Saturday Politics Thread: Turnout Trends and Strategies [Y-not]
I side-barred this the other day, but you may have missed it. Dan McLaughlin wrote a great piece about trends in voter turnout over the past several presidential elections. It's full of crunchy data -- follow this link to read it.
The gist of the article concerns the much-circulated myth that some 4 million conservative voters stayed home in 2012, leading to Romney's loss.
Here's what Dan has to say about that:
To the extent that any of these analyses are based on the proposition that Romney got millions fewer votes than McCain, they are provably wrong. What happened is pretty simple: some states and localities take longer to count the votes than others -- some big cities are notorious for this, some count absentee ballots slowly, California traditionally counts very slowly, and some of the jurisdictions hit hard by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 were understandably slow getting finalized. But the final numbers are not what was originally available in the immediate aftermath of the election:
In 2004, George W. Bush got 62,039,572 votes vs 59,027,115 for John Kerry.
In 2008, John McCain got 59,950,323 votes vs 69,499,428 for Barack Obama -- in other words, McCain lost about 2 million votes from what Bush had received, while Obama gained over 10 million vs Kerry's total.
In 2012, Mitt Romney got 60,934,407 votes vs 65,918,507 for Obama -- a million more votes for Romney than McCain, and 3.5 million fewer for Obama (but still up around 6 million compared to Kerry).
Presumably, some of Bush's voters in 2004 stayed home in 2008 and 2012, while others switched to Obama or one of many minor third party candidates. But even if we compare Romney to Bush, he's off by only a little over a million votes, not such an enormous number in an electorate of around 130 million people. And exit polling doesn't really support the notion that self-identified conservatives were noticeably missing...
Dan goes on to make some observations about what voters are up for grabs, including Evangelicals and Catholics, and working-class white. (I'd just note that American Catholics do not vote as a bloc. With the exception of JFK, their voting patterns generally mirror the country as a whole.)
This figure derived from Sean Trende's analysis shows which regions of the country had lower turnout (blue) versus higher turnout (red).
No matter who the Republican Party nominates in 2016, there's a lot of work to be done trying to expand the GOP presidential electorate, whether by appealing to new, young voters, disenchanted Obama 2012 voters, evangelical Christians, working-class white Northerners/Midwesterners, or some other group. History suggests that the opportunity is real, and the task is achievable. The electorate is never set in stone, the battle never over. A clear message, and an appealing candidate who means what he or she says and stands for something and can explain what it is and why, is certainly an important asset in that process. But even then, there's no magic formula, no cavalry of millions of conservatives waiting just over the hill to save the day, and no single issue or message that will flip the switch. The work will be hard, and will take energy and determination and a whole lot of one-voter-contact-at-a-time labor to register, to activate, to persuade. George W. Bush did that work to get Republicans 11 million new votes from 1996 to 2000, and another 12 million in 2004. Barack Obama did that work to get Democrats 10 million new votes from 2004 to 2008. It will need to be done again.
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EMT 11/28/15 [krakatoa]
Overnight Open Thread (27 Nov 2015)
Hope you morons had a good Thanksgiving and are surviving the Black Friday brawls and traffic jams.
You can rest easy knowing we have top people tracking the "JV team". FBI using elite surveillance teams to track at least 48 high-risk ISIS suspects. Only 48?
"It is a big resource drain. Yes it is. Almost overwhelming," Coats said when asked about the demand placed on the FBI. "There will be a lot of people over the Thanksgiving weekend that will not be enjoying turkey with their family. They'll be out there providing security for the American people and the threat is particularly high during this holiday period."
So the FBI is strained as it is and the President wants to bring in more "refugees" and law enforcement won't even be able to ask about a person's religious affiliations or beliefs? That's a recipe for a disaster.
Weather Gal Dress
Heh. Every female meteorologist is wearing this same $23 dress. They also have their own journolist.
Okay then. Breast friends feed each other's children.
Improbable Movie Weapons Part 2
Funny Spider Story
This is pretty good. Police rush in after man heard screaming 'I'm going to kill you'.
"Where's your wife?" an officer asked.
"I don't have one," the man replied.
"Where’s your girlfriend?" he pressed.
"I don’t have one," he said.
Police told the man neighbours had heard the screams, the threats to kill, the dull thud of flung furniture. "Come on mate, what have you done to her?" the officer asked.
"It was a spider," the man replied sheepishly. "A really big one."
"What about the woman screaming?"
"Yeah sorry, that was me," he said. "I really, really hate spiders."
Boots On The Ground
So how's that no boots on the ground thingy going? How the U.S. campaign in Iraq has escalated with a new weapon: rocket artillery.
If Every Store Was Honest About Black Friday Ads
Yeah, people aren't buying this AGW BS. Public support for tough climate deal declines.
Why do you never see gas taxes itemized on your receipt. Here's the kicker.
I said, "Why don't you put a sign in your window, listing all the taxes they customers are paying on a gallon of gas?"
He said, "That's illegal in Illinois. I would get fined and could lose my gas station!"
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Colorado Springs Shooter Arrested
Press conference on now.
NYT: Reality Is Limiting Obama's Ability to Spin His Fantasies
NYT: Illegal immigrant surge 'complicating the Obama administration’s efforts to reassure the country that the border is under control.'— Byron York (@ByronYork) November 27, 2015
via Jonah Goldberg (@jonahnro), who made a very similar point.
Active Shooter in Colorado Springs
Harris Faulkner is covering it calmly and straightly on Fox. I can only imagine what Shep Smith would be doing right now if he had the helm.
The "Sam Hyde" thing is a hoax. Hyde and his comedy troupe frequently claim that the "right wing extremist Sam Hyde" is responsible for this shooting or that.
This video shows Hyde giving a TED talk, having conned his way in by claiming to have an impressive resume of helping people in Africa.
Can You Believe It? It's an Open Thread
University presidents buy off radicals with huge slush funds for diversity centers and minority hires.
Charles Partridge Adams, "Fall Sunset" (n.d.)
Overnight Open Thread (11-26-2015) – Happy Thanksgiving Edition
So this happened.
In 1986, Thanksgiving dinner cost $28.74. In October 1986, an average worker made $8.96 an hour. That means that s/he had to work 3 hours 12 minutes and 27 seconds, or 50 minutes and 30 seconds longer than [a] worker today.
So, enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner and rejoice in knowing that you have worked almost an hour less to earn it than would have been the case in 1986.
Good News For Your Defense: Your Appalling Drunken Behavior Might Be Genetic
The key 15 minutes of the classic episode which was based on a real life incident.
Yahoo group. That is all.
And my lo-fi Twitter spew.
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Open Thread: Happy Thanksgiving!
Now that Thanksgiving is over, it's officially time for this.
On This Thanksgiving, I'm Grateful For the Gullible Goons of Salon
[H]e wasn't alone on his righteous indignation. Conservative blogger Ace of Spades wrote an entire treatise on how to deal with the miscreant liberals in your family when they use any of these "Vox explainer" talking points. It's very elaborate and very, very serious....
As I said, it's all very elaborate. He goes on to lay out a complicated set of tactical arguments designed to tie the foolish liberal up in knots. It is obviously something that merits a lot of serious thought and preparation. Clearly, it's extremely important.
Pearls before dum-dums.
As Aldous Huxley obsevered: "Every man is the author of his own pwnage."
Incidentally, Charles Cooke's piece was also panned by this Very Intelligent Pyrsyn, as trying for humor with "mixed results." That must mean it's pretty good.
Blowoff Thread: Silly Inventions [Y-not]
Here's a silly thread while we all sit, sans pants, waiting for the turkey to roast.
A couple of weeks ago I spotted this in our local Hobby Lobby:
There's a product for a problem I didn't know existed!
Reminded me of silly invention ideas. For example, an old boss of mine wanted to invent something called a Buffet Buddy to solve the very real problem of how to hold your plate, drink, and silverware while navigating through a buffet.
Here's another invention that Mr. Moxie came up with, inspired by the sight of so many abandoned and beater cars on the rural roads of our new state (and the assumed transportation needs of the owners of said cars):
The idea is that when you need a lift, this is what'll come to pick you up:
**UPDATED by request... Ellie May:
(There are some VERY unsettling pictures of an elderly "Ellie May" that pop up on Google, btw. You are warned!)**
Related: Here's a list of the 25 Strangest Patents Ever Filed. In light of Obamacare, I could envision HHS placing a bulk order for #18, can't you?
Also from The Daily Mail, a list of the wackiest inventions from WWI.
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Early Birder Thread [krakatoa]
Time to smoke the turkey.
I wish I were more thankful today. Persevering through a flu bug that has completely detailed my original plans.
Nevertheless, despite the ick, I have much to be thankful for.
My loving wife who holds together the homestead far more than she should have to due to my work travel.
My amazing daughter who with a hug of her tiny arms can make me forget for precious moments the burdens of the job and of a society hellbent on finding new depths of inanity to call civilized.
My job, despite it's travel requirements. It is a job after all, and not a hobby. At the end of the day, providing for one's family is the ultimate measure of the designated breadwinner.
I know I have it better than most, and despite my general ambivalence of religion, I can't possibly claim to have made it purely on my own merits. Providence, luck, karma, whatever you want to call it, I am thankful for it.
Overnight Open Thread (11-25-2015) – Pre-Thanksgiving Edition
Tonight's theme is cooking tips and recipes. So share'em if you got'em.
And this evening's Food Octagon event will be Oatmeal vs. Cream of Wheat vs. Grits. Three hot cereal foods enter, one food leaves.
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Open Thread: Happy Thanksgiving Edition
If you didn't see yesterday's post on how to screw with your Millennial Vox-reading nieces, check it out.
The man, who has not been named, pictured, was alone in a locked video cabin watching the adult film when the ... https://t.co/GNSGMK1Gjk— DanRiehl (@DanRiehl) November 25, 2015
Rubio's Maneuver Might Have Crippled Obamacare
By keeping fresh government money out of the "risk corridors" (a mechanism by which the government would reimburse money-losing insurers via a slush fund), he might have hastened the death spiral of Obamacare.
Montana Daily Newspaper Plans to Reveal All Previous Posts by Anonymous Commenters
They're changing to a named-commenter system. And they say it would be too hard to have current comments by user name, while leaving old comments anonymous. Despite the fact they previously guaranteed anonymity. "Oh well!" they were quoted as saying.
Nerds and Hot Chicks Are Just Oil and Water
Angry, useless self-harming nerds continue to go after Katherine Timpf for saying she doesn't like Star Wars.
Yeah, that'll show them that you're well-balanced.
Paradigm Shift 2070: One Man's Vision of the Future
This scientist, Sam Hyde, has a lot of interesting facts you can use in your Thanksgivingmanship activities.
No, but seriously, apparently his schtick used to be to bluff his way into conferences, claiming a series of made-up credentials, and then give, well, the kind of speech you see below. He conned a local TED x conference into letting him speak, claiming to have done all these humanitarian things in Mogadishu, and then... well, you can see.
He also bluffed his way into an anime conference. He takes us through his understanding of Japanese culture, which he just read about six minutes ago. Things are going weirdly enough, and then he skips forward to World War II, when he announces, "The Japanese are getting good at building things to kill everyone. Of course, we had to put them in camps because they're subhuman."
A slide projected on the screen shows a Japanese man in an internment camp with the caption, "subhuman."
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New Morgan Freeman Thriller Makes $69 In Opening Weekend in UK
The movie's called Momentum.
"That Doesn't Sound Like Me:" Chris Christie Surprised by Question About His Entering Politics To Block Efforts to Repeal "Assault Weapons" Ban; Claims to Not Remember It Happening Either Way
The Star Ledger (of NJ) said that he had told them this, and reported it long ago.
Christie says "That doesn't sound like me" and claims a failure of memory.
Obviously, Bret Baier did not promise him a "no surprises" interview.
A look of panic spread across Christie’s face. "Yeah, I don't remember saying that. So, you know, we’ll see," he said.
Just then, a quote appeared on the screen—one Christie gave to the Star-Ledger in April 1993--that would seem to contradict his answer.
"The issue which has motivated me to get into this race is the recent attempt by certain Republican legislators to repeal New Jersey’s ban on assault weapons," Christie said at the time.
The full quote, not shown by Fox News, goes even further: "In today's society, no one needs a semiautomatic assault weapon," he said. "We already have too many firearms in our communities."
Christie, who has been enjoying renewed interest in his candidacy after months of low poll numbers, looked dumbfounded by Baier's question.
"Listen, I--that's 22 years ago,” Christie said. "Bret, I don’t remember. I could've! It doesn’t sound like me."
CNN "Journalist" Caught Red-Handed Doing Media Favors for Hillary; Politico's Mike Allen Caught Red-Handed Promising Hillary's People a "No Surprises" Interview of Chelsea, in Which Questions Would Be Worked Out Beforehand
Hillary wanted some self-serving quotes publicized, and CNN's "journalist" -- the same one who just got suspended for her liberal angst about concerns about Syrian refugees -- duly complied.
She also hit Rand Paul for not attending all the hearings -- just as she was seemingly asked.
Here's that journalist reporting back to Team Hillary about the anti-Rand-Paul tweet she'd tweeted out at their apparent behest:
She also pumped out this quote that Hillary's people wanted out there:
the on-request tweet --> https://t.co/4BHUAjNm1U— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) November 25, 2015
Meanwhile, Gawker catches Politico's Mike Allen promising the Hillary staff (Phil Reines, I think) a "no surprises" interview of Chelsea. I won't link them, but instead will link the Washington Post's alleged journalistic column "The Fix," which, when presented with evidence that a liberal colleague in the media is promising against-the-rules favors to a liberal politician, affixes blame squarely where it belongs: on conservative critics of the media who allege that liberal reporters do favors for liberal politicians.
Here's Mike Allen's email promising a very cozy, reputation-boosting interview for the black hole of negative charisma Chelsea:
We're hosting a Politico New Leaders Brunch on Sunday, Jan. 20, with a brief on-stage interview with moi. We would love to honor Chelsea Clinton, and it sounds like she has some issues, marriage and others, that she enjoys talking about these days. This would be a way to send a message during inaugural week: No one besides me would ask her a question, and you and I would agree on them precisely in advance.
This would be a relaxed conversation, and our innovative format (like a speedy Playbook Breakfast) always gets heavy social-media pickup. The interview would be "no surprises:" I would work with you on topics, and would start with anything she wants to cover or make news on. Quicker than a network hit, and reaching an audience you care about with no risk.
The Washington Post's The Fix column immediately spins for their pal, and lets you know who the real villains are here.
A bit of context might be helpful here, since we’re talking about events that happened almost three years ago: President Obama had just been reelected, and Allen was requesting an interview with Chelsea Clinton on inauguration weekend, which is basically one big party in DC. The news of the moment in Clinton world was that Hillary was just a couple weeks away from stepping down as secretary of state, having previously said she would not serve in Obama’s second term.
One interpretation of Allen’s e-mail to Philippe Reines, the Clinton aide, goes something like this: Hey, I’m looking for just a few minutes with Chelsea during an important time for her mom. This isn’t a probing,"“60 Minutes"-style sit-down, so don't worry about fielding anything out of left field.
Not so bad, right?
But the Republican translation will likely go more like this: What can I do to make Chelsea look good because, as we all know, I and my Web site (and most of the media) live to serve the royal family of the Democratic Party.
The GOP field has already put the media on blast this campaign season. There was that memorable rant by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas during the third primary debate....
He then goes on to note, disapprovingly, the criticisms lodged about the media by Republican candidates.
Elsewhere in the article, he casts Republican criticisms of the media as phantasmal -- though allowing that this incident looks like it could be evidence of that paranoid fear.
And you can bet the Republican presidential candidates -- who often accuse the media of pro-Clinton bias-- will pounce on this as confirmation of that belief. It's a ready-made "liberal media" conspiracy theory...
Republican White House hopefuls sometimes go looking for bias where it's not obvious, or nonexistent. But, in this case, they won't have to look very hard. This time, Politico made their job easy.
Pro-tip for The Fix: A conspiracy requires more than one person. Mike Allen's wrongdoing was just his wrongdoing.
It's your rushing to his defense, and attacking his critics, all over an incident you concede looks very bad, that makes it a liberal conspiracy.
You're all in this together, and you make it more obvious every single day.
Glenn Thrush: We Do This All The Time. It's No Big Deal.
People hate media and will assume the worst. Most of this stuff is just everyday tradecraft -- same BS as any job https://t.co/5KITk0c7zt— Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) November 25, 2015
Correction: Chris Cilizza is the main voice of The Fix, but he's not the only voice -- and he did not write this particular column. I have omitted his name from the post.
Al Qaeda Terrorist Detonates Suicide Bomb Amidst ISIS Commanders
A recent suicide bombing in southern Syria shows the rivalry between Al Qaeda and ISIS is more than just a contest to see who can kill the most infidels -- the groups are using classic terror techniques on each other.
The Nov. 15 bombing came at a top-level meeting of the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade, a key ISIS militia known for its bloody and vicious hold over parts of the Golan Heights. Six of the group’s top men were killed, including Muhammad "Abu Ali" al-Baridi, the shadowy head of the group who went by the nickname "The Uncle."
Al Nusra Front, Al Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, quickly took credit, gloating on Twitter about the "heroic" attack.
Bob Ross, "Okay This Is My One Painting Without Happy Trees I Was Having a Bad Day Piss Off" (probably) (n.d.)
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Morning Thread (11-25-2015)
Happy turkey day eve. Don't forget to brine, inject and rub like the Pilgrims did.
Overnight Open Thread (11-24-2015)
The most powerful tool we have to fight ISIL is to say that we're not afraid. To not elevate them and to somehow buy into their fantasy that they're doing something important.
-- President Mom Jeans the day before the State Department issued a world-wide travel advisory for Americans due to ISIL terrorism
For Democrats, I think there's a sense of responsibility here. You know, President Obama waxed self-righteous about the Republican bill and the Republican behavior, but he's made a series of cold and, to me, amoral decisions over the past five years to allow this genocide. And maybe they were the right decisions, but they were not moral decisions.
-- David Brooks finally starting to get over those glorious perfectly creased pants
So this November, let's not keep patting the Mo-Bros on the head and tolerating this childish self-involvement-fest disguised as selflessness and the propagation online and in the media of the inherent importance of North American men and their problems.
...There are a lot of people in the world who would trade your slight risk of prostate cancer for their serious risk of being raped, being killed, starving to death, or dying of preventable diseases. Prostate cancer is a hallmark of privilege. Deal with it.-- Alex Manley complaining about Movember and raising money to fight prostate cancer
The point of life is to never have an unpleasant emotional response. To anything. Note I didn't say that the point is to avoid them. That suggests personal responsibility, when the onus ought to be on everyone else: offense of any kind cannot be made. What's more the definition of offense is the sole possession of the offended. To take offense is to proclaim virtue, to show your highly developed sensibilities, and the point of having these sensibilities is to find a job, or career, or office, or blog, or tumblr, or some other platform where you can ensure that offense is never given. (If one gets a job doing this, it will be by appointment, not election.) The person will pass from the bubble of college to the bubble of social enforcement, keen on perfecting the world. And for the rest of his or her or xer professional life, they'll be shouting BE QUIET to a calm, rational adult who is too terrified to say "you're a terrible child who understands nothing. Go to your room."
These people will produce nothing. They will create no great art, write no symphonies, conjure no novels that speak across the decades, sculpt nothing of beauty. The world outside the bubble is irredeemable. It cannot, of course, be remade all at once, but tomorrow's a new day. Rome wasn't wrecked in a day.-- James Lileks
And the Left is determined to execute all of them. Read the whole thing.
I think future historians will come to see 2012 as the year the wheels fell off the war on terror.
Sorry for all the pre-Thanksgiving Eve bummering. So here is HappyCat to make it better. And to prepare you for The Bummering Phase II.
Journalists had another question: If oil is vitally important to the Islamic State, why didn't the U.S. hit the tanker trucks long ago, given that the American anti-ISIS operation began in September 2014?
"If it's so important to cut off the oil shipments, the critical revenue source for ISIS, why did it take so long to take out 116 oil tanker trucks?" a reporter asked.Warren explained that American officials were deeply worried about harming the truck drivers, who were working for the Islamic State but might not be ISIS themselves. U.S. officials settled on a plan to drop leaflets on the trucks about 45 minutes before the raid, warning the drivers that an attack was coming, while U.S. pilots flew low passes over the area. Planning all that took time.
Just like the old gypsy woman said!
Watching events unfold along the Turkish border this morning, you can't help but wonder if real flag officers are having similar thoughts. Within a matter of minutes, a Turkish F-16 shot down a Russian SU-24 Fencer after it entered the country's airspace, and ignored 10 warnings to turn back. The two-man crew ejected from the jet, but were shot as they descended in their parachutes by Turkish rebels operating along the border.
Then, the Russians dispatched a search-and-rescue (SAR) helicopter to pick up the downed airmen. But members of the Free Syrian Army--a rebel group backed by the U.S.--shot down the chopper, reportedly using an American-made TOW missile. At least one member of the helicopter crew was killed.
The Good News: It turns Out That Some French Restaurant Diners Managed to Shoot And Kill Two Terrorists During the Paris Attacks
The Bad News: They Were Illegally Armed Members of a Columbian Drug Cartel
But on the other hand you do have this.
It's all insider graft-y fun and games until a Russian sub actually pops up in the harbor.
Paul Mirengoff has a theory:
However, I have a more general theory: baseball players are more ornery than football players (and, for that matter, basketball players).
Football and basketball stars become heroes at an early age. They are worshiped in high school (and sometimes before), courted extravagantly by college recruiters, pampered in college, and then (if they're good enough) placed directly into the luxurious life of the big leagues. (To be fair, though,a great many come from poor or lower middle class backgrounds.)
Baseball players are less celebrated in high school and college (if they attend). And they almost always enter the profession via the minor leagues, where they typically spend several years (quite possibly five or more if they become professionals right out of high school).
The minor leagues are a grinding, humbling experience. The pay is low, the towns lack glamor, and the bus rides are long, tedious, and not very comfortable.Thus, my theory goes, when baseball players finally make it, they have a fortitude that their more spoiled counterparts in football and basketball lack. That's why they are more likely to hang tough in negotiations, as they did most famously during the 1994 labor dispute when the baseball season was lost.
There are many different ways to test for the accuracy of stereotypes, because there are many different types or aspects of accuracy. However, one type is quite simple -- the correspondence of stereotype beliefs with criteria. If I believe 60% of adult women are over 5' 4" tall, and 56% voted for the Democrat in the last Presidential election, and that 35% of all adult women have college degrees, how well do my beliefs correspond to the actual probabilities? One can do this sort of thing for many different types of groups.
And lots of scientists have. And you know what they found? That stereotype accuracy -- the correspondence of stereotype beliefs with criteria -- is one of the largest relationships in all of social psychology. The correlations of stereotypes with criteria range from .4 to over .9, and average almost .8 for cultural stereotypes (the correlation of beliefs that are widely shared with criteria) and.5 for personal stereotypes (the correlation of one individual's stereotypes with criteria, averaged over lots of individuals). The average effect in social psychology is about .20. Stereotypes are more valid than most social psychological hypotheses.
They probably won't be cheap or plentiful but they're coming.
And the perfect punch line would be that she came in second. But in this case there was no contest. The best part is the look on the other contestants' faces when 'Jenny' finally starts to sing.
It's Finally Out: The 2016 NYC Taxi Drivers Pin-Up Calendar!
But how do you pick something out that she's going to like and gets your motor going? Well, let me help you with that, chuckles. Etsy store Bullet and Bee has a four set of Golden Girls panties. Each pair has a picture of either Bea Arthur, Estelle Getty, Rue McClanahan or Betty White. But they don't just have pictures of the four sexy ladies on them. Each one is a different style. The Bea Arthur is high rise, Estelle Getty's is high wasted, the Betty White is sheer, and the Rue McClanahan is crotchless. Let that sink in.
You can buy the whole set for $160 or each one for $38-$52. That's a bargain for that much sexiness!
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Chicago Releases Video of Police Shooting of Suspect; City Braces for Violence That Some Predict Could Be Described as "Tuesday"
Having watched the tape, what I see here is cause for arrest of Laquan McDonald. I don't see anything remotely threatening enough to justify a shooting.
Apparently prosecuting someone for murder isn't enough. There must be riots.
I guess I see the point of protests, but not riots. I assume we'll have riots, because of course we must have riots.
At the Blaze, more graphic video, which includes the actual shooting. And he was shot at sixteen times, but I can't see how he was shot sixteen times. Looks like the first one two shots kills him. If he actually was shot sixteen times, then I guess he was being hit by bullets long before he falls to the ground.
Update: ArthurK. says you can see the bullets hitting him when he's on the ground.
Well, this won't be a long trial.
Seems to Have Been Some Testi-Lying About the Shooting.
Of course there was no "lunge."
It Gets Worse: Apparently Burger King had security cameras nearby.
The prosecutor says that there is no evidence of anyone "tampering with" the video files.
Alvarez, in response to a question from NBC 5 Political Editor Carol Marin, said forensic testing was done on surveillance footage from a Burger King restaurant close to where the shooting took place to determine if the video had been "tampered with."
"Forensic testing was done on the Burger King surveillance system to determine if anyone tampered with the evidence and the testing did not reveal any such evidence," she said.
She declined to comment on which agency conducted the tests, however.
I don't know who's right here, obviously.
@JimmyPrinceton has asked on Twitter why the media isn't going after Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, who, after all, presides over this police department, and and the prosecutors, and etc.
Fundamental Concepts - Nothing to Believe In [Weirddave]
The latest surge by ISIS has brought to the fore one of the hallmarks of modern leftism, and that is their absolute refusal to process facts that conflict with their worldview. Here we have ISIS, a murderous, genocidal Islamic supremacy group. They have stated quite openly that they intend to carve a caliphate out for themselves by any means necessary, and by “by any means” they mean as violently as possible. They view the West, Christianity, Secular Humanists, Hindus, everybody who doesn’t conform to their brand of Islam as the enemy, and they have only one tactic for dealing with the enemy : kill them and keep on killing them until they are either all dead or their remnant is so cowed that they convert to Islam. They justify this using the Koran and various Hadiths and they will quite happily tell anyone who will listen exactly what they believe is divine rational for their actions.
You or I look at this and say “Huh. These assholes want to kill us. Let’s arm ourselves and prepare. Let’s go out and kill them first to protect our weak and vulnerable. They have demonstrated again and again that they are serious, we should take them at their word”. To us, this is the most basic common sense. When ISIS says that they are going to smuggle terrorists in amongst Syrian refuges to kill us at home, something they have demonstrated the ability to do as recently as last week, we think it’s simply prudent to halt an influx of refugees that we can not verify free of terrorists. Again, simple common sense.
Our leaders, the so called smart set, don’t seem to agree, and an increasing percentage of the population is realizing that what we see as blindingly obvious, they don’t see at all? Why? I’ve seen this question asked more than once this past week on social media and in the press, and have yet to hear a good answer. It quite simply makes no sense.
When talking about leftists in the United States, it would be logical to assume that their denial of reality is tied to their investment in fantasy, and I do think that that is a part of it. They are absolutely committed to the Lightbringer narrative. Obama was supposed to do nothing less than change the way the world works, and the fact that he hasn’t must be obfuscated at all costs. The reality that his idiotic graduate school Utopian mindset has CAUSED many of these problems is blackest heresy that must never be spoken of out loud. There is a generous dollop of that amongst Proggys here, but Left Wing European elites have no reason to shield Obama from criticism, and yet they feel the same way. So what exactly is the reason that these people so stridently deny reality?
I think the roots go back to WWI. It is hard for us raised in a post WWI (and WWII) world to understand exactly how shattering WWI was to the psyche of the West. Tens of millions dead, the cream of an entire generation ripped from the bosom of their homes to be extinguished in the bloody horror of Gallipoli, Ypers and The Somme. Prior to WWI, the West (and by this we mean Christendom), had an unbounded confidence that it was the pinnacle of human achievement, leading the way to a brighter future (which came to pass, just look around at the material wonders of life in the West today). Post WWI the West recoiled from what it had done (only to do it again a generation later) and allowed a societal rot to take root and spread. Since traditional morals had so failed Christendom, then they must be done away with and replaced.
I’m going to fast forward a little bit over the details, books have been written about things like moral relativism, Marxist theory and secular humanism, but once you get to today you find that the vast majority of our “elites” share a mindset that makes them virtually incapable of responding to a threat like ISIS.
These people believe in the primacy of self. The ultimate end all be all of the universe is the 2.2 lbs of cabbage they have between their ears. Just their ears, what other people may think or believe has no bearing on the universe if it disagrees with their precious worldview. Now, it’s fine and dandy to recognize that the brain is the only tool we have to understand the universe. It is folly unbound to demand that the universe reconfigure itself to match the wishes of the brain. That is arrogance at its rawest, and that is what we see daily from the Left.
Obama arrogantly speaks of “universal values” without realizing that no, the values he’s referring to are anything but universal and in fact they are the product of a religious and moral code that he rejects.
The elites arrogantly reject that ISIS can hurt the West. Oh sure, they may kill some random members of the hoi polloi, but that won’t affect THEM. And it might not. Until it does, or until the hoi polloi get tired of bleeding all over the place and decide to make some changes.
The media arrogantly denies that the terrorists themselves have any agency. They constantly seek to excuse their bloody attacks by excusing them as pawns or blaming society, imperialism, Christians, corporations, BOOOOSH! Capitalism or whatever.
Most of all, what all of these smug assholes fail to accept, steeped as they are in their philosophy of self and blinded by the myth of their superior intellects, is that there are billions of people out there who do not subscribe to their selfish worldview: people who believe in something larger then themselves and who act upon those beliefs. They can’t understand it when they run across it in their own culture for God’s sake (That Christians might have an honest belief that homosexuality is a sin does not compute. Christians MUST be bigots, or homophobes or haters), they have no chance at recognizing it in a foreign one. Last week in Paris, one of the terrorists calmly went down a row of handicapped people in wheelchairs and calmly executed each and every one of them in turn. I guarantee you that as this evil man calmly committed this bloody and evil act, he felt in his heart the same satisfaction that you do when you give money to a homeless man Mr. Elite. These people have their own beliefs and the free will to act upon them. They will tell you all about them if you ask, and even if you don’t. They are PROUD of what they are doing. They BRAG about their bloody ways. THEY MEAN WHAT THEY SAY.
Unfortunately, that is so utterly foreign to the worldview of our so-called elites that they just don’t get it, and I doubt the ever will because it contradicts that worldview completely. To understand they would have to let go of the arrogance that sustains them, and that’s a very hard row to hoe.
And that leaves us screwed. How can we defeat out enemies if we refuse to take them seriously?
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Thanksgivingmanship: Your Guide to Surviving The Progressive Imbeciles Who Have Spent a Week Cramming on How to Survive You
Oxford Don Stephen Potter introduced the world to the principles of Gamesmanship, the way to win at games by resort to cheap ploys which were very close to cheating without being technically cheating. He later expanded his inquiries into the general field of "Lifemanship," the discipline of embracing life in a dickish and hostile spirit, sabotaging social rivals without quite breaching social etiquette.
Given that the progressive elder-children-yet-not-quite-adults you'll be encountering this Thanksgiving (who I will henceforth refer to as "grownchildren") will be armed to the teeth with Vox explainers and Obamacare propaganda, I herewith humbly submit these first sketches of a new branch of Lifemanship I call "Thankgivingmanship," which I define as the gentle art of insulting the stupid without alerting them to the fact that they've been insulted at all.
It is the goal of the dedicated Thanksgivingman, then, to achieve the sublime art of giving offense without offense being taken.
My basic strategy is thus: It would be as rude of you as it is rude of your cretinous grownchildren kin to allow a Thanksgiving dinner into a stupid game of Rachel Maddow Talking Points and their rebuttals.
So, rather than confront the unemployed idiots who will be assailing you, I propose instead to superficially avoid conflict and engagement on their dummy mouthflappings, and appear instead to agree with them.
But -- and here is the point -- a skilled Thanksgivingman will only appear to agree with the grownchildren to feeble intellects, such as those possessed by the grownchildren themselves. Instead of disagreeing with them -- which will cause argument and anger -- you will instead claim to agree with them, while in fact contradicting them, subverting them, of baffling them with statements that nearly, but do not quite, make sense.
Our definitions and mission now established, we turn to the first of our three primary Thanksgivingmanship gambits:
The Neutral or Nonsensical Statement Disguised as Agreement.Progressives do not process language the same way human beings do; they chiefly adduce meaning from tone and body language, like dogs.
This means that you can say many things which are either irrelevant, nonsensical, or otherwise not in agreement with the progressive subcreatures you're temporarily amidst so long as you deliver your words with a warm smile and a lot of nodding.
You may also use uptalk to express an insincere solidarity. As with dogs and babies, progressives find artificially high-pitched vocal tones to be soothing and possibly a prelude to Walkies and Snackies.
Whenever a progressive grownchild says something stupid and ignorant, which will be always, do not engage on the merits. Progressive grownchildren will become highly emotional and agitated at the slightest show of disagreement, and may wet the floor or claw at the furniture.
Instead, say something which is either neutral or nonsensical (which successfully communicates your true beliefs to other real human beings capable of deciphering obvious meaning) while deploying smiling, nodding, and uptalk to falsely convey agreement with to the more-stunted intellect of the grownchild.
For example, if a progressive grownchild says, "Rachel Maddow is just so amazing," you can respond by nodding and saying "Absolutely, Rachel Maddow is without doubt a mammal." (Or: "A mammal...?")
Possible responses to common grownchild mouthchatter include:
"Well I see that the 'Faux Noise Machice' has gotten everyone riled up about so-called 'terrorism' again."
"Doubtless! Terrorists only win when allow them to make us afraid, or dead." (Or: "Afraid, or dead...?")
"Can't people see that stupid cons are doing Just What ISIS Wants us to do?"
"It's so obvious-- the attacks in Paris weren't just an attack on human lives. They were an attack on our shared human capacity to be alive." ("To be alive, and stuff...?")
This is a very simple one, which can be deployed in a variety of contexts:
"None of this is Obama's fault -- he's doing the best he can to keep America out of another War of Choice."
"Boy that Obama-- he is really something, isn't he?"
As the evening wears on, and you are preparing to depart, you may become somewhat more blatant in your stealth insults, like so:
"I just read an explainer about this on Vox."
"Today's world is so remarkable! When I was young, we had to read books and derive our own thinking for ourselves. What a time to be alive, when sounding vaguely informed is no longer a luxury of the intellectual, but a cheaply assembled ware available to the common man!"
Fake Statistics. It was my old friend Boston Irish who alerted me to this ticklish little trope, when he observed that no matter how absurd the statistic you proposed to a progressive, if that statistic seemed to call attention to whatever bugaboos xhe was excited about, xhe would respond with a gushing "I know, right?!"
He demonstrated this to me at a party by interrupting a couple of liberals talking, and announcing to them:
"You know, based on current statistics, in ten years, the entire state of California will be homeless."
"Right! I know!" came the response.
By the way, that is not schtick. That is not a joke written for this blogpost. I was really there, he really said that, that really happened.
After having secured the agreement to his obviously-crank "statistics," he turned to me with a slightly arched eyebrow and sipped his beer in quiet triumph.
This propensity of grownchildren to agree to whatever fantastical "studies" and "statistics" you propose to them can be exploited for much private merriment at the holidays.
Other gambits include:
* "You know, the average family of four pays more in ATM fees to the Big Banksters than they spend on rent."
* "By the year 2030, global warming predicts that the entire North American landmass will be flooded by seawater and wolves."
* "99.4% of the world's wealth is controlled by six-tenths of a single person."
* "More people are killed every year by shooting accidentally shooting themselves than who died in all the wars in the world combined, except for the Korean War."
You need to throw that "Except for the Korean War" in at the end because the claim, on its face, is too preposterous, so you deduct out Korean War deaths to bring it into the real of the plausible. (Plausible, that is, for progressive grownchildren.) It makes like you've done the math and just have to make this one little adjustment to get the numbers to work.
You may follow Boston Irish's trope of the obviously-crank "liberal study" claim, or you can try your hand at claims which are simply baffling nonsense:
* "Studies have proven that if you have a gun in your house, you are more in danger of being struck by lightning than being bitten by a rattlesnake. Think about it."
A minor variation of the Fake Statistic ploy is the Fake Profundity gambit, in which you propose some ludicrous "deep thought" which derives not from social science, but from your own personal philosophical inquiry.
For example, this one is best delivered with chin uplifted, Obama-style, and a metaphysical glaze of the eye:
* "For what is it that gives the terrorists power -- their weapons, or our primitive, irrational fear that they will kill us with their weapons?"
It is generally a useful practice to prefix such bits of nonsense with faux-biblical language, such as "For what..." or "Lo" and "Thus and so."
Fake Quotes. Progressives love fake quotes -- they just love dressing up whatever passes for this week's SJW Conventional Wisdom and attributing it to some historic figure.
Generally, these historic figures are very well known, because progressives don't know any historic figures except the very well known. Thomas Jefferson is always a popular choice. For "bad sounding quotes," Hitler is preferred. Napoleon and Marcus Aurelius may be deployed as well, but be prepared for some confused looks as to who it is you're talking about.
Offering a ridiculous quote can bring you and any other lively minds at the table great amusement. Your target will probably not notice the quote is fake, because he is an imbecile, and also because you'll have a serene, self-satisfied smile on your face as you say it, which he will read as "A Fellow Progressive in Discursive Mode."
This minor camouflage will permit you to smuggle huge amounts of nonsense in the guise of Wisdom of the Ancients.
Feel free to subvert your noddingsmiles with messages that are blatantly mottos of the NRA, if only the grownchild could understand simple words, which they cannot.
"Wasn't it Mahatma Gandhi who said, 'It is not necessarily the first man to shoot who wins the battle, but it is always the last man shooting who wins the day'?"
"As Gertrude Stein said" -- and I should say here that this gambit works best when you pronounce this name, for no particular reason, in an outrageous German accent, as Gaertruude Schteinn.
So, let's begin again: "As Gaertruude Schteinn observed, 'The man who is slowest to arm himself is quickest to savor the bounties of Heaven.'"
Another gambit is to offer up the following quotes, which are applicable in a wide range of situations.
"I forget which scientist said it, maybe Neil DeGrasse Tyson, but it's worth repeating: 'Wars of religion always make me laugh because basically you're fighting over who has the best imaginary friend.'"
"A great philosopher, Gaertruud Von Schteinn, once said, 'Fear causes hesitation, and hesitation will cause your worst fears to come true'?"
You will get big nods for these Aphorisms of the Sages. You yourself can take pleasure in the knowledge that both quotes are from the movie Point Break, delivered by Johnny Utah (Keanu Reaves) and Bodhi (Patrick Swayze), respectively.
If you get any verbal expressions of agreement, a "hear-hear" or an "amen," you can extend the joke by saying, "In the words of the spiritual master Boddhisatva, 'You can do what you want, and make up your own rules. Why be a servant to the law, when you can be its master...?" or "Six seconds and we're going to be meat waffles.'"
Make this trope your own. Have fun with it. If you want to claim that it was Niccolo Machiavelli who first advised, "Sweep the leg, Johnny," go with it, but try to get your more subtle Fake Quotes in before "going big" like that.
A Final Word. At some point, even an experienced Thanksgivingman will go too far, and give his game away. At that point, there will be sulks and silences, and the Thanksgivingman will have actually failed at his goal, which is to give offense without offense being taken.
In such straits, the Thanksgivingman, in order to be the polite person he wishes to be, will have to apologize -- it is the verminous grownchildren who have come to bicker and strife, after all, not the well-mannered Thankgivingman.
However, for the zealous Thanksgivingman, even an apology can be exploited for further Thanksgivingmanship points.
For example, if the childanimal you are speaking with declares:
"You're micro-aggressing me."
...then be sure to respond,
"Ah, then please sincerely accept my most micro apologies."
If It's a Holiday, It Must Be Time for Flood of Articles from Leftwing Blogs on How to "Survive" a Routine Visit to One's Family
Well, I keep answering the question, but Ed Driscoll rounds up the latest weirdness from your Totally Not Weird and Psychologically Damaged Progressive Friends.
I have to steal this tweet from him:
The holiday season always makes liberals insanely paranoid. pic.twitter.com/tiGCPurgwL— Daniel Payne (@danieljpayne) November 24, 2015
By the way, the "How to Survive Thanksgiving With Your Awful, Terrible Family That Caused You to Self-Harm When You Were 14" type article has leapt from its usual perch at hardcore leftwing blogs -- the HuffPo, Salon, Vox, Slate, etc. -- to the allegedly "mainstream" media, at the Washington Post.
The Post's article is not that bad -- it is mostly about conflict mediation and perspective, rather than, as most leftwing blogs would have it, "How to DESTROY your Rush Limbaugh-Loving Uncle at Thanksgiving."
Still, it's interesting, if inevitable, that the "mainstream" media shows once again from whom it takes its cues.
As the "mainstream" media can't resist this trend, neither can I; I'm preparing my own How to Survive Thanksgiving article. Should have it up later today.
Turkey Shoots Down Russian Plane; Syrian Militiamen Shoot At Pilot as He's Parachuting to the Ground
Russian President Vladimir Putin said the Su-24 was hit by air-to-air missiles fired by Turkish F-16s while it was flying over Syrian territory.
But Turkish military officials said the plane was engaged after being warned that it was violating Turkish airspace.
Mr Putin described the incident as a "stab in the back" committed by "accomplices of terrorists".
Putin claims the plane was wholly in Syrian airpspace. Erdogan says Russia was looking to bomb its allies, the Turkmen (who are not Turks, actually).
There was no ISIS presence along that border area, but there were Turkmen there, Erdogan said. So anyone who bombs that area attacks "our brothers and sisters -- Turkmen," Erdogan said in Ankara. (Turkmen are a Turkic-speaking, traditionally nomadic people who live primarily in Central Asia, but a small minority of them can be found in the Middle East, primarily in northern Iraq, Iran and Turkey.)
Making this an even greater provocation for the easily-provoked Putin is the shooting of the pilots:
Not to upset anyone, and not to be alarmist, but when Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated in Sarajevo, no one predicted the chain reactions that would ensue and spark off a world war.
In the video below, the expert says that Russians were not there to bomb ISIS, but rather to support Assad's forces against non-ISIS rebels.
Stephen Colbert's Ratings Tank, Because, Industry Insiders Say, He's an Asshole
After an initial burst of interest spurred by CBS’s big-bucks saturation advertising campaign for "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,: the show’s ratings have tanked and it is now running third in late night behind NBC’s Jimmy Fallon and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel, who rarely has managed second place before.
The reason? A survey by the Hollywood Reporter found that conservative viewers are turning off Colbert in droves. Nearly twice as many Republicans are watching Kimmel as Colbert, who has turned "Late Show" into a sort of wannabe MSNBC program.
Ratings show that 47 percent of Colbert’s viewers identify as Democrats, 17 percent as Republicans. Kimmel's audience is evenly split -- 33 percent Democrats, 32 percent Republicans, while Fallon’s is nearly so (36 percent Democrats, 31 percent Republicans).
He's also frequently losing to Kimmel "in the demo" of 25-48 year olds, or whatever that range is.
Now, you're probably saying "This is the perfect time for Salon to swoop in and embarrass themselves," and as usual you're right:
This subhed appearing in Salon is pretty hilarious. pic.twitter.com/HOefGwtYrF— Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) November 24, 2015
Obama Joint Press Conference With Hollande
He's babbling that we shouldn't show fear, because we've done so before, to our regret.
[Update: Andy] And then this happened ...
Obama just said the UN Climate Conference will be a "powerful rebuke to terrorists."— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) November 24, 2015
George Inness, "In the Berkshires" (c. 1848)
Morning Thread (11-24-2015)
So, Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet overnight. This could get ... interesting.
Overnight Open Thread (11-23-2015)
Why is the goose-step not used in England? There are, heaven knows, plenty of army officers who would be only too glad to introduce some such thing. It is not used because the people in the street would laugh. Beyond a certain point, military display is only possible in countries where the common people dare not laugh at the army.
-- George Orwell, 1941
An important lesson, worth remembering amid our current cluster in the Middle East. There are times when unwavering, over-whelming force is required, with the realization that bombs sometimes go astray and collateral damage occurs. It may be hard to transpose the lessons of a tactical engagement in Bosnia to an air campaign in Syria, but in warfare, it's sometimes necessary to put the JAGs (and politicians) on a leash and relentlessly pound your enemy. Especially when you're fighting savages who long for the good ol' days of the 7th Century and understand nothing but the business end of a JDAM or SDB.
By the way, the Serbs stayed quiet around Tuzla for many weeks after that October engagement. Few lessons are as clear--or brutal--as a 105 round landing in your sniper's nest.-- Nate Hale in The Lawyer's War
"When you have an axe to grind with 5yr old boys, maybe you shouldn't teach kindergarten."
-- from the story of the Kindergarten teacher who denies Legos to boys because 'gender equity.'
America is in the grip of a crisis, namely a shortage of normal people. Evidence indicates that the population of kooks and freaks is rapidly increasing, and there are simply not enough sane people to keep the weirdos under control. Especially among the under-30 demographic, the United States is struggling to cope with the proliferation of dangerous perverts, drug addicts, psychotics and Ivy League liberal arts majors.
-- Robert S. McCain in Is Your Kid a Weirdo?
"If you read Vox on how to survive Thanksgiving, you are the person your family is trying to survive."
Some of the most clarifying writing on the war with IS I've read yet. Read the whole thing.
Bellyaching for sympathy is not new behavior. But on social media, in an era in which everyone, as per Tony Soprano, is "crying and confessing and complaining," it is being legitimized and rewarded in ways we have never seen. Gary Cooper probably would not have grumbled about the Starbucks barista misspelling his name in order to gain points.
"Never tell your problems to anyone," the legendary football coach Lou Holtz said. "Twenty percent don't care, and the other 80 percent are glad you have them."Those numbers may need some revision.
The problem with the law in question is that it would deny gun rights to anyone on the no-fly list or even on a terrorism 'watch-list' and there is no legal process for determining if you're on these lists much less getting off of them nor any criteria for being put on them in the first place. So all it would take is the next Lois Lerner to secretly decide that the members of a Tea Party group constitute a terrorism threat and boom all your NICS checks come back with a denied result and there's nothing you can do about it. As written the law is simply way too open for abuse. And probably unconstitutional. And sponsored by Chuck Schumer BIRM.
And of course Donald Trump fully supports this law.
So traumatized that she's now on track to take 6 years to graduate. Damn that white patriarchy.
She's lying of course.
"Most males do not hurt females or other males, or even dogs and cats. Yet they're all treated as potential perpetrators, and our boys feel the weight of this prejudice."
And I don't blame her son from walking out of the assembly. The problem I've always had with the mantra that a man should never hit a women is that it's wrong. There are in fact times when it's okay (and even necessary) to hit a woman - to wit: when she's harming others, harming herself and in your own self defense.
Now I understand that this is simplified down to never-hit-a-woman for the younger and/or dimmer bulbs among the XY set but by the time they're 16 or so, it should be possible to have a more nuanced conversation in which it's made clear that one should never hit a woman except in a few rather exceptional circumstances - and if you do, you better be damn sure those circumstances apply or there will be hell to pay. The problem with mantras is that they tend to replace actual moral reasoning with arbitrary unthinking rules.
The raisin test and the classic marshmallow test have proven remarkably effective at predicting a child's future success. Which isn't that surprising since the tests measure a child's self-control and ability to plan for the future - both key factors in life success. And in surviving the Gom Jabbar.
Things to Ponder:
Dissing Rhea Perlman, early onset MPB, and giant boobs oh my.
The Yahoo AoSHQ group - it's got electrolytes and shit.
And my twitter thang.
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MSNBC's Poster Boy For Unfair Islamophobia, Victim of Being Unfairly Put on No-Fly List, Honored Guest of Chris Hayes, Now Cooling His Heels In Jail-- Due to Membership in ISIS
Open Thread: ??? Edition
From Mark Steyn's... new album?
Gotta watch to the end.
It's kinda good, in a weird, mid-eighties sort of way.
Apparently this is a thing:
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More on Obama's Intel Book-Cooking
[T]he allegations of misconduct have extended to a possible cover-up, with some analysts accusing the senior intelligence officials at Centcom, Maj. Gen. Steven Grove and his civilian deputy, Gregory Ryckman, of deleting emails and files from computer systems before the inspector general could examine them, three individuals familiar with the investigation told The Daily Beast.
One U.S. official said the alleged activity could amount to obstruction and interference with the inspector general’s investigation, which began last summer. He noted that files relevant to the investigation began to disappear from Centcom computers after the Pentagon watchdog’s staff began their work.
In interviews, several individuals have described Centcom as having a "toxic climate," in which Grove in particular created an expectation: Those who toe the official, upbeat line about the fight against ISIS are rewarded, while those who don’t are marginalized.
Later in the argument, it cites a National Intelligence Estimate which was written to agree with Obama's claim that Al Qaeda no longer posed a direct threat to the American Homeland. Former DIA chief Michael Flynn refused to sign off on it.
Oh: This is old, but new to me. Flynn says that Obama didn't just ignore the warnings that he was arming the groups that would merge into ISIS: He actually supported those groups, as a conscious decision, despite the warnings.
Hasan: You are basically saying that even in government at the time you knew these groups were around, you saw this analysis, and you were arguing against it, but who wasn’t listening?
Flynn: I think the administration.
Hasan: So the administration turned a blind eye to your analysis?
Flynn: I don't know that they turned a blind eye, I think it was a decision. I think it was a willful decision.
Hasan: A willful decision to support an insurgency that had Salafists, Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood?
Flynn: It was a willful decision to do what they're doing.
More on this, please.
Allegedly: Charlie Sheen Videorecorded Partying With Another Dude
Two and a half men. If you count the crack pipe as a half of a dude.
Well, I guess there's the answer to your question, guys.
Video surfaces showing HIV-positive Charlie Sheen 'performing oral sex on another man and smoking crack-cocaine' in 2011
Radar Online claims it has obtained a copy of the video, recorded in 2011
The clips reportedly show the actor, 50, performing oral sex on another man and smoking crack-cocaine out of a pipe in a Las Vegas hotel room
So, you're asking: Could this get any worse for Ol' Charlie?
Well, sure it can.
The other man in the video reportedly sued Sheen for giving him herpes
I don't know... okay, that last part, who knows, perhaps that was a blackmailer's attempt to make his blackmail "legal" -- that is, the real play was blackmail over the videotape, but that would be illegal and criminal, so he claims "he gave me herpes" as a legal cover for the blackmail play.
Obviously, Charlie Sheen has a lot of skeletons in his closet, and those skeletons are all smoking crack, and going down on each other.
Diane Feinstein: Our Strategy Against ISIS Is "Insufficient;" Things Are Getting Worse, Not Better
Obama's Not Working, as Mitt Romney said.
"This has gone on too long now. And it has not gotten better. It's gotten worse," Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, said on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday. "There may be some land held by ISIL in Iraq and Syria that's been taken back. But for all of that there's much more they have gained in other countries."
The strategy has taken on fresh urgency in the wake of the terror attacks in Paris earlier this month that left more than 120 dead. After the attacks, Mr. Obama promised an "intensification" of U.S. airstrikes against the group and assistance for local troops on the ground, and argued those tactics were working.
Feinstein, however, said Sunday, "I don't think the approach is sufficient to the job."
"I think they're general principles. And they're general principles in terms the administration's strategy, too. But I'm concerned that we don't have the time - and we don't have years. We need to be aggressive now," she said.
Video at the link.