and his client have drafted a lawsuit against N.Y.U. and Professor Ronell and are now considering their options.

;...

The problems began, according to Mr. Reitman, in the spring of 2012, before he officially started school. Professor Ronell invited him to stay with her in Paris for a few days. The day he arrived, she asked him to read poetry to her in her bedroom while she took an afternoon nap, he said.

Totally collegial behavior. I ask work-friends to read me poetry while I nap in my budoir in my Parisian pied-a-terre all the time.

Doesn't mean anything.

"That was already a red flag to me," said Mr. Reitman. "But I also thought, O.K., you're here. Better not make a scene."

Then, he said, she pulled him into her bed.

"She put my hands onto her breasts, and was pressing herself -- her buttocks --onto my crotch," he said. "She was kissing me, kissing my hands, kissing my torso."

...

When he got to New York, the behavior continued, he said, when after Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, Professor Ronell showed up at his apartment because her power had gone out. He said that, despite his objections, she convinced him that they could both sleep in his bed together. Once there, she groped and kissed him each night for nearly a week, he said.

And feminists, who are supposedly opposed to harassment, defended this woman and attacked the man she was harassing.

Posted by Ace of Spades at 01:41 PM Comments

Politico: There Are No Bombshells in the Omarosa Tapes

—Ace of Spades

I guess I wasn't wrong to ignore the media's newest coordinated spazz-out.

Another couple of days they spent on total bullshit.

Like the WikiLeaks dump --which severely damaged the Clinton campaign by taking it off message, but never produced a smoking gun --Manigault Newman's tapes, according to someone who has listened to them, are juicy to listen to but ultimately don't contain any bombshell about the president or his family.

Note the Wikileaks comparison -- the press was very, very much against the illegal hacking of Hillary's emails. But this Politico piece, after noting the similarities to the Wikileaks hack, spends multiple paragraphs trying to explain why the illegal surreptitious recording of someone is totally, totally different from illegally hacking their emails. After all, Politico says, Omarosa calls herself a "whistleblower," and we should all believe Omarosa (presumably).

After spending two days of nonstop coverage of this lowlife nightcrawling hag, CNN had the audacity to say Trump was obsessed with her.



Oh, and the media also tried claiming that "dog" was the new dog-whistle.


Posted by Ace of Spades at 12:37 PM Comments

The Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

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"CNN is doubling down on stupid with the typical prog "it's OK when we do it" argument to justify who antifa goons who assaulted police and journalists over the weekend. Meanwhile, the 27 white supremacists who showed up for the demonstration, who are apparently threatening to tear apart the national fabric, according to CNN and the SPLC, stood around like potted plants. Some threat. By the way, I'll bet that 4 or 5 of them were either FBI informants or undercover FBI agents."




How About a Little Signal Boost, Scarecrow?

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Heh. When last I checked Mr. Woods' original tweet, there were 60K retweets.

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Posted by OregonMuse at 11:21 AM Comments

Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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Girl In A Wickford Garden, New England
Guy Rose

Posted by CBD at 09:30 AM Comments

The Morning Report 8/15/18

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. Midweek, and here we go. First a roundup of yesterdays's primary results. Despite the allegations of abuse about Keith Ellison, he easily won in a landslide for his run at the Minnesota AG slot as fellow traveler and probable perjurer Ilhan Omer won in her bid to take his vacant House seat. Criminality and general mopery are generally seen as resume enhancers for Democrats. And these two have it in spades: one dame, both black and Muslim. Anyway, Hinderaker at Powerline has an analysis of that Frostbelt shitshow, along with T-Paw failing in his bid for a comeback. Elsewhere, a couple of outsiders are moving forward in California and Connecticut while GOP-e approved Leah Vukmir advanced in Wisconsin (see note at bottom), I hope you haven't had breakfast before clicking on the link to the freak in Vermont, and I don't mean Sanders or Leahy. Lastly, Kris Kobach has officially unseated incumbent governor Jeff Colyer and declared winner in last week's primary in a stunning upset.

Sliding over to the general political scene, one of Obama's hacks-in-black put the kibosh on a New Hampshire voter integrity law, Al Leppo is hell bent on screwing up the GOP in the New Mexico Senate race, a California Dem is a giant hypocrite when it comes to big oil, Missouri Dems completely shun the pro-life vote (not helpful, I imagine, to McAssKill), despite the influx of Puerto Ricans after Hurricane Irma and other predictions, Florida's Dem voter registration is actually down from 2016, Larry Hogan is supposedly 16 points ahead of far-Left racialist loon Ben J-Zealous in Maryland, and lastly a new group is calling on the Dems to reject the party's official approval of Joo-hate. Zei mir mit mazel on that one.

In First Amendment and Fake News news, CNN ripped into PDT calling the London terrorist attack a terrorist attack despite their own verbiage, Levin goes on his usual tear about the MFM, Devin Nunes conspiracy theories abound and Daniel Greenfield rips into Omarosa and her bullshit. Lastly, the mayor of Somerville, Mass. will no doubt help boost sales of Sam Adams beer.

In the Mewler Flea Circus, Paul Manafort's defense team has opted to rest without mounting a defense and a good piece from American Thinker about the gradual acceptance of Brennan, Clinton and the truth behind this whole shameful episode that is still ripping the country apart.

Internationally, Erdogan retaliates to US sanctions by threatening i-Phones, Michael Leeden's current analysis of the vulnerability of the Mullahs, for once I can relate to the Chi-Coms though I'd've thought their "camps" would involve ditches and bullets, and finally the drone strike on Maduro may have been a coup attempt. Could also have been a false flag Erdogan-style fake-out to round up the usual suspects.

Turning domestically, while PDT is taking an axe to regulations, Ben Carson is part of that effort at HUD. In a related vein, a good essay at our friends at City Journal regarding Apple and the "robber barons" of history." Meanwhile Chelsea Alinsky-Mezvinsky is a raging sack of stupid, and two fine essays on both the entitlements and pensions time bombs that are ticking away. And as Betsy McCaughey enlightens on how the Democrats scramble feverishly to keep the death panels alive, Humberto Fontova praises PDT for his fight to keep our healthcare from turning into Cuba's.

Some good things in the Red Green department where a judge tossed the insane children's climate change lawsuit against PDT, a NY power company is suing Andrew Cuomo and NY State for sabotaging their $1 billion plant and the Bank of the West's idiotic embrace of the luddites is biting them in the vault.

From hither and yon, the same Christian baker who won a huge win at SCOTUS is now being persecuted by trannies, Matt Lauer has to cough up big bucks to the ex for pushing the wrong buttons, everything the Left says, does and accuses us of is projection and in a related piece, on the 4th anniversary of St. Swisher's laid into a ditch, the Left will Horst Wessel that dead horse for all time.

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

UPDATE: Misanthropic Humanitarian says "Leah Vukmir is not GOPe. She stood by Scott Walker pushing a conservative agenda when Kevin Nicholson was a democrat pushing abortion. Vukmir is not a Susan Collins or a Murkowski."

Considering he lives in Wisconsin, I post this in the interest of fairness.

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