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October 31, 2014

Overnight Open Thread (31 Oct 2014)

—CDR M

Trick or treat America. An Iran nuclear deal will be the Obamacare of Obama's second term. This will not end well, especially when we treat our friends like enemies.

It is worth recalling Iran's regime and its proxies murdered as many as 1,000 U.S. service personnel in Iraq in the years after 2003. As my FDD colleague Tony Badran notes, the Obama administration has simply airbrushed Iran's role in the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut from history. The joint Iranian-Hezbollah terrorist operation, which took place 31 years ago last week, killed 241 Marines.

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Happy Halloween!

—Ace

Well, it's finally Friday, which means I can finally get to Oregon Muse's list of the scariest short stories ever.

I've had five of these open in a tab all week.

From Oregon Muse's Sunday Thread:

Scary Stories

We're coming up on Hallowe'en, so here are 50 of the Scariest Short Stories of All Time, or so they claim. Here are some classics from the list you can read online or download:

The Dunwich Horror, by H.P. Lovecraft (I would have preferred The Shadow over Innsmouth, but this one is good, too)
The Monkey's Paw, by W.W. Jacobs (be careful what you wish for)
The Lottery, (the all-time classic) by Shirley Jackson
The Babysitter, by Robert Coover
Lukundoo, Edward Lucas White
The Landlady, Roald Dahl
Rappaccini's Daughter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Willows, Algernon Blackwood (said to be one of Lovecraft's favorites)
Pigeons from Hell, Robert E. Howard (Stephen King called this "one of the finest horror stories of our century.")

Lots of others at the link, but these should hold you for a while.

Now here is some spoooooktacular!!!! muuuuusic.

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Viral Catcall Video Sets Left Into Internal Purge Mode

—Ace

Allah's "Quotes of the Day" on this video were pretty good, this one especially.

My own take on this was "This has nothing to do with me." This is a fight between two factions of the leftist coalition -- white feminist women and black and hispanic males.

I think the woman was indeed harassed at several points in the video, but then, I have been repeatedly instructed that I am to never criticize any historically-oppressed minority's culture, and I'm also not permitted to have an opinion on anything that vaguely Affects Women's Health, Well-Being, or Dreams, so I am left without any voice here.

(I suppose that the video should be taken as an indictment of the Designated Villain in all social dysfunctions, that is to say, White Males. But as almost no White Males appear in the video, I decline to accept that indictment.)

The left will just have to resolve this feud among its constituent members itself.

And they are indeed in a bit of a feud, Charles C.W. Cooke report.

As it has grown in popularity, the video has been transformed into a blank canvas, onto which America’s brave advocates of hyphenated-justice have sought to project their favored social theories. Evidently unwilling to let the spot stand on its own, Purdue’s Roxanne Gay wrote sadly that "it's difficult and uncomfortable to admit that we have to talk about race/class/gender/sexuality/ability/etc, all at once." Alas, she was not alone. Soon, the claims of "sexism" had been joined by accusations of "racism" and of "classism"” Hollaback had been forced to acknowledge that it had upset the more delicate among us, and those who had celebrated the video had been denounced as unreconstructed bigots. By this process was its message diluted and appropriated, the country's most prominent peddlers of grievance and discord electing to squabble and bicker over its meaning, and to strip it of its value in favor of their own, fringe fixations.

"The fact that the video chooses to showcase the experience of a white woman experiencing harassment almost exclusively at the hands of black and Latino men," Brooklyn Magazine’s Kristin Iverson proposed earlier this week, "is a pretty clear indication of who the audience for this video is supposed to be, namely, those who seek to protect and defend innocent white women, aka the already existing societal power structure." This theme was picked up in more explicit terms elsewhere, the less direct references to the "power structure" quickly giving way to overt accusations of white supremacy. "Thousands of satisfied racists are sharing that viral catcalling video," griped Lindy West at the Daily Dot, lamenting that its creators had imposed "manipulative, specific, politicized constraints on the issue of street harassment" and thereby permitted "the bulk of the audience to divorce themselves from the problem."

To be honest, I have "divorced myself from the problem," as neither I nor anyone in my cohort (that is, anyone I could be reasonably expected to socially chide into behaving better) does this.

Ever.

I've actually never seen it.

Yesterday, the Root's Dion Rabouin dispensed with euphemism entirely, confirming that "some of the video’s intentional choices seem to play on the Birth of a Nation trope that white women simply aren't safe from sex-crazed black and brown men." How that’s for a thumb in the eye for the millions who shared the spot on their Facebook pages?

I think there are actually some issues here worth discussing, such as different cultures' differing opinions on how forward men can/should be with strange women. We all have heard, of course, that some men in foreign countries are quite forward, for example. Mediterranean countries, largely, though not exclusively.

We could talk about whether or not it's fair or right for the dominant culture -- which is a liberal, college-educated urban-oriented Northern-European White culture -- to impose its own mores on less-powerful undercultures.

We could discuss whether it's entirely fair of women to expect that only attractive men will express interest in them.

We could talk about these things, but we can't talk about these things, because we live in a world of Puritan Repressiveness and Offense-Taking.

We cannot have any intelligent conversations whatsoever. We do not have discussions; we have Coordinated Group Accusations. We also have a lot of Coordinated Hysteria and Scalp-Hunting.

So we can't talk about any of these things. The penalty for venturing an opinion that someone else disagrees with is potentially career-ending.

So I really have nothing at all to say.

These people made this world, in which there is no discussion, only accusation; in which there is no search for truth, only imposition of consequences; in which there is no thought, only political campaigning and recruitment of persons for purposes of ritualized hazing.

I read a good piece by David French on Obama's insult of Netanyahu. I think it states things well.

French states that the viciously trivial mode of college campus invective has infected foreign policy discussions; I would expand that and say it's infected every mode of discourse.

For those who've lived under a rock for the past four-plus decades, the American academy has been characterized by two prime impulses: one substantive, the other stylistic. First, there's the substantive claim that the problems of the world can largely -- if not entirely -- be traced back to America's sins and the sins of our Western allies, most notably Israel. These sins have caused the peoples of the world to accumulate a long list of 'legitimate grievances,' and the problem of anti-American or anti-Israeli violence is therefore best dealt with by dealing with the underlying grievance...

Next, there's the sophomoric, malicious style of campus rhetoric, where stigma is the preferred method of argument. It's hard to overstate the propensity towards name-calling even of "elite" academics, and the culture of the academy is one where groupthink is enforced and reinforced through vicious rhetoric. Their opponents can't be merely wrong. Instead they are racist, bigoted, homophobic, or -- despite professed love of the disabled -- "Aspergery." The arrogance is overwhelming, and the fake tough-guy posture of name-calling elitists is laughable to everyone but themselves.

So this is a particularly nasty dispute between the stigma-flinging, groupthink-enforcement goonsquads of leftist identity politics; I say fuck 'em all, and let them destroy each other with their grotesque tactics.

I'll let the people who live for Identity Politics Attacks & Recriminations do what they do best.

I'll be over here, completely ignoring it all, waiting for the survivors to announce themselves.


Posted by Ace at 05:30 PM Comments

AoSHQ Podcast: Guest, Clarkhat

—Andy

Clarkhat of the Popehat blog joins Ace and John to discuss Gamergate and tribalism and then CAC comes on to give our final pre-midterm election update.

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Virgin's "SpaceShipTwo" Crashes During Test Flight In Mojave Desert; One Pilot Dead, The Other With Serious Injuries

—Ace


They're calling the mishap a "serious anomaly." A Fox affiliate, KABC, has helicopter pictures of the rocket glider crashed in the scrub of the Mojave. The pieces of the glider are all within yards of each other, so the ship was intact until it the ground.


One parachute was observed descending towards the earth near the crash. A while ago, someone tweeted:


Shep Smith has just updated to report that one pilot has in fact died, and that the other is injured.

Picture of what appears to be a red parachute on the desert ground is here at KABC 7.

Just updated: the rocket exploded upon ignition. The way the rocket glider works is this: It is ferried up to high altitude (around 50,000 feet) by a plane called "White Knight." White Knight brings the glider up, drops it, and then the glider ignites its own rockets to make it to orbit.

Apparently the rockets exploded upon ignition.

I can't wait 'til Shep starts lecturing us about not panicking.

More: From the Blaze, some video of the crash site.

Posted by Ace at 02:57 PM Comments

Kaci Hickox Wins in Court

—Ace

The judge has ruled that the temporary restraint, imposed on her yesterday, is not binding.

The judge ruled: "She can do, like, whatever, man."

District Court Judge Charles C. LaVerdiere rejected a court order drawn up by Maine health officials that would have required nurse Kaci Hickox to avoid public places and keep a three-foot buffer with other people until Nov. 10, when a 21-day incubation period for the virus will end.

LaVerdiere said Hickox should continue self-monitoring for Ebola symptoms.

She will be permitted to travel -- she just has to let people know where she's going.

The judge further ruled that MSNBC must "immediately begin development on a daytime political news/chat show suitable as a vehicle for the Plaintiff."

Posted by Ace at 02:37 PM Comments

Sharyl Attkisson Releases Video of Her Computer Being Hacked in Real Time

—Ace

It certainly does appear as if someone is accessing the computer remotely.

Video below, or here.

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Bearfight!

—Ace

This story dates from August but the Blaze published it today, so I guess most haven't seen it.

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20-30 Released Gitmo Prisoners Are Now Slaughtering People with ISIS, Sources Say

—Ace

As the Joker observed, people will accept horrors so long as those horrors are all part of the plan.

As many as 20 to 30 former Guantanamo Bay detainees -- some of whom were released within the last three years -- are suspected by intelligence and Defense officials of having joined forces with the Islamic State and other militant groups inside Syria, Fox News has learned.

...

Senior Defense and intelligence officials say the vast majority of detainees released from Guantanamo don't return to the fight -- and of those who do, relatively few have made it to Syria.

Of the 620 detainees released from Guantanamo Bay, 180 have returned or are suspected to have returned to the battlefield.

Oh. Only 180.


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Woman Arrested For Being Awesome

—Ace

The Patriarchy strikes again.

I found this telling:

The man said he woke up to find someone on top of him, "fondling his genitals" and "attempting to perform fellatio upon him," according to the complaint.

He said he did not know who it was at first and had to use a flashlight application on his phone to find out, according to police. He said he soon realized it was his friend's wife with "her breasts exposed" who had put his penis in her mouth.

Everyone get what happened there? The sequence, I mean?

The guy awoke to discover he was being -- and I'm not really joking here -- sexually violated. He did not stop the act. Instead, he activated his phone flashlight to see who it was, and then made a decision.

Sometimes Instapundit links these stories to note that there are unprosecuted female-on-male rapes, too. Sure, that's true. But you can't help but notice the differences between the situations, and therefore the differences which support treating one as more serious than the other.

Here, the guy is, as a legal matter, being raped, and what's his response? "Let me take a look-see and see if she's hot."


Posted by Ace at 10:55 AM Comments

Open Thread

—rdbrewer


Van Gogh, "Flying Fox" (1885)

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Top Headline Comments 10-31-14

—Gabriel Malor

Happy Halloween.

There's an interesting Fourth and Fifth Amendment case coming out of Virginia about whether the police can compel a person to unlock their phone with a fingerprint even where they could not compel that person to unlock their phone with a password.

The fugitive Eric Frein was cuffed with the handcuffs of the Pennsylvania state trooper he is accused of killing.

Syfy's take on '12 Monkeys' gets a trailer:

Have a great weekend.

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Overnight Open Thread (10-30-2014) - Halloween Comes At Night Mostly Edition

—Maetenloch

Quote of the Day

"Why would anyone send a kid - especially a son - to institutions that would do this? Would you send a black kid to institutions with disciplinary manuals written by the KKK?"

-- Glenn Reynolds on how universities now investigate sexual assault claims.

Also Half of MIT Students Think It's Possible to "Accidently" Rape Someone. And given how campuses are now defining 'rape' they're probably right.

The Russians Are Tan, Rested, and Ready to Rumble

Russian Jets Probing Air Spaces in Europe

NATO detected and monitored four groups of Russian military aircraft conducting significant military manoeuvers in European airspace over the Baltic Sea, North Sea/Atlantic Ocean, and Black Sea on 28 and 29 October 2014.  These sizable Russian flights represent an unusual level of air activity over European airspace.

And they've already probed Japanese defenses 533 times since April and were prowling off Alaska just yesterday.

Russian Security Forces Harassing US Diplomats and Embassy Personnel

Some of the alleged Russian actions seemed petty. In several instances, U.S. officials returned home to find their belongings had been moved or a window left open in the middle of winter. American diplomats have also been trailed more overtly by Russian security agents.

Others attempted to interfere with diplomatic work, like disrupting public meetings with Russian contacts. Uniformed guards provided by Russia to stand outside the embassy, ostensibly for protection, have harassed visitors and even employees trying to enter the building.

Russian Hackers Broke into the Executive Office of the President's Computer Systems

Apparently most (maybe all) of EOP's systems were down for at least a week but the Obama administration refused to talk about it. They finally reluctantly admitted this week that it had been hacked.

Further, the administration says the computer problems resulted from "suspicious cyber activity," which suggests action by a hostile power. In an apparent effort to reassure, a second administration spokesman tells us that the outage impacted only unclassified networks, and "there were no indications at this time that classified networks had been affected." This is a distinction that our informant did not draw. Whether it is accurate or not is vitally important, although at this point we have no information about what is stored on classified versus unclassified networks.

And it wasn't just some random kids poking around either:

The administration tells the Washington Post that the hackers responsible for the White House computer outage are "thought to be working for the Russian government."

Oh and guess what: Russia Now Has More Deployed Nuclear Warheads than the U.S.

So uh, good times, good Halloween times I guess.

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Mary Landrieu: Let's Face It, Obama and I Are Having Problems in Louisiana Because It's Racially and Sexually Bigoted

—Ace

The Senator from the District of Columbia.

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Damning: CBS Buried Its Own Scoop to Help Obama Win the 2012 Election, And Isn't Answering Questions About It

—Ace

Howard Kurtz reported a scoop from Sharyl Attkisson's book Stonewalled:

Perhaps the most eye-opening tale involves CBS’s “60 Minutes,” Benghazi and the president. During the second presidential debate in 2012, Obama challenged Mitt Romney by insisting he had labeled the assault in Libya a terrorist attack the very next day. This became a huge controversy, especially since CNN’s Candy Crowley had sided with the president.

Turns out that Steve Kroft had conducted a “60 Minutes” interview with Obama the day after the attack, portions of which had never aired. When Attkisson did a story on the flap, her CBS bosses instructed her to use a particular script and a particular sound bite that seemed to back up the president’s version.

She was stunned when a CBS colleague later read her another exchange from the interview:

KROFT: Mr. President, this morning you went out of your way to avoid the use of the word terrorism in connection with the Libya attack.

OBAMA: Right.

The correspondent then asked point-blank:

KROFT: Do you believe that this was a terrorist attack?

OBAMA: Well, it’s too early to know exactly how this came about, what group was involved, but obviously it was an attack on Americans.

Attkisson writes, “I couldn’t get past the fact that upper-level journalists at CBS had been a party to misleading the public.”

Under pressure from Attkisson and others, the network posted the exchange on its website the Sunday night before the election, but it got lost in the final hours of the campaign. She says CBS News President David Rhodes promised her there would be an internal investigation, but she never heard another word about it.

John Sexton has some questions for CBS --though they're currently refusing any comment at all on anything to do with Sheryl Attkisson.

Nevertheless, he wrote an email to CBS:

I sent 60 Minutes an inquiry about all of this today. My email recounts the story above and ends with these questions:

Why didn’t CBS News release the clip the moment it became a significant part of a major news story, i.e. the President’s big moment in the critical 2nd debate?

Why was Sharyl Attkisson told to use another clip that backed up the President and not the one that cast doubt on his claim? Who made the decision?

Why did 60 Minutes finally release the clip quietly just hours before the election, weeks after it was newsworthy?

What happened to the investigation CBS News President David Rhodes promised? Was it started? Completed? What did it find?

Finally, if someone were to say this represented a clear case of intentional bias by 60 Minutes/CBS News--and an important one given that it took place at a critical moment in the election cycle--what would be your response?

Sexton has a few more tidbits: Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Susan Schmidt says of the media's relationship to Obama:

"With some exceptions, people don't seem to be digging as hard as they have in other administrations," Schmidt tells the Daily Beast's Lloyd Grove. She adds, "Obama came into office saying he was going to make his administration the most accessible and transparent in history; in fact, the opposite has happened."

He also collects up more information about the hacking of Sharyl Attkisson's computers.

Eric Wemple wrote to the one named cybersecurity expert who investigated Attkisson's hacking. (Two others were identified with psuedonyms.)

Erik Wemple at the Post contacted Don Allison to confirm and possibly expand on the information in Attkisson's book about the hacking. Today he received a response from Korelogic's President Bob Austin. Austin explained that his company signed a non-disclosure agreement (apparently this is standard) which prevents the company from speaking about the work they did for their client. Austin would not even confirm who he was working for when he signed the agreement, though Wemple suspects it was CBS News.

Three experts examined Attkisson's computer, one on her behalf and two on behalf of CBS News. All three found definite evidence of hacking and all three suspected, for various reasons, the hacker was working for the U.S. government. The fact that Attkisson was doggedly pursuing this administration's "phony scandals" while all of this was happening to her computer raises the distinct possibility it was politically motivated. It's a possibility that seems worthy of congressional investigation.

It's a possibility that seems worthy of a CBS Investigation, too, but Good Luck With That.

Posted by Ace at 06:18 PM Comments

Finally: Milton Wolf Endorses Roberts for Senate; Promises to Hold Roberts' "Feet to the Fire," Should He Win

—Ace

Maybe this comes at a useful moment...?

The last poll out of Kansas had the "independent" Orman up by 2.

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Delusional: Obama Blames Democrat Candidates For Losing the Senate, Claiming They Would Have Fared Better Had They Snuggled Closer to Him

—Ace

Mm-hm.

White House officials are preemptively spinning a midterm defeat, and they're using their own fantasies to do it. They're starting to blame candidates for not supporting President Obama enough. As a top White House official told The Washington Post's Karen Tumulty, "He doesn't think they have any reason to run away from him. He thinks there is a strong message there."

This is pure delusion: Obama is the main reason Republicans are well-positioned to win control of the upper chamber next Tuesday. And Democrats' biggest strategic mistake in this election is that most candidates didn't run away far and fast enough...


Democrats should have recognized that the president was falling out of favor with the public and inoculated themselves a long time ago. Instead, many bought the White House's spin, and are at risk of going down with a sinking ship.

How does Obama believe such nonsense?

Democrat Kristen Powers says that Obama surrounds himself with "Kool-Aid drinkers." He surrounds himself with people of lower status -- the classic Yes Men hangers-on -- who will echo his narcissisms back to him, rather than challenging him.

Even CNN is wising up, noting seven Democrats wishing Obama would just go away.


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Mary Burke Was Fired By Her Own Family for Slumping Sales, Management Incompetence, and an Abrasive, #Bossy Style; Now Claims She Wasn't Fired, It's Just That Her Job and Paycheck Were Restructured Out of Existence

—Ace

@benk84 linked this this morning, wondering: Why did the media never check into Mary Burke's actual history as an "executive"?

She had been the CEO of her family's bicycle company's European division.

She was a disaster.

In 1993, Tom Albers learned about big problems with Trek Bicycle Corporation's European division. Sales numbers were down, and employees were in a near mutiny against the young woman Trek founder Richard Burke had put in charge.

Albers, Trek’s Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, served as Burke’s second-in-command and suddenly had to navigate a very difficult situation.

The head of Trek's European division was his boss’ daughter, Mary.

...


"Her performance in Europe was not good"” [Albers] says. "We were losing a lot of money for us at the time. I don't remember the amount, but it was considered significant based on where we were [as a company] at that particular point in time."

"And also, we were encountering personnel/people problems over there. The people were threatening to leave the company. Many of them were."

Primarily, Albers contends, because of the managerial style of their supervisor, Mary Burke.

"Her way of managing was kind of a 'her way or the highway' kind of approach to things," Albers explains, adding that her subordinates "felt that she wouldn't listen to them and was just imposing things on them that didn't make sense."

Gee, I wonder how she wound up being a Democrat politician.

Mary Burke fought back against these late disclosures alleging that they were "ridiculous" and "completely false."

Now she "clarifies" that she wasn't fired -- it's just that the position she was occupying was eliminated, and she was not offered another position at the company.

And then she went snow-boarding for two years.

You know -- not like a firing at all.

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Michael Bay in Talks to Direct Benghazi Drama "13 Hours"

—Ace

The script seems just about the Benghazi side of things, the attempted defense of the compound, so it doesn't seem to be any kind of expose.

Still, interesting enough.

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CDC: FYI, Ebola Can Be Transmitted Through Droplets In the Air

—Ace

As I've mentioned, the CDC has been deliberately misrepresenting the transmission pathway of ebola by stating, over and over and over again, that it was not an "airborne" pathogen.

That relies on a technical meaning of the word "airborne" which scientists understand but which the CDC has been counting on the public to be ignorant of. "Airborne," so used, means that a disease is capable of forming dry motes that can float about in the air.

Ebola can't do that. (Yet. We think.)

But most people hear "airborne" and think about the most likely pathway of transmission through the air -- a sneeze.

And ebola can be spread that way-- that method of contagion is called "droplet" transmission (as each particle of disease lives within a droplet of saliva or phlegm expelled from the carrier).

They just lie and lie, and then say "Trust us."

Ebola is a lot easier to catch than health officials have admitted -- and can be contracted by contact with a doorknob contaminated by a sneeze from an infected person an hour or more before, experts told The Post Tuesday.

"If you are sniffling and sneezing, you produce microorganisms that can get on stuff in a room. If people touch them, they could be" infected, said Dr. Meryl Nass, of the Institute for Public Accuracy in Washington, DC.

Nass pointed to a poster the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quietly released on its Web site saying the deadly virus can be spread through "droplets."
"Droplet spread happens when germs traveling inside droplets that are coughed or sneezed from a sick person enter the eyes, nose or mouth of another person," the poster states.

Nass slammed the contradiction.

"The CDC said it doesn't spread at all by air, then Friday they came out with this poster," she said. "They admit that these particles or droplets may land on objects such as doorknobs and that Ebola can be transmitted that way."

Meanwhile, the DoD warns that ebola can live on infected surfaces (plastic, etc.) for up to three weeks, under ideal conditions.

And also meanwhile, Kaci Hickox really wants you to know all the f*cks she does not give about your "voluntary quarantine."

Preliminary testing indicates that Ms. Hickox is a "high risk" of being a HuffPo Super-User.


Posted by Ace at 02:06 PM Comments

Registered Republicans Outpacing Democrats in Early Vote in Colorado

—Ace

About half the state's vote is already in.

Registered Democrats returned 294,648 of these ballots, or 32.5 percent; registered Republicans were 379,250, or 41.8 percent.

A candidate whose party is outpacing the competition by a 9.3 percentage point margin, with 40 to 45 percent of the ballots counted is in a pretty nice spot. Not rock-solid locked up, but in a nice spot.

Democrats have been depending on heroic GOTV efforts to overcome the fact that they're generally unpopular.

Okay, so where is the fruit of those efforts?

Posted by Ace at 12:52 PM Comments

CBS Poll Shows GOP Ahead by Six on Generic Ballot, Near 2010 Levels; But CBS Hides Its Own Poll

—Ace

Not only did they bury that poll finding in the ninth paragraph of the print piece, they also failed to report it at all on their broadcast report.

Posted by Ace at 11:56 AM Comments

Open Thread

—rdbrewer


Robert Speer Dunning, "Departing Day" (1902)

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Morning Open Thread

—BenK

Stay here while I put something else together.


Do not stray from this thread.


Stay.

Posted by BenK at 08:20 AM Comments

Overnight Open Thread (10-29-2014)

—Maetenloch

Quote of the Day

What's conspicuously missing from this whole debate has been any sense of the right to be wrong. For most commenters on the left, it is enough for them merely to declare the Hitching Post's proprietors to be ignorant, backward, and prejudiced, and this automatically justifies the mailed fist of the state coming in to set those bigots straight. They remind me of the old Tom Lehrer joke: "I know there are people out there who do not love their fellow man, and I hate people like that."

-- Robert Tracinski in Gay Marriage and the Right to Be Wrong

Kaci Hickox, America's Sweetheart

The comments to the linked article are uniformly angry. Typical is this: "She makes it REALLY easy to hate her." And that's among the nicer ones.

As of this evening Kaci is still a free-range ebola nurse somewhere in Maine. And isolation protocols - she don't need no pinche protocols. Because Science! bitches.

"I don't plan on sticking to the guidelines," she said Wednesday on NBC's "Today" show, referring to Maine' officials' plan for her to remain quarantined at home through November 10. "I remain appalled by these home quarantine policies that have been forced upon me."

One of Hickox's lawyers, Norm Siegel, told NBC's Matt Lauer state officials had until Thursday to adjust their approach, and if they tried to physically apprehend Hickox, her legal team would take the matter to court.

But the state of Maine may have had just about enough of Saint Kaci of the Order of Unique Snowflakes.

Meanwhile it turns out that Connecticut has 8(!) people under mandatory ebola quarantine. And they are not happy about it. One of them, Ryan Boyko, was exposed to ebola via infected NBC cameraman Ashoka Mukpo yet is metaphysically certain that he does not have ebola. Because credentials and Science! bitches.

"I'm outraged and very upset about the impact that this policy and the subsequent policies in other states will have on the actual fight to contain Ebola in West Africa," Boyko, a Ph.D candidate in the School of Public Health's epidemiology of microbial diseases department, told the Hartford Courant.

Umm how about the the fight to contain ebola in the United States of America? Can we focus on that for just a little bit okay? I know that's racist or something but let's just pretend that Connecticut is like a suburb of West West Africa and that you're actually fighting ebola there where it's still okay to take precautions.

Available Now: The Sexy Recalcitrant Ebola Nurse Costume for Halloween*

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World Series: Game Seven! [BCochran81]

—Open Blogger

Strap on your cups and your cleats one last time boys and girls. It's the final World Series post.

Again, before we get started on the series itself, there are a couple of baseball related news items I'd like to hit.

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First, the weirdest headline that no one is surprised by: Jose Canseco accidentally shoots off finger

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Now in Wisconsin, Crowd Makes For the Exits While Obama is in Mid-Drone

—Ace

Via @rdbrewer4 in the sidebar: First time is happenstance...

I'm thinking maybe a lot of these people at these rallies are, how do I put this, paid to be there, or expected to be there as part of their work for the unions.

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Science: Actually, Mass Shooting Incidents Aren't Going Up At All, If You Bother To Do the Actual Research

—Ace

...as Science demands.

Mother Jones is pushing some more fake numbers at the public.

[A] recent article in Mother Jones asserted that we have "entered a new period in which mass shootings are occurring more frequently." This report relied on the well-known list compiled by Mother Jones, which has been one of the key sources used to support the claim made in the last few years that the incidences of mass shootings have accelerated.

Grant Duwe, a researcher with Minnesota's Department of Corrections, and author on mass murders in America, has already run the numbers -- and Mother Jones' numbers are simply wrong. Mother Jones seems to rely only on newspaper accounts of mass shootings, and therefore does not know about a large number of mass shootings which are documented in FBI files but are not easily discoverable through Lexis/Nexis searches of newspapers. And this problem gets worse the further back in time you go:

[T]he underreporting in the Mother Jones list grows more severe the further back in time we go. When looking at the data by decade, we see that the Mother Jones list captured 89 percent of the 18 cases from 2010-2013, 69 percent of the 29 cases from 2000-2009, 55 percent of the 42 cases from 1990-1999, and just 32 percent of the 25 cases from 1982-1989.

Hit the link to see Mother Jones' graph of some mass shootings, showing an upward trend; and then page down to see the author's graph of all mass shootings, showing no particular trend at all.

Posted by Ace at 05:24 PM Comments

The Democrats' Last Line of Defense: College-Educated, Single White Women

—Ace

The Kaci Hickox demographic.

Socially liberal white-collar and single white women look like the fragile last line of defense for Democrats hoping to avoid a Republican sweep in next week's election, according to detailed results from a broad array of new polls.

For the third consecutive election, congressional Democrats are facing the prospect of a decisive rejection by most white voters, including not only white men but also white women who are either married or lack a college degree. But in surveys of both individual Senate races and national preferences on the generic congressional ballot, Democrats are showing stubborn strength with college-educated and single white women.

That performance—combined with preponderant leads among minority voters in almost all surveys—represents the Democrats' best chance of overcoming gaping deficits with the remainder of the white electorate in the key contests.

So that, of course, explains NARAL idiotic ad.

Note, however, that college-educated women actually prefer Republicans on most important issues not related to Condom Scarcity:

Yet in a measure of the party's vulnerability, even that advantage rests on an unsteady foundation: National Pew Research Center and ABC/Washington Post polls conducted in October found that college-educated white women, though strongly preferring Democrats on issues relating to women's health, actually trust Republicans more on both managing the economy and safeguarding the nation's security.

Nevertheless, many such women will vote with their uterii.

In Colorado, Mark Uterus leads Cory Gardner by 27 points among college-educated white women.

As the article points out: College-educated white women are, for voting purposes, minorities.

Speaking of the Lena Dunham Demographic: Kevin Williamson has actually read her memoir.

It's scarifying.

If there is such a thing as actually abusing a child through excessive generosity and overindulgence, then Lena Dunham’s parents are child abusers. Her father, Carroll Dunham, is a painter noted for his primitive brand of highbrow pornography, his canvases anchored by puffy neon-pink labia; her photographer mother filled the family home with nude pictures of herself, "legs spread defiantly." Self-styled radicals from old money, they were not the sort of people inclined to enforce even the most lax of boundaries. And they were, in their daughter's telling, enablers of some very disturbing behavior that would be considered child abuse in many jurisdictions -- Lena Dunham's sexual abuse, specifically, of her younger sister, Grace, the sort of thing that gets children taken away from non-millionaire families without Andover pedigrees and Manhattanite social connections. Dunham writes of casually masturbating while in bed next to her younger sister, of bribing her with "three pieces of candy if I could kiss her on the lips for five seconds . . . anything a sexual predator might do to woo a small suburban girl I was trying." At one point, when her sister is a toddler, Lena Dunham pries open her vagina -- "my curiosity got the best of me," she offers, as though that were an explanation. "This was within the spectrum of things I did."

The whole article is horrifying.

And to end on a lighter note: Charles C.W. Cooke has found the transcript for the full NARAL anti-Cory-Gardener ad.

What you heard earlier today was just an excerpt.

The full ad is much more baroque.

Woman: I miss tampons.

Man: Me too, Sweetpea. Me too.

Woman: And television.

Man: Remember HBO?

Woman: Shut down by Cory Gardner for promoting pre-marital sex.

Man: And the Discovery Channel! Climate change that everyone knows is weirding our weather, Cory flat-out denied it. Now, look at how things are, Hot Legs.

Woman: He’s just not Science, is he?

Man: Exactly, Sugar Tits. This guy has no idea what's going on in the real world. Last year, he took my little brother’s shoes away. Poor Jimmy.

I'm pretty sure that's the first time National Review has published "Sugar Tits" outside the context of a Mel Gibson charging document.


Sorry: I thought it was clear that the Charles C.W. Cooke piece was parody.

However, I guess, given the Lena Dunham stuff (which is unbelievable, but from her own memoir), people weren't quite sure.

But the Charles C.W. Cooke bit is fake.

Posted by Ace at 04:45 PM Comments

Senior Administration Official: We Pressured Israel Not To Take Any Action Against Iran's Nuke Program, and "Now It's Too Late"

—Ace

They're actually bragging about this.

Seth Mandel looks beyond the schoolboy taunts ("chickensh*t," "Asperger-y") to find the real meat of yesterday's story.

The Obama administration wanted to brag through its stenographer that the president had protected the Iranian nuclear program from Israel:
I ran this notion by another senior official who deals with the Israel file regularly. This official agreed that Netanyahu is a "chickenshit" on matters related to the comatose peace process, but added that he's also a "coward" on the issue of Iran's nuclear threat. The official said the Obama administration no longer believes that Netanyahu would launch a preemptive strike on Iran's nuclear facilities in order to keep the regime in Tehran from building an atomic arsenal. "It's too late for him to do anything. Two, three years ago, this was a possibility. But ultimately he couldn’t bring himself to pull the trigger. It was a combination of our pressure and his own unwillingness to do anything dramatic. Now it's too late."


If Iran goes nuclear, those words will be the perfect description of the Obama administration's fecklessness: "Now it's too late."

Meanwhile, the Administration is of course not interested in finding out which Genius of Diplomacy chose to insult an allied world leader in such personal terms.

This could be due to the fact that the insults are quite calculated and coordinated.

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon traveled to Washington last week expecting to see top Obama administration officials.

Instead, he found himself with a lot of time on his hands.

The White House denied him meetings with Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Adviser Susan Rice. Senior administration officials attributed the snub to numerous negative comments Ya'alon made earlier this year criticizing the administration in general and Kerry in particular

Meanwhile, Israel is protesting Obama's throwing of that beleaguered state "under the bus."

Israel's Economic Minister responded:

Israel is stronger than all of its defamers.

The Prime Minister of Israel is not a private person. He is the leader of the Jewish State and the entire Jewish people. Cursing the prime minister and calling him names is an insult not just to him but to the millions of Israeli citizens and Jews across the globe.

The leader of Syria who slaughtered 150,000 people was not awarded the name "chickenshit". Neither was the leader of Saudi Arabia who stones women and homosexuals or the leader of Iran who murders freedom protestors.

Remember, we were promised that Obama was a man with a "first class temperament." And that his alleged intelligence would allow him to exercise Smart Power and bring peace to the world.

Posted by Ace at 03:45 PM Comments

Marquette Law School Poll: Walker At 50%; Burke, 43%

—Ace


Meanwhile, a majority of the most-likely to vote Millennials now want a Republican-controlled Congress.

This is good news, but not quite as good as it might appear upon first reading. Note that this is the subgrop of Millennials most likely to vote, which is only 26% of the larger group.

Nevertheless:

A new national poll of America’s 18- to 29- year-olds by Harvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP), located at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, finds slightly more than half (51%) of young Americans who say they will "definitely be voting" in November prefer a Republican-run Congress with 47 percent favoring Democrat control -- a significant departure from IOP polling findings before the last midterm elections (Sept. 2010 -- 55%: prefer Democrat control; 43%: prefer Republican control). The cohort --26% of whom report they will “definitely” vote in the midterms -- appear up-for-grabs to both political parties and could be a critical swing vote in many races in November.

The larger group -- including those likely to vote, and those unlikely to vote -- still prefers Democrat control:

While more 18- to 29- year-olds (50%-43%) surveyed in the IOP’s fall 2014 poll would prefer that Congress be controlled by Democrats instead of Republicans, the numbers improve dramatically for the GOP when only young people who say they will "definitely vote" are studied.

Still, that sounds like one of Obama's strongest demographics will be a net wash.

Posted by Ace at 02:41 PM Comments

Seattle Man Attacked By Wrench-Wielding Clown

—Ace

This clown, however, seems to be an Avenging Clown of Wrench Justice.

An intoxicated man with a heavily bleeding head wound told Seattle Police Department officers a man dressed as a clown hit him with a wrench at a house party Saturday night in Maple Leaf.

Officers were called to a home in the 800 block of Northeast 80th Street around 11 p.m. to investigate an assault.

According to the police report for the incident, the owner of the home and other witnesses, who were all clearly intoxicated, said the victim had been acting inappropriately toward a woman at the party, attempting to "spoon" and "rub up on" her. They said the victim eventually went too far and was asked to leave the party.

Meanwhile, in France, two or three evil clowns attempted to block a retiree's car on the street, but fled when other cars arrived.

Posted by Ace at 01:55 PM Comments

Kaci Hickox: I've Decided That I'm Going to Ignore Quarantine and Just Do What I Want

—Ace

Incredible.

She says she's "appalled" by her 21-day home quarantine. Asked if she intended to voluntarily observe the guidelines of the quarantine, she says No.

"I don't plan on sticking to the guidelines. I remain appalled by these home quarantine policies that have been forced upon me, even though I am in perfectly good health and feeling strong and have been this entire time completely symptom free,' said Hickox, who wouldn’t emerge from Maine's 21-day voluntary quarantine until Nov. 10.

"I truly believe this policy is not scientifically nor constitutionally just, and so I'm not going to sit around and be bullied around by politicians and be forced to stay in my home when I am not a risk to the American public."

This, seriously, might be the most obnoxiously special snowflake I've ever seen. Video at the link. She's got a shit-eating grin on through half of this. She's just loving her Moment in the Spotlight.

MKH makes an important point: The reason we have coercive, non-voluntary quarantines is that we have learned through 4,000 years of recorded human history that people will not voluntarily self-quarantine, and will in fact act irrationally as willing agents of plague.

Ebola Doc Craig Spencer actually lied to police and insisted that he'd been boarded up at home during his period of quarantine. Only when they began checking his Metrocard (which records rides taken) did he start admitting he'd been out of his apartment, quite a lot.

The Clerisy Class has decided that it is fashionable to lie about the risks of Ebola. Just yesterday, Chris Hayes claimed that only three people with Doctors Without Borders (MSF, for Medecins Sans Frontiers) had contracted ebola.

In fact, that number is eighteen -- and ten of them died from ebola.

When called on this, Chris Hayes quickly invented a strange distinction -- fifteen of those eighteen people hadn't caught Ebola while working on patients under supervision, but rather, I guess, just living in the Hot Zone.

In other words -- of the 18 infected, only three were infected by the route the CDC and Ignorant Clerisy insists is the only plausible method of transmission (direct contact with a patient while treating him).

Most -- 15 of the 18 -- were just infected by casual contact with carriers.

That's supposed to make us feel less worried about this disease?

Have the Lovers of Science actually worked out any of the Science on this?

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"Sweet Pea, Cory Gardener Denies *Science!*"

—Ace

That's why he's banned birth control, Sweet Pea! That's why there's no condoms anymore, Sweet Pea!!!

Here's your new NARAL ad against Cory Gardener:

Woman: Did you try the corner market?

Man: Of course.

Woman: Grocery store?

Man: Sold out?

Woman: Drug store?

Man: Come on.

Woman: So *everyone's* sold out of condoms? Hmm. How did this happen?

Man: Cory Gardner banned birth control. And now, it's all on us guys. And you can't find a condom *anywhere*. And the pill was just the start. Pell grants my little brother was counting on for college? Cory cut them. Climate change that *everyone* knows is weirding our weather, Cory flat-out denies it. Sweet Pea, Cory denies science!

Woman: Come on!

Man: This guy has no idea what’s going on in the real world.

Lot of that goin' round.

The New York Times just published a whiny piece decrying what they call the "bumpkinization" of politics -- by which they mean pitching ads to non-progressive urban "Science Lover" voters -- and yet they don't seem to notice there's an awful lot of bumpkinization going on on the left, including among the self-alleged Leftist Elite.

As Fat Bastard said about farts: Everyone likes their own brand, eh?

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Posted by Ace at 11:55 AM Comments

More Details On the Bugging of Sharryl Attkisson's Computer

—Ace

Transparent.

So CBS News hires an independent computer analyst whom Attkisson identifies as "Jerry Patel," also a pseudonym. He finds a massive amount of suspicious activity in the computer, including the removal of all kinds of log messages. The author describes the scene as "Patel" does his work: "Now he's breathing heavily. It alarms me because it alarms him and he’s not easily alarmed. His voice becomes more formal and he launches into what sounds like a speech for posterity. 'In my professional opinion, someone has accessed this box... I see evidence that shows a deliberate and skilled attempt to clean the log files of activity.'" Intrusions of this caliber, concludes "Patel," are "far beyond the the abilities of even the best nongovernment hackers."

...


More drama arises in September 2013. As White House officials pressure CBS News executives over Attkisson's Benghazi reporting, something goes haywire with her computer. "That very night, with [White House spokesman Eric] Schultz, [White House Press Secretary Jay] Carney and company freshly steaming over my Benghazi reporting, I’m home doing final research and crafting questions for the next day's interview with [Thomas] Pickering. Suddenly data in my computer file begins wiping at hyperspeed before my very eyes. Deleted line by line in a split second: it's gone, gone, gone." Attkisson grabbed her iPhone to record the madness.

Don Allison, a security specialist at Kore Logic, takes a close look at Attkisson's iMac. The results turn up scandalous, as Attkisson writes: "While a great deal of data has been expertly wiped in an attempt to cover-up the deed, Don is able to find remnants of what was once there. There's key evidence of a government computer connection to my computer. A sort of backdoor link that leads to an ISP address for a government computer that can’t be accessed by the general public on the Web. It's an undeniable link to the U.S. government."

Via Mary-Katherine Ham, who links this to the USAToday report from yesterday in which Susan Page called the Obama Administration the greatest threat to the media in history.

Posted by Ace at 11:25 AM Comments

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—Gabriel Malor

Happy Wednesday.

Rick Klein's election roundup is worth a look.

The CIA leak case is heating up.

It was misreported last week that the U.S. was heightening security around federal buildings in the wake of the Canada shooting attack. It took a week, but DHS is doing it now.


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Overnight Open Thread (10-28-2014)

—Maetenloch

Quote of the Day I

Hitherto the plans of the educationalists have achieved very little of what they attempted, and indeed we may well thank the beneficent obstinacy of real mothers, real nurses, and (above all) real children for preserving the human race in such sanity as it still possesses.

-- C. S. Lewis

Quote of the Day II

"Blood, mucus, feces, semen. Now if you came across some strange mucus or feces out there on the or subway or anywhere else, don't eat it."

-- New York TV host Errol Lewis explaining how to avoid ebola. Note that only two of the listed substances are actually on the subway do-not-eat list.

Everyone's Favorite RadFem is Back With a Comprehensive Plan for Utopia

Now before everyone gets too excited I have to tell you that there's a drawback to it: About a half of you are going to have to be killed.

Maybe not murder-death-kill-killed but most definitely euthanized-snuff-killed. And I'm pretty sure you can use that XY-poisoned little brain of yours to guess which half she has in mind.

Before we do anything, the very first measure to adopt is to take all men out of all positions of decision-making immediately, and actually out of any kind of social, professional position whatsoever.

Major serial killers, serial torturers, pimps, pornographers, severe domestic abusers, serial rapists, genocide planners, biocide planners and pedocriminals across the world will simply be euthanised: the decisions will be taken by women in a mass world tribunal for patriarchal crimes. This is by far the best solution, and is the most legitimate, ethical way of reducing male population to more reasonable levels.

Well okay I'm down with starting with the serial killers, serial rapists, and pedophiles.  But honestly I'm iffy on the pimps and pornographers and a bit negative but open to suasion on the Irish and Chinese.

Okay so once we're past that whole male population reduction step, what lies in store for the few XYers that will be allowed to live? Well the short, nasty life of being helots in service to women and Gaia that's what. While women would finally be free to live to their natural six score and ten+ years of being IN CHARGE.

All men at least above 15 (or younger if very asocial) should live separately from women and children, on their own in small huts or studios, isolated from one another and scattered around so that women can keep an eye on them (they should never be in groups or packs, that would be illegal). So it would also be illegal for male adults to impose their presence on females, girls and children. Men would have to care for themselves on their own: food, laundry, etc. No male above his age of puberty would be allowed to receive any kind of service from a female. Their life expectancy would probably drop to the age of 40, but that's how things should be. Women's life expectancy without men would rise to 130 years at least.

...In order to keep all men and post-pubescent boys busy, we'd send them to clean up the vast amounts of detritus, pollution and toxic wastes men have littered and almost killed the world with. Much of the damage to the earth is irreversible, however with a great deal of effort and genius, women will find sustainable, natural and simple ways of healing a lot of the damage men have caused, and send men off to do the dirty work. No man will be allowed to take any decision without female guidance. We know what happens when men decide on their own! DISASTER.

But of course there are some downsides too.

PIV would be illegal too of course, as well as the initiation of any verbal or physical contact to women and girls or boy children, unless solicited by a woman for specific matters. I'm not sure what to do about boy children. Obviously you know my opinion, but let's say that's up to the mother to decide what she wants to do before he turns of age to leave the female family circle.

But on the other hand just think of all the possibilities of non-PIV reproduction now open to you ladies. I mean come on who wouldn't prefer some kind of budding process to the current man-PIV-tainted childbirth process?

The number of children and human population will naturally decrease to sustainable levels, so will the number of males born. Women will be free to experiment parthenogenesis or procreation with two female eggs.

Also banned: nuclear families, private ownership of land, war!, schools, meat, oral sex (just playing a hunch on this one), states, laws, and catty remarks about recent weight gain (also playing another hunch).

Next step: universal Feminist paradise. Yay!

But don't worry - the Onion has already covered this plan.

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Fox Reports State Department Memo, Planning Possible Treatment of Non-US Citizen Ebola Patients

—Ace

Huh.

Posted by Ace at 09:09 PM Comments



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6 South Florida: Judge Orders Immediate Release of Jailed Marine Andrew Tahmooressi
"A Mexican judge has ordered the immediate release of a jailed U.S. Marine veteran who spent eight months behind bars for crossing the border with loaded guns." Via @DoreenHDickson. Added: More from Fox News. [rdbrewer]


The Revolution Devours Itself
"As videomaker and blogger Ladd Ehlinger Jr. tweeted when hapless PR agent Justine Sacco found her reputation destroyed by her fellow leftists (just in time for Christmas) over a single ill-conceived tweet, 'Just because you’re in the mob one day, don’t think it protects you from the mob the next day.'" [rdbrewer]


Northern Virginia Gun Owner Swatted
He went into a 7-11 for coffee. The swatter told the cops he was robbing the store. I guess s/he was hoping someone would die. [rdbrewer]
NBC 4, Washington: Federal Government Made $20 Billion in Secret Purchases in Recent Months
"Thousands of federal workers are issued taxpayer-funded credit cards, and as long as they buy items that cost less than $3,000 -- or 'micropurchases' -- they can simply swipe and buy and it's possible no one outside of some agency bookkeepers will ever know what they bought." One agency has $30,000 dollars in Starbucks purchases. [rdbrewer]

Joel Pollak, Breitbart: Revealed: The Tech Sector's Permanent Campaign for Amnesty
"FWD.us, the immigration reform initiative founded by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, plans to launch a massive political push in December to support President Barack Obama's planned executive action on immigration." Who cares if low wage earners lose jobs? He needs more billions. Fun fact: Haley Barbour runs one of these groups, Americans for a Conservative Direction. (Even the name is a lie.) So Barbour makes money fighting for what these fatcat liberals want. Think about that. [rdbrewer]

Andrew Klavan, Truth Revolt: Is Obamacare Working, Or Are We All Going to Die?
Video. [rdbrewer]

Happy Halloween
Wired: 20 Incredible Photos of a World Too Tiny to See [rdbrewer]

Daily Viral Stuff: 30 Seriously Impressive Pumpkin Carvings
Via @DoreenHDickson. [rdbrewer]

Bill Whittle, Truth Revolt: Weaponizing the Government
Video. BillWhittle.com. [rdbrewer]


EDITORIAL: Mark Warner’s Halloween mask of moderation
"It’s a trick to get his liberal voting record past Virginians amid the wave of anti-Democratic sentiment sweeping the nation." [rdbrewer]

Breitbart: George Will: Putin 'Angry' Like Hitler
ISIS "child's play" compared to Putin and the nukes he has to play with, to paraphrase. [rdbrewer]


The Top 10 Liberal Superstitions
"2. Government spending stimulates the economy." Also from WSJ: Peggy Noonan: Is Sacrificing a bit of comfort for public health such a great indignity? [rdbrewer]


Jim Geraghty: Coming to North Carolina: An Attack Ad Against the Media
Flanking maneuver. Good idea. And a nice ad. Video. [rdbrewer]


Jay Cost: End of the Age of Obama
"Sure, the president has another two years in office, but he is now the lamest of lame ducks.... But more than this, he seems to have no friends, and few allies, on Capitol Hill. ¶ One fact of politics that the president never fully grasped is that Congress, not the White House, is the center of our political system." [rdbrewer]


Charles Krauthammer: Election Day looking like a referendum on competence
"The list of disasters is long, highlighted by the Obamacare rollout, the Veterans Affairs scandal and the pratfalls of the once-lionized Secret Service. Beyond mere incompetence is government intrusiveness and corruption, as in the overreach of national security surveillance and IRS targeting...." And Ebola. And the fact the world is "exploding all over." And... [rdbrewer]

Maria Konnikova, The New Yorker: Is Social Psychology Biased Against Republicans?
"“The same people who are exquisitely sensitive to discrimination in other areas are often violently antagonistic when it comes to political ideology, bringing up clichéd arguments that they wouldn’t accept in other domains: ‘They aren’t smart enough.’ ‘They don’t want to be in the field.’”" A must- read. Advance copy (PDF) of Haidt's paper coming out early next year. [rdbrewer]



Jonah Goldberg: What Monsters Portend
"In The Walking Dead, evil that emerges among the living is foreshadowed by the zombies." [rdbrewer]

Dennis Saffran, PJM: Next Big Culture Clash: Banning Football
"The metrosexual, feminized left targets 'America's Game' for extinction." They couldn't be more intolerant. Via @EdDriscoll. [rdbrewer]

Dan Riehl, Breitbart: Jeb Bush Promises GOP Immigration Reform To Spanish-Speaking Media [rdbrewer]

FBI Announces Investigation of GOP Senate Candidate Days Before Election
"Acknowledgement of investigation is contrary to decades-long FBI practice." [rdbrewer]


Women’s Studies Major Gets Spanked
"Two words: Spanking porn." [rdbrewer]


Politico Violates Godwin Law
"I’ll say this much for them: you have to hand it to Politico for making it competitive in a race to the bottom with the Haaretz cartoonist depicting Netanyahu flying a blue and white passenger plane labeled ISRAEL into the WTC...." [rdbrewer]

Weasel Zippers: Left-Wing “Stop The Violence” Organizers Arrested For Nearly Beating Roommate To Death…
Via Monty. [rdbrewer]

Funny or Die: 10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Man
Via @JohnEkdahl. [rdbrewer]

America Rising: Mary Landrieu Thinks She and Obama Are Unpopular In Louisiana Because Voters Are Racist And Sexist
Video. [rdbrewer]

Typical Pumpkin Thief

Ashe Schow: Feminist lawyer denounces handling of campus sexual assault cases
"She goes on to describe how a 'single investigator' serves as the prosecutor, judge and the jury in a case. She explains that the accused usually cannot cross-examine their accuser or witnesses and are denied legal representation." She calls it "Kafkaesque." [rdbrewer]


Jon Gabriel: Goofus and Gallant on Government
"Since I’m all about the youth vote, I updated the comics of my childhood with timeless messages about the free market and limited government." [rdbrewer]

MRC: George Stephanopoulos: Reliably Crowning Democrats as Debate Winners
"MRC has documented how, in eight out of the last nine general election presidential debates (every one since he joined ABC News in 1997), Stephanopoulos has gone on his network’s airwaves to claim victory for the Democratic candidate...." [rdbrewer]


MKHammer: "Frozen" is just Disney's "The Shining"
"Exhibit A: Elsa and Jack." Via @seanmdav. [rdbrewer]


Wired: Maniac Pumpkin Carvers Create Custom Jack-o’-Lanterns
"'Our process starts with the design,' Evan said. 'We sketch out [blah blah-blah blah-blah] [pumpkins].'" [rdbrewer]

Popular Mechanics: The 50 Greatest Sci-Fi TV Shows Ever
Via @Slublog. [rdbrewer]


Josh Kraushaar: White House in Denial: President Obama Is Costing Democrats Control of the Senate
"White House officials are preemptively spinning a midterm defeat, and they're using their own fantasies to do it. They're starting to blame candidates for not supporting President Obama enough. As a top White House official told The Washington Post's Karen Tumulty, 'He doesn't think they have any reason to run away from him. He thinks there is a strong message there.'" Narcissist thinks he's awesome. That is so unusual. [rdbrewer]


CJ Ciaramella: Senators Eye Asset Forfeiture Reform
"Several U.S. senators are considering reforms to federal civil asset forfeiture laws—which allow the government to seize citizens’ property even if they are not convicted or charged with a crime—following several high-profile investigations by news outlets." More from the NYT. [rdbrewer]

NYT: In Upstate New York House Race, Republican Makes Her Youth a Selling Point
And she has an 18 point lead. [rdbrewer]


David French: The Embarassing, Sophomoric Malice of Obama-Administration Foreign Policy
"Next, there’s the sophomoric, malicious style of campus rhetoric, where stigma is the preferred method of argument. It’s hard to overstate the propensity towards name-calling even of 'elite' academics, and the culture of the academy is one where groupthink is enforced and reinforced through vicious rhetoric." Via Monty. [rdbrewer]


Dems rush to save suddenly vulnerable incumbents
"Desperate Democrats are rushing to save suddenly vulnerable House incumbents, even in states where President Barack Obama cruised to double-digit victories...." [rdbrewer]

Grist: Climate depression is for real. Just ask a scientist
Aww. Yes, ask a scientist, a person who is supposed to remain emotionally detached from their area of study. Via @TheH2. [rdbrewer]

The Guardian: Suite scandal: why Bach's wife cannot take credit for his cello masterwork
"The theory got some attention, was dismissed by Bach scholars and then (I thought) died forever; but here it is again. ¶ Professor Jarvis is a charming and sincere man – I met him then to talk it over. But I’m afraid that his theory is pure rubbish. Anna Magdalena Bach did not write the Bach suites, any more than Anne Hathaway wrote Shakespeare’s plays...." Via Monty. [rdbrewer]

Fox News: Amelia Earhart plane fragment identified
The last time you saw this story, they had just found out it might be from her plane. Now they think it is. And it might be, but note that the company seeking the money for the expedition is the company that identified the fragment. More from Discovery. Via @DoreenHDickson. [rdbrewer]


It Was Obama Who Called Netanyahu 'Chickenshit'
Maybe. John Kerry thinks Netayahu is denying him his rightful Nobel Peace Prize. So, it's hard to tell. [rdbrewer]
Another flying car
Thing is, this one looks good. More at WaPo. [rdbrewer]

Kate Hahn: I Am Going to Start Ending Every Sentence With "Bitches," Bitches.
"I used to think that 'bitches' as a punctuation mark was affected—an attempt to appear carefree by co-opting nihilistic Breaking Bad gangster slang, bitches. But now I have to add it to anything just to be heard, bitches." [rdbrewer]


Nina Teicholz: The Last Anti-Fat Crusaders
"The top scientist guiding the U.S. government’s nutrition recommendations made an admission last month that would surprise most Americans.... Yet the experts now designing the next set of dietary recommendations remain mired in the same anti-fat bias and soft science that brought us the low-fat diet in the first place." [rdbrewer]


Discover Magazine: This Is Your Brain on Psychedelic Drugs
"Now some mathematicians have jumped into the fray, using a new mathematical technique to analyze the brains of people on magic mushrooms." [rdbrewer]


Timothy P. Carney: Kay Hagan's corporatism and cronyism enriches her campaign, family
"Hagan consistently votes for government to pick winners and losers — through grants, loan guarantees, and special one-time tax breaks. Those winners align very nicely with her donors, the companies she’s invested in, and even her own family’s bank account." Pig. [rdbrewer]


Ron Fournier: Millennials Bolt Obama for GOP in Midterms
" In a stunning turnaround, likely voters in the so-called millennial generation prefer a Republican-led Congress after next week's elections, and young Hispanics are turning sharply against President Obama." [rdbrewer]

Jonah Goldberg: Whatever, Margaret
Margaret Carlson seems unaware there is a point where exaggeration more closely resembles lying. Via @ComradeArthur. [rdbrewer]

The Register: Voyager 1 now EIGHTEEN LIGHT HOURS from home
And it still works. [rdbrewer]

K5: Breath test developed to detect disease [rdbrewer]

Greg Gutfeld: Bill Clinton's Startling Admission
Identity politics is our biggest worry. [rdbrewer]

Yahoo: Forgotten Corvette collection emerges from the dust after 25 years
"The story of how Max acquired the cars began in 1989, when music network VH1 held a contest to award a lucky viewer with a Corvette from every year of the model's existence, from 1953 to 1989." [rdbrewer]

CHE: 50 Years of Stupid Grammar Advice
"The Elements of Style does not deserve the enormous esteem in which it is held by American college graduates. Its advice ranges from limp platitudes to inconsistent nonsense. Its enormous influence has not improved American students' grasp of English grammar; it has significantly degraded it." [rdbrewer]


Ebola doctor ‘lied’ about NYC travels
"Dr. Craig Spencer at first told officials that he isolated himself in his Harlem apartment — and didn’t admit he rode the subways, dined out and went bowling until cops looked at his MetroCard the sources said." Nice going, hero. [rdbrewer]

Human Events: Heroic Ebola doctors and nurses lie to police, blow off voluntary isolation
"The notion of isolation and mandatory testing as some kind of insult has been taken to fetish levels by nurse Kaci Hickox, who has become something of an anti-isolation activist." One could be forgiven for thinking this martyr is in it for the recognition and the personal feel-goods more than, you know, actually serving others. Via @Slublog. [rdbrewer]

Daily Mail: Phil Collins brings the world's largest private Alamo collection - including Jim Bowie's legendary knife - 'back home' to Texas
What a great guy. Via @TheH2. [rdbrewer]
Another mammoth skeleton was found. I was going to provide a link, but mammoth skeleton. Added: @Juneslili says it's pretty cool, so here it is. [rdbrewer]

Video: Chicago Activists Unchained, Destroy Black Leadership
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