May 23, 2016

ONT 5-23-16: Houston, we Have a Slacker Edition [krakatoa]

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Ever spend a day in a hotel just watching whatever came on the tube next?

Good, bad, happy, sad, RomCom or Thriller, I just didn't care.

I suppose I should have taken some of the helpful suggestions from the EMT comments and found something more interesting to do, but man, my "free time" for the past 2 weeks at home has been spent on a variety of pain-inducing tasks, I have night work to do tonight, and it just felt right to laze the day away.

So I watched most or all of 27 Dresses, Lucy, Saving Silverman and Eagle Eye today.

I'm not going to review them for you, other than to say my bar for mindless entertainment was low today, and HBO delivered. If your bar is likewise low (and let's face it: "moron horde" kinda advertises its own limitations), you might enjoy them as well.

Well, except for Eagle Eye. Man that movie sucks. I'm pretty confident in saying that considering I've now watched it twice. I think the director must have really hated Rachel Monaghan there at the end, when instead of having her kiss him on the lips, he had her kiss Shia Lebeouf on his patented 5-day homeless-dude cheek-scruff. He looks like he's contracted Bunny Pox.

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Parents of Two Children Killed in Paris Attacks of 13 November: We're Not Paying Our Taxes to a Government That Pays for the Upkeep of our Children's Killers, and We Demand the Reestablishment of the Death Penalty


If you want a corporation to change its behavior, you hit it at its bottom line.

The corporations known as governments are in the business of extracting taxes from people. So.

Attacks of 13 November: Some Victims' Parents Refuse to Pay Their Taxes

by Anne Jouan

Some parents who lost their children in the terrorist attacks of 13 November have addressed a letter to the president of the Republic last week. They rail against the payment of the costs of lawyers for the presumed terrorists by the [taxpayers].

Wrath. How to survive after the death of a child? Worse, of two children? Wrath is necessary, Aristotle tells us: "One cannot win anything without it, if it doesn't fill the soul, if it doesn't warm the heart: it must then serve us, not as a master, but as a soldier."

Driven by this struggle, the parents of two children murdered on 13 November have addressed a letter to the president of the Republic of which Le Figaro has gotten a copy. To Francis Hollande, they explain that if their children had lost their life, it was due to their "jihadist friends." Therefore, they refuse henceforth to pay their taxes "which serve to defend the killers of our children through the intermediary of the funds guaranteed to hire their lawyers, and for their upkeep as well as that of their ilk on French soil, our Fatherland!"

They have so advised their tax collection center and placed their money in an blocked account.

"You have brought them to their deaths"

These parents, who do not wish to appear publicly, deplore "such subsidized criminals, who should never have been free and killing in the middle of the street at their whim!" Finally, according to them, their children "are dead, victims of your indulgence and interference," they write to Francois Hollande.

In sum, it's the reestablishment of the death penalty which is demanded as the crux of this missive. And this wish to return to the law voted on in 1981 is shared by the parents of another french victim of an attack perpetrated by a foreigner. Just the same as a father of two children who lost his wife at Bataclan.

The open letter finishes with the "shame" of being led by Francois Hollande. "Our children were voting for you, we were telling them: This man will bring you to a bad end! We didn't believe it would be so literally! You have led them to their death," it reads at its end.

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Hacker "Guccifer" Agrees to Plea Deal With Federal Prosecutors, Clearing Way to Cooperate In Hillary Probe


What he can testify to -- I assume, based on his past claims -- is that he hacked Hillary's easily-hacked server, thus establishing her handling of classified US top secret documents was in fact willfully negligent as the statute requires for prosecution.

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Virginia Governor Terry MacAuliffe Under FBI & DoJ Public Integrity Investigation for Fundraising in Connection With Clinton Global Initiative


Maybe Obama's decided that Hillary's not polling well enough against Trump and has decided to let law enforcement nature take its (rightful) course.

Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the FBI and prosecutors from the Justice Department's public integrity unit, U.S. officials briefed on the probe say.

The investigation dates to at least last year and has focused, at least in part, on whether donations to his gubernatorial campaign violated the law, the officials said.


As part of the probe, the officials said, investigators have scrutinized McAuliffe's time as a board member of the Clinton Global Initiative, a vehicle of the charitable foundation set up by former President Bill Clinton.


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Shocker: Muslim Woman Who Wowed the Useful Idiots with Selfie Supposedly Promoting "Peace and Joy" Turns Out To Have Previously Written Admiringly of the Holocaust


Social Justice Warriors -- their Hate Crimes are all fake, and their Love Messages are all fake too.

She had taken a selfie (of course) while flashing a peace sign while standing in front of an anti-immigrant banner. She was, of course, hailed by the useful idiots of the left -- those who gave us the "I'll Ride With You" hoax -- as a new Joan of Arc.

However, since then a series of deeply disturbing anti-Semitic statements made by Ms Belkhiri on social media have come to light.

In one tweet dating from November 2012, she wrote: "Hitler didn't kill all the Jews, he left some. So we know why he was killing them."

And in another Facebook post from March 2014, she used an expletive to describe Jews before adding: "I hate them so much."

After these and other statements emerged, Ms Belkhiri deleted all her social media accounts. As the backlash against Ms Belkhiri grew, a meme appeared showing the now-famous picture of her snapping her selfie but with Jewish concentration camp prisoners and scenes of various terror attacks photoshopped in place of the line of protesters.

On Saturday, Ms Belkhiri returned to Twitter seemingly seeking to justify her anti-Semitic remarks.

She had claimed those previous tweets were photoshopped. Now that it's proven they weren't, she claims she believed they were photoshopped, because she couldn't imagine such vile things streaming from her Peace and Joy mouth.

She says she hopes people don't hold against her the stray thoughts she had when she was "younger."

Those tweets dated from 2012 and 2014.

"Younger." The new definition of "younger" stresses the literal: Anything you've ever done in your past, even five minutes ago, was a mistake you made when "younger."

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Huffington Post: A Portrait In Privilege


Theory: White people on the left have to scream the loudest about other white people's alleged privilege in order to maintain their own actual privilege.

By which I mean: They subscribe to an ideology that champions quotas and racial set-asides above most other political goods. And yet the staffs of their media companies, which are the PR firms for their ideology, are whiter than Daryl Hall's arctic rabbit fur cocaine purse.

What to do, then? How do you scream about quotas and racial set-asides when you're all whiter than a Nazareth tribute band in an Anchorage, Alaska White Castle?

Well, what you do is yell about, say, a Staten Island fire department company that has only one or two minority firemen. The more you can shout about this Staten Island fire department, the more you can distract your ideological fellow-travelers away from the fact that you are yourself whiter than Kenny Loggin's super-elite VIP Dungeons & Dragons club.

And I'm putting this in a jokey way but of course I'm dead serious and absolutely white: Rich white progressives like Matt Damon talk about other people's tax rates in order to avoid discussing their own.

The entire progressive movement, which champions, allegedly, the non-white and the poor, is white and wealthy throughout all of its leadership ranks, apart from its few tokens.

To avoid the obvious contradiction here, the wealthy, white leadership (both political and, I can't believe I'm using this word, intellectual) screams about other wealthy white people as loud as they can, hoping the acolytes of the church they control don't notice all the wealthy, white people in the cardinal and bishop ranks.

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ABC News Poll: Trump Leads Clinton Among Registered Voters, 46-42


Last month, he was down by nine in the same group.

Clinton still leads among "all adults" -- a category which includes, obviously, those not registered to vote.

It occurs to me that we might have a flip from the usual pattern of Republicans performing better with likely voters than registered voters. If the theory that Trump attracts people who don't vote much or haven't voted in years is true, he would do better with registered voters than likely voters.

Hot on the heels of that poll comes WSJ/NBC News: Hillary 46, Trump 43.

Though that seems close, AllahPundit points out a problem: Trump has never been above 44, while Hillary has been above 50% several times, and as high as 49.5% as recently as a month ago. That seems to put her potential upside at a winning level -- but Trump's upside has not yet been demonstrated to be better than simply not losing as badly as thought.

On the other hand, as Allah notes, Hillary may actually have trouble bringing all the Bernie Bros back into the Democratic fold.

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Trump Ad: Oh By the Way, Bill Clinton Raped Women and Hillary Virtually Held Them Down For Him


Very strong, very tough ad. So much rape. Sad!

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CNN Breaking: Baltimore Cop Found Not Guilty on All Charges in Freddie Gray Persecution


Yeah I did that deliberately.

These Social Justice Show Trials will be a much more common thing in the future.

Plus, eventually everyone will learn their lesson from the riots that will be coming, and we'll begin convicting the innocent to appease the mobs.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread: One Of These Is A Forgery [CBD]

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Tsarevich Egg
House of Fabergé 1912

alexthechick made the point in a comment that while digital representations are wonderful, and allow us to see much more than would be possible in person, the impact can be diminished because it is difficult to appreciate scale, which is, of course, a significant part of art. But as AtC points out.....

It works on the converse too. Looking at, say, a Fabergé egg and seeing how small it is and how intricately worked is stunning

Fabergé is most famous for its eggs, but their other work was magnificent too. For some strange reason the quality declined after the company was nationalized in 1918. Who knew?

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EMT (Sans Krak/T Edition) [CBD]

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Austria presidential vote: Run-off rivals face dead heat

Except...according to Zombie....maybe not so close.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016 Overnight Thread-49,000 Words [Weirddave]

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Food Thread: How To Read A Recipe, And The Limits Of That Reading [CBD]

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As much as most of us want to look at a photo of the finished dish, think, "Yeah! I want that for dinner!" and rush off to the store to buy whatever is needed, it is probably wise to read the damned recipe first. Pasta With Fried Lemons And Chile Flakes, from Melissa Clark -- the only NY Times food writer worth reading -- sounds fantastic. But....I have experience with fried lemons, and they can indeed be quite bitter, even after blanching. In my not-so-humble opinion the recipe is flawed, but can be prepared in a slightly different way that avoids the bitterness of the lemon pith.

It will be more work, but the few extra minutes of prep will (hopefully) yield a better dish.

Use a vegetable peeler and strip the skin from the lemons in long strips, being careful to leave the pith. Cut the skin into bite-sized pieces. Then slice the lemons into rounds, cut the pith away from the flesh, and remove the seeds. You will be left with all the good stuff and very little of the potentially bitter pith. The flesh won't stand up to the frying as well, but the flavors will be there.

But I would never have known that had I not had some previous experience. Sure, a few of the commenters mentioned it, but we all know that they are almost always completely full of shit, and NY Times commenters most of all.

Careful reading of recipes will often expose problems with technique or missing ingredients or some pot or pan that is needed that you don't have or is sitting in the dishwasher. can wing it (and I often do), but for more complex recipes it really is important to spend a few minutes and figure out whether it is going to be a comfortable and enjoyable process or a cascade of problems culminating in a frantic call to the local pizzeria.

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Sunday Thread For the Birds [Y-not]

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OK, given the supposed origins of "for the birds," I hope that's not true of this thread, but time will tell.

Seems like we have a lot of amateur bird-watchers amongst the horde (and I have quite a few on my Twitter feed), so how about a thread for us bird brains?

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Gun Thread: Build Or Buy, That Is The Question [CBD]

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The NRA Blog has a nice little article about whether to build or buy your AR-15. There is nothing earth shattering about it, but one point is important:

Armoring experience: One of the best ways to familiarize yourself with your AR is to disassemble and reassemble, learning the intricacies and minutiae of the system.

That's also a good point about pretty much everything on earth. I was a pretty serious cyclist for a long time, and I built my first really good bike. That taught me pretty much everything I needed to know, except for how to true wheels. That is dark magic and cannot be learned by mortals.

So....have at it: What would you do? Build or buy? And what would you build or buy?

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 05-22-2016: Rust Never Sleeps [OregonMuse]

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Another Defunct Bookstore

This charming little place was Martha's Bookstore on Balboa Island, Newport Beach, CA, which is now closed. That's the bad news. The good news is that it is now the site of Island Tales Bookshop, a bookstore specializing in children's books.

Good morning to all of you morons and moronettes and bartenders everywhere and all the ships at sea. Welcome to AoSHQ's stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, where men are men, all the 'ettes are lovely, space isn't safe, and snowflakes will melt. The Sunday Morning Book Thread is the only AoSHQ thread that is so hoity-toity, pants are required. And if you self-identify as a carrot, it doesn't matter what the Obama DoJ says, you still can't go sneaking into the other bin and molest the celery.

It Never Stops

This one has been sitting in my "to do" list fo a couple of weeks, now. About time I got to it:

278 The left churned out another Hiss is innocent book called American Dreyfuss. The premise was that Hiss set him up. LOL

The author was 20 y/o, living with her 52 y/o fiance who also "dated" her mom, when Alger Hiss showed up for dinner. This was 1960 after he got out of the joint. I cant believe she wrote this crap. Joan Brady is her name. Im amazed she found a publisher. No doubt she will be invited to speak and appear at functions and maybe money can be made that way but who but a small group of people thing Alger is still innocent?

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I think BWaW! perhaps meant that Nixon set him up. Because I couldn't find any book called "American Dreyfuss" on Amazon, but I did find Alger Hiss: Framed: A New Look at the Case That Made Nixon Famous by Joan Brady, so this is most likely the one BWaW! is referring to. The release date is January 2017, and there's no "Look Inside" link, so I don't have anything to go by other than the Amazon blurb.

Get a load of this:

In this riveting investigation, Joan Brady—winner of The Whitbread Book of the Year—reveals how Nixon manipulated a media and public in the thrall of post-war anti-communist hysteria to make a fabricated case against Hiss...Brady has pored over newly available KGB files and makes a powerful argument that previously presented KGB documents bearing Hiss's signature were forgeries. With this new revelation, the corruption of President Nixon and his legacy comes into greater relief. Alger Hiss is necessary and timely, telling soberly the tale of a nation in the grip of paranoid fear and the man who took most advantage of this fear.

Oh my. This is such a target-rich environment, I scarcely know where to begin. I guess I can start out by observing that progressive scholarship really isn't scholarship in the traditional sense of the word, by which I mean the production and subsequent increase of human knowledge and, indirectly, the distribution of its benefits. Instead, progressive scholarship is simply progressives fleshing out and expanding upon the various bullshit narratives they've invented. Now, one very strong, and at this point, venerable, bullshit narrative is the "evil Richard Nixon" theme wherein Nixon is basically a stand-in for Satan. Even atheists have to have a devil, and Nixon is theirs. Now, you young-uns wouldn't believe the depths of the spittle-flecked madness that Nixon drove the left into back in the day. You've all seen Palin Derangement Syndrome, Bush Derangement Syndrome, and some of you older morons remember Reagan Derangement Syndrome, but I'm telling you that these were mere candles in the wind compared to the roaring conflagration that was Nixon Derangement Syndrome. Every evil or misfortune that occurred in the world was attributed to something Dick Nixon did, or didn't do, or said, or didn't say. It was absolutely insane. Yet it became just another tool in the progressive toolbox. Another day, another Nixon perfidy.

Another bullshit narrative is the much-used "anti-communism is delusional" dead horse that progressives have been flogging for decades. The problem is, they don't usually attempt to set forth a positive case for progressive beliefs, i.e. write hagiographies of Mao ZeDong and the glories of his Five-Year Plans, but rather, it's all attack, attack, attack, and kill the messenger: when an actual scholar does actual work, such as Chinese author Jung Chang did with her biography Mao: The Unknown Story, which was not favorable towards him, then suddenly a bunch of Maoist nincompoops will come crawling up out of the drains like sewer rats, squealing and twitching their whiskers in righteous fury at the woman who dared cast aspersions on their god. Some of the 1-star reviews of Chang's book bear this out.

The novelty of Brady's new book on Hiss is that it looks like it takes the "evil Richard Nixon" bullshit narrative and combines it with the "anti-communism is delusional" bullshit narrative, mixes them together and the resulting brew is even more intoxicating, like whiskey to a thirsty Irishman. I predict that when this book is released, the reviews from left-wing media such as the Guardian, Salon, and the HuffPo will be snake-handling levels of ecstatic. The right has pretty much fought the left to a standstill on the Hiss case for a number of years now, since the publication of Perjury: The Hiss-Chambers Case, written by left-wing author Allen Weinstein, who investigated the Hiss case with the intent of finding the reasons why Hiss was innocent, reasons he knew had to be there, but instead discovering that he was guilty as charged. With that, conservatives have pretty much moved on, but the left never does, never moves on, never sleeps, and is corrosive as rust. Brady's new book will be potent balm to salve their wounded souls. With the combining of the two bullshit narratives, I can hear the Guardian reviewer cry out with joy, "Hallelujah! Finally, after all these years, it now all makes sense."

Nixon did it! Yeah!

And with that, their ignorance will be nigh impregnable.

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EMT 5/22/16 [krakatoa]

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I'm going to Houston.

Luckily it's only for a couple days.

But it's Houston.

Is there anything to do there other than wonder if it would be better on Venus?

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Overnight Open Thread (21 May 2016)


Enjoy the Blue Moon tonight.

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The Preakness


"Preakness" is from an old French word, "prikenesse," meaning "The one after the Derby no one cares about."

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So I Got a Bike


Yeah I got a bike. A cheap one. Just for getting around and exercising. I was getting a little sick of walking for exercise.

I haven't had a bike literally since I lost my virginity. So like 3-4 years.

I'd recommend it. You can get a cheap one for $200-400. Just kind of useful to have.

It's kind of kicking my ass. I thought riding a bike would be easy. It is easy -- downhill. Uphill it's a damn bastard.

It also hurts your ass. Then again I went for a cheap bike that didn't have a seat. I just put a condom over the seat-post. Sad!

Anyway, just one of the things I'm doing to try to do those "Lifestyle Changes" my doctor is always on me about.

It is pretty fun though. It's just kind of neat to have around. Any time I want to go for a bike ride, boom. There's a bike right there. Like magic.

The next thing I have to get are panniers:


They're not dorky -- they're European.

Seriously I think I saw someone in Europe with those when I was a kid. Not actually in Europe, like in a movie. Maybe A Bridge Too Far. I've always kind of wanted them, but I thought they were dorky when I was younger. Now I'm older and increasingly giving fewer fux about everything, so, panniers it is.

I also got a compass. Gotta figure out how to use it on trails and such. I mean, not like deep in trails. I just have to acquire some kind of basic directional sense (which I have none of at all; take me out of a simple city grid system, and I'm lost).

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Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread 05-21-2016 [OregonMuse]

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The Moment When Trigglypuff's Mom Set Her Daughter's Destiny

Chess Thread pic courtesy of @JonasChr88 (by way of long-time moron @ThePoliticalHat), thanks to both.

And speaking of which, one good thing about chess is that the social justice weenies and crybullies haven't tried to ruin it. For sure there are chess players whose politics are far on the kook left way past where the buses run, but even so, nobody has tried to "reinvent" or "reimagine" chess along feminist lines, or promote "homo chess" or whatever they might want to call something like that. I don't know what they could do, make biodegradable chess pieces, I guess.

Even the commies didn't try to ruin chess. They just took it as it was and made it an instrument to promote commie superiority. They may have tried to rig international competitions back in the day, but they didn't change the game itself.

I had heard that the Nazis tried to replace chess with their own strategy game, called 'Taktik' or 'Tactik', something like that. I couldn't find any reference to it online, but the wiki entry for Nazi board games makes for an interesting read, and by 'interesting', I mean kind of disturbing and creepy.

Since chess is all about fighting and attacking and capturing and the like, they'd basically have to build a new game, one based on "feminist" values such as hatred of normal life, whining as a virtue, and vaginal worship cooperative effort, mutually beneficial relationship-building, and emotional healing. Only nobody would want to play it, because it would be boring as hell. Because feminism and fun go together like fishes and bicycles.

White Mates In 1 - Simple

We have two mates-in-1 problems this week. This one I consider the easier one:

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The first thing I notice about this position is, we're deep in the middle game and holy crap, look at Black's queen's side (upper left corner of the diagram), it's completely undeveloped. So Black is fighting with only half of his army. No wonder he's about to go down.

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Ace of Spades Pet Thread [Misanthropic Humanitarian]

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Saturday Gardening Thread: Rise and Shine! [Y-not and KT}

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Y-not: Greetings, gardening morons and moronettes!


Stairway to Heaven? at the Copenhagen Botanical Gardens

Today's theme is Rise and Shine. There will be more rising (in the form of KT's ladders) than shining at Casa Y-not today as we're experiencing yet another Spring storm. I though April showers brought May flowers, but not here in Kentucky!

Looking at these cumulative rainfall maps at AgWeb, I guess I shouldn't complain too much. Looks like Texas and Florida have really been getting hit!

In any event, the storms have done a number on my sinuses, so my contribution will be quick hits and links from my bookmarks file:

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Thread below the Gardening Thread [KT]

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Propelled by a dung beetle, science rolls on.

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Saturday Morning Oddities [Misanthropic Humanitarian]

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Do they have caffeine IV drips? If so, please hook me up.

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EMT 5/21/16 [krakatoa]

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Snooze status: Confirmed.

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Overnight Open Thread (20 May 2016)


Finally, some sanity in the bathroom wars. College reverses decision, rehires famed Delta Force hero.

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Wow: Tucker Carlson Rips The Bark Off Glenn Beck -- "It Was Like He Was Auditioning to be Zuckerberg's Manservant"


Someone earlier said in the comments that Carlson had said this, but without specifying who he meant. The commenter gathered he meant Glenn Beck.

He did indeed.

In an interview, Carlson blasted the radio and television host, saying he was sucking up to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

"I went to that meeting expecting Beck to cry, rend his garments while quoting James Madison, but that's not at all what happened. He began the most extended assiduous suck-up I think I've ever seen a grown man commit. He acted like he was auditioning to be Mark Zuckerberg's manservant -- it was awe-inspiring,' Carlson said. "I don't know what his agenda is; it's either he's looking to put his tanking Web properties up for sale or he just can't help himself. There's a billionaire there, so he sniffs the throne."

By the way, here Limbaugh talks about the Zuckerberg Conclave, and keeps referring to Tucker Carlson as "Chatsworth Osborne Jr."

Remember when the Republican Party used to pretend to be all on the same side?

There was a lot of cattiness and backbiting beneath the surface, but everyone pretended to get along.

Not any more, huh?

I suppose it's better all this is out in the open now.

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Kanye West: Like Picasso, Steve Jobs, or Walt Disney, I Have Ideas That Could Save Humanity's Existence if Someone Would Just Give Me the Money to Fund My Crazy Ideas


Apparently what kicked this rant off was a question about the time he asked Mark Zuckerberg, via twitter, for $53 million with which he could, I don't know, start the Zoolander Academy for Kids Who Don't Read Good or whatever.

Then it got intensely weird.

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Group ID'd as One of Ben Rhodes' "Force Multipliers" In Selling Iran Deal Also Gave $100,000 to NPR to "Help" It "Report" on the Deal


Thanks to Melanie /‏@mrussRSF, a neat little late Friday covert news fart from the AP:

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group the White House recently identified as a key surrogate in selling the Iran nuclear deal gave National Public Radio $100,000 last year to help it report on the pact and related issues, according to the group's annual report. It also funded reporters and partnerships with other news outlets.

The Ploughshares Fund's mission is to "build a safe, secure world by developing and investing in initiatives to reduce and ultimately eliminate the world's nuclear stockpiles," one that dovetails with President Barack Obama's arms control efforts. But its behind-the-scenes role advocating for the Iran agreement got more attention this month after a candid profile of Ben Rhodes, one of the president's top foreign policy aides.

In The New York Times Magazine article, Rhodes explained how the administration worked with nongovernmental organizations, proliferation experts and even friendly reporters to build support for the seven-nation accord that curtailed Iran's nuclear activity and softened international financial penalties on Tehran.

"We created an echo chamber," said Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser, adding that "outside groups like Ploughshares" helped carry out the administration's message effectively.


Outside groups of all stripes are increasingly giving money to news organizations for special projects or general news coverage. Most news organizations, including The Associated Press, have strict rules governing whom they can accept money from and how to protect journalistic independence.

Ploughshares' backing is more unusual, given its prominent role in the rancorous, partisan debate over the Iran deal.


Ploughshares' links to media are "tremendously troubling," said Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas, an Iran-deal critic.

Pompeo told the AP he repeatedly asked NPR to be interviewed last year as a counterweight to a Democratic supporter of the agreement, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, who he said regularly appeared on the station. But NPR refused to put Pompeo on the air, he said. The station said it had no record of Pompeo's requests, and listed several prominent Republicans who were featured speaking about the deal or economic sanctions on Iran.

Another who appeared on NPR is Joseph Cirincione, Ploughshares' president.

Well isn't that cozy.

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Oh squeeze me this is awesome.

Check out the exhibit at the British Museum, "Lost Worlds: Egypt's Sunken Cities."

Cool pictures here.

Apparently these two towns were lost to the River Nile not in a cataclysm but bit-by-bit as the river widened.

But they left the cool sh*t behind. Lazy f*x.




Also cool: this church in Czechia (the new name of the Czech Republic) decorated with the bones of 40-70,000 people who died in the Black Death.



More about the ossuary (bone chapel) at Wikipedia.

The ossuary is crumbling and as of 2014 they were trying to figure out how the hell you do a repair job on a chapel made of human bones.

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NRA Endorses Trump; Trump Speaks to NRA Convention


Video here.

He just said that had there been guns at one of the recent Islamist butcheries, "Boom" (gestures shooting) "all done."

"We're getting rid of gun free zones, I can tell you that. We're getting rid of them."

"Crooked Hillary Clinton is the most anti-gun, anti-Second Amendment candidate in the history of America." (or something like that)

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Guy Live Tweets His Stupid Diversity Training


Pretty funny.

Thought for the day: A critical part of the freedom of thought and expression is the freedom not to care about someone else's bugaboos and fever dream fears -- which is the very thing under assault by the Social Justice Warriors.

They are attempting to criminalize not giving a shit about their myriad mental problems and body dysmorphias.

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Mitch McConnell Again Conspires to Defeat a Conservative Legislation, and Provide Cover to Liberal Democrats and Liberal Republicans


This is why Trump happened.

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Two French Rock Concerts Cancel Eagles of Death Metal Appearances Due to Frontman Jesse Hughes Saying Some Muslims are Terrorists


Well that's not exactly what they're banning them for but it's close enough.

They seem bothered by this interview in Taki magazine as well as by an appearance on the Fox Business Channel show "Kennedy."

One thing that they're bizarrely saying he's being banned for is his "conspiracy theory" that the Bataclan security guards were in cahoots with the terrorists. How is that bannable? He says that Abdelsam was there earlier in the day, before the show, and stared him down. He also says that only one guard was present -- an Arab -- and the rest of the security guards stayed home.

He may be right; he may be wrong. But how is this something people now get Social Justice Warriored over?

Here are some of the Officially Forbidden things Jesse Hughes said about his own experience as a victim of terrorism:

Jesse Hughes: I saw fear fall like a blanket on the whole crowd and they fell like wheat in the wind—the way you would before a god. I was totally alert from the very beginning. The first thing I needed to do was find my girl. Fear took a backseat and "Where's my girl?" took over. I could smell gunpowder in the backstage area and I knew someone fired a round back there. I saw a guy with an FAL and when he turned to face me his eyes looked like marbles. He was stoned out of his mind, and we now know they were on Xanax and cocaine. I recognized him. I'd seen him earlier in the day and noticed him staring at us.

They were in the venue early. That implies some staff were in on it.

I got in a lot of trouble for saying that. I know for sure that they were in there early. I remember them staring at my buddy. I just chalked it up to Arab envy. You know what I mean? When a Muslim sees a cocky American dude with tattoos, he stares at him. I realized later it was Abdeslam and he was staring at my buddy because they thought he was a threat. There’s no denying the terrorists were already inside, and they had to get in somehow. During the shooting I went outside and the backstage door was propped open. How did that happen?

Do you think political correctness is killing our natural instincts and making us vulnerable?

Definitely. There were two girls who were involved. They were at the venue and vanished before the shooting, and these women were in traditional Muslim garb. They knew people wouldn’t check them because of the way they were dressed. They got caught a few days later.

The fear of offending Muslims is a terrorist's greatest weapon.

"When the cops went in after the attack, they shut down, what, 450 mosques? They found recruitment material in every single one of them."

Look at the guys who bombed Brussels. They were wearing black gloves on one hand. Their luggage was too heavy to lift, but they didn't want anyone helping them with it. Nobody brought any of this up until after the bombs went off.

We'd rather die than be called a bigot.

How is a faith being associated with racism? Just take out the word "Islam" and replace it with "communism." It's an ideology. The same way the Rosenbergs could sell nuclear secrets from within America is the same way Muslim terrorists can attack us from within. It's okay to be discerning when it comes to Muslims in this day and age.

You can read the rest at the link.

This is too much for French concert promoters, who have banned the Eagles of Death Metal for "conspiracy theorizing" and "racism."

In a brief communique, the Parisian [music] festival as well as the Cabaret Vert and Rock en Seine decided jointly to cancel the shows of the American group. Due to the recent political statements made by the leader of the group, Jesse Hughes.

"In complete disagreement with the recent statements made by Jesse Hughes.... the fesivals Cabaret Vert et Rock en Seine decided today to cancel the concerts of the group which were planned this summer." The message is clear. The American group had draw the thunder of many organizers after the singer Jesse Hughes had made the conspiracy-theory and racist claims in regard to the attacks of 13 November. May 14th, Jesse Hughes responded to questions of the very conservative Taki's Magazine. An interview in which he reaffirmed his claims made last march on Fox Business in which he accused the personnel of Bataclan of complicity with the terrorists.

If he recognized having had "huge problems for having said that the Bataclan security was in cahoots with the terrorists," he remains persuaded "that they were there earlier in the day. I remember one of them staring at one of my buddies. I had just take it for Arab jealousy." To this was added claims even more doubtful about the Muslim community.

The statements which had not at all pleased the orgaizers of the festivals Rock en Seine and Cabaret Vert, the only two to have scheduled The Eagles of Death Metal this summer. Now maybe awaiting more cancellations...

That's from LeFig, Paris' center-right newspaper. You can see how Social Justice Warrioring and political correctness has rotted it out.

I think he's almost certainly wrong about the guards being in cahoots with the terrorists. That's because, when it comes to terrorism, the French really don't screw around. If there was a there there, it would be investigated. They wouldn't cover this up. At least, I don't have the sense that that country is so paralyzed by political correctness they'd let terrorists go rather than admit they had a couple of more terrorists than they knew about.

But how the hell did it come to the point that being wrong in one's witness testimony was some kind of banable offense?

And how did it happen that now even center-right outlets are reliably Social Justice Warrior, almost salivating over the though that this ugly crew of Conspiracy Theorizing Racists has been banned from pursuing their livelihood?

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Keeping it simple tonight. As if you guys click the links anyway.

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You know whose fault this is?

You know the answer -- the Female Ghostbusters', that's whose fault it is.

Trump passed Hillary 45-42 in a FoxNews poll, but Hillary comes out on top 47-41 in a poll from CBS/the NYT.

Oh, and we need to definitely do this.

The media has decided that Bernie Sanders must now stop campaigning so Hillary can unite her base (the media, that is).

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