August 23, 2017

Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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Grey Line With Black, Blue And Yellow
Georgia O'Keeffe

Say what you will about O'Keeffe, the colors in her works are vibrant and lovely and quite pleasing to the eye. I'm not sure what she was aiming for with this piece, but I guess you folks with bat it around and undoubtedly figure it out.

At least this isn't Lucian Freud's "Benefits Supervisor Sleeping." Search for it if you must.

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The Morning Report 8/23/17

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. Loaded for bear with the link-fu as we hit the midweek mark. Last night, the President had another great rally in Phoenix. Throngs of supporters withstood temps that were over the century mark to hear him blast his, and really our enemies in the media/political Deep State complex, promising them a fight for the things he was elected to produce. It's an open secret that Mitch McCriminal and the President are, to be charitable, not seeing eye to eye; in fact there have been reports of shouting matches between the two. Reacting to that, PDT threatened a government shutdown if the border wall was not funded. He also took shots at John McStain and Jeff Fake. Meanwhile outside, the criminal insurrectionist goon squads attempted to riot, but were effectively handled by the police (see link #4 and enjoy).

In other news, a mixed bag of things. As usual, as PDT scores points with the people, alarm bells are being raised by immigration hawks about a proposed Amnesty deal being floated by some in the administration, and there's also a sobering essay by a former intelligence analyst who asks if the Deep State has won. But on a positive note, IBD is tracking the President's successful efforts on the infrastructure front while the great Betsy McCaughey assures us that the dismantling of NAFTA is going on as planned.

Lastly, a Planned Parenthood stooge openly admits the purpose of the agency (hint; it ain't mammograms and condoms) while the cultural revolution crosses the Atlantic and its target is Blighty. The first shot in that regard was when the ex-president returned the bust of Churchill. Meh, the Islamists will be converting Westminster into the next Hagia Sofia within a generation, so what's the big deal? (sarc).

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

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Tuesday Overnight Open Thread (8/22/17) For The ONT In All Of Us Edition

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(We have your Ace right here)

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Quotes of The Day

Quote I

It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.Mark Twain


Quote II

When a new source of taxation is found it never means, in practice, that the old source is abandoned. It merely means that the politicians have two ways of milking the taxpayer where they had one before. H. L. Mencken


Quote III

Good news is rare these days, and every glittering ounce of it should be cherished and hoarded and worshipped and fondled like a priceless diamond. Hunter S. Thompson


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You Are Not My Opponent

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

To the woman who passed me on the highway the other day. Thank you for the stare. Was the stare part of your "Virtue Signaling" to a deplorable like me? Yes, I noticed the bumper stickers on your newer Subaru.

Nice bumper stickers by the way. RESIST and Make America Green Again

May I ask you a few questions? Just what the hell do you mean by resist? I take it you don't care for the POTUS. Tough. Our country is a representative democracy. You win some, you lose some.

Resist? What? Are you not paying income taxes? Did you walk out of Nordstrom's without coughing up your sales tax. Did you tell the State of WI to buzz off you're not paying state income tax? After all WI is run by Republicans and our state voted for Trump.

Resist? Like the Democrat State Senators who ran away from WI to Illinois and hid like children who didn't get their way.

Resist? You mean bring a gun to knife fight as our former president once muttered?


Did you stare at me because of my 20 year old truck with the NRA sticker on the back? Funny how you believe in "Freedom of Choice". Which by the way is not in the Constitution but my rights to own guns are. Why is it always "choice" for the things you approve of? While it is not freedom of choice for those who do not agree with you?

Your moral superiority is nauseating.

The bumper sticker, "Make America Green Again". Did it make you feel good to place it on your bumper? What does it mean? Funny that sticker wasn't on the rear flank of your horse as you plodded your way down the highway.

So are we to do away with highways? Cars? Power plants? I bet our country is greener now than when you were born.

Green? Should we live off the earth? Furs to keep warm? Your friends at PETA pretty much said fur is dead. Meat is murder. So how do we farm without diesel fuel, gasoline?

You believe "We are the world". But how do you propose that we feed the world without any type of environmental impact?

No, you didn't think that sticker through did you?

Your polite virtue signaling is just the tip of the iceberg of a vile and despicable political philosophy.

All of my life I've considered those of opposing views my opponents. No more. You are not my opponent. You are my enemy and I want to see your political philosophy crushed and destroyed. As Andrew Breitbart said, Fuck You. War.


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Low Content Open Thread

—OregonMuse

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How Can There Be "Right Wing Extremists" If the Right Believes in Individual Liberty and Freedom, OR Why the Left-Center-Right Paradigm Is a Myth

—J.J. Sefton

In order for its weltanschauung to make any sense at all to its adherents, as well as to justify its actions in a broader context, the Institutional Left (and I already have a problem with that monicker considering the subject of this essay, but more on that later) is constantly propagandizing in every forum and classroom the concept of "multiple perspectives." In essence, as the Buffalo Springfield crooned 50 years ago "nobody's right if everybody's wrong." It's a neat pseudo-intellectual parlor trick--- and it's totally disingenuous.

Because we are human beings, we are all prone to the usual foibles, failings, sins and idiosyncrasies that have plagued us since time immemorial. But that doesn't mean that the concepts of good and evil don't exist. Concomitantly, the world may not be strictly black and white, but the shades of light and dark are both distinct and starkly contrasted. And this is why the Left has to proclaim a moral equivalency between the alleged extremists on our side and on theirs, that is, if they ever admit to having any. They won't, because they can't. And that is because if they did the real historical record will show a trail of blood, destruction and human misery so vast as to beggar the imagination. This is where having the media, academia and culture in your pocket comes in handy. Somehow, over the past 50 years, they have managed to brainwash the entire nation into believing that the Democrats all switched parties after the Civil Rights Act of 1965, transferring the original sin of slavery and Jim Crow onto Republicans and Conservatives. Therefore, it stands to reason that the Ku Klux Klan is part and parcel of the Right, along with racism, bigotry, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, xenophobia and all the rest of it, ad nauseum.

If you go a bit further back in time, the prewar butchery of Josef Stalin was already into the millions, but was conveniently covered up and/or excused by the Left (for obvious reasons). But with the coming of Hitler, by virtue of the fact that he was the mortal nemesis of good ol' Uncle Joe, Hitler and the Nazis became identified with "the Right," both the European and American Leftist definitions of that term, and it has stuck to this day, never you mind about the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact or the fact that Nazi is an acronym for "National Socialist."

The problems with America are the result of the human failings and frailty of flawed individuals. Yet, despite all of it, very flawed people still managed to build what I feel is the greatest society and system of government in all of human history. On the other hand, the problems with Socialism, Statism, Progressivism, call it what you will are inherent in the ideology itself. That's why you hear the moronic, egomaniacal proclamation every generation or so of "we are the ones we've been waiting for!" Communism failed because the leaders were not worthy enough. Or the masses (see any mass grave in Irkutsk, Pyongyang or Havana for clarification).

And so I circle back to this notion of political "extremists" particularly on the right. So, in reality, what does "the right" stand for? Individual liberty, personal responsibility, a belief in the free market and the rule of a just and stable law with the absolute minimum amount of government to ensure the proper functioning of the civil society,

Suffice it to say that the Left rejects this. Nameless millions of victims in the killing fields, gas chambers and gulags all over the world bear witness to the notion of the perfectibility of man and paradise on earth. This is why in Charlottesville, the so-called "alt-right" along with Neo-Nazis, the KKK and white supremacists are pinned on us, because, in fact, given the history, they are 100% part and parcel of the other side.

So, if this is the case how can there be extremists on both sides? It makes no sense. There is no moral equivalency between the two sides. THERE IS NO LEFT/RIGHT PARADIGM. There are only those who believe in freedom and liberty and those who do not; or more precisely, those who are willing to take advantage of the good nature and gullibility of all too many to seize control and to tear down America as founded, Judeo-Christianity, the Scottish Enlightenment, free market capitalism and every other aspect of real human progress the aforementioned have fostered over the past 2,000 years of history.

It is way past time we took back the language and set the record straight and reject this blood-libeling. Make them face up to their history.... Before they rewrite ours.


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I Need to Find a Dark Room

—WeirdDave

In that dark room, there should be either a brick wall or a pail of water, it doesn't matter which. I shall then proceed to either smash my head or dunk it until the lights go dim and this poisonous world recedes into the cool, blessed darkness.

Washington Post: When 'free speech' becomes a political weapon

First of all, I'd like to point out one tiny detail: THAT'S THE ENTIRE POINT OF FREE SPEECH. If you thought the title of the article was perhaps unnecessarily hyperbolic, well, you'd be wrong. The entire thing is a dog's breakfast of unsupported tropes, lefty shibboleths and insane leaps of "logic".

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Google Has Declared War On You

—OregonMuse


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He was referring to this:


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The Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

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"It used to be that, if some idiot believed that lizard people were ruling the world, all his friends told him shut up, you're an idiot, and that would be that. But now, the idiot goes on the internet and hooks up with thousands of other idiots and they spread their stupid crap worldwide. The internet will go down in history as the greatest engine of idiocy and stupidity the world has ever seen."


Wokest Woke Takes In The History of Woke:

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Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)
David Hockney

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The Morning Report 8/22/17

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. The President made his first address in his capacity as commander-in-chief to the nation last night, specifically about the situation in Afghanistan. After eight years of complete cluster-f***ery under Dubya and then a further eight years of having the commader-in-chief aiding and abetting the enemy, frankly I don't see the point of wasting any more American blood and treasure. The way you win wars is to inflict the most massive amount of pain, death and destruction upon the enemy until he cries uncle. In this case we are not necessarily dealing with a nation-state but an annihilationist ideology. To my way of thinking, you have to kill and kill massively, occupy territory, institute martial law, dismantle the mosques and madrases and "denazify" the country by controlling how Islam is practiced and preached and forcibly introduce Judeo-Christianity over a period of perhaps decades. Obviously that ain't gonna happen.

While it cannot be denied that Afghanistan is a breeding ground and launch pad for Islamist terrorism, the wave of attacks we have witnessed in the west over the past several years were carried out by citizens and/or recent immigrants to the individual nations themselves. Us included. Still, there needs be some sort of stability in that region. On the plus side, PDT is not going to micromanage the war and will let the generals do the fighting, hopefully with very loose rules of engagement. He also took aim at a huge terrorist enabler; Pakistan. And that has got to also be a shot at the Chi-Coms who are their biggest ally in the region. Still, the fact that very questionable people such as Lindsay Grahamaphrodite are in favor of this and that the plan was cooked up by H.R. McMustard, someone who is perhaps an Obama embed, I'm not exactly jumping for joy here. I hope PDT's instincts are right. His precedency is on the line as well as the lives of American soldiers in the field. G-d protect him.

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 (8/21/17) Hope You Didn't Go Blind Edition

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(Lovely. Just Lovely.)

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Quotes of The Day

Quote I

It's the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter. Marlene Dietrich


Quote II

Equality, rightly understood as our founding fathers understood it, leads to liberty and to the emancipation of creative differences; wrongly understood, as it has been so tragically in our time, it leads first to conformity and then to despotism. Barry Goldwater


Quote III

The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. Ayn Rand

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Trump's Speech on Afghanistan at 9pm

—Ace

He'll be calling for additional troops, as the genius McMasters advised him.


"Swampy!," remarks Mollie Hemingway, which is sure to spur a torrent of abuse from her stalkers/husband's bosses at the Weekly Standard.

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Planned Parenthood Now Fundraising By Selling You a Uterus Emoji For Two Buck

—Ace

Meet "Ooti the Uterus" -- or better yet, don't. (Safe link to the Daily Wire.)

If you're wondering what this Hot New "Millennial Pink" (Seriously -- they say that) icon would look like, well, it basically looks like a uterine Poochey the Dog from the Simpsons.

Radical, guys!

I mean -- Radical, persons of a wide spectrum of gender choices.

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So there you go: A further move to define the self as exclusively a function of skin pigment and genitals.

When will we stop this rampant identity politics raging on the right?, asked a Concerned #RealReporter on CNN.

Update: Joss Whedon just emailed me to say he banged Oooti after discussing Melissa Etheridge's third album with the emoji fangurl.

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Hmmm: Democrat Congresswoman's Chief of Staff Wrote Off Equipment Which Disappeared In Hands of Awan Gang In a Manner Which Seems to Have Concealed The Equipment's Vanishing

—Ace

Not sure if I'm reading this right, not sure of accounting principles which might (or might not) make this a routine bit of paperwork.

Not sure of the motive for doing this.

But It does seem to raise some questions in need of answers.

A chief of staff for Democratic Rep. Yvette Clarke quietly agreed in early 2016 to sign away a $120,000 missing electronics problem on behalf of two former IT aides now suspected of stealing equipment from Congress, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.

Clarke's chief of staff at the time effectively dismissed the loss and prevented it from coming up in future audits by signing a form removing the missing equipment from a House-wide tracking system after one of the Awan brothers alerted the office the equipment was gone. The Pakistani-born brothers are now at the center of an FBI investigation over their IT work with dozens of Congressional offices.

A senior House official with knowledge of the situation provided TheDCNF with new details about how exactly the brothers are suspected to have stolen the equipment and possibly data from Congress, raising questions about the members or staffers who were signing the checks on equipment purchases.

The $120,000 figure amounts to about a tenth of the office's annual budget, or enough to hire four legislative assistants to handle the concerns of constituents in her New York district. Yet when one of the brothers alerted the office to the massive loss, the chief of staff signed a form that quietly reconciled the missing equipment in the office budget, the official told TheDCNF. Abid Awan remained employed by the office for months after the loss of the equipment was flagged.

Separately, the brothers are suspected to have orchestrated a long-running fraud scheme in which the office would purchase equipment in a way that avoided tracking by central House-wide administrators. They’re suspected of working with an employee of CDW Government Inc. — one of the Hill’s largest technology providers — to alter invoices in order to avoid tracking.

I don't know what's going on here. Maybe the Awan brothers were selling government-bought equipment on the side.

But if that's the case, why have so many Democrats seemed to affirmatively help them evade detection and prosecution? And even avoid losing their jobs?

Some continue to speculate that Democrats' were protecting the Awan Clan due to blackmail, or the Awan gang having compromising information about them. (What was this crew really hired to do, for example?)

I have no idea if that's the answer. But we do need some answers. To quote Mr. Plinkett, it would be best if the media took more of an investigative interest in this mystery than none at all.

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So, Did You See the Eclipse, Or Did You Not Care?

—Ace

I tried to get eclipse specs from Amazon on Friday, just after I told you guys to start scrambling. Most of them were sold out and the available ones were sold in five packs for like $60 or $70. I figured I could get them somewhere else.

Turns out, no I could not. When I started looking on Saturday (yes, I am an organized proactive personality type), everyone was sold out.

However, I did go outside to try the triple-sunglasses risk-your-eyesight play, and wandered upon neighbors who had got the specs. They were willing to share, because really, just a two second glimpse every minute was plenty.

By the way, don't bother trying the triple-sunglasses play. Not only is it dangerous, but you can't see the eclipse -- for some reason, you just keep seeing the same solar disc you always see, even though, if you look at the eclipse through eclipse lenses, you do in fact see a crescent occluded sun.

It was interesting. The ambient light did not get as dark or eerie as I expected. I thought the light got eerie and jangly during an eclipse. The light I saw just looked like the light on a cloudy day.

Cows did not rampage and start doing murders. Alas.

I wouldn't say it was oversold because I didn't really expect much from it.

In that way, it was much like The Defenders. Lots of anticipation, then some boring talking in between stuff that's slightly less boring, and then Big Finale where you go "Meh, this is pretty much a more shadowy version of Episode 3."

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Man Arrested For Attempting to Plant Powerful Explosives at Confederate Statue in Houston

—Ace

Antifa isn't violent at all. This is all a fiction created by the alt-right.

A Houston man has been charged with trying to plant explosives at the statue of Confederate officer Richard Dowling in Hermann Park, federal officials said Monday.

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Schneck was arrested Saturday night after a Houston park ranger spotted him kneeling in bushes in front of the Dowling monument in the park, Martinez said.

When confronted Saturday night in the park, he tried to drink some of the liquid explosives but spit it out, officials said...

Schneck was holding two small boxes that included a viable explosive, a timer, wires connected to a homemade detonator, a battery and an explosive compound, according to the statement.

The media spends 24 hours each day warning us that heated rhetoric from the right will inspire the right's crazies to commit violent acts, and spends the other 24 hours each day not warning us that heated rhetoric from the left will inspire the left's crazies to commit violence.

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Shock: Superfeminist Walking Pussyhat Joss Whedon Was Cheating on His Wife With Adoring Female Fans, Ex-Wife Says in Blogpost

—Ace

Noooo. I can't believe an ugly fat neckbeard dweeb would exploit his fame and 10,000 watt Virtue Signal like that.

Joss Whedon is a part-time director and full-time Twitter addict. He is constantly talking up Muh Feminism in both his part-time job (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, for example) and in his full-time job of calling for violence on Twitter.

His wife says that he's another one of those unfortunate betas who uses his fame and his political posturing as a rap to get into bed with girls he'd never have a chance with, except for Muh Feminism.

She says he explained away his early inappropriate contacts with other women as just part of his feminist upbringing.

There were times in our relationship that I was uncomfortable with the attention Joss paid other women. He always had a lot of female friends, but he told me it was because his mother raised him as a feminist, so he just liked women better. He said he admired and respected females, he didn’t lust after them. I believed him and trusted him. On the set of “Buffy,” Joss decided to have his first secret affair.

Fifteen years later, when he was done with our marriage and finally ready to tell the truth, he wrote me, “When I was running ‘Buffy,’ I was surrounded by beautiful, needy, aggressive young women. It felt like I had a disease, like something from a Greek myth. Suddenly I am a powerful producer and the world is laid out at my feet and I can’t touch it.” But he did touch it....

Joss admitted that for the next decade and a half, he hid multiple affairs and a number of inappropriate emotional ones that he had with his actresses, co-workers, fans and friends, while he stayed married to me.... He wanted it all; he didn’t want to choose, so he accepted the duality as a part of his life.

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Despite understanding, on some level, that what he was doing was wrong, he never conceded the hypocrisy of being out in the world preaching feminist ideals, while at the same time, taking away my right to make choices for my life and my body based on the truth. He deceived me for 15 years, so he could have everything he wanted. I believed, everyone believed, that he was one of the good guys, committed to fighting for women’s rights, committed to our marriage, and to the women he worked with. But I now see how he used his relationship with me as a shield, both during and after our marriage, so no one would question his relationships with other women or scrutinize his writing as anything other than feminist.

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We’re finally divorced; I’m doing architecture again, and slowly getting my life and self-esteem back.

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Until recently, Joss was still letting the illusion of our marriage stay intact. Now that it is finally public, I want to let women know that he is not who he pretends to be. I want the people who worship him to know he is human, and the organizations giving him awards for his feminist work, to think twice in the future about honoring a man who does not practice what he preaches. But no matter what happens, or how people interpret this statement, I no longer have to carry the burden of Joss’ long-term deceit and confessions. I am free.


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Suicide-Belted Terrorist Shot and Killed in Spain; He Was the Ringleader of Last Week's Vehicle Attacks

—Ace

The left hates white-skinned Nazis enough to punch them just for existing, but they're silent as churchmice about the brown-skinned variety.

This may have something to do with their political alliance with Islamists.

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The Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

talking ape - eclipse.jpg"So this weekend, the Boston Police had to endure peaceful bottles of urine thrown at them from-- wait, what the hell is this? I can't believe this! Get this thing outa here! AoSHQ is gonna hear from my lawyers!"

Prescience:


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Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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Seagram Mural
Mark Rothko

I posted a Rothko about three months ago, and I sort of liked it. it wasn't great, but it was mildly interesting and sort of pleasant.

So I figured it was time to revisit him and find another one of his works that was interesting and, dare I say, innocuous.

And I couldn't. As far as I can tell, three months ago I stumbled upon the only Mark Rothko work I could stomach. But damn it, I decided on a Rothko, and you are getting a Rothko!

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The Morning Report 8/21/17

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. Start of another week, and can anyone doubt that we are now in the beginning phases of some sort of insurrection? Some have called it a cold civil war but in the face of the Steve Scalise shooting, Charlottesville and indeed the targeting of law enforcement officers, it is indeed heating up. Even the usually level-headed Rush Limbaugh, who always says to nervous callers "I'll tell you when it's time to panic" had an opening monologue last Friday that had a message and tone that, at least to my ears, said "okay, time to panic."

On the pretext of "fighting fascists and Nazis" the so-called intellectual elite in the media/cultural/academic complex have openly declared that violence is acceptable. Except, as we all know, they are not fighting fascists and Nazis: they ARE the fascists and Nazis. This is all merely a patently obvious pretext to use violence to essentially overthrow the government, destroy the Constitution (what's left of it) and complete the mission that Bill Ayers and his fellow travelers fantasized about almost 50 years ago. Obviously, this cannot stand and must not be allowed to stand. The question is not only what can the President do in the face of this, considering the judicial system and indeed the instrumentalities of government within the bureaucracy are also in open revolt against him. More to the point, at the grassroots level what can we do to prevent this insanity from igniting into a full-grown conflagration?

In the sidebar, one small gesture; a petition to label "Antifa" a terrorist organization has already reached the 100,000 signature threshold that sends it to the White House for consideration. It would send a rather powerful message if we can get that total upwards of 500,000 or even a million (or more). The Maoists are attempting to erase our history, destroy our culture and grind our bones to dust. To paraphrase one of history's greatest mass murderers, let the real resistance bloom, with all of us.

As for the solar eclipse, if you are in its path, do not stare at it unless you have the appropriate safety gear. Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

Below the Fold, Some Music to Eclipse By....

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Sunday Overnight Open Thread (8/20/17)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(Relaxing on the Sunday ONT Porch)

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Quotes of The Day

Or as The ONT would call it: Food For Thought.


Quote I

We Americans have no commission from God to police the world. President Benjamin Harrison (20 August 1833 – 13 March 1901)


Quote II

It is doubtful if the oppressed ever fight for freedom. They fight for pride and power — power to oppress others. Eric Hoffer

Quote III

There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty. John Adams,


Quote IV

On September 11th 2001, the American mainland was attacked for the first time since the War of 1812. The perpetrators were foreign – Saudis and Egyptians. Since 9/11, Europe has seen the London Tube bombings, the French riots, Dutch murders of nationalist politicians. The perpetrators are their own citizens – British subjects, citoyens de la république française. That's the difference: America is fighting a foreign war, Eurabia is in the early stages of an undeclared civil war. Mark Steyn

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The Church Lady Updated: Fat, Blue Haired, Poorly Tattooed, and Full of Moral Outrage (MJ)

—Open Blogger

Close your eyes and you can picture exactly who I referenced in the headline. Always trying so hard to look like they're not trying hard. The Trigglypuff in the wild, who loves them some preaching, as long as its not coming from a preacher.

Al Gore? He's a saint.

Obama? God on earth.

Hillary? A martyr for the cause.

The Xerson they see in the mirror? Future God, looking to make a name for Xerself.

It's a tough circle to square, but they do it by suspending reality; clinging to incredibly far fetched plots that always cast their enemies as evil and themselves as the hero. Take cartoon merchant Scott Adams'' word for it:

But ask yourself which one of these versions sounds less crazy:

1. A sitting president, who is a branding expert, thought it would be a good idea to go easy on murderous Nazis as a way to improve his popularity.

or...

2. The country elected a racist leader who is winking to the KKK and White Supremacists that they have a free pass to start a race war now.

or...

3. A mentally unstable racist clown with conman skills (mostly just lying) eviscerated the Republican primary field and won the presidency. He keeps doing crazy, impulsive racist stuff. But for some reason, the economy is going well, jobs are looking good, North Korea blinked, ISIS is on the ropes, and the Supreme Court got a qualified judge. It was mostly luck.

or...

4. The guy who didn't offer to be your moral leader didn't offer any moral leadership, just law and order, applied equally. His critics cleverly and predictably framed it as being soft on Nazis.

One of those narratives is less crazy-sounding than the others. That doesn't mean the less-crazy one has to be true. But normal stuff happens far more often than crazy stuff. And critics will frame normal stuff as crazy whenever they get a chance.


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Food Thread: 2...3...5...7...11...13...17...19...23... Rib

—CBD

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I have it on good authority that these are quite good, but disappear without a trace if not watched carefully and vigilantly.

Am I the only one who has no self control when it comes to cookies? (And appetizers at wedding receptions? And steak? And oysters?)

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And here we have a slightly different problem...The Prime Rib Problem How to cook snake ribs.

I know this has nothing to do with cooking, but it was so odd and amusing I couldn't resist.
[Hat Tip: artisanal'ette]

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Ugly All the Way Down

—OregonMuse

You know who's really ugly? Whoopi Goldberg. I just happened to see a short clip of the View and I don't remember her being quite that ugly. She looks like she's partially bald and what's left of her stringy, matted hair gives her an uncanny resemblance to the alien in the 'Predator' movies.

Goldberg was never a beauty, but years ago, when she was playing Guinan on ST:TNG, she wasn't bad looking. I mean, she was attractive enough that Ted Danson bedded her. So what happened?

It is my belief that progressive politics makes you ugly. That is, more consistently you adhere to progressive ideology, which by its very nature is anti-reality, anti-beauty, and anti-life, the uglier you get. Because, in engineering terms, human beings were never designed to function the way progressivism demands. Even though we have a great deal of built-in resiliency, nevertheless the more progressive you are, the more out-of-tolerance your whole self is operating, and if you keep it up, eventually you're going to get deformations, malfunctions and breakdowns, whether moral, intellectual, spiritual, or even physical.

The ugliness and deformation starts on the inside, and as the years go by, it eventually works its way to the outside.

I believe that SJWs and crybullies, as an aggregate, have a greater inclination toward depression and other forms of mental illness than conservatives do. Not that conservatives are free of mental illness, but the more firmly you believe in your heart and mind that there are 83 genders, the higher the probability that you have either Zoloft, Xanax or Risperdal in your medicine cabinet.

The progressive starts out with "the personal is political". Great googly moogly, how f*ed up is that? If there's no distinction between the two, there's no stopping you from believing that your personal preferences and idiosyncrasies should be national policy. Again, how f*ed up is that?

Here's a comment from the book thread I thought was interesting:

I'm noticing more and more, when I'm out and about in a large crowd, that there are more "Pat's" in the world these days, if you know what I mean.

People whose gender cannot be easily determined from a first or even a second look. And none of these people are hotties, either male or female. Lots and lots of out of shape, saggy and baggy, young to old folks. And the expressions on their faces are not happy or joyful now that they have what they want. They just look...sad, with a bit of what-are-you-lookin-at thrown in.

Posted by: Boots at August 20, 2017 09:56 AM (EBwPV)

Does anybody here really believe that Trigglypuff is happy and well-adjusted?

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 08-20-2017

—OregonMuse

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National Library, Prague, Czech Republic


Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes. Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, where men are men, all the 'ettes are gorgeous, safe spaces are underneath your house and are used as protection against actual dangers, like natural disasters, or Literally Hitler, and special snowflakes do not last. And 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 part of a suit that should only be worn as a joke.

Some Books I Found Looking For Other Books

No Campus for White Men: The Transformation of Higher Education into Hateful Indoctrination by Scott Greer. With a title like that, I suppose a descriptive blurb is totally unnecessary, but here it is, anyway:

Across the country, ugly campus protests over speakers with dissenting viewpoints, as well as a preoccupation with "micro-aggressions," "trigger warnings," "safe spaces" and brand-new "gender identities," make it obvious that something has gone terribly wrong with higher education. For years, colleges have pursued policies favoring students based not on their merit, but on their race, gender, and sexual orientation. The disturbingly negative effects of this culture are now impossible to deny.

After reading the blurb, I find myself oddly in sympathy with the one-star reviewer who wrote, in effect, "this book won't tell you anything you don't already know."

And then there's The New Church Ladies: The Extremely Uptight World of "Social Justice" by Jim Goad, who

...uses weaponized words, violent rhetoric, debunked and discredited pseudoscience, and shocking, unforgivable hate speech to explain why the people who are always fighting "hate" are the most hateful jerkoffs on the planet...and why anyone who spends their life "shaming" others for not thinking like a perpetually miserable, microchip-implanted, ideologically clubfooted, progressive brainwashed zombie Social Justice Warrior should be ashamed of themselves.

Mr. Goad is also the author of Life Never Ends Well: A Cavalcade of Murders, Suicides, Accidental Deaths, & Tragic Endings:

In painstaking and often painfully funny detail, this book focuses on cases where people died in ironic, unusual, or outright horrifying ways. Whether they died on roller coasters, in wood chippers, by shark bite, answering a Craigslist ad, while texting, in the course of masturbating, or simply because they laughed too hard, this book ties them all together in one big bloody red ribbon. You’ll read about severed penises, concert tragedies, kids who killed their parents, moms who killed their kids, women who murdered their husbands, couples who killed for fun, and felonious Santa Clauses. As this book illustrates in lurid detail, death is never fun—but it doesn’t have to be boring.

For when you're in a ghoulish mood.


It Pays To Increase Your Word Power®

OMNIPARITY is universal equality.

Usage:

In their commune in the forest
The progressives passed a law
To enforce their omniparity.
By hatchet, axe, and saw.

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EMT 08/20/17

—krakatoa

So tomorrow I make the trip to totality with my family.

If we are turned into zombies, could someone go feed our dogs?

Thanks.

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Overnight Open Thread (19 Aug 2017)

—CDR M

I'd be fine with this but not for the reasons they are calling for. Do it! NAACP calling for boycott of NFL, Atlanta Falcons. In fact, just boycott all sports, movies, entertainment. Knock yourselves out.

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Saturday Evening Movie Thread 08-19-2017 [Hosted By: TheJamesMadison]

—OregonMuse

It’s a Lord of the Rings style ending here!

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That’s right, I’m just gonna keep on ending because that’s what great movies do!

Well, I was going to just leave the last one as it was and possibly revisit it later in time, but my mother, who does frequent the HQ from time to time (Hi, Mom!), insisted that I extend my thoughts a bit. So, because I’m such an independent thinker, I’m doing what my mommy told me to do.


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Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread (Featuring Dress Pr0n) 08-19-2017

—OregonMuse

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The Chess Game
Ludwig Deutsch


Good afternoon morons and moronettes, and welcome to the Saturday Afternoon 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 the chessboard. Also, dress pr0n. Each week, I pick out a few lovely, modest, conservative dresses for the 'ettes to admire and appraise. And, for those of you who aren't nerdly enough for chess, you can use this thread to talk about checkers, or other games, or politics, or whatever you wish, only please try to keep it civil. Nobody wants to get in the middle of a pie fight on a Saturday afternoon.


Pic Note

Thanks to Skip for today's pic, which you can see entire if you click on it. He pointed me to a miniatures site where someone had incorporated it into a diorama, which you can see on this page.


Problem 1 - White To Play (546)

Hint: White mates in 3


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Ace of Spades Pet Thread

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Sit. Stay. Good Moron.

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Saturday Gardening Thread: Big Butterfly Edition [KT]

—Open Blogger

Hello, Horde! Back from vacation! Pixy has decided not to let me embed photos for now, so an abbreviated thread today. Thanks to The Horde, we have some content. I hope to be back up to speed next week.

JustGotHere sent photos of our insect species of the week, from Central Texas.

A few weeks ago, we found a few beautifully strange caterpillars on the lemon tree on our covered back patio, and discovered that they were Papilio cresphontes, the caterpillar for the Giant Swallowtail butterfly. We didn't have a camera handy when the butterflies emerged from chrysalis, but here are a couple of the photos of the Papilio cresphontes if you'd like them for the Gardening Thread.

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Thread before the Gardening Thread: Where did today's white nationalists get their inspiration? [KT]

—Open Blogger

Serving your mid-day open thread needs

Good morning, Horde. I'm back from vacation. Looks like while I was gone, some really dumb stuff happened.

It seems like a long time ago now that I made a comment about the leftist dominance of higher education on Facebook. A "friend of a friend" asked, in an eager but not obnoxious way, if I was aware that I was the beneficiary of White Privilege.

I asked him, not in an obnoxious way, what he thought the most likely positive and negative outcomes of the growing academic obsession with the concept of "privilege" would be. This was even before those odious secondary education conferences on Privilege were dreamed up. He did not seem too interested in discussing where the concept of Privilege would lead the country. It was apparently only important for white people and men to understand that they had it.

Well, I think Brendan O'Neill has nailed (on Facebook) one of the outcomes.

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Saturday Morning Weird News Dump

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Good morning, hard to believe that it is Saturday again.

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EMT 08/19/17

—krakatoa

A bit of a good story to partially stem all the bad in this world.

Thursday night, I'm driving down from Louisville to home in Tn. Late, but instead of stay the night, I want to beat the race traffic.

It's been raining, and it's foggy, and I'm driving a set of secondary highways through the Cumberland Gap in what I am sure is some amazing scenery on a clear day.

Come off one mtn a little past the Kentucky border into Virginia, and my right headlight goes.

10 minutes later, a Jonesville deputy has the rollers on behind me.

It's 3 a.m. The world is crazy. Your mind can't help but think of all the ways a simple stop can go wrong.

I pull into the first well-lit parking lot I find in their sleepy little town, put on the dome light, and hold the wheel at 10 and 2 until he taps on my window.

"You've got a headlight out"

"I know - it literally went out 10 minutes ago coming off that last mountain".

"License and registration" he asks.

I hand him my license and my CCW, telling him I am carrying, and it is in the door pocket, and that my registration is the glove box, and it's a mess in there, so it may take some looking.

He thanks me for letting me know re. the pistol, and tells me to take my time finding the registration.

I hand it to him, and he asks if he can take the gun from the car and put it on my roof while he calls everything in.

I know it's not a requirement, but I don't want a hassle. So I tell him sure and "Would you like to get it yourself? It's in the door-pocket, a round in the chamber, and the safety is on."

He agrees, I open the door for him, and he takes the piece and puts it on my car roof while he returns to his car.

A few minutes later, he comes back, says everything checks out, puts my pistol back in the door, and says to be sure I get the headlight fixed.

Then he says something really nice and unnecessary:

"It was a pleasure meeting you."

I presume it was because I was calm, courteous and let him know everything I was doing so there were no surprises.

But I appreciate that he repaid my respect.

Chris Rock will not steer you wrong when it comes to dealing with the police, it doesn't matter what your skin tone is.

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Overnight Open Thread (18 Aug 2017)

—CDR M

Not that the A-10 needed more teeth, but it can drop JDAMs now.

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Media Criticizes General Mattis for Telling Navy Sailors That Their Jobs Are Worth It, Because At Least They Know They're Not "Pussies"

—Ace

Oh, dear. Our priestly caste of wan pencil-scratchers is once again a-tremble with the ecstasy of outrage.

I'm sure they're just trying to protect these sailors from #Triggering #Harm -- I'm sure these sailors have never heard such salty language!

"You will have some of the best days of your life and some of the worst days of your life in the U.S. Navy, you know what I mean?" Mattis told sailors at Naval Base Kitsap, Washington, according to the official transcript. "That means you're living."

"That means you're not some pussy sitting on the sidelines, you know what I mean, kind of sitting there saying, ‘Well, I should have done something with my life,'" he continued.


In response to his speech, NBC News complained that "Defense Secretary Mattis Uses Disparaging Term in Speech to Navy," comparing his remarks to Trump's comments on the infamous Access Hollywood tape about grabbing women "by the pussy."

Newsweek likewise complained that "Defense Secretary Suggests Civilians Are ‘Pussies' for Sitting on the Sidelines."

"Donald Trump's secretary of defense James ‘Mad Dog' Mattis appeared to suggest those who did not serve the country were ‘a bunch of pussies,'" read the lede.

The Washington Post consulted retired Col. Don Christensen, the head of an anti-sexual assault organization who said that Mattis' comments were "troubling."

Christensen noted that the remarks "clearly implied that those who don't serve are less manly than those who do."

Note this about that last sissy criticism: This comes from the same media that exalts itself as Truth Warriors elevated above every other walk of life in America.

Their objection isn't actually that Mattis suggested that one occupation is more elevated than another -- it's that he said the wrong occupation is the Most Exalted.

Everyone knows the media are the moast specialist people -- just read any magazine or watch any tv show! You'll see!

Open thread.

Don't forget, this stupid eclipse is on Monday, and I've decided okay, well, if it just happens once every 40 years or whatever, I guess I'll go look at it.

But it's hard to find eclipse glasses now, so if you're interested, start scrambling!

Posted by Ace at 08:26 PM Comments

Flashback: When Obama Declared That There Were "Many Sides" to Blame for Islamist Terrorism -- Especially Christianity -- Media Not Only Defended Him, But Castigated Critics Who'd Dispute Obama's "Many-Sides-ism"

—Ace

Let's go all the way back through the mists of time, to a forgotten era of dinosaurs and wizard-kings, an age of wonder and mystery called "February 2015."

In this mythological age, evoking "many sides" to blame for violence was not considered "racist," but in fact was hailed as the very pinnacle of rationality and cosmopolitanism.

Despite the fact that it is always Islamists responsible for Islamist terrorism (see the name; just what it says on the tin), President Lord God Obama proclaimed that many sides were in fact responsible for the rivers of blood spilled by Islamists, including, most notoriously, the Christians.

His latest challenge came Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast. At a time of global anxiety over Islamist terrorism, Obama noted pointedly that his fellow Christians, who make up a vast majority of Americans, should perhaps not be the ones who cast the first stone.

"Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history," he told the group, speaking of the tension between the compassionate and murderous acts religion can inspire. "And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ."

When Trump spoke of "many sides" offering violence, he was referring to the fact -- the fact -- that antifa thugs attacked the Nazis and, when the cops drove the Nazis from the park, surrounded them and attacked them with apparent police complicity.

When Obama spoke of many sides being to blame, he was going back to... the Crusades between 1100 and 1350 AD. Oh, and, of course, the famous Christian enslavement of Muslims, which did not happen.

The response from the media was not -- get this -- anger and bitter denunciation, but rather a moistened-crotched panting, along with a sneering dismissal of critics of the "many sides" talk as "the usual quarters."

President Obama is drawing some heat -- mostly from the usual quarters -- for invoking the Crusades while talking about Islam and terrorism on Thursday.

At the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, Obama noted there was a time when people mass-murdered in the name of Christianity, too:

And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.

As many were quick to point out, the Catholic church's Crusades began more than 900 years ago, and the Inquisition began in the 13th century.

In the context of Obama's long-standing remarks on Islam and terrorism, though, invoking the Crusades and the Inquisition are wholly unsurprising. What is more surprising is that he hasn't done this sooner.

I'm not surprised the leftwing media has completely ignored its own history of defending "many sides to blame" arguments from the president.

I am surprised, however, that so many members of the #FakeNews "rightwing" media have, however.

More: At the eulogy for five dead Dallas cops assassinated by a Black Lives Matter terrorist, Barack "Many Sides" Obama offered this observation:

"We have all seen this bigotry in our lives at some point," obama told an audience of about 2,500 at a concert hall in Dallas. "None of us is entirely innocent. No institution is entirely immune. And that includes our police departments. We know this."

Telling cops they're racist at a funeral for their own was, by the media's estimation, the height of cosmopolitan nuance and sophistication.

Thanks to Soothsayer for that quote.

Posted by Ace at 07:01 PM Comments

If There's No Known Motive, It Must Be a Day That Ends in -Day

—Ace

A young foreign man went on a stabbing spree in Finland;, no motive known or even suspected.

This follows the two-city Rogue Self-Driving Vehicle Attacks in Spain.

Posted by Ace at 06:18 PM Comments



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