October 19, 2017

How About Some Toilet Humor Until The ONT!

—CBD

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From @easygoer132

But keep it clean....

Posted by CBD at 08:51 PM Comments



Funny Thing And Then a Complaint

—Ace


Now, I don't know the answer to this. Speaking as a father, would you say that if you have parental controls on your cable subscription, the titles of the porno movies are blocked and not visible?

Because, seriously, the titles are pornographic themselves. They're not doing cutesy puns anymore like "Splendor in the Ass." The tiles are now pretty much like that last one.

Speaking as a father (well, speaking as a non-father), I kinda worry about kids seeing titles like that.

One more funny bit: In a debate on Tax Reform, Bernie Sanders says Robin Hood stole from the rich to give to the poor.

Ted Cruz corrects him to point out Robin Hood was stealing from the tax collectors, who were tax-farming the peasants to death.


Posted by Ace at 07:11 PM Comments



For Megyn Kelly, The World Ends Not With a Bang But With a Cringe

—Ace


You know, I put a Sally Quinn hex on ol' Megyn -- I crushed three acorns into a powder, set the dust on fire, and I chanted "I diminish thy ratings twenty seven hundred percent, three by three by three" -- and now, seriously, I'm ashamed of calling upon the Dark Spirits, and I fear what retribution will boomerang on to me.

I wish I'd paid attention in Sunday School enough to get the official church guidance on Calling on the Dark Powers. I know they said something about it, but I wasn't really paying attention. I'm not sure if they said never Summon the Dark Powers, or always Summon the Dark Powers.

Never open a door in your heart to Satan?

Or always open a door in your heart to Satan, because #Politeness?

I know it was one or the other. I do remember they were very specific about it, though I forget the specifics.

Anyway, Satan needs to stop hexing Megyn Kelly, because, seriously dude, enough. This is just sad now.

Posted by Ace at 06:16 PM Comments

Former Washington Post Doyenne Sally Quinn: I Murdered Three Enemies, Using My Witchcraft Hex Powers

—Ace

Yeah I don't know what "doyenne" really means either. But I've seen the word in this context.

I think it means a spazz who goes around saying "A-DOYYYY!!!" But the feminine version of that.

Anyway, the headline is not a fake. She claims that she placed three witchcraft curses on three people, and they all died. (One was first fired and humiliated, and then later died of cancer. That seems like a long time between spell and spell effect, but she's counting it as a win, so I will too.)

Meet your new Ruling Caste, same as the old Ruling Castes of primitive societies.

Must-read piece.

She even killed a fortune teller for a fortune she didn't like.

Quinn confesses to believing in everything except God-- psychic premonitions, tarot cards, spells obviously, etc.)

So she went to the fortune teller, who made the mistake of seeing a poor future for her miserable get:


[The charlatan] foretold an unhappy future for Quinn’s son and, after Sally worked her mojo, died of a cerebral hemorrhage.

Now, most of us don't think Sally Quinn really killed these people with her Witchcraft Powers.

But she does.

And she tells her stories of murdering three people by her own hand -- well, her own psychic hand -- as if murder is just a cutesy pastime of the wealthy and jaded.

No one in her Caste finds this the least distasteful? The Ruling Caste rants and raves about Alex Jones, but, to my knowledge at least, Jones has not claimed to have murdered anyone with his psychic powers.


Do Not Criticize Your Very Rational, Very Even-Tempered Democrat-Media Complex Ruling Caste

Or else they'll call upon Satan to deliver a spirit familiar to give you cancer.

Posted by Ace at 05:16 PM Comments

General Kelly Bitchslaps Democrat Congresswoman Who Misrepresented What Trump Said to Family of Slain Serviceman

—Ace

Pretty potent. When the "he knew what he was getting into" claim got pushed by these vile rats, I figured it was something along these lines -- he was a brave man who chose valiantly to risk his life for the sake of others. That kind of thing. The "He died a hero, not a victim" sort of sentiment. (Which would make a difference to me, I think.)

That's what Kelly says it was.



Reports are, the press room was very silent as Kelly scolded these senescent children.


By the way, there is some evidence to suggest that the Congresspyrsyn who misrepresented this phone call might be a circus clown of some variety.


Flashback: When Obama told a class of graduating police cadets "risking your lives is something you signed up for," the Democrat-Media Complex didn't think it was controversial.

Managing Children: Jane D'Oh watched the presser, and she said this happened:

I watched his presser, and was in tears.

Loved how he handled the press whores. "Any of you a Gold Star family member?" *crickets*

"Any of you know a Gold Star family member?" *one hand goes up*

"Okay, you get a question."

Posted by Ace at 04:15 PM Comments

Jake Tapper, Hero of Tuck-It-Back "Conservative" Twitter Clique, Has Something Important to Say

—Ace


Yup.

I got a couple of tweets echoing #JakeSoWoke's brave words:

One time I had sex with the cleaning woman at work and they fired me even though they never told me beforehand that was wrong. It was like Selma All Over Again.

George "T-Bone" Costanza
October 19, 2017 3:17pm

I was just expressing my Free Speech rights running a prostitution ring out of my office at the city morgue, and my fascist jagoff boss fired me. It was like being lynched. #StrangeFruit

Billy "Blaze" Blaszjowski
October 19, 2017
3:33pm

Despite #JakeSoWoke's continuing to make it more obvious he is as SJW prog as they come, a few Twitter nitwits will continue lining up to fellate him because they are insecure, needy headcases who think that someone who flatters "influencers" on Twitter is really their fwiend.

Posted by Ace at 03:24 PM Comments

Who Paid for the Dodgy Dossier? FusionGPS Officials Plead the Fifth Amendment

—Ace

I know I mentioned this yesterday, but someone with a large megaphone piped up:



Remember -- we do not know that an "anti-Trump Republican" commissioned this dossier. That was an anonymous claim made to someone. Given that this organization is staffed up with spooks, I hardly think it is implausible that that was disinformation planted to obscure the actual patron of the PeePeeParty Dossier.

Which could very well be Russia itself-- FusionGPS was/is working for Russia to overturn the Magnitsky Act, after all.

And see this May 3rd piece from Molly Hemingway, noting this exchange between Republican Senators and James Comey:

Graham: Are you familiar with Fusion?

Comey: I know the name.

Graham: Are they part of the Russian intelligence apparatus?

Comey: I can't say.

Graham: Do you agree with me that if Fusion was involved in preparing a dossier against Donald Trump, that would be interfering in our election by the Russians?
Comey: I don't want to say.

The FBI continues to stonewall about its own involvement with the dossier -- maybe they commissioned it. They won't say anything about it.

I don't think Sessions can order them to stop stonewalling, because he's recused himself from the Russia investigation entirely. But other people can, including deputy AG Rosenstein and new Director Wray.

So why don't they? What are they hiding?

Corrected: I called Deputy AG Ron Rosenstein AG Rosenberg. I've fixed that.

I don't really wake up until 4pm, if ever.

Posted by Ace at 02:08 PM Comments

Oh No, Chelsea Handler's Terrible Show Cancelled

—Ace

It's not fair. Seriously, Seth Myers is just as untalented and unwarrantedly smug as she is -- why does that man get to keep his failing show?

Chelsea Handler says it's her decision.

Netflix’s Chelsea won’t continue past the end of 2017, host Chelsea Handler announced Wednesday via social media.

In a lengthy Twitter post, Handler attributed the talk show’s cancellation to her desire to “devote as much time as I can to becoming a more knowledgeable and engaged citizen and to focus on projects that have significance to me. My goal is to be better informed, raise my voice, and participate in a more meaningful way.”

Ah yes -- the famous "I want to spend more time with my Twitter Feed" rationale. I think we'll be seeing more of that in the future.

Posted by Ace at 12:47 PM Comments

The Morning Rant: J.V. Edition

—CBD

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Look...I'm sorry, but even I wouldn't eat that shit, and I eat my own poo. Hipster foodies are weird. And stupid.

A New Jersey Pizzeria is Serving Up a Pumpkin Spice Pizza for Fall

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Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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Mrs. Nathaniel Allen (Sarah Sargent)
John Singleton Copley

I have nothing to say that won't be said funnier and more caustically than by The Horde.

Posted by CBD at 09:30 AM Comments

The Morning Report 10/19/17

—J.J. Sefton


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Good morning kids. Over the hump and the weekend is in sight. First up today, the sub-litearte Frederica Wilson, who wears clothing Liberace thought was tacky, is turning the mother of the Green Beret KIA in Niger into the next Cindy Sheehan. The President and everyone associated with this incident is calling her a liar, to which "Zany Gray" has responded by referring to the President as "sick." One look at that photograph as well as the track record of the sequined sicko and, well, you get the picture. Note to Wilson: Marion Barry called, and he wants his face back.

Moving away from the flinging poo we get to the real news, and it's a big one. That is the revelation that the FBI at the behest of the ex-president covered up the obvious criminality of the Clintons' grand larceny of our uranium to the Russians. And as Roger Simon points out, Mueller as well as Rod Rosenstein and his underling may have to actually recuse themselves from the Russia/Trump Collusion "investigation." The irony, it be delicious.

Speaking of high crimes and treasonous behavior, the Congress is also investigating whether the Obama DoJ used the Pee-Pee Gate dossier, which they knew to be a total fiction, as the evidence to get FISA warrants for the persecution/spying on of political enemies. This on the heels of Samantha Power's lame-o excuse that "someone else was using my name!"

Meanwhile, with the former criminal enterprise presenting itself as a big, fat target-rich environment just begging for indictments, an article at the American Thinker wonders where the hell is AG Snoozy McSnoozerson and why isn't the "Conservative" media even remotely curious as to why he is not going after them with guns blazing?

From hither and yon, since being able to identify as whatever gender you feel is a human right and not, say, a mental disease, the results are as predicted; a "man" is on trial in Wyoming for raping a 10-year-old girl in a bathroom. Shut up, h8trz, they explained.

A couple of interesting articles about China; the consolidation of power under premier Xi and his rejection of Taiwanese calls for independence and diplomatic rapprochement. I thought Taiwan was independent, but I guess technically they are part of the mainland. Then again, we are still in a state of war with North Korea since Panmunjom was only a cease fire.

Lastly, building on yesterday's two feel-good essays about the downward spiral of the Left/Dems, we have Tom Perez purging his enemies at the DNC, which is not sitting well with his rivals and an utterly puerile, vapid raving from a Harvard professor of how they can get rid of Trump and install Hillary. No, really! They can do this! Swearsies! Heh.

Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

Posted by J.J. Sefton at 07:09 AM Comments

Generic Wednesday Night ONT

—WeirdDave

Hello Mr. and Mrs. America and all the ships at sea. Welcome to the future. See how that works? Every time you read it, it's true. Welcome to the future. And again. And again. Anyhow, lets open with an eagle:


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Posted by WeirdDave at 09:54 PM Comments

Fusion GPS Officials Plead the Fifth Rather Than Answer Who Paid for the Trump Dossier

—Ace

The Salon Hot 25 applauds their brave stance in favor of the First and Fifth Amendments.

Actually, they refused to answer any questions -- but it seems that it's the identity of the patron of the PeePeeParty Dossier that's the secret they're most keen to protect.

Two top officials with Fusion GPS, the company responsible for the creation of the so-called "Trump dossier," appeared before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, but invoked their Fifth Amendment rights and didn't answer questions, according to a lawyer who represents them.

Peter Fritsch and Thomas Catan, two partners in Fusion GPS, presented themselves to the committee to satisfy a subpoena, but went no further, as was expected.

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Fusion's lawyer, Josh Levy, called the use of a subpoena an "indignity."

"This disparate treatment is an abuse of power and unethical," Levy continued in a statement. "Nor is it a necessary tool for Congress to use in order to obtain information. Even the Senate Watergate Committee spared witnesses this indignity."

If the DOJ grants them use immunity (that nothing they say can be used against them in court), then this dodgy claim of the Fifth Amendment is taken away from them, and they can be put in jail on contempt for refusing to answer further.

Posted by Ace at 07:49 PM Comments

Trump Signals He Won't Support Obamacare Insurance Company Subsidies Deal

—Ace

Meanwhile, most of the GOPe Senators the #SmartSet #NeverTrumpers #SalonHot25 are so enamored with are totally on board with the Alexander/Murray "deal."

Lindsey Graham being a notable and surprising exception -- he says he wants to repeal Obamacare, not prop it up.

I thought I saw FoxNews report Trump signaled that he wanted more reforms, but I don't see this in this article, and i can't swear to my recollection's accuracy. Especially after having my mind blown by that Hillary Clinton reality disjunction.

Trump wrote on Twitter that he was "supportive" of the deal's architect, Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), as well as the Senate process, but said he would "never support bailing out" insurance companies, saying they "have made a fortune" under ObamaCare.

Trump stopped short of saying he would veto the measure, however.

Speaking to reporters later Wednesday, Trump said "if something can happen, that's fine, but I won't do anything to enrich the insurance companies."

Posted by Ace at 07:02 PM Comments

Hillary's Closest Hollywood Confidante and Galpal, Designing Women Inflicter Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, Knew About Harvey Weinstein's Predations

—Ace

And if she knew -- Hillary's closest Hollywood confidante -- then Hillary knew.

But Hillary says she never heard of these harassments and assaults.

How to square these incompatible accountings of reality?

Well, I have only one thought. It's a hateful thought, and one I don't speak lightly, but, if you'd like to hear it, please follow the advise I offer below first.

Look, I know the last two years have been stressful for many, as many of us have lost faith in the old verities that kept us moored (we thought) to a stable reality.

What follows may be so shocking that you doubt my sanity -- and then, after hearing it, you may doubt your own.

So in the interest of your own psychological health, I'd like you all to practice some calming deep breathing (breathe in four counts through your nose, breathe all air out for four counts, then hold on your empty lungs for four counts) for six or eight repetitions to calm yourselves before you read the next line.

Have you gone through six or eight repetitions? Can you feel your heart rate having slowed?

Well, I hope so.

Because this is the only possibility I can imagine:

Hillary Clinton may not be entirely truthful with us sometimes.

There, I said it. I hate even writing those words. It's like uttering a mutating blasphemy against the righteous solidity of what we take to be reality.

But -- fears about your congnitive dissonance aside -- I thought you need to know from me first, in a comforting #SafeSpace where you may discuss this psychic assault on the core of your being with other victims of catastrophic revelations.

Now, I hate having exposed you to that one shock, and I hate even more exposing you to this next one: The Frank Guistra/Clinton Foundation/Kazahkastan government/Uranium One deal was absolutely shot through with filthy corruption at every level and at every step,* and, even more incredibly, Barack Obama and his minions knew about it but chose to cover it up.

Let me say this to you guys for once:

You've done a great job just processing that Reality Shattering revelation, so I think you should all take an early day.

Just try to find a place of peace and #Safety and find some center.

Namaste. Prayer-hands. The broken light in me salutes the broken light in you.


* Seriously, once you have regathered the broken pieces of your mind into a shape roughly resembling their former configuration, read that piece from start to finish. It's either 1) worse than you remember or 2) worse than you ever knew.

Meanwhile, the Salon Hot 25 still wants her as their president.

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Posted by Ace at 05:59 PM Comments

Longtime Hillary Pollster Mark Penn: You Know, It's Not Really Credible That Russia Could, or Would Even Think It Could, Swing an Election In Which $2.5 Billion Was Spent With $100,000 in FaceBook Ads (Which Themselves Had Mixed Messages)

—Ace

Salon's Hot 25 hardest hit.

In an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal:

[C]onsider the scale of American presidential elections. Hillary Clinton’s total campaign budget, including associated committees, was $1.4 billion. Mr. Trump and his allies had about $1 billion. Even a full $100,000 of Russian ads would have erased just 0.025% of Hillary’s financial advantage. In the last week of the campaign alone, Mrs. Clinton’s super PAC dumped $6 million in ads into Florida, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

I have 40 years of experience in politics, and this Russian ad buy, mostly after the election anyway, simply does not add up to a carefully targeted campaign to move voters.

But the Salon Hot 25 who worship Jake Tapper think this is a plausible reason why their constant attacks on conservatives who thought had just a chance to win were actually justified. A conspiracy theory created to salve their bloated but bruised egos.

It's always amusing when those who fulminate the hottest against conspiracy theories dabble in (or dive right into) them themselves.

Posted by Ace at 04:20 PM Comments

FBI Confirms: Yes, James Comey Finished His Draft of the Speech Absolving Hillary Clinton Months Before Concluding the Investigation

—Ace

A lot of people most convinced of their holy integrity are actually vile rats.

In documents it released on Monday, the FBI confirmed that former FBI Director James Comey drafted a statement about the conclusion of the Hillary Clinton email investigation months before interviewing Clinton.

The records show that on May 2, 2016, Comey emailed Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, general counsel James Baker and chief of staff and senior counselor James Rybicki. The subject of the email was "midyear exam," and though the email says its contents are unclassified, the body of the email is redacted in the release.

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FBI and Justice Department analysts are divided on whether Comey violated rules or broke with tradition by drafting the statement prior to interviewing Clinton and other witnesses. "To me, this is so far out of bounds it’s not even in the stadium," Chris Swecker, who retired from the FBI in 2006 as assistant director for the criminal investigative division and acting executive assistant director for law enforcement services, previously told Newsweek. "That is just not how things operate.... It's built in our DNA not to prejudge investigations, particularly from the top."

For Comey's response, we'll have to wait to see what he leaks to his friend at Columbia and then to the New York Times.

Posted by Ace at 04:19 PM Comments

Virginia Democrat Gubernatorial Candidate Ralph Northam Deletes Black Running Mate from Campaign Literature

—Ace

Bill Kristol's wife Susan's candidate is an ethno-nationalist, purging black men from campaign literature?


Susan Kristol hasn't commented yet. But I imagine she'll be just hysterical.


Update: Susan Kristol, who I'm designating as an Honorary Member of Salon's Hot 25, wouldn't like this at all:


#FakeNews? Well, it's a type of #FakeNews: Real news that progressives don't know about because their progressive #Gatekeepers suppress the information to keep their souls untainted:


Update: Black activists are displeased with Northam's eliminationist ethno-nationalism:


Posted by Ace at 03:06 PM Comments

NFL Decides at League Meeting That It Will Not Require Players to Stand for National Anthem

—Ace

It will merely suggest that they do so.


Don Surber discusses the NFL's cash cow drying up, and links this great Victor Davis Hansen article about our failing institutions of civic unity (the media, the NFL, etc.), which contribute to the nation's rush into total dissolution.

Which, at this point, in my opinion, is as inevitable as it is welcome.

The public is turning the channel on what used to be the markers of its weekly existence.

Slowly and by hit and miss, Americans are learning that they do not need to go to a theater to see another Harvey Weinstein movie; or watch network news or read traditional journalism; or, on NFL Sunday, see more zillionaires in their luxury boxes above grow giddy as their employees below score, only to see a showboating player kneel on all fours to mimic a urinating dog, which is apparently less offensive than standing for the national anthem.

We have no common values, and we increasingly have no common culture. Progressives spearhead efforts to remove a common language.

With nothing left in common, how are the states united in anything but name?

Call an Article 5 convention, enact an amendment permitting secession, and let two or three or four young and vital New Americas bloom out of the dead stump of the old one.

Posted by Ace at 01:27 PM Comments

Obama's UN Ambassador Susan Power: I Didn't Make Those Unmasking Requests. Someone Must Have Made Them Using My Credentials.

—Ace

Then that would be a major crime, right?

Someone within the Obama administration’s intelligence apparatus made requests to unmask the identity of Americans named in intelligence reports on behalf of Samantha Power, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

That's what Power told the House Intelligence Committee last week during a closed-door interview.

South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy revealed in an interview on Fox News on Tuesday that Power was “emphatic” on the point that someone else in the Obama administration made the unmasking requests that have been attributed to her.

Fox News recently reported that Power made approximately 260 unmasking requests -- a rate of one per business day -- in her final year in office, including up through the end of Obama’s term.

I'm halfway willing to believe this -- but then, I'm gonna need a major investigation to find out which Obama personnel were using Power's logins and such to illegally make these unmasking requests.

Apparently someone without the power to do so himself -- or someone who had the authority, but knew he was engaged in an illegal operation, and so wanted to conceal his identity.

Posted by Ace at 12:22 PM Comments

The Morning Rant: J.V. Edition

—CBD

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Is it cultural appropriation when idiot SJWs fling poo in every direction? Because I feel violated.

It's a meme around here that cultural appropriation (an ignorant and stupid idea to begin with) goes both ways. Why is it perfectly okay for our Western culture to be appropriated, yet corn-rows and tacos and rap and sombreros are sacrosanct?

Stop driving, eating clean food, going to the doctor (Eastern Medicine is fine though) and using indoor plumbing and then get back to me.

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Posted by CBD at 11:59 AM Comments

Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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Boys In A Dory
Winslow Homer

Some of Homer's work is incredibly detailed, and it is obvious that he used his skill as an illustrator and print-maker in many of his paintings. But this watercolor is a bit different than most of his work, and I love it!

I can hear the splash of the oars in the water and the whisper of the wind driving the schooner in the background and maybe one of the boys is whistling or singing softly to himself....

Posted by CBD at 09:30 AM Comments

The Morning Report 10/18/17

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. Hump day brings us several major stories. First and yuugest, Robert Mueller, the man charged with manufacturing trumped-up charges to unseat the duly elected President and thwart the will of the people himself knew about and perhaps covered up actual collusion between ex-president Obama, ex-secretary of state Clinton and the Russians before a deal that sold off 20% of our nation's uranium supply to a key geopolitical rival/enemy, while handsomely profiting the Clintons.

Next up, after putting two massive torpedoes into Obamacare, the President is now signaling support for a "rescue and resuscitate" bill crafted by the twin turds of tiny thinking Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray. And even Chuck Schemer likes it! Yay! Sheesh. Please, Mr. President. Kill this evil edict once and for all. Meanwhile, Mitch McCriminal harumphs when Steve Bannon snaps his goiter belt into his triple chin. Well, we knew this was never going to be easy.

On a related note, Rush Limbaugh destroyed John McStain yesterday by fisking his thinly veiled attack on PDT. Quite good and worth your while. In any case, if you listen to the rewind, ol yellow stain sounds like he's on death's door, but the alien chest-burster saliva coursing through his veins is keeping him going, I guess.

Meanwhile, and as predicted by yours truly, Pervey's brother Bob has now been charged with sexual assault. Honestly, it didn't take Kreskin to figure that one out. And yet the left deflects this as somehow being symptomatic of Donald Trump. I think it's safe to make the generalization that the war on women is being waged virtual exclusively by those on the Left, especially its political, cultural and media elites. Projection, hypocrisy and lies: that is the Left, and finally it seems as if it is being exposed.

Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

Posted by J.J. Sefton at 07:17 AM Comments

Tuesday Overnight Open Thread (10/17/17) Limited Content Edition

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Quotes of The Day


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The ONT couldn't have said it better Duke.


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Eesh: Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray Reach "Tentative" Deal to Start Subsidizing Obamacare Insurance Companies with Taxpayer Money Again; Trump Signals He May Support It

—Ace

Another "bipartisan victory" on the horizon. Huzzah!

Well, supposedly, the GOP is getting a few small t hings out of the bargain to give Democrats everything.

Alexander said he’ll present details of the package to Republicans this week. Along with the insurance subsidies, the package would give states new flexibility on how their Affordable Care Act markets are run. It will also encourage states to meld their markets together, and let more people buy low-cost, limited-coverage plans.

Obstacles to the proposal are already developing in the House. Representative Mark Walker, who heads the conservative Republican Study Committee, said that GOP lawmakers should be focused on repealing Obamacare, not propping it up.

"This bailout is unacceptable," the North Carolina lawmaker said in a tweet from the committee account.

Hear, hear.

Are they going to have the CBO score the bailout? Or do only people seeking to repeal Obamacare have to submit to the CBO for scoring?

So we keep afloat this monstrosity with more taxpayer money (which, of course, we were told we'd never have to do -- Obama promised), and in return we get... some small leeway of state tinkering. Allowing people to buy limited-coverage plans.

Here's the thing: People are already buying limited-coverage plans. They're just paying full coverage prices for them -- because they're forced to subsidize so many others with their own premium payments.

So, the GOP has thrown in the towel and is keeping Obamacare.

I think the GOP has made it pretty clear, especially on the Senate side, that they were lying when they said they wanted to end Obamacare.

I guess they just want to keep it and pour more taxpayer money into it.

Trump's complicit in this, too -- but then, with John "The Hero" McCain tanking the last shot at repeal, I'm not sure what is left to do here.

And given that he only recently became a Republican, he doesn't know what us long-timers know-- that the GOP lies. Always. And it doesn't believe in any of the things it claims to believe.

Night! Imma lift some weights for the first time in two weeks. (I mildly sharted myself doing squats last time and it rather put me off them. TBH, I feel pretty sharty right now not even doing them but I'm gonna take some loperamide and just hope for the best.)

Posted by Ace at 07:39 PM Comments

Is This Something? ISIS "Capital" Raqqa Now Claimed to be Under Control of US-Backed Syrian Kurdish and Arab Forces

—Ace

Well, I guess it's good that some ISIS guys were killed, but we'll have to see if the US backed forces are much better.

Probably at least somewhat better, at least.

An alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters, who are backed by the United States, announced they have taken full control of the Islamic State's so-called "capital" of Raqqa, Syria.

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesman Talal Sello released a statement on Tuesday afternoon announcing that the fighting was over after a four-month assault, BBC reports.

The SDF is expected to make a formal declaration of the city's liberation in the near future. The final assault came at the end of three years of IS control in the city, and involved a final stand from up to 300 IS militants, according to the the BBC.

Earlier on Tuesday, the SDF cleared the last two major IS positions in Raqqa – the municipal stadium and the National Hospital.

Reuters news agency reported that fighters raised the flag of Popular Protection Units, a Kurdish militia that dominates the SDF, inside the stadium and celebrated in the streets and chanted slogans from their vehicles.

If you click on the link, you'll see a picture of female fighter, who I'm gonna guess is a Kurd (just because we hear about Kurdish female fighters) holding aloft the flag of the Syrian Democrat Forces.

It's a good picture. I wish I could be as hopeful about it as I might have been back in 2004.

Ah well -- I will choose to be optimistic and declare this to be Really Something.

Bonus: The SDF is primarily Kurdish and has declared their parts of the former state of Syria to be autonomous. This angers Turkey. And that's a good thing.

I would like to arm these guys up so they can fight the Turks.

Feeling Better: The SDF mocks ISIS by doing donuts in Al-Naim square -- which ISIS had done when they took the city in 2014.


Posted by Ace at 06:37 PM Comments

Megyn Kelly's Ratings Fall to Olbermann-In-His-Mom's-Basement Levels

—Ace

The former Fox rising star is now doing brief appearances on... MSNBC.

I suppose this is to help get viewers from MSNBC. And maybe to get some extra work out of her to justify her $23 million/year salary.

But it's just sad.

A big get with Harvey Weinstein accuser Lauren Sivan wasn's big enough to pull Megyn Kelly out of her ratings slump.

Her "Megyn Kelly Today" viewership slipped from 0.77 ratings points on Monday to 0.54 ratings points on Tuesday of last week.

"It's a possible all-time low for 'Today.' It may even be lower than her [Fox] cable show. [NBC News president] Noah [Oppenheim] and [NBC News and MSNBC chairman] Andy [Lack] are in big trouble," a source told us.

Another source added, "That's a big drop. They have to turn this around."

Some people project warmth and humanity; some project intelligence. Some project both and some, like Hillary Clinton, project neither.

Megyn Kelly projected intelligence (and ambition, and drama) on Fox. But she never projected warmth or humanity. She would sometimes try to show her "lighter, playful style" by making a cutesie joke or having some friendly banter with Christ Stirewalt or whatever, and I'd always think: "Ew. Stop that. Go back to asking questions."

She might be the nicest sweetest person in the world and a woman who oozes empathy -- it's theoretically possible -- but she just doesn't project that. At all. It comes off phoney fakey, like the head cheerleader, who's never said a word to you before, suddenly asking you how your day's going at the time that, oh yeah, she's running for senior class president.

She seems very calculated, which isn't always a bad thing, but it makes her attempts to seem "relatable" and "fun" purely transactional -- some media coach has told her she's missing the Warmth Card in her TV Presentation Game, so she's trying the Make a Cute Face and Giggle maneuver and Tell Dana Perino You Love Her Shoes gambit.

Her persona as a spotlight seeking, confrontation craving prosecutorial ice queen worked for her. It seemed real. Maybe because it was real.

And it wasn't a bad persona at all -- I liked it.

Her attempt to refashion herself as Just a Workin' Mom Like You and America's Sweetheart doesn't seem to be her at all.

Speaking of MSNBC phonies, they hunted down the staffer who leaked that embarrassing tape of Lawrence O'Donnell and had him fired.

I guess that's pretty understandable.

Now I hope they'll understand when Trump starts firing his insubordinate leakers.

Posted by Ace at 04:31 PM Comments

Google Adds Calorie-Counter to Map Function Showing How Much Energy You Burn While Walking;
Deletes Due to Shrieking Hysteria From the Fat Acceptance Tumblrinas
Update: No, It Wasn't Tumblrinas, It Was "Journalists"

—Ace

Fat shaming.

Healthy at any size! But by the way, I'll have a nervous breakdown if you even mention walking a few blocks.

Maybe not psychologically healthy at any size.

Thus begins the newest internecine squabble on the left, between the environmental zealots who don't want you to drive anywhere, and the Fat Acceptance Tumblrinas who get #triggered at the thought of hoofing it a few blocks.

The calorie count revealed itself when the user called up a driving route that covered a short distance, in order to promote the option of walking instead. If a walking route was chosen, calories were displayed in the step-by-step directions, but not on the map itself. The calories were communicated in equivalence to the amount of "mini cupcakes."

The attempt at what looks to be a promotion of healthy lifestyle choices was castigated online, where people took to Twitter to suggest the feature could "shame" and even "trigger" those with eating disorders (which in the U.S. is said to be around 30 million people).

Welcome to the Brave New World where neuroticism and hysteria are valorized as positive traits of a virtued person, and "#science" consists of militant parody-religious lunacy.

Update: John Ekdahl called me to say "It's worse than you think." He points to this tweet by a "politics editor" at The Hill, and the outraged Blue Checkmark Mafia joins in, spreading the story far and wide across Progressive Outrage Twitter.



Shamey. How journalistic. But she gets more rational later:

Then a Buzzfeed "news" person joins in the outrage:


Then a New York Times "reader engagement" person, which I assume means Professional Twitterer:


The a CNN Tech "Reporter:"


All these "reporters" #Triggered and starting an online outrage mob.

Mediocre intellects sometimes long to be considered great intellects. We have an entire pseudopolitics which teaches the mediocre they can become smarter if they just become neurotically hysterical about every damn thing.

It's an easy way into the intellectual elite -- just become a basket-case who cries over nothing at all and you're in the #SmartSet.

Progressive culture is valorizing lunacy, and little wonder we get more lunacy in a system rigged to bestow social capital to lunatics.


Posted by Ace at 04:29 PM Comments

Credit Suisse Forecasters Reduce CBS' Earnings Outlook by 5%, Due to Poor NFL Ratings

—Ace

CBS earnings to disappoint due to weak NFL ratings, Credit Suisse says

Declining NFL television ratings will lower CBS earnings, according to Credit Suisse.

The firm cut its third-quarter EPS estimates by 5 percent, citing CBS' softer Sunday NFL ratings. The media company reports on Nov. 2.

"We expect third-quarter network advertising to decline 3 percent (previously +1 percent), driven by soft ratings for both the summer schedule and for the start of the NFL season," wrote Credit Suisse analyst Omar Sheikh. "With only one of the three content licensing deals we expected for the second half announced in third quarter, we also expect content licensing revenue growth to be skewed to the fourth quarter."

Thanks to Arthur K.

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Posted by Ace at 03:48 PM Comments

Monday Night Football Ratings Fall to Season Low

—Ace

[A]s social media sparked with ESPN not showing the playing of the national anthem, another type of history was also being made: Last night's primetime broadcast of the Titans' 36-22 victory stumbled to a season low with a 6.1 in metered market results.

In a season stained by overall ratings declines and political controversy, that NFL Week 6 rating is down 13% from the early numbers of the much tighter October 9 matchup between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears. That MNF season low went on to deliver a 3.7 rating among adults 18-49 and a total viewership of 10.3 million. It's worth noting that the peek of last week's MNF came at halftime on the Disney-owned cabler when the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer debuted.

Year-to-year, last night's MNF dipped just over 3% in the MM [major markets, I think] results from the Arizona Cardinals' 28-3 demolition of the New York Jets on October 17, 2016. With a rating that matched the Jets score, that demo season low eventually landed with a 3.0 among the 18-49s and 8.4 million viewers, an almost audience bottom.


I'm very heartened by all this. I guess that makes me an authoritarian nationalist populist or something.

I mean, we owe the Media Class a living, don't we? It's our duty to waste the precious few hours of our lives staring into an electric soma dispenser, right?

If the Corporate Class tells us to Consume, we must obey them. After all, they're our superiors on the social hierarchy.

That's what Principled Conservatism means in the Age of Trump, right?

Posted by Ace at 02:54 PM Comments

Outstanding: Salon Announces the 25 "Conservative" Twitter Accounts That Salon Readers Would Love Reading

—Ace

Let's just name the names.

Tim Miller (@TimoDC), former Jeb Bush campaign staffer.

Ana Navaro, #FakeNews CNN "Republican" who donates a lot of money to Bob Menendez, currently being tried for corruption in a case largely ignored by CNN, because "he's part of our family."

Jennifer Rubin, who recently stopped pretending to oppose the Iran Deal and now wants to keep it in force #BecausePrinciples.

Ben Howe, noted Twitter omnipresence. To give him credit, one of the few of the general-election #NeverTrumpers to forthrightly admit that he supported Hillary. The rest of them lie about it while making it pretty clear that they're lying about it. You know, like they learned from their mainstream media buddies.

"The" Rick Wilson, the super ethical and super important Republican that no one except for some twitter shut-ins ever really heard of until he went full #ImWithHer.

Oh, and this sounds riveting:


Bill Kristol. Obviously. A guy who came into conservative prominance the old fashioned way, through the birth canal. His wife recently announced her donation to the Democrat candidate for Virginia's governor.

Steven Hayes, puttering Chief Purser to Captain Kristol on the Snooze Cruise, still trying to prove the captain's theory that the Russian mess boys stole the Vote Strawberries.

John Weaver, adviser to John McCain and John Kasich.

Tom Nichols, a guy who wrote a book stating that people should defer to experts in all things, but feels free himself to opine on everything, not just his area of actual credentialed expertise (Russian affairs). Apparently once you've decided you're Generally A Smartie you become a Expert Emiritus.

By the way, the academic field concerning the study of knowledge is epistemology. I am aware of no credentials making Tom Nichols an expert in, or even a student of, this field.

Kat Timpf, respected Fox newsblonde.

Stuart Stevens, former Mitt Romney adviser.

Noah Rothman, liberalish establishment fetchbot of Jon Podhoretz. He notoriously called for the purging of all Republicans who supported Trump in the general election. Yet he remains nominally Republican himself.

Jon Podhoretz, another noted lesser scion of a conservative intellectual who reviews movies and makes terrible, awkward-silence jokes in his few TV appearances.

SE Cupp, two-trick pony.

And of course David Frum, another one of the "conservative" media geniuses who was born into the gig.

The list is rounded out by a veritable Who's Who of Who Cares? (Joke stolen from Diversity and Comics.) Including some guys from the preposterously-named "Buckley Club," who also have the Urge to Purge.

A friend pointed out that some of these people seem to think the only big thing Buckley did was excommunicating the Birchers.

Finally:


AllahPundit, noted conservative Republican.

He's having a snit, of course, about being named in this list, and suggesting maybe it's a #FalseFlag operation to discredit the real conservatives:

I got a kick out of the Salon piece because I knew the moment I saw it that it would trigger the type of RINO panic evinced by Rush in the clip. If the left says you're worth paying attention to, that’s mathematic proof that you’re not worth paying attention to.

It is and you're not.

...

(Which follows logically from the definition of conservatism in the age of Trump, "Whatever makes liberals cry.")

He says this every second day. That, and suggesting "nationalism" is a species of racism, without explaining how he can be for All the Wars without believing in nationalism.

If you don't believe that you have a greater duty to protect American lives than non-American ones, how can you ever agitate for a foreign war?

You can't. That's why transnational progressives are stridently anti-war -- unless it can be conclusively proven that American interests cannot possibly be advanced by the war.

...

Everyone on there is *broadly* right-wing but they run the gamut from centrists like David Frum and Ana Navarro...

Sure. Ana Navarro. Super conservative just like you, Allah!

It’s not a list of 25 conservatives, it’s a list of 25 people across the righty spectrum who are willing to crack a joke at Trump’s expense.

The blue left of the spectrum. The people who actively propagandized for Hillary Clinton's election while lying and claiming they were doing no such thing.

Why else would Salon be interested in our accounts? You think the Salon audience is eager for challenging rebuttals to the glories of single-payer?

#FalseFlag operation. Just trying to keep AllahPundit's scary-important policy analyses from gaining any traction on the right.

Here's Super Conservative (just ask him!) Allahpundit retweeting Max Boot's claim that it's time for the Super True Cons to abandon the GOP:


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Just "crackin' jokes at Trump's expense," I guess.

If you want a taste of AllahPundit, review his pre-election poll "analysis" pieces (which he seems to specialize in, despite not having any demonstrable training in or interest in statistics) in which he basically repeatedly trolled Hot Air's readers by telling them they were essentially #ScienceDeniers for claiming Trump even had a chance to win.

He doesn't even bother hiding the contempt he holds for Hot Air's audience or conservatives who want to do little things like keep Hillary Clinton out of the White House. His real audience is his twitter buddies.

So there you go -- your Salon-endorsed True Conservatives that Salon readers will find to their great liking.

Posted by Ace at 01:41 PM Comments

Holy Crap: Investigation Found Widespread Bribery and Kickbacks by Russia to Increase Their American Uranium Holdings During Obama Administration... While Hillary Was Approving Uranium Sale to Russia

—Ace

Big, big story from Jonathan Solomon and Allison Spann.

FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot before Obama administration approved controversial nuclear deal with Moscow

BY JOHN SOLOMON AND ALISON SPANN

Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews.

Federal agents used a confidential U.S. witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather extensive financial records, make secret recordings and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, FBI and court documents show.

They also obtained an eyewitness account -- backed by documents -- indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill.

The racketeering scheme was conducted "with the consent of higher level officials" in Russia...

Rather than bring immediate charges in 2010, however, the Department of Justice (DOJ) continued investigating the matter for nearly four more years, essentially leaving the American public and Congress in the dark about Russian nuclear corruption on U.S. soil during a period when the Obama administration made two major decisions benefitting Putin’s commercial nuclear ambitions.

...

"The Russians were compromising American contractors in the nuclear industry with kickbacks and extortion threats, all of which raised legitimate national security concerns. And none of that evidence got aired before the Obama administration made those decisions," a person who worked on the case told The Hill, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution by U.S. or Russian officials.

It's worse than that, even -- it appears that Obama and Holder deliberately under-investigated and restricted the charges to as anodyne a list as possible so as not to alert the public (or even Congress) as to the full nature of the corruption.

Posted by Ace at 12:22 PM Comments

The Morning Rant: J.V. Edition

—CBD

I just heard from OregonMuse's son, who tells me that his father is comfortable with sharing some details of his temporary hiatus from AoSHQ.

Several days ago OM fell and dislocated and broke his shoulder. Ouch! The catalyst was a medical issue that has been identified and will be managed. Luckily, OregonMuse seems to have married quite well (and above his station) and his wife sprang into action and got him squared away.

His shoulder requires surgical repair, which is hopefully happening as you read this. One-handed typing while stoned on painkillers is reserved for ONT writers and commenters, so it may be awhile before OregonMuse returns to the blog. But please keep him in your thoughts and prayers, or at the very least a toast of something good (maybe the Valu-Rite Gold Label) in his honor.


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Ever notice how pompous and stupid sounding celebrities get when they just have to tell their fans that they just flew in from Ibiza/Gstaad/Tokyo/Rio.



I thought it was the Illuminati who decided who was to be president. Or is that the International Zionist Conspiracy?

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Posted by CBD at 11:30 AM Comments

Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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Luncheon Of The Boating Party
Pierre-Auguste Renoir

This is a Renoir classic, but as interesting as the scene may be, I find his color choices to be less than pleasing to my eye. It's no Rothko.

Posted by CBD at 09:30 AM Comments

The Morning Report 10/17/17

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. Well, we're loaded for bear so let's dive right in. First up, in the Mandalay Bay massacre, the security guard who was shot some time before the psycho opened up on the crowd has suddenly disappeared from an urgent care facility shortly before he was going to go before the TV cameras and break his silence. In related news, the bi-sexual GOP and partisan Dems have a bump stock ban bill ready that will, get this, ban ALL semi-automatic rifles. And, tangentially, the great Dana Loesch has been forced to move because some peace loving, tolerant liberals have hurled death threats against her for supporting the NRA. One even threatened to "rape her to death." Pro Tip to the MFM: War on Women right there. Oh wait, Loesch is "untermenshcen."

On the political front, PDT and McYertle had a confab and then a joint presser. Although the latter seemed to be on board for moving ahead with the agenda, he took a shot at Steve Bannon and announced support for incumbent RINOs that Bannon has targeted for primary challenges. Frankly, I think the jowl-encrusted Estabishmentarian leader is scared out of his shell. The more he and others protest that what Bannon is doing is disastrous, the more it convinces me that it's the 100% right thing to do. In fact, if anyone from the Bannon camp is reading this, yours truly is pale, restive and ready to join the team.

Meanwhile, the good Roger Simon has a piece about the four horse's asses of the apocalypse who are sabotaging PDT. One of them he names is Rand Paul, but he does separate him out with a caveat and I do agree with the overall tone of the piece. One of them is of course the perpetually-dying John "Hyman Roth" McCain who clings to life not because he fears his impending reservation in the Infernal Reaches, but to screw the American people until the last grain of sand in the hourglass tumbles down. Amazing how hate can sometimes be even more powerful than love, or even death. He won some sort of award and used the occasion to blast the President's foreign policy; this from the man who helped Obama/Clinton engineer the napalming of the middle east and then the secret arms deal to jihadists in Syria that needlessly wasted the lives of Chris Stevens and three other Americans at Benghazi.

We also have some interesting notes on the judicial front. There's a report that PDT thinks he might have upwards of three SCOTUS picks in his first term, which would set a record. And as Rush said yesterday:

His judicial nominees.... In fact, there's a story here in the Stack I have here that the judicial nominee aspect of what Trump is doing - which is happening under the radar. This is one of the reasons why the confirmation process of these people is so slow is because the Democrats understand that even if Trump serves two terms, the judges that are going to be in place - even after his first term - are going to be sufficient to thwart many attempts to undermine the Trump agenda that the left would normally succeed at in the courts with their judges.

And this is right-on-the-money true. Judicial nominees... Not just the Supreme Court, but all the federal district courts and the appellate court nominees. This is the way the left has always had election insurance. Okay, so they lose a presidential election, or they lose control of the Senate. But they've got their judges that will thwart every attempt by the newly empowered Republicans to implement theirs. We've seen it with Trump and his travel ban, for example. But these judicial nominations that he's making are adding up, and they're going to become even greater in number to the point that he will himself have Trump agenda insurance on the courts long after he's gone.

Well, here's hoping. But one thing that will rain on Rush's and our collective parade is a story that a Chicago judge has declared America a "sanctuary nation." Shockingly, the miscreant in a black robe was a Reagan appointee, which only goes to show. Still, you can tell how good or bad an appointee will be by the viciousness of the opposition from the left. They automatically oppose everyone, so veracity of the attack is the only gauge.

From hither and yon, a good essay from the great Jeffrey Lord that dovetails nicely with my observations about how the Weinstein scandal is an indicator that we are at at a societal inflection point, the FBI has confirmed Comey is a duplicitous lackey scumbag, the Mueller collusion probe has got less than nothing (germane to the investigation, anyway) and finally I leave you with the latest mini-stroke from Nutsy Palsi where she essentially admits that she's older than dirt.

Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

Posted by J.J. Sefton at 07:14 AM Comments

Monday Overnight Open Thread (10/16/17)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much. Blaise Pascal

Quote II

The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Ayn Rand

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No one in this world, so far as I know - and I have searched the records for years, and employed agents to help me - has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. H. L. Mencken

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Posted by Misanthropic Humanitarian at 09:55 PM Comments

Jimmy Kimmel on Republicans Who No Longer Watch His Show: It's Not "Good Riddance, But Riddance"

—Ace

Actually, this shouldn't be oversold too much -- he's not exactly saying he's happy to lose Republican viewers, but he does say he'd do it all over again "in a heartbeat" and also says he wouldn't even want to "have a conversation" with anyone bothered by his leftwing politicking:

"I don't say I don't mind," Kimmel said. "I want everyone with a television to watch the show, but if they're so turned off by my opinion on health care and gun violence, then... I probably wouldn't want to have a conversation with them anyway."

"Good riddance?" Smith asked.

"Well, not good riddance, but riddance," Kimmel said, laughing.

By the way, maybe worth a listen if you care about such things, but social psychologist Aydin Paladin (not her real name, because she's a conservative in academics) has an interesting YouTube essay about late night comics' attempt to spread an "emotional contagion" (of anti-Trump hysteria) for propaganda purposes.

She herself says that much of what she says (indeed, most of social psychology itself) is of a "No shit?" nature, in as much as it tells you, with rigorous definitions and survey evidence, what you already pretty much knew, but I think some of you may find it interesting to know why this sort of "emotional contagion" propaganda works.

Long story short: Someone (an entertainer, for example) creates goodwill in an audience and then uses ridicule or crying on camera to create an emotional response in the audience towards a target person or idea. Because people don't like the idea that any idea in their brains was inserted into their brains by someone else -- they don't like the idea of being manipulated or influenced by a third party-- people assume the contempt or anger they feel towards the target person or idea originated entirely within themselves, and is therefore their own belief.

Kind of like the idea of Inception -- the trick is not suggesting an idea to someone, which is easy (just speak the idea to them), but of making the person think they thought of that idea themselves, so they take pride of authorship in it.

There are limits to the effectiveness of this, of course. People only feel goodwill to the late night clowns because the clowns make them laugh (and making someone laugh is a good way to earn goodwill), and as they shift their priority from making people laugh to just straight-up political advertising, they loose the goodwill that makes their emotionally-based propaganda effective in the first place.

Also once someone realizes they're being "injected" with someone else's beliefs (and can no longer fool themselves into thinking they are solely responsible for those beliefs), people tend to react hostilely to the propaganda, and the "boomerang effect" actually pushes them in the exact opposite direction. She talks about that effect, called "reactance" (rebellion against attempts to control you) here.

Posted by Ace at 07:41 PM Comments

Harvey Weinstein Helped Pay Bill Clinton's Legal Bills During Lewinsky Investigations

—Ace

Thick as sexual assailants.

Harvey Weinstein is no stranger to sex scandals -- back when Bill Clinton was battling allegations he lied about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky, Weinstein had the president’s back, and a hefty check in hand.

A recently uncovered 1998 story in The Washington Post lists the powerful producer -- now accused of sexual harassment and assault by numerous women -- among several Hollywood heavyweights who gave the maximum $10,000 to Clinton’s legal defense fund.

The detail gives a fuller picture of the longstanding financial relationship between the former first family and one of their best West Coast fundraisers. That relationship has been under the microscope after Hillary Clinton came under criticism for waiting five days to condemn Weinstein.

How many dominoes will fall before we're done? Is anyone, for example, going to probe deeper into Jeffrey Epstein and the Lolita Express to Pedophile Isle?

I don't see much media interest perking up about the allegations of widespread pedophilia in Hollywood made by Corey Feldman and Todd Bridges.

Feldman says he gave cops the names of his abusers/rapists -- before the statute of limitations ran out, so charges could have been brought -- but says police did "zero."

One begins to see a pattern of police not taking action against rich and connected Hollywood types, and one begins to wonder how deep the corruption runs.

Might be time to watch the documentary An Open Secret about Hollywood's pedophilia problem.

One of the most Hollywood-throne-sniffing magazines, Variety, claims that it's "Game Over" not just for Weinstein, but for Hollywood's Culture of the Cover-Up:


We'll see.

Update: Bill and Hillary won't be returning any of Harvey Weinstein's money-- they say it's been spent.

I guess they're not aware that money is fungible and that any dollar you've spent can be replaced by any other dollar in your possession.

Tim Kaine announced this "I already spent it" excuse last week; of course the money-grubbing Clintons' ears must have perked up at that.

Posted by Ace at 06:31 PM Comments

The Decline and Fall of Media Virtue Signalling: New York Times Admonishes Reporters to Stop With the Constant Partisan Tweeting

—Ace

Mollie Hemingway hardest hit -- she loves pointing to Twitter spasms as evidence (as if more is needed) of the media's hard-left, hyperpartisan bent.

Michael Walsh reports the Times' new guidelines at the link. Here is just a taste (there are a lot of guidelines):

On social media posts, our journalists must not express partisan opinions, promote political views, endorse candidates, make offensive comments or do anything else that undercuts The Times’s journalistic reputation.

Our journalists should be especially mindful of appearing to take sides on issues that The Times is seeking to cover objectively.

...

If you are linking to other sources, aim to reflect a diverse collection of viewpoints. Sharing a range of news, opinions or satire from others is usually appropriate. But consistently linking to only one side of a debate can leave the impression that you, too, are taking sides.

Exercise caution when sharing scoops or provocative stories from other organizations that The Times has not yet confirmed. In some cases, a tweet of another outlet’s story by a Times reporter has been interpreted as The Times confirming the story, when it in fact has not.

Reporters have been abusing the hell out of social media to "report" rumors by retweeting unconfirmed claims - a vast left-wing conspiracy. They know this isn't journalistically ethical, but they really want to get that dirt on Trump out to the maximum number of people, all under the aegis of once-respected news organizations.

The Times is also telling reporters to be civil in engagement with critics and not to block them just for mere criticism.

Read the whole thing, as the kids say.

Posted by Ace at 05:38 PM Comments

Colin Kaepernick Files a Grievance Against the NFL Claiming All 32 Owners "Conspired" To Make Him Mediocre and Toxic for the Brand

—Ace

Actually the grievance -- which is a legal complaint, but filed in an arbitration setting -- says that the owners conspired to not sign him.

Kaepernick, and his attorney — celebrity lawyer Mark Geragos — say that all 32 team owners conspired together to deny him a spot in professional football, even though Kaepernick walked away from a one-year option on his contract with the 49ers, and hasn't been an asset to any football team since 2013.

NFL owners, the complaint says, "have colluded to deprive Mr. Kaepernick of employment rights in retaliation for Mr. Kaepernick's leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice and his bringing awareness to peculiar institutions still undermining racial equality in the United States." Kaepernick contends that it's a "statistical impossibility" that he has not, so far, obtained gainful employment as a professional football player.

Did they conspire to give him a weaksauce 88 quaterback rating? Sure seems to blame a Vast Conspiracy of people for his own weaknesses.

Colin Kaepernick will soon be publishing a book called What Happened: Why I Barely Showed Up in Wisconsin for the NFC Championship Game.

PS, I have no idea when the 49ers last played the Packers for the NFC championship.

Posted by Ace at 04:34 PM Comments



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Speaking of Witch's Hexes, Jenny Nicholson/Millennial Falcon Buys Three Books of Witchcraft and Tries Casting Some Spells
If racism has now ended, you can thank her. If not, she wasted 40 bucks at Amazon.
New #FakeNews Star Trek Show Drops the F-Bomb Twice
Fuck: The Final Frontier. How our horizons have shrunk.
Confirmed: The Hodge Twins Are Conservatives znd Hate Liberals
I had an inkling of this on Election Night when they tweeted a non-hysterical tweet about Trump potentially winning. Like they weren't freaking out, and maybe kinda voted for him.
They want us to like them and want to connect with us. Kurt Schlicter says it isn't going to go well. [Mis. Hum.]
Media Upset that Ad Against Ralph Northam Notes Says That "Rape, Kill, Control" is MS-13's Motto, Apparently Unaware that "Rape, Kill, Control" is In Fact MS-13's Motto
We live in a country of Curated Realities. Let's take that to the next logical step and curate our country into several different countries.
Powerful Bomb at Swedish Police Station
Not yet being investigated as terrorism (correcting my misreading that it was being investigated as terrorism)
"The Horse" Magazine Talks About Insulin Resistance -- in Horses
This isn't just some thing I'm making up, guys
BTW, the article fails to fulfill a promise made in the subhed-- it does not discuss at all how to manage insulin resistance in horses. Just that it's a syndrome that exists.
Good News: Lamar Alexander/Patty Murray effort to Revive & Resuscitate Obamacare most likely DOA. Bad News: They might try and sneak it into some sort of year-end Porkulus package. These goniffing momzers have to be watched like a hawk. Link is to Puffington-AOL for what it's worth. [J.J. Sefton]
A Comic Book Pro Shows You How to Draw Harvey Weinstein
Really good channel to subscribe to, by the way. Making me want to try drawing again. He mixes drawing lessons with commentaries about the business and the books he's done. He has a few videos on perspective (which actually made sense to me, for once) and drawing various heroes and villains, like Flash, Batman, and Joker.
Left Boycotting a Small Soda/Pet Supply Chain (Yes, I Realize That Makes No Sense) Because Its Owner Appeared in Photo at Trump's Signing of Order to Allow Health Care to be Sold Across State Lines
This is war. This is a prelude to an actual civil war. I'm sorry if the Salon-Approved Pussies can't wrap their heads around this and just want to surrender so they can get approval from Jon Stewart.
Scientists Get Photographs to Go Along with Gravity Wave Measurements for First Time, as they Document a "Kilonova" Event of Two Neutron Starts Colliding and Becoming One Giant Neutron Star
This might settle the question of "how fast is gravity?" -- assuming the light hit us at about the same time as the gravity waves (as seems likely), then gravity does move at light speed, as generally imagined
Another Great Moment In Mansplaining
It's a good piece about a dumb controversy which I can't bring myself to sum up. Just read it. Or don't. Nothing matters.
Japanese metal scandal is turning into a catastrophe.
Obscure? Sure. But... which parts in your car are made out of defective material? This could make the airbag recall look like a warm-up.
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BI (Lamar Alexander) PARTISAN (Patty Murray)! Two Senators goniffs reach deal to "stabilize" Obamacare. Dems get to revive subsidies and restore $106 million and GOP gets ability for states to offer more flexible plans. PDT says it's just "temporary." Meh, that's what they said about the Federal Income Tax in 1913. The link is to Puffington-AOL, for what that's worth. Sheesh. [J.J. Sefton]
Trump's EPA sets precedent by becoming first agency to end 'sue and settle' practice "The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday became the first of President Trump's agencies to issue an order barring the agency from being drawn into court settlements that alter environmental outcomes to the liking of environmental and other special interest groups." [CBD]
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