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November 25, 2014

Overnight Open Thread (11-25-2014)


Because I'm tired and lazy tonight.

A Look Back at the 1992 LA Riots

Someone on collected these videos of the riots in progress.

A couple observations/notes:

  • Fashion-wise it was still the 80s in 1992.
  • Newscasters were even more woefully ignorant of guns then if that's possible.
  • It's good to have friends. And armed friends who show up are best of all.
  • The female reporter in video 3 is either very brave or very stupid or both.
  • There's a gunfight between Korean storeowners and gangbangers starting at about 1:25 in video 3
  • Riots are scary as shit (okay I knew this from being caught up in the LA riots but over the 22 years it's faded a bit)

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Posted by Maetenloch at 10:44 PM Comments

Media's New Theory: White Officials Deliberately Stoked Riots In Order to Distract from Wilson Verdict


Erin Burnett just trotted this insane theory out on CNN, claiming that there was arguably something to it.

So now even the rioting is also due to White Devil Police Men.

There's just a blame-shifting excuse for everything, huh?

Somehow, there's always an excuse for rioting in Ferguson. Remember the militarization of the police? Back in August, it was allegedly provoking otherwise law-abiding people into acts of mayhem because they were so angered by the sight of military-style equipment. Then, the police backed off and businesses were ransacked anyway. At another point, the authorities supposedly provoked more unrest by releasing video of Michael Brown robbing a store. Now, it is the timing of the announcement that Officer Wilson won’t be charged that we’re told is responsible for all the property damage and arson. Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post had a theory on Morning Joe this morning that the announcement was timed to maximize the rioting so as to distract from the non-indictment.

The same media which engaged in endless Conspiracy Theory Shaming with respect to birtherism is now actually pushing this hyperpartisan fantasia.

Posted by Ace at 07:13 PM Comments

New York Times Publishes Darren Wilson's Home Address


Open warfare.

Posted by Ace at 05:25 PM Comments

Feds Paid $5 Million For Monthly Government-Sponsored Hipster Raves, Featuring Lots of Anti-Conservative Political Agitprop


Ostensibly these Hipster Raves were for the purposes of discouraging an at-risk group (white hipsters) from smoking, because you know how much insecure young people who want to be seen as "cool" respond to government-sponsored anti-drug messaging.

But to get these white slackers to accept that not smoking was "cool," they had to throw in a lot of anti-conservative agitprop as the spoonful of sugar.

Oh by way the National Institutes of Health is spending this $5 million on Pabst Blue Ribbon for hipsters instead of ebola. You're welcome.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is spending nearly $5 million to get hipsters to quit smoking by starting “commune” dance parties in bars across California.

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) are using taxpayer dollars to bring anti-tobacco marketing into bars by selling posters and t-shirts, including those that deride the views of neoconservatives, saying the political philosophy is as bad as world hunger.

The $4,904,466 grant was awarded in 2011, and runs through 2016.

"In our prior research, we identified a high-risk subpopulation of young adults in San Diego, CA: the 'hipster' subculture, a group focused on the alternative music scene, local artists and designers, and eclectic self-expression," the grant explained. "We developed a yearlong pilot social branding intervention to decrease smoking among this group, using social events and social leaders to promote a strong nonsmoking lifestyle."

Pamela Ling, a professor at UCSF School of Medicine, is leading the project. Ling was the "medical student who got her way" in the 1994 season of MTV's "The Real World" before becoming a doctor.

That's perfect.

Now Ling wants to help UCSF's Center for Tobacco Control Research create a "smoke-free world" by appealing to hipsters' concerns about "social justice."

"Saying 'Smoking is bad for you' isn't relevant to them," Ling told the University. "But they do care about self-expression and social justice."


The group holds events, known as "Commune Wednesdays," every month at bars in San Diego, San Francisco, and Burlington, Vt., trying to appeal to hipsters through artwork, alternative bands, and Pabst Blue Ribbon.

You can read about the political messaging at the link.

You may already be infuriated, but prepare to be even more infuriated by this rhetorical question:

College-educated "hipsters" are not at particularly high risk of becoming habit smokers, at least not compared to other groups.

Another group much more likely to become habit smokers are non- college educated blue-collar whites.

A group that tends to lean Republican in politics and traditionalist on social issues questions.

Now, given that blue-collar whites are more likely to become habit smokers than hipsters, how many millions do you suppose were spent to attract blue-collar whites to bars to buy them their beers of choice, to hire them the bands they favor, and to try to reach them with political messaging of an anti-progressive, pro-traditionalist bent?

I've got a guess and I'm pretty sure it's not a guess, it's an actual correct answer:

Zero fucking dollars.

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Posted by Ace at 04:31 PM Comments

Your Leftist Media, Cheerleaders for Rioting


Lisa Bloom: I find the word "charging" to be "racially-tinged" and "offensive."

Oh, by the way, you know what the real cause of the Ferguson Riots is? "White rage."

A good recap of the media's lunatic gibberings through all last night.

Posted by Ace at 03:56 PM Comments

Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder: Did Governor Jay Nixon Refuse to Deploy the National Guard Because of Pressure from Obama and Holder?



What isn't speculation is that the National Guard was at the town, but did not move in to restore order until this morning, after dozens of businesses had already been looted and/or burned to the ground.

"What the vast majority of Missourians are asking this morning is, 'We see the National Guard rolling in this morning, … where were they last night?' The law-abiding citizens, and businesses owners, and taxpayers of Ferguson and the St. Louis region have the right to ask this governor to answer some questions," Kinder charged in a Fox News interview....

"Why were they not in there at the first sign of an overturned police car, or a smashed police car window, with a show of force that would have stopped this? And here’s my question that the governor must answer: Is the reason that the National Guard was not in there because the Obama administration and the Holder Justice Department leaned on you to keep them out? I cannot imagine any other reason," Kinder said.

Ferguson's mayor did request that the Guard be deployed -- and he was ignored.

Nice Deb makes a good point -- stop referring to violence and arson as "protests."

But that's their favorite trick, isn't it?

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Posted by Ace at 01:56 PM Comments

Charles Schumer: Passing Obamacare Instead of Dealing With the Recession Was a Mistake



This is surprising. Schumer is a safe senator from deep blue New York and doesn't have -- unless he's insane -- any delusions about one day being president.

He's not actually denouncing Obamacare but this is kind of close to that.

"After passing the stimulus, Democrats should have continued to propose middle-class-oriented programs and built on the partial success of the stimulus, but unfortunately Democrats blew the opportunity the American people gave them," Schumer said. "We took their mandate and put all of our focus on the wrong problem—health care reform."

The third-ranking Senate Democrat noted that just about 5 percent of registered voters in the United States lacked health insurance before the implementation of the law, arguing that to focus on a problem affecting such "a small percentage of the electoral made no political sense."

The larger problem, affecting most Americans, he said, was a poor economy resulting from the recession. "When Democrats focused on health care, the average middle-class person thought, 'The Democrats aren't paying enough attention to me,' " Schumer said.

The health care law should have come later, Schumer argued, after Democrats had passed legislation to help the middle class weather the recession. Had Democrats pushed economic legislation, he said, "the middle class would have been more receptive to the idea that President Obama wanted to help them" and, in turn, they would have been more receptive to the health care law.

Schumer said he told fellow Democrats in the lead-up to the passage of the Affordable Care Act that it was the wrong time to pass the law.

"People thought—and I understand this—lots of people thought this was the only time to do this, it's very important to do. And we should have done it. We just shouldn't have done it first," he said. "We were in the middle of a recession. People were hurting and saying, 'What about me? I'm losing my job. It's not health care that bothers me. What about me?' … About 85 percent of all Americans were fine with their health care in 2009, mainly because it was paid for by either the government or their employer, private sector. So they weren't clamoring. The average middle-class voter, they weren't opposed to doing health care when it started out, but it wasn't at the top of the agenda."

The Democrat Party can't "help" the middle class, because the middle class is where it gets all that money to redistribute from.

Via @comradearthur.

Posted by Ace at 01:12 PM Comments

Open Thread


Van Gogh, "Blossoming Almond Branch in a Glass with a Book" (1888)

Posted by rdbrewer at 10:37 AM Comments

Morning Thread (11-25-2014)


Looks like the media got what it wanted in Ferguson; arson, looting ... the works.

Pity the poor people who have to pick up the pieces after they move on.

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Overnight Open Thread (11-24-2014)


So I spent all weekend working and then entertaining business visitors from Japan and more of the same today. Which means all you non-Premium members get la suckage d'ONT.

Some tweets:


Properties also consistent with the truth...


And the left is already spreading its poison:


Thomas Sowell: Black America's Problems Today Are Due to the Great Society Not Slavery

Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes said there were "phrases that serve as an excuse for not thinking." One of these phrases that substitute for thought today is one that depicts the current problems of blacks in America as "a legacy of slavery."

...Despite the grand myth that black economic progress began or accelerated with the passage of the Civil Rights laws and "War on Poverty" programs of the 1960s, the cold fact is that the poverty rate among blacks fell from 87 percent in 1940 to 47 percent by 1960. This was before any of those programs began.

Over the next 20 years, the poverty rate among blacks fell another 18 percentage points, compared to the 40-point drop in the previous 20 years. This was the continuation of a previous economic trend, at a slower rate of progress, not the economic grand deliverance proclaimed by liberals and self-serving black "leaders."

Ending the Jim Crow laws was a landmark achievement. But, despite the great proliferation of black political and other "leaders" that resulted from the laws and policies of the 1960s, nothing comparable happened economically. And there were serious retrogressions socially.

Nearly a hundred years of the supposed "legacy of slavery" found most black children being raised in two-parent families in 1960. But thirty years after the liberal welfare state found the great majority of black children being raised by a single parent.

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Posted by Maetenloch at 10:19 PM Comments

Verdict In: No Indictment for Daryl Wilson


So I'm sure this is the last we'll hear of this.

A white police officer will not face charges for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager in a case that set off violent protests and racial unrest throughout the nation, an attorney close to the case said Monday night.

A St. Louis County grand jury declined to indict officer Darren Wilson, 28, for firing six shots in an August confrontation that killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, said Benjamin Crump, an attorney for the family. The decision had been long awaited and followed rioting that resembled war-zone news footage in this predominantly black suburb of St. Louis.

"The jury was not inclined to indict on any charges,'' Crump said after being informed of the decision by authorities. Prosecutors scheduled an news conference to announce the decision.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, called for calm after calling up National Guard troops to stand by in case of unrest. Speaking before the decision was announced, he urged that "regardless of the decision, people on all sides show tolerance, mutual respect and restraint.''

Super Awesome Update: Prevaricator In Chief Barack Obama scheduled to address the nation at 10 pm, assumedly with more lies.

Gunshots Heard; Cars Vandalized.

Posted by Ace at 09:34 PM Comments

MNF Thread

—Dave In Texas

So the Jets are playing the Bills in Motown. Because of this.


It's not the MNF game but they had to find a place to play so they did and that's that.

Monday Night Football is Baltimore at New Orleans which has no snow problems today. So that's nice.

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Those are nice too.

Posted by Dave In Texas at 08:27 PM Comments

Leaked: No Indictment in Michael Brown Shooting


It's what we figured, but Gateway Pundit says they have a source in the prosecutor's office confirming it.

So now we'll have some wonderful, wonderful riots.

Posted by Ace at 07:51 PM Comments

Unlike the Media, Mollie Hemingway Bothered to Read the House Select Committee on Intelligence's Report on Benghazi, and Here's What It Says


I have to read it myself one of these days.

Until then, here are MZ Hemingway's top twenty take-aways.

Here are points 15 and 16.

15. Did we mention that there was nothing good about the talking points?

Yeah, so, late in the report we learn that "the Administration's initial public narrative on the causes and motivations for the attacks were not fully accurate." You don’t say! Also that "The process and edits made to these talking points was flawed."

And for this, the GOP should be ashamed? Really? It’s almost like a less obsequious press might think something else might be amiss.

Much of the report wishy-washily explains that there is a fog in intel gathering that makes things difficult to assess and that this kind of sort of excuses all the horse manure that was shoveled by the administration during the campaign-season terrorist attack.

Now, earlier in the report we’re told that "[Ansar al Sharia] posted a video on YouTube on September 12, 2012, claiming participation in the attacks" and we know that the head of al Qaeda called for attacks on the U.S. in Libya the day before the attack. We know that the attack took place on September 11, what even the most casual observer might note is a significant date. We're told that the Defense Intelligence Agency said the attacks were pre-planned on September 12.

But you see, man, like a few weeks later the CIA totally thought it just happened to fall on September 11.

Let me be clear, as President Obama might say, if you're a reporter reading this and think this sounds even remotely plausible and you think that this section is anything other than a great explanation of how idiotic the CIA can be, you are an idiot.

Everything about this section is groan-inducing. Such as that when a cable came from Tripoli to the CIA on September 14 that was the "first indication that there may not have been a protest," according to deputy director Mike Morell, he wasn't sure if he'd read it. Nevermind that we later learn that folks in Libya had within hours assessed that there was a lack of protests that day. I just have a hard time believing that the deputy director wouldn't care if a Tripoli intelligence cable came around. Either way, by September 15, he'd gotten an email specifically saying there'd been no protest.

And when did Susan Rice go on television blaming a YouTube video for sparking a protest that somehow magically transformed into this super-effective double-location onslaught that took four American lives including an American Ambassador's? That would be September 16.

That was when she said the actions in Benghazi were a "direct result of a heinous and offensive video that was widely disseminated."

This report that supposedly makes Republicans look bad notes that Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes wrote on September 14 that "one of the goals of Administration public statements should be 'To underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy.'"

Exactly the opposite, Ben.

Anyway, this report then claims, more or less completely implausibly, that Rice couldn’t have really known until afterwards that her assessments were incorrect. Um, OK. But maybe when you're, I don’t know, trying to "underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy" because you're focusing on campaigning more than truth-telling, you end up underscoring something that isn't true. I don’t care if we have some difficult-to-swallow bureaucratic BS explanation that avoids tough questions and instead pats Susan Rice on the head as if she couldn't be expected to do better. Or, rather, I don’t see why we let certain administrations get away with this type of explanatory defense while nailing other people to the wall for the smallest slight.

16. Wait, what's this about Mike Morell again?

So the same Morell who accidentally didn’t read a memo related to a horrific terror attack and forgot to tell anyone about the cables from Tripoli also was this guy:

"Finding 12: Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell made significant changes to the talking points"

Wait, what? Are you kidding me?

But, the report says, it's OK because, um, well, you see, he didn’t know Susan Rice or anyone else in the Administration would use talking points he made. And then the report says something about excellent beachfront property for sale cheap. No, actually it says he "made a large number of edits after a September 15 White House Deputies Committee meeting." Oh dear.

Earlier drafts of the talking points mentioned al Qaeda but by the time Morell was done with them, he didn’t even include "Islamist" in them. Because our CIA is full of people who do not commit intelligence failures but can’t figure out that an al Qaeda attack on September 11 might be related to Islamism.

By the way, the CIA's office of public affairs also stripped language about attacks and changed it to "demonstrations" and I am sure that had nothing whatsoever to do with it being an election year or their bosses allowing a major attack on the anniversary of September 11.

By the way, the report only examined failures by the intelligence agencies -- that is, the CIA -- in Benghazi. It did not examine the White House or State Department or Department of Defense.

Posted by Ace at 07:27 PM Comments

Let Them Eat Less: Designer/Aristocrat Declares That If Poor People Can't Afford Pricey Organic Food, They Should Just Eat Less


They're almost openly campaigning for a second look at the guillotine.

Dame Vivienne Westwood, the fashion designer, has declared that people who can’t afford to buy organic food should "eat less" and stop getting fat. The millionaire designer made the comments as she delivered a petition to Downing Street protesting about genetically modified food.

When a BBC Radio 5 Live interviewer suggested that "not everybody can afford to eat organic food", Dame Vivienne replied: "Eat less!"

Told that many people in Britain are visiting food banks because they don’t have enough to put on their tables, so "to eat less isn’t an option", Dame Vivienne was dismissive.

"They don’t have any choice – this is the point, isn’t it," she said.

"You’ve got all these processed foods, which is the main reason people are getting fat. They’re not actually good for you - they don't give you strength, they give you weight.

"I eat vegetables and fruit. I don’t eat meat. I believe meat is bad for me so I don’t eat it. It’s also bad for the animals.

"If there was a movement to produce more organic food and less of the horrible food, then organic food would obviously be a good value price, wouldn’t it?"

Posted by Ace at 06:21 PM Comments

NY Giant Receiver Odell Beckham Makes Sick Catch

—Ace losing effort. Of course.

Still, there's that catch.

Now, he was fouled on this play, and drew the flag. I celebrated that. I had no idea he caught the ball. I was happy with the flag.

I didn't imagine it was possible to catch the ball -- it was thrown out of reach, and the Cowbow DB is clearly pulling down on him.

It took me ten seconds to realize he'd f***ing caught the thing. And not even sloppily. No ball movement here. He just catches it.


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Posted by Ace at 05:38 PM Comments

SNL Runs a Mildly Critical Sketch About Obama, and the Washington Post Rushes In to Fact-Check It


The sketch itself is okay, but it is critical of Obama's lawlessness, which makes it absolutely remarkable for SNL.

The Washington Post has actually endeavored to "Fact Check" the sketch.

Newsbusters comments:

Demonstrating that serving as the Palace Guard for Dear Leader is a 24-7-365 enterprise, Zachary A. Goldfarb, policy editor at The Washington Post, somehow felt the need on Sunday morning to critique the Saturday Night Live opening skit which appeared the previous evening.

Twelve hours after the skit was first broadcast, Goldfarb, whose whose full archive going back to August indicates that he has not written a WaPo item for Sunday publication in the past four months, nitpicked a comedy skit for — oh the humanity! — failing to distinguish between an "Executive Order" and "executive action"....

The guess here is that the SNL skit -- and especially its three pushes [of "The Bill" down the Capitol Hill steps] -- really got under the White House's skin, perhaps even to the point where they felt like they had to lean on someone at the Post to play some defense on their behalf. Whether or not any communication actually occurred, it seems clear that the Post's apparently equally thin-skinned Goldfarb felt it necessary to get up on a Sunday morning to critique a fundamentally accurate ... (still having a hard time believing it) ... comedy skit.

Goldfarb's piece isn't particularly hacky. Oh, I think it's pretty ticky-tack in making a distinction between an "executive order" and an "executive action," but it doesn't zealously defend Obama from the charge of unconstitutional action the way that, say, Vox would.

So I wonder: Why publish this embarrassment at all?

All I can figure is that Tom Blumer's guess is right, and that the White House did indeed call them asking for a "Fact Check," so the Washington Post obliged.

If this scenario sounds familiar, your memory is not deceiving you: Back in 2010, Wolf Blitzer presumed to fact-check an SNL sketch that made the point that Obama had no real accomplishments to his name.

Why are only sketches critical of Obama subject to this ridiculous, partisan exercise of "fact" checking? Obviously neither the WaPo nor CNN has ever "fact" checked SNL's dozens of Republican-bashing sketches.


The exercise itself is partisan-- putting people on notice that there is one subject (Barack Hussein Obama) about which there can be no joking whatsoever.

Update: Holy F***ballz: Here's the hacktastic, zealous "fact" checking defense of Obama, courtesy of the Daily Beast.

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Posted by Ace at 04:32 PM Comments

Ferguson Decision Coming Today, CNN Sources Say


So we've got that going for us.

The Ferguson grand jurors had apparently intended to render their decision on Friday, but held back, deciding that they needed to think about it some more. They re-convened today to discuss the case again, and now say they're ready to render their opinion.

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Buzzfeed: How to Bury the News that the Iran Talks Failed In Three Easy Steps


You just need to get that Big Bus' engines revving.

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Obama Attempts to Defend Imperial Tyranny By, Get This, Lying


Four Pinnochios for the pathological liar's claim that Bush's executive amnesty shielded 1.5 million.

Posted by Ace at 01:16 PM Comments

Open Thread


Albert Bierstadt, "Sacramento River Valley" (1872)

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The Annual Recipe Exchange -- Texas Chili and Brandy Alexander Pie

—Gabriel Malor

It's time for the annual recipe swap with Patheos' Elizabeth Scalia and her readers! Last year she offered these amazing cream puffs and I did these bourbon-berries. Elizabeth noted that she preferred the cream puffs without chocolate sauce, and I'm starting to come around to that view. (Some more experimentation both with and without is needed, to be honest.)

This year Elizabeth sends Brandy Alexander Pie She says it will literally make you happy, and I believe her.

I thought I'd go a bit further afield than Thanksgiving Day proper. Specifically, what about the day before when you'd really rather not spend all day cooking for a meal other than the big show? I know, I know. A bunch of you slackers just order pizza. A better answer: the crock-pot. What could be better than sticking a bunch of yummy things in a pot for hours and walking away?

This is my sister-in-law's simple Texas chili. A feast for any number of people, easy to store and reheat later.

Sis-in-law's Texas Chili

2.5 lb. ground beef
2 8 oz. cans tomato sauce
2 yellow onions, diced
2 chili peppers, diced (remove the seeds)
2 carrots, small diced
2 tomatoes, chopped
2 tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
2 cup water

Brown the beef in a skillet, breaking it up into small pieces, and drain. Put the beef and the rest of the fixings into the crock-pot and simmer over low heat. Stir every 20-30 minutes or so. Cook for three hours or so.

Easy, perfect, no beans. Eat it with shredded cheddar and sour cream, according to your tastes, over tortilla chips, Fritos, or corn bread.

Alright, more than half the fun of the recipe exchange is to see what the commenters here and at Elizabeth's place will offer. I still get comments about this pumpkin cheesecake dip I stole from commenter Angel Em several years ago, so tell us what ya'll are cooking. Make it good.

Posted by Gabriel Malor at 10:05 AM Comments

BREAKING: Hagel Out As Secretary Of Defense


Get thee under the bus!

We now know the answer to the age old question, "Is there anyone too incompetent for work for Barack Obama?"

Congratulations Chuck, it was clear from the start you were in over your head.

Posted by DrewM. at 09:08 AM Comments

Morning Thread (11-24-2014)


Up and at 'em.

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Overnight Open Thread, 11-23-2014 -- Workin' Man Edition

—Damn Dirty RINO

Well, 'Rons n' 'Ettes . . . me again. Apparently there's an epidemic of Cob Flu going around. Seems Maet has developed some mysterious symptoms which cause him to carouse in much the same way that CDR_M has the for past couple of weekends. And I guess the options are growing pretty thin since I find myself charged with filling in for a second consecutive night that would have otherwise been spent in typical sluggardly fashion. But, since it's been raining all day and the ground was already fairly saturated, my chances of getting in a full day at work tomorrow are pretty slim. So, I should be able to catch up on my indolence then. The paycheck will suffer, but hey -- it's that time of year.

Speaking of which, as some of you may recall from one of my earlier ONT contributions, there's been a bit of a shakeup in my life over the past few months as I suddenly found myself in the midst of an unplanned career change. At the time, I'd gone from tending bar at a local watering hole (some dare call it a roadhouse) to working for a friend of mine who owns a couple of poultry farms. Since then, I've found employment working for a company that installs fiber optic lines. The chicken farming job was essentially a favor from my friend to keep me gainfully employed until something more permanent came up. So, despite some turbulence, through it all I remained a workin' man.

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Posted by Damn Dirty RINO at 10:00 PM Comments

Food Thread: The Last of The Thanksgiving Blather [CBD]

—Open Blogger

[I have no idea what happened.....but the comments were the most brilliant ever!]

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Chez Dildo adheres to a strict schedule for Thanksgiving...roll in around 5:00pm or so, wander around until someone shoves a cocktail into your paws, and then wait around until the cook gets his shit together and serves dinner. Football will be watched, but only because baseball season is over.

Rumor has it that there are other ways to orchestrate the perfect Thanksgiving event. What does the Horde do, and what does it serve that isn't standard fare?

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Posted by Open Blogger at 04:11 PM Comments

Gaming Thread 11/22/2014

—Gang of Gaming Morons!

Actually thought of doing a Christmas guide for gaming neckbeards but I said to hell with it (this might come next week depending on how boring Thanksgiving is). And everyone else has done a gaming list on any site you choose so eh.

I'm being lazy and taking a short writeup

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Posted by Gang of Gaming Morons! at 03:11 PM Comments

Pre Thanksgiving Sunday Football Thread

—Dave In Texas

Y-Not has a panicky Thanksgiving thread below if you want to panic over Thanksgiving. If you want to panic over football this is the place.

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Sunday Travel Thread: Over the River and Through the Woods [Y-not]

—Open Blogger

Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often.
-- Johnny Carson

Sitting here looking out the window watching snow fall... yep, it's November and Thanksgiving is just around the corner.


All done now? Good.

Thanksgiving has become one of my favorite holidays, second only to Christmas (although it's getting closer and closer as the hassle of putting together bundles of gifts and shipping them across country has become wearing). I like the simplicity of Thanksgiving: it's a big meal flanked by time off and lots of football. Hard to go wrong with that.

Well, except for the hassle of traveling.

First, a poll:

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 11-23-2014: Politics As Usual [OregonMuse]

—Open Blogger

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Strahov Theological Hall - Prague, Czech Republic

Some Political Books

I could have sworn I had posted this 11 best political books of all time list in some eaflier book thread, but I couldn't find where, so I apologize if it's a repeat. Anyway, it's a mix of fiction and non-fiction, there's a few interesting entries here (All The King's Men, Master of the Senate) and one clunker (The Handmaid's Tale? Really?).

One of the books on the list is This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral - Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking! - in America's Gilded Capital by Mark Leibovich. It's an insider's "tell all" book and according to the Amazon blub, it lays bare

How political reporters are fetishized for their ability to get their names into the predawn e-mail sent out by the city’s most powerful and puzzled-over journalist. How a disgraced Hill aide can overcome ignominy and maybe emerge with a more potent "brand" than many elected members of Congress. And how an administration bent on "changing Washington" can be sucked into the ways of This Town with the same ease with which Tea Party insurgents can, once elected, settle into it like a warm bath.

This last bit is why I'm not very optimistic about the latest election results. Even if we did successfully elect a number of Our Guys and sent them to Washington to clean house, they'll just get corrupted like everyone else, and become part of the problem. I think that's basically what happened with the guys we elected in the Republican rout of 1994. They're soaking in warm bathwater.

Look Out, It's E-Fairness, the Burning Issue of the Age

Local, brick-and-mortar bookstores want online retailers to have to collect state and local sales taxes, just like they do, and are petitioning Congress to make it so:

The Marketplace Fairness Act was passed 69-27 by the Senate in May 2013, requiring "remote" retailers with out-of-state sales of at least $1 million to collect applicable state and local sales tax on all purchases. President Obama has said he would sign the bill into law; many House Republicans and most online retailers, but not Amazon, have fought the bill.

I think I can guess why Amazon isn't fighting this: it's big enough to absorb the regulatory burden the new law would impose on online booksellers, and might put a few of its smaller competitors at a disadvantage.

But Boehner and the GOP leadership have already given the royal razzberry to this proposed legislation:

John Boehner said Monday he would block any attempt to pass e-fairness legislation in the lame-duck session of Congress...[and] it's unlikely that such a bill would pass either chamber when the new Congress, with its Republican majorities, convenes in the new year. Presumed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell voted against the Marketplace Fairness Act.

The "e-fairness" proposal does sound like "let's eat the rich" type of legislation so typical of progressive policy ideas. I think it's silly that somebody in New York would be forced to collect taxes for the state of California, or any other state.

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Early Morning Thread 11/23/14: Something Borrowed, Something Blue edition [krakatoa]

—Open Blogger

Happy Sunday, gentle morons.

UPDATE: EMT now fortified with 50% more working links.

We'll get back to this:

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Parents of Pro Hockey Defenseman Jack Johnson have borrowed their way into strong consideration for Worst Parents of the Year. Johnson was forced to file for bankruptcy after his loving folks borrowed 15 million dollars against his future earnings from "nonconventional" lenders. My folks were bad with money, but I like to think that if I'd hit on some real income, they'd have had better judgement than to go to a guy named Nicky "Kneecaps" Graziani for a payday loan.

Emperor Qin Shi Huang did it in two dimensions. Or at least his artists did. Han Purple (the color at the top of the post) has some really fascinating traits under 4 degrees Kelvin.

Hope the rest of your day is better than Jack's and warmer than a terracotta warrior in a science lab.

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Overnight Open Thread, 11-22-2014 -- My Hometown Edition

—Damn Dirty RINO

Hello there, fellow Morons. It's been a while since our paths crossed. Once again, your regular contributor to this space has drummed up some cockamamie excuse to shirk his duties and left the heavy lifting to the resident RINO so he can gallivant with drunkards and whores. But, that's OK. It's Saturday night. And, if I weren't doing this, I'd just be sitting around the house wishing I could be out gallivanting with drunkards and whores.

So, knowing I had to come up with something to fill this space in his absence, I decided to get out and do something that could plausibly be described as productive. As anyone who knows me will readily attest, that's a big breakthrough for me when it comes to my typical weekend activities. You see, I'm an irredeemable layabout by nature. Today, though, I thought I'd get out and take a few photos by way of introduction to the little corner of the world I inhabit.

As some of you may know, I live in the far reaches of western Kentucky, not far from the confluence of the Mississippi and the Ohio River. It's a largely rural area populated by mostly friendly folk, albeit sparsely -- the sort of place where people wave or raise an acknowledging finger as you pass them while driving down the road. And when those people speak of going to "town", they're talking about Paducah.

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Shut Up....It Works! [CBD}

—Open Blogger

Anyone who guesses what was playing when I took the photo wins a Platinum membership with the profanity generator and RINO-Be-Gone.

And Open Thread.....

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Saturday Gardening Thread: Seeing Red [Y-not, WeirdDave and KT]

—Open Blogger

Earlier this week when I was drafting my portion of the Gardening Thread, I was inspired by this:


Mister Y-not and I had dinner at some friends' house and, unable to bring them a bottle of wine, I brought a spectacular Christmas cactus as our thank you gift. As you probably know, Christmas cacti come in all sorts of colors, but this red one was particularly striking. So my "theme" was going to be red "holiday" plants and favorite plant gifts.

Then I saw that one of my partners in crime, KT, was working on a cranberry post, so all was well. We had quite a good little theme going.

But after Thursday night, I am seeing red for an entirely different reason:

President Obama's primetime speech Thursday night caused feelings of anger for many, and not only because he granted de-facto amnesty to millions of illegal aliens.

During the speech the president referred to illegals as "workers who pick our fruit and make our beds." Astounding when you consider this was a prepared speech written, read and edited by a team of professionals who somehow allowed that line to get through.

He also mentioned a young woman named Astrid Silva, who was brought to America by her parents at the age of four, became a great student and is working on her third degree from college.

"Her father worked in landscaping. Her mom cleaned other people's homes," he said in describing her parents.

That was enough to set the Twittersphere on fire with at least one person referring to it as the most racist speech since Woodrow Wilson.

And that, dear friends, is why there was no Politics Thread today. As Steyn pointed out Elections Matter... except when they don't. My heart just wasn't in it after Obama flipped the entire nation the bird, so we'll pick up the review of 2016 candidates next week. (Probably.)

Now on to nicer things...

Thanksgiving and Christmas Cactus are possibly the second most common plants (after poinsettia) enjoyed in North American households in December, but they had their origins in the tropics. They are from the plant family Cactaceae, or cactus, and the Genus is now known as Schlumbergera, but older works may refer to the prior name of Zygocactus.

These are succulent perennials which lack spines and are native to the South American tropics of Brazil, high in the Organ Mountains north of Rio de Janeiro. Like many tropical cacti, these holiday favorites are epiphytes, which means they live on other plants, using the other plant as substrate, or a place to live. (As opposed to a parasitic plant, which uses its host for nutrients.)

It turns out the plant I gave my friend was probably a Thanksgiving cactus based on what I learned in this article.

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College Football Thread

—Dave In Texas

The most important thing about a blog post here at the HQ is the title, according to the AoSHQ style guide which is mostly written on the bathroom wall. It should be informative and pithy.


Today's top ten games all times Eastern:

Charleston Southern (who?) at Georgia (10), noon
Indiana at Ohio State (6), noon
Ole Miss (8) at Arkansas, 3:30pm
Boston College at Florida State (3), 3:30pm
West Carolina at Alabama (1), 4pm
Colorado at Oregon (2), 4:30pm
Oklahoma State at Baylor (7), 7:30pm
Vanderbilt at Mississippi State (4), 7:30pm
USC (19) at UCLA (9), 8pm

TCU (5) idle

If you're making picks or placing bets always remember - if you don't think too good, don't think too long.

Later morons.

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Weekend Headlines [CBD]

—Open Blogger

The Horde Rugby Team circa 1958


photo courtesy of our very own Anna Puma.

Barack Obama Cancelled Each Border Security Program Enacted By Bush #43--Deported Fewer Than Any POTUS Since Nixon

Why gendercide is the real 'war on women'
Alternate Headline: Abortion Is Evil, but Only When Girls Are Aborted

Liberals Invoking Cesar Chavez Ignore His Hatred Of Illegal Immigrants.

Migratory Bird Pate a la Warren Buffett

Gura Asks Court to Hold District in Contempt in Palmer v. DC Decision

Eva Shockey responds to critics of bear hunt
"Apparently hunting a bear, eating/donating all of the meat, and putting money towards conservation is a bad thing, but killing my puppy is OK."

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Fundamental Concepts-Ends and Means [WeirdDave]

—Open Blogger

[So, this actually happened, but I'm writing this here instead of risking a cherished friendship. Oh, I'll make the same points to her, but subtly, over time.]

Dear Gay Friend,

I talked to you today after the president's amnesty announcement. You were upset about him assuming dictatorial powers and bitched about trampling the Constitution. You made some good points, about how our American system of government is a historical anomaly, for most of history all of mankind has been ruled by one form of oligarchy or another, and that this portends the US regressing to the mean. You talked about concentration of power to the few at the expense of the many, and you astutely recognized the giant F.U. Amnesty is to the black community in America. You were smart, profane, witty, spot on, and you understand so much, but here's the thing:

In my mind, you don't have the right to say anything.

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EMT: 11/22/14, Something Old, Something New. [krakatoa]

—Open Blogger

Welcome to probably the most needed weekend in recent history.

Niedermeyer's Dead Horse has had to take a leave of absence, as, for lack of anything specific to report, Life has intervened.

So I'll be your new Early Morning Thread host for the foreseeable future, and I promise, hand to Obama, to faithfully execute those duties.*

That's the new.

A little old to start your day, this, the 2nd day of our Lord, Obama the Foist.

The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.

H. L. Mencken

Intolerable indeed.

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