February 09, 2016

Overnight Open Thread (2-9-2016)


Quote of the Day I

That's so touching, isn't it? It's a grand experiment in mass forgiveness. Except Gonzales wasn't convicted of having a few too many bags of heroin in his backpack when he got picked up for jaywalking. He tied up the Effrons in a basement and beat them to a bloody pulp with a pipe. For that monstrous act he was sentenced to life. And now he's free.

-- Jazz Shaw on California's "mass forgiveness" of convicts

Quote of the Day II

I should also note that David Daleiden is apparently prepared to go to jail over this. If that bothers you - if you don't like the fact that a jury could put a man in jail for twenty years because he used a fake ID in one of the few ways that society finds acceptable and even moral* - then, well, that's why people do civil disobedience. REAL civil disobedience, not the petulant, look-at-me garbage that the Activist Left revels in.

-- Moe Lane on the Harris County prosecution over the Planned Parenthood videos

Quote of the Day III

News item: Bill Clinton criticizes Bernie Sanders for sexism. Let that sink in a moment. Bill Clinton. Sexism. Maybe Hillary can get Bill Cosby to campaign for her. The thing I'd look forward to in a contest between Trump and Hillary would be Trump letting fly with the remark in a debate that if Hillary won the election, he certainly wouldn't let his daughter be a White House intern. (You know he'd go there. He already has.)

-- Steven Hayward of PowerLine

Random Wikipedia Link That I Happened Across: Laconic Speech

Named after Laconia, a region of Greece which includes the city of Sparta, whose inhabitants were known for being parsimonious with words and for their short, pithy remarks often including a certain amount of dry wit. In contrast to other areas of Greece where speaking and argument were admired and studied Spartan children were trained to hold rhetoric and verbosity in disdain and let their actions speak for them. Due to the Spartans' success in battle the laconic style has also come to be associated with military speech.

  • When Leonidas was in charge of guarding the narrow mountain pass at Thermopylae with just 7,000 Greeks in order to delay the invading Persian army, Xerxes offered to spare his men if they gave up their arms. Leonidas replied "Molon labe" (Greek: Μολών λαβέ ), which translates to "Come and take them".
  • After invading southern Greece and receiving the submission of other key city-states, Philip II of Macedon sent a message to Sparta: "If I invade Laconia you will be destroyed, never to rise again." The Spartan ephors replied with a single word: "If" (αἴκα ). Subsequently neither Philip nor his son Alexander the Great attempted to capture the city.
  • In an account from Herodotus, "When the banished Samians reached Sparta, they had audience of the magistrates, before whom they made a long speech, as was natural with persons greatly in want of aid." When it was over, the Spartans averred that they could no longer remember the first half of their speech, and thus "...could make nothing of the remainder. Afterwards the Samians had another audience, whereat they simply said, showing a bag which they had brought with them, 'The bag wants flour.' The Spartans answered that they did not need to have said 'the bag'; however, they resolved to give them aid."
  • Spartan mothers or wives gave a departing warrior his shield with the words: "With it or on it!" (Greek: Ἢ τὰν ἢ ἐπὶ τᾶς! E tan e epi tas!) E tan e epi tas!), implying that he should return (victoriously) with his shield, or (his dead body) upon it.
  • Demetrius I of Macedon was offended when the Spartans sent his court a single envoy, and exclaimed angrily, "What! Have the Lacedaemonians sent no more than one ambassador?" The Spartan responded, "Aye, one ambassador to one king."
  • Julius Caesar memorialized his swift victory over King Pharnaces II of Pontus in the Battle of Zela in 47 BC with a message to the Roman Senate consisting of the words "Veni, vidi, vici" ("I came, I saw, I conquered" ).
  • In 1809, during the second siege of Saragossa, the French demanded the city's surrender with the message "Peace and Surrender" ("Paz y capitulación" ). General Palafox's reply was "War and knife".
  • After the sinking of light carrier Shoho in the May 1942 Battle of the Coral Sea, LCDR Robert E. Dixon radioed "Scratch one flattop" to U.S.S. Lexington, whose commanding officer credited the pilot with coining the standard USN slang.
  • During the December 1944 Battle of Bastogne, part of the Battle of the Bulge, the 101st Airborne in and around Bastogne was surrounded by enemy forces. The Germans sent the Americans a party of envoys with an ultimatum: surrender or face "certain annihilation". The German officer in charge was perplexed when General Anthony McAuliffe replied with one word: "Nuts!".

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Posted by Maetenloch at 11:13 PM Comments

Kasich Now Called for Second


Cruz battling Jeb for 3rd. Rubio also in the mix, possibly, for 3rd.

Via our lovely Laura, you have to see the Huffington Post's home page.

They changed it. It had said "NH GOES RACIST, SEXIST, XENOPHOBIC" -- the middle one being butthurt about Hilz.

Now it's just normal Huffington Post stupid.

The Main Page, as it Had Been: When I saw it, it was even more garish than this, but this is what it said:

Posted by Ace at 09:07 PM Comments

New NH Thread: FoxNews Calls NH for Trump


Only 4% in, but they think they have enough to call him a winner.

They cannot call the other places.

They have also called it for Sanders.

Posted by Ace at 08:02 PM Comments

Predictions Thread


Here are Allahpundit's -- he explains his hunches, and it's all plausible enough. Good starting point for your own guesswork, maybe.

I'm going to stick to my own prediction -- Trump comes in 2nd -- not because I particularly believe it, but just because I already made it and backing off from it gains me nothing, whereas sticking by it, should this lottery ticket pay money, makes me look like a genius, which, of course, I actually am, but this fact is not broadly nor enthusiastically enough proclaimed.

I stand by my other prediction that Rubio comes in first. for similar reasons, plus, of course, my own not-very-subtle attempt to play the Expectations Game against him.

Whoah: Okay, bear in mind, the Decision Desk crew is a crowdsourced effort. Further, keep in mind they do not have the institutional wisdom that other polling outfits have -- they're still learning their craft.

So I wouldn't put much stock in this. That's not a knock on them; it's just an acknowledgement of the hugely ambitious project they've chosen for themselves.

But this is what their own exit polling says:

Also bear in mind these are exit polls only of "bellwether precincts." But a bellwether is really only predictive in a 2-man or 2-party race. How do you have a bellwether which can be expected to be predictive of a 10-man race?

And please, let this not turn into "Elevated expectations for Cruz, which are then dashed (proving him a loser!!!) should he not meet them."

This is a new kid on the block doing their first exit poll. It should not set expectations. It's just some interesting data.

Update: Per Fox, Belknap county is a bellwether which has a good record of predicting the 1-2-3 finishes in the whole state.

That said, their predictiveness might be off when, say, you trade a social conservative in the third slot for a moderate. Like, predicting Huntsman in third does not mean you can predict Cruz in third, as a different kind of voter would vote Cruz.

Beyond the first three places, who knows?

Posted by Ace at 06:59 PM Comments

Wait. What? The Decision Desk Has An Exit Poll?!


You better believe it does! Brandon didn't put all those people on the ground in New Hampshire just to punch numbers into a spreadsheet, you know.

It'll be released at 5:00pm 7:00pm Eastern to newsletter subscribers.

Bumped by Ace. Still time to subscribe to the newsletter.

Posted by Andy at 06:20 PM Comments

Big? Rumor Says Scientists Have Finally Detected Elusive "Gravitational Waves"


Gravitational waves are important for a few reasons. One of those reasons is that they would prove the existence of black holes, which are "proven" now only by mathematics plus indirect indications.

The idea is that when two black holes begin orbiting each other, they speed up more and more and start pumping out gravitational waves.

In addition, gravitational waves are predicted by Einstein's relativity equations. They themselves are predicted, but not proven. So just detecting the waves themselves would be big deal.

The LIGO system is a neat way to detect these gravitational waves. They cut a long, long shaft beneath the earth. They hanged two weights at the end of this long shaft.* (I think this shaft is like a kilometer long. I mean, it's long.) A laser is bounced between the weights (well, mirrors on the weights). One side has a sensor of some kind on it.

The idea is that the weights are insulated enough from other forces that the only thing that can disturb them would be gravitational waves, crossing the galaxy from a swirl of black holes light-centuries away. Well, there'd be earthquakes, gravity from planets, etc., disturbing them, but those inputs are themselves measured and then subtracted out of the math. If you can measure that noise, you can subtract that noise out of your measurements.

Because each perturbance would be actually undetectable -- way too small for even the most sensitive sensors to detect -- the perturbance will be indicated by the overlay of many, many laser bounces on to each other. It is believed that if a tiny disturbance moves one weight, you would be able to see that if, say, 3000 laser lines showed a flutter, when their signals were all piled on to each other.

That's the "interferometer" part. The laser lines interfere with each other's waves, and should produce a detectable signal from what would otherwise be an undetectable nudge.

Kind of the way you can't detect Obama's lies from a single instance but when you pile up a thousand of them the pattern becomes clear.

This LIGO (which stands for Large Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) has been bouncing laser lines for a while now, and checking to see how their interference patterns might indicate a disturbance.**

Now they say they're prepared to make a big announcement.

* Actually I think they cut a long "L" shaped shaft in the earth, and have lasers bouncing via a mirror at the corner of the L from one weight to the other, but, you know. I'm not big on details.

** Laser light, having the same sinuous waveform, should just overlap upon itself perfectly, assuming you have the laser bouncing at an exact multiple of its wavelength. That is, say you have a laser with a wavelength of 1 mm. If the laser is being bounced back and forth at a distance of exactly 1 m (exactly 1000 mm), then each peak of the laser should overlay perfectly with every other peak, and every trough should overlay with every other trough.

Now, if this distance is slightly altered -- like if a gravitational wave nudges a mirror slightly -- the laser wave-forms will not overlay perfectly. You'll see them go out of sync.

They'll go out of sync so slightly you couldn't tel from a few back-and-forth runs of the laser, but when you keep piling up the runs, the out-of-sync situation should become clear.

Well, not to the eye. You have to do a bunch of math. But then you'll see it.

Posted by Ace at 05:44 PM Comments

In 2009, Hillary Clinton's Press Handler Philip Reines Demanded that Marc Ambinder Describe One of Her Speeches as "Muscular" In Exchange For an Early Transcript Of It


Gawker looks through Hillary's emails and finds why Hillary gets good press -- because she actually blackmails people into it, and then forbids them from saying they were blackmailed.

And no, I'm not making that up -- in the email in which Reines demands that Ambinder characterize her remarks as "muscular" (as well as demanding he note the heavy-hitters she's delivering the speech to, to, I assume, further suggest that Hillary is a Powerfully Strong Woman), his first demand is that Ambinder not say he was "blackmailed" into any of this.

Well, don't take my word for it. Here's the email:


And did Ambinder (then working as the politics director of The Atlantic) deliver?

You bet he did, folks. You bet he did.

Hillary Clinton's "Smart Power" Breaks Through


When you think of President Obama's foreign policy, think of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. That's the message behind a muscular speech that Clinton is set to deliver today to the Council on Foreign Relations. The staging gives a clue to its purpose: seated in front of Clinton, subordinate to Clinton, in the first row, will be three potentially rival power centers: envoys Richard Holbrooke and George Mitchell, and National Security Council senior director Dennis Ross.

Reines specifically demanded that last bit, that Ambinder mention that the staging was not a coincidence, and sent a message.

Ambinder provides his own word -- "clue" -- so, see, he wrote this himself!

He does not mention he was blackmailed into writing precisely these words.

So, she got the trifecta.

Posted by Ace at 04:27 PM Comments

David Brooks: "The Obama Administration Has Been Remarkably Scandal-Free"


A progressive -- a progressive not named David Brooks, I mean -- made this claim a couple of years ago. I think it was Jonathan Alter, but I can't track that down.*

Now, with Obama having sent 18 emails to Hillary's secret, illegal email system, thus exposing himself as having lied, yet again, when he claimed, yet again, to have learned about the system when you did, from the papers -- David Brooks claims that Obama has not just run a scandal-free administration, but a "remarkably scandal-free" administration. (That's a Jim Geraghty column taking Brooks to task, not a Brooks column.)

* Apparently the progressive commentator I'm thinking of is David Brooks-- last year, he claimed Obama was running an "amazingly scandal-free" administration.

** Actually, it was Jonathan Alter first, back in 2011.

I accidentally wrote "Jonathan Adler," who is a libertarian-ish lawyer working with the Volokh Conspiracy, instead of Jonathan Alter, who is an all-in prog commentator, often with MSNBC. Apologies to Adler for that disgraceful conflation!

Posted by Ace at 03:34 PM Comments

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog Talks To... Politically Correct College Students


Oh man, oh man. Finally, the voice of reason, as delivered through a dog puppet, arrives.

NSFW. Apparently he's doing this for Hulu, so the light censorship of the Conan regime is out the window now.

"Looking for a safe space, at a safety school."

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Posted by Ace at 02:23 PM Comments

Open Thread


Hasui Kawase, "Self-Portrait at Kiyomizu Temple, Kyoto" (1933)

Posted by rdbrewer at 12:40 PM Comments

The Case Against Marco Rubio And For Ted Cruz


It’s easy to pick Ted Cruz if the choices are, well, everyone else still running for the GOP nomination. As I refuse to insult my fellow citizens by entertaining the idea that Donald Trump is a serious candidate worthy of debate, I will focus on why conservatives should pick Cruz over Marco Rubio.

First, let me say it if it isn’t clear…if I were a Republican who could vote in a GOP primary, I’d vote Cruz. He’s not my first choice, in fact he’s my 5th of this cycle, but here we are.

It’s Not Just Amnesty
The easy knock on Rubio is his flip-flop-flip from 2010. At that time he ran against “comprehensive immigration reform” with a pathway to citizenship and then embraced it when Chuck Schumer and Barack Obama came courting him. Now he still supports amnesty (by his own 2010 definition) but swears this time he’s all about security first (which was very different than what he said in 2013). If you believe this latest iteration, well sometimes hope triumphs over experience.

But it’s not just amnesty. Rubio is a big-government “compassionate conservative” who is very fond of using the tax code to push society in directions he likes. I would never say he’s not a conservative but it’s not a brand of conservatism I adhere to. We’ve tried his approach before and government expanded and expanded.

On ObamaCare he’s once again shown his big government instincts. Is the approach he’s outlined better than what we have now? Yes. Could there be a lower bar? I doubt it. Bobby Jindal, one of the GOP’s leading health care figures, called Rubio’s approach of turning health insurance into a new government entitlement, “ObamaCare lite”. Yes, Jindal has subsequently endorsed Rubio but his critique still stands.

On foreign policy, if you think someone who supported the war in Libya and thinks we need to remove Assad (and deal with the US occupation that would be required) is the man to lead the nation, then Rubio is for you. If you think we’ve learned or should have learned something from multiple wars in the Muslim world over the last 15 years, then you should look elsewhere.

The Establishment
Rubio supporters will say it’s laughable that Rubio is part of “The Establishment” (however you chose to define it). For purposes of this post, I will concede only an insane, crazy person would think such a thing about Rubio.

When pressed on why he’s not a member of “The Establishment”, Rubio points to his race against Charlie Crist and not waiting his turn to run for President. Notably absent from this defense and any offer of proof I’ve ever seen are actual policy objections. The only disagreement I’ve seen anyone suggest there is between him and “The Establishment” is on how quickly Marco Rubio should rise to the top. There’s no suggestion of any major philosophical disagreements on substantive issues, just on where in line Rubio should be. Sure he’s more conservative than “The Establishment” on things like guns and abortion. So was…George W. Bush. Do you want to argue he’s not an “establishment” figure?

Is Rubio "The Establishment's" first choice? No. Jeb is next in line. Are members of "The Establishment" comfortable with him as a second choice? I'd say it seems so. Is there any doubt that in a Rubio-Cruz showdown "The Establishment" would go with Rubio? So, yeah.

Yes, Rubio supporters can trot out his Heritage Action score but that only shows he goes along, not that he’s going to lead anywhere. They simply can't show a single time he's bucked the party, not just with a vote but by publicly putting his neck on the line. I simply don't believe that when push comes to shove a President Rubio will be any more forceful in breaking up the consensus than Senator Rubio has been.

The reasons to support Ted Cruz

As I said, Cruz was not my first choice by a long-shot but here we are.

His past support for significantly higher legal immigration levels, his lack of details on an ObamaCare replacement and my general preference for governors give me pause. But assuming he doesn’t come up with a Rubio-like ObamaCare replacement plan, I’m willing to take the chance. And ultimately every vote is an act of faith informed by past behavior.

I am however heartened by his lack of enthusiasm for remaking the Mideast into some sort of liberty oriented paradise. It's not happening and I'm not willing to see thousands of Americans killed or wounded trying to prove a failed point.

Mostly it’s Cruz’s “behavior” that is the line of attack many of his detractors focus on. It’s something I like a lot.

Cruz is a bastard, of that I have no doubt. But he’s our bastard. He fights the fights I want fought. Has he won many of these fights? No. Does that matter to me? No.
He’s a single freshman Senator swimming against the tide of his party. How exactly was he supposed to win? What he has spent his time in the Senate doing is preparing the battlefield. He’s laid down markers forcing people to take sides and identifying the terms of the battle.

I understand why this alone isn’t enough for people to vote for him but the reality is if you want someone to change DC and the direction of the country, you have to elect someone who has shown they understand that there’s a problem, someone who has shown a willingness to point at people in his own “leadership” and say, “they have no clothes”.

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Posted by DrewM. at 10:45 AM Comments

Triumph The Insult Comic Dog Visits A College


As above. Check out this video, it is hilarious. I'm amazed that the students stuck around while he was tearing into them.

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Posted by BenK at 10:02 AM Comments

Morning Thread (2-9-2016)


Best of luck to Brandon and his NH volunteer crew today.

Posted by Andy at 06:42 AM Comments

Overnight Open Thread (2-8-2016) – Time Machine Edition


[Since I'm tired tonight and not feeling so great, I'm just gonna set the Ace Wayback machine dial to Fall 2004 and let things roll. It was a simpler, happier time when the jokes were fresh, the ewok's coat was still sleek and tawny, people actually cared about Andrew Sullivan, and everything seemed possible. But still even with the passage of time and the ravages of disappointment and life changes it's possible to make Conservative Commando or Foxfire Ninja Babe or perhaps even "Mrs. Ace of Spades" this evening. Just remember to tack on 25% for inflation. Come on - pony a little something up for old times sake.*]

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October 26, 2004

Fall Fundraising Drive

Sorry to be obnoxious, but I'm keeping this post a little sticky throughout the next couple of days. Meaning, it's going to keep getting bumped up near the top.

This is so annoying, I know. But think of me as a right-wing PBS, except instead of boring you to death with the Boston Pops and the seven-billionth "reunion" of Simon & Garfunkel (also known as "Simon & the guy who isn't Simon"), I give you cutting-edge political analysis mixed in with the occasional inappropriate use of the word "pooter."

Here's the pitch:

I figure that just about everyone who reads this site would be willing to donate $1 -- one buck -- four times a year. I figure there are four reason most don't:

1) Fear about using PayPal. All I can say is that the transactions are secure, meaning coded, the same sort of deal that Amazon and other on-line stores use. I never see your credit card number. Is there a risk? Well, is there a risk when you sign your name on your credit-card receipt and give it all to a perfect stranger when you buy Urban Culottes at Banana Republic?

2) But I don't have a PayPal account! You don't need one. Only the recipient needs an account. You just need a credit card, and the will to succeed in selling distress-sale real-estate. It's what I call "Money Motivation."

Seriously. PayPal is just how the money is collected. Donors just need to click on the PayPal button and enter their digits as if they were buying books from Amazon or, more likely, Japanese pornography.

And, actually, you don't even need a credit card. You can send them a e-check, and then they credit me once that clears.

3) It's a pain in the ass. Well, it's a minor pain in the ass, but honestly, the entire process takes two minutes. I've donated myself, so I know.

4) It's almost insulting to just give someone $1; it's better to not donate at all. This is just totally wrong. I have a good number of regular readers, and if half of them -- just half -- gave me four bucks a year, I'd end up with a pretty sweet haul. Not an Andrew Sullivan gilt-edged bandwidth haul or anything, but enough that I could get my creditors off my back and finally have a good answer when my family asks me why I spend so much time screwing around on the Internet.

The big point is that it's not really the size of the donation, it's how big the donation pool is. And if all of my regular readers who haven't donated before (anyone who has donated -- your subscription is in good standing) donated, it would be-- well, it would totally, utterly sweet.

Like I said, it's a buck. About the cost of a cup of coffee at 7-11, and 133% of the cost of a single copy of the New York Times.

Of course, not everyone is going to donate-- I think probably 1% of my readers donate at most -- so if you felt like giving $3 or $5 or $10 or $20 or even $50, that would be pretty darn cool too.

Like political fundraisers, I've decided to at least give you something in return for your donation-- cool nicknames.

$1 donors are Ace of Spades Rangers. Also known as "the Lighting Guys."

$3 donors are Ace of Spades Super-Rangers. Also known as "Grahams."

$5 donors are Ace of Spades Super-Excellent Rangers. Also known as "Johns."

$10 donors are Ace of Spades Pioneers. Also known as "Vinnie Falcones."

$20 donors are Ace of Spades Pioneers Who Slice Like F'n Hammers. Also known as "Joes." But in this case, I don't need to ask "Where's Joe?" Joe is right next to my heart, buying me beer.

$50 donors are Ace of Spades Special-Detachment Ultra-Cool Conservative Commandos. At this level of donation, you're just freaking awesome you're known as "Mr. Paul Anka, the Only Important One on That Stage."

Anyone who donates more than that is some sort of special transcendent being who is actually more super-amazing than Mr. Paul Anka, if you can believe such a thing. At that level, I have to think of individualized nicknames.

At any rate, sorry for the blegging. It's something I actually have to do from time to time, though.

Just consider how pissed off Andrew Sullivan would be if every one of you guys sent $1 or $3.


F'n' Weisenheimer Update: Well, it's not as good as an actual donation, but Spongeworthy donates a pretty good laugh:


Just the other day I was thrashing a street urchin with my ebony walking stick and almost $50 fell out of my coat and I was so worn out from beating the little monkey that I just left it on the street! Fortunately another fairly prosperous looking fellow was in the area and was able to scoop up the money before the urchin could crawl over to get it.


So, in closing, let's just say "Not this year" and leave it at that, okay? Let's not have an embarassing scene here.

Update-- Chicks Want Better Nickames. Okay, I guess it's not cool to call a girl "Vinny Valcone." Here's my alternate scheme for nicknames for the fairer sex:

If you're one of my three female readers, and you donate $1, you get to be called Ace of Spades Spear-Carriers of Athena. Or "Babette." Your choice.

Female readers donating $3: Ace of Spades Warrior Princess. Or, um, "Stacey." Stacey's a good name. Kind of a hot name. You kind of know what you're getting with a "Stacey," and it's all good. It's allll good.

Female readers donating $5: Ace of Spades Amazon Queen. Or, ummmm... Heather.

Female readers donating $10: Ace of Spades Ilsa, She-Wolf of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy. Or, um, "Dominique." Okay, I admit it, now I'm just handing out stripper-names. Look, pretty much everything on this site degenerates into something dirty and wrong at some point.

Female readers donating $20: Ace of Spades Barbarian Axe-Sister Who Slices Like an F'n' Hammer. Or, I guess, Krystallyn.

$50 donors are Ace of Spades Special-Detachment Foxfire Ninja Babes. At this level of donation, you're just freaking awesome you're known as "Ms. Paul Anka, the Only Important One on That Stage." Or, alternately, "Summer Brees."

Anyone female donating more than $100 gets a special nickname, which might range from "Jessie" to "Mrs. Ace of Spades."

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* And yes the Commandos and Ninja Babes get shirts.**

** I mean I assume so - it's not like Ace even approved this but I just can't see him breaking the Anka code either.

Posted by Maetenloch at 10:09 PM Comments

All Polls Are Hot Garbage.
Here's Some Particularly Smelly Garbage.


I'm not even going to bother telling you what the poll says because the poll just creates this stupid expectations game for the actual vote.

Rubio slipping to 4th might be the best possible poll result -- then, a higher position is a win.

Same with Cruz, falling to 5th. (Though, as Drew notes -- if Cruz rises to 3rd, don't expect the media/establishment gushing that a bronze is as good as a gold.)

Jeb and Kasich are moving up, supposedly, because... I don't know. Because New Hampshire is filled with dumb liberals.

Oh, and the FBI has now officially stated the obvious -- they're looking at Hillary Clinton's emails.

Night, friends!

Excellent Trolling: Look at this guy's shirt.

Update: You're going to hear about this anyway, might as well hear about it from me.

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Posted by Ace at 09:01 PM Comments

Scalding Hot Chick From Blurred Lines Video Feels the Bern
Put on CSPAN Now


So, to spare you looking the uncensored video up, here it is.

She expanded her range in Gone Girl, where she played a super-hot chick.

She also appears as a sought-after model, where she models her hot breasts.

So she's on Team Bernie:

She introduced him at a New Hampshire event. She said:

So I am a young woman and um, well, just to make one thing clear: I'm here because I support Bernie Sanders... I'm not here for the boys.

But yeah, I want a female president so that I can say to my daughter one day, you too can become president of the United States. I believe in that symbolic importance.

But I have seen symbolism in election, symbolism that FAILS the people that so desperately need the ACTION to make change. I want my first female president to be more than a symbol, I want her to have politics that can revolutionize.

She continues saying things like this isn't about gender and stuff.

So she's not just hot, she's the hottest kind of woman of all -- a self-hating woman, who will probably let you do the dirty stuff too.

Update: Put on CSPAN now if you want to see Bernie Sanders' Legion of Hippies swaying drunkenly to bad hippie music.

My God, that band was terrible. It was like Blues Traveler got into Debbie Wasserman-Schultz' medicine cabinet.

Posted by Ace at 07:54 PM Comments

Pander Bear - Weirddave

—Open Blogger

Looking at this election season on the Republican side, I am surprised by how few people see something that is so blindingly obvious to me that it might as well be in the beam of a 1,000,000 candlepower spotlight. Then I remember that my professional background enables me to recognize something that may not be so obvious to others. Let me explain.

For the past 20 years, I have been an insurance agent. It is primarily a financial services job, but it is also by its nature a sales job, so for the past 20 years or so I've seen hundreds and hundreds of would-be salesmen and women troop in and out of jobs with the various agencies where I've worked.

When I started in this industry, my mentor told me “You can be a salesman chasing a commission check, and you'll burn out in a couple of years and wind up hawking used cars off a lot down in Dundalk, or you can be a financial professional focused on your client's needs and have a rewarding lifelong career and oh yea, make a lot of money”. You know what? He was right. But still, through the years, the salesmen, always the salesmen. They troop in and troop out, toiling in the salt mines for a day, a week, a year, but rarely for longer than that. Some of them are nice guys. Some of them are trustworthy. All of them, however, have their focus on what the client can do for them, usually money wise, and all of them utilize some variation of the pander. There's a very fine line between pandering and sincerity that I have gotten very, very good at spotting because it often makes the difference between a successful agent and a mediocre or poor one.

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In Heat of the Crucible, Candidates Start Revealing Themselves


Jeb Bush: I'd eliminate the Citizens United decision, and I won't blame Obama for anything.

By the last part I assume he means "I will be accountable for my own presidency, and I won't, like this mewling quim Obama, forever seek to lay the blame for my nonperformance on my predecessor."

Eh, that's fine, but... I think the GOP is in a Blame Obama mood.

On the first part, I gotta say, I don't care anymore. This cycle has really proven that PACs aren't everything.

Still, we're only now entering the part of the primary where people are moving off scripted ConservaSpeak and revealing their true selves. I wish this could go on longer -- and not be mostly over as of tomorrow.

For example, John Kasich was asked, by a Democrat, why he should have that Democrat's vote.

His answer? Because he'd be a good compromise between Hillary Clinton (assumedly on "the right") and Bernie Sanders (assumedly on the left).

Well shit, where do I sign up, Johnny?

A possibly very confused voter at a John Kasich town hall in Windham, New Hampshire, wanted to know why she should vote for the Ohio governor in the "Democratic primary" — and Kasich, a Republican, didn't correct her. The question did not seem to be a slip of the tongue, either: The voter said she was having a hard time deciding between Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and John Kasich in the "Democratic primary" and wanted to know why Kasich should have her vote.

"Isn't that interesting," Kasich said as the crowd around her gasped. However, without mentioning his political allegiance or correcting the voter, Kasich went on to position himself as a good compromise between Sanders and Clinton saying, "One of them's too hot, one of them's too cold, but I've got the right temperature."

In the podcast, I criticized myself for never actually listening to Kasich during debates. Now, I retract that criticism. It was time well saved.

In what is properly termed an "insane moment" in Saturday's debate, Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, and Jeb Bush all agreed with the suggestion that, now that women are approved (by Obama's radical social engineering executive order) for all combat positions, girls should therefore be signed up with Selective Service for any future draft.

It seems some people aren't very interested in challenging the prison of progressive thought created by the media-Democratic regime -- just in being kinder wardens.

Ted Cruz disagrees, and calls this "nuts."

"It was striking that three different people on that stage came out in support of drafting women into combat in the military," Cruz said of his primary rivals at Saturday night’s GOP debate.

"I have to admit, as I was sitting there listening to that conversation, my reaction was: Are you guys nuts?" he added during a speech in New Hampshire.

Meanwhile, Trump is sounding more radical now. Your mileage may vary on whether this is a good thing or a bad thing.

In a nearly one-hour speech, Trump railed against pharmaceutical companies. He railed against oil companies. And insurance companies. And defense contractors. And he set himself against a political system that he said allows big-money corporate "bloodsuckers" to control the government with campaign contributions.

"Whether it's the insurance companies, or the drug companies, or the oil companies, it's all the same thing," Trump said. "We're never going to get our country back if we keep doing this."

Trump promised to allow the government to negotiate drug prices — a common position among Democrats but rarely heard at nominally Republican events. He said he would not raise military spending, arguing that the nation's defenses can be improved without increasing its already huge Pentagon budget. He promised tough sanctions on American companies that move jobs overseas.


There were portions of Trump's Plymouth speech that sounded like Bernie Sanders, if Sanders had Trump's sense of showmanship.

I don't know how I feel about this -- it would depend on what he's specifically proposing, and he's usually very light on specifics. I think most would agree that major donors and corporations should have no special favors -- but also, no special punishments for their success, either. It's very hard to differentiate "no special favor" from an affirmatively punitive measure without knowing what it is, exactly, that is being proposed.

This video of Rubio is kind of funny.

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Doritos Commercial Features an Ultrasound of a Baby, and the Left Loses Their Minds



Twitchy rounded up some of the most hysterical histrionics.

This one from NARAL:

Apparently there was also some ad about babies conceived on Super Bowl day. I didn't see it. But NARAL of Ohio did, and they took the opportunity to agitate for IUDs.

These organizations are ostensibly pro-"choice," but they seem hostile to the idea that sometimes people actually want to have children.

There isn't even the "Kids are great, but make sure you want to have 'em when you have sex" sort of caveat.

They're just assuming that everyone should hate children, childbirth, and the continuation of the Race of Man, because obviously.

There's a creepy book called the Conspiracy Against The Human Race by Thomas Ligotti (the horror writer/dark fantasist that True Detective ripped off). He takes the position of extreme philosophical pessimism: That existence is painful and unbearable, and that the proper position towards it is deliberate human self-extinction -- either suicide, or, less dramatically, simply no longer having children.*

The title of his book is a near-acronym for "Cathar." The Cathar heresy is claimed to have posited that we live in the devil's world and that begetting children into it was therefore sinful.

NARAL seems to be objectively pro-Cathar. The idea of "choice" seems written out of their agitation completely; they seem on Ligotti's self-extinction side of things.

Old ideas never die; they just start receiving federal funding.

* The book is nevertheless fascinating for exploring, with apparent seriousness (?), such an outlandish, almost science-fiction idea. It's not persuasive, but it is compelling.

I'm not sure if he means it all seriously. I think he might have had a weird idea in mind: That he would write the world's first non-fiction horror novel. That is, all of the stuff in his book is "real," in the sense that he's dredged up actual quotes and premises from little-known pessimistic philosophers.

His goal, I think, is to construct a cosmological horror novel not from Lovecraft's mighty beings but from real (if little-credited) philosophical ideas.

Anyway, interesting. Very strange.

Update: Commenters are warning me that we don't know what the Cathars actually believed, and the records of their beliefs are provided by their enemies, who I believe included the Inquisition.

So let me walk that back and say that popularly, it is imagined that this is what the Cathars believed, and that Ligotti's title cannot be coincidence.

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More: Young Female Democrats "Perplexed" By Hillary Clinton's Claim That They Should Support Her Just Because She's a Woman


I know I covered this basic idea earlier but it keeps popping up. Seems to be worth mentioning again.

Also, I forgot to mention two stories from the weekend.

First, Gloria Steinem said that young women are supporting Bernie Sanders to meet boys.

That has to be the most sexist thing ever. Seriously! She's claiming these little girls have nothing go on in their heads, no "agency," no concern other than meeting some cute (?) liberal boys.

She said this on the Bill Maher show.

Asked why the former secretary of state isn't doing better among young women, Steinem said females typically don’t start taking politics seriously until they get older.

"When you're young, you're thinking, 'Where are the boys?' The boys are with Bernie," Steinem added.

Maher was immediately taken aback by Steinem's comment.

"Now if I said that -- 'Yeah, they're for Bernie 'cause that's where the boys are' — you'd swat me," Maher said.

"No, I wouldn't," Steinem fired back.

Yes you would.

She claims now that her clear-as-polished-crystal statement was merely "misinterpreted," and she apologizes for your misinterpretation.

Vinegary old crow Madeleine Albright then declared: "“There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other" at a Clinton rally. This stinking, cheesy discharge of a statement is a claim she's been making since 2008, so, these foul cows figure, it's "nothing new" and therefore completely unobjectionable.

In an unrelated note, Mein Kampf was published in 1931.

With this noxious stink of special pleading and straight-up Gender Superiority politics a-swirl, the Daily Beast interviewed female Sanders supporters, who say they just don't understand this truly bizarre claim that Gals Gotta Stick Together, even if they disagree on fundamental points.

"[Hillary is] confused about what feminism means, she thinks feminism just means female empowerment only, it means a lot more than that," said Ainsley-Aude Croteau, 24, of Durham, New Hampshire. "Feminism is gender equality, I think she's trying to appeal to young women voters by shouting feminism in our faces, but were not one-track-minded people."

Croteau was one of nearly a dozen women interviewed by The Daily Beast who attended the Sanders rally on Sunday afternoon in a community college gymnasium. They were all genuinely perplexed by the idea that Clinton deserved their support solely based on her gender.

Another young woman called Hillary's emails "wicked shady."

Croteau is given the last word:

"Bernie doesn't treat us like we're children, he treats us like we are adults. He doesn't try to talk down to us with the feminism thing," she said. "It's not a girl power thing, it's a gender equality power thing."

This Hillary Clinton thing might really not be happening.

Then again, if she is the nominee, I expect all of these Social Justice Warrioresses to be parroting #WarOnWomen like Stepford Voters.

Et Tu, Debbie? Debbie Wasserman-Schultz' statement, intended to be about Carly Fiorina -- that "just because you're a woman doesn't mean you're good for women" -- gets a new airing in light of women's rejection of Hillary.

Dead Heat Nationally: Last week a poll put the national race at a dead heat, 45-42.

Now another poll puts it at the same dead heat, this time, 48-45.

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Clintons Eye Staff Shake-Up After New Hampshire


When you really need to replace the candidate, but can't, you've got to replace everyone else.

Hillary and Bill Clinton are so dissatisfied with their campaign's messaging and digital operations they are considering staffing and strategy changes after what's expected to be a loss in Tuesday’s primary here, according to a half-dozen people with direct knowledge of the situation.

The Clintons -- stung by her narrow victory in Iowa -- had been planning to reassess staffing at the campaign’s Brooklyn headquarters after the first four primaries, but the Clintons have become increasingly caustic in their criticism of aides and demanded the reassessment sooner, a source told POLITICO.

The talk of shake-up echoes what happened in 2008 -- when Hillary Clinton was on the verge of sacking her campaign manager and several top communications officials -- before her surprise win here bailed out her beleaguered staff.

The password is "schlonged."

Funny: Hillary's top donor is the Fat Shaming Corporation Slimfast.

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Serial Harasser and Accused Rapist Bill Clinton Complains "BernieBros" Are Treating Women Shabbily



Bizarrely -- hopefully? -- young women are actually turned off by Hillary's relentless play of the vagina card, though this might be due mostly to the fact that they already oppose Hillary and support Sanders. That is, when someone (especially someone without much actual principle to their thinking) is against someone, she might just change her principles around to further oppose that person.

Be that as it may, I suppose it's good that this group is still capable of objecting to genuine sexist appeals.

Young women in New Hampshire were offended by the way Hillary Clinton uses her gender to garner support, an MSNBC survey revealed Friday.

When MSNBC anchor Tamron Hall asked young female voters about Hillary Clinton’s claim on Wednesday that she is not an establishment candidate because she is a woman, they responded negatively.

One of the respondents said that she did not like how Clinton assumed that her feminism was identical to the feminism of all women.

“I also am a woman. I also face discrimination as being a woman. Her feminism does not represent my feminism, and I think it’s really important to differentiate that,” one young woman said. Her complaint is a common one among young women and reveals a generational divide within the Democratic Party.

Another respondent said that Clinton’s gender does not automatically make her the best candidate...

Hall expressed shocked at the responses she received to her questions...

"Here you are in New Hampshire, this progressive college environment, and young woman after young woman really shrugging it off and taking issue with the fact that Hillary Clinton brought it up," Hall said. "I thought that was fascinating. It blew me away. Of all the things last night, I didn’t see that coming."

Meanwhile, Hillary says she'll release the transcripts of the speeches she was paid to give Wall Street on one condition -- that everyone else release theirs.

There's a reason she doesn't want to release these -- she kisses up to Wall Street in them, and makes it clear that she's Their Girl.

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Open Thread


Vincent Van Gogh, "Wheat Field Under Clouded Sky" (1890)

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Repost- Thoughts on Economic Freedom


***This post originally ran last Friday***

Hi guys, I'm here just coalescing some thoughts and observations. Ace had complained recently that politicians don't seem to have much of a tongue for conservative philosophy (also known as basic economic facts) anymore.

I live in Connecticut, where the Mighty Corrupt Idiot Governor Dannel P. M' Uuhhhloy is busy cooking the books and turning my beautiful state into a debtor's prison. So some things have been on my mind.

We look around us and our hearts sink at the tangle we're in. Our national debt will enslave future generations. The political, media, and corporate classes are in an intractable, incestuous conspiracy against the People. Top officers of government are selling American sovereignty and security out from underneath the citizenry, placing us all in risk. Washington D.C. is the lap of wealth and comfort, while everywhere else people are scraping by, underemployed or unemployed.

If we want to be able to explain to people why economic freedom is so great, we need to point out why the alternative is deficient. We don't have far to look. In our formerly great cities and states, we are doomed to watch again the same blight of poor governance that we had watched fail forty years ago. Why hasn't anyone learned this lesson, with the many times it has been self-taught?

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Morning Thread (2-8-2016)


Word has it that the New Hampshire Decision Desk is in need of volunteers due to flight cancellations from today's New England blizzard.

If you can get to Nashua by 8pm tonight and have some time to spare on a great project, email Brandon at brandon@decisiondeskhq.com for details.

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Overnight Open Thread (2-7-2016)


Quote of the Day I - And That Goes a Long Way Edition

One thing: I don't really believe that Donald Trump is a small-government sort or really pro-life or particularly pro-gun or hesitant to get involved in blatant social engineering. But I do think that the man genuinely loves the United States of America. And that he would not hesitate to [expletive deleted] up the [expletive deleted] of anybody who [expletive deleted] with us.

-- Moe Lane

Quote of the Day II

My problem with Sanders is that he's ultimately a coward. He talks a great game about being dedicated to a "political revolution," but he is utterly unwilling to employ the means required to achieve the ends desired.

...Bernie Sanders has to believe Hillary Clinton is part of the problem. But he won't say so, save to prattle on about Clinton's super PACs and speaking fees. That's amateur-hour stuff. It's academic-seminar-level griping, not revolution-fomenting. He wants to talk about the system, but he won't do what is minimally required to change it. And right now, the first step on that long road is steamrolling Hillary Clinton. It's like saying you want to do whatever it takes to fight malaria, but refusing to say much about the huge, sprawling, and fetid marshlands in the middle of downtown. The Clintons are swamp creatures, taking what they need and leaving in their retromingent wake the stench of corruption.

-- Jonah Goldberg

Hot Blue-on-Blue Lady Action:

Madeleine Albright: There's a "Special Place in Hell" For Women Who Don't Back Hillary

Gloria Steinem: Young Women Only Support Bernie Sanders Because They're Boy Crazy

North Korea Successfully Launches Rocket, Orbits Satellite

And they is learning:

North Korea has successfully placed its second satellite into a polar orbit using their newer version of the UnHa-3 rocket to launch what they are calling the KwangMyungSong-4 satellite. The satellite and its third-stage rocket booster are both being tracked by NORAD which is showing a near prefect circular and polar orbit.

Since the first North Korean satellite launched in December 2012 tumbled uncontrollably, our collective think-tanks' analysis had always been that North Korea was never able to communicate with that satellite. Yet it is humbly apparent that they did in fact learn from its failures. This second satellite is, for now, orbiting over the poles about every 94 minutes with its third stage booster somewhere near it.

Here is a previous launch of their UnHa-3 rocket:

Meanwhile: Crazy Ivan's Back in the North Atlantic

Frankly, if the Admiral remembers the 1980s, higher professionalism from the Russian Navy (than its Soviet predecessor) is probably a good thing for everyone, and it should simply inspire NATO navies to pursue professionalism also. Instead, however, we've been pursuing race and sex quotas with a single-mindedness that would get fiction's greatest whaling captain to tell us to "lighten up, shipmate."

...The great-grandsons of those iron men in iron boats now put to sea backed by a nation that may have its own issues, but is free of the technical isolation that led Soviet-era submarine technology to lag the West. Of course they've gotten better; that's what humans do, given half a chance. The cause of Admiral Johnstone's problem is not that the Russians have use the last two decades to get better, but that his nations' navies have not.

What were we doing? Figuring out how long a plug had to go into new sub designs, so that we could have ladies' sanitary arrangements, because our lodestar was not the mission but the careers.

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Live Blogging the Colbert Show


I figure this will be awful, so I'm going to watch it and then blog about it. It's on CBS, now, at least in some markets.

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Super Bowl XXXXX or, The Return of Coldplay (CBD)

—Open Blogger

Niedermeyer's Dead Horse, the star of this year's football threads, is on a plane, so you are stuck with my woefully inadequate internet search skills. And yes, some of these (maybe even all of them) are repeats, but you can't complain. Buy the Platinum package and you can get the AoSHQ live feed. I think Ace comes on at 5:30 to do his Rubio impression.


The Carolina Panthers are the prohibitive favorite, and my prediction is that after the halftime show, the number of eyeballs on the screens will drop precipitously. Yeah, a 24-7 halftime score plus Coldplay will do that.....


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Food Thread: Predictive Text...The Newest Thing In Cooking [CBD]

—Open Blogger

H/T Niedermeyer's Dead Horse
And it's not just the ingredients that are funny...click through and read the instructions.

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AoSHQ Podcast #132: New Hampshire GOP Debate


Ace and Drew break down last night's GOP debate for you.

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Open thread in the comments.

Update: Marco is now saying of last night's logic loop, "I meant to do that."

Well, that's one way to play it.

By the way he's repeating his 25 second canned answers from last night on all sorts of issues.

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Learning Curves....And Open Thread (CBD)

—Open Blogger

A "steep learning curve" has entered the vernacular as a phrase used to describe something that is difficult to learn. But that is exactly backwards!

Learning curve.png

Which curve would you rather be on?

Or am I missing something?

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"Rubio's Glitch"


(Bumped up by Drew)

That's what it's being called.

Chris Christie told Rubio exactly how he'd hit him. He told him exactly where he'd hit him.

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 02-07-2016: Gone But Not Forgotten [OregonMuse]

—Open Blogger

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Remember The Days When We Had A REAL President?

(Reagan pic stolen from here:

Open Question: OK, as you can see in the picture, Mr. Reagan has one arm thrust through the windshield, shooting commies and hippies, and his other arm is resting on the driver's side door, the window having been previously kicked out. So with both arms accounted for, how is he steering the car?

“If you have read 6,000 books in your lifetime, or even 600, it's probably because at some level you find 'reality' a bit of a disappointment.”
― Joe Queenan

Ronaldus Magnus

Yesterday (Saturday) would have been the 105th birthday of The Great One. There have been a number of biographies written about him, but I don't know which one of them is best. I don't know if any of them are any good (maybe is worth a look). But I do remember Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan came out, and everybody was all, like, WTF? Now let me set the stage: This is a biography authorized by RR, and the author, Edmund Morris, had won a Pulitzer back in 1980 for The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, the first of his three-volume biography of Theodore Roosevelt. So everybody thought that he'd do a good job with it, particularly since he was granted unprecedented access to both Reagan and behind-the-scenes at the White House during his term in office. But despite all of this, and despite 13 years(!) of archival research, he published a steaming turd that the most charitable reviews referred to as "controversial."

Morris eventually decided to scrap writing a straight biography and turn his piece into a faux historical memoir about the President told from the viewpoint of a semi-fictional peer from the same town as Ronald Reagan: Edmund Morris himself. The person comes from the same town as, continually encounters, and later keeps track of Reagan...

The biography has caused confusion in that it contains a few characters who never existed and scenes in which they interact with real people. Morris goes so far as to include misleading endnotes about such imaginary characters to thoroughly confuse his reading audience. Elsewhere, scenes are dramatized or completely made up.

This is not serious scholarship. It's performance art offered in lieu of serious scholarship. And pretty much everybody hated it. They hated it when it was first published, and they hate it now: 52% of the Amazon reviews are either 2-star or 1-star.

On the other hand, I'd guess that conservative author Peter Schweizer's book on Reagan, Reagan's War: The Epic Story of His Forty-Year Struggle and Final Triumph Over Communism, perhaps contains more clarity and certainty of purpose:

Challenging popular misconceptions of Reagan as an empty suit who played only a passive role in the demise of the Soviet Union, Peter Schweizer details Reagan’s decades-long battle against communism.

Bringing to light previously secret information obtained from archives in the United States, Germany, Poland, Hungary, and Russia -- including Reagan’s KGB file -- Schweizer offers a compelling case that Reagan personally mapped out and directed his war against communism, often disagreeing with experts and advisers. An essential book for understanding the Cold War, Reagan’s War should be read by open-minded readers across the political spectrum.

Schweizer is also the author of a number of other books, such as Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich and Architects of Ruin: How Big Government Liberals Wrecked the Global Economy -- and How They Will Do It Again If No One Stops Them.

And I'll mention this one just because I like the title: Makers and Takers: How Conservatives Do All the Work While Liberals Whine and Complain. Obviously a dispassionate analysis.

But back to Reagan. I think the best writings about Reagan are his own. Reagan, In His Own Hand: The Writings of Ronald Reagan that Reveal His Revolutionary Vision for America. He actually wrote a ton of material over the years:

Most of Reagan's original writings are pre-presidential. From 1975 to 1979 he gave more than 1,000 daily radio broadcasts, two-thirds of which he wrote himself. They cover every topic imaginable: from labor policy to the nature of communism, from World War II to the second Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty, from the future of Africa and East Asia to that of the United States and the world. They range from highly specific arguments to grand philosophy to personal stories.

And remember this is the man that liberals want you believe was an airhead.

There's also an audio CD Reagan In His Own Voice which is a collection of recordings of his original radio broadcasts.

Of course, Reagan was known to tell a joke or two, many of them at the expense of liberals. So with that mind, I give you The Humor of Ronald Reagan: Quips, Jokes and Anecdotes From the Great Communicator, which is available on Kindle for 99 cents. Also on the cheap is 50 of President Ronald Reagan's Most Important Speeches from 1957 to 1994: Formatted for the Kindle for $1.99. I notice that the download-for-free sample for this last book contains Reagan's entire "A Time For Choosing" speech from 1964 and also a pretty good sized chunk of his debate with Robert Kennedy in 1967. For free. I'm just saying.

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EMT 2/5/16 [krakatoa]

—Open Blogger

Your Sunday goin' to church thread.

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Overnight Open Thread Pre-Super Bowl Edition (6 Feb 2016)


I hope you don't mind the lack of current events or politics in tonight's ONT. Tomorrow is the big game, Super Bowl 50. This is the last NFL football game until August 7, 2016 exactly 6 months from tomorrow. I hate Cold Turkey football withdrawals.

Ladies & gentlemen will you please rise and remove your caps. As usual pants are optional.

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Republican Debate Thread (In Progress)


8 PM Eastern, ABC network.

Mary Katharine Ham will be a guest questioner.

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Another WWII Plane ID Game....(CBD)

—Open Blogger

Caught you cheating.jpg

Okay....everyone seems to be so good at this.
[Even Anna Puma gets to play this one...]

And Open Thread.

[11:20pm. In case anyone is interested...its an F6F Hellcat]

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A Mid-Afternoon Respite From Reality (CBD)

—Open Blogger

WWII plane.jpg

I saw this photo on Twitter and followed the link. There is some controversy about the type of plane, so I thought that our crowd-sourcing will solve the puzzle rather quickly.

The Moron with the first correct answer that is validated by the horde (I do not know the correct answer) gets a one year Platinum Membership with Ampersand utility and Troll-B-GoneTM

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Saturday Gardening Thread: Gardening with a Side of Pasta(farian) [Y-not and KT]

—Open Blogger

Y-not: Welcome, gardening morons and moronettes!

Today's thread is brought to you by The Million Dollar Potato:

We're lucky today to have a guest post from moron, Pastafarian, so I've restricted my contributions to a few tweets that might be of interest to the horde.

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Our Headlong Charge Back To Pre-Industrial Society (CBD)

—Open Blogger

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Sometime commenter and beer guru Beeerslinger sent this along. Cocktail guide offers recipes made with urine. it reminded me of the discussion (was it yesterday) about tiny houses, and the Left's desire to return to a pre-industrial-revolution quality of life. People drank urine because they were ignorant of science, and relied on alchemists and "physicians" to cure their ailments. But we know exactly what urine is....waste products from metabolism, and the body balancing various other compounds. This is not clever deduction....this is well known. Because 2,500 years of Western philosophy and intellectual development has taught us how to study the world and discern facts from bullshit. And drinking urine is bullshit -- it hearkens back to an ignorance based on lack of knowledge -- but we don't have that excuse any more.

Am I making too much of this? Is this simply a bunch of rich people with too much time on their hands? 10 years ago I would have laughed, and chalked this up to stupidity and boredom. But I am now deeply suspicious of any attempt to reject science and logic. And I think this is exactly that.


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JWF: Hilarious: Bill Clinton Now Whining About Misogyny As His Wife Faces Humiliating Defeat in New Hampshire
That is funny. It can't be that she's a nasty, negative weirdo; it's that all you people hate women. [rdbrewer]

TheDC: Accused Rapist Bill Clinton Complains That ‘Bernie Bros’ Are ‘Profane’ And ‘Sexist’
Heh. Bill Clinton. [rdbrewer]

Victor Davis Hanson, PJM: Hillary and the Suspension of Disbelief
"In ironic fashion, Hillary’s own vocabulary best describes her conduct. A 'willing suspension of disbelief' most aptly sums up Hillary Clinton’s disastrous 2016 primary campaign, which so far seems more disastrous than her 2008 disastrous campaign." Via @EdDriscoll. [rdbrewer]
Inside the Cruz campaign, "A culture of kindness and courage". A good leader makes sure to take care of his people. [Weirddave]
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Episode #132, Ace and Drew on the NH debate.

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Madeleine Albright criticizes young women who support Bernie Sanders
She said, "There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other." I always wanted a reporter to ask her why she didn't quit the Clinton administration in protest because of Bill's treatment of women, including female employees-- you know, if Halfbright wants to help other women so much. Related: College Women Tell NBC They Were Offended Hillary Clinton Played Gender Card. Also: Hillary claimed she's not "establishment" because she's a woman. [rdbrewer]

@ByronYork: Some call Rubio a 'robot,' which I think is unfair. And then in exchange with Christie, he acts like a robot.
He was fine after they rebooted him. [rdbrewer]

Video: Trump's interview on Press the Meat
Good interview. [rdbrewer]

TheHill: Poll: Trump’s lead grows in NH days before primary
Via Drudge. [rdbrewer]
Forbes: Clean Up Your Act, PolitiFact: Why Ted Cruz Was Right On Obamacare And Jobs "In their rush to label Ted Cruz a liar, PolitiFact ignored economic theory, ignored economic consensus, ignored problems with the evidence they had amassed, ignored that some of the evidence they collected supports Cruz, ignored reams of anecdotal evidence, and dismissed Congressional Budget Office projections based on nothing more than a subjective and arbitrary distinction PolitiFact themselves invented." [Y-not]
The Daily Signal: New Planned Parenthood 'Sting' Video Released "Daleiden’s group released its latest hidden-camera video, shot in April at a Planned Parenthood facility in Houston, two days before his appearance in the same city to respond to his indictment by a grand jury. In the new video, an official of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast appears to admit that Planned Parenthood sells fetal tissue." [Y-not]
The Rubio Menace: A Rubio Candidacy Will Drive the Stake Through the Heart of Any Kind of Push For Actual National Sovereignty
Mickey Kaus writing... He doesn't announce this, but what he's complaining about is the Establishment's nasty habit of winning on arguments by refusing to have the argument at all. Marco Rubio will not be nominated due to his position against American sovereignty; he will be nominated because he's "electable." Having been nominated for reasons having nothing to do with his position on American sovereignty (he's against it), we will nevertheless have elected the anti-sovereignty position without having ever had an actual debate on it.
This is how they manage us. This is how we permit ourselves to be managed.
Pop quiz, hotshot: Who said the following, SJW or Fox News personality?
"'["Bimbo"] gins up other comments along those lines, which is diminishing obviously to not just the woman who is being attacked, but to women in general.'" I've seen the light. I called someone an asshole once. I realize now I was really calling the whole world an asshole. Sorry, whole world. Via @k_mcq. [rdbrewer]

Gabriel Malor, NR: Strict Scrutiny for Firearms Restrictions?
"An appeals-court panel rules that gun-control laws must pass an exceedingly high threshold to be constitutional." [rdbrewer]

"Virtue signalling"
A useful neologisim. From last October. Thanks to commenter "gp." More from Acculturated. [rdbrewer]

The crane collapse in NY
Video. Via @JohnEkdahl. [rdbrewer]

Bloomberg: The Rich Are Already Using Robo-Advisers, and That Scares Banks
Via Drudge. [rdbrewer]

Kausfiles: The Rubio menace
"I wanted to find out: Was Rubio really as slick and insubstantial in this setting as John Edwards? Answer: No. He’s slicker." [rdbrewer]

TheHill: Democratic establishment starts to gang up on Sanders [rdbrewer]

Jack Shafer: Time for Chelsea Clinton's Easy Ride to End
"Why is the press treating a wealthy, 35-year-old political operative like she's still a White House kid?" Via @Slublog. [rdbrewer]

Reuters: Crane collapse in lower Manhattan
More from USA Today. [rdbrewer]

TheDC: Refugees Go Clubbing In Russia, Harass Girls, Wake Up In Hospital The Next Morning
"A group of 51 refugees were brutally assaulted outside a night club in Murmansk, Russia, after they groped and molested women at a night club Saturday. The refugees had previously been ordered to leave Norway for “bad behavior” and tried their luck in Russia. What they didn’t realize when they went out clubbing in Murmansk is that Russians have less tolerance when it comes to sexual assault on local women..." I like to begin the day with a heartwarming human interest story. [rdbrewer]
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