Overnight Open Thread (21 Oct 2016)
Perhaps threatening a cyber attack last Friday wasn't too smart. Cyber attacks disrupt Twitter, Netflix, Spotify, and more.
I'd say the Pacific Pivot has failed. U.S. has few good options for Philippines' Duterte.
Signs of Quitting
Gary Sinise Foundation
Gary Sinise is awesome. Actor's charity set to build 'smart home' for injured Ballwin officer.
I don't understand this decision. Standards are either required or they are not. If your "elective" transformation prevents you from maintaining standards, you shouldn't continue on. Period. Or just get rid of the standards for all. Transgender U.S. Air Force airmen (can you say that still?) can now skip physical fitness tests.
Yes, everything is racist today. British Army accused of racism after offical tweet shows soldier wearing 'blackface' camouflage in jungle. Love this response.
"If you think camouflage is racist, please wear a hi-vis jacket next time you're being shot at," one message read.
College offers young people money to have sex on camera. Do you really need to film people having sex to convince people that having sex with a condom is OK? I would think actual news headlines would be more effective. Like this one. STD cases hit an all-time high in the US.
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We need Peanut-Butter Control...At Least In Wisconsin [CBD]
There too many fantastic quotations in this article, and I can't excerpt it all, but here are a few....
Witnesses claimed the 32-year-old entered the meeting at 9:30pm holding a "family-size jar of low-sodium, creamy natural Jif" peanut butter, shouting about how much she hated the Republican candidate.The detail is fantastic! Not just peanut butter, but low-sodium, creamy natural Jif!
When officers from Portage Co. Sheriff Department questioned Ms Ferguson, she claimed she hadn't left her apartment that night, while allegedly licking her fingers repeatedly, according to the complaint.Pro-tip....eat the evidence BEFORE the cops show up.
"Fortunately it wasn't chunky peanut butter, so vehicles didn't get scratched," said Chief Deputy Dan Kontos.THAT is good police work. He knew the evidence cold.
But what about a photo? Well, the article claims she is 32-years-old. If that is what passes for 32 in Wisconsin, then my most fervent recommendation for all of our Wisconsinites is to get the hell out!
This should make it better though, and much closer to what I think of when I think of young Wisconsinites (Wisconsonians? Wisconsiners? Cheese-heads?)
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Hillary Clinton Secretly Enlisted Feminist Writer Jessica Valenti to Carry Her Water in Branding Bernie Sanders as "Anti-Woman"
Call me old-fashioned, but my idea here is that if it's ethically sound to do something, it should not be a problem to confess it openly.
When you have to keep something secret, that's a pretty good sign it's unethical.
By the way, this is the same presidential candidate whose supporters are claiming she had nothing to do with her Political Renfield Sydney Blumenthal pushing the Birther story against Obama to the press.
As someone commented during that (briefly lived, media embargoed) controversy, this is how attacks are done within the party. Stealthily. With plausible deniability. You don't want to risk alienating voters you'll need later, so you secretly enlist toadies and throne-sniffers to carry your water.
But whatever, Blumenthal wasn't acting at Hillary's behest, just as Jessica Valenti wasn't.
Buzzfeed: The Home of Listicles About Hot Men
Mollie Hemingway asked friends for theories on BuzzFeed's near-100%-fixation on the hotness of men, to the exclusion of women.
Theories ranged from the idea that BuzzFeed is a hostile work environment for straight men, or simply lacks the diversity of talent that would include sufficient numbers of straight men to shape their content, to the idea that BuzzFeed actually seeks to alter human nature itself by the pattern of their articles. One BuzzFeed fan admitted this view, saying that since everything's always been so awesome for straight men sexually, objectifying them is "cathartic hypercorrection" that empowers women's and gay men's sexuality.
There's also this factor: Some Social Justice Warrior women have decided they are so "triggered" by the site of a woman more attractive than they that they will embargo and hate-mail any site showing such women.
Why, they might even create a crusading #Hashtag!!!
And given the average looks of a Social Justice Warrior, that sort of means that any Hottest Women List will have to be made up exclusively of train accident victims and cuttlefish.
Russian Navy Deploys Carrier to Med [Weirddave]
Oct 21, 2016 (ANN) In a move sure to be seen as provocation by many western observers, the Russian have redeployed their only carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, to the eastern Mediterranean.
Ordered by the Soviet Union in 1981, the vessel was launched in 1985 and commissioned in 1990 as Admiral Flota Sovetskovo Soyuza N.G. Kuznetsov after Soviet Admiral Nikolai Kuznetsov, a legendary sailor who was promoted in 1955 to his post as the first Fleet Admiral of the Soviet Navy. He was demoted less than a year later for political unreliability. His rank was posthumously restored in 1988 when the Soviets realized two things: That naming their carrier Leonid Brezhnev as planned was less than popular and that naming a ship after a discredited admiral was probably not the best idea. In true Soviet fashion they un-discredited the Admiral. 1988 was a turbulent year in the USSR.
Although classified by western navies as an aircraft carrier, her official designation in the Russian Navy is "heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser", so three years after her commissioning it was decided to put some planes on board. Her first operational deployment (to the Mediterranean, in order to “acclimate” Russian sailors to the harsh climate there) in the mid 90s was cut short, reportedly by mechanical problems with her evaporators, leading to a severe shortage of water aboard. Russian spokesman Alexov Andrelki vehemently denied the rumors in the press. “Reports of a water situation aboard Admiral Flota Sovetskovo Soyuza N.G. Kuznetsov are completely false. As you can see from these photos, Kuznatov is comfortably deployed on top of the water. Look at the photos, there is plenty of water all around the magnificent ship.” After a brief liberty stop in Tartus, Syria (which subsequently suffered a mysterious but unrelated shortage of bottled water), Kuz returned to Russia where she served with distinction in a variety of Russian dry docks.
This month's deployment of the vessel to Syria is her first following an extensive 2010 refit. Photos taken by the Royal Navy (see below) of the vessel transiting the English Channel have led to speculation among American military experts as to the exact nature of these upgrades. “Judging from the stack gas, her power plant appears to have been converted to one burning firewood, or possibly peat.”, said one expert on condition of anonymity, “Either of these would be an excellent choice for them as Russia enjoys vast reserves of both in Siberia. It remains to be seen, however, if they will be able to master the technical aspects of this new-to-them technology”.
Ace News Network will keep on top of this story for any breaking developments.
Military Upset With Brain-Damaged, Absent-Minded Old Woman's Disclosure of US Nuclear Response Times
CNN's Barbara Starr reported Thursday that the U.S. military is unhappy with Hillary Clinton discussing nuclear weapon launch times during Wednesday night’s presidential debate, calling such information "extremely classified."
When the president gives the order to launch a nuclear weapon, that’s it. The officer has to launch. It can take as little as four minutes.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 20, 2016
Starr reported that the Pentagon would not officially comment on Clinton's remarks since they occurred during a political campaign. However, many officials who spoke to Starr off-camera said they were not happy with Clinton's comments due to the secure nature of what she was discussing.
"We went to the military this morning and asked them. A military spokesman told us that they do not discuss operational timelines for launching nuclear weapons," Starr said. "This is some of the most classified information. I asked Defense Secretary Ash Carter at a press conference earlier today. He declined to answer the question because it involved politics."
Hillary's team claimed there are "open source" news articles "discussing" this, though those would of course be speculation in the press, not confirmation from someone in a position to know the actual fact of the matter.
But definitely, let's trust this woman's judgment.
Obama's Cash-O-Rama Bonanza May Have Whetted Iran's Appetite for Ransoming More Hostages
Iran Seeking ‘Many Billions of Dollars’ in Ransom to Free U.S. Hostages
Source close to IRGC puts bounty on remaining U.S. hostages (Updated)
BY: Adam Kredo Follow @Kredo0
October 19, 2016 4:18 pm
Iran is seeking "many billions of dollars" in payments from the United States in exchange for the release of several U.S. hostages still being detained in Iran, according to reports by Iran’s state-controlled press that are reigniting debate over the Obama administration’s decision earlier this year to pay Iran $1.7 billion in cash.
Senior Iranian officials, including the country's president, have been floating the possibility of further payments from the United States for months. Since the White House agreed to pay Tehran $1.7 billion in cash earlier this year as part of a deal bound up in the release of American hostages, Iran has captured several more U.S. citizens.
Future payments to Iran could reach as much as $2 billion, according to sources familiar with the matter, who said that Iran is detaining U.S. citizens in Iran's notorious Evin prison where inmates are routinely tortured and abused.
Iranian news sources close to the country’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC, which has been handling prisoner swaps with the United States, reported on Tuesday that Iran expects "many billions of dollars to release" those U.S. citizens still being detained.
"We should wait and see, the U.S. will offer … many billions of dollars to release"
NOTE: My computer is failing again. This time, I can't connect to the internet. Posting may be spotty.
Wow: Leaked Email Shows Huma Abedin Admitting That Hillary Clinton's Morocco Trip was a Pay-for-Play for a $12 Million Donation, and that Hillary "Created This Mess and She Knows It"
Quick, let's elect her. She's corrupt and evil, but she's not "ours," so we don't "own" her mistakes -- just her justices, laws, failed wars, and political persecutions.
But we'll get to tell our Department Heads that we don't "own" her otherwise.
The email from Huma Abedin, Clinton's Deputy Chief of Staff at the State Department, was addressed to Podesta and campaign manager Robby Mook. Hillary Clinton was a director of the foundation at the time.
Singapore and Hong Kong officials reportedly were also vying to convene the CGI meeting in their countries, but the North African nation ultimately hosted it in a five-star hotel in Marrakesh, Morocco, in 2015. Abedin told Podesta and Mook that Morocco was not CGI's "first choice." [CGI = Clinton Global Initiative -- ace]
The actual meeting was paid for by OCP, the Moroccan-government-owned mining company that has been accused of serious human rights violations. Clinton vigorously supported the Moroccan King when she was Secretary of State and the U.S.-financed Export-Import Bank gave OCP a $92 million loan guarantee during her tenure as Secretary of State.
The mining company also contributed between $5 million to $10 million to the Clinton Foundation, according to the charity’s web site.
Abedin described the arrangement in the email as having been organized by her boss. Hillary Clinton "created this mess and she knows it," she told Podesta and Mook.
She said the Moroccan deal was entirely dreamed up by her boss. "This was HRC's idea, our office approached the Moroccans and they 100 percent believe they are doing this at her request. The King has personally committed approx. $12 million both for the endowment and to support the meeting." HRC stands for Hillary Rodham Clinton.
The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice charged OCP with "serious human rights violations," including exploitation of workers by not "adequately compensating the impoverished people who live there."
Hillary wound up not going to the event, even after cadging so much money out of the King of Morcco and this shading mining company; but she did send her ex-president rapist husband and charmless daughter.
October 21st, 1805 [CBD]
No captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of the enemy.
Trafalgar was the first battle I learned about in depth. I had a few of those hard-bound "young adult" histories that I would buy at E.J. Korvette. Not much more than a flowery recitation of the plan of battle followed by lots and lots of action. I was eight...it was great, especially when I began to realize exactly what a British victory did for the world.
HMS Victory, Nelson's flagship, is a 104 gun first rater, and is the flagship of the First Sea Lord of the British navy. Notice the present tense? She is still commissioned, 257 years after her keel was laid.
For those of you who dislike recognizing one of the great naval victories in history, here is a link to a performance that might be more your speed.
The Morning Report 10/21/16 [J.J. Sefton]
Good morning, kids. Noted at press time: the lead for the day is not an O'Keefe or Wikileak but right out in the open. Of course, it's from a foreign paper so I fully expect a total US media embargo and/or smears about the individual in question. Also, the IBD-TPP Poll which does have a track record of picking the winner at least as far back as Bush 41 shows a dead heat. Yet if the official propaganda line is Trump is going to get wiped out in a landslide, why is the media going into overdrive with the attacks and smears? That's a rhetorical question. Anyway, have a better one.
- **CIA Contractor Claims He Was Muzzled by the Agency to Shield Hillary from Another Potentially Devastating Benghazi-like Incident**
- The Al Smith Dinner Turns Into Inquisition II
- Local Ohio Newsie Tangles With Trump, Who Tells Her to Kindly Get F*cked
- IBD/TPP Poll: Trump Maintains 1 Point Lead Over Nurse Nasty
- Chutzpah Meter Alert: 8 Times the Left Claimed Elections Rigged/Stolen
- Free Speech Aborted In Kamala-Fornia
- Holy Shit; These Psychos Really Do Want a War with Russia!
- Donald Trump's Most Unlikely Ally May Turn Out to Be His Strongest
- Security Detail's Reaction to Hillary Breaking Her Elbow: "ROFLMAO!!!"
Protests Cited Most Frequently For Reason People Are Watching Less Football
29% say they're watching less football; 27% of pajama-clad social justice warriors who have never so much as touched a ball in their life claim that they're watching more. Yeah, I doubt that. There are only so many hours of free time in the week, and the ratings say viewership is down, not even.
Of those 29% who say they're watching less football, Kaeperneck's follies are cited as the most important reason by 40%.
Other reasons include lack of opportunity to watch football (really? it's on constantly, dudes), lack of interest (a lot of people are complaining about how many crappy games are on), and competition from the Presidential debates.
Roger Goodell says the league hasn't lost viewers at the same time he's trying to figure out why ratings are down.
Hm, here's a possible reason ratings are down: Because you've lost viewers, Chump.
Skip Bayless, working for a network that broadcasts football games and pays a lot of money to do so, dares to say on air that maybe this might have to do with the Anthem protests.
Though of course he first praises the protests as being super-important and raising consciousness and stuff.
Weird News ONT: Not Sure What Day This Is
This Will Not Be A Good ONT
But There Will Be Clowns and There Will Be Cake
Clown craze takes another life, best reaction is comment #1.
Tats for Kids! j/k!
I know tattoos are incredibly popular with people of all ages. Waaaaay back before the turn of the century (heh), they were still a pretty reliable indicator for lowlife tendencies. Excepting military tattoos, of course.
Now, however, 1)you really can't judge a book by its cover, and 2)almost everybody really *is* a lowlife these days (at least by prior, outmoded cultural standards). Sad but true.
Anyway, I'm torn between thinking this is charming and thinking this is hideous. Tats are always somewhat disfiguring, in my eyes, no matter how nice the drawing. Just a matter of what my environment was when I was brought up. But some people I really respect have them, so I'm trying to be better.
Here is the first cake of the evening.
The chocolate curls are for snorting crumbs.
BAM. Cake. As promised. Your trust in me is surging.
Okay, that pic is extra appealing right now because like many of you I am low-carbing again to lose a few pounds. Works really well, too, and quickly.
Incidentally, to you Moronettes out there that have been successful in losing a lot of weight: how long did it take for your tits to snap back? Asking for a friend.
Save Money While Traveling
Ah, hotels. A chocolate on your pillow, a tiny bottle of luxury shampoo, mouthwash. With all these complementary amenities, it's easy to understand how someone might have made an honest mistake.
Here's a related article written by a rotten little sumbitch chiseler who punishes hospitality every chance he gets. This is the kind of swine who dumps the whole candy dish in his coat pocket. What a tool.
Here is a 100% gratis, free-of-charge, and also complementary purple vomit cake for Mr. Sphincter O'Toole chiseler, there.
With extra nuts. Or maybe, ground beef. Not sure /don't care.
Back to the clowns. We are witnessing a livelihood being done in by hoaxes and social media. It's kind of sad:
"They aren't clowns. They are clown impersonators," said Wendy Pincus, who has performed in New York City for the last 20 years. "We're here to make people happy. We don't threaten people. We bring joy."
Emphasis me, because despite my sympathy for genuine entertainers affected by these hoaxes, I find the concept of 'clown impersonator' to be kinda funny.
Here is an item from Cam Winston on Ace's earlier Hobbies/Life Changes Thread: Dr. Rhonda Patrick on Joe Rogan's podcast. Superb. Get your Vitamin D! There are several other interviews with her on youtube but I haven't watched them yet so I don't know which is best.
Also, Joe Rogan is beefy and delicious and improving with age. Although he still says dumb things occasionally. Like, why was it so important to get off into the weeds about mormonism during a talk on hormones and vitamins?
Ah, that's okay, Joe. I'm pretty dumb too most of the time.
One more good hobbies info link: 100 sites to get free literature downloads. Legal.
The third and last cake of the evening. This is a kind of apple-buttery-streusel thing, appropriate for the season.
Here's some random interesting linkage from CBD:
Have a good evening, darling hearts. Please play nice or I will send my monkeys.
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Marriage: Life Advice For Morons By Morons [Warden]
Last week's post on dating advice yielded somewhere near 1,000 comments. I'd call that a success, so let's keep this series going.
Tonight's topic is marriage. Again, I'm not a guy who has all the answers--this is a jumping off point for the commenters. But I do have more than a decade of what I consider to be a very strong and healthy marriage under my belt, so I feel qualified to throw some advice out there for younger, unmarried Ace of Spades morons.
I'll start with choosing a spouse and work forward.
* My dad once told me that nothing will affect your long term happiness and well-being more than who you choose to marry. He's right. This is the person who you'll spend more time with than anyone on Earth. They can help make your life wonderful or turn it into a living hell. Chose wisely.
* Don't get too hung up on looks. Beauty fades at an astonishing pace. All you need, really, is someone you'd be happy to have sex with long term on a somewhat consistent basis.
* That rush of adrenaline and excitement that you feel when dating is going to fade over time. It's okay. It gets replaces with something less thrilling, but far deeper and more meaningful. A good spouse will become your rock--the person you trust and rely upon more than anyone else in the world.
*They say opposites attract. I say be careful on this matter. Some opposite personality traits complement each other. Others will cause never-ending strife.
*Compatible values matter. My advice to morons is to find a conservative and a traditionalist. Remember, you'll probably raise kids together and you definitely want to be on the same page as one another in their upbringing.
*Never marry anyone who can't control his or her spending. It will ruin you. And, unlike addicts who sometimes sober up, these kinds of people never seem to change.
*Before you get married, talk about EVERYTHING--money, religion, sex, where you want to live, how many kids you want, and the kind of life you imagine. There should be no surprises about where each person stands on these things and the time to hash out disagreements is before the vows are spoken.
As an example, I was not a Christian before I got married. My wife and I agreed that we'd raise our kids in the church, but she wouldn't nag me about my beliefs. It was a good compromise. I eventually converted. If she'd pushed me, I would not have and she recognized this about me.
*When planning your wedding, only invite people who you expect to be a part of your lives for the long haul. Expect at least one thing to go wrong--it will. And keep perspective about what this day is really about because you're not going to really remember much about the catering or floral arrangements and neither will anyone else.
After You're Married
*My father only gave me one piece of advice, but it was a good one: "Nothing is more important than your wife." My father-in-law said it in a different way: "Take good care of each other." This is what a healthy marriage ultimately boils down to.
* My wife has a saying of her own: "Be the person your spouse looks forward to coming home to." A happy marriage starts with you, not the other person. If you're ever struggling or having a rough spot in your marriage, review your own behavior. Are YOU the kind of person someone can't wait to see at the end of a hard day?
* Here's my own rule on arguments within relationships--the person who cares the most gets the win when the other person only cares a little. I stick to this even when I know the other person is wrong. If it isn't going to affect me much, then who cares? I'm not in the business of "winning" every conflict. It's bad practice.
*Speaking of which, never keep score in your relationships. It's poison. You're on the same team, not playing against each other.
*Home is where you build each other up. There's a whole world of people out there trying to tear you down. Make home a safe, positive environment for everyone in your family.
*Never speak disrespectfully of your spouse in public. It is a betrayal whether or not they're around to hear it. And besides, what does your laundry list of gripes about your spouse say about YOU? You married this person.
*Marriage can survive many things--addiction, money problems, poor health, even infidelity. What it cannot survive is contempt. Watch your thoughts and watch your tongue. Remember that you're full of your own flaws and faults before dwelling on those of your spouse.
*Women need to feel safe and loved. Men need to feel respected. Don't forget these things when dealing with your spouse.
*Some disagreements and personality clashes will never be reconciled. Learn to live with them and not think less of your spouse because of it.
*If you really want to understand what makes your spouse tick, have him/her take a Meyers Briggs personality test online. Take one yourself. When I did this, I was able to see that some things that drove me nuts about my wife were hard-wired into how she expresses her love.
*Politeness in everyday life is undervalued. Make your spouse feel appreciated for the everyday things they do for you and your family like the laundry or mowing the lawn.
*Apologize promptly when you mistreat your spouse. Speak plainly and calmly when they are mistreating you and be quick to forgive when they apologize.
*Many small, loving gestures add up to much more than grandiose gifts once or twice a year. Don't wait until Valentine's Day or anniversaries to show your love. Do it daily by bringing your spouse hot coffee, rubbing his or her feet, mentioning when he/she looks nice, etc...
Just last weekend, I was driving the family home from a weekend getaway when my wife looked at my dry hands, got our some lotion and started moisturizing them one at a time as I steered. She takes care of me in this way all of the time. I wouldn't have noticed or cared that my hands were dry, but I can tell you that it made me feel loved.
*Finally, I'll throw one out that I think I read in Laura Schlessinger's, The Proper Care and Feeding of a Marriage. One day a married couple were bickering with each other in a therapy session with her when she got fed up and said, "Stop! Just one question for each of you. When was the last time you made your wife feel like a woman? And you, when was the last time you made your husband feel like a man? Do that before you come in here pointing fingers at each other."
Personally, I think that's great advice.
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University of Toronto Professor Refuses to Use "Genderless Pronouns;" Chaos Ensues
"Gendereless pronouns" fall into two main categories:
1. using plural pronouns such as "they" or "them" or "their" when only one person is being discussed, in which case the "genderless pronoun" is a grammatical error
2. using genderless pronouns like "xir" and "xe," which are, get this, not real words
So the University of Toronto apparently has laid down an edict that educated professors are now required to only speak in grammatical errors or made-up nonsense words.
University of Toronto faculty signed a letter criticizing hate speech against their transgender and black students in light of a fellow professor's refusal to use "genderless pronouns."
Psychology professor Jordan Peterson posted a two-part lecture on YouTube in which he lambasted current political correctness on campuses and criticized Bill C-16, a bill that would outlaw discrimination and harassment based on gender identity and expression.
Peterson also refused to use gender neutral pronouns if asked by students.
250 members of the faculty then wrote a letter condemning this lone defender of common sense, and forbidding him from commenting on a proposed law due to his having an Unapproved Opinion about it.
The letter told Peterson that he must start using genderless pronouns if asked and that he needs to stop commenting publicly on the topic.
The letter also claimed that Peterson’s refusal to use gender neutral pronouns could be considered discrimination.
"Your statements that you will refuse to refer to transgendered persons using gender neutral pronouns if they ask you to do so are contrary to the rights of those persons to equal treatment without discrimination based on their 'gender identity' and gender expression," the letter claims.
Here's this Heretic's Forbidden YouTube video.
MeAgain Kelly Turns the Blue Glare of Her Aryan Fury Towards a Democrat for a Change
Maybe MeAgain didn't feel the need to be protective towards this particular woman because she's black or something. Who knows.
Two Odious Pretend Conservatives Bitterly Shout At Each Other About Politics
I know, you can't get enough of that, and it never happens on cable TV.
I did enjoy watching Bill Kristol's skin turn an unhealthy shade of purple as if he was choking on a plum-pit or maybe just on bile.
"I'm not bitter," he said bitterly.
A moment later he said "I am upset."
Hobbies/Life Changes Thread
Texas Zombie posted somethng I liked. Except for one thing. You'll know it when you see it.
Make a little game for yourself -- what sentence made Ace mad here?
But the rest of it is good.
Alright guys, help me out with something. I am so weary of this election, the SJWization of America, and our national politics in general. But I can't help myself, I consume a ridiculous amount of political news every day. And of course it is mostly depressing. And then I feel compelled to try and combat some of the ignorance by posting stuff on Facebook which let's face it mostly just pisses people off - including those in agreement - because they too are weary of all of this.
After the election I need to find some things to completely replace the time, effort, and mental energy I spend on politics. I need to just wash my hands and be done with it. At least for a while. I don't think my constant and compulsive refreshing of my browser tabs in hopes that there is some new news item available to be digested is healthy at all. Really need to quit this cold turkey. After the election of course. So help me think up some stuff to divert myself into - something to binge on rather than politics. (I don't want to ditch the HQ but maybe just come for the non political stuff like the medical monitoring and book thread.)
One thing that will make this hard is that a ton of my political consumption happens during the work day because I have a job that is compatible with that.
Here are some things I am thinking of doing to help shift my time and mental energy away from politics. Some big things and some little, symbolic things.
- Read more books. I have a ton of books that I have bought and not read because I spend too much time reading political stuff online. This is probably the single biggest/easiest way for me to shift brain power away from politics.
- Delete all political sites from my favorites. Symbolic but helpful.
- Throw myself into developing a love for a new sport. Maybe baseball. I have never been able to get into it but have been watching this years playoffs. For most of my life the only sport I have followed closely has been the NFL. Not sure I can develop a true passion for a new sport at this time in my life but maybe I can.
- Only carry my cell phone with me when I really need to have it. That way I can't just be constantly browsing on it. That's probably a good life change regardless.
- Ditch the smart phone and go back to a dumb cell phone. That seems like a radical change but maybe it's time.
- Take my kids on evening outings outside of the neighborhood. Find some local fishing holes and do some soul therapy with a rod and a reel.
- Sign up for a class of some kind. Learn a new language or take a cooking class or something.
- Take up a hobby. I just don't know what it would be though. Politics has been my hobby. I am worried that I won't be able to find something of equal interest to replace it with.
- Delete all my social media accounts. (Not a bad idea anyway.)
- Set up a couple of dedicated but inexpensive weekly gatherings with friends who aren't really political. Thursday night football at the local wing joint and whatnot.
What are some other things I can do to fill the void if I cut politics out of my life? Needs to be things that don't involve spending a crap ton of money like go to the gun range every day. Yeah, would love to do that, but I have kids and kids are pretty spendy so I don't have a lot of loose cash burning a hole in my pocket.
Also, anyone else feeling the same way about this? Anyone else ready to just say the hell with it - time to cut politics out of my life to the greatest extent possible?
This is what I'm trying, and what I've been advocating. I fail a lot -- I'm watching The New Season of Lame TV Shows again, despite my vow to stop.
And I'm not reading as much as I vowed. I'm reading, but not every night. It really needs to be an every-night thing.
I have picked up a new sport and am working on my GAINZZZ, as I might have mentioned once or twice in passing.
On the cellphone thing, I've never had a problem with this. I'm not one of those people who's always checking his cellphone, and I feel bad for people who do.
I think life is meant to be lived. I think human beings are meant to live in the three-dimensional world of air and light and breath and blood and not just reduce themselves to machines in the service of lesser machines. The cellphone is supposed to be aid to make living life easier, not a shackle that keeps your head bowed to it as life occurs in the background, while you're checking your newsfeeds and to see if you got Retweeted on twitter.
I think the right word is presence. You're supposed to be present in your own life, not someone who occasionally checks in on it while multitasking on Twitter.
I have a pretty unshakable habit that the phone is reserved for talking to people, making plans via IMs where I will see actual people, summoning Uber, and tracking my GAINZZZ.
When I'm out with people, the phone is not involved.
In fact, when i'm alone, the phone is also not involved. Apart from the uses I mention above, the only time I do social media or email on the phone is when I've turned off my computer to let it cool down and am looking for the next story to post.
Anyway, presence, not just physical presence, but actual mental, cognitive, perceptive presence in the real world, is, I think, a major key to using the human body and mind as they were intended to be used.
And I think absence from that world is what causes so much depression and stress in the current age.
I think the body and mind send subtle signals through emotions, and one of the signals they're sending is an aversion to self-imposed absence from the real world of challenge and miracles.
I think there's an internet-onset form of depression that is the body's and mind's (and spirit's) way of telling their owners: This is not the purpose for which we were made.
People think they're "connected" by their phones and social media accounts. Yes, they're "connected" to those things.
Do they ever pause to wonder what they've disconnected from in order to make those connections?
The other thing Texas Zombie mentions -- learning. A new language, a new sport, a new hobby. Chess, gardening, banzai grooming, fencing -- whatever.
I personally used to hate learning. I learned to hate learning as a child, because adults were bossing me around and forcing me to learn things I thought were boring.
But once you're an adult, if you can get over that early aversion to the process of learning, you get to learn the things you're really interested in, and kind of turns you on. (Mentally, I mean.)
And I have to say that learning is actually fun. Now that I'm learning again, I feel pretty lame for letting so many years lapse without learning.
It's actually a deeply satisfying thing. It feels right. It feels like there's some actual forward progress in your life. It feels something like illumination.
It's like GAINZZZ for your BRAINZZZ.
Anyway, while I don't like Texas Zombie's claim to delete all political sites from favorites, I do think everything else on his list is pretty good advice.
Now, I really have to stop watching the stupid zombie-habit shows I'm wasting my time with. Like I said I would do, but then, get this, did not do.
Once Again, Media Ignores All Parts of Debate That Favored Trump to Zero In On the Two Parts That Favored Hillary
The "two storylines" that emerged from this debate, as MeAgain Kelly beamed joyously last night, are 1, Trump's aside "Such a nasty woman" and 2, Trump's refusal to say he'd "accept" the results of the election.
As to the first: Trump said this in direct response to a cheap-shot insult -- one that Hillary laughed as she delivered, turning it from a common political attack into an attempt to humiliate through mocking laughter.
Defending her sham Social Security scheme, she said she'd raise taxes on the wealthy to pay for it, then added in a chuckling quip, "I'm sure you'll find ways to avoid paying it, Donald," or something like that.
Apparently there are a lot of women, including lots of women who don't call themselves liberal feminists -- MeAgain Kelly and half of the online female "conservative" commentariat, for starters -- who actually think that a woman is allowed to insult a man to the accompaniment of a witch's mocking cackle and the man is not allowed to say anything more than "I agree with you, Thee of the Superior Sex."
Go fuck yourselves, women (and some men) who think this way. You're not superior and you have no special rights and privileges, and men do not have a special requirement to defer to you in all things.
People who claim these things seem to be trying to vindicate some personal, at-home domestic issue -- "My husband is such a useless cad!" -- through their political agitation.
You have two choices, ladies: You can either compete in the hard world, or you can keep to the soft world. You cannot go out into the hard world, and in fact employ the tactics of the hard world like insult and mockery, and then demand to be treated by the rules of the soft world.
That's not feminism -- that's infantilism. Learn the difference. The only man in the world obligated to treat you like Daddy's Little Girl is your actual Daddy.
As to the claim that Trump is destroying the Republic by refusing to say in advance that he'd "accept" the results of the election -- Hillary Clinton said in 2002 that George W. Bush had been "selected, not elected" and just this week Hillary nodded and clapped and smiled along with a crowd shouting to Al Gore YOU WON! YOU WON! YOU WON!
As Larry O'Connor points out in that piece, much of Gore's subsequent speech on Hillary's behalf strongly implied he'd actually won the election, but not by enough votes that the Supreme Court was chastened from stealing it from him. And Hillary clapped merrily along.
Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]
Usually the blurb from the Metropolitan Museum of Art website is redolent of artistic pomposity, but this one isn't bad....
This work, featuring meticulously rendered beech and basswood trees, was painted for the New York collector Abraham M. Cozzens, then a member of the executive committee of the American Art-Union. The painting illustrates a new trend in the work of the Hudson River School, with its diminished emphasis on sublime drama and increased interest in naturalism and in the creation of a tranquil mood. Durand was influenced by the work of the English landscape painter John Constable, whose vertical formats and truth to nature he absorbed while visiting England in 1840. "The Beeches" resembles Constable's "The Cornfield" (National Gallery, London). This work is also the first one Durand based on a plein-air oil sketch, a technique the artist increasingly relied upon to reproduce accurately conditions of light and shade.
The Morning Report 10/19/16 [J.J. Sefton]
Ugh. Been up since 3:30AM. Wifey had an early flight. So just as I was putting the final touches on the post, she calls me from LaGuardia Airport to tell me she left the presentation she was giving on the dining table. Roundtrip in a cab. I deserve a donut. And some danish.
And as I was saying before the rude interruption . . .
Good morning, kids. Doubtless you all will want to talk about last night's debate. The question is not necessarily your perceptions as a well-informed, rational Moron (you have to be to hang around here, trolls and other "vantz'n" not withstanding). Try to put yourself in a LIV's mind and see who sealed the deal and who came off as an asshole, and that might be the key. Point of personal privilege; I've linked to my own piece at Cut Jib Newsletter at the bottom of the list and invite you to read, ponder, pontificate and kvetch. Other than that, have a better one.
- Chris Wallace Pulls a Lauer
- Creamer'd His Mom Jeans: Seditious Thug Visited White House 340 Times Since '09
- White House Targeting Violent Homegrown Ideologies. Hint: Radical Islam Is Not On the List
- Dark Side of the Loon: Shrill, Joo-Hating Waters Also Not Fond of Trump, And. . .
- . . . BDS Movement Infiltrating a Community Board Near You
- Water Is Wet Dept.: Another Anti-Muslim "Hate Crime" Exposed As Faked
- Come What May November 8th, We Need a New Party
- It's the 1,460 Days Between Elections Where the Real Battle Lies
Post Debate ONT - Buy Stock in Liquor Companies. On Second Thought, Just Buy Liquor. By the Case [Weirddave]
Well, that's over. Now we can all contemplate the glorious future that awaits us. Our American flock is indeed fortunate to have one of two such fine shepherds to lead us.
Quote of the Week 1
Basically, Trump is everything wrong with America’s culture, and Hillary is everything wrong with our government. -Allahpundit
Quote of the Week 2
It must be boring to be so predictable.
Feel Good News
The footage isn't that dramatic, but it does show ordinary Americans doing what ordinary Americans do best: Answering the call when needed. The fire department arrives at the end of the video, but by that time bystanders and a couple of cops had already wrestled the guy up the embankment and his car was pretty well involved with fire below. They might not have been able to save him-just as a time sensitive matter. This is characteristic of a high-trust society. In a low-trust society, one characterized by amongst other things a population inculcated into dependence on government to solve all problems, people would be more likely to stand around wringing their hands wondering where the firemen were to help that poor man. John Ringo has a lot of interesting thoughts on this in his excellent book The Last Centurion. It's one of the reasons the U.S. survives the global plague, despite having an incompetent Hillary analogue as president. It's a good book, I recommend it.
On the other hand, I'm very glad we have trained firemen and rescue personal on call in our society. I have no qualms about local governments furnishing them, I think it's a proper function. I'm a limited government guy, not a no-government guy, a distinction that many on the left deliberately refuse to make.
Other Proper Government Functions
Another reason to plan your next vacation in Italy.
How Do We Get it Back?
I dunno. Ted Cruz got a raft of shit from all of the usual suspects when he tweeted a link to this story:
It's a good question. The GOP isn't especially conservative now, even if Hillary were to lose, a Trumpified one would be even less so. The answer is taking it over from the bottom up. There's a lot of that going on, but I'm no longer sure we have enough time left for that to produce results before the center can not hold anymore. Kurt Schlichter has written two books; in Conservative Insurgency, that tactic succeeds. In People's Republic, it doesn't. Guess which one he wrote more recently?
Not All Heroes Wear Capes
Drugs, Part II
Warning: There is a hard video to watch at the link. I'll describe it, avoid clicking if you don't want to watch.
The title pretty much describes the video. The question is, of course, one of exploiting grief for clicks. The father of the 8 year old boy in the video, himself a recovering heroin addict, posted it to his Face Book page. He said:
This wasn’t staged. This was real. I had someone record this so addicts with children can see the seriousness of our epidemic. Don’t let this disease have to make someone tell your child that your [sic] dead because of drugs. This was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do, please get help so our children don’t have to suffer.
I tend to believe the father about his motives, trying desperately to rescue some small good from a tragic situation.
Time Magazine's motives I'm not so sure about.
A Rolling Cheese Gathers Mo' Lawyers
I'm sympathetic to the parent, nobody wants their child injured, but she voluntarily attended an event where she knew big cheese wheels would be hurtling down hills. She chose where to stand to watch. Maybe a modicum of personal responsibility here? Just a tincture?
The Costume's an Unlicensed Knockoff, but the Marketing Guy's a Genius
The full story. The commentary is pure gold.
Fascinating theory. It would explain a long standing mystery. Explanation at link.
Remember This When You Read About How Donald Trump is "Degrading"
Disney couples sexting. Cosmo, of course.
Happy Birthday U.S. Navy
This was supposed to go on last Wednesday's ONT, since last Thursday was the actual, you know, birthday, but I somehow left it out.
On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress established the U.S. Navy:
Resolved, that a swift sailing vessel, to carry ten carriage guns, and a proportionable number of swivels, with eighty men, be fitted, with all possible despatch, for a cruise of three months, and that the commander be instructed to cruize eastward, for intercepting such transports as may be laden with warlike stores and other supplies for our enemies, and for such other purposes as the Congress shall direct
I don't care if you were an Airdale or a Pecker Checker, a Bubblehead or a Deck Ape, a Rope Dope or a Turd Chaser, much gratitude for your defense of our country. I know Village Idiot's Apprentice, NACL Salt and Navycopjoe all served in the Navy, any other Squids in residence?
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Final Topic: The Debt & Entitlements
Also: Post-Debate Spin, And Your Take
In Other Words, This Is The Last Post Before the ONT
Final Debate Thread: The Mishegas In Las Ve-gas
While you wait, you can chew on this post by John Sexton on the parties' use of the "system is rigged" meme:
it’s fair to say that between Occupy Wall Street, the Piketty boom, the attacks on Mitt Romney and “vampire capitalism” we’ve had five solid years of progressives insisting the system is rigged. And it has an impact. It’s talk like this that results in 43% of Democratic primary voters saying they are fans of socialism and 56% saying the government is in the best position to run the economy (52% would support nationalizing major industries).
Where has the media been all this time? Why haven’t they scolded Democrats for language that is intended to destroy people’s belief in the reliability of our economic system?
The fact that so few journalists seem to have noticed the parallel tells you more about journalists than it does about whether or not endless attacks on capitalism are a good idea.
Pre-Debate Thread: The Rubber Match
2nd most popular reason to solicit casual sex? To get off. At least that's my guess.
College: Where Young Adults Go To Have Their Minds Taught to Think Like Children
Hundreds of students marched through a 20-foot-tall inflatable vulva at The Arch on Friday afternoon following the unveiling of PUSSYGATE.
Student organizers hung the purple vulva from The Arch for students and community members to interact with. Spectators watched, took photos with and walked through the open vulva, which hung on display for more than two hours.
Organizers said they wanted students to form their own interpretations of the piece and declined further comment on PUSSYGATE.
For many students, PUSSYGATE served as a statement about the perception of vulvas in society.
"Vulvas carry a lot of shame in our society," Weinberg senior Ary Hansen said. "It's a statement about equality and about pussy pride."
Economically comfortable upper middle class women-toddlers who have never known much in the way of competition, conflict, or challenge sure seem very creative at imagining new, trivial ways in which they're being oppressed. It gives their cush lives some kind of drama, which in turn invests trivial, soft, vapid lives with something that could be mistaken at a distance for meaning.
When you've defined "achievement" as learning to name and "accept" your body parts -- well, Sister, you've set yourself up for a long string of easy wins. Because this shit? Is easy as fuck.
Little stupid babies would laugh at the "challenges" you've set your precious minds to "overcome."
Gettysburg College freshman James Goodman began his first moments of higher education by being lectured by campus leaders about "toxic masculinity," he tells The College Fix in an interview.
Students who "identify as male" were shown a docudrama film about masculinity. The film, titled "The Mask You Live In," was part of the lessons warning students that the notion of masculinity comes with harmful side effects, he said.
According to the trailer of the film, it teaches that the "three most destructive words" a boy can hear growing up is "be a man." Experts quoted therein also suggest that violent outbursts are prompted by masculinity pressures because "respect is linked to violence."
"They really buy into a culture that doesn't value what we feminize," says scholar Dr. Niobe Way in the trailer, continuing that people of both genders will "go crazy" under that construct.
It's wrong not to value feminine qualities, say all the people who do not value masculine qualities.
Gee, seems to be a bit of disparate treatment.
Well, don't worry about it. In fifty years we'll all be chicks, as Adam Carolla says. The human race will be extinct, and will only be Problematic as a historical, intellectual matter for some advanced star-faring race of xenoanthropologists.
You know, there's a part in Brave New World where the ruling class of the future -- simultaneously sexualized down to the level of dogs, and infantilized to the level of, well, infants -- engage in a game called Orgy-Porgy, which is what it sounds like. It's a silly social excuse, masquerading as a "game," to just have an orgy.
I would say Brave New World is here.
Cleveland Really Can't Catch A Break [CBD]
So...is Canada actually America's ass-hat?
Of course Cleveland is retaliating in the most magnificent way: kicking the snot out of the Blue Jays.
Note from Ace: I think CBD posted this yesterday, briefly, and then I stomped on it, and he tucked it back into draft. Seems like a good post, so I wanted to put it up for real.
Three GOP Offices Have Now Been Variously Vandalized, Firebombed, or Burglarized
It's important that we monitor Donald Trump for provocative and dangerous rhetoric. It's obvious that only Republican-leaning voters are capable of violence.
An Indiana Republican Party office was vandalized last week after someone tossed two bricks through the window, officials said Monday. That news comes just a day after a Republican headquarters in North Carolina was firebombed. The Sunday blaze injured none, however, a perpetrator also spray painted the message "Nazi Republicans get out of town or else" on a nearby building.
An office in San Antonio used by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign was burglarized on Wednesday, FOX29 reported. Police detained a suspect around 5:30 a.m. and authorities believe that person targeted other buildings in the area, too.
Fat-Positive Comedienne Amy Schumer Shames Paying Customers Who Didn't Think She Was Funny
By the way, when I say she's "Fat-Positive," I mean, of course, that she got her tests back from the lab, and they show her positive for being fat.
Heavyset, unfunny serial joke plagiarist Amy Schumer alienated a crowd in Tampa, Florida, by telling a series of jokes about Trump that she in all likelihood stole from last night's Full Frontal With Samantha Bee.
Yeah, the jokes were that lame. She called Trump something like a "orange, sexual-assaulting, fake-college-starting monster."
"She's the funniest person on the planet in all of the history of physical reality! She's like the Female Ghostbusters, only with a Tumblr account and a Subway Sandwich Saver Card!" -- idiots at Vox, probably
But it wasn't just jokes about Trump. This Anger Eater, who is often a Sadness Eater, a Happy Eater, or a Not Feeling Any Particular Emotion But Just Kind of Chill in a Meh Sort of Way Eater, invited a Trump supporter on stage and ranked out on him personally.
I don't know what those people were doing in the crowd. Don't they know this plus-sized plagiarist's schtick? I can only imagine that something like this happened: The show didn't sell out, so they got desperate and began promoting the show through venues where they'd reach people outside the Amy Schumer Demographic, maybe offering discounted tickets.
So anyway, I imagine a part of the crowd wasn't familiar with the jowly joke-thief's overweight oevure.
The funny thing is, this husky harridan of a Social Justice Warrior is now playing the free speech card on those who failed to find her adorable.
She wrote this open letter to Tampa:
"Dearest Tampa, I'm sorry you didn't want me, a comedian who talks about what she believes in, to mention the biggest thing going on in our country right now," she said. "How could I think it was OK to spend five minutes having a peaceful conversation with someone with different views?"
Oh I get it -- it's funny because sarcasm.
Again, this thick-waisted thief, this polychinned plagiarist is constantly patrolling other people for Speechcrimes -- in fact, during the show, she attempted to group-shame her critics by instructing her minions to point at the people booing her, to shame them.
Now she's claiming that she's all into free speech -- but only when it's speech emanating, like a Taco Bell fart, from her own poorly-shaped mouth.
The balls on this one.
The big, pendulous, fat-man-with-drooping-spunkeggs balls.
A New Accuser Comes Forward: Local Reporter Accuses Bill Clinton of Sexual Assault
As Jazz Shaw asks: The media will put this reporter's claims on endless loop just as they did in the case of Trump, right?
Just kidding. You'll never hear from this woman again.
I'm old enough to remember when the Clintons had to bother smearing and intimidating witnesses to keep them out of coverage by the media.
Now the media just embargoes them on its own initiative.
After a long period of inappropriate and lurid suggestions, Clinton went there:
Leslie Milwee, a former news reporter with KLMN-TV in Arkansas, accused Bill Clinton of sexually assaulting her three times in a studio editing room in 1980.
According to Milwee, Clinton followed her into an editing room during a visit to the KLMN studio.
"The first time I remember," she explained. "I was sitting in a chair. He came up behind me and started rubbing my shoulders and running his hands down toward my breasts."
"I was just stunned. I froze. I asked him to stop. He laughed."
Milwee claims that Clinton did not climax during the first assault, but in the subsequent two occurrences, "it escalated where the aggressive nature of his touch and what he was doing behind me escalated."
The second assault allegedly occurred one week after the first in the same editing room.
"He came in behind me," Milwee claims. "He started hunching me to the point that he had an orgasm. He's trying to touch my breasts, and I'm just sitting there very stiffly, just waiting for him to leave me alone."
Milwee says she asked "him the whole time, 'please do not do this. Do not touch me. Do not hunch me. I do not want this.' and he finished doing what he was doing and he walked out."
“The third time it happened it was just so overwhelming,” Milwee recalls.
Milwee says she thought about coming forward when Clinton was accused of rape in 1998 but decided to remain silent, given the smears and attacks against the other women.
This is not the first time she's mentioned this. Click the link for a tweet posted in August making the allegation, in response to a Juanita Broaddrick tweet.
Video of her testimony at Breitbart.
Trump will almost certainly bring this up at tonight's debate, and I think that happens to be, despite the fact that it's Trump's instinct, the right move.
If Hillary is going to dine out on Trump's alleged sex victims, she should be forced to explain why she "believes" each of Trump's accusers, but is so certain that Bill's accusers are Dirty Whore Liars that she sics private detectives on them and runs war-room smear campaigns against them.
Project Veritas Hidden Cam Video, Part II; Prog Organizer Bob Creamer Resigns After Video Catches Progs Admitting Scheme for Voter Fraud
I didn't post this yesterday. The video's below if you haven't seen it.
Creamer has now resigned, allegedly.
Eric Foval, also featured in the videos, was fired two days ago. Yesterday, his partner in crimes against the Republic was forced to resign.
By the way, here is how objective news organization -- or Democrat Party front-group -- CNN reported on the story. I've bolded the parts most likely to cause you an aneurysm.
A Democratic operative whose organization was helping Hillary Clinton's campaign announced Tuesday that he would be "stepping back" from the campaign after an edited video suggested that he and other staffers hired people to attend Donald Trump's campaign rallies and incite violence.
Edited video? These people edit interviews all day long. It's their job.
And "suggested"? These guys explicitly admitted all this. How is that a mere "suggestion" of impropriety?
Robert Creamer -- husband of Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky -- announced his resignation in a statement after conservative activist James O'Keefe released a video under his organization Project Veritas Action, which showed Creamer and other operatives purportedly discussing methods for inciting violence at rallies for the Republican nominee.
The only thing purported here is CNN's status as a legitimate news operation.
In the past, O'Keefe and his Project Veritas Action have been criticized for strategically editing footage to create false accusations about people or groups.
Most media companies are not mentioning that Creamer's wife is arch-prog Democrat House leader Jan Schakowski, by the way.
The media will not report this story, and to the extend they do, they will paint Creamer as what they painted Sidney Blumenthal as, a big-talking, fantasizing gadfly with no real pull in politics.
Free Beacon Supercut: 90 Seconds of Democrats Vowing "The System is Rigged"
The Democrat-Media Complex has been in fulsome outrage over Trump's suggestion that the system may be rigged. How destabilizing and dangerous, they cry again and again.
But they seem to be bothered not that anyone is "destabilizing" the system, but that someone else is cribbing their applause lines.
Related: Even fusty old George Will concedes that Trump has a point that elections are in fact rigged -- by all the illegal voting Democrats spend so much time securing.
Preaching to the choir on that one.
It is hard to think of an innocent reason why Democrats spend so much time, energy and money, scarce resources all, resisting attempts to purge the voter rolls, that is to remove people who are dead or otherwise have left the jurisdiction. It's hard to think of an innocent reason why they fight so tremendously against Voter I.D. laws....
We know -- we don't surmise -- we know that the 2010, '12 and '14 elections were rigged by the most intrusive and potentially punitive institution of the federal government, the IRS....
Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]
Something a bit different....courtesy of Niedermeyer's Dead Horse
An offering for your mid-morning art posts. He isn't an old master, but I watched a PBS special about him several months ago and was enchanted by his bizarre, purposeful creations.
His name is Emery Blagdon and he was just a crazy old man who twiddled with junk in his shed. The PBS story about him, and about the fortuitous saving of his creations, is fascinating, and I'm happy to see it's coming on again soon.
Here's a video of his 'Healing Machine' and various other works. It's about 3 min in where the art appears and about 7:30 in when his paintings appear.
Stick around until the 10:45 mark where you see what they saw when they opened the door to a ratty old shed somewhere in rural Nebraska.
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The Morning Report 10/19/16 [J.J. Sefton]
What a week it's shaping up to be. I don't know if I'm depressed and sickened by everything that's been revealed either through O'Keefe (PBUH) or Assange, or because what's been revealed comes as absolutely no surprise at all. Anyway, Debate III is tonight in Vegas. It should be interesting to see how Krankenschvester Ratched reacts. Have a better one.
- Mostly Peaceful Bricks Somehow Hurled Through Local GOP Office in Indiana . . .
- . . . Indy Secretary of State Alleges Serious Voter Fraud
- Glimmer of Hope Dept.: Some Dems Raise $10,000 to Repair Firebombed GOP Office
- Smithsonian On Its Clarence Thomas Snub: "We Can't Tell Every Story"
- Wise Latina: "Sometimes I Wanted to Beat (Scalia) With a Bat!"
- Naked Hillary Statue: Putting the Pig in "Pygmalion"
- Feds Investigate DeBolshevik Pay-For-Play Allegations
- Tubby Riefenstahl Releases Trump "Documentary"
Tuesday Night Overnight Open Thread (10/18/16)[Mis. Hum.]
Today has been Tuesday. The second Monday of the week.
Oh boy, The Maverick is going all out in his opposition to Hillary's SCOTUS picks.We have nothing to fear with Barack Obama in the White House come to mind?
Some of Blumenthal's files -- but no e-mails -- were found on a server in Romania, according to the FBI interview. The investigation also found an Excel file listing names of known or suspected jihadists in Libya -- but part of that file was in Russian. "The file did not come from Blumenthal's server, but contained a reference to an IP address range that included the IP address of Clinton's server," the FBI report recounts. "Upon viewing this file, [name redacted] became concerned he had found a classified document and stopped the project."
The Clinton email scandal.Quite the scandal. Not. Let's worry about raunchy language in a private setting.
In plain English, the Obama State Department asked the FBI to phony up the emails marked confidential so the emails were consistent with Hillary's story. In return, the FBI would get some juicy overseas slots. This shows what the Obama State Department thinks of the FBI: the Comey FBI can be bought with a couple of overseas slots.
One of the media's most blatant biases is what they decide what is and isn't news Just imagine had the shooter been a fellow named Schultz instead of Figueroa or Muhummed Isa Al Mahdi.
Further investigation into
SchultzFigueroa revealed that there was likely far more to the story than just a simple domestic disturbance that tragically ended in gunfire, though. It was revealed that the man was a recent LutheranMuslim convert who supported Donald TrumpPresident Barack Obama and the Rotary ClubBlack Lives Matter movement, and had serious issues with co-sleeping deaths in the inner cityalleged police brutality. He converted to LutheranismIslam during a trip to GermanyAfrica.
The Media Nothing is on the level.
The point being is that even though the news was biased and the balance on the chat shows tilted to the Left, you knew where everyone stood. Bill Press, for example, was crazy as an outhouse rat, but his opinions were his own. When he got into a heated argument with his conservative co-host, you knew it was a bit of an act, but it was also a fight they had had a thousand times over beers at their favorite DC watering hole. The point here is the news has always been biased, but it was on the level, for the most part. This election has made clear that the mass media is anything but on the level. It's not just biased, it is manufactured bullshit cooked up by schemers in league with members of the ruling class. The Michelle Fields hoax is a great example. Fields, according to her bio, has never actually worked as a reporter. She popped out of college a few years ago, wiggled her ass at the right guy and got cast as a "journalist" on-line and on TV. She's too young to have opinions worth having so she may as well be an actress, hired to play a role.
Boo-f*cking-hoo. Left wingers upset about guns and capitalism. What else is new? This sounds like a solid sales campaign.
Funny how the left always forgets to mention health insurance premiums going down. Let alone the fact you can keep your doctor if you like your doctor.
Do we curse too much? How in the hell would I know. (You knew it was coming, didn't you?)
Is health insurance rationing on the table? My simple answer is yes. How can one pay 5 digits for premium and the deductible without going broke?
Chris Cumo of
Clinton News Network Cable News Network CNN comes under fire for stupidity.
Bias also shows up when one:
A) Doesn't do their homework.
B) Knowingly lies to their audience
C) All of the above
Do you want diversity in your Armed Forces? Or do you want just the best people available? Once again the Obama administration cares more about social engineering. To hell with protection of our country.
No one dares use the "Q" word anymore, at least not since the landmark 1978 court case of California v. Bakke. ... Secretary James's 2015 "diversity" initiative failed to reach some critical mass of women and minorities in key positions so she resorted to more drastic measures in her 2016 initiative. If she's allowed to stay on into the next Clinton Administration she will surely continue to tighten the screws until she gets the numbers she wants. As long as she has any number in mind -- the "right" proportion of women and minorities who should be in key positions -- that's a quota and it's illegal.
Global Warming. Climate Cooling. Climate Change. Of course it's about control and not science.
While we are on Global Warming. Are these a thing of the past?
Speaking of science. Food science once again not settled.
At this point in time do we know what is good for us? What is bad for us? My rule, eat whatever the hell you want. I won't judge you and you won't judge me. Moderation is the key.
Now that we are all confused on what foods are healthy. Let's continue the confusion. Yearly exams?
general health checks did not reduce morbidity or mortality, neither overall nor for cardiovascular causes or cancer causes.
Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
Would you like to hear a scary story? Hillary and Yoko are not involved.
The AoS handgun match.You too can enter a highly competitive AoS contest. All you need is a handgun. And some ammo and some targets
and some envelopes and some stamps. And an email address. You can do it.
The Genius Award Winner. He's lucky he is only facing criminal charges and didn't meet his maker. Armed homeowner some assembly required.
The feel good story of the day. Anything worth having is worth working for. Good job young man.
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Obama Administration: Of Course We Won't Be Firing Hillary's Fixer Jake Sullivan for Pressuring the FBI to De-Classify Classified Information So She Could Claim It Wasn't Classified.
FBI documents show that Kennedy discussed with an FBI official getting at least one email declassified in exchange for authorizing additional FBI personnel to be posted in Iraq.
"That's their prerogative, but I can say that Pat Kennedy is going to stay at his job and he has the full confidence of the secretary of state," Kirby said when asked about Chaffetz and Nunez' call for his removal.
Hillary's Fixers -- Who Called Themselves, For Real, "The Shadow Government" -- Pressured FBI Not to Classify or to Declassify Documents Contained in Hillary's Emails
Read Sexton's digest, but I have to quote some of the main story he links.
"IPS felt immense pressure to complete the review quickly and not label anything as classified," according to interview notes from a State Department official whose name wasn’t disclosed in the FBI summary.
The FBI summaries also indicated that "a powerful group of very high-ranking State officials," referred to as "The Shadow Government," met every Wednesday afternoon to discuss all things related to releasing or withholding e-mails that were on Clinton’s server, according to the interview notes.
The group included Kennedy and Jonathan Finer, who serves as current Secretary of State John Kerry’s chief of staff, according to the notes.
The Washington Examiner's Sarah Westwood has more on the State Department's cover-up of Clinton's illegal emails-- including, it is alleged, bringing in the Fixers who helped cover up the Lois Lerner affair.
Se lists the six ways the State Department joined in the cover-up-- here are a few.
One of the people brought in to work on Clinton's emails "was possibly involved in the Lois Lerner, Internal Revenue Service situation," referring to the tax agency's targeting of conservative nonprofit groups ahead of the 2012 election.
Multiple witnesses told the FBI they felt agency leadership circumvented normal procedures when preparing emails, particularly those mentioning Benghazi and Libya, for release to Congress and the public.
Some record-keeping officials said they felt "intimidated" each time they proposed upgrading and redacting part of an email because it was classified. Those officials described the "immense pressure" they felt to avoid classifying anything within the 296 Benghazi documents.
Clinton's legal team at first informed the State Department that it had prepared 14 banker boxes of printed emails for production to the government. However, when officials arrived at her lawyer's office to retrieve the emails, they found only 12 boxes.
"[O]fficials were unsure what happened to the other two boxes," the FBI wrote.
Quick, let's make her president. She's a level-headed, Wall-Street-Friendly corrupt pragmatist of the kind the corporate-aligned Establishment likes.
And she's probably grabbed several fewer pussies than Trump.
National Enquirer Claims All the Things
Eh, I would have some trust in this report if the "Fixer" alleging he's spilling all he dirt on Hillary and Bill was actually named, instead of being referred to as "Mr. Fixit."
But, easy post.
It should be remembered that the National Enquirer recently claimed that Ted Cruz's dad killed Kennedy.
Do I believe most of what's claimed here? Yeah, mostly. But the thing about the Clintons is -- you young people are going to get a hard experience in this -- is that you know a lot of things about them that they successfully cover up and thus you can't prove. And will wind up sounding like a weirdo if you even say.*
* Because the media will scream at you for saying what everyone in the world strongly suspects.