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April 28, 2015

Governor Hogan: I Wanted To Send In the National Guard Immediately, But Mayor Space-To-Destroy Dragged Her Feet

—Ace

Asked why he was slow in sending the National Guard-- and can you believe the I Believe Trayvon media is complaining about a too slow law enforcement response?! -- Maryland's Governor Hogan wasn't having it.

Some questioned why it took so long for the Guard to be activated, to which Hogan responded that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was slow to make the request. He said he executed the request 30 seconds after it was made. Rawlings-Blake had initially said she wanted to give to protestors the "space to destroy" their environment.

...

"When the mayor called me, which quite frankly we were glad that she finally did, instantly we signed the executive order. We already had our entire team prepared," he said. "We were trying to get in touch with the mayor for quite some time, she finally made that call and we immediately took action."

In Katrina, the Democrat Mayor, the Democrat Governor, and the Republican President could all be argued to have some degree of authority for the response to the emergency -- but the Mayor and the Governor had the most, and the President could not act without their asking.

Nevertheless, the media decided the President was guilty.

In this case, the Mayor is Democratic, the President is Democratic, and the Governor is Republican.

Who will the media decide was too slow in reacting this time, I wonder.

By the way, I just heard from Limbaugh: You know where Mayor Space-to-Destroy graduated from?

Oberlin.


Update: This update was in the last post, but in case you didn't see it, here it is again:

It's all Republicans' fault, says Obama.


As JWF's article notes, what's foremost on Obama's mind is "restraint" by police, because so far, that Space to Destroy policy is working great.


Oh, and there's this:

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Posted by Ace at 01:40 PM Comments



Obama Press Conference: "We As a Country Need to do Some Soul-Searching;" Some Police "Aren't Doing The Right Thing"

—Ace

On now, essentially validating the rioters.

Another point: As usual, Obama acts as if he is simply a commentator or blogger. He speaks about the riots as if his role is entirely one of analysis or to provide inspiration.

I didn't hear him say anything about taking action to actually stop the rioters.

He does say that those stealing aren't "making a statement," but are merely stealing.

Oh God -- he's claiming that the media (and society) are to blame, because "one burning building" is put on a "loop" on news shows, whereas the people "doing the right thing" weren't shown on TV.

Yes, Obama, the media should focus on the people doing the normal things they're supposed to do.

Update: It's all Republicans' fault, says Obama.


As JWF's article notes, what's foremost on Obama's mind is "restraint" by police, because so far, that Space to Destroy policy is working great.



Posted by Ace at 12:53 PM Comments



1. Iran Boards Marshall Islands-Flagged Ship
2. The Marshall Islands are In Free Association With the US; The US is Treaty-Bound to Protect Them
3. Obama Administration & Media Start Shouting "The Ship Wasn't US-Flagged!"

—Ace

There seems to be a lot of shouting from the Pentagon, from the Obama Administration, and from Obama's outsourced communications shop (the media) that the ship boarded and seized by Iran is not a US ship:


Or see here:

American officials have denied media reports that a US cargo ship had been seized by the Iranian navy.

...

However, a Pentagon spokesman said a Marshall Islands-flagged ship had been boarded by the Iranian navy.

But funny thing, I remember seeing the Marshall Islands on maps, and whenever I see it on a map, the map says:

Marshall Islands (U.S.)

In fact, a simple look-up on Wikipedia confirms the Marshall Islands are in "free association" with the United States, and has its defense provided for, by treaty, by the United States.

In fact, citizens of the Marshall Islands serve in the US Armed forces:

The COFA allows the United States to operate armed forces in Compact areas, to demand land for operating bases (subject to negotiation), and excludes the militaries of other nations without U.S. permission. The U.S. in turn becomes responsible for protecting its affiliate nations and responsible for administering all international defense treaties and affairs...

Commentators have noted that the ongoing presence and recruitment efforts of the U.S. military in the Compact areas [which includes the Marshall Islands] may have resulted in the high level of military enlistment by Compact citizens. For example, in 2008, the Federated States of Micronesia had a higher per-capita enlistment rate than any U.S. state, and had more than five times the national per-capita average of casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan (9 soldiers out of a population of 107,000).

Though once a US territory, the Marshall Islands became independent in 1979. Nevertheless, it is still in such close "free association" with the US that the US Postal System delivers its mail.

It is true that this ship was not "US flagged." However, it is flagged by a country which was until recently a US territory, and which the US is treaty-bound to defend, particularly as regards its maritime commerce.

But I don't hear the media or agents of Obama (but I repeat myself) making that clear -- all they're shouting is that the ship wasn't a US ship.

They are acting as if the Marshall Islands are a completely different country, in order to diminish how provocative an action Iran has taken, and to spare Prince Barry further embarrassment and further difficult questions.


More: The Pentagon, which is now simply Barry's Club for Men Who Dig Uniforms, is saying, essentially, "It was the ship's fault" for going into "Iranian waters."

However, Morgen Richmond points out that while Iran claims almost the entirety of the Strait of Hormuz is "Iranian waters," US presidents haven't accepted this claim before.

Is Prince Barry making new concessions about Iran's territorial waters now, too?


Posted by Ace at 11:46 AM Comments

Arguments Begin In the Supreme Court in the Ultimate Gay Marriage Case

—Ace

The issue before the court is whether states even have the right to define marriage as "one man, one woman" at all.

If they decide "no" on that question, gay marriage is the law of the entire country.

Notice that the question presented isn’t whether the Constitution recognizes a right to same-sex marriage, per se. Instead, the question posed is whether there is a right to marriage between two people. And if marriage is defined as a union between two people, it is a foregone conclusion that the Court will conclude that it should be permitted between two people of the same gender. The counter-argument is that "marriage" isn't just a union of "two people," but inherently and necessarily a union of "one man and one woman."

On FoxNews, they reported that Anthony Kennedy, a big-time Swinger, had just made this statement in oral arguments: "The definition of marriage has been the same for millennia... it is hard to say, 'We know better.'"

That said, I think this big Swinger will wind up saying just that. This is just some rhetorical throat-clearing to show he's "really considered the issue."

More: Ruth Bader Ginsburg has of course already announced her vote.

Posted by Ace at 10:55 AM Comments

Open Thread

—rdbrewer


Winslow Homer, "Among the Oaks" (1886)

Posted by rdbrewer at 10:22 AM Comments

Morning Thread (4-28-2015)

—Andy

Ahhh, I see project Burn Baltimore to the Ground continues apace.

Posted by Andy at 06:54 AM Comments

Overnight Open Thread (4/27/15) [tmi3rd]

—Open Blogger

Hi guys. Me again, and Maet should be back from his assignment somewhere around the end of next week.

If you can believe this, I still have stuff I didn't use from last night, so let's dive right in...

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Posted by Open Blogger at 10:50 PM Comments

The Culmination of Obama's America: "Space to Destroy"

—Ace

Obama gave ISIS space to destroy. He also gave space to destroy to the IRS.

The mayor will be speaking in a press conference soon to explain she didn't mean to say "we gave them space to destroy" when she said "we gave them space to destroy."

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Posted by Ace at 07:35 PM Comments

So Now They're Cutting Firehoses, to Keep Fire Fighters From Putting Out the Fires They Set

—Ace


And thanks to @comradearthur, this is a great way to watch the End of America -- Anthony Cumia (formerly of Opie & Anthony) is adding deadpan commentary to the news stations' video feeds.

Posted by Ace at 06:58 PM Comments

Live Video as One of America's Largest Cities Enters Third Day of Riots

—Ace

Via HotAir.

The most biased channel on the riots at this moment is FoxNews, where Global Warming Expert Shep Smith is lecturing all and sundry that riots are useful and educational protests and that it would be very wrong to ask "civil rights leaders" to tell the rioters to stop.


How much longer will FoxNews' viewers accept the channel being hijacked by an MSNBC personality whenever there's breaking news?

I haven't seen an unjustifiably smug lefty surrounded by so many computer screens since my last visit to an Apple Store.

(Though I bet you any amount of money the heavily made-up Smith was watching "Nerd Prom" instead of the riots on Saturday night.)

Update: Governor Hogan (R) activates the National Guard.

Orioles game cancelled.


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Posted by Ace at 05:49 PM Comments

Is It Time to Formally Separate America Into Two Or More Sovereign Countries?

—Ace

The fascist SJWs, and their easy way with all corporations (such as GoFundMe), plus Saturday night spurred me to say aloud what I've thought to myself for years:

It's time to begin seriously discussing secession.

As the man says: the center cannot hold.

No one actually seems happy in this national marriage.

It's time to admit this and separate.

Update: GoFundMe has taken down another fundraiser page for another Christian besieged by radical homosexual zealots.

Posted by Ace at 05:16 PM Comments

GoFundMe Blocks Fundraising for Embattled Baker Who Refused To Make Gay Wedding Cake, Citing "Hateful" Acts

—Ace

They shellacked Sweet Cakes by Melissa, a Christian-owned business, with a $135,000 fine for refusing to bake a gay wedding cake.

So people tried to chip in -- through GoFundMe -- to pay that fine.

And the "Jalverts of the SJWs," as Rod Dreher calls them, demanded GoFundMe block the use of its site for this purpose.

And GoFundMe -- which now enters the list of companies which must be boycotted and hopefully destroyed -- complies.

So, there we have it: the Social Justice Warriors, not content to have driven this bakery out of business, are now trying to prevent people from giving the bakers money to pay their monumental fine. It is not enough for the SJWs that the Klein family business was destroyed. And it is not enough that the Kleins are now struggling to feed their five children, and facing a $135,000 fine that will probably drive them to bankruptcy.

Nope, the progressive stance is now to grind those people to dust, in the name of social justice.

And yet Hillary Clinton took millions and millions in "charitable donations" despite being a legislator who could block gay marriage -- and claimed the desire to do so, until the polls on the issue shifted in 2013.

Great video showing Hillary "evolve" precisely as the polls changed.


Posted by Ace at 04:08 PM Comments

Clinton's Charity Only Spends 10% of Its Billions on Actual Charity

—Ace

It does seem to spend an awful lot of money on "other" expenses, and lots of money for Clinton travel.

Clinton Upkeep is apparently the "charity's" main point. Indeed, it has long been alleged that this "charity" has always been chiefly a way to keep Hilary's Government-In-Waiting on her payroll through 2000's, until she could put them all on the official government payroll again.

If you take a narrower, and more realistic, view of the tax-exempt group’s expenditures by excluding obvious overhead expenses and focusing on direct grants to charities and governments, the numbers look much worse. In 2013, for example, only 10 percent of the Clinton Foundation’s expenditures were for direct charitable grants. The amount it spent on charitable grants–$8.8 million–was dwarfed by the $17.2 million it cumulatively spent on travel, rent, and office supplies. Between 2011 and 2013, the organization spent only 9.9 percent of the $252 million it collected on direct charitable grants.

Sean Davis goes through a very steep drop-off in actual charitable expenditures, and concludes:

In just a few short years, the Clinton's primary philanthropic project transitioned from a massive player in global pharmaceutical distribution to a bloated travel agency and conference organizing business that just happened to be tax-exempt.

Over at Hot Air, Ed Morrissey reports that the head of the Sunlight Foundation calls the Clinton "charity" a "slush fund."

The Sunlight Foundation -- a charity watchdog -- sees the Clintons' charity as mainly a charity for the Clintons.

As Jon Gabriel of Ricochet told us on our award-winning podcast*, another charity watchdog-- Charity Navigator -- simply refuses to give the Clinton Fund For Political Ambition any rating at all, because:

We don't evaluate Bill Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

Why not? We have determined that this charity's atypical business model cannot be accurately captured in our current rating methodology.

Many people continue spinning this by claiming that Bill and Hilary don't take a salary from the initiative.

But this is bullshit.

First-class air travel paid for by the charity? Luxurious offices? Constant meetings with major political donors?

This is like claiming that the White House itself is not a luxury for the occupant to enjoy, simply because the serving president doesn't own it.

No, but he controls it during his presidency, and has the sole beneficial use of it.

Similarly, the Clintons' billion dollar "charity" provides them with dozens of workers who arrange anything they might like, swank offices, frequent fundraising and networking opportunities, and first class travel accommodations to wherever the Clintons' personal political ambitions might required them this week.

It's ridiculous to claim that the Clintons don't profit from this.

To be honest, if you could have the use of a billion-dollar organization and all its luxe appointments without actually owning it, so much the better for you: Then you get all the benefit of that organization without having to pay taxes on it.


Posted by Ace at 01:55 PM Comments

Rogue Prosecutor John Chisholm, Union-Connected Partisan Behind Wisconsin's Evil "John Doe" Intimidations, Now Suggests That Walker Should Be Prosecutable as a Criminal For Criticizing The John Doe Investigations

—Ace

If Scott Walker is any kind of a man and a real contender, he will move heaven and earth to cast this vicious partisan out of office.

This is what Walker said, correctly:

“They were looking for just about anything. As I pointed out at the time, it was largely a political witch hunt.”

John Chisholm was informed of the remark, and now threatens to prosecute the Governor for criticizing him:

"As to defamatory remarks, I strongly suspect the Iowa criminal code, like Wisconsin’s, has provisions for intentionally making false statements intended to harm the reputation of others,” Chisholm said in a statement Saturday responding to Walker's comments. <

Note Chisholm states -- not by accident -- that Wisconsin has such a provision. He is therefore threatening to a new prosecution of the governor for criticizing his lawless witch-hunts.

This is an outrage. Enough.

Step One: Pass a law permitting a jury to strip a prosecutor of civil immunity if he is found to have acted with malice in pursuing an alleged political crime.

Step two: Pass another law permitting a prosecutor to be prosecuted and jailed for ten years for acting with malice in pursuing an alleged political crime.

We'll fix your wagons, buddy.

Posted by Ace at 11:56 AM Comments

Open Thread

—rdbrewer


Ferdinand du Puigaudeau, "Pont-Aven in the Moonlight" (1890)

Posted by rdbrewer at 10:24 AM Comments

Morning Thread (4-27-2015)

—Andy

Vast right-wing conspiracy -- assemble!

Posted by Andy at 06:25 AM Comments

Overnight Open Thread (4/26/15) [tmi3rd]

—Open Blogger

Hi there, Morons and Moronettes. I'm tmi3rd, and I'm your assigned host for this evening while Maetenloch is on assignment.

For Morons who are unfamiliar with me, I've been here for about a decade (!), and I usually post about hurricanes that are going to strike the continental US... ergo, you haven't seen much of me in the past eighteen months.

Anyway, we've got plenty of stuff for you this evening... let's dive in! More below the fold...

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Food Thread: Yes, "Food Babe" Is In Fact An Idiot [CBD]

—Open Blogger

mac and cheese.jpg

Kraft recently caved to pressure from Vani Hari (The Food Babe) and her army of ignorant sheep. They are removing that intriguing combination of yellow food dyes that create that unmistakable and marvelous color.

For many Americans, the color of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese is the color of childhood. Nothing triggers nostalgia like the sight of a steaming plate of sticky pasta, as unnaturally orange as a nuclear dawn.

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For a limited time, buy your horse genitalia mod for the low price of $100 (Gaming Thread)

—Gang of Gaming Morons!

Welp, Valve and Bethesda in their glorious fashion is rocking the boat on mods by having an option for modders to be able to charge for their work. Now, on the face of it, it doesn't sound all that bad as you would be hard pressed to see why someone like SureAI (frankly, SureAI should have money thrown at them to be a proper dev) shouldn't be getting paid for their total conversion mods for Oblivion, Fallout 3 and Morrowind as they make whole new worlds with Bethesda's creation toolset. But considering the standard method of the cottage industry is free mods with tip jar links, this is quite the disruptive bomb to be throwing at a community that has been plugging along for years keeping games that are having their lives extended by these mods. All on the basis of Valve and Bethesda wanting 75% of whatever these mods can make when sold. And of course if you're looking for one of the dumber things, Valve hand waved away the ethics problem of modders being able to charge for their mods which also use other people's mods to work (a lot of Elder Scroll and Fallout mods are iterative work of older mods). Of course this lead to the expected, the modder got upset of someone profiting off his work and had the other guy pull his mod off the Workshop (he also pulled it off the giant mod repository, Nexus Mods as well). Though with this turn of trying to grab money, Valve's continued aversion to mods like Beautiful People is a bit interesting as it's far and way one of the most downloaded mods for Skyrim.


Like every thing that Valve has done over the last 7 years or so, this whole ball of wax is unneeded and not thought out. Don't get me wrong, Bethesda is scummy in wanting half the cut of revenue but Valve's gee willikers attitude (while being a monolith in PC gaming) of throwing shit at the wall is basically on the verge of killing the strongest modding community in PC gaming which neither of the two companies really seem to have any respect for with this move

And for Gabe Newell (head of Valve/Steam) who has always claimed to not be a shuckster (which people revere as Lord GabeN in misguided delusion), he comes off as quite the shuckster in the AMA he ran to quell fears.

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 04-26-2015: Mostly Politics [OregonMuse]

—Open Blogger


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Dickens' Dream by Robert William Buss


Good morning to all of you morons and moronettes and bartenders everywhere and all the ships at sea. Welcome to AoSHQ's stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread. The only AoSHQ thread that is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Or kilts. Kilts are OK, too. But not tutus. Unless you're a girl.

I learned from watching the movie Hereafter that this 1870 watercolor painting depicting a sleeping Charles Dickens surrounded by the characters from his novels is on display in the Charles Dickens Museum in London. The small size here doesn't do it justice. You really need to see a larger version to get the full effect.


New Hillary! Book

The MSM is all a-twitter over the fact that Hillary! isn't being embraced by the masses.

In addition to the requisite political bio or manifesto by the likes of candidates including Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz and former Governor Jeb Bush, there will be a new category in the pub world: the anti-Hillary book.

Oh my. Somebody dared to write a book critical of Hillary! and her brazen grifting? Le horreur! So who is this nefarious bad person?

This man. His latest book, Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich, is not even out yet, but are condemning it in advance because it asks the question

In 2000, Bill and Hillary Clinton owed millions of dollars in legal debt. Since then, they've earned over $130 million. Where did the money come from?

So it sounds like this book on the Clintons if of a piece with a couple of his earlier ones, namely Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets and Throw Them All Out: How Politicians and Their Friends Get Rich Off Insider Stock Tips, Land Deals, and Cronyism That Would Send the Rest of Us to Prison.

Incidentally, did you know that our senators and representatives in Washington DC are exempt from insider trading laws? Yes, indeed they are.

Also, why does the article mention only Republican bios? Doesn't Elizabeth Warren count?


Whodunnit?

Or, more accurately, whosolvedit?

Because IE decided to take one of its periodic dumps right when I was finishing up, I don't know what my score was on this famous detectives quiz, but I was doing so poorly, it couldn't have been much higher than 50%.

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Early Morning Thread 4/26/15 [krakatoa]

—Open Blogger

These "weekends" need to be re-evaluated. Two days just doesn't do it for me anymore.

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Overnight Open Thread (25 Apr 2015)

—CDR M

So Lena Dunham is still claiming to be a rape victim. I seem to recall the rape from her book 'collapsed under scrutiny'. I would think Variety could find a real rape survivor to honor no?

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Posted by CDR M at 09:53 PM Comments

Who Will Stand? [OregonMuse]

—Open Blogger

Good article over on First Things about the SJW howling mob and its victims, and who will stand up to it?

Who, indeed?

The lynch mob is now giddy with success and drunk on the misery and pain of its victims. It is urged on by a compliant and even gleeful media. It is reinforced in its sense of righteousness and moral superiority by the "beautiful people" and the intellectual class. It has been joined by the big corporations who perceive their economic interests to be in joining up with the mandarins of cultural power. It owns one political party and has intimidated the leaders of the other into supine and humiliating obeisance.

Obviously, there is no hope that the GOPe will actually do anything like, you know, stand up and publically defend their constituents whose lives and businesses are being destroyed. No, they're never going to do anything like that. So I'm not talking about them. Rather, I'm talking about "good guys" on our side like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul and Scott Walker and Trey Gowdy. Has any of them used whatever bully pulpit they have to denounce the lynchings? Not that I have heard, but maybe I've missed it. I happened to be taking some time off work when the Indiana RFRA was passed and the howling mob swarmed all over Memories Pizza. I thought I was following events pretty closely, and I did not hear one, not one, GOP politician of national stature stand up for the owners of this small business. I was disheartened by this, but again, maybe somebody did speak out and I just missed it.

When things like this happen, I feel like I'm in a 'Mad Max' free-for-all zone now, no mercy, no law, no hope. Or, perhaps, Mad Max combined with a 24/7 Folsom Street Fair.

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Saturday Gardening Thread - Working Without a Net Edition [Y-not, KT, and Weirddave]

—Open Blogger

The gardening thread's captain my captain, Y-not, is unavailable today. She sent me an email explaining that she would be "tied up" all day, so she either has more pressing commitments or an urge to experiment with BDSM. Either way, she's not here, so it's up to KT and I. So, whatcha got KT?

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REUNION OF GIANTS: The Only Two Avro Lancasters [CBD]

—Open Blogger

7377 built, and these two are the only ones flying. A documentary of the project and the flights of these last two bombers to Lincolnshire, where they flew together, will be released this summer.

It has been 50 years since two Avro Lancaster Bombers flew side by side. These marvels of mechanical engineering, part of a proud lineage that is credited with bringing an end to WWII, finally met high above the English Countryside this past summer. Making that reunion possible was a monumental task.

In early August, The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Avro Lancaster, Vera, flew from Hamilton, Ontario to meet her British counterpart, Thumper--the only other surviving flight worthy Lancaster Bomber in the world--the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) Lancaster in England. It was a mission unlike any other this Lancaster had ever undertaken; flying thousands of miles across the ocean, requiring multiple landings on remote runways from Goosebay to Iceland to make it across the vast Atlantic Ocean, and a crew that was on their own, far away from any mechanical support or facilities that keep the plane flying. If anything went wrong, needed to be repaired or replaced, they had very limited options to get the Lancaster flight worthy to continue the journey.


[If you can, watch this in 1080HD in full-screen mode]

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Fundamental Concepts – Slavery [Weirddave]

—Open Blogger

A few weeks back I went to Mount Vernon. I took lots of pictures of the grounds, many of which will be featured in the garden thread later today. Anyone who has the opportunity should definitely visit Mount Vernon, especially if you have an historical bent. The tours are well done and there is a plethora of information about George Washington and life presented that is truly fascinating and well worth your time. There's just one thing that bugged me about the entire experience that bugged me, and that's that all too often the purpose of the tour seemed to be to beat you over the head with the fact that “George Washington kept slaves!”. “George Washington kept SLAVES!” “GEORGE WASHINGTON KEPT SLAVES, DID YOU HEAR? SLAVES!!!”. It is an exaggeration to say that visitors are greeted “Welcome to Mount Vernon, a colonial era plantations that was home to 300 slaves and some guy named George”, but not that much of one.

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Posted by Open Blogger at 11:27 AM Comments

Open Thread.....[CBD]

—Open Blogger

Seems like Fundamental Concepts is running late, but almost here....

Open Thread about Guns and Crossbows and Longbows and Carpet vs. Hardwood.....

Lancasters will be put up later.

Posted by Open Blogger at 11:22 AM Comments

The Eleventh Commandment: Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican [CBD]

—Open Blogger

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Press Release; Republican National Committee

Today we welcome [insert name of new candidate] as the Republican Party's newest candidate for the GOP presidential nomination.

Since our founding in 1854 as America's choice to combat the scourge of slavery, we have welcomed a wide range of political philosophies into the debate, and [insert name of new candidate] is no exception. His/Her support of [insert candidate's favorite issue] is part of the Republican party's 160 year tradition of supporting freedom, personal responsibility and limited government.

No single candidate can please all of America, but a robust debate about the many issues confronting our great country is vital to the political process and to the strengthening of a Republican majority in America that can return us to our founding principles.

Once again, we welcome [insert name of new candidate] to the fray, and are confident that on November 1st of next year, he/she or another of the many accomplished GOP candidates will be the next President of the United States of America!

This is how it should be, for every entrant into the campaign, and Reagan's commandment should be policed ruthlessly by the political hierarchy. Any national Republican figure who publicly criticizes a Republican candidate for anything short of mass-murder should be immediately ostracized, marginalized, and repudiated. The Democrats do it, and that's one big reason why they win.

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Early Morning Thread 4/25/15 [krakatoa]

—Open Blogger

Happy* Saturday Open Thread.


*Or whatever emotion strikes your fancy.

Posted by Open Blogger at 06:00 AM Comments

Overnight Open Thread (24 Apr 2015)

—CDR M

The most transparent administration in history in action. House panel threatens to cut defense secretary budget over Bergdahl stonewalling. Sadly, GOP redlines are like Obama redlines. Mostly just words.

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John-Paul Nungesser, Accused of Rape and Harassed by "Mattress Project," Sues Columbia For Enabling the Harassment

—Ace

This man has been defamed and harassed for years-- all with the enabling of Columbia University, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

Paul Nungesser was found "not responsible" for sexually assaulting another student at Columbia University. The student who accused him, Emma Sulkowicz, has since began carrying a mattress around the university as part of an art project to protest a finding she claims was unfair.

Sulkowicz’s activism earned her an invitation to President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. When Nungesser heard of the invitation, he blasted the senator for rewarding Sulkowicz’s attacks against him.

"I am shocked to learn that Sen. Gillibrand is actively supporting Ms. Sulkowicz's defamation campaign against me by providing her with a public forum in which to broadcast her grave allegation," Nungesser told New York Magazine on Tuesday. "By doing so, Sen. Gillibrand is participating in a harassment campaign against someone, who, for good reason, has been found innocent by all investigating bodies."

Sulkowicz was permitted by Columbia to carry around a mattress to further defame Nungesser, and even make her carrying around of that mattress her senior art project -- for college credit.

Note that Nungesser has been cleared multiple times of the claims Emma Sulkowicz has made against him -- and the charges that Sulkowicz induced two other women to file against him, in a sort of warped solidarity.

And Sulkowicz also tried to bring charges with the NYPD -- who also refused to prosecute.

But throughout this, Sulkowicz has spoken to the media -- violating Columbia's confidentiality rules -- and made it easy to determine who she was accusing.

However, Nungesser himself has not spoken to the media much, until recently.

He was bound by confidentiality, whereas Sulkowicz paraded around that mattress, claiming he'd raped her.

Well, now he's filed a lawsuit which contains all the details confidentiality rules previously blockaded him from releasing.

Robby Soave correctly calls the texts published in the lawsuit what they are -- damning.

I strongly encourage everyone to read the lawsuit. It is filled with damning claims. And believe me, it is not slow reading.

Assuming these texts are real -- and I can't see them likely being fake, as they'll be subject to scrutiny by the courts, and more than likely have been looked at by Colubia and the police -- then Columbia better put aside money for a Rolling Stone-level settlement.

I just don't see how a "rape victim" could possibly text her "rapist" things like "I love youyouyou" after the "rape."

But we'll probably be told that rape victims do this all the time, just like we were told in the case of Jackie that rape victims always changed their stories and appeared deceptive and evasive.

Posted by Ace at 06:12 PM Comments

Seth Meyers, The Unfunny MSNBC Hack Who For Some Reason Was Accidentally Employed as a Comic on NBC, Decries the Bias of Peter Schweitzer, Defends Hillary

—Ace

If you watch this video, which I think you should, just because you need to understand his whine to get the punchline ahead, you'll see that he makes several points about Hillary Clinton's cover-ups and conflicts of interest.

Sethie is here pretty much reading directly from bizarre ashen freak David Brock's Media Matters' spin, and from Hillary's own press release, which are pretty much the same things, as David Brock runs Hillary's PAC.

So, all Sethie wants to talk about is the messenger here, Peter Schweitzer, who wrote the book Clinton Cash.

Here's Sethie's reporting:

1. Peter Schweitzer once wrote a book knocking liberals.

2. Peter Schweitzer has worked with conservatives.

3. Hillary Clinton hasn't been proven, by audiotape or direct witness testimony, to have changed government policy based on donations to her. (All we have is a lot of money flowing to her, and then decisions favorable to those donating that money being made by her -- the exact sort of indirect, circumstantial evidence which currently has former Governor Bob McDonnell in prison.)

4. Peter Scheweitzer really should have told people about all his biases.

5. Peter Schweitzer's reporting cannot be believed because he failed to disclose his political leanings.

6. The New York Times, apparently, does not exist, because Sethie won't talk about them.

7. It's all about why you shouldn't believe this Vast Right Wing Conspirator Peter Schweitzer and his failure to disclose his political bias.

In sum, Seth Meyers is a huge defender of the Clinton Global Initiative, and he, unlike the thought criminal Peter Schweitzer, comes by his conclusions honestly, and without any pre-existing bias at all.

So, that said:


I guess Little Sethie just kinda forgot to disclose his own bias in this matter.

I usually wouldn't think it was worth noting that an unfunny tv clown was a huge, bought-and-paid for Hillary stooge, but given that his entire defense of the Clinton Foundation rests on the claim that Peter Schweitzer is biased and failed to disclose his political leanings--

shouldn't the unfunny tv clown have disclosed, in this situation at least, that he got paid a stack of that sweet sweet Clinton Uranium Money to speak at the Clinton Global Initiative for Delivering Uranium to Russia?

Posted by Ace at 03:22 PM Comments

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Hillary, the Super Moderate: To Secure Abortion Rights, We're Just Going to Have Change "Deep-Seated," Fundamental Religious Beliefs

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No big deal. We just need to "move past" this Jesus feller that has everyone so hateful and anti-woman and shit.

"Far too many women are denied access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth, and laws don’t count for much if they're not enforced. Rights have to exist in practice -- not just on paper," Clinton said.

"Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will," she explained. "And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed. As I have said and as I believe, the advancement of the full participation of women and girls in every aspect of their societies is the great unfinished business of the 21st century and not just for women but for everyone -- and not just in far away countries but right here in the United States."

Video and commentary at the link.

Just in case she later tries to claim she was speaking of Pakistan -- and, by the way, I do think it's important to talk up some liberalism and women's rights in states like that -- she puts the exclamation point on it all by adding "not just... but right here in the United States."

So we're not talking about giving up barbaric tribal practices about forced marriages and throwing acid in girl's faces if they don't fancy you; we're talking about getting rid of Jesus, or at least rewriting huge parts of Christian/Catholic tradition, right here in the USA.

You should also know that the Bible is the book that made the biggest influence on Hillary:



But then, Hillary has also told us, before changing her mind (like a woman!), that heterosexual marriage was a sacred, fundamental thing about the raising and socializing of children, whose roots go back into the very "mists of history."

…the fundamental bedrock principle that exists between a man and a woman, going back into the mists of history as one of the founding, foundational institutions of history and humanity and civilization, and that its primary, principal role during those millennia has been the raising and socializing of children for the society into which they are to become adults.

I guess the media could ask Hillary if she supports the ACLU's lawsuit to compel Catholic charities to perform abortions on illegal immigrants, but the media never asks Hillary Clinton questions about policies that might expose the left as extremist. They just ask her general questions like if she thinks Girls Are Smart.

Note the ACLU is doing precisely what Hillary advocated -- they're trying to set aside deep-seated religious codes and beliefs in order to make sure (illegal immigrant) women have full "reproductive freedom."

So she should be asked about this -- But she won't be. Ever.


Posted by Ace at 01:42 PM Comments

John Hopkins University Bans Chick-Fil-A From Campus, As a "Microaggression"

—Ace

Who's doing the aggressing here?

In an 18-8 vote, the Student Government Association at Johns Hopkins voted not to "support the proposal of a Chick-fil-A, in a current or future sense, particularly on any location that is central to student life."

The anti-Chick-fil-A bill listed seven main reasons why the restaurant should be banned from campus. The first is that "the Student Government Association of Johns Hopkins University aims to provide a safe, supportive environment for all university affiliates now and in the future."

The fourth is that "visiting prospective and current students, staff, faculty, and other visitors who are members of the LGBTQ+ community or are allies would be subjected to the microaggression of supporting current or future Chick-fil-A development plans."

Thanks to @rdbrewer4, in the sidebar.

I know, I have to do real news; I'll do the Trans Pacific Partnership thing in a bit.

Posted by Ace at 12:57 PM Comments

What?

—Ace


* Know Your Meme: But That's None of My Business.

Posted by Ace at 12:36 PM Comments

Washington Post Hails Confirmation of Loretta Lynch as "First Black Woman" to be AG;
Headlined Confirmation of First Black Woman to Be Secretary of State: "Condoleeza Rice Confirmed Amid Criticism"

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Partisan.

Posted by Ace at 11:47 AM Comments



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