December 18, 2018

Tuesday Overnight Open Thread (12/18/18 )

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Quotes of The Day


Quote I

Elites do not see their fellow citizens in exceptional terms of the affinities of a common language, shared history, or sovereign geography. Instead, they envision themselves as Socratic citizens of the world. They are an international siblinghood with common blue-chip educations, wealth, and long service in the administrative state. The anointed alone “see” and “grasp” what is really going on with the world, and therefore what really needs to be done right now, at all costs, regardless of the opposition from what Hillary wrote off as “all that red in the middle.” Victor Davis Hanson

Quote II

It’s a tragedy in that Comey and his former inner circle – the now infamous troika of fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, fired FBI agent Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page – have attempted to cloak themselves in the FBI’s rich tradition of fidelity, bravery, and integrity.

In reality, these four former FBI officials have done more to hinder the daily work of the 35,000 selfless and hardworking men and women of the FBI than anyone in the storied agency’s history. Former FBI Assistant Director Chris C. Swecker

Quote III

It is not inequality that enrages people, but indifference or disdain toward them as human beings. Theodore Dalrymple

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Netflix Revives Early 80s Muppet Bomb "The Dark Crystal" As a Series Because There Are Literally No Ideas Left

—Ace of Spades

I tried to find a non leftist news site to link here, but Google keeps those way down the search list now.

So here's NBC. Google pretty much forced my hand.

At some point in the near future we'll see the last actual New Thing the entertainment industry ever created. After that, it will just be reboots of old things.

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Kick Ass: Judge Invalidates New York's Nunchuck Ban on 2nd Amendment Right-to-Self-Defense Grounds

—Ace of Spades

The judge invalidated the whole of the law because she found one part of it unconstitutional and ruled that part could not be severed from the rest of the law. So it all had to fall together.

The part she objected to was New York's declaration that even having nunchucks in your own home was illegal. You couldn't even have them in a locker at a martial arts studio, I guess.

That doesn't seem to invalidate less absurd nunchuck laws in other states, which may only ban people from carrying them.

But -- shouldn't it? If you have a right to self-defense, why can't you carry nunchucks?

Ah well. One cat-stance step at a time.

1974 New York state ban on nunchucks that was put into place over fears that youth inspired by martial arts movies would create widespread mayhem is unconstitutional under the Second Amendment, a federal court has ruled.

Judge Pamela Chen issued her ruling Friday in a Brooklyn federal court on the martial arts weapon made famous by Bruce Lee.

The plaintiff, James Maloney, started his legal quest after being charged with possession of nunchucks in his home in 2000. He initially filed a complaint in 2003, and appealed all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court when the case went against him. The Supreme Court in 2010 remanded the case back down to be reconsidered in light of a Second Amendment decision it had made in another case, and Maloney filed an amended complaint later that year.

Maloney had been focused on getting the part of the law overturned that banned nunchucks, two rigid rods connected at one end by a chain or rope, even in private homes.

In her ruling, Chen said the court couldn't simply take that part out, and ruled that the state's law as it pertained to possessing nunchuks as well as to manufacturing, transporting or disposing of them was in violation of the Second Amendment.

Nonserverability is a bona fide doctrine of constitutional analysis, until we come to Obamacare, and then, Who Cares.

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Former CBS CEO Les Moonves, Forced Out Due to Sexual Harassment Allegations, Will Not Receive His $120 Million Severance Package

—Ace of Spades

He had a nasty habit and it wound up being super-expensive.



Les Moonves, the shamed ex-CEO of CBS, will not get his $120 million severance package, CBS announced late Monday, citing his failure to "cooperate fully" with an internal investigation of allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

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"With regard to Mr. Moonves, we have determined that there are grounds to terminate for cause, including his willful and material misfeasance, violation of Company policies and breach of his employment contract, as well as his willful failure to cooperate fully with the Company’s investigation. Mr. Moonves will not receive any severance payment from the Company," the statement said.

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His golden parachute looked even more imperiled in late November when The New York Times posted a lengthy story describing how he allegedly forced oral sex on a young actress years ago and then worked with her down-and-out agent to get her roles to keep her quiet after the #MeToo movement exploded.

Under his employment contract, the network would not have to pay Moonves severance if the investigation found evidence that he did not tell the full truth about whether he tried to pay off an accuser with job offers and then tried to hide it.

Moonves' lawyer called the decision a sham and suggested that CBS was defaming Moonves, possibly previewing a coming lawsuit.

I keep telling you guys: We need to listen more to our Media Elite and aspire to be more like them.

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Martha McSally Appointed to Complete John McCain's Term, Taking Over from the Retiring John Kyl

—Ace of Spades

So it's done now.

Ben Domenech asks an important question: Given that this Establishment Blank lost to a troop-hating, terrorist-supporting, tutu-wearing, Arizona-trashing feminist freak, what are her chances of actually holding the seat?

Under Arizona law, Ducey's appointment of McSally means she is essentially tasked with filling out a sequence of two year terms. She will have to run for re-election in 2020, and run again in 2022. The demands of running non-stop are hard enough when you’re talking about a House seat. In this case, McSally will have to do something she hasn’t done before -- win statewide -- in back to back election cycles.

On paper, McSally looks like an ideal candidate. She has a Harvard degree, a lengthy record of military service, and an ideologically moderate record in Congress. But as a campaigner, she has much to prove. Her first foray into politics was a loss in a special election nomination fight (to Federalist contributor Jesse Kelly); she then lost a general election campaign for the same seat by less than 1 percent; she then won the district in the following election after a recount by 167 votes. McSally has won only one election by a significant margin, and her loss to Kyrsten Sinema in 2018's Senate election was by less than 3 percent of the vote. The historical trend is clear: win or lose, it's usually very close.

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White House Suggests There's a Lot of Wiggle Room in $5 Billion Demand for Wall

—Ace of Spades

Blink.

Eh, what a cuck.

This isn't all on Trump, obviously. The Establishment Party in Power still hasn't gotten it through its head that we are tired of their barely-disguised open borders policy and we're not going to accept their bullshit about "virtual fences" any longer.

"We have other ways that we can get to that $5 billion that we'll work with Congress," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told Fox News on Tuesday morning. She added that the Trump administration could support $1.6 billion in border security funding proposed by Senate Democrats, as long as it can "couple that with other funding resources" to get to $5 billion.

She added that "at the end of the day, we don't want to shut down the government. We want to shut down the border." Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have cast the potential lapse in funding as the "Trump shutdown." When Pelosi goaded Trump into an Oval Office fracas last week, the characterization appeared to irritate the president.

I don't know what alternate funding sources she means. I've heard claims that Trump could direct the military to use its funds for the wall, but that sounds completely wrong.

Still, Trump himself has not weighed in Tuesday on how much money he would accept. As always, a comment or tweet from the president could trample on the message administration officials try to send.

In proposing $1.6 billion in border security funding, Schumer has said it would go to building new or repairing existing fences, rather than the wall as Trump has proposed it. The White House appears to want to claim that funding as "wall" money to promote a victory.

But maybe this is the alternate source of funding they mean: Some guy calculated that if each of Trump's 63 million voters donated $80 each, they'd have the five billion needed for the wall.

But then, that's not the full wall; that would be the $5 billion sought this year for it.

Still -- it's something.

I'd buy that for eighty dollars.

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Garage Engineer Builds Glitter/Stink Bomb "Bait" Package to Get Vengeance Against Thieves

—Ace of Spades

I find this unsatisfying because it appears no action was taken to actually get the thieves arrested. It's treated as if they were just mischief makers, and deserve mischief in return.

They don't. They deserve an arrest.

Still, it's all pretty ingenious.

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Actress Reveals That Woody Allen Began a Sexual Relationship With Her When She Was 16

—Ace of Spades

He has a type: Underaged.

A former actress and model has come forward with claims that she had a relationship with Woody Allen that started when she was 16.

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"What made me speak is I thought I could provide a perspective," she said. "I'm not attacking Woody. This is not 'bring down this man.' I'm talking about my love story. This made me who I am. I have no regrets."

Allen didn’t provide comment to THR and has not responded to a request for comment by PEOPLE.


Engelhardt said the relationship started when she gave Allen her number at a New York City restaurant in 1976 and he called her a few days later to invite her to his apartment. The two continued a relationship for 8 years in which they often met at his penthouse overlooking Central Park.

"The curtains were always drawn," Engelhardt said. "The view must have been spectacular. I wasn’t there for the view."

Woody Allen's movie Manhattan was about a relationship with a 17 year old girl. The basic story was based on Allen's own sexual relationship with actress Stacey Nelkin.

But Woody Allen changed the age of the girl in the story.

Nelkin was actually 16, not 17.

Actually, now that I re-read that Wikipedia article, it claims that while Allen met Nelkin when she was 16, they both claim the relationship didn't begin until she was 17.

Well. Okay. If you both claim that.

Since Woody Allen's "relationship" with his almost-a-daughter was revealed in 1992, I always think of this scene he wrote for Bananas, in which a mad dictator decrees, for unknown reasons, that "all girls under 16 years old... are now... 16 years old."

I can't see that as anything other than a way around statutory rape.

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Clinton-Appointed Judge in Flynn Sentencing Hearing Accuses Him of Treason, Suggests He'll Sentence Him Beyond What the Plea Deal Calls for

—Ace of Spades

#TheResistance has a new hero.

The Clinton-appointed judge, Emmett Sullivan, claimed that Flynn's suggestion that the FBI misled him (which it, you know, did) cast doubt on Flynn's acceptance of culpability. The not-so-veiled threat from the judge is that if Flynn wouldn't repudiate his previous complaints about the FBI, he'd toss out the plea deal and sentence Flynn more harshly than the plea called for.

He also badgered both Flynn and the prosecutor about whether Flynn had committed "treason."

Though then, after he returned from a break, this Clinton appointee said he wanted to "clarify" that his own previous claim that Flynn was working in the White House when his contacts with foreigners occurred. I guess he bothered to read the actual facts and corrected himself -- well, "clarified" -- that Flynn wasn't in the White House and that he was now not "suggesting" treason.

Which is actually exactly what he did before.

Basically the judge seems to be threatening Flynn with jail time unless he offers more to the Mueller investigation. Flynn has gotten that message, and now says he wants to delay sentencing because he might cooperate more with Mueller.

The court has delayed sentencing to permit this. So, no sentencing today. After threatening Flynn for an hour, Flynn got the message and said he would cooperate more.

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The Leftwing "Activist" Group That Mobbed and Menaced Florida AG Pam Bondi at a Movie Theater Was Financed by George Soros

—Ace of Spades

The Daily Caller's Peter Hasson is reporting this. I guess he didn't get the memo from the NeverTrumpers now seeking Alternative Funding that it's antisemitic to report on George Soros' funding of the hard left.

But he does fund the hard left, in case actual facts matter any longer.

The left-wing activist group that accosted Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi at a movie theater in June received half a million dollars in 2017 from an organization funded by left-wing billionaire George Soros, documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation reveal.

Organize Florida, the group that hounded Bondi from a Florida movie theater, received $500,000 last year from the Open Society Policy Center (OSPC), according to OSPC's most recent tax forms.

OSPC is the advocacy arm of Soros's Open Society Foundations, which the billionaire uses to advance his left-wing worldview around the globe.

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The Morning Rant: J.V. Edition

—CBD

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Love it or hate it, New York City is The country's (and perhaps the world's) premier city, and to allow it to descend into the maelstrom that Giuliani (and to a lesser extent Bloomberg) rescued it from is criminal.

NYC is the first stop for many tourists, and it gets more visitors -- something like 50,000,000 -- than any other city in America. Politics aside, we should be proud of this gateway too the country, and we should expect that it is maintained to a minimum standard. Unfortunately it is immersed in the politics of pretty much everything under the sun, except for silly things like minimizing crime and keeping the streets clean. DeBlasio is an incompetent hack, and it is sad that most New Yorkers are so apathetic about politics that they allow a small minority of well organized fanatics to control the destiny of what once was a great and safe city.

Re-civilize the Streets

Though the city’s official crime numbers have not yet worsened, signs of increasing disorder are everywhere. The city is filthy; any mayor should be ashamed to have European tourists witness our inability to keep the streets free of trash. Vagrants are multiplying. The solution to colonization by beggars and addicts is not more taxpayer-subsidized housing, which the city already provides in massive amounts at the expense of basic public services. The solution is enforcement of the law and willingness to insist that the mentally ill stay in treatment.
Those "official" crime numbers are crap. They ignore a lot of stuff, and have decriminalized a lot more, so any comparison is specious. Ask any New Yorker who isn't a liar and he will tell you that, "Yes, it's gotten worse." And the worst is yet to come.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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The Morning Report - 12/18/18

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. Tuesday, and we're dealing mostly with the continuation of the usual chazarei but in the lead is Mueller's compliance with Judge Emmet Sullivan's demand for the "302" forms pertaining to the FBI interviews conducted on Michael Flynn. However there seems to still be some confusion/consternation at the fact that evidently not all of the forms were released, which gives the impression that Mueller and the FBI (let's face it; they're colluding to cover up the original crime of spying on candidate Trump) are intentionally still stonewalling and buffaloing any attempt to get to the truth. And since that truth would both exonerate Flynn as well as further trash whatever microscopic vestige of Efrem Zimbalist-esque reputation that agency might have had, the actions or lack thereof speak for themselves. If nothing else Mueller should swing for spoliation of evidence in erasing text messages from Strzok and Page. Two justice systems indeed.

In any case, as we all know by now, the bigger picture is that the Deep State to whatever extent it was at the behest of or knowledge of Obama and Clinton engaged in a campaign to sabotage the candidate Trump and now is engaged in the attempt to simultaneously cover up the greatest political scandal bar none in US history as well as now continue the effort in an attempt to actually overthrow President Trump, the rule of law and the preservation of whatever's left of our civil society, consequences be damned. Beyond the mere tactical day-to-day attacks and sabotaging of his - and by extension our - agenda and smearing of his and his family's good name, there is much bigger and much more dangerous game being played. Whatever happens over the next 2 to 6 more years (please G-d he lasts and thrives that long), he and everyone and everything he holds dear are going to be hounded to the day they die. The vendetta is of course personal but the intention is to send a message to anyone else that dare do what he did and try to derail the Leviathan and the Socialist-Globalist agenda (see the link to Mark Levin warning us about this Letitia James vontz in NY). This is for all the marbles. We better understand that and I hope to G-d Trump does as well.

Next up we make a run for the border where Trump aide Stephen Miller is reassuring us about the President's not giving an inch and insisting that the Border Wall is going to be funded no matter what - including "shutting down" (quote-unquote) the government. For anyone with half a brain the reasons are obvious as illustrated by the link to ICE's report on who and what has been caught this past year.

Before we hit politics head on, in Civil War 2.0 news, federal prosecutors are appealing the insane 30-day sentence given to Rand Paul's neighbor for nearly beating him to death. Other scandals include Fauxca-Has-Been and Kamala-Toe being reprimanded for ethics violations regarding campaigning off of the Brett Kavanaugh hearing, several Democrat Congressmomzers took a secret trip to Qatar which for those not keeping score is an ally/stooge of Iran (despite the fact that we have a huge-ass naval base in Doha), and be on the lookout for a child-molesting sex predator from CAIR. Hell, just dress up a midget cop as that 11-year-old drag queen and send him out as bait...

Elsewhere, James Comey opens his festering cake-hole and Sarah Sanders shuts it good, GOP lawmakers who got beat last November are causing headaches in Congress by not showing up, Nancy Palsi may have got the gavel but the young Maoists are making demands for top committee assignments, three-term useless New Deal establishment stooge Lamar Alexander will not be running in 2020, so hopefully we can beat out CoC pick but not with an Akin, newly elected so-called "Palestinian" Rashida Tlaib (can I buy a vowel?) will culturally appropriate a mythical people for her magic show-cum-inauguration, Jerrold Nadless was against impeachment before he was for it, CNN goes "bananas" on Tom Perez for attacking fellow Dems, and Hillary Clinton is just so utterly narcissistic and tone deaf, it's amazing.

To First Amendment and Fake News Fakery fodder, IBD sez it's time to break up Google, two links on polling shenanigans, rot in peace Weekly Standard, Daniel Greenfield touches on that vis a vis the real Russian connections to the phony Russian collusion crap, and big credit card is acting as Big Brother to silence and destroy conservative voices. Moving down one amendment, a Federal judge throws out New York state's ban on nunchucks citing it as a violation of the second amendment (gotta wonder if that might crop up in a gun case down the road), and despite Little Shitler Camera Hogg and his sidekick Shaved Guevara, a devastating reporting confirms the need for armed teachers in the classroom. And not just with cans of mushy peas or spotted dick.

Not a lot going on overseas although the US vaporized a few dozen al-Shabab-sters in Somalia, the US pushes back against the UN wording of "reproductive rights" in that organizations texts, the Iranians are firing up old al-Sparqi as their "corruption courts" go into over drive (I guess corruption is a convenient way to define dissent downward over there), great news as Air-BnB confirms they still hate Jooz, but Texas' Governor Abbott tells CAIR "FOAD, Fouad!"

Domestically, the CBO indicates that the Prison Reform bill is looking like a shit-show, Corker and Menendez team up for old times sake to try and screw over Trump and his broadcast chief, but the FCC is considering some sort of state internet tax (wtf?!), and Susan Collins reassures us that Brett Kavanaugh's Planned Parenthood decision was totes cool. Feh.

Speaking of sleaze and criminals, a Disney actor has been fired after being arrested for trying to pick up a 13-year-old boy. Considering yesterday's wretch-inducing story about the 11-year-old drag queen, it won't be long before this actor is the next Rosa Parks.

In economic news, as Fed Chair Powell colludes with Soros, Buffett et al to intentionally tank the economy to screw Trump, labor shortages are a boon economically and politically vis a vis the blue collar vote, IBD with two links lamenting California's insanity and everyone's talking about Columbus, Ohio. At least City Journal is with a report on a midwestern renaissance.

In healthcare news, Friday's big Obamacare decision by Judge Reed O'Connor features prominently. John Borasso illustrates the feckless entrenched bureaucratic political bullshit we have to deal with in the GOP, and yet the thing is going to have to be dealt with one way or another and no doubt it will be back at SCOTUS. Considering the abject corruption everywhere in our government, and that Chief Justice Julia Crockovich has the integrity of grifting gyppo, the situation is still very much in doubt. But... Trump! Stay tuned (I know you will).

In Red-Green action, GOP lawmakers want Trump to fight Judge Buch M. Danno's ruling against the Keystone XL Pipeline. Plus, the FemiNazis are all sad that Joo-hate broke up the Women's March. Aww. From hither and yon, Netflix is poison to children, more on the gay writer who came out as conservative and got his ass handed to him (phrasing!), much less money for much Les Moonves and a lament about the Free Shit Army.

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

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Monday Overnight Open Thread (12/17/18 )

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Quotes of The Day


Quote I

Lying to the press isn’t a crime, and paying money to cover up an affair isn’t a crime, either, even if you’re running for president. If these were crimes, John Edwards would be on death row.Ann Coulter


Quote II

“So there’s plenty of opportunity for Republicans if they just pause, look at the world as it really is, and try to come up with something in the tradition of Lincoln and Eisenhower and other great Republicans.” Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA)

Quote III

“McSally strikes me as an unwise choice for a number of reasons,”

“She’s like an NFL team that plays down to its opponents’ level – and she’ll be tasked with running for re-election immediately. Ben Domenech


Because we know your late father-in-law was such a stalwart conservative standing up to the progressive movement.

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Pre-ONT Open Thread w/Kittehs

—Ace of Spades



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"Anti"Fa Attacks Two Hispanic Marines, Accusing Them of Being White Supremacists

—Ace of Spades

As Amber Athey notes, Don Lemon's and Chris Cuomo's defense of "Anti"Fa isn't aging very well.

Two U.S. Marines testified last week that they were attacked by a "mob" of Antifa members who mistook them for participants in a right-wing rally in November.

Alejandro Godinez and Luis Torres testified in a Philadelphia, PA courtroom that they were attending a local event for Marines last month when they were confronted by members of Antifa, including suspects Thomas Massey and Tom Keenan.

Keenan allegedly demanded to know if Godinez and Torres were members of the Proud Boys, a right-wing group that was demonstrating nearby at the time. Godinez explained that he and Torres are Marines, but said that, nonetheless, the group of 10 to 12 Antifa members began mercilessly attacking them.

According to the Marines’ testimony, their attackers started calling them "Nazis" and "white supremacists" while they punched and kicked them. Godinez shouted, "I'm Mexican!" which allegedly caused the attackers to start calling them ethnic slurs like "spic" and "wetback."

Godinez said he was maced, punched in the head and kicked in the ribs. When the attack was over, Torres called 911 and the pair went to the hospital. Godinez still reportedly has eye issues from being maced and said he may need surgery in the future to deal with his other injuries.

John Sexton already wrote this up on Friday. He also wondered anew when CNN would correct Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo and declare that antifa is indeed a violent mob.

And, on this subject, if you read one post today, make it Sexton's post on a former leftist radical explaining the lunacy that he was once part of. You can check that post out for key excerpts plus an interview on Tucker (though note, he's an intellectual type, not a performer; some will find his television manner dry), and if you like those quotes do read his entire essay at Quillette. It's a very insightful piece.

Unfortunately, toxicity in radical communities is not a bug. It is a feature. The ideology and norms of radicalism have evolved to produce toxic, paranoid, depressed subjects. What follows is a picture of what happens in communities that are passionately, sincerely, radically woke, as seen from the perspective of an apostate.

Faith

Commentators have accurately noted how social justice seems to take the form of a religion. This captures the meaning and fulfilment I found in protests and occupations. It also captures how, outside of these harrowing festivals, everyday life in radical communities is mundane but pious. As a radical activist, much of my time was devoted to proselytizing. Non-anarchists were like pagans to be converted through zines and wheatpasted posters rather than by Bible and baptism. When non-radicals listened to my assertions that nazis deserved death, that all life had devolved into spectacle, and that monogamy was a capitalist social construct, they were probably bewildered instead of enticed.

Instead of developing a relationship to God and a recognition of one's own imperfection, we wanted our non-anarchist families and friends to develop their "analysis" and recognize their complicity in the evil of capitalism. These non-anarchist friends grew increasingly sparse the longer I was an anarchist. They didn't see how terrible the world was, and they used problematic language that revealed hopelessly bad politics. Frustrated with them, I retreated further and further into the grey echo-chamber of my "chosen family."

Trent Eady says of his own radicalism in Montreal, "When I was part of groups like this, everyone was on exactly the same page about a suspiciously large range of issues." When my friends and I did have theoretical disagreements, they tended towards the purely strategic or to philosophical minutiae. Are cops human? If we pay attention to the few white nationalists in town, will that stir them up? Is polyamory queer, or privileged?

Deep and sincere engagement with opposing points of view is out of the question. Radicalism is like a clan too suspicious of outsiders to abandon cousin marriage, and, like incestuous offspring, radicalism's intellectual offspring accumulate genetic load.

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#MuhPrivateTechOverlords: Google's Search Term Suggestions Suppress "Emails" From Possible List of Searches Beginning "Hillary Clinton e-"

—Ace of Spades

Duck Duck Go suggests emails pretty near the top of the list.

So does Bing.

Google doesn't mention them at all.



The entire last 30-40 minutes of The Creepy Line is about Google's deliberate suppression of negative search results for candidates it supports, like Hillary Clinton. Throughout 2015 and 2016, Google kept all negative search results out of the top ten results for searches on Hillary Clinton.

Google of course allowed negative results to appear in searches for Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.

The psychologist/researcher Dr. Robert Epstein conducted four different studies to see how suppression of negative search results could sway an election -- one hypothetical one in Australia, one hypothetical one in the US, one real one in India during the Indian elections, and one real one in the US during the 2016 elections.

When he looked down a list of the first ten search results for Hillary Clinton, he noticed that all ten were biased in her favor. He said to the camera, approximately, "If I were doing this, I wouldn't have made all ten of the first results positive for Hillary. I would have been more subtle and included a couple of bad results so it wasn't so blatant."

He found that nearly everyone was influenced in favor of the candidate whose negative search results were suppressed, though not everyone who shifted in opinion towards Hillary Clinton would actually vote for her.

He estimated that the percentage of the population who could be swayed to actually change votes via this simple procedure -- which, I remind you, Google is already running on us -- is ten percent.

Few elections are even won by so much.

He also found that one group was especially persuadable by this technique:

Moderate Republicans.

Who, I posit, have a much higher than normal sensitivity about their status as proper and respectable people in society -- the What Will the Neighbors Think effect -- which may account for their higher-than-normal gullibility when Almighty Google tells them that All the Good and Smart People are only saying nice things about the Democrat.

But whatever, they're a neutral platform. It is written right there in the Constitution itself that trillion-dollar Monster Tech companies should be rewarded with lawsuit immunity based on a lie (that they are neutral platforms) while they deliberately work to manipulate the voting public of the US.

We've just conducted endless investigations into whether or not Russia spent a couple hundred thousand dollars on FaceBook memes to influence an election.

Let's not ask any questions at all about whether or not trillion-dollar monopoly Google is making interference in US elections one of his top corporate priorities.

The media has been writing news to appeal to Google and FaceBook for almost a decade now. The media needs to appeal to them to get their stories read.

What possible danger could their be in politicians crafting their policies to appeal to Google to induce that Internet Search Monopoly to suppress negative search results about them?

Why, none at all. #MuhPrivateMonopolisticTyrant must be protected.


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Bob Corker, Primary Director of Your Favorite RINO Failure Theater Productions: The Republican Party Must Remember What It Is, Which Is a Second Liberal Party Which Tries to Compete With the Clintons in the Field of Favors for Corporate Clients

—Ace of Spades

Maybe he'll run on the Iran Deal of which he was a primary architect.

"I do think we've got to remember what the Republican Party is," Corker said. "What's happening right now is not the standard Republicanism that we've had in our country for many, many years and it's very different."

Corker refused to rule out a challenge of his own to Trump, while also declining to say if the president should face a primary challenger at all.

"I want to get away from here and think about that," Corker said. "I think it's important to remind people that we’re going through an anomaly right now as it relates to much of the standard Republican focus that's been around for a long time."

He announced this on MSNBC, which is the chief employer of cucks after Pierre Omidyar.

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New York Times Casually Praises Conspiracy Theorist David Icke's Book About the Reptillian Conspiracy (And PS, the Reptilloids Are Jews)

—Ace of Spades

This was in a profile of Alice Walker, though, and we all know that the left has decided that black people cannot be racist or antisemitic, or, at least, should never be called on it.

We just went through this with the antisemitic leadership of the "Women's" March.

And the New York Times has learned nothing.

So here it goes again, promoting antisemites and hiding the truth of it from readers:

Over the weekend, the New York Times Book Review published a full-length interview with Alice Walker, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple. The very first question: "What books are on your nightstand?" Walker replied with four, the second of which was:
"And the Truth Shall Set You Free," by David Icke. In Icke's books there is the whole of existence, on this planet and several others, to think about. A curious person's dream come true.

This passed without comment from the New York Times interviewer, and the publication passed it on to the readers without qualification. This is rather remarkable because the book is an unhinged anti-Semitic conspiracy tract written by one of Britain's most notorious anti-Semites.

A former soccer player turned professional hate peddler, Icke is one of the most influential conspiracy theorists in Europe, and certainly in Britain. Today, he has over 777,000 followers on Facebook, and speaks to audiences around the world. Like many conspiracy theorists, Icke claims that a secret conspiracy controls the world. And like many conspiracy theorists, Icke claims that this secret conspiracy happens to be Jewish. In And The Truth Shall You Free, the word "Jewish" appears 241 times, and the name "Rothschild" is mentioned 374 times. These references are not compliments. Indeed, the book was so obviously anti-Semitic that Icke's publisher refused to publish it, and he had to print it himself.

In the book and elsewhere, Icke draws liberally upon the infamous anti-Semitic pamphlet, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion--a Russian forgery about an alleged global Jewish cabal that is widely considered one of the most influential anti-Semitic works in history. Magnanimously, Icke calls the hate tract by a different name....

So, is Icke anti-Semitic? Well, here are some other things that he says in the book:

* The Talmud is "among the most appallingly racist documents on the planet."

* B'nai Brith, the world’s oldest Jewish service organization, was behind the slave trade (an anti-Semitic canard popularized by Louis Farrakhan) and controls the Ku Klux Klan...

* Jews are behind anti-Semitic attacks: "If you really want to discredit someone, you arrange for anti-Jewish or anti-whatever events such as the smashing of graves, assaults on people, even a terrorist bomb in the extreme. You then point the finger at your target person or group. You say they are either directly responsible or 'incited' the actions by what they are writing and saying."

* Quotes and seconds the heinous assertion of Gary Allen–the John Birch Society spokesman and former George Wallace speechwriter–that Jews bankrolled their own extermination in the Holocaust...

* Calls on schools to teach the controversy about whether the Holocaust really happened: "Why do we play a part in suppressing alternative information to the official line of the Second World War? How is it right that while this fierce suppression goes on, free copies of the Spielberg film, Schindler’s List, are given to schools to indoctrinate children with the unchallenged version of events? And why do we, who say we oppose tyranny and demand freedom of speech, allow people to go to prison and be vilified, and magazines to be closed down on the spot, for suggesting another version of history?"

(Icke never does explain how Jews could have funded the Holocaust if the Holocaust didn’t actually happen.)

...

This is the book that Alice Walker recommended to New York Times readers.

It seems strange to me that the left has indicted the entire right for an antisemitism which scarcely exists and does so only at the fringiest of fringes, and yet when one of their own engages in straight-up, no-question-about-it Real-Deal-Holyfield antisemitism, they actively spread the doctrine.

David Icke isn't just anti-semitic, of course. He's also anti-reptilian.

Icke proposes that an inter-dimensional race of reptilian beings called the Archons have hijacked the earth and are stopping humanity from realising its true potential. He claims they are the same beings as the Anunnaki, deities from the Babylonian creation myth the Enuma Elis, and the fallen angels, or Watchers, who mated with human women in the Biblical apocrypha.

Icke believes that a genetically modified human/Archon hybrid race of shape-shifting reptilians, known as the "Babylonian Brotherhood" or the Illuminati, manipulate global events to keep humans in constant fear, so the Archons can feed off the 'negative energy' this creates. In The Biggest Secret (1999), Icke identified the Brotherhood as descendants of reptilians from the constellation Draco, and said they live in caverns inside the earth....

Icke states that the reptilians come from not only another planet but another dimension, the lower level of the fourth dimension (the "lower astral dimension"), the one nearest the physical world. It is from this dimension that they control the planet, although just as fourth-dimensional reptilians control us, they in turn are controlled by a fifth dimension. Barkun argues that Icke's introduction of different dimensions allowed him to skip awkward questions about how the reptilians got here.

Was this theory discussed in the book And the Truth Shall Set You Free that Alice Walker praises as essential nourishment for the mind? Why yes it was:

Icke briefly introduced his ancient-astronaut hypothesis in The Robot's Rebellion (1994), citing Milton William Cooper's Behold a Pale Horse (1991), and expanded it in And the Truth Shall Set You Free (1995), citing Barbara Marciniak's Bringers of the Dawn (1992).

It should be pointed out that many people think that given that Icke is both a Holocaust denier/Holocaust apologist, and a believer in world control by a shape-shifting half-reptilian race, he intends people to read his Lizard People theory as a disguised indictment of the Jews. But he insists that the Lizard People theory is not a "allegory," and he means actual Lizard People.

I don't know either way -- on one hand, it seems likely that when he talks about Jews controlling the world and shape-shifting reptilians controlling the world, he means these two to be the same group.

Also -- this video, which I've only skimmed, so I don't know if it's intended to debunk Icke or to promote him, shows Icke at a conference explaining that the Reptilians drink the blood of "blond-haired, blue-eyed people" to remain healthy. That sounds like barely-disguised Blood Libel about Jews drinking Christians' blood.

On the other hand -- he really does seem to be pushing his Reptilian conspiracy theory in earnest. And he also doesn't seem shy about peddling antisemitism right alongside the Reptilian stuff. So maybe they are distinct in his mind (though, I'd bet, his theory would then include Jews as the Reptilians' agents on earth).

Whatever he might mean by Lizard People, his stuff about the Jews controlling the world and financing their own Holocaust speaks for itself.

At least the New York Times thinks so -- and didn't bother to add even a parenthetical remark about Icke.

Exit Question: Should the New York Times be deplatformed by YouTube, FaceBook, Twitter, Google, and MasterCard? Why is the left permitted to engage in sly antisemitic propaganda without any penalty?

If Sargon of Akkad made such sly endorsements of David Icke, what position would YouTube, FaceBook, Twitter, Google, and MasterCard take on him?

PS: Don't bother asking Limpdicked Cucks David Brooks or Ross Douthat to comment on their newspaper's 2nd-base-under-the-shirt dalliance with the hardest of hardcore antisemitic conspiracy theories. They shake their pompoms for the New York Times as hard as S.E. Cupp shakes hers for CNN.

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Shocker: Starbucks' Anyone-Can-Use-Our-Bathrooms-Policy Results in Stores Locking Up Their Bathrooms and Denying Them to Everyone, Including Paying Customers

—Ace of Spades

What a nightmare for the people working at these places.

Speaking of nasty things people do in public toilets: Amy Schumer has vowed that she will no longer dress to look "super-f*ckable," as she previously did.

As she previously did, this here article says.

These words make no sense to me.

Actress Amy Schumer lamented how women in comedy need to look "super fuckable" in order to get attention in the industry in a new interview, saying that she won’t be dressing that way anymore during her standup comedy act.

In an article for Elle titled, "Amy Schumer Doesn"t Want To Look Fuckable,"...

Actually that's gonna be Suuuuper-easy, barely an inconvenience.

...the comedian said, "I'm so grateful to this younger generation for pointing out how little equality there is and how women, to get attention and be treated well, we've had to also try to look super fuckable."

"For me, I was trying to get people to stop flipping the channel, 'Oh, it's a girl in a short dress' then I hoped they would listen to what I was saying....

Then you took two swings at the ball and missed both.

"...The Leather Special was me kind of owning it and relying on my voice because I've earned the right and I have people's attention," the Trainwreck star said.

She looks like she smells like a donkey in a diaper.

And this is just lovely:

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Chris Cuomo: If I Have Any Failing At All, It's That I'm "Too Balanced" In My Coverage of the Trump Administration

—Ace of Spades

He might have added he's also too balanced mentally.

Well done. Great rep.

So here's Chris:

"They [CNN viewers] expect you to be anti-Trump, your viewers," Conway said to Cuomo.

"No, they're actually get frustrated with me because they think we're too balanced on this show," Cuomo responded. "They don't want me to have you on. They don't want me to have anyone from the administration. Trust me."

Did Chris Cuomo just throw his own viewers under the bus? Did he just claim "They're the ultrapartisan NPC robots, not me"?

I think he did.

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Oh: "Republican" PAC That Attacks Republicans Turns Out to Be Bankrolled By... Liberal Billionaires

—Ace of Spades

Ohhhhhhh.

What a surprise.

Lot of this going on, huh?

A prominent 'Republican' women's political action committee that regularly receives national media attention for its criticisms of President Donald Trump and the GOP is bankrolled by three liberal billionaire donors and activists, Federal Election Commission filings show.

Republican Women for Progress, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, was founded by Jennifer Lim and Meghan Milloy, both former employees of Republican organizations. The duo also previously founded Republican Women for Hillary and spoke at the Democratic National Convention in the past.

...

Despite Lim's claim that they were supported by donors across the political spectrum, the PAC does not show any Republican contributors after Hoffman's initial donation.

The PAC pulled in an additional $200,000 from Kathryn Murdoch, the progressive activist daughter-in-law of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, and $400,000 from Daniel Tierney, the president of Wicklow Capital, a Chicago-based investment firm, filings show.

Both Murdoch and Tierney are major donors to Democratic campaigns and PACs.

Hey, I wonder if any of these public-spirited billionaires want to buy a used magazine, slightly worn, barely read?

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Obamacare Going Back to Supreme Court, Now That Lower Court Has Ruled It Unconstititional

—Ace of Spades

Eighteen Republican states attorneys general and two Republican governors sued to strike down Obamacare, arguing that the original bullshit ruling upholding it did so by claiming that the tax power was broad, and that the individual mandate could be construed, sort of, as a tax, and ergo, Obamacare was a tax bill and was presumptively constitutional.

But since then, Congress passed, and President Trump signed, a law eliminating the tax that enforced the individual mandate -- the individual mandate still existed, in theory, but there was no penalty for ignoring it.

Thereby making Obamacare no longer a tax bill, and thereby stealing away Chief Justice Roberts' entire (phony) rationale for claiming an unconstitutional bill was unconstitutional.

A Texas federal judge agreed with this argument and voided Obamacare as unconstitutional.

"In some ways, the question before the Court involves the intent of both the 2010 and 2017 Congresses," O'Connor wrote in his 55-page decision. "The former enacted the ACA. The latter sawed off the last leg it stood on."

That decision is here.

Resolution of these claims rests at the intersection of the ACA, the Supreme Court's decision in NFIB, and the TCJA. In NFIB, the Supreme Court held the Individual Mandate was unconstitutional under the Interstate Commerce Clause but could fairly be read as an exercise of Congress's Tax Power because it triggered a tax. The TCJA eliminated that tax. The Supreme Court's reasoning in NFIB--buttressed by other binding precedent and plain text --thus compels the conclusion that the Individual Mandate may no longer be upheld under the Tax Power. And because the Individual Mandate continues to mandate the purchase of health insurance, it remains unsustainable under the Interstate Commerce Clause--as the Supreme Court already held.

Finally, Congress stated many times unequivocally--through enacted text signed by the President--that the Individual Mandate is "essential" to the ACA. And this essentiality, the ACA's text makes clear, means the mandate must work "together with the other provisions" for the Act to function as intended. All nine Justices to review the ACA acknowledged this text and Congress's manifest intent to establish the Individual Mandate as the ACA's "essential" provision. The current and previous Administrations have recognized that, too. Because rewriting the ACA without its "essential" feature is beyond the power of an Article III court, the Court thus adheres to Congress's textually expressed intent and binding Supreme Court precedent to find the Individual Mandate is inseverable from the ACA’s remaining provisions.

So, the Individual Mandate was "essential" to Obamacare and, being essential to it, the entire Obamacare law falls if this essential, non-severable part of it is struck down. As Roberts (and the rest of the Court) already ruled that there was no part of the Constitution (including the Interstate Commerce Clause) giving Congress such a huge power to simply order people to buy insurance, except for the power of taxation, the idea that the Individual Mandate was a kind of tax was the only justification for this mandate. Now that that's gone, there is no justification for Congress ordering Americans to make purchases, and that section of Obamacare is voided as unconstitutional, and because that part of Obamacare was "essential" to its function in total, the whole law falls.

That ruling, though, did not come with an injunction ordering the federal government and states to stop administering Obamacare. Only leftwing judges, usually from Hawaii, order the rest of the country to obey their decisions without further review.

The ruling is on the books, but will not be enforced until the Supreme Court agrees with it.

The problem, of course, is Roberts. Roberts invented a farcical excuse to rule the unconstitutional law constitutional -- changing his vote from one to strike down the unconstitutional law to one to preserve it after he got pressure from the Democrat media -- and if he was willing to engage in fantasy rule-making once to save Obamacare there's not much to discourage him from doing so again.

Sure, he already ruled that no other power but the taxation power could uphold Obamacare, but wait for the Democrat media campaign to start working on this pussy.

The Affordable Care Act -- and the multitude of regulations, taxes and benefits that come with it -- once again could be on the road to the Supreme Court after a Texas judge ruled the law unconstitutional.

The surprise decision Friday already has both sides of the debate posturing, with Democrats claiming the ruling is but a hiccup and Republicans suggesting this could be their chance, at last, to abolish the law -- which remains largely in place despite President Trump’s past claims to the contrary.

A Supreme Court ruling in their favor would be Republicans' only shot at overturning the law in the foreseeable future, with Democrats taking control of the House in January...


"A confirming Supreme Court Decision will lead to GREAT HealthCare results for Americans," Trump tweeted Monday.

[tweet follows]

@realDonaldTrump
The DEDUCTIBLE which comes with ObamaCare is so high that it is practically not even useable! Hurts families badly. We have a chance, working with the Democrats, to deliver great HealthCare! A confirming Supreme Court Decision will lead to GREAT HealthCare results for Americans!

If the court were to overturn the law, it would leave the Trump administration and a divided Congress in a remarkably difficult situation – scrambling to come up with an alternative that has eluded the law’s critics in Washington ever since its passage in 2010.

"We have a chance, working with the Democrats, to deliver great HealthCare!" Trump claimed.

Chuck Schumer promised to fight the court's ruling "tooth and nail," and will fight for a bill already pushed by super-conservative Joe Machin (thanks, West Virginia!) to permit Democrats in Congress to intervene in the lawsuit as interested third-parties.

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III introduced a resolution back in July that would authorize the legal counsel of the Senate to take part in the legal proceedings against Texas and the other states involved, including Manchin's home state of West Virginia.

It became a key issue for Manchin in part because his 2018 challenger was the state's GOP attorney general.

"This ruling is just plain wrong," Manchin said in a statement issued Friday night. "I look forward to its appeal to a higher court, and I intend to fight to ensure that the Senate has an opportunity to intervene to defend these critical health safeguards."

Democrats tried and failed to force a vote on the Manchin proposal in August, and a Manchin unanimous consent request to call up and pass the measure Sept. 5 faced objection.

All that bill would do is allow Senate Democrats to file their own brief in the case and that kind of thing.

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The Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

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"Ahoy! So it looks like the Weekly Standard has been hulled below the waterline and is now pretty much sunk. They've actually been sinking for a long time. The TWS site got less than a million unique visitors in April of this year. Those are terrible numbers. They went back up to over 2.5 million in September and October per month, but according to ace, this here blog gets 3-3.5 million uniques per month. I find that astounding. A maladroit hermit can put together a web site in his spare time that gets bigger traffic than a professional magazine that no doubt has spent millions of dollars to boost its online presence. Of course, adopting a business plan wherein you piss of 85% of your potential customer base probably wasn't the smartest choice."



Ahoy There On the Lido Deck! Rough Seas Ahead:

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Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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Harvesters Resting
Jean-Francois Millet

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The Morning Report - 12/17/18

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. Monday again, and while the Democrat-Left-Media Complex's political grandstanding and smear campaign surrounding their refusal to secure our borders causing a government shutdown (which in fact does not shut down and has essentially zero impact on anyone's life [more on that later]) and the death of a 7-year-old Guatemalan child killed by the stupidity and negligence of her parents attempting to break our laws by illegally jumping our border, something from out of left field is topping the news this morning.

Late Friday, Judge Reed O'Connor out of Fort Worth has ruled in favor of several states that brought suit saying that since the individual mandate is no longer enforceable, then the entirety of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, is therefore unconstitutional. The Dem-Left immediately went into freakout mode as did their Renfield-esque enablers and stooges allegedly on our side (see the link for Susan Collins belching up dreck on the Sunday shows). One of the big lies the Dems used in the run up to the midterms was that the GOP and Trump wanted to take away insurance coverage for those with pre-existing conditions. That was and still is a titanic lie since both have repeatedly and loudly claimed just the opposite. But now that the law is seemingly dead, at least in a coma until it makes its way to the Frankenstein lab of Chief Justice Errin' Crockovich, the political hot potato of what to do about it is in the hands of the President and the GOP. The former has taken to Twitter to try and force the issue on Congress while placing the blame for this crap totally on the Dems. While the concept of insurers covering people with pre-existing conditions is the same as demanding you be sold fire insurance as you sift through the still smoldering ruins of your house, I would be willing to compromise on this. I think this is a golden opportunity for both the President and the GOP to outmaneuver the Dems on this. I am no special pleader for insurance companies since they jumped into bed (willingly or not) with Obama to help him seize one-sixth to now, by some estimates, one-fifth of our economy so they could profit off of our servitude. But if Team Trump can craft actual free market reforms that cut the red tape and increase competition, the savings would more than offset what is in reality a welfare program for the heretofore uninsurable. Then again, I trust the GOP to cock-CoC-Koch this up as well. And then there's SCOTUS. Well, good news anyway for now on this front. And imagining Obama on the floor, hugging his knees, bawling his eyes out while shrieking obscenities at his legacy turning to shit is satisfying in and of itself.

Back to Amnesty, Immigration and Invasion where the big story is the blame game over the death of a Guatemalan child at our border. As stated, the Dem-Left-Media complex is attempting to blood-libel President Trump as well as equate the Border Patrol with the Einsatzgruppen (see the link from Rabbi Aryeh Spero about abusing the Holocaust as a political cudgel). Stephen Miller disabuses the media for that garbage quite well and I don't think most Americans are going to fall for it either. Meanwhile, Schemer, Palsi and their ilk are double-dog daring the President about the government shutdown and are promising that the border wall will never get funded. Again, this is another political win for Trump in that the base and I think growing numbers of Americans in general want the border secure. And as I articulated last week, it's a golden opportunity for this President to educate the American people on the totally political stunt a government shutdown is, as the link about GOP Rep Tom Massie illustrates (see the link in the First Amendment section). In any case, just use the DoD to build the wall as a defense priority.

A natural segue straight into politics, but first the scandal sub-set where we have the testimony from the two Marines describing being surrounded by Democrat Antifa goon squads, good news about the college student going up against the Chicago Dem machine and beating them, a story about the Embezzling Nuns (Dominique a'nique a'sneak?), a long rap sheet on the "mythical" electoral fraud that Dems say doesn't exist, and the highly profitable non-profit AARP. Elsewhere, the government is already 75% funded through 2019, the "Republican" PAC that's a leftist front group, this Ilhan Omar dame is a real piece of work, a CNN poll shows bad news about impeachment mostly for CNN, NJ Dems are planning on swiping the state for good, the nightmare of a Doomberg reign, John Hickenlooper polishes a turd, ie his resume, and can the GOP be a working class party?

In First Amendment and Fake News fakery, Jeffrey Lord looks at more attempts to stifle Tucker Carlson and other voices on our side, devil worshipping in stage capitals, the government shutdown myth, and lamenting democracy in the big social media age.

To the Mueller witch hunt and coup against the President, how the FBI leaked to CNN and then used the network's report about their leak as a pretext to secure that fraudulent FISA warrant, with all the revelations about Mueller and the crooked FBI, where does Michael Flynn go to get his life back, and in case you were not aware, Michael Cohen is a truly loathsome insect. Lastly, a very cromulent question why he plead guilty to non-crimes.

Over at the foreign desk, Israel discovers yet another terrorist tunnel, an Iranian general has an oopsie, A look at India's elections, John Kerry's Farsi friend boasts about how to go around sanctions with this one neat trick and the Pope smokes dope. Meanwhile the President will be looking at a potential murder charge of a former Green Beret in the death of an Afghani while on duty there.

Back over here, the retooling of the White House staff begins with PDT tapping Mick Mulvaney to fill in as chief of staff, with Ryan Zinke effectively purged, a look at his accomplishments at the Interior Dept., 86% o government spending is... automatic?!, economic growth and haealth care, a warning about the financial sector, SCOTUS to review a challenge to the SEIU, where did all that polio come from, CDC?, the mayor of Pittsburgh as well as the state of New Jersey want you disarmed and dead (but your money first), Daniel Greenfield on Los Angeles' disastrous homeless policies, a trial date is set for a suspect in a gruesome torture/rape/murder case, the cops nab someone who menaced a synagogue in North Hollywood with a machete, Amazon's green initiatives mean red ink, the government does not feel your literal pain and the transgender madness can be and will be lethal to children.

From hither and yon, Farrakkkahn goes ape over Leah Rimini Scientology documentary showing link to Nation of Islam, Hamilton actor loves FALN terrorist and lastly, another great outing from Victor Davis Hanson on the globalists that hate us.

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

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Sunday Overnight Open Thread (12/16/18 )

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Quotes of The Day


Quote I

“We have a moral obligation to admit the world’s poor, they tell us, even if it makes our own country poorer and dirtier and more divided,”Tucker Carlson


Quote II

“As a country, we need to stop pretending that the same doors open for everyone, because they don’t. I’m not a person of color. And I haven’t lived your life or experienced anything like the subtle prejudice, or more overt harm, that you may have experienced just because of the color of your skin.” Sen. Elizabeth Warren, (D-MA)


Quote III

Not onward, Bill—downward. It’s over for you and your ilk.

We hate Kristol not only due to the aggressive Never Trumping, but also due to the fact that he seemed more than willing to believe it was righteous and conservative to send American soldiers over to die on Israel’s behalf. And he had the sort of spite for America’s indigenous working class that fairly begs for our hatred:
"Look, to be totally honest, if things are so bad as you say with the white working class, don’t you want to get new Americans in?….[A]fter two or three generations of hard work everyone becomes kind of decadent, lazy, spoiled—whatever. Then, luckily, you have these waves of people coming in from Italy, Ireland, Russia, and now Mexico, who really want to work hard and really want to succeed…."-Bill Kristol
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Gun Thread: MOA vs Mils [Weasel]

—Open Blogger

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Math? I was told there would be no math!! Why is there math here?!

Last week, discussion in the comments turned to measurement conventions for riflescopes; MOA or Minutes Of Angle, and Mil or Milliradian. It occurred to me that not everyone may be familiar with the two and exactly what each is referring to. So at the risk of introducing math to the thread, let's take a look, shall we?

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Food Thread: Primitivo And Pig: A Match Made In Heaven

—CBD

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Back in the day, Zinfandel was a poorly understood grape that was used mostly to make insipid white wines that had some residual sugar. Pretty boring and crappy. But there were an intrepid few in Northern California who understood how good the grape could be. Some of them were the Old Italian grape growers who knew of the grape from Italy, where it is called "Primitivo."

Now of course the slim-hipped hipsters have discovered Zinfandel and it is no longer a lovely secret, and the prices have skyrocketed. But the Italian version is still reasonably priced, and it can be a great drink. I was in Hoboken recently for dinner, at an old-school Italian restaurant that served the classics...and did a really good job of it. They had a Primitivo on the menu for not very much money, and it was a pleasure to drink. Fruity and big and without the sere qualities that too many modern wines aspire to.

So all of you wine drinkers out there, give it a try. Don't spend too much...my favorite wine store has two...a nice one for $11 and a fancy-bottle one for $17. A cursory check on the internet has dozens for less than $10, so they haven't gone mad with pricing like the California Zins.

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Cognitive Dissonance: How Does The Left Manage It?

—CBD

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Perhaps I wasn't dropped on my head enough as a child, but I simply do not understand how the willing fools of the Left square this circle.

I will be trying this at my next family gathering...it should be worth a few chuckles.

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Angela Merkel's Legacy Will Be The Rise Of The Fourth Reich: Muslim Style

—CBD


There are leaves on the trees, so this isn't recent, and I cannot imagine that the German authorities did absolutely nothing...just the bare minimum. But the tone in Germany has changed; of that there is no doubt.

Perhaps Merkel is pleased, perhaps she is simply overwhelmed, perhaps she is confident that she can ride the tiger. I wonder what the typical German thinks? Are they pleased with the direction their country is taking? Do they look into the future of their children and grandchildren and have hope?

I doubt it.

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 12-16-2018

—OregonMuse

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Biltmore Library, Asheville, NC


Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes, wine moms, frat bros, and everybody who's holding your beer. Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, a weekly compendium of reviews, observations, and a continuing conversation on books, reading, and publishing by escaped oafs who follow words with their fingers and whose lips move as they read. Unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these pants which are advertised as Thanksgiving Pleated Drumsticks Pleated Pants, and you can see why. Ugh.

(h/t KT for today's library pic)


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EMT 12/16/18

—krakatoa

Either I've gone sane, or the world has gone crazy.

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Saturday Overnight Open Thread (12/15/18)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Saturday Night Joke

When I was young I decided to go to Medical School. At the entrance exam, we were asked to rearrange the letters PNEIS and form the name of an important human body part which is most useful when erect. Those who said SPINE are physicians today. The rest of us went to the Corner Bar for a pitcher of beer...

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Saturday Evening Movie Thread 12-15-2018 [Hosted By: TheJamesMadison]

—OregonMuse

A.I. Artificial Intelligence: A Revisitation

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For those of you who pay very close attention to what I list I've been watching (which is hopefully previous few), you may remember that a few months back I went through the entirety of Stanley Kubrick's filmography in about two weeks. It was a wonderful experience since I love the man's movie's so much. But that experience birthed an idea in my mind that germinated for months until I finally followed through on it last week. I rewatched A.I. Artificial Intelligence, one of several films Kubrick had toyed with for years while leaving it unfinished.

In 1979, while Kubrick was filming The Shining in England, Steven Spielberg was also filming Raiders of the Lost Ark on the same studio lot. On a day when the lot was largely deserted, Spielberg and Kubrick found each other. In 1979, Spielberg was the wunderkind of Hollywood who had made Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, but Kubrick was still the man who had made 2001: A Space Odyssey and Dr. Strangelove. Spielberg was in awe, and Kubrick was very open, inviting the younger filmmaker to see some parts of the sets and inviting him to dinner. The two became friends for the rest of Kubrick's life.

It wasn't merely a personal relationship that developed, but a proto-professional one as well, for when Kubrick began toying with the idea of making a movie about a robot boy, he included Spielberg in many conversations. At one point in the early 90s, Kubrick even tried to convince Spielberg to make the film himself, insisting that the material was closer to the younger filmmaker's sensibilities that Kubrick's, but Spielberg never fully committed. There were rumors that Kubrick was going to take up A.I. as his next movie after Eyes Wide Shut, but we'll never know if that's for sure.

As a tribute to Kubrick after his death, Spielberg took on A.I. as his next project.

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Chess Thread 12-15-2018

—OregonMuse

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Another pic of WIM Ivette Garcia Morales

As always, the chess/dress pr0n thread is an open thread, so there is no such thing as an off-topic comment.

Easier Problem - White To Play (212)

Goal: White can force a mate in two
Hint: Make sure the black king stays in the corner


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Ace of Spades Pet Thread

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Good afternoon and welcome to the almost world famous AoS Pet Thread. Does today's opening photo ring a bell?

So grab yourself a beverage, relax and enjoy the world of animals.

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Saturday Gardening Thread: Not much time before Christmas [KT]

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Hello, gardeners and friends of gardeners! Are your yard and garden ready for Christmas?

The squirrel above, busy getting ready for winter, was photographed by one of my Swiss friends in a park in the USA. Not sure where. He wasn't writing in English.

If only those little critters were not so destructive.

Hurricane season is over in South Carolina. Thank goodness. My niece and her husband returned to Brookgreen for their Nights of a Thousand Candles.

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They want to be understood [KT]

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Happy Saturday! Today's musings turned out to be about the efforts of people on The Left to be understood, mostly.

Social Media

I am finding interesting things at Quillette on a regular basis now. The image above is from a piece on the travails of someone from The Left in dealing with Twitter.

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Time For Coffee And Some News

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Wow, it's Saturday morning already. Good morning Horde. Let's take a look at a few stories that didn't get too much attention this past week here at the AoSHQ.

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Can the Super-Conservative Former Weekly Standard Staffers Find Anyone to Leak to Besides CNN?
They've leaked like a sieve to CNN for two weeks. Do they not know any conservatives? Or are all of their contacts and twitter pals media liberals?
The first big leak was also to Oliver Darcy -- this one, Steve Hayes' self-serving, written-to-be-leaked, mea-non-culpa, barely-disguised job application to the liberal media which pretended to be about the TWS staff but which was really all about what a great hire Steve would make for The Atlantic. And they've been leaking to CNN ever since. Really strange because I keep being told that they're the Only True Conservatives Left In America but they don't have anyone on their Leak Rolodexes besides Brian Stelter and Oliver Darcy.
And oh -- about that claim that Hayes kept the site from giving away its virtue to the lure of clickbait...
It wasn't even an original take -- he just swiped the very conservative opinion journal Vanity Fair's headline from the week before
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Oh here it comes/That funny feeling again winding me up inside/Every time we touch/Hey I don't know/Oh, tell me where to begin cause I never ever/Felt so much
Hint: First look at a band with a new frontman
Your Highly Educated, Super-Intelligent Betters in the Journalism Class Can Do No Wrong
Oh, except that they claimed that the QAnon "borrowed" the phrase "And the truth will set you free" from David Icke's book title, rather than, you know, recognizing that both got the aphorism from a rather more influential source-- JESUS TWO THOUSAND YEARS AGO
So smart. Please sign me up for your ridiculous newsletter which you laughably call a newspaper.
'Laverne & Shirley' star Penny Marshall passes away at 75. RIP [Weirddave]
Theresa May: There Will be No Second Referendum on Brexit
On the other hand, a FT article notes that she is exploring delaying a vote on her Brexit plan from March 29th to as late as July 2... Apparently July 2 is a hard deadline because that's when the new European Ministers of Parliament would be sat. And if Britain hasn't elected any in May (as it would not, if it were leaving the EU), then they'd have no representation in the EU Parliament, which would create legal problems for May.
Scottish Parliament Orders Their Cafe to Stop Selling Gingerbread Men and Start Selling Gingerbread Persons, to Fight Sexism
Apparently this is how the Scottish Parliament is fixing the problem of 30% of females in the Parliament saying they've been sexually harassed
Scotland is terrible. This is embarrassing. I'm embarrassed that they're not embarrassed.
NeverTrump Grifter Rick Wilson Now Going on Lavish Junkets to... Qatar
LOL! No one saw this coming. I expect a lot of NeverTrumpers will soon be making the pilgrimage to Money Mecca and living the high-life in Doha, Sex in the City 2 style, and they'll come back telling us how important it is for the Iran-Turkey-Qatar axis to be in control of the Middle East. Because of Principles, see??!!!
Israeli Company Reports New Method Destroys Cancerous Tumors Linda Sarsour gets a lump in her... throat. [J.J. Sefton]
This video is a jokey one about whether or not the release of The Last Jedi created the worst December 15th in history. He ranks it among other terrible December 15ths. But this entry on the list is the most nightmarish kidnappping I've ever heard of and I'm very surprised I haven't heard of it before. Content warning for real horror. Vicious, horrifying crime.
Interesting Thread: 1, a Random Anonymous Account Once Again Goes After Salena Zito, In Order to Defend His Great Pals at the (Former) Weekly Standard; 2, a Reporter Comes in to Tell Him He Knows For a Fact of At Least One Weekly Standard Staffer Who's Engaged in Coordinated Political Messaging with a Political Party
Speaking generally on the subject of journalistic integrity: It's astonishing to me that Jim Swift felt comfortable -- protected, even -- promoting the hit on a fellow journalist at TWS' sister publication Washington Examiner. Why would he feel comfortable doing that? I don't even pay my cobloggers and they are quite scrupulous about not going after someone they know is associated with the blog. They could, but they don't. I mean, I could "fire" them, but what do they care? It's an unpaid volunteer gig.
So why did Jim Swift feel like it was okay to go after Zito? He could actually be fired from a paying job, one would assume, for joining, without permission, a scalp-hunting operation for the employee of a sister magazine.
I've asked this before, and I'll ask it again: Was there a firewall between TWS and Bill Kristol's other, largely Omidyar-funded political operations? Or did Kristol just casually recruit people being paid by Clarity Media to do some ops for him? I actually don't know --but Bill Kristol had his fingers in two different pots, the independent journalism (supposedly) pot and the paid political operations pot, two pots that must not mix in any real "journalistic" endeavor, and no one has ever even bothered denying that sometimes these might blur together. No one has ever explained what protocols were in place to prevent such a thing and keep TWS business from mixing with Kristol's side-gigs.
Does no one else care about this, even a little bit, or does everyone in the know understand and accept that this is just how the donor-supported establishment "conservative" media rolls and has always rolled? Is no one shocked by the payments by Google and "partnerships" with FaceBook (which result in stalwart defenses of Google and FaceBook) because everyone understands they're all whores for money and you can't blame a whore for putting out for rent?
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