January 16, 2017

Monday Overnight Open Thread (1/16/17)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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No, John Lewis Isn't Making an Unprecedented Stand by Boycotting Trump's Inauguration.
He Boycotted Bush's Too

—Ace

And he also claimed Bush was illegitimate.

This racist is boycotting all presidents with skin colors not his own.

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New Project Veritas: "DisruptJ20," A Collection of Leftwing Hate Groups, Caught on Video Conspiring to "Shut Down" Inauguration and Inaugural Events

—Ace

One of the plans includes setting of butyric acid stink bombs in the Deploraball's ventilation system.

Mischief? Well, it wouldn't be mischief if people, mistaking the bitter chemical smell for a lethal chemical terror attack, panicked and fled the ball and wound up trampling people.

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Widow of Pulse Nightclub Shooter Omar Mateen Arrested in San Francisco for Obstruction of Justice

—Ace

Loyalties.

The FBI arrested the wife of the Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen on charges of obstruction of justice, a US law enforcement official said on Monday.
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The Intel Community "Deep State" Is Conducting Political Warfare inside the US

—Ace

They do this a lot -- ineffectually -- in foreign countries.

Now they're doing the same thing here, and just as ineffectuality.

Video at the link, but here are some quotes:

"It cast doubt, not on CNN, but on the intelligence community and what they're doing exactly," Hemingway said. "Obviously they're leaking like sieves in an ongoing war against the president [elect]. So BuzzFeed kind of pulled the curtain back, showing how the intelligence community -- particularly the more partisan brass, not the intelligence officers who do the good work -- how they use the media to punish or destroy their political enemies."

"That is a very important journalistic story, and one that I think should be covered as journalists are sort of cooperating with this intelligence community campaign against the president [elect]," she said. "As we take this information from them we should also apply skepticism."

Asked if she thought intelligence officials were pushing these stories, Hemingway said U.S.Director of National Intelligence James "Clapper is a guy who lied to Congress about whether he was spying on them, he lied under oath about whether he was collecting information on hundreds of millions of Americans. We've had the intelligence community get in trouble for some political decisions about releasing information on Syria, creating an echo chamber to push the Iran deal. So as we take this information from them, we should also be applying skepticism and that’s something that’s not just right now but really going back decades. It's a lesson we keep failing to learn."

What scares me here is not the sinisterness of this -- but the gross incompetence, clumsiness, and obviousness of it.

This is the agency "covertly" attempting to influence foreign nations to our advantage? Using this level of deftness of touch? Hiding their hands to this extent?

I always thought Idiocracy was both a plausible and unsettling end-of-days scenario. It was unsettling because there was no heroism in humanity's last stand, just a pitiful stupidity. Other apocalypse scenarios at least give you the mercy of a powerful and capable villain -- so that even if you die, you die nobly and heroically, battling a worthy foe.

This entire episode is revealing our IC to not be some sinister and capable organization, but instead to be sinister and incompetent, incapable, and impotent.

But very energetic -- in a spastic, fumbling way -- in their determination to make their lurching presence felt.

It's frightening to think that the world is controlled by powerful unseen forces -- but it's terrifying to think the world is clumsily manipulated by borderline retards who imagine themselves to be kingmakers and kingbreakers.

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Political Palate-Cleanser: Would You Go Under the Knife Knowing 99.99% of the Hospital Staff Are Lefties, and You. . . Aren't?

—J.J. Sefton

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Now THAT right there is Presidential Medal of Freedom-worthy, IMHO. But it's exactly the pickle the witty, and wickedly funny, conservative author and columnist Harry Stein found himself in the day after the election.

Ah, but was there ever a better time to be stuck in a hospital room, with a TV for company, than in the days that followed? There they were, hour after hour, the still disbelieving and distraught journalists struggling to make sense of it. I'd never before watched MSNBC for more than 30 seconds, but now I was nightly trying to guess who'd be angrier or more bitter, Maddow or O'Donnell. And then there were Joy and Whoopi on The View. Talk about bliss!

The one hitch was that, under the circumstances, I had to keep it to myself. If, as Ronald Reagan famously joked to his surgeon, "I hope you're a Republican," I could be pretty sure most of those tending to me in a New York hospital were anything but; and how hard would it have been, really, as I lay there helpless, for some unregenerate Hillary fan of an orderly to slip one of those untraceable killer drugs into my medicine port? More than once, hearing approaching footfalls, I quickly switched to The Price Is Right or Jay Leno's Garage.

Read the whole thing, and if you aren't familiar with Stein's work, you should be. He's a contributing editor over at the terrific City Journal and author of numerous works, both fiction and non fiction. His most recent is the (sadly) perennially-pertinent No Matter What, They'll Call This Book Racist.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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The New Arrival
Auguste Toulmouche

Very Victorian, even though he was a Frog. But it is a sweet scene, executed marvelously....

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The Morning Report 1/16/17

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning, kids. Hope you all had a great weekend but at last, the end of a rhetorical eight-year death march is, mercifully, in sight. I've chosen a number of particularly infuriating items today that have the common themes of chutzpah and hypocrisy. So, I've been inspired to coin a new word: chutz-pocrisy. Both are standard operating procedures of the Left but each of these items are breathtaking in their abundance of each. See if you can identify them. And, although I have not forgotten about my call for McStains to resign, I add John Lewis to that list. Whatever noble sacrifice he made years ago in the service of civil rights has now been more than offset by his time as a congressman in service to a party that has all but destroyed black America ever since. John Lewis is a disgrace and if he had any decency or self-awareness, he'd apologize to the American people and seek anonymity for the rest of his days. Have a better one and remain blessed.

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Sunday Overnight Open Thread (1/15/17)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

Quotes of The Day

Quote I

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
― Benjamin Franklin


Quote II

“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.”
― Mahatma Gandhi


Quote III

“Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves”
― Abraham Lincoln

The ONT attempts to be funny, thought provoking and helpful. Here's our attempt at being helpful. How to survive Blue Monday.

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MSM Delenda Est

—OregonMuse

You have to see this to believe it. Lying, partisan CNN hacks can't understand why everybody despises them.

They have no clue. They literally have no clue.

Ha ha ha ha!! Their bewildered butt-hurt fills me with joy, and invigorates me like warm sunshine after a dreary winter.

And here's my editorial response to the CNN panel of lying sh*tweasels:

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Food Thread: A Food Show Host Who Is Not A Dick?

—CBD

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H/T to some Moron who didn't (too embarrassed?) to give his nic

I watch Guy Fieri's flagship show, "Diners, Drive-ins And Dives," mostly because some of the dishes he finds are fantastic looking, and often quite inventive. But his schtick wore thin a long time ago....the frosted tips, the silly glasses worn backwards, the stupid teenager shorts and flip-flops, and his seemingly congenital inability to swallow food. What? Oh...just watch. He never swallows. And his opinions of the food are scripted too. Nothing is the best,; it always "one of the best." Hey Guy...just say what you think? That might be interesting.

But here is another perspective, courtesy of commenter "Lizzy," and I must say, it is pleasant to read about a celebrity who isn't a total dick in real life. Here's What Happens After Guy Fieri Visits a Restaurant is a refreshing antidote to the typical celebrity chef who is an awesomely vile person to everyone except the reviewers and the high rollers who finance his next venture.

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All Good Things Must Come To An End

—Misanthropic Humanitarian


If it wasn't pay for play, why is the Clinton Slush Fund & Massage Parlor Global Initiative is closing its doors for good?


A huge part of Americana soon to be gone. The Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey Circus to close.


Speaking of things that must come to an end. The last week of the Obama Reign of Terror Administration. Adios you Jug Ear F*cker.


Open thread until some food whiz comes along to enlighten us.

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 01-15-2017: Fallen Idols

—OregonMuse

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Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes. Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, where men are men, all the 'ettes are hotties, safe spaces are underneath your house and are used as protection against actual dangers, like natural disasters, Russian hackers, Michael Moore at an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet, and somebody sneaking carrots into your chili. Also special snowflakes do not get respect, but instead, belly laughs. And unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these pants, which should be sent back to the 1970s with extreme prejudice.


"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library"
--Jorge Luis Borges


Where's The Beef?

I have a couple of recommendations from Mary Clogginstein and all the gals down at the Brattleboro, VT, Womyn's Reproductive Health Care Clinic and Chop Shop who have been in deep mourning since November 8th as Obama is being rudely shoved out the door by that ruffian Trump.

The Meaning of Michelle: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own, edited by Veronica Chambers, is a collection of 16 essays from various writers. From the blurb, it sounds like a thick, syrupy goo of hagiography and gloppy praise seldom encountered outside of third-world dictatorships:

Michelle Obama is unlike any other First Lady in American History. From her first moments on the public stage, she has challenged traditional American notions about what it means to be beautiful, to be strong, to be fashion-conscious, to be healthy, to be First Mom, to be a caretaker and hostess, and to be partner to the most powerful man in the world. What is remarkable is that, at 52, she is just getting started.

Wait, so Michelle Obama has "challenged traditional American notions about what it means to be beautiful?" That's kind of an odd thing to say. Isn't that a tacit admission that she isn't beautiful, but some people desperately need to believe that she is? And furthermore, I'd damn well better agree, or be labeled a racist? It's got a creepy, sort of North Korean personality cult vibe to it.

And we see this same sort of constipated compliment in Mrs. Chambers' introductory essay, where she writes:

But we've never had anyone like Michelle before. She wasn't a model, an actress, or a musician. She was quite simply the star of her own life -- and that was a game changer for Black women...

In other words, she hasn't really done anything particularly noteworthy in her life up to this point, except maybe marry the right guy. Any actual accomplishments would have been mentioned, and the adulation would have been fulsome. There is no real reason for any of this nauseatingly gushing praise. As a great American philosopher once asked, where's the beef?

Incidentally, marrying well seems to be Hillary's main accomplishment in life, too. Without Bill escorting her to the big dance, Hillary would probably still be shredding billing records and shaking down local businesses at some corrupt law firm somewhere. That both she and Michelle Obama are held up as feminist icons has always made me laugh.

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EMT 01/15/17

—krakatoa

Starting the 2017 diet today. Need to lose 20. Want to lose 30.

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Low Content ONT

—WeirdDave

S-a-t-u-r-d-a-y, NIGHT!

What, nobody else remembers the Bay City Rollers? Wildly popular as I was in elementary and middle school. I still remember my first school dance. Disco was king, and I felt I should have some “chains” to wear.

I wore the chain from a bathtub plug around my neck (I took the plug off first. Hee! I should have left it on, I might have started a trend a la Flava Flav and clocks.). rolleyes1.gif

Now that we have the embarrassing story section of the evening out of the way, on with the ONT! Just think, only 6 more days until we're done with the president's grand strategy of playing 3-D chess with foreign foes.

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All I can say is

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Are You Ready For Some Elbows Football?

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

Houston

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New England

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Smart money says New England. But, stranger things have happened. And..........

Hillary Clinton Will Not Be POTUS.

Open thread.

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Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread 01-14-2017

—OregonMuse


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Harry Potter and the Passed Pawn

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 the chessboard. And, for those of you who aren't nerdly enough for chess, you can use this thread to talk about checkers, or other games, or politics, or whatever you wish, only please try to keep it civil. Nobody wants to get into a Black Friday brawl on a Saturday afternoon. Because, after all, it's not Black Friday.


Problem 1 - White To Play (382)

Hint: White can win material


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Ace of Spades Pet Thread

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Grab a beverage, a snack, get cozy and enjoy the Ace of Spades Pet Thread.

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Saturday Gardening Thread: Wild Things [KT]

—Open Blogger

Well, OK, it's not a tornado, a hurricane or blizzard, but I thought this photo was representative of damage from the recent Atmospheric River that hit the West Coast. I have been on this road in the summer. This is McKinley Grove Road, 7.5 miles above Dinky Creek Bridge. Excepting fire-related weather events, this is about the wildest kind of weather we have had in Central California lately. Has weather affected your gardening or other activities this week? Problems anticipated in the coming week?

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Due to technical difficulties, we do not have as many of Kindltot's wildflower photos as I had planned. But we can adjust. We can also discuss some other wild things. UPDATE: More photos added.

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Thread below the Gardening Thread: Chicago Dreams and Memes [KT]

—Open Blogger

Serving your mid-day open thread needs

Well, I missed Obama's Last Campaign Rally this week. Yes I could, yes I did. But the Chicago location of the rally triggered me to seek out a safe space for thought somewhere in Chicago. Maybe with the Chicago Boyz?

David Foster wonders why college professors and entertainers often have similar political views. Do you have any clues?

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Saturday Morning Weird News Dump

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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EMT 01/14/17 Day after my B'day EMT

—krakatoa

You are only as old as you feel, they say. and I feel Vic.

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Friday Overnight Open Thread CDR-MLess Edition

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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CDR M is in hiding. So, little 'rons & 'ettes you get the Junior Varsity B Team tonight.

Happy Friday The 13th. Everything you wanted to know about Friday the 13th. (Well, not everything. C'mon and play along)


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Speaking of Friday the 13th. Quite the flight.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. Welcome aboard the most metal flight of your lives. Let’s do some sky crimes.

Finnair flight AY666 has, according to the Daily Mail, become something of a running joke for several reasons. Along with pentagrams and images of Baphomet, 666 is, of course, associated with Satanism. And several times a year, AY666 just happens to fly on Friday the 13th.

Today’s extra-unlucky flight also happened to be nonstop from Copenhagen to Helsinki. Or as ticket-holders would have seen it written: CPH->HEL.

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Michael Wolff: Trump Has Upset the Establishment By Letting Them Know Their Station and Status are Not Secure

—Ace

Really good piece.

The ongoing expressions of shock on the part of the cultural establishment--expressed on a daily basis by The New Yorker, New York magazine and The New York Times, anything, apparently, with New York in its title--reflect their fears that the development of a more careful, regulated and corrected world is about to be undone. That the unapologetic white male has returned. You could hardly find a more threatening and throwback version of that than Trump--a rich, voluble, egomaniacal, middle-aged pussy hound...

The culture norm is as starkly confronted as the political norm with proof that it's not speaking to the lives of a sizeable part of the nation: that same pussy talk that shocked cosmopolitans turns out not to be of much concern, and even to express a casual day-to-day reality, for many Americans....

INSTINCTIVELY OR BY CANNY PLAN, Trump converted the conservatives' parochial and rate-limiting culture war on abortion and gay marriage into a much more visceral campaign against the political pieties of sophisticated America, with Trump as the ultimate revenge on upper-middlebrow cultural life. It's the mannered and effete against the profane and immediate....

This attack on careful, orderly, prescribed culture is what happens when the culture stops talking about real things--at least what a significant part of the country regards as real and important. Or, it is--and certainly is inevitably thought to be by those cultural standard bearers under attack--a sinister onslaught against enlightenment itself....

Indeed, the election reengages a gender battle that many people on the New York side of the Trump gap had thought was mightily going in only one direction. The vestigial and primitive American man, unreconstructed, baying at the moon (probably high on opiates)--the alt-right in the liberal view--voiceless for many years (or, anyway, wise to shut up), now had Donald "Let me be your voice" Trump. The obvious message of his sudden resurgence of course is that he didn’t go away or reform: He was just shut out. Without any place in upper-middlebrow culture, except as an occasional enemy of reason or subject of scandal, there was no bridge to who he was--no humanity left for him.

Very good piece. He has some suggestions for media-types who would like to actually get to know what is happening in America -- but I doubt he'll find any takers.

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Thank God It's GAINZZZDay

—Ace

I have no GAINZZZ these last two weeks according to any measurement. In fact, my Stupid Scale claims I've gained two pounds. And even though I've actually gained some muscle (but not two pounds' worth), it claims my bodyfat % has zoomed up by six percent.

But I look pretty good. I'm not wearing those shirts I used to pick out that were strategically drapey to try to hide my belly.

Here are some things to look at:

A Time article from last March about intermittent fasting.

Jason Fung put out a new book (with Livin' La Vida Low Carb blogger Jimmy Moore) all about Intermittent Fasting this past fall. There's an article about it here. I haven't read it yet.

Pretty awesome video about building your own DIY power rack with about $200 in lumber and a little bit of easy-to-find pipe. And if you dig that, check their other videos to see how to add a pull-up bar to the rack, and dip bars, and a pull-down pulley rig for doing lat pulls and triceps extensions.

I really wanted to do that -- I really want to do that -- but I estimated that the odds I would cut at least one finger off with a saw at better than 60% and figured multiple surgeries would take the price of the thing higher than $200 for me. But if you're handy with tools, your costs might be lower.

And speaking of DIY: I also wanted to hear about any progress on the hobbies you've started recently, or any plans you're making for the near future.

Oh: I wanted to mention this: A commenter (forget who) recommended citrulline to me. I forget the reason offered. I thought it was recommended as a recovery supplement. But I think it's more of a pre-workout supplement-- energy-boosting.

Anyway, it actually does seem to work. I have more energy when I take it than when I don't. So much so I threw some more money away buying a pre-workout stack that contains citrulline (along with a lot of caffeine and yohimbe, whatever that is).

Caffeine obviously gives you energy. But that part makes me jittery.

The citrulline, though: I think that actually does work on its own, without caffeine-like side effects.

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House Passes Mattis Waiver; Also Moves First Step in Obamacare Repeal

—Ace

The Mad Dog is unchained.

As you probably know, a federal law of questionable constitutionality states that a nominee must be at least seven years a civilian before being appointed to a cabinet position.

The House voted 268-151 on the waiver. Thirty-six Democrats voted in favor of the waiver, while one Republican, Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.), voted against it.

The Senate on Thursday voted 81-17 to pass the waiver.

Amash, huh? Keep your eye out for that name in the next story.

The House also took the first step towards repealing Obamacare, which is a measure to block the Democrats from filibustering a repeal in the Senate:

The framework does not directly deal with repealing the Affordable Care Act. Rather, it would prevent Democrats from using a Senate filibuster to derail a future bill nixing and replacing the health law. That's critical because it takes 60 votes to end filibusters, and Republicans have only a 52-48 Senate majority.

The budget, which does not need the president's signature, was considered a critical step for majority Republicans in their bid to work with the incoming Donald Trump administration in fulfilling vows to replace the health care law.

According to Phil Kerpen, Amash was super-busy in the House today:

Update: Drew provided this explanation from Amash:



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Human Rights Watch Declares Donald Trump a Threat to Human Rights

—Ace

"No comment," said a drone-bomb President Really Good at Kill-Lists ordered to kill an American citizen.

I don't really care about that much, but shouldn't these lunatics?

[A]ccording to HRW, anyone who supports repeal of Obamacare or is pro-life is a threat to human rights. Good to know. Meanwhile, the report eventually gets to the U.S. use of drones. President Obama, who approves every target and is therefore directly responsible for the loss of life described here, barely gets a mention, much less a scolding...

They bring that up as an avenue of threat that Donald Trump presents, without actually saying much about the guy who bragged about being really good at drawing up kill-lists.

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Horrifying: 12 Year Old Livestreams Her Suicide-by-Hanging

—Ace

Really terrible.

But the real victims of a suicide are those left behind to pick up the pieces.

A tormented Georgia girl hanged herself in her front yard and live streamed it...

Katelyn Nicole Davis, 12, filmed her suicide outside her Cedartown home on Dec. 30 after sharing that she had been sexually abused by a family member.

The footage shows the tragic pre-teen dangling from a tree for about 20 minutes while a woman shouts her name off camera.

Cops didn’t arrive in time to save her, and she was pronounced dead at the Polk Medical Center.

Many suicides contain an expressive component, and the wide reach of the internet makes that express-yourself-by-ending-yourself drive more potent.

Posted by Ace at 02:57 PM Comments

New Democratic Senate Retard Demands to Know if CIA Will Be Bringing the War on Climate Change

—Ace

"We're serious and reality-based!" the squealed using a secret language composed of balloon animals.


Here's a transcript and commentary from Ed Morrissey:

HARRIS: CIA Director Brennan, who spent a 25-year career at the CIA as an analyst, senior manager, and station chief in the field, has said that when, quote, "CIA analysts look for deeper causes of rising instability in the world," one of the causes those CIA analysts see as the -- is the impact of climate change. Do you have any reason to doubt the assessment of these CIA analysts?

POMPEO: Senator Harris, I haven't had a chance to read those materials with respect to climate change. I do know the agency's role there. Its role is to collect foreign intelligence, to understand threats to the world. That would certainly include threats from poor governance, regional instability, threats from all sources, and deliver that information to policymakers. And to the extent that changes in climatic activity are part of that, we'll deliver that information to you all and the president.

If I might remind you, Madame Senator, the CIA's most important goal is undermining President Trump and providing intelligence to Democratic office-seekers. We can't take our eyes off that ball.

Okay, I added in that last part. But it's true.

But Ms. Harris wasn't done with her tour-de-force of dumb quite yet. Because she had another pressing national security question to ask Pompeo -- whether or not he was a staunch ally of the LBQTwhatever community.

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Wait... What Century is This?

—krakatoa

German Courts set precedence that violence against German Jews are "a justified expression of criticism of Israel’s policies."

This is what happens as you successfully dehumanize a defined set of people. First the lies posed as "just questions", leading to cautionary language about the supposed wrongs committed by that set of people. Then the caustic language inciting "mostly peaceful" protests. And then a steady escalation into steadily increasing violent acts.

Each escalation justified by the permissiveness shown towards the previous, all en route to one final solution.

UPDATE: There seems to be some doubt in the minds of the horde on the veracity of this report. To clarify, this report is about a higher court affirmation of a lower-court's ruling in 2015.

There is no question of the Synagogue attack occurring, who the attackers were, and what the lower court ruling was.

I suppose the current story could be false, and that a higher court ruling didn't occur. I'm not a fact-checker extraordinaire like the WaPo, or CNN, so I don't have the time resources to scrub German court records to affirm this update on the 2015 court ruling.

If it turns out to be false, I'll be sure to issue a correction.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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Nocturne: Blue and Gold - Old Battersea Bridge
James Abbott McNeill Whistler

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The Morning Report 1/13/17

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning, kids. Friday the 13th is here, and it's actually triskaidekaphobia. Anyway, as has been typical of every outrage over the past eight years, you just get numb to it. Prez'dnt Egomaniac has ended a policy to help save Cubans fleeing their island gulag and siding with the totalitarian regime. Quelle surprise, I know. Anyway, don't walk under any ladders, break any mirrors or invoke Satan, at least not any more than usual. And kudos to Mindful Webworker for his wicked photoshop skills on the final countdown. Have a better one and remain blessed.

UPDATE: V the K's Thoughtful Piece on McStains and Dondi vs Trump and Ted at Ricochet

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Thankfully Thursday Overnight Open Thread (1/12/17)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Quotes of The Day

Quote I

If people think nature is their friend, then they sure don't need an enemy. Kurt Vonnegut

Quote II

If we do not discipline ourselves the world will do it for us. William Feather

Quote III

Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle

And if you don't succeed at first...........


Quote IV

When the sword is once drawn, the passions of men observe no bounds of moderation. Alexander Hamilton

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Obama Quietly Leaks That He's Ending "Wet Foot, Dry Foot" Asylum Policy for Cubans

—Ace

Because, you see, Cuba is no longer a human rights violator, after undertaking no reforms that Obama did not demand they undertake to get more American dollars.

he Obama administration is ending the “wet foot, dry foot” policy that granted residency to Cubans who arrived in the United States without visas.

That’s according to a senior administration official, who said the policy change was effective immediately.

The official said the U.S. and Cuba have spent several months negotiating the change, including an agreement from Cuba to allow those turned away from the U.S. to return.

By the way, Bradley Manning is on Obama's short list for commutation. Because, you know, he* takes hacking-then-sending-confidential-information-to-Wikileaks so darned seriously.

* I should note that this dude's preferred pronoun is "she." He prefers if you refer to him as "she."

Posted by Ace at 08:07 PM Comments

Racist Slate Claims Ben Carson Is a White Man

—Ace

And not just any white man -- they specifically claim he his Defense Secretary nominee General "Mad Dog" Mattis.


Could've been worse, I guess.


By the way, Deb Heine has video of Mattis' Senate testimony.

On the downside, he's not wearing blackface, but on the upside, she says he crushed it.


Posted by Ace at 07:32 PM Comments

FBI IG Announces Investigation into Comey's (and Others') Pre-Election Actions

—Ace

John Sexton digests the scope of the investigation, and notes that some aspects of the investigation will involve actions by people suspected of being biased in favor of Hillary Clinton. For example, remember the Deputy Director of the FBI who mostly ran the Hillary Clinton probe? And remember that Hillary headlined a fundraiser to raise money for his wife's political run? Yeah, that'll be looked at.

As streiff from Red State notes, however, there is one Big Tell in this investigation: They won't be looking into Loretta Lynch's meeting with Bill Clinton, nor her fuzzy claims about whether she would, or would not, fully recuse herself from any role in deciding whether or not to prosecute her tarmac-buddy's wife.

The Deep State will have its say.


Posted by Ace at 05:26 PM Comments

In Surprise Which Should Have Surprised No One At All, Barack Obama Awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to... The Sheriff, Joe Biden

—Ace


You know what he's really suggesting here by this act, though.


Obama is rumored to be awarding Hillary Clinton the Presidential Medal of Data Security and Not Falling Down In Public tomorrow. Stay tuned.

Posted by Ace at 04:14 PM Comments

Trump's Inauguaration to Feature Special Performance By... Mr. Paul Anka

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The guys get Trump shirts.


Posted by Ace at 03:12 PM Comments

What the F*** is Michele Obama Wearing?

—Ace

So Michele Obama "surprised" the Tonight Show staff by showing up when people were recording "We love you so much" messages for her.

She wore something that looked like a UPC code for a very large box of things you don't want to buy.


Oh, here's the stupid stunt:

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Posted by Ace at 02:13 PM Comments

Mollie Hemingway: Donald Trump's Combative Press Conference Was a "Bold Stance Against Media Shenanigans"

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She points out that a lot of people, just don't get this important truth: People are sick and tired of the political-media class and want someone to repudiate them.

Posted by Ace at 01:19 PM Comments



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