July 26, 2016

Overnight Open Thread (7-26-2016)


Quote of the Day I - Motives Unclear Edition

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.

Quote of the Day II

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

Quote of the Day III

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 Great Transgender Cover-up at the DNC

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]

Transbath1 Transbath2


Many patriarchs will know what it is to be smashed this week I can tell you.

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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?

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Nate Silver Now Thinks Trump is the Favorite to Win the Election


At the moment -- things can and almost certainly will change.

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.


The Horror. The Horror.

Posted by Ace at 07:25 PM Comments

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.

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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.

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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.

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Posted by Ace at 02:02 PM Comments

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?

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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.

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On The Run: Two ISIS Attackers Take Mass Hostage in Normandy; Eviscerate Priest, Leave Nun Fighting For Her Life


We can only guess at the motives of these men who shouted "Alluha Akbar" and whose actions were claimed by ISIS.

By the way, one of the attackers had links to one of the Bataclan attackers.

So: Stone-cold mystery.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]

—Open Blogger

Daniel Lions Den.jpg

Daniel In The Lions' Den
Peter Paul Rubens

This was suggested by commenter "Blacksheep," and I can see why. Great stuff.

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Overnight Open Thread (7-25-2016)


Quote of the Day

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'

Status: True.

Valerie Jarrett Scolds Americans For Drinking Beer During A Heat Wave

And instead recommends staying inside with the air conditioning cranked up. Except....

John Kerry: Air Conditioners Are As Big A Threat As ISIS

So then dress lightly and try to catch a little breeze beneath your local wind farm I guess.

Clinton Campaign Manager: Russia Hacked The DNC And Is Releasing The Emails Now to Help Trump

Status:Very likely true.

So It Turns Out That The MH370 Pilot Flew a Suicide Route on His Home Simulator Closely Matching Its Final Flight A Month Beforehand

And the Malaysian authorities kept this fact from the public. Black holes and secret landing strips in Pakistan hardest hit.


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Democratic National Coven, Night One


Yeah that was deliberate.

Posted by Ace at 07:11 PM Comments

Ghostbusters Falls Off 50% from Already-Disappointing Opening Weekend


Not terrific. Really not very good. Sad!

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]."

Posted by Ace at 06:34 PM Comments

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.

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BernieBoos: Now Sanders Booed When He Tells His Supporters to Vote for the Haggard Queen


Off to a great start, fellas.

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.

So Anti-Woman:

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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.

The BernieBros are talking that up now, too.

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.

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz Booed at Florida Delegation Breakfast at Start of Convention


What a sweetie.

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.

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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.

Morning Consult:

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.

Posted by Ace at 11:36 AM Comments

Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]

—Open Blogger


Battle of Valmy
Horace Vernet

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.

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Monday Morning News Dump (7/25/16) [Mis. Hum]

—Open Blogger

Democrat Convention Schedule
Monday, July 25, 2016
11:15 AM

Free lunch, medical marijuana, and
bus ride to the Convention
Forms distributed for Food Stamp enrollment.
1:30 PM

Group Voter Registration for Illegal Immigrants.
3:15 PM

Address on "Being the Real You"
Rachel Dolezal, former Head of the
Seattle NAACP and Caitlyn Jenner
4:30 PM

"How to Bank $200 Million as a Public
Servant and claim to be broke"
Hillary Clinton
4:45 PM

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
5:00 PM

Medal of Freedom presentation to Army deserter Bo Bergdahl for serving with Honor and Distinction
National Security Advisor Susan Rice
5:30 PM

Invitation-only Autograph Session Souvenir photographs
of Hillary and Chelsea dodging Sniper Fire in Bosnia
6:30 PM

General vote on praising Baltimore rioters,
and on using the terminology "Alternative
Shoppers" instead of Looters"
7:30 PM

Breakout session with Bill Clinton for
women on avoiding the upcoming draft
8:30 PM

The White House "Semantics Committee" Meeting
General vote on re-branding "Muslim Terrorism"
As "Random Acts of Islamic Over-Exuberance"
9:00 PM

"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
9:15 PM

Tribute Film to the Brave Freedom
Fighters Still incarcerated at GITMO
Michael Moore
9:45 PM

Personal Finance Seminar -
"Businesses Don't Create Jobs"
Special guest Pocahontas aka Elizabeth Warren
11:00 PM

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
11:30 PM

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

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Overnight Open Thread (7-24-2016)


Quote of the Day I

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

Quote of the Day II

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

Quote of the Day III

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.

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Stung by Wikileaks Revelation, Resigns as Chair of DNC


Dirty deeds done Deb cheap.

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.

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Food Thread: Packaged Food: Is Any Of It Good? [CBD]

—Open Blogger

NeverGiveUp Lunch.jpg

Nevergiveup's kosher lunch: courtesy of the United States Army

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....


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What Makes You Happy? [Y-not]

—Open Blogger

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:

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Open Thread for Politics, News, and Misery [Y-not]

—Open Blogger

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:

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Alcohol Is Your Friend...In More Ways than One. [CBD]

—Open Blogger

Cell phone water.jpg

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.

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 07-24-2016: It's Commies All The Way Down [OregonMuse]

—Open Blogger

University of Michigan Law Library.jpg
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)

Nood Communism

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:

#30: https://tinyurl.com/brjhz

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.

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EMT 7/24/16 [krakatoa]

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Today, I feel like sleeping in for 4 to 8 more years.

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Emergency ONT - Niedermeyer's Dead Horse

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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.

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Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread 07-23-2016 [OregonMuse]

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(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”

--Richard Teichmann

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Nothing too fancy.

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The Sunni-Shia Schism Ain't What It Used To Be [CBD]

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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.

U.S. Levies Terror Sanctions Against Iran-based al-Qaeda Leaders

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.

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Ace of Spades Pet Thread [Mis. Hum.]

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Welcome to the AoS Pet Thread, where hairballs and slobber are a way of life.

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Saturday Gardening Thread: Summer Foraging [KT]

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The mysterious, but not elusive, common daylily

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.)

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Thread below the Gardening Thread 23Jul16 [KT]

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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.

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Our Common Ground [Y-not]

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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.

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Open Thread [Y-not]

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Open thread for those of you who don't want to talk about Senate or House races.

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Saturday Morning Weird News [Mis. Hum.]

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Good morning Morons, it's Saturday.

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EMT 7/23/16 Windy City Edition [krakatoa]

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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.

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Overnight Open Thread-The Friday Edition [Mis. Hum.]

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You wanted CDR-M, after last night's Yokopalooza you might take Maetenloch, however tonight you will have to settle for me.

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Run, run like the wind for moar content..........................................

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