Al Qaeda Advisory to Terrorists: Make Sure You Attack Straight White People Or Obama Will Call It a "Hate" Crime and Deny Us the Credit
Obama is so determined to not call terrorism terrorism that terrorists have to change their targeting just to get some blame for their murders.
n an article first reported by The Foreign Desk, Al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) called for more self-directed Muslim terrorists to kill in America. But the article, titled “Inspire guide: Orlando operation,” tells terrorists to “avoid targeting places and crowds where minorities are generally found” because if gays or Latinos appear to be the targets, “the federal government will be the one taking full responsibility.”
So when ISIS strikes a bunch of white people, you can credit Obama for having chosen the target.
You may remember that Obama has bragged that he's very good at targeting which people to kill.
At Least 10 Dead, 40 Wounded in Terrorist Attack at Istanbul Airport
It is now reported that two suicide bombers were attempting to enter the airport, but were fired upon by security/police. They then detonated their bombs. I suppose that means the carnage was less than it was planned to be.
I wonder if [omitted] had anything to do with the Istanbul attack.— James Taranto (@jamestaranto) June 28, 2016
Another Attack: A female suicide bomber woulds 13 near Grand Mosque in Turkey.
And Now a Word from British Toonces
From @MWR, this twinkie.
He looks as you'd expect.
(Old Toonces sketch here.)
EU Schemers Have Exactly the Right Medicine for Citizens Sick of Technocratic Busybodies Ruling Their Lives: Even More Powerful Technocratic Busybodies Ruling Their Lives
The foreign ministers of France and Germany are due to reveal a blueprint to effectively do away with individual member states in what is being described as an "ultimatum".
Under the radical proposals EU countries will lose the right to have their own army, criminal law, taxation system or central bank, with all those powers being transferred to Brussels.
Controversially member states would also lose what few controls they have left over their own borders, including the procedure for admitting and relocating refugees.
The plot has sparked fury and panic in Poland - a traditional ally of Britain in the fight against federalism - after being leaked to Polish news channel TVP Info.
The public broadcaster reports that the bombshell proposal will be presented to a meeting of the Visegrad group of countries - made up of Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia - by German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier later today.
Britain voted to leave the European Union in an historic referendum last Thursday
Responding to the plot Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski raged: "This is not a good solution, of course, because from the time the EU was invented a lot has changed.
“The mood in European societies is different. Europe and our voters do not want to give the Union over into the hands of technocrats.
“Therefore, I want to talk about this, whether this really is the right recipe right now in the context of a Brexit."
Only true "elites" have grandly retarded ideas like this.
Oh Look! Another Know-Nothing Sports Figure Demonstrates That He Does, Indeed, Know Nothing [CBD]
I am an absolutist when it comes to the 2nd Amendment. I am even uncomfortable with felons who have served their time being denied the ability to defend themselves. And yes, that is a contentious topic that can be discussed rationally. Just like other parts of gun control can be discussed with well-meaning opponents of the 2nd Amendment. I know, I know, they don't exist....but they really do. I have had discussions with knowledgeable people who are willing to consider my viewpoint, but simply disagree.
And that is fine.
But people like Steve Kerr, who are profoundly ignorant of even the most basic facts about guns are incapable of having rational and reasoned discussions, and he clearly demonstrates his abject, blinding stupidity here. Warriors coach Steve Kerr on gun control: 'Our government is insane'
When 90 percent of our country wants background checks on gun purchases and we've got our senate and our house not only voting it down but using the Bill of Rights as a reason for people to have rights to carry these automatic weapons, and we're getting people murdered every day at an alarming rate.
I'm shocked...SHOCKED...that our congress is referring to the founding documents when they protect our rights. I honestly have no idea why they didn't just pick up the phone and call Steve Kerr...he clearly has a handle on the issue, and we should all be grateful that he not only is a great coach, but he knows the Constitution too! My God...the man coached the Warriors to a record-breaking regular season and then took that incredible momentum into the play-offs....and got his ass kicked by an inferior team.
Yeah....Steve Kerr got out-coached. So his intellect is clearly not top-notch, especially when all he had to do was run an offense a little bit more sophisticated than playground basketball. But he couldn't even do that, and we are supposed to take him seriously as a critic of our basic rights?
I kind of think that our forefathers would not have ok'd automatic weapons to be sold to everybody if they existed back then. Let's have some checks. It’s easier to get a gun than it is to get a driver's license. It's insane. And as somebody who's had a family member shot and killed, it devastates me every time I read about this stuff -- like what happened in Orlando -- and then it's even more devastating to see the government just cowing to the NRA and going to this totally outdated Bill Of Rights, right to bear arms. If you want to own a musket, fine, you know, but come on. The rest of the world thinks we're insane. We are insane.
So, in Steve -- The Super Genius -- Kerr's world, there are no background checks, we can purchase automatic weapons, the government is subservient to the NRA, and the rest of the world thinks we are nuts.
Sounds great. Where do I sign up for that America?
But I do love the "totally outdated Bill of Rights" comment. I wonder if he even knows what's in them?
However, all of this is okay, because he has an excuse. His father, Malcolm Kerr, was the president of the American University of Beirut, until he was murdered in 1984, possibly by terrorists from Islamic jihad.
Why this absolves him of the responsibility to think before he speaks is unclear to me, especially because it is a terrorist shooting (Orlando) that was the catalyst for his outburst. Perhaps if Kerr would consider his anti-gun stance in a more calm and dispassionate light he would realize that there are powerful arguments to be made for citizens being armed with exactly the weapons that terrorists seem to favor. Emotional outbursts are fine when fighting with your girlfriend before the prom, but grown men with bully-pulpits should show a little more rationality and a little less tearful theatrics.
This kind of ignorant opinion doesn't surprise me, but what does irritate me is the slack-jawed acceptance of everything that Kerr said by the writers of this and other articles about this hysterical SJW. Maybe a little fact-checking would be in order, but they are too busy checking for Trump's parking tickets from 1973.
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GOP Releases Major Report on Benghazi, Fingering Hillary Clinton
I'm just catching up with this now.
Also see Steve Hayes contrasting the public lies and private truths told by Hillary Clinton.
Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]
[Hat tip: AtC]
And something a bit more traditional below the fold....
One of the simple pleasures of religious art is the symbolism that identifies the subjects. For instance, here the zither signals that it is King David.
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Tuesday Morning News Dump (6/28/16) [Mis. Hum.]
- Good bye EU say hello to Superstate.
- We might have been born at night, but not last night.
- TFG administration pushed video for Benghazi.
- DoJ employees get to go to Reeducation Camp.
- ISIS, things aren't so rosey?
- CIA weapons for Syrian rebels being sold on black market. Brilliant!!!
- Pat Summit, RIP.
- US diplomats in Europe are being harassed by Russian agents. Part of the reset button?
- MO Gov vetoes CCW and Stand Your Ground legislation.
- SCOTUS strikes another 2nd Amendment blow.
- France leaning towards ruling out terrorism on EgyptAir crash?
Tough guyPaul Ryan won't tolerate anymore Democrat antics.
- Presumed W VA drowning victims found alive.
- Not a comforting fact concerning nuclear plant security.
- Hezbollah's budget can thank the U.S. of A.
- The cure for violence, want world peace? End occupation of West Bank. (Older story)
- Cuba flips off USA.
- Genius Award.
- Feel good story of the day.
Overnight Open Thread (6-27-2016)
Interviewed by Kyle and Jackie O on the KIIS Radio Network on Wednesday, the Opposition Leader was asked whether he'd ever been inside a strip club.
"I have," he began, confidently enough, before going to water altogether.
" ... once or twice, way back in the day, uni days.
"I left once I realised what it was."
-- Australian opposition leader Bill Shorten explaining that he was shocked, shocked to find naked women dancing in establishments targeted at gentlemen
Today, you can see Wynton Marsalis playing mid-60s-era cool jazz in freeze-dried form at Lincoln Center. Or as Mick Jagger quipped when he inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, "Jean Cocteau said that Americans are funny people: first you shock them, then they put you in a museum." As with rock and roll and old media's Newseum, which John Podhoretz accurately dubbed "The News Mausoleum," once a genre builds a museum for itself, it's effectively over as a creative form.
-- Ed Driscoll explaining why jazz qua jazz is dead
Cameron and the Remain campaign made a final mistake. At one point, Cameron's pollster tweeted that virtually every intelligent person thought leaving the EU a stupid idea. After the horrible murder of the Labour MP Jo Cox, "Stronger In" became "Kinder In." The implication was that people concerned about immigration or just not happy being governed from Brussels were narrow-minded, xenophobic, or worse.
When you try to delegitimize somebody's vote, you don't change his mind, only his willingness to talk about it. The effect was to understate Leave in the polls. Of the nine final polls, seven showed Remain in the lead, with Remain's pollster showing a ten-point lead. The same effect was present in exit polls commissioned by hedge funds, which led to Brexit campaigners prematurely conceding the result of the referendum and to markets confidently pricing in a Remain win. There was a spiral of silence at work which deceived the Remain camp about where it stood and the campaign it should have fought.
Some big money bets were made on Remain while lots of smaller bets were made on Leave. And bookies set the odds to divide the money evenly so they're guaranteed a profit off of the vigorish. (h/t to Christopher Taylor)
So if most of the cash went on Remain, as it did, bookies would have to follow the money and make Remain the favourites.
Which meant that what Mr Shaddick called "The supposed helpful side effect of these markets, their potential to help understand the probabilities of the various outcomes," was just that - a side effect, and the not main aim of the odds set.
Ahead of voters going to the polls, all the bookies warned that favourites sometimes lose. (They might be more likely to win, but their victory could not be guaranteed.)And the bookies all agreed that while three-quarters of the £40 million eventually gambled on the referendum was placed on Remain, when it came to counting individual flutters, bets on Leave far outnumbered punts on staying in the EU.
From sending agents to private social events to following their children around to breaking into their apartments and rearranging furniture and killing their pets.
Why? Because Putin has Obama's number: He's a pussy. And therefore the US under his leadership is also a pussy.
If any one person drove the United Kingdom out of the European Union, it was Angela Merkel, and her impulsive solo decision in the summer of 2015 to throw open Germany-and then all Europe-to 1.1 million Middle Eastern and North African migrants, with uncountable millions more to come. Merkel's catastrophically negative example is one that perhaps should be avoided by U.S. politicians who seek to avert Trump-style populism in the United States. Instead, the politician who most directly opposes Donald Trump-presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton-is doubling down on Merkelism.
Hillary Clinton's first reaction to the Supreme Court decision on executive amnesty looks at the issue exclusively and entirely from the point of view of the migrants themselves: "Today's heartbreaking #SCOTUS immigration ruling could tear apart 5 million families facing deportation. We must do better." That U.S. citizens might have different interests-and that it is the interests of citizens that deserve the highest attention of officials elected by those citizens-went unsaid and apparently unconsidered.
That overlooked a basic point: The U.K. doesn't currently have a trade deal with the U.S., despite being its largest foreign investor. Moreover, no deal seems forthcoming: The negotiations between the U.S. and the EU over the trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership are going slowly, and the Brits involved in the talks are in despair.
Deals negotiated through the EU always move at the pace dictated by the most reluctant country. Italy has threatened to derail a trade deal with Australia over a spat about exports of canned tomatoes; a trade deal with Canada was held up after a row about Romanian visas. Brexit wasn't a call for a Little England. It was an attempt to escape from a Little Europe.
Note that neither Norway or Switzerland are part of the EU yet they seem to have had no problems making trade deals with other countries and even with the EU itself.
Even Al Qaeda Fears the SJWs: Al Qaeda Urges Lone Wolves to Target Whites, to Avoid 'Hate Crime' Label
It requires pathological levels of narcissism to perceive this minor throw-away in-game joke as a personal attack.
And this is based on the No-Fly List itself. Now imagine depriving someone of their second amendment rights based on it.
And just went domestic.
When I put my key in the front door it was unlocked. I thought it was strange but I made up the story that maybe I had left it unlocked just as I had left the bathroom light on. Upon entering the house I notice a pair of girls pink sandals and a black larger pair. I thought that maybe one of daughter was here because one of them has a key. Called out hello several times. I was trying to get rid of the stuff in my hand to better assess what was going on when a stranger, a woman, came barreling down the hallway and began yelling at me. I asked her who she is and why she was in my house and she said 'you know why you've been stalking me in Twitter.' Not true. At that moment I got worried that there may be someone else in the house with house with her. We have quite a few guns and lots of ammo and that's when I started to panic. Thinking that if they have one of them I could be shot. I ran out the front door and called 911. She ran out after me and began punching and scratching my trying to grab the phone out of my hand. I began screaming as loud as I could hoping someone somewhere might hear me.
How about because....they enjoy them. Which apparently is a sin in itself to feminists.
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And the whole twitter thang.
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Shocker: Judicial Watch Unveils Even More Clinton Work-Related Emails Which She, Get This, Deleted
And she's claiming those are "personal."
Indeed. Crime is a personal kind of thing.
An additional 165 pages of emails from Hillary Clinton's time at the State Department surfaced Monday, including nearly three dozen that the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee failed to hand over last year that were sent through her private server.
The latest emails were released under court order by the State Department to the conservative legal advocacy group Judicial Watch. The batch includes 34 new emails Clinton exchanged through her private account with her deputy chief of staff, Huma Abedin. The aide, who also had a private email account on Clinton's home server, later gave her copies to the government.
The emails were not among the 55,000 pages of work-related messages that Clinton turned over to the agency in response to public records lawsuits seeking copies of her official correspondence. They include a March 2009 message where the then-secretary of state discusses how her official records would be kept.
"I have just realized I have no idea how my papers are treated at State," Clinton wrote to Abedin and a second aide. "Who manages both my personal and official files? ... I think we need to get on this asap to be sure we know and design the system we want."
In a blistering audit released last month, the State Department's inspector general concluded Clinton and her team ignored clear internal guidance that her email setup violated federal records-keeping standards and could have left sensitive material vulnerable to hackers.
The audit also cited a then-unreleased copy of a November 2010 email Clinton sent Abedin in which the secretary discussed using a government email account, expressing concern that she didn't want "any risk of the personal being accessible."
Meanwhile, Citizens United is also accusing the State Department of delaying the release of emails involving "Diane Reynolds," which is actually Chelsea Clinton's nom de cybercrime.
A watchdog group asked a federal court on Thursday to order the State Department to expedite its release of Chelsea Clinton-related records, arguing that at the current rate it would take the department 38 years to produce all the documents.
Citizens United has been suing the State Department to turn over correspondence between department officials and Chelsea Clinton, who used the pseudonym “Diane Reynolds” in many of her emails. It is also asking for emails between State Department officials and the Clinton family’s long-time aides Amitabh Desai, Justin Cooper, and Oscar Flores.
The D.C. district court ordered the State Department to release portions of the records to Citizens United on a rolling basis every four weeks, but did not specify an end date to complete the production.
President of the EU Parliament Slams Britain For "Violating the Rules:" "It Is Not The EU Philosophy That The Crowd Can Decide Its Fate"
Zero Hedge also excerpts this good Matt Taibi column about "the elites" (sneer quotes definitely sneering) who are constantly seeking little exceptions to the democratic practice in certain circumstances-- those circumstances being every single time they don't get their own way.
Is it any wonder that citizens of one of the greatest and strongest nations in human history would recoil from an international order that was proving mainly that it could enrich an elite without seeming to lift a finger to preserve the nation’s core values and traditions -- the very things that had made it great and strong? Is it any wonder that citizens of other great countries are -- wondering what loyalty they owe to that same elite?
Chris Cuomo In "Full-Blown Drag Racing" Crack-Up
The "Elites" Are Revolting
Elizabeth Nolan Brown on the "elites" no longer even bothering to pretend they're interested in democracy.
The transnationalist cosmopolitans of both the left and right have tapped their Inner John Olivers and they're ready to shove aside the consent of the governed and just rule by fiat.
This is as ugly an anti-masses sentiment as I can remember. And the consequences of it are likely to be dire. Ordinary people are effectively being told they're too dumb for politics. And democracy is being treated as a negotiable commodity that can be cast aside if we the stupid people make the wrong decision. This is a species of tyranny. The mask has slipped. Our normally conscientious elite, feeling bruised and aloof after the referendum, has dispensed with its usual platitudes about "respecting all views," and shown that beneath the polite veneer there lurks an ancient fury with the least and the dumbest; with the masses; with the people.
This piece similarly collects up the "elites'" fury at their inferiors.
Third Most Spoken Language Map [CBD]
Most of them are not surprising, but a few are real head-scratchers. Pacific-Island languages in Utah?
Anyway, it's a fun diversion to try to figure out exactly why some of these languages are spoken in each state.
DoJ Mandates "Unconscious Bias" Awareness For Agents, Lawyers
The U.S. Justice Department will announce on Monday that more than 33,000 federal agents and prosecutors will receive training aimed at preventing unconscious bias from influencing their law enforcement decisions, department officials told Reuters.
The training will bring Justice Department employees in line with many local police departments across the country that have implemented bias prevention plans following a spate of shootings of unarmed black men by white police officers.
Nationwide protests following those shootings blamed police bias for unnecessary use of force against minorities.
Maybe part of this bias training could involve stripping the left of its right to riot. The government seems to believe the left has such a right. Over and over again, we see the left rioting without any legal consequences; now they're actually assaulting people, and even stabbing them.
And still the government gives the Space to Destroy.
Supreme Court Unanimously Sets Aside Bob McDonnell's Corruption Conviction, Saying Jury Instructions Made It Too Easy to Convict
The Court leaves intact the possibility of a new trial, so he's not out of the woods yet.
Merkel Wants to Block Countries from Following Britain Out the Door
Angela Merkel has said the EU needs to stop other countries following Britain out of the door amid market fears that the bloc is 'no longer governable' after Brexit.
The German Chancellor told her conservative party board in a conference call that it was necessary to prevent other European Union members going down the same path as Britain.
Merkel is also said to have revealed that international financial markets are concerned the EU is 'no longer governable' in the wake of Britain's exit vote.
She added that it was not the right time to pursue a quick deepening of cooperation between euro zone member states.
The EU should instead act on popular concerns such as securing the bloc's borders, creating jobs and improve internal security, she said.
By the way, a British butcher is now selling meat in pounds and ounces.
Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]
This guy's range was impressive. From soft, gauzy works like the above, to impressionistic landscapes to crisp and detailed realism (look for "Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1"). He could do it all.
Well, he couldn't hit a curve ball, but that's beside the point.
Monday Morning News Dump (6/26/16) [Mis. Hum.]
- Milan-bound plane catches fire
- Federal aid OK'd for W VA flooding.
- Israel & Turkey work out relations
- Religion of peace strikes again
- Obama delicately flips off Congress. No surprise there.
- TransCanada seeking damages over Keystone XL rejection
- Chicks with d**ks now able to serve in Military July 1
- To Obama citizenship does not mean much
- Guns don't kill people, people kill people. DUH.
- Panama Canal expansion opened Sunday
- New York values?
- Nothing good ever happens after midnight
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN announces exit from Obamacare exchange
- NYT photographer, Bill Cunningham RIP
- UNC what a waste of tax payer money
- Genius Award
- Feel good story of the day
Overnight Open Thread (6-26-2016)
Remember, the police and the FBI cannot protect you. They can only avenge you. You have to protect yourself.
-- WeaponsMan commenting on the long list of missed signals that Omar Mateen was destined for some kind of Sudden Jihad Syndrome.
For over 25 years he's been relentlessly making the case that Britain should leave the EU, a position long considered so extremist and out there that it was simply unthinkable. But last week a majority of Britons agreed with him and voted for Brexit.
Few men have endured the sheer amount of official scorn, mockery, revilement, and unhinged criticism over the years that Farage has. But he persevered on anyway. His entire life has been one giant unsafe place and stands in rebuke to all the university snowflakes who get the vapors at even a hint of disagreement. Ironically without a seat in parliament to fall back to his very success in getting Britain to leave the EU could mean the end of his political career at least for a while.
It's an oligarchy in all but name. Most of its intrusive rules come from unelected bureaucrats and are never put to a vote.
Jean-Claude Juncker has been the president of the European Commission for the last couple of years. He presides over a population of nearly 500 million -- well, 500 million minus 64 million as of today.
Do you know how he was elected? He wasn't.
His fellow commissioners, all baker's dozen of them, went into a room, closed the door, and appointed him. As with all European commissioners, the people didn't hire him, nor can the people fire him.
Like all commissioners, he lives tax-free at public expense and enjoys an essentially unlimited expense account.The EU has never presented the world with a certified budget, because it is so rife with corruption that the accountants cannot get (or are told not to get) to the bottom of it.
For being too energy 'inefficient'. Note that they held off announcing this until after the referendum since it's exactly the kind of thing that would drive the tea-and-toast-loving Brits nuts.
Because Boris Johnson was born in the US and lived there for several years as a child the IRS came after him nearly 50 years later demanding back taxes for his income and house sale in Britain.
The air marshals, whose identities are being concealed, told 7NEWS that they're required to submit at least one report a month. If they don't, there's no raise, no bonus, no awards and no special assignments.When The Micropig Internet Mob Came After Me
"Innocent passengers are being entered into an international intelligence database as suspicious persons, acting in a suspicious manner on an aircraft . and they did nothing wrong," said one federal air marshal.
China is building its own SOSUS line.
There's a new movie based on the events leading to Elvis meeting Nixon in the famous photo. But this has already been done in the hilarious 1997 movie, Elvis Meets Nixon, which unfortunately is very hard to find on the net or buy a copy of. I ended up having to buy a VHS copy off of Ebay.
Here's a scene from it where Elvis ends up robbing a donut shop after flying to DC on a whim in order to become an FBI agent.
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How The Times Have Changed [Mis. Hum.]
53 years ago today, June 26, 1963, President John F. Kennedy gave his famous speech in West Berlin in which he said, "Ich bin ein Berliner". President Kennedy stood for freedom.
A little over 29 years ago, on June 12, 1987 another US President stood with freedom and the West Germans.
As of April 2016 we had this. A man who lectures our allies on their freedoms.
Oh yeah, on top of that he throws like a girl.
Sunday Evening Chess/Open Thread 06-26-2016 [OregonMuse]
Good afternoon morons and moronettes, and welcome to the Sunday Evening Chess/Open Thread, the only AoSHQ thread with content specifically for all of us chess nerds who pay homage in the temple of Caïssa, goddess of bughouse and blitz chess. And, for those of you who aren't nerdly enough for chess, you can use this thread to talk about checkers, or politics, or whatever you wish, only please try to keep it civil. Nobody wants to get into a pie fight on a peaceful Sunday afternoon.
And sorry I'm a day late with this, I was out of town all day yesterday.
White Mates In 1
Oops, I Meant Black Mates In 1
FEN: [6rk/1bp2Q1p/p2p4/1p2p3/5N1N/1P1P3P/1PP2p1K/8 b - - 0 1]
And for those who might be stuck on this, I've provided a hint that you can see if you swipe the blank space past the word 'Hint:' on the line below.
White Mates In 2
FEN: [4rr2/1ppb4/2q3pB/p3k3/3n3Q/1BP5/PP3PP1/2K5 w - - 0 1]
Nothing too fancy.
Chess Resources On Teh Internetz
If you're interested, you should check out the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis channel on YouTube. The CCSC is trying to establish itself as a major player in United Stares chess, and they've got some really awesome videos of lectures on various chess topics from international grandmasters, mostly for intermediate and advanced players, not for absolute beginners. They typically last 40-50 minutes each.
If any of you chess-playing morons know of other great sites I missed, preferably free ones, by all means, let me know in the comments.
How Does Black Win?
In this position, White's queen looks poised for an attack. But it's Black move and he can use a simple forcing tactic to eliminate the threat. How does he do it?
FEN: [6k1/1q4p1/4p1P1/4Pn1Q/8/5RB1/7K/2r5 b - - 0 1]
A Manly Chess Set
John McNamara is one of the chess thread's readers who has talent working with wood. He sent me a pic of his hand-carved chess set:
He tells me:
Board and pieces are from black walnut and red oak cut on my property
So before he could work with the wood, he had to *get* the wood, and not from a store. There's an old joke about a recipe for baking bread that starts out "Step 1: Harvest wheat." John's instructions for carving your own chess set start out similarly: "Step 1: Cut down some trees." Of course, Mr. McNamara could cut down one tree and use a dark stain to get the different colors, but he probably thinks that's a limp-wristed, pansy way to do it.
The bases are brass. To give you a size perspective, the squares are 2.5" on a side and the kings are 5" high. I think it turned out better than I expected.
The brass bases are a nice touch. And they probably add a good, solid heft to the pieces. But I'd be afraid of the metal-on-wood contact that might scratch a nice board, so I'd want to put on a felt or leather pad on the bottom of each piece. As it looks like there is.
Nice work, John.
So, if any of you morons have a hand-caved chess set, or really, any set you own that you're proud of, send me a pic. The AoSHQ pet thread has pet pics, so why can't we have chess set pics?
Are You Man Enough To Avoid Stalemate?
Yes, it is extremely unlikely that this position will ever occur in an actual game. But many a "won" game has been blown when the player who is about to lose is able to finagle a stalemate because his opponent gets overconfident and careless. So stalemate is something you always have to watch out for in the endgame.
Therefore, with all of that in mind, how does White win this game, bristling as it is with stalemate threats?
FEN: [R3R2N/4PP1k/4PB2/7K/6PP/8/2P5/Q7 w - - 0 1]
I pulled off one of these el cheapo stalemate traps in my very first tournament and my opponent was this close -><- to putting his fist through the wall. I could tell I was a little bit better player than he was and if truth be told, I should've won. But then, guess what, I got overconfident and careless and derped away the win. I wanted to tell him, look, you actually should've *lost* the game, but by then, he didn't look like he was in the mood for any post-mortem analysis, so I quietly tiptoed away with my half point.
Endgame Of The Week
FEN: [3K4/8/1k6/Rp6/8/8/8/8 w - - 0 1]
It's White to play and win. He needs to figure out how he can snatch that pawn.
1.White Mates In 1
There was a bit of a trick to this. Congrats to those who remembered that a pawn advanced to the 8th rank does not necessarily have to promote to a queen. In this case,
...will do nicely.
("f1N#" is algebraic notation at its most dense, and it unpacks to: Black advances his pawn to f1 and promotes it to a knight, which results in a checkmate)
2.White Mates In 2
This is pretty straightforward:
3.How Does Black Win?
The key to this is noticing that if White's king were on h1, Black could play Nxg3 and voila, knight fork. So, can Black make this happen? As a matter of fact, yes:
...and White is pretty much schlonged.
4. Are You Man Enough To Avoid Stalemate?
There's hardly any moves White can make that doesn't produce a stalemate. Let's take a look:
1.f8=Q? (oops, that's a stalemate)
1.f8=R? (so's that)
1. f8=N+? (not a stalemate, but it doesn't really get you anywhere. A possible continuation:
2. Nfg6+ Kh7
3. Nf8+ Kg8
4. Nd7+ Kh7
5. c3 etc.
So the answer is ( *drum roll* ):
1. f8=B ( *cymbals clash* )
Now you can put together the mate in pretty short order:
2. Bg5 Kh7
3. Qg7# 1-0
Endgame of the week:
In chess, the rule of thumb when you're trying to stop a pawn from getting to the 8th rank is that you need to use your rook to get in front of it to block it. This position, however, is an exception. If White tries to bring his rook down to keep the black pawn out of b1, he'll come up short. It might look like this:
...and White can't get his King down there fast enough to keep Black from seizing control of the queening square.
Instead, White needs to come at the pawn from behind and then use harassing moves by his rook to buy time to bring his king into position. Like this:
...and now White can safely snatch up the pawn, with a won endgame.
Note: that cryptic line of letters and numbers you see underneath each board diagram is a representation of the position in what is known as "Forsyth-Edwards Notation", or F.E.N. It's actually readable by humans. Most computer applications nowadays can read FEN, so those of you who may want to study the position, you can copy the line of FEN and paste into your chess app and it should automatically recreate the position on its display board.
So that about wraps it up for this week. Chess thread tips, suggestions, bribes, rumors, threats, and insults may be sent to my yahoo address: OregonMuse little-a-in-a-circle yahoo dott com.
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Food Thread: You Know What's Really Going To Leave A Mark On All Of Those $15/hr Minimum Wage Workers? Robotic Pizza Making [CBD]
There are already functional and efficient hamburger makers, not to mention robotic ordering systems. So the writing is on the wall, but these guys are expanding the horizon to a traditionally hand-made product, and they think they can do it better, not just more efficiently. Inside Silicon Valley's Robot Pizzeria
I absolutely love the idea that these pizzas will be cooked to order and arrive at the customers' doors straight out of the oven. Of course the government doesn't approve, because IT'S NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE! and they can't have innovation happening without government oversight.
In August, Zume wants to start cooking its pizzas in the startup's patented delivery trucks. Each truck has 56 ovens that can be turned on and off remotely. Garden can barely contain his excitement for what comes next: "The robots will load all these individual ovens with different menu items. Then the truck will circle the neighborhood. At precisely 3 minutes and 15 seconds before arriving at the customer's location, the cloud commands the oven to turn on and--" Garden made the symbol of a large explosion emanating from his brain-- "BOOM, the customer gets a fresh, out-the-oven pizza delivered to their door."
Nobody has ever done this before, he said. The Santa Clara County Health Department is reviewing Zume's mobile food permit application now, and the startup's truck plan depends on its approval. Although laws vary from state to state, traditional food trucks generally aren't allowed to cook food while in motion.
Why can't they cook while in motion? Probably because the unelected bureaucrats who have the power to stifle creativity imagine big fryers sloshing flammable oil around. Their pinheads can't imagine what the market can create, and if it doesn't fit into their pigeon-holes...BAN IT!
I was in the Bronx a few days ago. No, it wasn't burning. There is an old Italian neighborhood called Arthur Ave. that has held on to a lot of the charm it once had. And it also held on to a few superb stores, one of which sells fresh pasta, cut to order. Borgatti's is the best place in NYC for fresh pasta, and they didn't disappoint this week. If you have never tried fresh, then I suggest you go out of your way to buy it. Don't get me wrong; I think that dried pasta is fantastic too, but there is something about the texture of the fresh version that I have never found in even the fanciest and most expensive dried pastas.
I also bought a pound of fresh mozzarella, and that too is a taste sensation. Firm but soft, with an incredible mouth feel. Good stuff, especially with a chunk of Italian peasant bread (Pane di Casa).
Here is the lamb marinade I mentioned last week. Play around with the proportions a bit if you feel like it. More garlic wouldn't hurt.
- 4 ounces chopped parsley
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
- 2 ounces olive oil
In a small food processor or with a hand-held blender blend all but the olive oil into a paste.
While blending, slowly drizzle olive oil into mixture until emulsified.
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Riot Thread [Y-not]
The Food Thread should be going up soon, but there's a riot going on in Sacramento, so here's a thread for that.
It's a very confused situation, but I gather that there was a "Nazi mega rally" scheduled and that (Leftist) counter protesters started attacking anyone they suspected of being part of that protest.
I'll update this thread as things become clearer.
**Updates below the fold**
**Another update, this time from the Sacramento Bee:
At least five people were stabbed in a riot that broke out at the state Capitol Sunday between more than 150 anarchists and "anti-fascist" protestors and about 25 neo-Nazis who had gotten permission to rally on the west steps, police said.
Dozens of police in safety gear and on horseback tried to control the mayhem. There were at least five stabbings, involving victims on both sides, according to Sacramento Police Chief Sam Somers, who had officers in safety gear on scene to support CHP officers, some of them on horseback. "It's a highly volatile situation," Somers said. They have been other skinhead rallies at the Capitol, but "this time the the anarchists have taken a much more aggressive stance to wreak havoc on the city."
**Update: Seems like things are winding down.
**Footage from the scene:
**A little background on the groups involved.
First, the main rally was from the Traditionalist Working Party:
At least 100 of the counter-protesters, dressed in black, were identified as the "Black Hawks."
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Nevada Senate Race [Y-not]
While we wait for the rest of the cobloggers to
sober up make bail, here's a quick thread to amuse you.
According to the Cook Political Report Senate race ratings, the Democrats have a good shot at re-taking the Senate. However, two seats currently held by Democrats might flip: Nevada (which they rate as a tossup) and Colorado (which they rate as a leans Democrat). Although there's some concern about the GOP losing the Senate, I thought it might be instructive to look at the Republicans' prospects of flipping Harry Reid's old seat.
How sweet would it be for Republicans if they could win the Democratic minority leader's seat? Six years ago, many political observers thought just that would happen, but in 2010 then-Majority Leader Harry Reid won re-election by 6 percentage points, despite polls showing him trailing. The unpopular Reid, who is retiring, won because Republicans picked a disaster of a candidate in Sharron Angle.
Angle is running again but will almost certainly be defeated in the Republican primary by Heck, a member of the U.S. House. [Y-not: Heck won.] Heck is about as strong a nominee as Republicans could hope for. He represents a swing district just outside of Las Vegas, the 3rd.
Heck's Democratic opponent is likely to be Masto, a former state attorney general. [Y-not: Masto won.] She's Reid's hand-picked successor and probably one of the best options the Democrats had. Masto, who has Mexican heritage, will be relying on Nevada's growing Hispanic population, which has taken the state from a Republican lean to fairly easy Obama victories in 2008 and 2012. Trump's position at the top of the ticket might hurt Heck; we've already seen Nevada's other Republican senator, Dean Heller, say he might not vote for Trump. Heck has led in the very few surveys of the race released so far, though polling in Nevada has tended to underestimate Democratic candidates in past elections.
Heller proved in 2012 that a Republican can win a Senate race in Nevada even as a Democrat carries the state at the presidential level. We'll have to wait and see whether Heck can follow in his path.
I didn't see recent polling on the Nevada race, but a couple of Super PACs have already started running ads:
First up, the Koch PAC ad targeting Catherine Cortez Masto, the Democrats' candidate for Senate:
Here come the Kochs -- Freedom Partners super PAC begins a $1.2 million buy hitting Cortez Masto in Nevada on UBER. https://t.co/aAih1mzRF8— Teddy Schleifer (@teddyschleifer) June 24, 2016
And here's a link to an ad by another super PAC supporting the Republican candidate, Joe Heck:
Do any of our Nevada morons have a sense for Heck's chances? It sure would be nice to flip that seat.
Well, at least we'll still have the House!
**Updated with link to AoSHQDD's results on the Senate race.**
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Greg Gutfeld Drunk-Tweets and It's Epic [Y-not]
these next tweets are brought to you by wine.— GregGutfeld (@greggutfeld) June 25, 2016
I will cut and paste the text of his ensuing tweets below for those of you who have trouble loading embedded tweets:
1. media freaking out about Great Britain's vote as Venezuela is in free fall. it seems the ire should be reversed.
2. seems to me predicted outcomes from Brexit comes nowhere close to Venezuela's hell that's going on in front of our jaded eyes.
3. how is a country voting to exit some bureaucracy worse than a country imploding into a scavenging Lord of the Flies in supermarkets
4. Yes, temporarily your chorizo will be more expensive, but there's a country where people now fight over toilet paper.
5. the media are hypocrites. Playing Brexit as apocalyptic. As Venezuela is edging closer to Soylent Green.
6. screw all these celebrity assholes expressing fear for a future dark age, while the dark ages rage right now because people have NO VOTE.
7. Did any of these fruit fly minds - the James Cordons, the lindsey lohans - ever give a damn about Venezuela?
8. A popular vote in England is mild compared to the top-down, reinforced suffering of a desperate people in Venezuela, you idiots.
9. Note: in the previous tweet i said "idiots" in place of many other terms that i decided to omit. Carry on.
England's fine. Venezuela - the socialist jewel in Sean Penn's eye, is devolving into a Battle Royale nightmare. I'm going to the liquor sto— GregGutfeld (@greggutfeld) June 25, 2016
I'm not a Gutfeld "fan-girl." I've never seen his show (not even sure if he has one) or anything like that, but I enjoyed this rant immensely. He's absolutely right. It is abhorrent to me how little attention is being given to the situation in Venezuela, especially from the same crowd who claims to care so much about "income inequality" and the like.
Tim Worstall, a Fellow at the Adam Smith Institute in London, has this to say:
Venezuela has been held up for years as a glorious example of what socialism could do for a country. And of course now we can still hold up Venezuela as a glorious example of what socialism can do for a country. Which is, if current reports are to be believed, manage to create actual famine in a middle income country. It's really a quite extraordinary result for any economic policy at all, to be able to manage that. And it does need to be put down to that Bolivarian socialism, not to anything that has happened to the oil price. And it's most certainly not because of any conspiracies by the US nor even any domestic opposition. This is simply what happens when gargantuanly stupid economic policies are imposed upon a place. Adam Smith did indeed note that there's a lot of ruin in a country but "a lot" is not synonymous with "infinite amount".
We live in interesting times. I think I'll follow Gutfeld's lead and head to the liquor store.
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Sunday Morning Book Thread 06-26-2016: Corruptions [OregonMuse]
Baldwin's Book Barn, West Chester, Pennsylvania
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Attack of the Clintons
So the Hillary! campaign is reported to be in damage control mode because of this book, Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate by Gary Byrne, which actually won't be released until the 28th.
But haven't we heard all of this 'Clintonia' before, all of the screaming hissy fits, the non-stop horndoggery, the throwing of weighty objects, the dissing of the military and also of the Secret Service assigned to protect them? I'm thinking of Partners in Power: The Clintons and Their America by Roger Morris, which came out in 1999:
The author pulls no punches, dealing openly with allegations of cocaine use in the Governor's Mansion during the Clinton years, screaming and profane fights between the two Clintons, and a compromise on Hillary's part to live with Bill's hundreds of one-night stands in order to attain her goal of First Lady.
There's also On the Make: The Rise of Bill Clinton by Meredith Oakley that covers his Arkansas governorship, and whichever editor came up with that title really should've been fired.
Unlimited Access : An FBI Agent Inside the Clinton White House by Gary Aldrich, which came out in 1998. Aldrich, who spent 30 years with the FBI, the last five as an agent responsible for background checks on White House staff. His primary concern was the lax security in the Clinton White House, but also, I think this is the book that described how one of the Christmas trees inside the White House was decorated with drug paraphernalia.
The point is, none of these books did any real damage to the Clinton Sleaze Machine, which just keeps rolling along. Priapus survived impeachment and his loathsome wife has been an ambulatory canker sore on the body politic ever since. There's just no getting rid of her. But considering the track record of these tell-all books, the best response by team Hillary! to this new one would've been to simply ignore it, and have faith that the MSM would have their backs. That's the way it's always worked out in the past, so why not now? The fact that her team is now desperately trying to smear the author just gives credence to his charges.
You know who's also got a new book coming out? Dinesh D'Souza. His latest, Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party will be available on July 18th, probably to coincide with the release of his documentary of the same name.
From her Alinskyite past to her hopes for America's progressive future, the presumptive Democratic nominee is revealed to be little more than a political gangster intent on controlling the nation's wealth. D'Souza chronicles the sleazy ascent of the Clintons and makes clear what some voters have long suspected: that Hillary is far more dangerous and corrupt than Bill ever was.
After watching the trailer, it's obvious that they put a lot of money into it. Also, D'Souza is trying to bring to debate the sleazy history of the Democratic Party, which there has never really been a public discussion about. Because the gatekeepers would rather prefer not. Don't know if D'Souza will be able to force the issue, my guess, probably not, but God bless him for trying.
The question is, is D'Souza's book and movie about the Clintons specifically, or the Democratic Party in general?
And I think the answer is yes.
Dickens Was A Crappy Writer
We know this because the science is settled:
I report the results of the test, where the takers had to tell the prose of Charles Dickens from that of Edward Bulwer-Lytton, who is considered by many to be the worst writer in history of letters. The average score is about 50%, which is on the level of random guessing. This suggests that the quality of Dickens's prose is the same as of that of Bulwer-Lytton.
This article, entitled "Scientific Evaluation of Charles Dickens" and appearing in the periodical Journal of Quantitative Linguistics, has to be a joke:
Edward Bulwer-Lytton is the worst writer in history of letters. An annual wretched writing contest (http://www.bulwer-lytton.com/) was established in his honour. In contrast, Charles Dickens is one of the best writers ever. Can one tell the difference between their prose? To check this I wrote the “Great prose or not?” quiz (Simkin, 2004). It consists of a dozen of representative literary passages, written either by Bulwer-Lytton or by Dickens. The takers are to choose the author of each quote. They face a formidable task and are often surprised to learn the correct answers. “What mindless boob would write such tripe? Dickens, one would know now.” – wrote me one of respondents.
Does that sound like something that belongs in a "scientific" journal? Guy basically had some quotes from both authors and asked a bunch of people to guess which of the two authors wrote each quote, and apparently the total number of correct answers was not appreciably higher than the results you would get from simply guessing at each answer (50%)
If you're interested, you can read the rest of it here
It used to be the kiss of death in publishing to submit an unsolicited manuscript.
Maybe not so much now:
As ebook readers have grown more popular, the publishing market has changed significantly. This has had a huge impact on the self-publishing industry. The media talks about this shift all the time. However, they often neglect to mention the huge impact it has had on the romance publishing industry. There are so many more romance and erotica novels published these days, that it seems like every few days a new romance publisher sprouts out of the woodwork.
If you write in the "romance" genre, the article goes on to list 31 Romance publishes that accept submissions without an agent.
The market for all the various genres and sub-genres of "romance" is just UUUGE.
I'll bet you anything there's even some sort of "SJW" romance sub-genre. Don't laugh. For all we know, "The Secret Diaries of Trigglypuff" might be a big seller.
H/T to Anna Puma.
Now I Feel Bad
Hey, does anybody else remember that smug little twerp Michael Kinsley? He used to be a staple on the talking-head shows in the 90s and early 00s, and there was something just insufferably annoying about him. I'm not sure if it was the way he looked, or his demeanor, or what, but of all the left-of-center talking heads on TV back then, he was the one, I swear, I just wanted to pop him a good one right in the puss.
And then sometime in the early 00s, he just disappeared. Not that I missed him, but I would wonder from time to time what happened to him.
And then this week I saw that he has written a book, Old Age: A Beginner's Guide. I didn't think he was that old, so I'm not sure why he thought he be qualified to be dispensing such advice. I have no idea if the book is any good or not.
In this series of essays, Michael Kinsley uses his own battle with Parkinson's disease to unearth answers to questions we are all at some time forced to confront.
Ouch. OK, that would explain why I haven't been seeing him on TV much lately. I have friends in various stages of Parkinson's, and it's not a disease I would wish on anyone. So I wish Mr. Kinsley well, and I hope his doctors can find a treatment regimen for him that will stave off the symptoms for a good long time.
I've never done much on Twitter, and less even now that it has turned into just another progressive hive, but occasionally I'll get passed a tip. Like a few days ago when Chad recommended Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble by Dan Lyon, his account of what happened when he joined a start-up company called "HubSpot", which tried to make money selling... e-mail spam. To be fair, HubSpot's wiki page says "HubSpot provides tools for social media marketing, content management, web analytics, landing pages and search engine optimization."
Mixed in with Lyons's uproarious tale of his rise and fall at Hubspot is a trenchant analysis of the start-up world, a de facto conspiracy between those who start companies and those who fund them, a world where bad ideas are rewarded with hefty investments, where companies blow money lavishing perks on their post-collegiate workforces, and where everybody is trying to hang on just long enough to reach an IPO and cash out.
I thought this item on the wiki page was amusing:
In July 2015, Hubspot's CMO Mike Volpe was dismissed for violating HubSpot's code of business conduct. The company's board of directors found that Volpe tried to obtain a draft copy of Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble, by Daniel Lyons. The book is a satirical look at HubSpot, its company culture, and its business practices.
Books By Morons
I never knew that longtime moron commenter naturalfake was a published author, and perhaps he wasn't in the past, but he is now. His comic novel Wearing the Cat: Part One: Flaming Hoops is now available on Kindle. This is the first of a projected quartet of novels featuring
Lt. Nick McGill, dentist in the United States Navy Dental Corps.
If you're thinking, what could be at all interesting about a naval dentist, Lt. McGill might agree with you:
He joined the Navy as a way to add excitement to his life only to discover a distinct lack of wine, women, and adventure in the day to day drill and fill of the Williamsville Naval Dental Clinic. Tooth decay? Oh, yeah. Plenty of that. Bad breath? Goes with the territory. The three little words? If only he didn't have to hear those three little words ever again.
Since he's a dentist, I'm thinking that those three little words he's referring to are "rinse and spit."
Worst of all, in his boredom and loneliness, McGill finds himself questioning past decisions, and feeling nostalgic about past girlfriends.
And because he's a guy, the typical guy solution, the product of generations of guy thinking, immediately presents itself:
Perhaps all he needs to do is to get laid.
Yes, that's right. Because doing what the "little man" tells you always works out well, doesn't it?
Naturalfake would like all the morons to know that he's
...pricing the book at the Moron-Friendly price of $0.99 for the first two weeks to encourage readers to take a chance and, hopefully, write positive reviews.
Speaking of Moron-Friendly, "Wearing the Cat" is 100% Moron Friendly and loaded with humor both high and low...really, really low.
Elsewhere in his e-mail to me, he uses the words "ribald" and "Rabelaisian" to describe the comic humor in this, his first, novel. So I guess that's a trigger warning of sorts.
At 28 Jana Tyrell is already the foremost actress in the world. But she wants the love of a good man, and they’re not so common in Hollywood. She finds it in a most unexpected place: Onteora County, NY, a land that produces geniuses and heroes as if they’d been sown there by God. Her target, engineer and Web writer Tim Beaufort, will be rocked by the changes Jana brings to his life.
Mr. Porretto describes his new novel as "an unusual, highly optimistic romance." Available on Kindle for $2.99.
His other books:
Realm of Essences series: Chosen One, On Broken Wings, Shadow of a Sword, Polymath.
Spooner Federation series: Which Art In Hope, Freedom's Scion, Freedom's Fury.
Stand-alone titles: Priestesses, The Sledgehammer Concerto, Romance A La Mode, A Dash of Spice.
All of these you can access on his Amazon page.
He also has a blog.
The author of A Net of Dawn and Bones e-mailed me earlier this week recommending her own humorous fantasy books that, she says, "skewers a lot of monster tropes."
The author has only looked at AoSHQ "a few times" but was referred to me by "Aliens in This World" which I believe is a conservative Roman Catholic blog.
But the referral was dead on accurate, as I can see from the Amazon blurb for her book, which contains the author's manifesto:
This book was written because I couldn’t find anything like it on the shelves.
...No, seriously. After the umpteenth time picking up yet another urban fantasy that looked promising but on closer skimming had the Designated Protagonist choosing the Sexier Evil, I kind of snapped.
Part of the fun of any story is putting yourself in the character’s shoes. But these shoes I not only didn’t want to slip into, I wanted to set them on fire. Where were the good guys? The honest cops? The ordinary people choosing to do the Right Thing, no matter how hard it was? Where was the belief that there is a Right Thing; that there is Good, and Evil, and you pick the side you’re going to fight for, even if the heavens fall?
In short - where were the heroes?
Yeah, this author is definitely a Moron, like the rest of us. She may not know it yet, but she is. I invited her to drop by the book thread and say hi, so hopefully she will.
She's also written another comic fantasy, Count Taka and the Vampire Brides.
Anna Puma e-mailed me this week, too:
To kick off my plan to write the Alexandria story during the July Camp NaNoWriMo, Golden Isis will be free from the 26th to 28th of this month.
Link to Golden Isis here.
Moronette 'votermom' is putting together a list of moron authors over on the Goodreads site which is intended to be accessible to non-members. Here is the list she has compiled so far. Let her know if there's an author she's missing.
Don't forget the AoSHQ reading group on Goodreads. It's meant to support horde writers and to talk about the great books that come up on the book thread. It's called AoSHQ Moron Horde and the link to it is here: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/175335-aoshq-moron-horde.
So that's all for this week. As always, book thread tips, suggestions, bribes, rumors, threats, and insults may be sent to OregonMuse, Proprietor, AoSHQ Book Thread, at the book thread e-mail address: aoshqbookthread, followed by the 'at' sign, and then 'G' mail, and then dot cee oh emm.
What have you all been reading this week? Hopefully something good, because, as you all know, life is too short to be reading lousy books.
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EMT 6/26/16 [krakatoa]
Mason jars or tin cans?
Saturday Night Overnight Open Thread (6/25/16) Summer Edition [Mis. Hum.]
This past week, June 20th, was the first day of Summer (Officially).
The Signs of Summer
Roads in one shape or form have been present since mankind's existence. A Scottish engineer John Loudon McAdam is credited as the designer of the first modern road. He developed an inexpensive paving material of soil and stone aggregate (known as macadam).
One of the first “tar” roads was laid in Paris. The famous Champs-Elysees of the 1600s was covered with asphalt in 1824 signifying it as the first modern road in Europe. By the late 1800s, America would be paving roads. The phrase it's either Winter or Road Construction season was coined shortly after.
Orange Barrels by Todd Yohn
Meet the Mosquito, State Bird of Minnesota
Mosquitoes are small, midge-like flies which constitute the family Culicidae. Besides being annoying the little bastards transmit extremely harmful infections such as malaria, yellow fever, Chikungunya, west Nile virus, dengue fever, filariasis, Zika virus and other arboviruses, rendering it the deadliest animal family in the world.
You may find yourself out in your yard gardening. Perhaps you like flower gardens. Maybe you want to feed your family with the labor of your hands.
Or maybe you just want to play with the your gardening tools.
County Fair, State Fairs & Miscellaneous Festivals
There are countless fairs and festivals throughout the U.S.A. From the tiny parish festival to the largest state fair. Summer is the time for these destinations of fun.
Maybe you don't want to race pigs. Wrestling is more your style? Well, they have fairs where you can do that to.
Animal racing or wrestling is not your cup of tea? Are you a motorhead? There are fairs that cater to you.
So the fairs weren't for you? Out of ideas for summer activities? Bored? Do you need some suggestions? Here are just a few.
If you do go on a vacation. Protect your home while you are away.
Jumping (And not to conclusions)
Although National Parks are present year around, year in, year out. The majority of visitors to them attend in the summer months.
Recently a certain semi-retired politician and part-time golfer found his way to a National Park. Talk about carbon footprint. Putz.
There are 58 National Parks. If you ever find yourself in Moab, UT (a beautiful area)
you may want to see if you're afraid of heights.
These are just a few signs that it is summer besides looking at the calendar. What say you Horde?
Tonight's ONT Brought To You By
Summer Songs and a motoring tune.
Good night Morons.
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George Will Leaves The Republican Party: Who Gives A Rat's Ass? [CBD]
And here is our country's best-known conservative pundit's genius advice:
Asked...to recommend what conservative anti-Trumpers should do now, Will said: "Make sure he loses."
Now, I am not the scholar of American History that George Will is, but a rational and informed reading of that advice could be changed to: "Make sure Hillary Clinton becomes president."
If Trump loses at the convention, in spite of having the required number of delegates for a first ballot nomination, then Republicans all across America will smell a rat. Yes, it can be done, but it will be extremely difficult without fracturing the coalition that is required to elect a Republican in November.
Let us be honest about good ole' Georgie of the blue-jeans hate and the pompous bow ties....he wants Hillary to win because it will solidify his position as one of the trusted retainers in the court of the almighty Dollar, and he doesn't care who sits on the throne. Hillary isn't ideal, but Georgie will still make his money and be fêted by the media and those in real power. Only if Trump wins will Will's position be threatened, and we simply cannot function as a free country if George Will is not on TV 15 times each week!
But there's more!
But what about that last-gasp reason, resonant among many of the legal thinkers at the libertarian/conservative Federalist Society, for backing even a revolting Republican -- the Supreme Court? Will's answer was revealing: "Sure, but I'm also concerned with the fact that I do not really believe Republicans think clearly enough about what they really want in judges...having a Republican president is not an answer in itself."
Oh, you stupid flyover people. Just climb back into your pickup trucks and throw the old dog in the back and go hunting. The mandarins in Washington will take care of you, because you are too stupid to know what is best for America.
Ace of Spades Pet Thread [Misanthropic Humanitarian]
Soul? They are all soul. How can you reject a ginger like that? (I'll let you in on a little secret. I haven't been able to say no for 34 years. Thank you Mrs. MH)
So everybody, thank you for stopping by on the first Saturday of Summer to see what's happening at the AoS Pet Thread. As usual, a little of this, a little of that. Check out the happenings.
Pet and Animal News
- Fancy drink for Kitty Kat
- Odd friends
- Barking like a dog?
- Surf's up Porky
- This little piggy looks delicious
- A solid dog to have in your family
From a Moron contributor
So my dad sent me this back in '09, and I thought it was hilarious.
But are these photos real? Hint: If you look closely at the photos of the Catholic Church sign, the cars in the background are a dead giveaway.
Real or not - and I'm sure the horde would agree - 1) of course all of God's creatures go to heaven, and 2) does not disprove the reality that Presbyterians, for the most part, are priggish twats.
Who cares, it's still funny!
Meet the Pet Morons
Let's start today's parade of pets with Persnickety's Boris the Cat. After years of rescuing older cats Persnickety adopted this guy as a kitten.
Meet Guinness. Jo liked the idea that her dog uses rawhides as cigars and not the real thing.
Say hello to Scarlett & Duchess the Blood Hounds. Lurker Rebecca submitted this photo. These dogs and their granddogger are/were search and rescue dogs.
We have a cat wrangler among us. David sent this photo in. He has 5 cats he was able to rustle up Hector, Telli & Artemis for this.
Colorado Terp submitted this photo of Gilligan & Nimrod. They look comfortable while underachieving. Thanks for the photo.
Liz's Yorkie originally name was Maggie. However a little kid on a bike said hey Mom that looks like a bug. Meet bug. I would have named her Fang, but that's me.
Mike K would like to introduce his rescue dog Juliet to the Horde. This Basset came from a Basset rescue group.
Moron Confuzzled submitted this photo of his cats Angel & Oreo. Per Confuzzled they are quite the handful but wouldn't trade them in for the world. They look like fun.
Meet Snicket & Mr. Jack. These guys own lurker Andrew. Andrew didn't say much about them but their expressions say quite a bit. Thanks for the photo.
Meet Lucy the Aussie. Levin embarrassed her by taking this picture after a dip. Nice looking dog. Thanks for sharing Levin.
Our last photo today is of Creeper's Sasha. Unfortunately Creeper had to put his dog down recently. Here's a photo of her as a pup meeting a new friend for the first time. Pups and mirrors are so cute. We are so sorry for your loss Creeper.
Thank you for stopping by. If you have a pet photo or something interesting you would like to submit, you can reach us at petmorons at gee mail dot com.
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Saturday Gardening Thread: Just Peachy [KT]
Greetings to gardeners, farmers and those who like farmers' markets, fruit stands, flowers or shade trees. Welcome to the first Saturday Gardening Thread of the year following the Summer Solstice. Do you feel any different?
Last week, Dave at Buffalo Roam wrote:
The hot weather is here and the sweet corn is probably finished this weekend. I put up 48 ears today. But we have Fredericksburg peaches! God bless Texas.
Then he wrote in response to my query:
Fredericksburg peaches are yellow, cling stone and so juicy it runs down your neck.
Mmmm. Those peaches sound good. Anybody who has a local source for peaches is fortunate. If you have your own tree(s), even better! More on peaches and nectarines later in this thread.
Do you live where it is too cool in summer to grow flavorful peaches? Maybe you could grow a beautiful scented tuberous begonia in peachy tones to admire while sipping a nice peachy-flavored beverage.
Tuberous begonias can be spectacular when grown under deep-rooted trees. (You can shop for them through the AoSHQ Amazon Store). They need light, well-drained soil, but it does not need to be very deep. You can put down a few inches of potting mix under a tree. Mama AJ might be able to grow some in a shady corner of her compost pile.
They will need to be watered, preferably by drip. Even if your shade trees are surface-rooting, tuberous begonias can be grown under them in containers. One of my favorite ways is to hang baskets from tree limbs.
Floridata compares tuberous begonias with other begonias grown by gardeners.
There are some 1500 species of begonias and, by some estimates, more than ten thousand named cultivars and hybrids. To simplify matters, they are divided by horticulturists into informal groups, based mainly on their growth habits.
The University of Minnesota Extension has a nice summary on growing tuberous begonias. After reading it, some members of The Horde may decide to start with blooming plants from the nursery. Have you ever grown them? Did you start with plants, tubers or seeds?
Peaches and Nectarines
Looks like they do grow mostly yellow peaches in and around Fredericksburg. But Dave at Buffalo Roam may get to try some freestones a little later in the summer Although the crop may be short at times, due to this year's weather.
Speaking of Texas, I covet the peachcot sold by Fanick's Nursery in San Antonio. LE Cooke, here in the San Joaquin Valley, sells the John Fanick Peach wholesale. We used to have our own luscious peachcot in the Valley, but the USDA lost the budstock during virus indexing. It took a while for the nursery to figure out what had happened.
My peaches are not ripe yet, but the days are hot and the nights are cool. Great weather for peaches and nectarines. I have bought some peaches and nectarines at a packing house. They are clingstones, too. Some may be showing up at a market near you. But anyone who has access to ripe, local peaches will probably like them better than the ones shipped from the San Joaquin Valley. Though even shipping peaches have improved in the last coouple of decades. Roughly since Epitaph for a Peach.
How to choose and grow a peach tree
Breeders like Floyd Zaiger have been busy with peaches and nectarines. In addition to old favorites, you can now choose supersweet cultivars. The low acid ones taste pretty good even when they are crispy. I prefer the balanced, high sugar/acid ones when ripe. They can be a little zingy when still firm.
The best way to pick a peach cultivar is to go with one known to do well in your area. There are some things to keep in mind if you want to get adventurous.
In the North, you will want to consider hardiness and bloom time.
In humid or rainy climates, you will want to consider brown rot and peach leaf curl resistance. Some people grow peaches as fan-shaped espaliers under a south or west overhang to limit peach leaf curl where it rains a lot.
In mild-winter areas, you need to know the chill requirement of the cultivar you want to grow. In the desert, early or late-ripening peaches may be a better bet than midseason ones.
Everywhere, you need to consider whether the rootstock is compatible with your climate and soil. The productive life of a peach tree is about 15 years when well-grown. This is longer than the life of many plums in the East, but in the West other stone fruits tend to stay productive longer. If you wnat to can or freeze, get cultivars recognized for this use. Cling canners are a challenge for most home gardeners. Not for my mother-in-law, who uses the little ones whole for pickled peaches. She has a special pit remover for canning peach halves.
Old peach and nectarine cultivars tend to have smaller, less showy blossoms than newer cultivars. I have an older cling cultivar which barely looks like it is in bloom when it blooms. The larger flowers are thought to be more attractive to bees. My Arctic Star white nectarine has beautiful large pale pink single blossoms. Normally it has very tasty, low acid super-sweet fruit. It's a little bitter this year because of early lack of water and poor thinning. These bitter overtones are especially characteristic of white nectarines and peaches if the trees are stressed before ripening, as by lack of water. Cutting back on water just before ripening can sweeten the fruit, though.
There are several cultivars with especially showy double blossoms that are marketed as "ornamental edibles". Some have fruit that rates high in taste tests. One of these is Red Baron, which produces fruit over a prolonged ripening season. It has a low chill requirement, only 250 hours. Double Jewel has lighter-colored blossoms and a slightly higher chill requirement. Its blossoms are pictured below. Take a look around the site at the link below the photo. If you had a ton o' money, would you build a thoroughbred horse ranch? In California? Not sure I would want to own it, but I would love to have friends who owned it.
Peaches are great for homey desserts like cobblers, grunts, clafoutis, dowdys and buckles. But there is an elegant peach dessert that does not require baking.
Peach Melba was named after an Australian opera star of the Victorian era, Nellie Melba. The celebrity chef created this dessert also named Melba Toast after her. The original Peach Melba was introduced on a swan ice sculpture with spun sugar rather than raspberry puree as a garnish. I think the raspberries are better. This is a great hot-weather dessert. Nice video at the link.
Either sweetened raspberry puree or raspberry sauce is traditional. Peaches are generally poached, but I saw another recipe that used grilled peaches. Freestone peaches are best for this dish.
Peach Melba Pie uses sliced peaches, so you could use clingstones. Inelegant press-in crust, homey.
Have you ever made Peach Melba? Do you have another favorite peach recipe - preserves, a dessert, drink or main dish? Think about it. Tomorrow is the day for CBD's remarkable Food Thread.
Boring Fruit Trees
Our insects of the week are the caterpillars or grubs that bore into peach trees. Some also attack other fruit trees. One of my earliest horticultural memories is of my Grandfather cutting a Peach Tree Borer out from the base of our apricot tree with a pocketknife. You should check the base of stone fruit trees in spring for gum exuding from the bark. They can kill your tree. Our apricot tree produced for several years after my grandfather took his pocketknife to it, but it was eventually ripped out of the ground by a whirlwind. There were signs of decay at the base of the tree.
The adult form of the Peach Twig Borer is also a moth. The caterpillars can therefore be controlled with good old Bt. The moths lay eggs on the succulent twigs of peach trees and other stone fruits. The caterpillars start eating this green growth, then switch to the fruits, making those fruits wormy.
I think the creepiest stone fruit borer is the Pacific Flathead Borer. It also attacks apple and other trees. One killed a young cherry tree at our house. The grub was pretty long, with a big head. Other flathead borers attack trees and shrubs like cedar.
It is hard to tell the species apart at the grub stage.
This is a Flat Headed Borer Grub in the family Buprestidae, known as the Metallic Wood Borers or Jewel Beetles. . . Many of the adult beetles are quite gorgeous and are sometimes made into jewelry in tropical counties. . . Sadly, we are not skilled enough to tell you the exact species. Flat Headed Borers often live many years as grubs feeding on wood. We have heard reports of the Golden Buprestid, Buprestis aurulenta, emerging from furniture 50 years after it was built. . . We have received our own report of an adult Golden Buprestid emerging from an 8 year old pine cutting board.
Eeew. Any interesting insects in your garden? In your life? Be careful to eat only the ones you don't mind eating.
Have a great week.
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Thread below the Gardening Thread: Summer [KT]
The full moon over our shed (no, it's not a cow shed) last Monday was gorgeous. I'm kind of sorry I didn't remember that it was the night of the summer solstice. Not so sorry I missed the revelers at Stonehenge or the
religious celebration parade in Santa Barbara. There are still some . . . elbows in the video at the link above for the Morons, though. In spite of some draconian restrictions on art in this celebration.
Because of an outlandish ensemble many years ago which featured a sexual bondage theme, guidelines and regulations for all floats and participants in the Solstice Parade since have been strictly enforced. There can be no words, no symbols, no nudity, floats must be people-powered, and "cannot represent physical harm to any human being. The representation of blood (fake or otherwise), dominance/violence, and or sadmasochistic behavior is not appropriate ... no whips, guns, knives, or weapons of any kind, or props intended to represent weapons of any kind are allowed."
The coincidence of the full moon with the summer solstice this year prompted a piece on statistics in the Chicago Tribune to explain why extremely rare events happen so often.
I think this piece sort of goes along with a couple of Maetenloch's ONT links the night of the solstice about (1) the replacement of a university math requirement with diversity training and (2) a persistent, widespread Myth about Spinach, caused by a single math mistake.
Seems like there have been a lot of stories about unsettled science lately. Those stories just unsettle people. Maybe it's better for us to make math and science about feelings in our universities.
Home Improvement Question
I loved Y-not's weather graphic this morning, after that amazing, alarming video. Our forecast for Monday is 109 degrees. That's almost as hot as the forecast for Phoenix.
We have low-e windows, but their ability to limit heat gain is not enough for me on days like that. What is your favorite way to limit heat entering the house through windows? Suggestions accepted for either cheap and easy fixes or more lasting solutions.
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There's Something You Don't See Everyday [Y-not]
In case you missed it, West Virginia got hammered by flooding last week. 26 people are now confirmed dead:
A 1,000-year flood
The high terrain along rivers in southeastern West Virginia are exacerbating the flooding, meteorologists said.
Weather radar estimates show that more than 10 inches of rain have fallen in portions of Greenbrier County. There is a 1 in 1,000 chance of this type of rainfall happening in any given year, according to the National Weather Service.
In Kanawha County, which includes the capital of Charleston, the Elkview River crested at 33.37 feet Friday morning, meteorologists said. The river rose more than 27 feet from Thursday afternoon to Friday morning, the highest crest since record-keeping began more than 125 years ago, according to the National Weather Service.
One of the most amazing images from West Virginia is below the fold:
(In case it's not clear, that's a house which is on fire floating down river.)
Please keep those affected by the flooding in your prayers.
Here's a useful resource about flood risk from the National Flood Insurance Program.
To lighten the mood a bit, here's a U.S. "weather map" I saw on Twitter last week:
I live in Hot Soup... kind of missing the Mystery Belt's weather, I must confess!
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Saturday Morning Weird News Dump (6/25/16) [Mis. Hum.]
Good morning Horde. Here are a few things that didn't make this past week's News Dump.
- This does not sound appealing
- Beer. What won't it do?
- World's oldest Twinkie turns 40
- Sad & Sick, some one needs to be held accountable
- It's no longer the boob-tube
- Thanks a lot Dad
- Who knew horses were part of the Horde? What's next Ewok check points?
- If you have a prosthetic leg with ankle GPS. Maybe you should wait until GPS is removed before murdering someone
- This guy needs to be neutered and never spawn again after a lengthy prison sentence
That's enough stupidity for the week.
Have a great weekend!!!
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EMT 6/25/16 Fluck the fu edition. [krakatoa]
So this past week in Denver would have been much more pleasant without the flu cropping up on Monday.
Nothing like spending a week away from home to work "on site", have to quarantine in a hotel the whole time, finish the gig anyway, and realize you could have done it all from home with its stocked medicine cabinet in the first place without the 18 hours of travel.
Friday Night Overnight Open Thread (6/24/16) UK Invasion Edition [Mis. Hum.]
Friday Night Obligations
Normally, CDR-M has a cute video of an adorable canine companion. However, keeping with our UK Invasion theme, meet the Top 10 UK Dog Breeds. Four varieties of Setters didn't make the list.
There are many ways to learn a new language. One way to learn new vocabulary is to picture the word you wish to learn next to the word. Let's learn common U.K. Expressions and slang.
Bloody - used to emphasize almost anything, also bleeding or blooming
Duff - useless, junk, trash
Alright class, let's try to use these 2 words together in a sentence. David Cameron and Barack Obama are bloody duffs.
Yes class, they are a pair of bloody duffs.
Smashing - terrific
Let us use smashing in a sentence. Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan were smashing leaders of their respective countries.
Need to increase your vocabulary? Tired of American Slang? Here are the Top 10 British Slang terms.
How many of you remember Ace's epic Kaboom thread?(DO NOT COMMENT ON THAT THREAD OR YOU WILL BE BANNED)
Just imagine if the wee lad had been brought up in the U.K. Do you think he would have ranted about fried tomatoes and black pudding? Check out a traditional English breakfast.
The 25 best breakfasts in Great Britain. I'll let you world travelers battle this one out.
U.K. Odds & Ends
Swear like a Brit.
This should start an overnight discussion/argument. Best bands from the UK. I don't agree with most of them.
U.K. Quotes of the Day
-Late Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy
We’ve left behind a failed political union. We can now rejoin the world as an independent, self-governing nation.
-Nigel Farage - June 24, 2016
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
Tonight's ONT brought to you by Monty Python's Flying Circus
Do not taunt uptight Limeys with rubber duckies.
Thank you CDR-M and JuJu. Good night Horde, be well.
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The more the people shout that they don't want further mass migration, the harder the self-alleged elite shuts its ears and insists these racists don't know their own best interests.
Which is something that Obama likes saying about people he disagrees with. Strangely, many conservatives seem to think this Obama-ish habit is charming and winning when they practice it.
If any one person drove the United Kingdom out of the European Union, it was Angela Merkel, and her impulsive solo decision in the summer of 2015 to throw open Germany--and then all Europe--to 1.1 million Middle Eastern and North African migrants, with uncountable millions more to come. Merkel’s catastrophically negative example is one that perhaps should be avoided by U.S. politicians who seek to avert Trump-style populism in the United States. Instead, the politician who most directly opposes Donald Trump--presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton--is doubling down on Merkelism.
Hillary Clinton’s first reaction to the Supreme Court decision on executive amnesty looks at the issue exclusively and entirely from the point of view of the migrants themselves: “Today’s heartbreaking #SCOTUS immigration ruling could tear apart 5 million families facing deportation. We must do better.” That U.S. citizens might have different interests—and that it is the interests of citizens that deserve the highest attention of officials elected by those citizens--went unsaid and apparently unconsidered. But somebody is considering it. And those somebodies, in their many millions, are being heard from this year: loud, clear, and angry.
Meanwhile, we might soon have #Frexit, #Itexit, and #Nexit.
Ben Domench: How the Establishment (and Would-Be Establishment, the Aspirational Establishment Types) Delude Themselves Into Thinking All of Their Failures Are Huge Wins the Public Should Be Grateful For
This crew has only two modes: failure and then self-flattery for that failure.
Really sharp -- and nasty -- piece by Ben Domench.
Consider it well in light of the #Brexit fiasco. The Masters of Europe were all pretty certain they were delivering great value to the citizens of Europe -- and when the citizens of Europe told them otherwise, they consoled themselves by reassuring themselves that mere citizens are idiots, barely above animal level in reasoning power, and entirely unequipped to rate the performance of the True Elites.
Mike Flynn, RIP
Out of the blue, with no warning, my friend died yesterday.
At the end of the post, Larry O'Connor offers his tribute to Mike.
He was a really good guy. He leaves behind a wife and a combined family of his daughter and his wife's kids. May God guide them.
Educational Fund: "American Patriot Mike Flynn passed away June 23rd unexpectedly from a heart attack, leaving behind a wife and four children. Please consider a contribution to assist with education expenses for the children." Link to the GoFundMe page here.
Thanks to Y-Not for that.