Overnight Open Thread (7-26-2016)
Such is the state of affairs in Germany right now that there were two horrifying attacks by refugees in a single day yesterday. A Syrian refugee in a town south of Stuttgart murdered a pregnant woman with a meat cleaver and then attacked strangers in the street, wounding two people before he was hit by a car and arrested. Police have said the motive in that case was personal.
The second attack took place Sunday evening at an open air concert in the city of Ansbach where a suicide bomber, 27-year-old Mohammad Daleel, killed himself and injured 15 people. Authorities have now found a video in which the bomber pledged allegiance to ISIS.
The circumstances of the attack raise yet more questions about the French government's response to the threat of terrorism. One of the attackers reportedly was a convicted terrorist being monitored with an electronic tag while living with his parents. He was allowed out unsupervised between 8.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. The mass he attacked began at 9 a.m.
--from In Normandy ISIS "Soldiers" Slit Priest's Throat, Take Nuns Hostage
CalPERS on Monday announced a preliminary net return of 0.61% for the fiscal year ended June 30.
The latest fiscal-year return, coming on top of 2.4% in the prior year, means CalPERS has not met its expected 7.5% rate of return for the last 20 years, Ted Eliopoulos, chief investment officer, disclosed Monday at a press briefing on the returns.-- from The California Pension Bomb Just Got More Explosive
These days CalPERS management is mainly focused on important things like getting more climate change activists onto corporate boards and divesting from icky firearms-related companies.
The all-gender bathrooms are a convention-only sham and literally a cover-up. Note though that they only made the women's bathrooms all-gender - the men's bathrooms were left alone. Which is terrible.
[quickly flashes secret bro-dude attaboy sign to the peeps behind this]
Many patriarchs will know what it is to be smashed this week I can tell you.
You never see this kind of debate in Congress and in fact our system seems designed to prevent it. Instead we get stuff like this:
Speaking to DR Bornholm, former Danish intelligence service PET chief Hans Jørgen Bonnichsen said that this was both a rare and serious incident.
...He finds the whole episode to be an unlikely or at least ill-conceived attempt at radicalising people, however."Isis wouldn't be dumb enough to allow a man to go around telling strangers he is working on their behalf. Presenting yourself as a member of a terrorist organisation is almost a violation of the law."
Because you can never be too sure.
Also ghosts don't actually have balls.
Perfectly normal, perfectly reasonable, nothing to see here. Now how about we all enjoy some nice halal snacks during the break.
But then ROTG sold out and went all corporate. USP is still pretty cool though.
I mean they were doing it in kayaks in the barracks' pool - what could possibly go wrong?
Insert didn't see it coming joke here. But then most people don't see colon cancer coming either.
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Cop Killin' Night at the Democrat National Coven
Not cop killers, but a lot of agitation for killing more cops than are already being killed, as "Mothers of the Movement" of slain black men will agitate the crowd.
Remember, when Trump brought out family members of people slain by illegal immigrants, or those slain by illegal guns given to the Mexico narcoterrorists by the Obama regime, or those slain due to Hillary's inebriated disengagement from her actual job, that was "dark." Tonight's Parade of Horribles will be "uplifting," "important," and "fodder for a Great National Discussion that must finally be had."
But it was "dark" when Trump did similarly. That's all you need to know, peon.
BTW: Remember Reuters' poll having Hillary up by 11-13 points recently?
Note that Trump isn't really improving; it's just that Hillary is losing support. It's still very worrisome that Trump strains to even hit 45% in polls.
(Hillary usually hits that.)
What Are You, a Republican?
Nate Silver Now Thinks Trump is the Favorite to Win the Election
He puts it at 57.5% likely that Trump will win, the rest to Hillary.
Oh, and I guess the stupid roll call which will give The Haggard Queen the nomination is almost over.
BREAKING: United Auto Workers' president says Hillary Clinton told him NAFTA should be renegotiated— Reuters Politics (@ReutersPolitics) July 26, 2016
The Horror. The Horror.
History. pic.twitter.com/jYQU4dO3oo— Justin Barasky (@JustinBarasky) July 26, 2016
In "Intentional Act," Man Rams Dump Truck Through Pittsburgh FBI Building's Gates
No explosives in the truck -- but the FBI says he did it on purpose.
A dump truck crashed through the front security gate at the FBI building on the South Side on Tuesday morning, and authorities believe it was an intentional act by the driver.
Pittsburgh police said Thomas Richard Ross, 48, of New Waterford, Ohio, drove through eight or nine red lights and refused their commands to pull over as he headed toward the FBI building on East Carson Street.
Steamed Clams: Gwyneth Paltrow Wants to Share Some Health Tips With You All
I gotta up my game in the Moron Medical Monitoring thread if this is the new state-of-the-art.
Project Veritas Undercover Video Shows DNC Delegate Explaining That Yes, Hillary Wants to Ban All Guns, But Can't Say Anything So "Extreme" Publicly
In this video, he explains to the media what they already know and already believe.
NYT's New Ombudsman: Gee This Paper Sure is Stultifyingly Close-Minded
Oh, well, that's not exactly said -- just that the paper has the reputation of being stultifyingly close-minded liberal.
Like the tiresome bore at a party, I went around asking several journalists in the newsroom about these claims that The Times sways to the left. Mostly I was met with a roll of the eyes. All sides hate us, they said. We’re tough on everyone. That’s nothing new here.
That response may be tempting, but unless the strategy is to become The New Republic gone daily, this perception by many readers strikes me as poison. A paper whose journalism appeals to only half the country has a dangerously severed public mission. And a news organization trying to survive off revenue from readers shouldn’t erase American conservatives from its list of prospects.
No one here would tell me the ideological breakdown of The Times’s total audience or subscriber base, numbers that are considered proprietary. I know only that there is unease in at least a few offices about whether The Times feels sufficiently relevant to a broad slice of readers.
For some print readers, the placement of an editorial calling for gun control on the front page last December, which garnered a record number of comments, was shrill proof of the kind of Times bias they expect. There was a torrent of debate over the appropriateness of its placement.
Imagine what would be missed by journalists who felt no pressing need to see the world through others’ eyes. Imagine the stories they might miss, like the groundswell of isolation that propelled a candidate like Donald Trump to his party’s nomination. Imagine a country where the greatest, most powerful newsroom in the free world was viewed not as a voice that speaks to all but as one that has taken sides.
Or has that already happened?
Bernie, Hillary Fans Yell At Each Other at Texas Delegation Breakfast
More evidence you should skip breakfast -- it is a Gruel of Hatred and Discord.
On The Run: Two ISIS Attackers Take Mass Hostage in Normandy; Eviscerate Priest, Leave Nun Fighting For Her Life
By the way, one of the attackers had links to one of the Bataclan attackers.
So: Stone-cold mystery.
Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]
This was suggested by commenter "Blacksheep," and I can see why. Great stuff.
Tuesday Morning News Dump (7/26/16) [Mis. Hum.]
- R.C. Priest & another attacked in church in France
- Michelle Obama to start using broom again?
- Mass stabbing in Japan, numerous casualties
- Our very own CAC published in National Review
- Yahoo purchased by Verizon
- Russians behind DNC hack? Assange says there is no proof
- DNC not operated by brain surgeons or rocket scientists
- Chicken Little Groupies hardest hit
- The stupid burns
- The FBI to investigate, just use the Hillary defense
- More bad news on the Obamacare front
- O'Keefe and Project Veritas strike again
- Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) keeping it classy, as ever.
- Not to be outdone former Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA)also utters Bull Sh!t. What's up with GA?
- Interesting info in DNC doc dump
- Add your own snark regarding millennials
- History maker now regrets making history
- Turkey detains journalists
- Dutch bank warns customers of negative interest rates
- Michael Jordan speaks out on police and racial tensions
- Brexit, not such a disaster?
- Genius Award
- Feel good story of the day
Overnight Open Thread (7-25-2016)
Every discussion about bodies - whether in the media or amongst friends - is about how to avoid the horrible fate of looking like me. When you say that you shouldn't have eaten that lunch or dessert, or when you announce your new year's resolution to lose 5, 10, 25 pounds, you are saying that you don't want your body to end up like mine.
-- someone writing under the nomme de gras 'Your Fat Friend'
And instead recommends staying inside with the air conditioning cranked up. Except....
So then dress lightly and try to catch a little breeze beneath your local wind farm I guess.
Status:Very likely true.
And the Malaysian authorities kept this fact from the public. Black holes and secret landing strips in Pakistan hardest hit.
Which pretty much narrows the why down to one of two reasons.
Such sweet, sweet cluelessness on all sides.
This is the article that Facebook won't let her promote.
But won't say exactly when or why.
As the world turns its eyes to Rio for the grand unveiling of the Third World Olympics, there are continued signs that the lawless post-colonial slum town isn't quite prepared. Decapitated bodies and robberies are one thing. Crime stats are easily fudged. Zika babies linger, but you put a nice crocheted hat on their diminutive domes and nobody even screams in fear until kindergarten. Non-working toilets, that people are going to notice. The Australian Olympic team has announced they can't stay in the Olympic village because the plumbing and wiring in their housing is best described as 'So Rio".
Burger McBurgerface and Your Contest McSucks.
Pokemon Go Watch:
Note the time and location of the incident.
I think I prefer the before...but maybe dressed in a lighter shade of black.
Note to self: Get a bigger island fortress, open a Match.com account, find out what Latvian women eat.
The Yahoo AoSHQ group - it's got the electrolytes and shit.
And my twitter thang.
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Democratic National Coven, Night One
Yeah that was deliberate.
Ghostbusters Falls Off 50% from Already-Disappointing Opening Weekend
Sony’s Ghostbusters took a tumble on its second weekend. The $144 million comedy earned $21.6m (-53%) to give it a new $86.8m ten-day cume. That’s a sharp fall for a comedy, and dreams of a 3.8-4x multiplier are now out the window. It’s about on par with Pixels and The Boss. So now it’s a question of which of those two precedents matches up. It’s still looking like a cume of $135m-$150m by the time it’s done.
Um, compare to how the media reported on Pixels' box-office. The media hates Adam Sandler.
So they portrayed it as a box office bomb.
So if Ghostbusters -- with a much, much better known IP than Pixels -- is doing about as well as Pixels, is it not a bomb as well?
Or are we just not saying, because that would be anti-Woman?
Are facts now Anti-Woman?
Answer: Yes, of course they are, they always have been. Any fact a liberal doesn't like is "anti-[some member of the liberal coalition]."
Monday Moron Medical Monitoring
Quick explanation of so-called "Bulletproof Coffee:"
The coffee was popularlized -- and I guess invented -- by David Asprey, author of "The Bulletproof Executive." Here's his video about it.
He makes various claims about the coffee which strike me as ludicrous -- he says his !Q has gone up 20 points on the coffee --- but there is one big part of the coffee that seems solidly-based.
The coffee recipe is just two tablespoons of grass-fed unsalted butter (Kerrygold has one of the most widely distributed of such butters; look for the silver label for unsalted (gold is salted)), and some medium-chain triglyceride oil, available from Amazon in various forms. I use coconut oil, but not for any particular reason. (SEE UPDATE.)
I also put a lot of Saigon cinnamon in mine, plus non-sugar sweetener (stevia for me -- I don't taste the bad taste many object to).
The point of the coffee for those doing Intermittent fasting and/or Low Carb High Fat is that you're actually having a small meal, composed of almost 100% fat, but this meal does not produce any insulin response, as fat doesn't trigger an insulin release.
So, as far as intermittent fasting, even though you actually are breaking your fast with a shot of calories and fat, you're not breaking your fast as regards the hormone you actually care about -- insulin. No insulin is being raised, so as far as your insulin metabolism knows, you're still in your fasted state.
Yet you're getting some calories, which will make it easier for you to hit the 16 (or 18, or 20) hour mark without eating.
If you're doing Low Carb High Fat, you just swapped out one meal for a small meal that's 100% dietary fat, so that helps you on LCHF ratios.
Remember, don't just replace carbs with protein. At some point your body will figure out the trick you're pulling on it and start burning protein for glucose (and producing the insulin response). Eat more protein, but not too much more. You want to swap the carbs for fat, not a ton of extra protein.
People add the cinnamon because it's a natural stimulant that adds to the kick of caffeine and also, I think, is supposed to have some additional fat-burning effect beyond the simple metabolism-boosting effect. I kinda doubt that though. But we have a doctor who prescribes cinnamon capsules to patients, so maybe he can elucidate on that for us.
Since I've been adding cinnamon I've gone from two cups of coffee in the morning to just one, which is good for me, because too much caffeine makes me jittery and trips my anxiety switches.
Now, I know people whom make their coffee with heavy whipping cream, which is also 100% fat (or nearly so). So the question arises: Why have your coffee with weirdo creamer like butter and coconut oil, when you could get the same basic metabolic effect from heavy whipping cream?
I have no idea why you wouldn't do that. I think Asprey just popularlized this butter-and-oil recipe (he claims that he drank tea with yak butter in the Himalayas and it endowed him with superior performance in all ways) and so this is what I'm doing. I don't see how the heavy whipping cream version would be inferior for IF or LCHF purposes.
I would say this, though: Butter keeps a long time. That means you pretty much always have creamer in the morning, and never have one of those oh-no-I'm-out-of-creamer-and-didn't-go-to-the-supermarket-last-night black coffee mornings. So even if you're going the whipping cream route, maybe just have a stick of unsalted butter in there. Just in case.
Okay so here are my accountability stats: Had another lame week of weight loss. I dropped through the 187 resistance point Friday, down to 185.5, but have lost nothing since then. I actually I gained slightly -- 185.7.
Still, 20 pounds down from two months ago, or around then. Maybe two and a half.
The last time I lost weight I was losing 3-4 pounds per week many weeks, but I was doing something else then too: Walking at a hard pace for 40-50 minutes, 4 times a week. I haven't been doing that. I might have to start doing that again, especially now that my shoulder's got me out of commission for weightlifting.
So: How are all of you doing?
PS: Broseidon King asked if he could post his lift figures here. Of course you can/should. Any medical/health/exercise goal can be posted here. It's not just weight loss.
If you want to talk about your GAINS, BRO, then talk about your GAINS, BRO~!
Oh: Last time people were debating the best way to drink two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (which might reduce insulin, especially at night -- though this is unproven).
I've been having it in coffee cups with cold water and ice and stevia. The water cuts the vinegar, obviously, but it's still a small enough amount to drink that you can power it down in a (not terribly pleasant) minute.
A coffee cup, especially a big coffee cup, seems to me to be the right compromise between cutting the vinegar and yet not making so much liquid it's hard to get down.
A Note on Adding MCT Oil to Your Coffee: Remember when I pooped my pants a few months ago?
Yeah, that was from MCT oil. You sort of have to add it slowly, to get your body used to it. It gets things moving smoothly out of your body -- a little too smoothly if you start with loads of MCT oil.
BernieBoos: Now Sanders Booed When He Tells His Supporters to Vote for the Haggard Queen
The Debbie Disaster has been averted, however: Debbie Wasserman Schultz has said she'll no longer be appearing at the convention.
Woman driven out of convention by threat that loud candidate's ill-tempered male fans would cause a disturbance.
That's how they would have played it if this was the RNC.
Oh My: Sanders Supporters Plotting Challenge to Tim Kaine on Ticket
There was talk about blocking Pence (and inserting a Cruz or someone else) at the RNC, but that fizzled.
A group of Democratic delegates backing Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) said Monday that they are actively exploring a challenge to Sen. Tim Kaine’s (Va.) vice presidential nomination.
Solomon said he hoped the DNC release information within hours on how to submit a challenger to Kaine, which he said would require the signature of 300 delegates.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz Booed at Florida Delegation Breakfast at Start of Convention
A meeting of Florida Democratic delegates descended into chaos when outgoing Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz took the stage Monday, with critics holding up signs with the word "Emails" and Bernie Sanders supporters booing the congresswoman loudly, even after she began speaking.
"We have to make sure that we move forward together in a unified way," Wasserman Schultz said during brief remarks. "We know that the voices in this room that are standing up and being disruptive, we know that is not the Florida that we know. The Florida that we know is going to make sure that we continue to make jobs."
The audience was roughly half supportive of Wasserman Schultz and half detractors, though the angry participants were louder than the other half. Those attendees began to chant, "Shame! Shame! Shame!" while Wasserman Schultz was speaking..
I like how anything you say to a Democrat is parried by "We shouldn't be talking about this, we should be talking about how to Make Jobs for the Middle Class."
Apparently even at breakfast, Democratic footsoldiers -- who probably have never worked in the private sector, let alone owned a company-- are expected to hush up and just Make Some Jobs while they eat their eggs.
Fearing an embarrassment when she approaches the podium, Democrats are now pressuring the sneaky snaggletooth to abandon her role at the convention altogether.
Oh, and Nancy Pelosi was booed at the California delegation breakfast.
Furthermore, they chanted "Lock her up!" at that breakfast.
Dudes: It's only breakfast and they're already in meltdown.
Trump Takes the Lead in Two Post-Convention Polls
The bounce is back.
Donald Trump comes out of his convention ahead of Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House, topping her 44% to 39% in a four-way matchup including Gary Johnson (9%) and Jill Stein (3%) and by three points in a two-way head-to-head, 48% to 45%. That latter finding represents a 6-point convention bounce for Trump, which are traditionally measured in two-way matchups.
In the national poll, conducted from July 22 through July 24, Donald Trump pulls ahead of Hillary Clinton by 4 points, a sizeable swing from the past week, when the former secretary of State was clinging to a 2-point lead. In a three-candidate scenario including former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, the Libertarian nominee pulls in 10 percent of the vote, and Trump still leads Clinton by 4 points.
It's a popular thing among NeverTrumps to disclaim any responsibility in this election by saying "Trump is doomed anyway." It's a comforting way to evade making any hard choices. I know, because I said it myself four months ago when I said I wasn't going to say anything to help Trump, because he was doomed anyway, and I might as well keep my virtue.
But he could win. I still think he's disfavored to win (though I'm less confident of that now), but this idea that NeverTrumpers are enamored with -- that opposing Trump is an absolutely free choice with no downside consequences whatsoever -- appears to be a bunch of babytalk.
That doesn't mean anyone is obligated to help a man he or she considers unfit for office and a bad person besides. But the various Twitter-generated slogans exist to arrest thought, not spur it.
This is a serious choice and should be considered seriously, not simply by stringing together a series of Twitter argumentative memes that substitute for thought.
Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]
This overly propagandized battle had been used by France to tout the glories of the French Revolution, and to show that The People! were ascendent. But....the real reason they won this battle is the professional backbone of French Army regular cavalry and artillery who actually knew what they were doing. It wasn't even a big battle, unlike one that occurred about 50 kilometers to the east and 124 years later, near a little town called Verdun.
Monday Morning News Dump (7/25/16) [Mis. Hum]
Democrat Convention Schedule
Monday, July 25, 2016
Free lunch, medical marijuana, and
bus ride to the Convention
Forms distributed for Food Stamp enrollment.
Group Voter Registration for Illegal Immigrants.
Address on "Being the Real You"
Rachel Dolezal, former Head of the
Seattle NAACP and Caitlyn Jenner
"How to Bank $200 Million as a Public
Servant and claim to be broke"
How to have a successful career without ever
having a job, and Still avoid paying taxes!
A Seminar moderated by Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson
Medal of Freedom presentation to Army deserter Bo Bergdahl for serving with Honor and Distinction
National Security Advisor Susan Rice
Invitation-only Autograph Session Souvenir photographs
of Hillary and Chelsea dodging Sniper Fire in Bosnia
General vote on praising Baltimore rioters,
and on using the terminology "Alternative
Shoppers" instead of Looters"
Breakout session with Bill Clinton for
women on avoiding the upcoming draft
The White House "Semantics Committee" Meeting
General vote on re-branding "Muslim Terrorism"
As "Random Acts of Islamic Over-Exuberance"
"Liberal Bias in Media How we can make it work for you!
Tutorial sponsored by CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, PBS,
The Washington Post and the New York Times
With Guest Speaker, Brian Williams
Tribute Film to the Brave Freedom
Fighters Still incarcerated at GITMO
Personal Finance Seminar -
"Businesses Don't Create Jobs"
Special guest Pocahontas aka Elizabeth Warren
Short film, "Setting Up Your Own Illegal
Email Server While Serving in a Cabinet
Post and How to Pretend It's No Big Deal"
Hosted by Hillary Clinton
Official Nomination of Hillary
Bill Maher and Chris Matthews
Somebody spent a lot of premium time putting
this agenda together. Don't let it go to waste.
h/t The Internet
The regular News Dump that you know and love will resume Tuesday July 26th.
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Overnight Open Thread (7-24-2016)
Ticino is one of Europe's loveliest places, combining a very Italian dolce vita with trademark Swiss efficiency. Things work here in a timely fashion as they don't always in neighboring Italy. It's a minor miracle that Switzerland has made Italians work like Germans - while losing none of their fine food, wine and culture. Locals aren't excessively fond of Swiss Germans - they find them stodgy - but they look down a bit on Italians across the border too, who never can quite seem to make their trains run on time. As they do in Ticino.
That said, not much exciting happens in Ticino. The canton seldom makes Swiss headlines - much less beyond this small country. About the only noteworthy thing that happens in Locarno, the canton's second city, situated on lovely Lago Maggiore under the Alps, is the annual international film festival every August. Since 1946, that draws movie stars and therefore press. Not much else gets the international media to Locarno.
Suddenly, that's changed. And the issue is one of the most hot-button ones in all of Europe, indeed across the West right now: the role of Islam in public life.-- from Swiss Italians Say No to the Burqa
And yet one thinks of the aphorism of the Roman poet Horace: Naturam expelles furca, tamen usque recurret - "You may drive out nature with a pitchfork, but she keeps on coming back." The issue of transgender bathroom integration in public schools may well come to resemble the debacle of forced bussing 40 years ago, where compulsory liberalism was forced into headlong retreat by a ferocious public backlash.
It is ironic that liberals who otherwise champion the sanctity of nature when it comes to global warming or endangered species or pristine forests draw the line when it comes to human nature.-- Steven Hayward in The Genderfication of U.S. Politics
Because her husband was intestate, she sought to dilate her fungible assets; despite cunctation for titivating, she managed to masticate and lucubrate far into the night.
Dealing with the VRWC.
A contingent of about 20 British special forces pulled out of the facility less than 24 hours before the U.S. tracked Russian aircraft on June 16 flying across Syria to the garrison, according to U.S. military and intelligence officials briefed on the strike. The aircraft dropped cluster munitions on the target, according to U.S. officials and rebel commanders.
After that first Russian strike, officers with the U.S. military's Central Command air operations center in Qatar called their counterparts in Russia's air campaign headquarters in Latakia, Syria, U.S. officials said. The American officers told the Russians that the garrison was part of the U.S. campaign against Islamic State and shouldn't be attacked.
Roughly 90 minutes after the U.S. warning was delivered, U.S. aircraft circling nearby watched as the Russians launched a second wave of strikes against the garrison.
A U.S. military surveillance aircraft overhead tried to hail the Russian pilots directly using the frequencies which the U.S. and Russian governments had agreed to use in emergencies.The Russian pilots didn't respond.
I've never understood why people (especially those on the left) give so much weight to anything kids say. Kids don't know much and don't have any particular insight - because kids - yet we're supposed to swoon over their innate wisdom whenever they spout back what are clearly propaganda points that they were indoctrinated with by adults in charge of them.
Not really shocking at since the cheating let the commission feel good about passing ever more strict emissions requirements while letting the car companies still sell cars with the performance that consumers wanted. Win-win for everyone until they got caught.
It's not like the Czechs were really using that land anyway.
The two weeks to fully recover after traveling 9 time zones or more east matches my experience coming back from Asia.
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Top 10 commenters:
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6 [451 comments] 'Skip'
7 [446 comments] 'Ricardo Kill'
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10 [382 comments] 'Mr. Peebles'
Top 10 sockpuppeteers:
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3 [45 names] 'The Political Hat'
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5 [38 names] 'Mike Hammer, etc., etc.'
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Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Stung by Wikileaks Revelation, Resigns as Chair of DNC
The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee resigned Sunday after a trove of emails were disclosed showing DNC officials had worked to undermine the underdog presidential campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida congresswoman, said in a statement that she would leave her post at the DNC at the end of this week’s convention. She said she would still open and close the gathering and would address the delegates. ..
Given antipathy to her from hundreds of Sanders delegates who will be in the hall, it is likely that she will be booed each time she takes the stage.
Mr. Sanders has long accused Ms. Wasserman Schultz of favoring presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and had wanted her fired. But the Clinton campaign stuck by her and it was thought that she would survive until her term expires after the November election.
Then Friday, the WikiLeaks website released a database of more than 19,000 emails allegedly sent from DNC officials between early 2015 and mid-2016. Some of the emails show DNC staffers discussing ways to weaken Mr. Sanders’s campaign.
In one email to colleagues, a top DNC official suggested ways to undermine an unnamed person who appears to be Mr. Sanders: “Does he believe in a God. He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage. I think I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps.”
She's resigning to prove her objectivity, and to further prove her objectivity, she's taking a job with the Hillary Clinton campaign.
That's right: She has an entirely new job now -- doing anything necessary to get her corrupt bud elected.
Totally different from her last job.
The good news is, she's incompetent as f*ck.
Food Thread: Packaged Food: Is Any Of It Good? [CBD]
Our intrepid Navy dentist is slumming with the United States Army for awhile, but at least he is eating well! Any Morons actually enjoy these meals?
And....what are the best packaged foods? Obviously potato chips and other snack foods are pretty damned good most of the time, but how about other stuff? I remember as a kid getting immense enjoyment out of Swanson frozen dinners, but that's because it was a treat, and we had to behave really well to get them (yes, my parents were smarter than their children).
A Moron who shall remain nameless (because I simply cannot remember who) suggested this site, and it's sort of fun. The blogger is suspiciously SJWish, but I did get a chuckle out of the first part of her biography....
I am the crazy neighbor with paint under her nails, glitter everywhere, a cat in every window, & the Christmas tree up all year.
Anyway, the link goes to a post about great Depression era recipes and cookbooks. interesting stuff, and indicative of how incredibly well off even the poorest among us are....
I asked a fellow
glutton gourmet if there was an upper limit to the amount of bacon one should add to Mac & Cheese. He responded...
No. God no. I prefer "bacon with Mac and cheese topping" actually. That's the ratio you are looking for.
Some of you may watch cooking shows, and while most of them are silly vehicles for mediocre chefs who happen to have some on-screen ability, some are fun to watch. This lunatic is obviously not an accomplished chef, but seems to get immense pleasure from eating and cooking, and that is, after all, the point. His recipe for Grilled Pork Tenderloin al Pastor with Avocado Crema actually looks pretty good.
Anyone a fan of the Singapore Sling? I saw it mentioned recently and while many of the recipes I found seem overly sweet, it does cry out for a deft hand to make it an interesting concoction. Unfortunately my go-to bartender is moving on to greener pastures, and I don't think I will be able to convince him to make one for me before he quits.
It is times like this that the idea of indentured servitude makes a lot of sense.
Y-not here. Our host, who is indisposed right now, asked me to add a recipe and "hit the button" on the Food Thread this week.
Alton Brown's Gazpacho
1 1/2 pounds vine-ripened tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
Tomato juice (I use V8 )
1 cup cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1 small jalapeno, seeded and minced (I use poblano peppers)
1 medium garlic clove, minced (More)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 lime, juiced
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon toasted, ground cumin
1 teaspoon kosher salt (I've been using a bourbon-smoked sea salt)
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (I've been using piri piri seasoning)
2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, chiffonade (I use purple basil for color and a anise-y kick.)
Fill a 6-quart pot halfway full of water, set over high heat and bring to a boil.
Make an X with a paring knife on the bottom of the tomatoes. Drop the tomatoes into the boiling water for 15 seconds, remove and transfer to an ice bath and allow to cool until able to handle, approximately 1 minute. Remove and pat dry. Peel, core and seed the tomatoes. When seeding the tomatoes, place the seeds and pulp into a fine mesh strainer set over a bowl in order to catch the juice. Press as much of the juice through as possible and then add enough bottled tomato juice to bring the total to 1 cup.
Place the tomatoes and juice into a large mixing bowl. Add the cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, jalapeno, garlic clove, olive oil, lime juice, balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire, cumin, salt and pepper and stir to combine. Transfer 1 1/2 cups of the mixture to a blender and puree for 15 to 20 seconds on high speed. Return the pureed mixture to the bowl and stir to combine.
Cover and chill for 2 hours and up to overnight. Serve with chiffonade of basil.
You can see a video of this recipe being made at the Food Network.
Often gazpacho recipes include stale bread to add body. I've been skipping that and pureeing all of the ingredients, rather than reserving some of them as Alton Brown does. Then I add diced vegetables as a garnish when I serve the soup.
To make this more of a meal, substitute the basil with fresh cilantro and add cold boiled shrimp (unseasoned or seasoned with Mexican spices) when you serve it. Or ceviche.
Speaking of tomatoes, if you are inundated with tons from your garden (or if you went a little too wild at the farmer's market, as I did this week), you can freeze them. Obviously their texture is affected by this process, but they are supposedly still fine for sauces and stews.
I'm making up buckets of gazpacho which I plan to freeze, but I will also try this whole tomato method and let you know how it turns out.
What's cooking in your kitchens this week?
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What Makes You Happy? [Y-not]
The news cycle has been unrelenting this year. I know it's taken its toll on me and those around me. I need a break, so this thread will be politics- and news-free.
Several months ago, I attended a funeral for someone I had never met. She was a long-time and much-beloved employee at my husband's new workplace. I knew very few people at the funeral (really more of a memorial service) and virtually none of the people or places or events in the stories that they shared about her.
It was one of the most moving services I've ever attended. The siblings and coworkers of the woman being honored were very eloquent, managing to express their love and admiration of this woman through their grief. (This greatly impressed me because when I attended my own mother's funeral, I could not even manage to muddle through a scripture reading without breaking down.)
I don't recall many specifics about what her loved ones said, except for one thing: in this woman's last months of life, after battling cancer for several years, she experienced a period of relative health. During that time she made sure she spoke frequently with her family, especially her sons, as well as with clergy, lawyers, and financial planners (one of her sons is disabled so much planning was needed). And she did one more thing: she threw herself into pursuing an exercise regime that featured pilates.
And it gave her joy.
This was a woman of considerable intellect and emotional depth who invested much of her final time on Earth in something purely physical. And she did it not because she wanted to look better in a bathing suit next summer, but because it made her happy.
What makes you happy?
Below are a few links related to this topic that might help get the discussion going:
Better living through chemistry. (If chemjeff is lurking, you should comment here, my friend.)
I would love to be fit enough for this to be true.
Steak. Dark chocolate. Arak.
This may explain some of the reactions to CBD's morning art thread pictures.
Recommend "happy" accounts to follow on social media (or in more traditional media) here.
Here's one I like:
This is Oliver. He's an English Creamschnitzel. The rarest of schnitzels. 11/10 would pet quite firmly pic.twitter.com/qbO5X6dYuj— WeRateDogs™ (@dog_rates) July 23, 2016
I've put an open thread below this one for politics, news, and misery.
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Open Thread for Politics, News, and Misery [Y-not]
Here's an open thread for those of you who don't want to hang out on the Happiness thread which is posted above.
(Picture from here.)
Speaking of which, Deez Nuts is disappointed:
"I don't know what happened, because they are probably the two most disliked people they could have picked. Yet, the only two people that were favorable, John Kasich and Bernie Sanders," said Brady Olson, 16, trailing off as he shook his head slowly in disbelief.
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Alcohol Is Your Friend...In More Ways than One. [CBD]
A few months ago I was in need of the model number of a toilet. Of course the number was printed inside the tank -- how convenient! -- but they had put it behind the valve assembly, where no human could read it. So I took out my trusty cell phone, not realizing that for whatever reason, unknown to sentient humans, the plumber who had installed the toilet had adjusted the water level to within 1/2 inch of the top. I took a quick photo of the number as I realized that I had just plunged my phone a few inches deep into a tank of water.
I shook the excess water out, warmed it in front of a blow dryer (yeah, they say not to. Why?). And low and behold all of the buttons, except one, worked, and the screen wasn't cloudy.
But the lone holdout was the back button, and my phone is crap without it. So when I got home later that night I checked replacement cost, threw up a little, and then started thinking.
Water and alcohol are fast friends. In fact, alcohol would rather be around water molecules than other alcohol molecules (If Jay Guevara is reading this, please to check my work). So I pulled out my trusty bottle of 91% propyl alcohol, poured a few inches into a glass, and immersed my phone. After about 10 minutes I pulled it out, let it dry overnight, and presto! The back button worked perfectly.
I think a few things were going on. First, there was residual water in the phone that was shorting one button, and the alcohol slurped that up. Second, I got to it quickly and displaced the water, so little or no corrosion took place. Third, The water only rose a few inches into the phone, and I kept it upright, so it didn't flood the entire thing.
I was lucky, but if this were to happen again I would certainly try 91% alcohol over rice or some other desiccant.
Sunday Morning Book Thread 07-24-2016: It's Commies All The Way Down [OregonMuse]
University of Michigan Law Library
Good morning to all of you morons and moronettes and bartenders everywhere and all the ships at sea. Welcome to AoSHQ's stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, where men are men, all the 'ettes are lovely, safe spaces are for losers, and nobody cares about what kind of snowflake you are, so suck it up, buttercup. And unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. And these don't count.
Geez people, go home and read a book.
There's no hope.
Posted by: Country Boy at July 17, 2016 08:31 PM (zzzTG)
(The AoSHQ Sunday Morning Book Thread approves of moron Country Boy's take on the Pokemon Go
fad craze national obsession)
A couple of weeks back, I was complaining of Howard Zinn and other rat bastard commies rewriting of history to make the American founders out to be nothing but greedy, slaving rich guys. I got an interesting response:
Posted by: Country Singer at July 03, 2016 11:39 AM (GUBah)
The page links to a list of "Current Communist Goals", #30 of which is
30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the "common man."
Sounds about right. So, the question that occurred to me was, where did this list come from? It looks pretty much like the things the rat bastard commies have been up to for the past several decades, but I want to know where it came from. Did the commies just sit down one day and draw it up as a list of action items (perhaps inspired by Lenin's essay What Is To Be Done?) or was it put together by anti-communists who wanted to explain their own observations of what they saw the rat bastards doing?
As it turns out, it's more the latter: the list appeared, unsourced, in the book The Naked Communist by W. Cleon Skousen, who compiled it from a variety of material:
If the student will read the reports of Congressional hearings together with available books by ex-Communists, he will find all of these Communist objectives described in detail. Furthermore, he will come to understand how many well-meaning citizens have become involved in pushing forward the Communist program without realizing it. They became converted to Communist objectives because they accepted superficial Communist slogans. Soon they were thinking precisely the way the Communists wanted them to think.
TNC is an interesting book. In its day, it sold over 2 million copies, according to the Amazon description.
The Naked Communist contains a distillation of more than one hundred books and treatises on communism, many written by Marxist authors. This text that reviewers have called "the most powerful book on communism since J. Edgar Hoover's Masters of Deceit" sees the communist as he sees himself - stripped of propaganda and pretense. Readers are offered an explanation of the appeal of communism, its history, its basic and unchanging concepts - even its secret timetable of conquest.
It starts out with a biography of Karl Marx and his friendship with Engels. I did not know that he came from a long line of rabbis, but even so, one day when he was about 5 or 6 years old his father came home and announced "Hey, guess what, we're all Lutherans now." So young Karl was baptized into the Lutheran Church. This switcheroo was so sudden I think it must had quite an effect on how he came to view religion, i.e. all there is to the universe is a bunch of atoms banging around. Marx's materialistic philosophy is discussed in the next chapter, followed by bios of Lenin and Stalin and the history of communism in Russia
Skousen has also written many other books, such as The 5000 Year Leap (which apparently Glenn Beck used to hype back when he was on Fox), The Making of America: The Substance and Meaning of the Constitution, as well as a couple of other nood books, The Naked Capitalist and The Naked Socialist.
Also books on Mormon theology and history too numerous to list.
You can actually download The Naked Communist in a variety of formats for free here.
And on a biographical note:
Mr. Skousen and his wife, Jewel Pitcher of San Bernardino, California, are the parents of eight children, 50 grandchildren, and more than 120 great-grandchildren.
And this is why Mormons will soon be taking over the world. They're the only one having lots of children.
Free (but Competitive) Calliope Workshop, NYC
Taliesin Nexus, in partnership with Liberty Island, is holding Calliope Author's Workshop, which is "a workshop specifically dedicated to authors working in fiction and narrative nonfiction who share an interest in liberty."
The Calliope workshop is from Sept 9-11 in New York City, and the amazing part of it for writers just starting out - it is completely free! If you are selected to participate, they will provide your airfare and hotel accommodations.
This year's faculty includes Sarah Hoyt and other authors and publishers.
This is one of those things I wished I had announced sooner. The deadline for entries is July 31st. Find out how to apply to participate in this workshop at the Taliesin Nexus site.
(H/T NaCly Dog for the cartoon)
Worst President Ever
We don't need to wait until Jan. 2017 to know this. Matt Margolis and Mark Noonan get it in early with their new book The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama:
The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama compiles 200 inconvenient truths about Obama’s presidency—the facts that will shape his legacy: His real record on the economy; the disaster that is Obamacare; his shocking abuses of taxpayer dollars; his bitterly divisive style of governing; his shameless usurping of the Constitution; his scandals and cover ups; his policy failures at home and abroad; the unprecedented expansion of government power... and more.
All of these facts are now at your fingertips in a single source. The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama is your ultimate guide to Obama's real record - the record he’d like history to forget.
Not a bad Kindle deal for $3.99
Moronette Votermom has an interview with Matt Margolis. In her review of the book, she points out this is not some sort of rage anthology, but rather:
[T]he authors use a calm and reasoned tone, there does not seem to be any emotionalism. From the title I was a bit worried that it would have a lot of angry rants but it's not that type of book.
But if it's a rage anthology you're looking for, check out the one-star reviews of this book on Amazon. Not only are they hilarious, but as of this date, there is not one "verified purchase" in the bunch. I know everybody is surprised by this.
It's more a chronicling of current history. Given how quickly we, the public, forget, and how the media loves to whitewash Democrat actions, I think this is an important book; I'm glad the authors have published it.
Emphasis mine. This is a good point. Someone needs to be standing there at the memory hole, keeping track of what's getting flushed. Hopefully, this book will help serve that purpose.
Request For Beta Readers
Moronette 'right wing whippersnapper' is finishing up her YA novel and needs some fresh eyes to take a look at it:
I'm in search of someone to beta read/edit my first novel, a YA low fantasy (lots of swords, pretty dresses, and poisonous royal courts, but no magic, dragons, or end of the world) with a large helping of romance, a few little mysteries, and a twenty-year feud between two kings to keep everybody engaged. Because of the subject matter, it's probably of more interest to the 'ettes than the 'rons, but I'll take help from anyone who offers. If you're interested, shoot me an email at countrywoman539 at gee mail dot com.
Again dipping into ace's book rec thread (which I've been dining out on for weeks now), a moron who is socking L. Ron Hubbard recommended Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright, which, the Amazon blurb describes as
...a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Looming Tower, the now-classic study of al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attack. Based on more than two hundred personal interviews with current and former Scientologists—both famous and less well known—and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative ability to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology.
This rec caught my eye because I am currently reading the other book by Mr. Wright mentioned in the blurb, The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
A sweeping narrative history of the events leading to 9/11, a groundbreaking look at the people and ideas, the terrorist plans and the Western intelligence failures that culminated in the assault on America. Lawrence Wright's remarkable book is based on five years of research and hundreds of interviews that he conducted in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, England, France, Germany, Spain, and the United States.
The book starts out with the FBI agent who first notices this WWE heel named Osama bin Laden shouting from a cave in Afghanistan, and his efforts to impress upon his colleagues the necessity of hey, you know, maybe we should keep an eye on this guy.
H/T to moron commenter "Randy Weaver's Revenge" for this rec, who also says
I won't even go into the myriad of conflicts between the CIA and FBI that resulted in no one having the whole picture, thus allowing the attack to proceed.
9/11: the perfect storm of incompetence and suck.
Books By Morons
Part Two of naturalfake's 'Wearing The Cat' series has just been published. The Fox's Den continues the saga of naval dentist Lt. Nick McGill, who
...arrives at MCAS Katsuobushi Japan as the Lieutenant Deluxe, the finest lieutenant, professionally, militarily, dentally, socially, spiritually, that the Old Man has ever had the privilege of serving with in the whole of his Naval career.
McGill has the papers to prove it.
And all it took was a little blackmail.
McGill's idiotic yet brilliant solutions to his dilemmas lead to an exquisite series of surprises, twists, and laughs as just about everything that could possibly go wrong does for McGill. And changes his life forever.
I read the first in the series. It's pretty dang funny. But the humor is for adults.
The Kindle edition is currently priced at 99 cents, so what are you waiting for?
Moronette 'votermom' is putting together a list of moron authors over on the Goodreads site which is intended to be accessible to non-members. Here is the list she has compiled so far. Let her know if there's an author she's missing.
Don't forget the AoSHQ reading group on Goodreads. It's meant to support horde writers and to talk about the great books that come up on the book thread. It's called AoSHQ Moron Horde and the link to it is here: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/175335-aoshq-moron-horde.
So that's all for this week. As always, book thread tips, suggestions, bribes, rumors, threats, and insults may be sent to OregonMuse, Proprietor, AoSHQ Book Thread, at the book thread e-mail address: aoshqbookthread, followed by the 'at' sign, and then 'G' mail, and then dot cee oh emm.
What have you all been reading this week? Hopefully something good, because, as you all know, life is too short to be reading lousy books.
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EMT 7/24/16 [krakatoa]
Today, I feel like sleeping in for 4 to 8 more years.
Emergency ONT - Niedermeyer's Dead Horse
I have no idea if an ONT is on the way, but here's a fresh thread to tide you over.
I watched an ABC 'In An Instant' episode tonight about the Aggie bonfire collapse in 1999. I had forgotten about it but boy, oh boy, were there some heart-wrenching stories told.
In case you've forgotten about it, you can read the story here, from April 2000.
When it was over, 12 young lives had been lost and 27 people had been injured. At a school for engineering, a flawed design was employed, over and over, despite warnings.
It's all so senseless.
BTW, I've never been a fan of ABC's '20/20' program but this new 'In An Instant' series is one of the best shows on tv. It's endlessly gripping and fascinating, and not in that sense that you feel you're being deliberately manipulated. They basically just let those who were part of the story tell the tale.
You should check it out some night.
So, that's it. Here's hoping for better content before the night is through.
Have a great night.
Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread 07-23-2016 [OregonMuse]
(thank you to an anonymous moron for the cartoon)
Good afternoon morons and moronettes, and welcome to the Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread, the only AoSHQ thread with content specifically for all of us chess nerds who pay homage in the temple of Caïssa, goddess of stalemates and perpetual checks. And, for those of you who aren't nerdly enough for chess, you can use this thread to talk about checkers, or politics, or whatever you wish, only please try to keep it civil. Nobody wants to get into a pie fight on a Saturday afternoon.
“Chess is 99% tactics”
White Mates In 1
FEN: [3rr3/pp1q1p1p/2p1b1pk/3p4/3Q2PP/1P3B2/P1P1RPK1/4R3 w - - 0 1]
Nothing too fancy.
White Mates In 2
FEN: [4kb1r/p2n1ppp/4q3/4p1B1/4P3/1Q6/PPP2PPP/2KR4 w k - 0 16]
This is the ending of a very famous game which you more experienced morons will no doubt recognize.
Religion and Chess
At one time or another, chess was forbidden by Muslims, Roman Catholics, Anglicans, Jews, the Puritans, and most recently by the Taliban. Chess (shatranj) was a legal issue after Mohammad died in 642 and in 655 his son-in-law disapproved of the game for his sect of Muslims because he believed the carved figures of the chess pieces were graven images. In 780, the caliph al-Mahdi wrote to Mecca religious leaders to give up chess played with dice. In 1005, chess was banned in Egypt and all the chess sets and pieces were ordered to be burned.
The relationship between the two has certainly been spotty; on again, off again.
In the 16th century, St. Teresa of Avila was proclaimed patroness of chessplayers by church authorities in Spain.
In 1981, chess was forbidden in Iran by Ayatollah Khomeini but he had a change of heart in 1988 and decided to allow it. Chess was forbidden by the Taliban in Afghanistan for 15 years.
White To Play And Win
This is a fun one. White mates in either 2 or 3, depending on your path through the decision tree.
FEN: [6nk/1R6/4NnP1/8/8/1p6/r5r1/4KR2 w - - 0 1]
Extra style points if you fill out all the nodes on the decision tree. Or, perhaps I should say, all of the nodes I have found.
Fischer's Last Days In Iceland
I thought this 2008 article about his death -- and the subsequent legal scuffling over his estate -- was worth reading. I never knew he was actually, formally, married, with a certificate and all, at the time of his death. The article refers to Miyoko Watai as "a chess grandmaster", but that's not quite correct, she's actually a Woman International Master, not a GM. This sort of thing bothers me. If you're a journalist doing a story on chess, you should familiarize yourself with the subject matter enough to learn that the word "grandmaster" is not a synonym for "really good chessplayer".
In 2011, the Icelandic courts ruled that Watai was Fischer's widow and legal heir. This was against competing claims by some of Fischer's stateside relatives as well as a Filipino woman who claimed Fischer was the father of her daughter. To validate this claim, they actually exhumed Fischer's body to do the DNA tests, which came back negative.
And all of this because Fischer couldn't be bothered to leave a will. Actually, I think I would have been surprised if he had.
Endgame of the Week
FEN: [8/8/8/8/8/3pk3/8/3RK3 w - - 0 1]
The best Black can hope for here is a draw. He wants to trade his advanced pawn for White's rook. White, of course, wants to capture the pawn without having to trade his rook for it. Can he do it? Yes, he can. It's White to play and win.
Because the original EotW sucked.
FEN: [R2K4/8/3k4/2R5/8/8/8/7r w - - 0 1]
It's White to play and win
White mates in 1
It's always fun to deliver a checkmate with a lowly pawn, especially in the middlegame.
White mates in 2
This is the conclusion of the consultation game played by Paul Morphy against the tag team of Charles, Duke of Brunswick and Count Isouard, at the Paris Opera House during an intermission, 1858.
Not too long afterwards, Morphy went nuts. Getting constantly stiffed by a cowardly Englishman will do that to you.
White To Play and Win
So the key move here is
There are two possible Black responses, Rh2 and Nh7.
If 1...Nh7 then 2.Rhxh7# (or 2.Rbxh7#)
If 1...Rh2 then 2.Rh7+ Nxh7 3.g7# (or 2...Rxh7 3.g7#)
Endgame of the Week
White basically has to wait for Black to do something.
Black has nothing better.
Black can also try 2...Kf3 but then 3.Ra3+ Kg4 4.Rd3 wins
3.Kf2 (not 3.Ra3+? Kc2 and it's a draw)
Black's only move.
5.Rd1 and White succeeds in grabbing the pawn and the win.
Note: that cryptic line of letters and numbers you see underneath each board diagram is a representation of the position in what is known as "Forsyth-Edwards Notation", or F.E.N. It's actually readable by humans. Most computer applications nowadays can read FEN, so those of you who may want to study the position, you can copy the line of FEN and paste into your chess app and it should automatically recreate the position on its display board.
So that about wraps it up for this week. Chess thread tips, suggestions, bribes, rumors, threats, and insults may be sent to my yahoo address: OregonMuse little-a-in-a-circle yahoo dott com.
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The Sunni-Shia Schism Ain't What It Used To Be [CBD]
The news that we have taken official action (writing their names on a list!) against some al-Qaeda thugs isn't news. Where they are operating shouldn't be news either, if any of us were actually paying attention to that mysterious motivating factor common in essentially all terrorist activity on earth.
Three senior al-Qaeda operatives landed on the Treasury Department's Specially Designated Global Terrorists list on July 20, joining the U.S. government's international who's-who of terrorist operatives. What's perplexing is that two of the three al-Qaeda figures aren't based in the stereotypical al-Qaeda hangouts of Afghanistan, Pakistan, or Yemen. Instead, they're hiding out in a country that's seen its relations with the U.S. and the broader international warm considerably in recent years: Iran.
Many people (including me) have understood the schism between Shia and Sunni Islam to be permanent. Oh, they hate us, but they spend a lot of energy killing each other because of differences of opinion as to who should have succeeded Mohammed when he died in 632. Yup...that's the big difference. The Sunnis wanted succession to be decided by selection, and the Shia faction wanted it to remain in Mohammed's family.
That fracture in Islam has prevented concerted action for much of the last 1,400 years, and that is a very good thing. But no less an authority on the fight against the West than some guy name Bin laden (a Wahhabi Sunni from Saudi Arabia) said not to attack Iran, in spite of it being the center of Shia Islam, because so much of his funding and support flowed through there. As he wrote:
I have some notes about your threats against Iran. I hope you and your brothers take this well. You did not consult with us in this dangerous matter that harms everyone's interests. We expect you would consult with us for these important matters, for as you are aware, Iran is our main artery for funds, personnel and communication, as well as for the matter of hostages. There is no need to open a front with Iran.
The point? Islam has huge internal issues, but the external enemy, The West, can unify them. Not all of the time, and with luck they will continue to kill each other. But Iran, which truly is the nexus of terrorism in the world, is willing to work with anyone who hates America and who will attack us. They have sublimated a 1,400 year old religious-cultural fight in furtherance of their goal to humble, and perhaps destroy America and the West.
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Ace of Spades Pet Thread [Mis. Hum.]
Welcome to the AoS Pet Thread, where hairballs and slobber are a way of life.
The anguished decision no pet parent ever wants to make. However, it must be done on occasion. An eloquent piece from Angry Staff Officer on the dreaded subject.
I am a selfish person; I had hoped he would die in his sleep while we were at work, or during the night. Instead, we had to make the decision of whether or not to put him down. It is rare that you have to make that kind of decision for something you love. And no matter how many times it happens, no matter how many times the vet tells you that it is for the best – that it will prevent suffering, that it is in fact the kind thing to do – it still tears away a piece of something inside you.h/t CBD
Regular Moron contributor Jim Sunk New Dawn, Galveston, TX is a cat guy. In his spare time he's built quite the elaborate bathroom system for his cats. Lord knows we hope he is around to explain all of this.
"View into hall from living room. YOu will see bookcase is important in later photos."
"Looking down hall with enterance to hall-guest bath."
"Looking into bath. Tub elevated on 7" step."
"View of bathroom bookcase & Cabinet, as seen from commode."
"Unlatch catch to bath cabinet, open door & there is cat's litter box. Note phosphorescent night light on left interior. Because not even cats can see in total darkness."
"Cats access their business via framed & Finished doorway between bookcases. That ends box series."
Meet The Pet Morons
Here are the cats that use that fancy kitty bathroom. Jim's cats Bonnie & Scamp.
Say hello to Remy. Remy belongs to TexasJew. This dog was found wandering outside El Paso and only knew Spanish. Looks like a comfy dog now.
Lurker Tina submitted this photo. Simon is on the left. Lilly is on the left. Simon is 8 months and Lilly is 1 year old. They look like mischief to me. Word on the street is that Shelties are cute.
Julie would like to introduce Dexter to the horde. This cat has his "human parents" under his thumb, errrr I mean paw. Looks like a terrible life. Wonder where the umbrella drink is.
Last but not least is this cute guy Oreo. He's an Italian Greyhound. This little guy just turned 14. He looks good for hanging out. Thanks B1bbet for sharing.
Well, that wraps it up for another week. Thanks for stopping by and spending some time with us today. If you have a pet photo, story, tip or something related to pets please send it to us at petmorons at gee mail dot com.
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Saturday Gardening Thread: Summer Foraging [KT]
Good afternoon gardeners. And a special welcome today to foragers, preppers, campers, and hobos. And those with an interest in genetics, developmental biology or related fields. Are you out there this afternoon, Y-not?
For today's thread, I went foraging through the comments on some recent AoSHQ threads. A couple of weeks ago, in the Food Thread, WhatWhatWhat? took us foraging for common daylilies, "one of the very best and easiest to harvest of the wild foods." Sounds fun. Here's a sample, but read the whole thing:
The common Day Lily stands about chest-high and grows in clonal groves. You rarely see just one. The buds and flowers (including opening and withered flowers) are edible. So are the roots and young shoots, but July is the time for the buds and flowers. The buds sort of resemble green beans and taste, to me, like a combination of green beans and mushrooms all in one (but it's very difficult to describe the taste of wild foods.)
The common daylily,Hemerocallis fulva is also known as the orange day-lily, tawny daylily, tiger daylily, fulvous daylily or ditch lily. Other common names include railroad daylily, roadside daylily, outhouse lily, tiger lily, and wash-house lily.
It grows in clonal groves because the most commonly distributed kinds are sterile triploid plants. Seems pretty unusual to me for a sterile plant to become an invasive noxious weed. But this one has aggressive roots. You should not plant it near your clumping hybrid daylilies, or most other plants you want to keep in the garden. It is good fo erosion control or in confined areas where gardening is difficult.
Both diploid and triploid forms are known in the wild, but most cultivated plants are sterile triploids which only reproduce vegetatively by stolons or division. At least four botanical varieties are recognized, including the typical triploid var. fulva, the diploid, long-flowered var. angustifolia (syn.: var. longituba), the triploid var. kwanzo, where the stamens are modified into additional petals, and the evergreen var. aurantiaca.
Europa is a sterile triploid single-flowered cultivar that is available commercially. Not mentioned in the Wiki:
Single vs. Double Flowers
A couple of weeks ago, Youkali posted a nice rant about the superiority of single flowers over double flowers. I tend to agree with regard to close-up views of flowers. Daylilies got special mention:
Doubled day lilies? Fine if you like your flowers twisted and deformed and think that such is worth the sacrifice of the beauty of singles.
Double Dream. Some are more twisted.
Some sources say that 'Kwanso' and 'Flore Pleno' are the same cultivar, and they probably have been labeled interchangeably. But Dr. Arlow Burdette Stout, The Father of Modern Daylily Breeding, used both of them in his breeding program. He said, "The flowers of the Flora Pleno Daylily ... in comparison with those of Kwanso ... have a greater number of well-formed petals, the number of stamens and aborted stamens per flower is less, and the pistil is more frequently fully aborted or not in evidence. The central column of the flower is shorter and the flower is more compact."
It sounds like Youkali gets some backing from the Father of Modern Daylily Breeding, particularly with regard to Kwanso, which likely passed down its deformities to some double hybrids. Dr. Stout's most famous hybrid, the heavy-blooming little Stella de Oro, has single flowers. But enough about the modern hybrids for today. I don't know if they are edible.
Old Kwanso persists. There is also a Kwanso variegata. It is a sport of Kwanso. Bet it is not as invasive as the other H. fulva cultivars.
A Botanical Mystery
For you scientists, Oxford presents a lengthy online paper advocating the use of daylilies as model organisms for research and as "nutraceutical foods". A discussion of the world of hybrid daylilies will have to wait for another day, but I thought this bit about the "common daylily" was interesting:
Outside of the Far East, Hemerocallis is primarily cultivated as a garden ornamental, with currently very little interest in culinary and medicinal usage. This is despite horticultural material—including presumed Far East cultigens, the virtually sterile triploid forms of H. fulva—having been cultivated for centuries. . . By repeating artificial crosses many hundreds of times, Stout was able to incorporate the genetics of almost sterile triploid clones of H. fulva (Chandler 1940) into hybrid lines. The origin of these old triploid clones is fascinating and mysterious in itself. No tetraploid individuals have ever been found in nature . . .
Let's Eat! Without making ourselves sick or burning ourselves
In Just Cloning Around, the Eat the Weeds Guy reminds us that not all daylilies are edible. There are hybrids out there resembling H. fulva that may not be as edible as H. fulva. Plants from old naturalized stands are likely to be H. fulva, though. If the daylilies are in a well-tended garden, you might want to check on what kind they are.
People can also develop sudden allergies to daylilies, and there is a sex-linked reaction in a minority of women. The roots are the plant part most likely to produce a toxic effect. Daylilies are toxic to cats. If you have cats and daylilies, also plant something more enticing, like cat grass.
At the link below are photos of other edible daylily species, like the fragrant "Lemon Daylily", Hemerocallis lilioasphodelus, AKA H. flava or H. citrina. And some subspecies. In Asia, it is dried into "golden needles" which are used in soups and other dishes. In Taiwan, the orange Common Daylily is prepared in the same way. Little H. minor is also used in traditional Asian foods. It is hardy enough to live in the interior of Alaska. Like the Common Daylily, the Lemon Daylily is naturalized in parts of the USA, usually around old buildings. But be sure that you identify it correctly. It probably has more look-alikes than the Common Daylily.
PBS featured a campfire recipe for daylily bud fritters. Sounds ambitious to me. I would probably catch myself on fire. Has anyone in The Horde ever deep-fried food over a campfire?
Stuffing daylily flowers is O.K., but be careful about using hybrids. The ones pictured at the link look like hybrids Daylilies stuffed with lemon balm/chicken salad.
Reminder: Raw bean toxicity
O.K., so now I am going from foraging to garden grazing. Late in the Feed Thread (Sorry, Food Thread) a couple of weeks ago, the subject turned to the toxicity of raw green beans. We have addressed raw bean toxicity previously in the Garden Thread. Bottom line seems to be that a few young string beans from the garden probably won't hurt you. But if the beans inside have started to get big, be careful. The aftermath of eating raw Scarlet Runner Beans did not sound pretty. Eating Shelly Beans raw is a no-no. Kidney beans are especially toxic when raw, apparently. Keep this in mind when foraging from the neighbors' garden, or your own.
Lima beans and soy beans are also toxic when raw, but contain different toxins.
That was a cheery topic. Anything going on in your garden?
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Thread below the Gardening Thread 23Jul16 [KT]
General Mills is trying to tap into the kid demographic that wants turmeric in its Trix.
They haven't found a good natural blue or green color yet. The red color is iffy, too. They like the purple.
Actually, this content is only an excuse to re-post Ace's famous Kaboom thread.
Note to those new to Ace of Spades HQ: Do not try to comment on old threads. Ask me how I know. There is still time today to comment on Y-not's topical thread below this one.
Open thread. Have a great weekend.
Our Common Ground [Y-not]
Now that the GOP convention is over, it may seem as if the divisions within the Republican party (and on the Right more generally) are sharper than ever. To some extent they are, but I'd like to encourage the horde to find something - ANYthing - constructive to do in the public arena to stop the Left's continued attacks on freedom. Despite all that has happened, I believe there IS common ground on which we can fight together.
In my case, I plan to focus on identifying Senate and Congressional races where a conservative candidate needs my help.
Several weeks ago I pointed to Darryl Glenn, a candidate for the U.S. Senate in Colorado, who at the time was facing a primary battle against more Establishment-favored candidates. Recall that Glenn was endorsed by (and campaigned with) Senator Cruz. He went on to win in Colorado, which at the time was considered to be a toss up state. Since that time, Colorado's prospects for switching from the blue to the red column have dwindled, however November is still months away and based on how their primary played out, there must be a solid core of conservative activists there who might pull off an upset.
Glenn's candidacy brings up a broader issue I want to discuss -- namely, the challenge many of us face of getting past the hurt feelings of the Presidential primary and finding common ground. Although Mr. Glenn happily accepted Cruz's endorsement and campaigned with him, he has also made peace with Mr. Trump's nomination and spoke at the convention.
Based on my Twitter feed, for some conservatives this may seem like a sign that Glenn is not worthy of our support. I would argue against that view. For most of us, there is no perfect candidate. All politicians are taxis for hire, taking us where we want to go. When they fail to do so, we should stop the cab and get out... then start looking for another taxi.
I don't know much about Mr. Glenn, but I'm certain he's preferable to his Democrat opponent. I accept that he's trying to win an election, so I'm inclined to cut him some slack on the political calculations he's had to make. Whether or not he is an enthusiastic supporter of Donald Trump, I trust Cruz's judgment that Glenn is worth supporting, so I'm inclined to do so as well. Should he win, that would represent a GOP pick up in the Senate and that should matter to each of us, Trump supporters or not.
Colorado represents common ground for those of us on the Right. Should Donald Trump win the presidency, he'll need a friendly Senate to get his SCOTUS nominees confirmed and his wall built. Or, if you are concerned about a Trump administration (as I am), focus on the importance of giving Senators Lee, Cruz, and others a bigger voice with which to state conservative principles. Finally, should Hillary Clinton win the White House, it's important that she not have a Democrat-controlled Senate to push her Leftist agenda.
In addition to Mr. Glenn, I've identified another candidate who appears to be worthy of your support.
Mike Crane is a Congressional candidate in Georgia's 3rd district, whose primary is being held next week. He has been endorsed by Ted Cruz, who traveled to Georgia to campaign with him yesterday. Mr. Crane is another example of a candidate who has earned an endorsement from Cruz, while expressing his own support for the GOP nominee, Donald Trump. Like Glenn, Crane represents common ground on which all conservatives can take a stand. Please consider supporting him with your time, your money, and your vote.
To my fellow Cruz-conservatives, I'll leave you with this:
Today, as Republicans, we agree on a lot. And sure, areas of lesser agreement exist as well. But on the fundamental question: are we satisfied with the current direction of our country; we speak with one voice.
I call on you, as JFK did in the 60's.
And as Reagan did in the 80's.
To chart a new American journey forward.
One that isn't led by me or anyone in Washington, but by you.
And millions of others just like you.
One where we still have differences, yet we choose to concentrate on what we have in common.
One that lifts others up and believes in the rights, responsibilities, goodness, and strength of all mankind.
We have so much that binds us together: our families, our work ethic, our ability to dream and build unlike any people in history. But most of all our charity, our love for our fellow men and women and our willingness to sacrifice for those in need.
Let us unite... on the things that have always made us great.
We are great because we are good.
Please don't give up. Find something or someone you can support this Fall and do what you can to stop the Left's destructive policies.
Tell us about the conservative candidates you support for Senate and House seats below.
**Update: "iforgot" asked about the Louisiana U.S. Senate primary. Here's a recent article about the status of that race:
Two sitting congressmen, the state treasurer and a public service commissioner were among 15 candidates who qualified for Louisiana's open U.S. Senate seat Wednesday with virtually all of them claiming "outsider status," including those already in office.
All are seeking to replace Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter, who isn't running for re-election. Qualifying for the Nov. 8 election continues here Thursday and Friday.
I'll try to cover this race in more detail in a subsequent post. The Daily Caller had a recent article about one of the "outsiders," Abhay Patel.
**Update 2: NaCly Dog reminds us about Kansas Congressman Tim Huelskamp, who's in a very tight primary battle. Huelskamp had endorsed Cruz back in February. He's Chairman of the House Tea Party Caucus and a member of the House Freedom Caucus.
Looks like a winner.
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Open Thread [Y-not]
Open thread for those of you who don't want to talk about Senate or House races.
Saturday Morning Weird News [Mis. Hum.]
Good morning Morons, it's Saturday.
Here are a few things that didn't make The News Dump this past week.
- Dammit, I told you to bring donuts home
- Creative crooks
- Bacon, what can't it do?
- Karma will be looking for her
- After the craze I suspect it's back to Mommy's basement for this dude
- After all, who wants to spread suntan lotion on Lena Dunham? Yick!
- So K-C is to blame for the a$$wipe shortage in Venezuela. Go figure.
- You're lucky he didn't go all "Hey Joe" on you
Have a great weekend Morons!!! Let's play nice in the Open Thread.
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EMT 7/23/16 Windy City Edition [krakatoa]
Halfway through my Chicago trip. Not as bullety as I'd feared, so that's good.
The nice thing about my schedule here is I'm eating just one meal a day, so the intermittent fast thing is in play. Taking an extended meal from 6ish to 8ish every night. Plus I'm walking around 3 miles per day.
Although tomorrow morning I may need to have some pancakes. More than likely I'll just sleep though.
Will be interesting to see what the weight is when I get back home.
Overnight Open Thread-The Friday Edition [Mis. Hum.]
You wanted CDR-M, after last night's Yokopalooza you might take Maetenloch, however tonight you will have to settle for me.
Run, run like the wind for moar content..........................................
We can't have a Friday night pass by without a doggeh picture. Amirite?
Funai, the last remaining manufacturer of the VCR, will cease production of the players by the end of the month, according to Japanese newspaper The Nikkei (via Anime News Network). The company is citing a declining market and increasing difficulty in sourcing parts as the reasons behind the decision.
The videocassette recorder (VCR) first came to prominence in the 1970s when pricing was lowered. Average consumers could purchase or rent the machines to watch the video home system (VHS) tapes developed by JVC. We won't even get into the Sony Beta product.
Damn, and here I just figured out how to stop that clock from blinking 12:00.
Want to be more productive? Do you need a moral compass? Are you lacking creativity? Coffee could be the answer. Or is it love?
Another City Off My Relocation List
"Nobody gonna take my car, I'm gonna race it to the ground. Nobody gonna beat my car. it's gonna break the speed of sound." It looks like Deep Purple will not be moving to Helsinki, Finland.
How Was Work Today?
And finally, YOU DID WHAT?
Does This Sound Like B.S. To You?
The journal Addiction has a study which links alcohol to 7 forms of cancer. Stock prices in Valu-Rite hardest hit.
Tonight's ONT brought to you by a misanthrope
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