June 28, 2016

Al Qaeda Advisory to Terrorists: Make Sure You Attack Straight White People Or Obama Will Call It a "Hate" Crime and Deny Us the Credit


Obama is so determined to not call terrorism terrorism that terrorists have to change their targeting just to get some blame for their murders.

n an article first reported by The Foreign Desk, Al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) called for more self-directed Muslim terrorists to kill in America. But the article, titled “Inspire guide: Orlando operation,” tells terrorists to “avoid targeting places and crowds where minorities are generally found” because if gays or Latinos appear to be the targets, “the federal government will be the one taking full responsibility.”

So when ISIS strikes a bunch of white people, you can credit Obama for having chosen the target.

You may remember that Obama has bragged that he's very good at targeting which people to kill.

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At Least 10 Dead, 40 Wounded in Terrorist Attack at Istanbul Airport


They never stop coming.

Update: 10 now reported dead.

It is now reported that two suicide bombers were attempting to enter the airport, but were fired upon by security/police. They then detonated their bombs. I suppose that means the carnage was less than it was planned to be.

Another Attack: A female suicide bomber woulds 13 near Grand Mosque in Turkey.

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And Now a Word from British Toonces


From @MWR, this twinkie.

He looks as you'd expect.

(Old Toonces sketch here.)

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EU Schemers Have Exactly the Right Medicine for Citizens Sick of Technocratic Busybodies Ruling Their Lives: Even More Powerful Technocratic Busybodies Ruling Their Lives


Democracy is for the Big People.

The foreign ministers of France and Germany are due to reveal a blueprint to effectively do away with individual member states in what is being described as an "ultimatum".

Under the radical proposals EU countries will lose the right to have their own army, criminal law, taxation system or central bank, with all those powers being transferred to Brussels.

Controversially member states would also lose what few controls they have left over their own borders, including the procedure for admitting and relocating refugees.

The plot has sparked fury and panic in Poland - a traditional ally of Britain in the fight against federalism - after being leaked to Polish news channel TVP Info.

The public broadcaster reports that the bombshell proposal will be presented to a meeting of the Visegrad group of countries - made up of Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia - by German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier later today.


Britain voted to leave the European Union in an historic referendum last Thursday
Responding to the plot Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski raged: "This is not a good solution, of course, because from the time the EU was invented a lot has changed.

“The mood in European societies is different. Europe and our voters do not want to give the Union over into the hands of technocrats.

“Therefore, I want to talk about this, whether this really is the right recipe right now in the context of a Brexit."

Only true "elites" have grandly retarded ideas like this.

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Oh Look! Another Know-Nothing Sports Figure Demonstrates That He Does, Indeed, Know Nothing [CBD]

—Open Blogger

I am an absolutist when it comes to the 2nd Amendment. I am even uncomfortable with felons who have served their time being denied the ability to defend themselves. And yes, that is a contentious topic that can be discussed rationally. Just like other parts of gun control can be discussed with well-meaning opponents of the 2nd Amendment. I know, I know, they don't exist....but they really do. I have had discussions with knowledgeable people who are willing to consider my viewpoint, but simply disagree.

And that is fine.

But people like Steve Kerr, who are profoundly ignorant of even the most basic facts about guns are incapable of having rational and reasoned discussions, and he clearly demonstrates his abject, blinding stupidity here. Warriors coach Steve Kerr on gun control: 'Our government is insane'

When 90 percent of our country wants background checks on gun purchases and we've got our senate and our house not only voting it down but using the Bill of Rights as a reason for people to have rights to carry these automatic weapons, and we're getting people murdered every day at an alarming rate.

I'm shocked...SHOCKED...that our congress is referring to the founding documents when they protect our rights. I honestly have no idea why they didn't just pick up the phone and call Steve Kerr...he clearly has a handle on the issue, and we should all be grateful that he not only is a great coach, but he knows the Constitution too! My God...the man coached the Warriors to a record-breaking regular season and then took that incredible momentum into the play-offs....and got his ass kicked by an inferior team.

Yeah....Steve Kerr got out-coached. So his intellect is clearly not top-notch, especially when all he had to do was run an offense a little bit more sophisticated than playground basketball. But he couldn't even do that, and we are supposed to take him seriously as a critic of our basic rights?

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GOP Releases Major Report on Benghazi, Fingering Hillary Clinton


And you know how distasteful that can be.

I'm just catching up with this now.

Also see Steve Hayes contrasting the public lies and private truths told by Hillary Clinton.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]

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Dale Chihuly

[Hat tip: AtC]

And something a bit more traditional below the fold....

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Overnight Open Thread (6-27-2016)


Quote of the Day I 

Interviewed by Kyle and Jackie O on the KIIS Radio Network on Wednesday, the Opposition Leader was asked whether he'd ever been inside a strip club.
"I have," he began, confidently enough, before going to water altogether.
" ... once or twice, way back in the day, uni days.
"I left once I realised what it was."

-- Australian opposition leader Bill Shorten explaining that he was shocked, shocked to find naked women dancing in establishments targeted at gentlemen

Quote of the Day II

Today, you can see Wynton Marsalis playing mid-60s-era cool jazz in freeze-dried form at Lincoln Center. Or as Mick Jagger quipped when he inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, "Jean Cocteau said that Americans are funny people: first you shock them, then they put you in a museum." As with rock and roll and old media's Newseum, which John Podhoretz accurately dubbed "The News Mausoleum," once a genre builds a museum for itself, it's effectively over as a creative form.

-- Ed Driscoll explaining why jazz qua jazz is dead

Why The Brexit Polls Were So Off

Cameron and the Remain campaign made a final mistake. At one point, Cameron's pollster tweeted that virtually every intelligent person thought leaving the EU a stupid idea. After the horrible murder of the Labour MP Jo Cox, "Stronger In" became "Kinder In." The implication was that people concerned about immigration or just not happy being governed from Brussels were narrow-minded, xenophobic, or worse.

When you try to delegitimize somebody's vote, you don't change his mind, only his willingness to talk about it. The effect was to understate Leave in the polls. Of the nine final polls, seven showed Remain in the lead, with Remain's pollster showing a ten-point lead. The same effect was present in exit polls commissioned by hedge funds, which led to Brexit campaigners prematurely conceding the result of the referendum and to markets confidently pricing in a Remain win. There was a spiral of silence at work which deceived the Remain camp about where it stood and the campaign it should have fought.

Why the Bookies Got It So Wrong Over Brexit

Some big money bets were made on Remain while lots of smaller bets were made on Leave. And bookies set the odds to divide the money evenly so they're guaranteed a profit off of the vigorish. (h/t to Christopher Taylor)

So if most of the cash went on Remain, as it did, bookies would have to follow the money and make Remain the favourites.

Which meant that what Mr Shaddick called "The supposed helpful side effect of these markets, their potential to help understand the probabilities of the various outcomes," was just that - a side effect, and the not main aim of the odds set.

Ahead of voters going to the polls, all the bookies warned that favourites sometimes lose.  (They might be more likely to win, but their victory could not be guaranteed.)

And the bookies all agreed that while three-quarters of the £40 million eventually gambled on the referendum was placed on Remain, when it came to counting individual flutters, bets on Leave far outnumbered punts on staying in the EU.

Was the #Brexit Do-Over Petition the Greatest Internet Troll Ever?`

Russia is Severely Harassing US Diplomats All Over Europe

From sending agents to private social events to following their children around to breaking into their apartments and rearranging furniture and killing their pets.

Why? Because Putin has Obama's number: He's a pussy. And therefore the US under his leadership is also a pussy.

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Shocker: Judicial Watch Unveils Even More Clinton Work-Related Emails Which She, Get This, Deleted


The pattern seems to be that she deleted emails about her illegal email system.

And she's claiming those are "personal."

Indeed. Crime is a personal kind of thing.

An additional 165 pages of emails from Hillary Clinton's time at the State Department surfaced Monday, including nearly three dozen that the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee failed to hand over last year that were sent through her private server.

The latest emails were released under court order by the State Department to the conservative legal advocacy group Judicial Watch. The batch includes 34 new emails Clinton exchanged through her private account with her deputy chief of staff, Huma Abedin. The aide, who also had a private email account on Clinton's home server, later gave her copies to the government.

The emails were not among the 55,000 pages of work-related messages that Clinton turned over to the agency in response to public records lawsuits seeking copies of her official correspondence. They include a March 2009 message where the then-secretary of state discusses how her official records would be kept.

"I have just realized I have no idea how my papers are treated at State," Clinton wrote to Abedin and a second aide. "Who manages both my personal and official files? ... I think we need to get on this asap to be sure we know and design the system we want."

In a blistering audit released last month, the State Department's inspector general concluded Clinton and her team ignored clear internal guidance that her email setup violated federal records-keeping standards and could have left sensitive material vulnerable to hackers.

The audit also cited a then-unreleased copy of a November 2010 email Clinton sent Abedin in which the secretary discussed using a government email account, expressing concern that she didn't want "any risk of the personal being accessible."

Meanwhile, Citizens United is also accusing the State Department of delaying the release of emails involving "Diane Reynolds," which is actually Chelsea Clinton's nom de cybercrime.

A watchdog group asked a federal court on Thursday to order the State Department to expedite its release of Chelsea Clinton-related records, arguing that at the current rate it would take the department 38 years to produce all the documents.

Citizens United has been suing the State Department to turn over correspondence between department officials and Chelsea Clinton, who used the pseudonym “Diane Reynolds” in many of her emails. It is also asking for emails between State Department officials and the Clinton family’s long-time aides Amitabh Desai, Justin Cooper, and Oscar Flores.

The D.C. district court ordered the State Department to release portions of the records to Citizens United on a rolling basis every four weeks, but did not specify an end date to complete the production.

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President of the EU Parliament Slams Britain For "Violating the Rules:" "It Is Not The EU Philosophy That The Crowd Can Decide Its Fate"


Democracy can't be left in the hands of the filthy commoners.

Zero Hedge also excerpts this good Matt Taibi column about "the elites" (sneer quotes definitely sneering) who are constantly seeking little exceptions to the democratic practice in certain circumstances-- those circumstances being every single time they don't get their own way.

David French wonders if the filthy commoners aren't getting to the point of offering the (sneer quotes) "elites" the exact same level of loyalty the "elites" offer they themselves.

Is it any wonder that citizens of one of the greatest and strongest nations in human history would recoil from an international order that was proving mainly that it could enrich an elite without seeming to lift a finger to preserve the nation’s core values and traditions -- the very things that had made it great and strong? Is it any wonder that citizens of other great countries are -- wondering what loyalty they owe to that same elite?
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The "Elites" Are Revolting


Elizabeth Nolan Brown on the "elites" no longer even bothering to pretend they're interested in democracy.

The transnationalist cosmopolitans of both the left and right have tapped their Inner John Olivers and they're ready to shove aside the consent of the governed and just rule by fiat.

This is as ugly an anti-masses sentiment as I can remember. And the consequences of it are likely to be dire. Ordinary people are effectively being told they're too dumb for politics. And democracy is being treated as a negotiable commodity that can be cast aside if we the stupid people make the wrong decision. This is a species of tyranny. The mask has slipped. Our normally conscientious elite, feeling bruised and aloof after the referendum, has dispensed with its usual platitudes about "respecting all views," and shown that beneath the polite veneer there lurks an ancient fury with the least and the dumbest; with the masses; with the people.

This piece similarly collects up the "elites'" fury at their inferiors.

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Third Most Spoken Language Map [CBD]

—Open Blogger

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Most of them are not surprising, but a few are real head-scratchers. Pacific-Island languages in Utah?

Anyway, it's a fun diversion to try to figure out exactly why some of these languages are spoken in each state.

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DoJ Mandates "Unconscious Bias" Awareness For Agents, Lawyers



The U.S. Justice Department will announce on Monday that more than 33,000 federal agents and prosecutors will receive training aimed at preventing unconscious bias from influencing their law enforcement decisions, department officials told Reuters.

The training will bring Justice Department employees in line with many local police departments across the country that have implemented bias prevention plans following a spate of shootings of unarmed black men by white police officers.

Nationwide protests following those shootings blamed police bias for unnecessary use of force against minorities.

Maybe part of this bias training could involve stripping the left of its right to riot. The government seems to believe the left has such a right. Over and over again, we see the left rioting without any legal consequences; now they're actually assaulting people, and even stabbing them.

And still the government gives the Space to Destroy.

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Supreme Court Unanimously Sets Aside Bob McDonnell's Corruption Conviction, Saying Jury Instructions Made It Too Easy to Convict


The Court leaves intact the possibility of a new trial, so he's not out of the woods yet.

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Merkel Wants to Block Countries from Following Britain Out the Door


General exit?

Angela Merkel has said the EU needs to stop other countries following Britain out of the door amid market fears that the bloc is 'no longer governable' after Brexit.

The German Chancellor told her conservative party board in a conference call that it was necessary to prevent other European Union members going down the same path as Britain.

Merkel is also said to have revealed that international financial markets are concerned the EU is 'no longer governable' in the wake of Britain's exit vote.

She added that it was not the right time to pursue a quick deepening of cooperation between euro zone member states.

The EU should instead act on popular concerns such as securing the bloc's borders, creating jobs and improve internal security, she said.

By the way, a British butcher is now selling meat in pounds and ounces.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]

—Open Blogger

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Three Figures Pink And Gray
James Abbott McNeill Whistler

This guy's range was impressive. From soft, gauzy works like the above, to impressionistic landscapes to crisp and detailed realism (look for "Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1"). He could do it all.

Well, he couldn't hit a curve ball, but that's beside the point.

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Overnight Open Thread (6-26-2016)


Quote of the Day

Remember, the police and the FBI cannot protect you. They can only avenge you. You have to protect yourself.

-- WeaponsMan commenting on the long list of missed signals that Omar Mateen was destined for some kind of Sudden Jihad Syndrome.

Nigel Farage's Life's Work Comes to Fruition as the UK Votes for Brexit

For over 25 years he's been relentlessly making the case that Britain should leave the EU, a position long considered so extremist and out there that it was simply unthinkable. But last week a majority of Britons agreed with him and voted for Brexit.

Few men have endured the sheer amount of official scorn, mockery, revilement, and unhinged criticism over the years that Farage has. But he persevered on anyway. His entire life has been one giant unsafe place and stands in rebuke to all the university snowflakes who get the vapors at even a hint of disagreement. Ironically without a seat in parliament to fall back to his very success in getting Britain to leave the EU could mean the end of his political career at least for a while.

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The EU's Potemkin Democratic Structure

It's an oligarchy in all but name. Most of its intrusive rules come from unelected bureaucrats and are never put to a vote.

Jean-Claude Juncker has been the president of the European Commission for the last couple of years. He presides over a population of nearly 500 million -- well, 500 million minus 64 million as of today.

Do you know how he was elected? He wasn't.

His fellow commissioners, all baker's dozen of them, went into a room, closed the door, and appointed him. As with all European commissioners, the people didn't hire him, nor can the people fire him.

Like all commissioners, he lives tax-free at public expense and enjoys an essentially unlimited expense account.

The EU has never presented the world with a certified budget, because it is so rife with corruption that the accountants cannot get (or are told not to get) to the bottom of it.

EU Leaders Order Britain to leave 'As Soon as Possible' as Commission Chief Juncker Warns Split 'Won't be an Amicable Divorce'

Why the EU was hated Part I


Why The EU was Hated Part II: EU To Ban Electric Tea Kettles and Toasters After Brexit

For being too energy 'inefficient'. Note that they held off announcing this until after the referendum since it's exactly the kind of thing that would drive the tea-and-toast-loving Brits nuts.

The UK's Probable Future Prime Minister Was Hounded by America's IRS For So Long That, in Disgust, He Renounced His Dual American Citizenship Last Year

Because Boris Johnson was born in the US and lived there for several years as a child the IRS came after him nearly 50 years later demanding back taxes for his income and house sale in Britain.

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How The Times Have Changed [Mis. Hum.]

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53 years ago today, June 26, 1963, President John F. Kennedy gave his famous speech in West Berlin in which he said, "Ich bin ein Berliner". President Kennedy stood for freedom.

A little over 29 years ago, on June 12, 1987 another US President stood with freedom and the West Germans.

As of April 2016 we had this. A man who lectures our allies on their freedoms.

Oh yeah, on top of that he throws like a girl.

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Sunday Evening Chess/Open Thread 06-26-2016 [OregonMuse]

—Open Blogger


Good afternoon morons and moronettes, and welcome to the Sunday Evening Chess/Open Thread, the only AoSHQ thread with content specifically for all of us chess nerds who pay homage in the temple of Caïssa, goddess of bughouse and blitz chess. And, for those of you who aren't nerdly enough for chess, you can use this thread to talk about checkers, or politics, or whatever you wish, only please try to keep it civil. Nobody wants to get into a pie fight on a peaceful Sunday afternoon.

And sorry I'm a day late with this, I was out of town all day yesterday.

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Oops, I Meant Black Mates In 1

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And for those who might be stuck on this, I've provided a hint that you can see if you swipe the blank space past the word 'Hint:' on the line below.

Hint: Underpromote

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Food Thread: You Know What's Really Going To Leave A Mark On All Of Those $15/hr Minimum Wage Workers? Robotic Pizza Making [CBD]

—Open Blogger


There are already functional and efficient hamburger makers, not to mention robotic ordering systems. So the writing is on the wall, but these guys are expanding the horizon to a traditionally hand-made product, and they think they can do it better, not just more efficiently. Inside Silicon Valley's Robot Pizzeria

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Riot Thread [Y-not]

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The Food Thread should be going up soon, but there's a riot going on in Sacramento, so here's a thread for that.

It's a very confused situation, but I gather that there was a "Nazi mega rally" scheduled and that (Leftist) counter protesters started attacking anyone they suspected of being part of that protest.

I'll update this thread as things become clearer.

**Updates below the fold**

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Nevada Senate Race [Y-not]

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While we wait for the rest of the cobloggers to sober up make bail, here's a quick thread to amuse you.

According to the Cook Political Report Senate race ratings, the Democrats have a good shot at re-taking the Senate. However, two seats currently held by Democrats might flip: Nevada (which they rate as a tossup) and Colorado (which they rate as a leans Democrat). Although there's some concern about the GOP losing the Senate, I thought it might be instructive to look at the Republicans' prospects of flipping Harry Reid's old seat.

Here's what Harry Enten from FiveThirtyEight had to say the week before the state primary:

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Greg Gutfeld Drunk-Tweets and It's Epic [Y-not]

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I will cut and paste the text of his ensuing tweets below for those of you who have trouble loading embedded tweets:

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 06-26-2016: Corruptions [OregonMuse]

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Baldwin's Book Barn, West Chester, Pennsylvania

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Attack of the Clintons

So the Hillary! campaign is reported to be in damage control mode because of this book, Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate by Gary Byrne, which actually won't be released until the 28th.

But haven't we heard all of this 'Clintonia' before, all of the screaming hissy fits, the non-stop horndoggery, the throwing of weighty objects, the dissing of the military and also of the Secret Service assigned to protect them? I'm thinking of Partners in Power: The Clintons and Their America by Roger Morris, which came out in 1999:

The author pulls no punches, dealing openly with allegations of cocaine use in the Governor's Mansion during the Clinton years, screaming and profane fights between the two Clintons, and a compromise on Hillary's part to live with Bill's hundreds of one-night stands in order to attain her goal of First Lady.

There's also On the Make: The Rise of Bill Clinton by Meredith Oakley that covers his Arkansas governorship, and whichever editor came up with that title really should've been fired.

Unlimited Access : An FBI Agent Inside the Clinton White House by Gary Aldrich, which came out in 1998. Aldrich, who spent 30 years with the FBI, the last five as an agent responsible for background checks on White House staff. His primary concern was the lax security in the Clinton White House, but also, I think this is the book that described how one of the Christmas trees inside the White House was decorated with drug paraphernalia.


The point is, none of these books did any real damage to the Clinton Sleaze Machine, which just keeps rolling along. Priapus survived impeachment and his loathsome wife has been an ambulatory canker sore on the body politic ever since. There's just no getting rid of her. But considering the track record of these tell-all books, the best response by team Hillary! to this new one would've been to simply ignore it, and have faith that the MSM would have their backs. That's the way it's always worked out in the past, so why not now? The fact that her team is now desperately trying to smear the author just gives credence to his charges.

You know who's also got a new book coming out? Dinesh D'Souza. His latest, Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party will be available on July 18th, probably to coincide with the release of his documentary of the same name.

From her Alinskyite past to her hopes for America's progressive future, the presumptive Democratic nominee is revealed to be little more than a political gangster intent on controlling the nation's wealth. D'Souza chronicles the sleazy ascent of the Clintons and makes clear what some voters have long suspected: that Hillary is far more dangerous and corrupt than Bill ever was.

After watching the trailer, it's obvious that they put a lot of money into it. Also, D'Souza is trying to bring to debate the sleazy history of the Democratic Party, which there has never really been a public discussion about. Because the gatekeepers would rather prefer not. Don't know if D'Souza will be able to force the issue, my guess, probably not, but God bless him for trying.

The question is, is D'Souza's book and movie about the Clintons specifically, or the Democratic Party in general?

And I think the answer is yes.

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EMT 6/26/16 [krakatoa]

—Open Blogger

Mason jars or tin cans?

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Saturday Night Overnight Open Thread (6/25/16) Summer Edition [Mis. Hum.]

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George Will Leaves The Republican Party: Who Gives A Rat's Ass? [CBD]

—Open Blogger


George Will Leaves the Republican Party over Trump

And here is our country's best-known conservative pundit's genius advice:

Asked...to recommend what conservative anti-Trumpers should do now, Will said: "Make sure he loses."

Now, I am not the scholar of American History that George Will is, but a rational and informed reading of that advice could be changed to: "Make sure Hillary Clinton becomes president."

If Trump loses at the convention, in spite of having the required number of delegates for a first ballot nomination, then Republicans all across America will smell a rat. Yes, it can be done, but it will be extremely difficult without fracturing the coalition that is required to elect a Republican in November.

Let us be honest about good ole' Georgie of the blue-jeans hate and the pompous bow ties....he wants Hillary to win because it will solidify his position as one of the trusted retainers in the court of the almighty Dollar, and he doesn't care who sits on the throne. Hillary isn't ideal, but Georgie will still make his money and be fêted by the media and those in real power. Only if Trump wins will Will's position be threatened, and we simply cannot function as a free country if George Will is not on TV 15 times each week!

But there's more!

But what about that last-gasp reason, resonant among many of the legal thinkers at the libertarian/conservative Federalist Society, for backing even a revolting Republican -- the Supreme Court? Will's answer was revealing: "Sure, but I'm also concerned with the fact that I do not really believe Republicans think clearly enough about what they really want in judges...having a Republican president is not an answer in itself."

Oh, you stupid flyover people. Just climb back into your pickup trucks and throw the old dog in the back and go hunting. The mandarins in Washington will take care of you, because you are too stupid to know what is best for America.

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Ace of Spades Pet Thread [Misanthropic Humanitarian]

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Soul? They are all soul. How can you reject a ginger like that? (I'll let you in on a little secret. I haven't been able to say no for 34 years. Thank you Mrs. MH)

So everybody, thank you for stopping by on the first Saturday of Summer to see what's happening at the AoS Pet Thread. As usual, a little of this, a little of that. Check out the happenings.

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Saturday Gardening Thread: Just Peachy [KT]

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Greetings to gardeners, farmers and those who like farmers' markets, fruit stands, flowers or shade trees. Welcome to the first Saturday Gardening Thread of the year following the Summer Solstice. Do you feel any different?

Last week, Dave at Buffalo Roam wrote:

The hot weather is here and the sweet corn is probably finished this weekend. I put up 48 ears today. But we have Fredericksburg peaches! God bless Texas.

Then he wrote in response to my query:

Fredericksburg peaches are yellow, cling stone and so juicy it runs down your neck.

Mmmm. Those peaches sound good. Anybody who has a local source for peaches is fortunate. If you have your own tree(s), even better! More on peaches and nectarines later in this thread.

Do you live where it is too cool in summer to grow flavorful peaches? Maybe you could grow a beautiful scented tuberous begonia in peachy tones to admire while sipping a nice peachy-flavored beverage.


John Smith Scented Tuberous Begonia

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Thread below the Gardening Thread: Summer [KT]

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Serving your later Saturday morning open thread needs


Strawberry Moon

The full moon over our shed (no, it's not a cow shed) last Monday was gorgeous. I'm kind of sorry I didn't remember that it was the night of the summer solstice. Not so sorry I missed the revelers at Stonehenge or the religious celebration parade in Santa Barbara. There are still some . . . elbows in the video at the link above for the Morons, though. In spite of some draconian restrictions on art in this celebration.

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There's Something You Don't See Everyday [Y-not]

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In case you missed it, West Virginia got hammered by flooding last week. 26 people are now confirmed dead:

A 1,000-year flood

The high terrain along rivers in southeastern West Virginia are exacerbating the flooding, meteorologists said.

Weather radar estimates show that more than 10 inches of rain have fallen in portions of Greenbrier County. There is a 1 in 1,000 chance of this type of rainfall happening in any given year, according to the National Weather Service.

In Kanawha County, which includes the capital of Charleston, the Elkview River crested at 33.37 feet Friday morning, meteorologists said. The river rose more than 27 feet from Thursday afternoon to Friday morning, the highest crest since record-keeping began more than 125 years ago, according to the National Weather Service.

One of the most amazing images from West Virginia is below the fold:

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EMT 6/25/16 Fluck the fu edition. [krakatoa]

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So this past week in Denver would have been much more pleasant without the flu cropping up on Monday.

Nothing like spending a week away from home to work "on site", have to quarantine in a hotel the whole time, finish the gig anyway, and realize you could have done it all from home with its stocked medicine cabinet in the first place without the 18 hours of travel.

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Friday Night Overnight Open Thread (6/24/16) UK Invasion Edition [Mis. Hum.]

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Cheerio Morons!

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The more the people shout that they don't want further mass migration, the harder the self-alleged elite shuts its ears and insists these racists don't know their own best interests.

Which is something that Obama likes saying about people he disagrees with. Strangely, many conservatives seem to think this Obama-ish habit is charming and winning when they practice it.

If any one person drove the United Kingdom out of the European Union, it was Angela Merkel, and her impulsive solo decision in the summer of 2015 to throw open Germany--and then all Europe--to 1.1 million Middle Eastern and North African migrants, with uncountable millions more to come. Merkel’s catastrophically negative example is one that perhaps should be avoided by U.S. politicians who seek to avert Trump-style populism in the United States. Instead, the politician who most directly opposes Donald Trump--presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton--is doubling down on Merkelism.

Hillary Clinton’s first reaction to the Supreme Court decision on executive amnesty looks at the issue exclusively and entirely from the point of view of the migrants themselves: “Today’s heartbreaking #SCOTUS immigration ruling could tear apart 5 million families facing deportation. We must do better.” That U.S. citizens might have different interests—and that it is the interests of citizens that deserve the highest attention of officials elected by those citizens--went unsaid and apparently unconsidered. But somebody is considering it. And those somebodies, in their many millions, are being heard from this year: loud, clear, and angry.

Meanwhile, we might soon have #Frexit, #Itexit, and #Nexit.

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Ben Domench: How the Establishment (and Would-Be Establishment, the Aspirational Establishment Types) Delude Themselves Into Thinking All of Their Failures Are Huge Wins the Public Should Be Grateful For


This crew has only two modes: failure and then self-flattery for that failure.

Really sharp -- and nasty -- piece by Ben Domench.

Consider it well in light of the #Brexit fiasco. The Masters of Europe were all pretty certain they were delivering great value to the citizens of Europe -- and when the citizens of Europe told them otherwise, they consoled themselves by reassuring themselves that mere citizens are idiots, barely above animal level in reasoning power, and entirely unequipped to rate the performance of the True Elites.

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Mike Flynn, RIP


Out of the blue, with no warning, my friend died yesterday.

At the end of the post, Larry O'Connor offers his tribute to Mike.

He was a really good guy. He leaves behind a wife and a combined family of his daughter and his wife's kids. May God guide them.

Educational Fund: "American Patriot Mike Flynn passed away June 23rd unexpectedly from a heart attack, leaving behind a wife and four children. Please consider a contribution to assist with education expenses for the children." Link to the GoFundMe page here.

Thanks to Y-Not for that.

[Update - Andy]: We had Mike Flynn on the podcast almost exactly a year ago. It's a great interview and gives a glimpse into what a great guy he was. Download | Stream from podcast site

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Hillary Clinton's response to the Benghazi Report. Tone deaf witch. [Mis. Hum.]
Orlando attack timeline of terror. 2:02AM Shots fired. 5:15AM Subject down. How can you defend "gun free zones"? [Mis. Hum.]
Never wear white military uniforms after Labor Day in Libya. Good Lord. [Mis. Hum.]
SCOTUS declines to hear religious liberty case. A country found on religious freedom appears to have swung 180 degrees. [Mis. Hum.]
MEPs boo Nigel Farage insults in European parliament “Virtually none of you have ever done a proper job in your lives.” [CBD]
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Norwegians known for stinky fish are now known for something else. Check out the record world's biggest bonfire. No word if they roasted lutefisk. [Mis. Hum.]
"Decades in the future, historians will look back on this investigation as a case study in how not to conduct a credible investigation," the Democratic members wrote. "They will showcase the proliferation of Republican abuses as a chief example of what happens when politicians are allowed to use unlimited taxpayer dollars -- and the formidable power of Congress -- to attack their political foes."Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, pure as the wind driven snow in Benghazi attack. [Mis. Hum.]
David French, writing about today's SCOTUS ruling: Crazy Right-Wing Supreme Court Rejects Government Regulations "There you have it, ladies and gentlemen. The regulatory state should tremble in fear. There is now 'no reason to believe' that additional regulations would affect wrongdoers." [Y-not]
9 INSANE Things In The New Democratic Party Platform "Another joint proposal calling on the Department of Justice to investigate alleged corporate fraud on the part of fossil fuel companies who have reportedly misled shareholders and the public on the scientific reality of climate change was also adopted by unanimous consent." [Y-not]
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