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March 31, 2015

Morning Thread (3-31-2015)

—Andy

Did you give Iran the bomb yet, daddy?

Posted by Andy at 06:08 AM Comments



Overnight Open Thread (3-30-2015)

—Maetenloch

Quote of the Day I

But the robots get better every year, while the workers stay the same. Or, perhaps, get worse.

-- Instapundit on minimum wage increase demands versus robotic automation

Quote of the Day II

Ashe Schow asks: "With all the attention being paid to college-aged social justice warriors and microagressions, one has to ask: What happens when all these delicate snowflakes enter the workforce?"  To which I answer: What makes you think that these delicate snowflakes will enter the workforce? - Oh, I'm sure that many of them will end up doing some sort of retail, at least in the states that don't institute a $15 minimum wage.  But there are plenty of qualified people out there who either did not get infected with the current madness sweeping our campuses, or else they got over it.  Easy enough to give them the job.

-- Moe Lane on dealing with problematical employees

Quote of the Day III

The C student starts a restaurant. The A student writes restaurant reviews.

-- PJ O'Rourke

Quote of the Day IV

The only advantage to being a middle-aged man is that when you put on a jacket and tie, you're the Scary Dad. Never mind that no one has had an actually scary dad since 1966. The visceral fear remains.

-- PJ O'Rourke

Quote of the Day V

Ostendo primo conditionem hominum extra societatem civilem (quam conditionem appellare liceat statum naturae) aliam non esse quam bellum omnium contra omnes; atque in eo bello jus esse omnibus in omnia.

I demonstrate in the first place, that the state of men without civil society (which state we may properly call the state of nature) is nothing else but a mere war of all against all; and in that war all men have equal right unto all things.

-- Thomas Hobbes in Leviathan

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Posted by Maetenloch at 09:47 PM Comments



What the Hell Really Happened to Harry Reid?

—Ace

Reporters are just accepting the claim that he was attacked by an ornery exercise band, huh?

John Hindraker of Powerline wonders about what really might have happened.

When a guy shows up at a Las Vegas emergency room on New Year's Day with severe facial injuries and broken ribs, and gives as an explanation the functional equivalent of "I walked into a doorknob," it isn't hard to guess that he ran afoul of mobsters. Yet the national press has studiously averted its eyes from Reid's condition, and has refused to investigate the cause of his injuries. To my knowledge, every Washington reporter has at least pretended to believe Reid's story, and none, as far as I can tell, has inquired further.


So he was working out late on New Years Eve, huh?

Let's consider what would really happen if someone where hit this badly by an exercise band.

I work out with exercise bands. I am in fact often afraid that they will either snap or, more likely, slip free of where they're anchored, and hit me in the face.

I don't know if this is a real possibility or not. I do know the possibility of a face hit by an exercise band has occurred to me.

But here's why I don't believe it in the case of Harry Reid:

Why isn't he warning people about this being a real possibility?

I'll tell you what, if this happened to me, believe me, I'd be on the blog telling you about it, and warning you to be very careful with these bands. In fact, if an exercise band took my right eye away from me, I'd be telling you to wear goggles at all times when using them.

Actually I think I'd tell you to join a gym -- it's safer.

I also would be telling you who manufactured these particular bands, so that you would be warned about possible slipshod manufacture.

Is Reid doing any of these things? No, of course not. He puts out the lie, then tries to run away from it as soon as possible.

This is why I knew Anthony Weiner was lying about his "Hacked!" claim. If someone gets hacked, this is a very big deal, and very angering, and that person would move heaven and earth to get justice from this very serious violation.

Instead, Weiner just wanted us all to move past it and forget it ever happened.

This is not possible. If someone really were violated, they would demand an investigation and serious consequences for the violators.

Harry Reid's story is that he, a rich man thanks to being part of the lucrative Legislation Industry, had to resort to using a fairly cheap piece of exercise equipment instead of using the more common real gym equipment men of his means could afford. Dumbbells are kind of expensive, but not so expensive that a Legislation Magnate couldn't afford a couple of racks of nice rubber-encased dumbbells.

But no, he's using cheap exercise bands.

And then when one allegedly snaps, or tears free of its anchor point, and robs him of the use of his right eye, he says nothing about it? He doesn't warn people? He doesn't start a Senatorial Investigation into the safety of such equipment?

Why doesn't he tell us what brand of exercise band blinded him in one eye.

Is this because this nasty, pugilistic man has just decided to be mellow about the company that took one of his eyes away from him?

Or is this because there is no exercise band manufacturer to complain about, because there was never any exercise band at all?


Posted by Ace at 07:14 PM Comments

Obama Plans Major Reversal In Israel Policy as Emboldened Iran Demands Even More Concessions on Nukes

—Ace

Iran wants more, reports the Free Beacon's Adam Kredo.

LAUSANNE, Switzerland--Iranian negotiators are becoming rigid and unmoving in their stance on a range of key nuclear issues in talks, according to multiple sources familiar with the negotiations who said Tehran is angling to elicit as many concessions as possible from the United States as the talks reach a critical stage ahead of the looming March 31 deadline.

Iran is pushing for major relief from economic sanctions and the ability to continue sensitive research and development on the nuclear and weapons fronts, according to sources quoted in the Iranian state-controlled press on Sunday.

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"The Iranians are again outplaying the Americans," said one source in Europe familiar with the negotiations. "They know they’'l have to give up certain things eventually. So they're digging in their heels on issues that mean everything and preparing to give ground on relatively minor issues--but not yet, and not until they see how much more the Americans are willing to give."

Previous concessions by the United States appear to have motivated Iran to push harder on issues such as the possible military dimensions of its nuclear program, as well as continued work on advanced centrifuges and increased sanctions relief, according to a second American source apprised of the demands being set forth.

Iran wants to know how much more it can get off President Backseat Becky. My guess is, they can go all the way and then some.

Meanwhile, he's planning on a "crockery-breaking" turn on Israel, writes Jackson Diehl of the Washington Post.

President Obama’s rhetorical assault on Benjamin Netanyahu last week was in part the product of pique. But it also set the stage for what could be another crockery-breaking bid by Obama for a foreign policy legacy, on a par with his opening to Cuba and would-be nuclear deal with Iran.

By declaring Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations dead and blaming Netanyahu, Obama laid the predicate for a decision to go forward with a U.S.-backed U.N. Security Council resolution that would set the terms for a final peace settlement. Envisioned as an updating of U.N. Resolution 242, which has been part of the framework for the Mideast "peace process" since the 1960s, the idea would be to mandate the solution to the questions Israelis and Palestinians have been unable to agree upon for decades, such as the future status of Jerusalem. Not incidentally, it would provide Obama with the Mideast legacy he has craved since his first day in office.

Whether or not it accelerated Palestinian statehood (and most likely it wouldn't), Obama's initiative would set off an earthquake in U.S. foreign relations and for Israel's standing in the world. For nearly half a century, the United States has taken the position that the terms for a peace settlement between Israelis and Palestinians must come about as the result of negotiations and not as an imposition by outside parties. At the United Nations, it has been a given that Washington will veto resolutions that aim to compel Israel to accept terms.

Now Obama is contemplating going forward with a resolution that was drafted last year by Secretary of State John Kerry and his Mideast negotiations team at the State Department. The language was drawn up in response to efforts by the Palestinians and France to win support for Security Council resolutions following the collapse of Kerry's attempt to get Israeli and Palestinian assent to a "framework agreement" France announced on Friday that it would renew its initiative, giving Obama a fresh prompt.

A country's currency only has to collapse once for it to lose much of its value, forever. And Obama has deliberately collapsed the currency of America's foreign policy reliability and trustworthiness -- he wants the world to know that we can shift like snakes at any time. That will keep other countries from allying with us, which is good, because America, not Iran, is the great contagion that must be contained.

Oh, Russian tanks are moving deeper into Ukraine. Maybe Obama has Iran's promise that they'll fix that crisis for him, too.

Posted by Ace at 06:23 PM Comments

Blind People Are Seeing Again Thanks to Bionic Eyes, And It's Not Even a Story Any More

—Ace

This isn't entirely new, as people have been receiving bionic eyes for eight years. But only seven people received implants as of last October.

The technology is maturing, and more and more people are now getting the implants. It's becoming an everyday thing now -- news outfits are running stories about the newest blind man whose sight has been returned, but not big, huge stories.

The implant does not cure all forms of blindness, just those caused a by a specific syndrome. And the vision conferred is not very detailed; light and shapes only. Not even fine enough detail to make out the features of a human face.

But once you can do the basics of it, you can do the fine details of it.

The company making these implants is called Second Sight.

Second Sight Medical Products Inc. designs, makes and sells the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System, which gives sight to the blind. And sales of the "bionic eye" are on the rise.

Argus II is a prosthetic retina for people with a disease called retinitis pigmentosa. The device looks like futuristic sunglasses paired with a small box, which contains the brains of the device -- a video processing unit.

A miniature video camera captures an image and then transmits that image to the video processing unit, which then sends it to electrodes implanted in a patient's retina using a surgical procedure.

Argus II does not restore normal vision. But it does allow the wearer to see light and shapes, sometimes for the first time in decades.

More than 100 patients have received the Argus II, with 15 systems implanted during the last three months of 2014, the most of any quarter. The earliest recipients have had the implants for nearly eight years.


One patient received his implants last October; there's the obligatory video of him seeing for the first time in over 30 years.

It seems like the stuff of science fiction. But for Larry Hester, this is an eye-opening change for the rest of his life.

[H]e's spent much of his adult life living in complete darkness -- but not anymore. On Oct. 1, Hester became the seventh person in the U.S. to receive an implantable Argus II Retinal Prosthesis Device, also known as the bionic eye. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the device in February 2013 for people with rare, degenerative eye diseases.

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"The light is so basic and probably wouldn't have significance for anybody else, but to me it's meaning I can see light and we can go from here," Hester said shortly after trying out his new glasses for the first time.

Heres' another video of him Freaking Out! (in a good way) upon seeing the outlines of his wife's face.

This People story talks about his trip to New York City earlier this year, seeing the lights of Broadway.

Duluth pastor just got the implants (another video of him seeing for the first time in a decade), as has a Hawaiian woman, and a Minneapolis man too.

They just started implanting them in patients in Italy and France as well.

It's not cheap -- the device itself (and just the device) costs $144,000.

Kind of a happy story. I imagine if you're not blind at the moment, you probably won't have to worry about ever actually going blind. Seems like this is on the way to the "cured" state.

Posted by Ace at 05:13 PM Comments

Two Men, Dressed As Women, Attempt to Ram Through NSA's Gate in Stolen SUV; Police Kill One Man

—Ace

The other man was injured, as was a cop at the gate.

"No link to terrorism" the police are saying.

Officers opened fire after two men dressed as women refused to stop Monday at the National Security Agency gate at Fort Meade and then smashed into a police vehicle blocking the road, officials said. One of the men died, and the other man and the officer were hurt.

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An FBI spokeswoman said earlier in the day that the incident was not believed to be linked to terrorism. The NSA said the incident was contained to the vehicle control point area on the perimeter of the secure campus.

A senior defense official said the two men were dressed as women. That official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss an ongoing incident.

A man had opened fire on the NSA building on March 3rd as well.

Per an NBC report, a weapon and drugs had been found in the car as well. (Link to a French article.)

A video report by ABC7 in Maryland (I think), found at Hot Air.

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Posted by Ace at 04:21 PM Comments

Iran Defector: United States' Role at Iranian Nuke Talks Is Chiefly to Serve as the "Spokesman" For Iran to the Rest of the Parties

—Ace

"The rest of the parties" being, I think, the UK, Germany, and France, because I imagine that Russia and China are mostly on Iran's side already.

An Iranian journalist writing about the nuclear negotiations between the United States and Iran has defected. In an interview Amir Hossein Motaghi, has some harsh words for his native Iran. He also has a damning indictment of America's role in the nuclear negotiations.

“The U.S. negotiating team are mainly there to speak on Iran’s behalf with other members of the 5+1 countries and convince them of a deal," Motaghi told a TV station after just defecting from the Iranian delegation while abroad for the nuclear talks. The P 5 + 1 is made up of United States, United Kingdom, Russia, China, France, plus Germany.

The defector was an editor serving as media aid to President Hassan Rouhani.

A close media aide to Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian president, has sought political asylum in Switzerland after travelling to Lausanne to cover the nuclear talks between Tehran and the West.

So Obama is acting as Iran's mouthpiece.

Posted by Ace at 02:47 PM Comments

Another Open Thread

—Ace

Sorry I'm a little tired today and obviously I'm dragging here.

I'll put this one up then try to do some work.

Posted by Ace at 01:29 PM Comments

Open Thread

—rdbrewer


Levi Wells Prentice, "Blue Mountain Lake" (n.d.)

Posted by rdbrewer at 10:00 AM Comments

Morning Thread (3-30-2015)

—Andy

And just like that, it's Monday again ...

Posted by Andy at 06:17 AM Comments

Overnight Open Thread (3-29-2015)

—Maetenloch

Quote of the Day I

And since wealthy people don't spend nearly as high a percentage of their incomes as poor people do, much wealth is sitting around not doing its job.

-- NYT reporter Mark Bittman proving he has no clue about modern economics.

Quote of the Day II

This should be fun to watch. Admittedly, this should also be a gutter war without rules or mercy, but I can't imagine that Freedom Watch didn't know that, going in. Sometimes you just have to expect that it's all going to end in tears, recriminations, and blood on the floor.

-- Moe Lane on Freedom Watch's racketeering lawsuit against Hillary Clinton

Quote of the Day III

Go to Google News and search for "teacher + arrest + sex." How many times a week are public school teachers in America charged with illegally having sex with their underage students? My guess is that it happens more commonly than college students getting raped. So why aren't feminists marching into your local Board of Education meeting and demanding that something be done about the "rape epidemic" in public schools?

Think about that.

-- RSM on The 'Rape Epidemic' That Isn't

Quote of the Day IV

The primary purpose of race-talk in America today is to allow elite whites to silence and shame non-elite whites. Thus, it's not surprising that the people pushing it are...a bunch of elite whites.

-- Insty on Starbuck's lame race talk campaign

"Dog or Jewish Boyfriend?"

But I find it inconceivable that The New Yorker would have run this piece if it didn't have Lena Dunham or some other bold-face-name in the byline. Titled, "Dog or Jewish Boyfriend?" it's a pop-quiz for the reader to guess whether she's talking about her dog or, that's right, her Jewish boyfriend.

...Still, I don't think she was going for anti-Semitism, though she'll happily pocket the edginess that accusation brings. Rather, like so much of what Dunham does, it reeks of self-indulgence. She clearly think it's very clever. But as a piece of writing it's remarkably un-clever. It's not terrible. It's more like a solid B in a college-writing seminar. And, I suppose it is a sharp way for her to do what she loves: over-share the various details of her life, most of which, like this piece, are incredibly boring if ascribed to a person you're not fascinated by.

But that's just it. For some unfathomable reason, there are people who find Dunham fascinating. She clearly has a gift for convincing late-middle-aged white urban liberals that she's on to something big and important. I'm just amazed she's pulled off the con for this long. And I'm disappointed that even The New Yorker fell for it.

Iranian Defector: US Team 'Mainly There to Speak on Iran's Behalf'

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Emergency Backup Gun Thread [Weirddave]

—Open Blogger

Nothing much seems to be in the hopper right now, so here's stuff I've bookmarked over the past few weeks.

Gun of the Week
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The "Wow, it's been four hours since a new thread" thread - Niedermeyer's Dead Horse

—Open Blogger

Here's a bit of fresh thread to tide you over until something of value is posted.

How 'bout them 80's?

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Food Thread: Passover Edition [CBD]

—Open Blogger

This will be even more abbreviated than usual -- it seems that somebody sneaked into my bedroom a few nights ago and pumped several pounds of wet concrete into my sinuses, then used a blowtorch on the back of my throat. Impressively stealthy! It was probably Brian Williams tuning up his SEAL skills.

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This photo is captioned as "Seder on the U.S.S. Astoria in the Pacific, 1945." But the Astoria was sunk in the Battle of Savo Island on August 9th, 1942, after taking at least 65 hits. So this is either dated incorrectly or it is another ship, but the name on the table covering seems definitive.

Update: Courtesy of commenter DBA, the third U.S.S. Astoria was a Cleveland class light cruiser that was renamed Astoria in honor of the heavy cruiser that was sunk at Savo Island.

It is from a nice article in Tablet about How American Troops Celebrated Passover During WWII, but be warned, it is a far-left site; do not click on any other links without appropriate protection.

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Gaming I guess

—Gang of Gaming Morons!

Short week as there isn't much coming out and news wise, there wasn't much other than Zelda isn't coming out in 2015 which leaves a big hole in their Christmas lineup. Nintendo only has two games announced so far that could to really move the needle. Star Fox which has so far been shown off as a smaller digital game and Xenoblade Chronicles X which would mean they would give it 8-ish months between it's Japanese (comes out next month) and Western releases. Though two weeks ago, they did announce their new "development platform" under the NX codename. It's notable that they called it a development platform instead of a new handheld or console which gives credence to the long held belief that their next console & handheld would be one in the same for the most part. Kinda makes you wonder if they will hold off on releasing a Zelda game for the WiiU and create a Twilight Princess situation where the game comes out on the old and next gen systems.

That being said, as for Nintendo as a whole, them finally listening to the shareholders lead to a very nice $5 share price bump (it hit up to $8 but evened out at $19 from $14) as they announced a partnership with DeNA which the West probably knows more as Mobage, one of the biggest names in mobile gaming. Basically, Nintendo will make the games while DeNA will do all the back-end system work. Considering Nintendo's forays into internet, this is the optimal setup. This is a pretty big turn for Iwata, after years of sticking his head into the sand, he's finally noticed the current gaming landscape. Will it save his job? Will it "save" Nintendo? Though it's a positive step, I don't see it. To make it work, they would have to go full bore on mobile. And even then, they're selling to a marketplace that really doesn't know or care about Mario. Only Pokemon is their real ace in the hole for cracking mobile. I personally wouldn't say no to a mobile Fire Emblem game though. I think their stock price is too high but I'm cautiously optimistic on their future, especially if Iwata gets what he deserves (not going to happen with the way he's surrounded himself with yes men on the board).

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Weekend Headlines: Clown Edition [CBD]

—Open Blogger

Senile Old Fool Calls For Rebuilding Nazi War Machine Gaza

And Open Thread.....

And why not?

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 03-29-2015: True Crime [OregonMuse]

—Open Blogger


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"Oh Look, We've Found Hillary's Missing Emails"


Good morning to all of you morons and moronettes and bartenders everywhere and all the ships at sea. Welcome to AoSHQ's stately, prestigious, and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread. The only AoSHQ thread that is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Or kilts. Kilts are OK, too. But not tutus. Unless you're a girl.


Book Quote

You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.
-Paul Sweeney


Murder & Mayhem

Interesting review of the book Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy.

There's a statistic that surfaces early in...Ghettoside that should catch your attention: black men compose about 6% of the country's population, yet they are the victim in nearly 40% of homicides. And who's killing those black men? The answer is most often other black men. Leovy...explores the culture of black violence, specifically in South Central LA, describing a world that seems to exist hermetically sealed off from the rest of the city. With nearly zero mobility and little policing, the people of South Central are left to fend for themselves - further amplifying the devastating drumbeat of gangs and violence.

The reviewer notes that "Poverty deserves less blame" and "The US has long failed to punish blacks who kill blacks". This last bit brought on this one-star review on Amazon:

I can tell you from firsthand experience..that the blame for the inability to catch and convict violent criminals in predominantly black neighborhoods falls on the residents of those neighborhoods themselves. The culture of "stop snitching" means that people...who are literally shot point blank in the face by someone who they know from their neighborhood and survive, refuse to testify against that very person, and when forced onto the witness stand, lie and say that the person on trial is not the person who shot them. By the way, in the case I am talking about..there were at least 10 other people who witnessed the perpetrator shoot this person in the face, and not a single one voluntarily came forward.

So it looks like there's some sort of chicken-or-egg problem here. Crappy policing vs. the "no snitch" culture. Did the former produce the latter or did the latter produce the former? Or is there a third phenomenon that caused both?

I think the cop and detective shows on TV give the impression that murders are solved by forensic evidence acquired by sharp-eyed detectives combined with clever deductive reasoning, when in reality, most murders are solved by the police acting on information provided to them by informants, AKA "snitches". So when that source of information dries up, murders don't get solved.

And speaking of unsolved inner-city murders, there's Murder Rap: The Untold Story of the Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations by the Detective Who Solved Both Cases by Greg Kading, that claims that these murders were hits ordered by... wait for it... Suge Knight and Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs. Kading was unable to bring it home because he claims he was suddenly yanked from the case by LAPD higher-ups, after which it then sputtered and slowly ground to a halt.

Evidently, those rap guys play for keeps.

I had forgotten this book, but Steven Pinker, in his book The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, argues that, well, violence has declined. In the long term, that is. His is a sweeping view, which is admittedly hard to see from a place like, say, Mosul, or even from downtown Compton, but overall, but from prehistoric times to the modern day, civilizational, pacifying influences are slowly but surely winning out over the forces that encourage us to kill each other. Seriously. This 800+ page book is nothing if not controversial.

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Early Morning Thread 3/29/15 - Slugabeddin' Sunday [krakatoa]

—Open Blogger

Some days take a little more sleep to start than others.

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Overnight Open Thread (28 Mar 2015)

—CDR M

Seriously. W. T. F? Close media aide to President Rouhani defects during Iran nuclear talks, says U.S. negotiators acting on behalf of Iran.

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Hoops Thread [Y-not]

—Open Blogger

So, apparently there's some basketball occurring at present.

Your wish etcetera etcetera...

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Open Thread: I Like Gridlock [Y-not]

—Open Blogger

This is what you get when control of your state legislature is divided:

NewMexLaws.jpg

I like it!

Here's a round up of what New Mexico's legislature did.

Governor Martinez was trying to get them to repeal issuing drivers licenses to illegals, but they failed.


Open thread until something more interesting comes along.

Posted by Open Blogger at 03:47 PM Comments

Saturday Gardening Thread: Bi-Polar Edition [Y-not and KT]

—Open Blogger

Y-not: Good afternoon, gardening morons and moronettes! Weirddave is indisposed so today's thread is a bi-polar edition featuring self and KT.

To get us in the mood, how about a song?

(You can read IZ's story here.)

The emergence of Spring coupled with those last few winter storms that are still hitting parts of the U.S. got me thinking about weather prediction, particularly almanacs. I have a feeling we have experts on this topic in our midst, so I'll just put together a few interesting links I found and let you all share your knowledge with the horde.

What is an almanac, anyway? Here's a brief summary from Mental Floss:

Historically, almanacs are annual publications that outline the days of the year alongside factors like sunrise and sunset times, holidays, moon phases, and solstices. The calendar hanging on your wall is an example of a simple almanac. Some of the earliest almanacs referenced celestial events to tell readers whether they would have good or bad luck on certain days, much like how we use horoscopes today. By the 17th century, the only publication more popular than almanacs in England was the Bible. Around this time, they began popping up in the America colonies, offering seasonal weather predictions, tips for household management, and entertainment like puzzles and jokes.

The Farmers' Almanac (founded in 1818 ) and the Old Farmers' Almanac (founded in 1792) are two of the most popular remaining almanacs. The former offers long-range weather predictions made two years in advance. Today it claims to have an annual distribution of more than 2.6 million copies and a readership of 7 million.

Both publications claim to have a roughly 80 percent accuracy rate. Their predictions are the products of top secret mathematical formulas that take into consideration things like sunspot activity, tidal action, and planetary positioning

For those of you who use Almanacs, especially for your garden planning, do you think this 80 percent accuracy rate is correct?

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News Roundup: Jew-Hate Edition [CBD]

—Open Blogger

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Virginia State Bar boycotts Israel
This is a ham-handed attempt to cater to the BDS crowd. But every time a seemingly legitimate organization (Yeah..I know...it's lawyers) accepts the premise that Israel is outside of the world of nations it legitimizes attacks on its existence.
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Jew, Or Dog? Our Favorite HBO Actor Opines
Williamson's caveat that Dunham is Jewish means nothing -- The Self-Hating Jew is an all-to-common thing. And Dunham is a leftist through and through. Her religion means very little in comparison to her political manifesto.
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Speaking of Self-Hating Jews....Rep. Steve Israel Beclowns Himself
Rep. Steven King (R-IA) asked: "Here is what I don't understand, I don't understand how Jews in America can be Democrats first and Jewish second and support Israel along the line of just following their President."

Well Representative King, it's because they care more for their partisan politics than the survival of their religious and cultural origins and the existence of a staunch democratic ally in the ME.

But his colleague in the House had this to say: "Especially galling is pronouncements by people who've never been to Israel that Democrats like me are failing the loyalty test."

So...all of the Morons around here who profess unequivocal support for the State of Israel (but have never been there) are mere poseurs in comparison to Steve Israel, whose "support" of Israel includes accepting Obama's attacks on the only democracy in the ME and support for Leftist organizations that explicitly reject the concept of a free, democratic Israel.

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Of course there is good news too...

Those who continue to hate Israel, hate America," Cruz said in Washington DC in September at an event called, In Defense of Christians. "Those who hate Jews, hate Christians. If those in this room will not recognize that, then my heart weeps for them.

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Fundamental Concepts - Why the Left Hates Families [Weirddave]

—Open Blogger

I know that many Progs will contest this. "We don't hate families! Why I have a mother/father/spouse/child/etc.. who means the world to me! That's crazy wingnut hater talk!". That's probably true, and as individuals I'm winning to concede that they may think families are spiffy. As Progressives, however, they are in service to an ideology whose greatest obstacle is the extended and especially the nuclear family. Not Conservatives, not Christians, not the Koch brothers. The family is the greatest threat to the Progressive worldview.

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Saturday Politics: The Totally Unofficial Pre-Primary HQ "Midterms" (and Steel Cage Death Match) [Y-not]

—Open Blogger

Good morning!

Are you ready to rumble?!

Today's thread is going to be a sort of "mid-term exam" of the politicians we've been tracking for the past eight months. I've resisted grading them as we go, because I think it's very difficult to do that without injecting my personal biases into it. Heck, even the CATO "scorecards" of governors seem highly subjective to me... and they're professionals.

But this week I'm going to tear off my mask and create a scorecard for the Magnificent Seven (Cruz, Haley, Jindal, Martinez, Pence, Perry, and Walker). And then I want you to do the same.

Here are the rules:

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EMT 3/28/15 - Pack up your Troubles edition. [krakatoa]

—Open Blogger

It's Saturday folks. Time to forget about the woes of the world, hit the links with a caddy named Jose, and pretend for the moment you can do no wrong.

You know: like Obumbles every day of the week.

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Overnight Open Thread (27 Mar 2015)

—CDR M

Is America in decline? Yup. Can we stop it? Not with the elected leadership we have now (both D and R). The electorate is gonna have to feel a lot more pain before it can influence the political process and the media that covers for it.

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TREY GOWDY: HILLARY CLINTON WIPED HER SERVER CLEAN SOMETIME AFTER THE GOVERNMENT ASKED HER FOR ALL OF HER EMAILS

—Ace

From Lauren French at Politico:

Hillary Clinton wiped “clean” the private server housing emails from her tenure as secretary of state, the chairman of the House committee investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi said Friday.

“While it is not clear precisely when Secretary Clinton decided to permanently delete all emails from her server, it appears she made the decision after October 28, 2014, when the Department of State for the first time asked the Secretary to return her public record to the Department,” Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi, said in a statement.


Clinton was under a subpoena order from the panel for all documents related to the 2012 attacks on the American compound there. But David Kendall, an attorney for Clinton, said the 900 pages of emails previously provided to the panel cover its request.

Kendall also informed the committee that Clinton’s emails from her time at the State Department have been permanently erased.

So.

Posted by Ace at 08:20 PM Comments

Italian Supreme Court Reverses Conviction of Amanda Knox and Raphael Sollecito, Dismisses All Charges, Forever

—Ace

And finally.

JohnE, VerumSerum and I just did a brief 60 minute podcast. John will have that up soon. Andy will have that up at some point. He's traveling now.


Worth a Read: If you liked the vicious spectacle of the Mr. Plinkett review of the Star Wars films, you may like the Hellman-Zanotti Report, the actual appeals court ruling that ripped the Knox conviction to shreds and set her free (several years ago, before proceedings were started again).

It's a savage thing that leaves the original prosecution and judge with few tatters of dignity left.

Posted by Ace at 07:44 PM Comments

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On Her Majesty's Personal Secret Service: Hacked Hillary/Blumenthal Emails Reveal She Was Being Fed Intelligence By Her Own Private Spy Service

—Ace

So many questions here.

One important question is: Did she disclose the emails containing these intelligence reports to the government? I strongly doubt that.

Is she claiming intelligence reports about Libya, during the civil war, and in the build-up to Benghazi, are "personal"? How could she possibly claim these are not work product?

But she will claim that -- she must be claiming that.

The question that strikes me as even more deadly is:

WHO THE HELL WAS PAYING FOR THIS?

Hillary's spymaster was a former director of the Clandestine Service for the CIA in Europe. He now owns his own private intelligence firms. These are not the sorts of services purchased by poor men. These are the sorts of services purchased by very, very rich men, and big well-capitalized corporations, and even governments.

WHO WAS PAYING HILLARY'S SPYMASTER FOR HIS WORKPRODUCT?

Indeed, who was paying Blumenthal himself, who seemed to be Hillary's liaison to her spymaster?

Was Hillary writing the checks from her personal account?

I have a feeling the answer will turn out to be: The "charity" called the Clinton Global Initiative.

But we will see.

Major scoop from Jeff Gerth, writing at ProPublica, co-published with, of all venues, Gawker. (Which has been revealing a lot of stuff lately, to be fair, including the fact that Bill Ayers was present and partying at the Wagner-Kass wedding Obama attended.)

Starting weeks before Islamic militants attacked the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, longtime Clinton family confidante Sidney Blumenthal supplied intelligence to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gathered by a secret network that included a former CIA clandestine service officer, according to hacked emails from Blumenthal’s account.

The emails, which were posted on the internet in 2013, also show that Blumenthal and another close Clinton associate discussed contracting with a retired Army special operations commander to put operatives on the ground near the Libya-Tunisia border while Libya's civil war raged in 2011.

Blumenthal’s emails to Clinton, which were directed to her private email account, include at least a dozen detailed reports on events on the deteriorating political and security climate in Libya as well as events in other nations....

It’s unclear who tasked Blumenthal, known for his fierce loyalty to the Clintons, with preparing detailed intelligence briefs. It's also not known who was paying him, or where the operation got its money. The memos were marked "confidential" and relied in many cases on "sensitive”"sources in the Libyan opposition and Western intelligence and security services. Other reports focused on Egypt, Germany, and Turkey.

Indeed, though they were sent under Blumenthal’s name, the reports appear to have been gathered and prepared by Tyler Drumheller, a former chief of the CIA's clandestine service in Europe who left the agency in 2005. Since then, he has established a consulting firm called Tyler Drumheller, LLC. He has also been affiliated with a firm called DMC Worldwide, which he co-founded with Washington, D.C., attorney Danny Murray and former general counsel to the U.S. Capitol Police John Caulfield. DMC Worldwide’s now-defunct website describes it at as offering "innovative security and intelligence solutions to global risks in a changing world."

Read it all. It's incredible.

Given Hillary's close relationship with a former head of the CIA's Clandestine Branch, I have new questions about Michael Morrell, the former CIA officer who was so very helpful to Hillary during her Benghazi tribulations, and who later wound up as a paid senior executive in the Beacon Global Strategies group, working under Hillary's top advisor Phillip Reines and alongside Hillary's man Leon Panetta.

Drumheller's Dossier:


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Richard Engel: US Allies in Gulf Won't Tell Obama Anything Because They Believe That Obama Is Leaking Secret Information to Iran to Kiss Up To Them

—Ace

Deranged.

And I don't mean Engel or the Saudis. I mean Obama.

The Saudis began operations in Yemen without informing the US -- a hitherto unlikely scenario.

But they kept the operation a secret.

Because they think Obama is so determined to make kissy-face with Iran that he would have leaked their battle plans directly to their enemy.

They no longer consider the US "reliable."

Starting at 1:51.

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Posted by Ace at 04:25 PM Comments

Times of Israel: "Deal" to Be "Signed" Tuesday on Iran Nukes; But Iran Gets Rid of Nuclear... Symbols on Its Currency

—Ace

I don't know who to believe here-- the British Foreign Secretary said not much would be written down, but the Times of Israel is saying something would be signed.

What would be signed? I guess if you just wanted something to sign, you could type up a Statement of Candy and Unicorn Pleasures.

As previously reported, Iran gets to keep enriching uranium at its fortified, subterranean nuclear base at Fordo:

What has been agreed is that Iran will be allowed to continue to operate its secretive underground facility at Fordo, the TV station’s well-connected Middle East analyst Ehud Ya’ari said. Ya’ari, who did not give a source for his information, echoed the widespread Israeli description of the emerging deal as "bad."

Meanwhile, though, there is some great news. Iran just unveiled their new 50,000 rials bank note.

Since 2007, at the previous height of the Iran nuke crisis, Iran has shown off the nuclear symbol (that is, an atom) on this bill, as a gesture of defiance to America.

But they're now taking that symbol off, because, Peaceful Nukes now!!!

Yayyy! We Win!!!

Posted by Ace at 04:00 PM Comments

British Foreign Secretary: We'll Have a "Narrative" Coming Out of the Talks; Nothing Will Be Written Down, But That Doesn't Matter

—Ace

We'll still have our Narrative.

Brits: Iran nuke deal would be vague, unwritten

By EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE 3/27/15 1:00 PM EDT

No specifics, nothing written, perhaps not even anything that Iran and the international negotiating partners say as one--that's the most to expect out of the nuclear talks now running up against the deadline in Switzerland, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Friday.

But even concluding this round of talks with that level of ambiguity, Hammond said, would count as a significant success. And he thinks they'll get it.

As has been often remarked, diplomats always say their efforts end in success. They are the most self-deceptive imbeciles in the world. No matter how they fail at their stated objectives, they say that whatever happened is a "success."

Just talking is a "success," you know.

"We envisage being able to deliver a narrative. Whether that is written down or not, I don’t think is the crucial issue,”This will be a political statement, or perhaps political statements from the [negotiating partners] and Iran which create enough momentum to make it clear that we've now got this boulder over the hill and we are into the detailed work to produce an agreement."


The "political statement" is that Iran gets its nuke and if Israel interferes they are guilty of war crimes.

The other political statement is that Barack Obama just gave Obamacare to the World.

Posted by Ace at 03:00 PM Comments

Of Course: Obama Now Turning on P5+1 Allies on Iran, Bullying Them Into Supporting a Bad Deal
The View From the French Security Establishment: Obama Is "Politically Naive," Thinks Iran Will Save Him In Syria and Iraq

—Ace

You know it's a bad deal when even the French are calling it too French.

By the way, kudos to the Free Beacon and Adam Kredo for what seems to be scoop.

LAUSANNE, Switzerland--Efforts by the Obama administration to stem criticism of its diplomacy with Iran have included threats to nations involved in the talks, including U.S. allies, according to Western sources familiar with White House efforts to quell fears it will permit Iran to retain aspects of its nuclear weapons program.

A series of conversations between top American and French officials, including between President Obama and French President Francois Hollande, have seen Americans engage in behavior described as bullying by sources who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon.

The disagreement over France’s cautious position in regard to Iran threatens to erode U.S. relations with Paris, sources said.

Tension between Washington and Paris comes amid frustration by other U.S. allies, such as Saudi Arabia and Israel. The White House responded to this criticism by engaging in public campaigns analysts worry will endanger American interests.

Benjamin Haddad, previously advisor to the French in negotiations and now a researcher at the Hudson Institute, said:

"The French want a deal, but they see no rush and repeat that Iranians need a deal more than we do, and that we shouldn't fix artificial deadlines that put more pressure on us than Iran."

But this "deal" is more about restraining Iran's enemies than Iran.

...

One source in Europe close to the ongoing diplomacy said the United States has begun to adopt a "harsh" stance toward its allies in Paris.

"There have been very harsh expressions of displeasure by the Americans toward French officials for raising substantive concerns about key elements of what the White House and State Department negotiators are willing to concede to Iran," said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. "That is because the clarifications expose just how weak the Americans' deal is shaping up to be."

Thanks to @redsteeze.

The French View: Here's a report on this from two days ago (March 25), in Le Fig.

Tensions Between France and the United States on Iran's Nukes

The negotiations between the great powers and Iran restart Thursday at Lausanne, while the deadline of March 31 approaches.

...

The French ambassador to the UN, Francois Delattre, stated again to the Security Council: Iran's progress was "insufficient" for guaranteeing the longterm peaceful character of its nuclear program. We must have an agreement "robust" repeated Laurent Fabius [the Foreign Minister]. The tensions between the French and Americans concern many points of the deal, of which the technical details should be finalized June 30. Paris wants more [!!!!] restrictions on the program of Research and Development, in order to stop the Iranians from constructing even better centrifuges. France also wants the period of restriction to be 15 years rather than 10 [sought by Obama]. France is further skeptical of the idea of quickly suspending some UN sanctions. Barack Obama, say the French diplomats, seems to be ready to make concessions which are far removed from the objectives initially agreed to by the six great powers.

I should point out that France still thinks it's a great power, which is cute.

Then again, I guess we think that too.

"The differences are not made-up. At the core, it's about a strategic problem," comments Bruno Tertrais, director of research at the Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS). The White House wants to invest in the relationship with Iran for fixing the conflicts in the Middle East and especially in Syria and Iraq, where Teheran more and more openly pulls the strings. "It's political naivite. The White House has given in to illusions about the type of relationship that it thinks is possible to cultivate with Iran and of the possible positive consequences of an agreement on nukes on the [whole of the] Middle East," Tertrais further said.

Indeed, for long months, the French and Americans have no longer had the same definition of what would be a "bad deal."

So: Obama doesn't want to lead or even act in Syria and Iraq, and doesn't know what to do there.

So he's counting on Iran to fix these problems for him, and Iran is telling him the price of that is giving them their nukes.

And Obama, who never met a cop-out or "Present" vote he didn't like, is gung-ho to take that deal.

He will take any deal that gets him out to the golf-courses again.

BTW: This expert said this about Syria and Iraq two days ago -- but a White House source confirmed this was Obama's deluded thinking last night.



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Anonymous Officials: You Know, Bergdahl's Really A Hero. He Was Trying to Walk to the Nearest US Military Base to Report His Platoonmates' Wrongdoing.

—Ace

They're the real villains here, you know.

There are no depths to which these monsters will not descend, JWF says, and he's right.

Team Obama-Bergdahl has trotted out this line before. The spin served with honor and distinction, just like Bergdahl.


All this crap about the unit being "unruly" concerned video of the troops not wearing helmets and armor in the field. Make no mistake, "armor discipline" is an important thing in the Army. But also make no mistake, you need to strictly enforce discipline to get troops to keep helmets and armor on, because they are heavy, hot, and uncomfortable. If you watch old Vietnam footage, you'll see troops without helmets all the time. And armor is even more rare.

Not wearing armor is a reason to get on the troops' leader, and give a talking to the troops. But this fairly minor event has been blown up by a media desperate to rescue Obama as possibly meaning... well, the picture they're trying to paint is that these troops went around killing and raping civilians, isn't it? When in fact their major sin was not wearing helmets.

Disgusting.

Was He Going to Report on America's Wrongdoing?


Was He Planning On Reporting This Fellow Soldier's Wrongdoing?


Posted by Ace at 12:50 PM Comments

Open Thread

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Georges Lemmen, "Snowy Evening" (1910)

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Morning Thread (3-27-2015)

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