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July 06, 2020

Joe Biden: Senile And Feeble-minded And Hard-left

—CBD

For whatever deeply idiotic reason, there is a benign image of Joe Biden that the ignorant embrace; he is a kind and wise leader who is always willing to reach across the aisle. Is it his nice hair and kind-but-vacant eyes? Is it that he is carefully kept from actually articulating his positions?

The Radical Joe Biden

The conventional wisdom right now is that Joe Biden is semi-senile, and that his choice of a vice president is all-important as it is likely this person (almost certainly a black female) will become president at some early point in the next few years if Biden wins in November. This conventional wisdom may be narrowly accurate, but ultimately wrong. Why?

First, there is an imperceptible difference between a senile Biden and a feeble-minded Joe Biden. Let’s face it, Biden has been feeble-minded since he entered national politics almost 50 years ago. What is decisive is that even if he isn’t trending toward senility, he has already sold out to the far left of the Democratic Party, and has signaled his intent to implement a far-left agenda if he wins.

That's the thing...his positions are Obama's with a heartland twist. Nothing more than the progressive cant that we have been fighting since Woodrow Wilson.

At least the Democrats are out of clean and articulate Black spokesmen....they are stuck with Gropin' Joe!

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Open Thread

—Ace

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Kayleigh McEnany: I'm Stunned. I Was Asked 12 Questions About the Confederate Flag, and Not a Single Question About People Being Killed Due to the Riots

—Ace

The enemy of the people doesn't care about people, it turns out.

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Boy Was Trump's Speech "Dark," Huh?

—Ace

Meanwhile: The left has made America the Road Warrior.

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lol

—Ace

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Holy Shit Is S.E. Cupp a Stupid Bint

—Ace

Derek Hunter talks about her in his podcast, starting at just about 15:00 exactly.

Derek Hunter tells there a story about SE Cupp. She was disappointed she wasn't being given a Fox contract, so she announced she would work for a Think Tank, because she was An Intellectual of Renown.

Seriously.

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Open Thread

—Ace

Sorry, I'm sick as a dog again.

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Mostly Peaceful BLM Protesters Shoot and Kill an 8 Year Old Girl

—Ace

Filled with idealism.

There have been ongoing protests near the Wendy's restaurant in the aftermath of the death of Brooks and George Floyd, who was killed by police in Minneapolis on Memorial Day.

"Enough is enough," Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said at a Sunday news conference.

"You shot and killed a baby. And there wasn't just one shooter, there were at least two shooters," Bottoms said. "If you want to be part of a solution and not the problem, you need to clear out the area."

More:

The shooting occurred near the Wendy’s where Rayshard Brooks was fatally shot during a struggle with police last month. Brooks’ death escalated protests that had already been ongoing since the death of George Floyd, who died in Minneapolis Police custody May 25.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms said during a press conference on the shooting that it’s time for people to “clear out of that area” where Rayshard Brooks was shot.

“This discussion, this mediation, and … it’s over. At a point where an 8-year-old baby is killed, the discussions have ended.”


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The Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

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Progressives have the memory of mayflies. They're all like:

Progs: OK, we're going to have a new rule that says X.

Cons: Uh, it wasn't that long ago that you said you wanted a rule that said the exact opposite.

Progs: ( *pause* )

Progs: No, we didn't.

Cons: Yes, you did. See right here: ( *proffers indisputable evidence* )

Progs: ( *pause* )

Progs: But this situation is totally different.

Cons: You just want a different rule because it's to your advantage.

Progs: ( *pause* )

Progs: You're a white supremacist.


Of course, sudden and opportunistic rule changes are just one aspect of progressives' miniscule attention span. We also get sudden and opportunistic rewrites of history like this:

So national politics was all skittles and rainbow unicorn farts before Trump. Right.

I'm old enough to remember when George Bush was called Hitler by the left

I'm old enough to remember when Dick Cheney was called Hitler by the left (well, Himmler, but that's pretty much the same thing)

I'm old enough to remember when Mitt Romney (Milquetoast Mitt!) was called Hitler by the left

I'm old enough to remember when John McCain was called Hitler by the left

I'm old enough to remember when Sarah Palin was called Hitlerby the left.

Heck, even Bob Freaking Dole was called Hitler by the left. The internet isn't turning up any clever pics or memes, but I'm old enough to remember.

And of course, I'm old enough to remember when Richard Nixon was called Hitler by the left.

(Good retrospective of this phenomenon here.)

So this looks like it's going to turn into a 2020 campaign theme for the Democrats. That is, everything was great until the divisive Trump came along and dragged us all down to hell, we can go back to the status quo ante by getting rid of Trump. And this lame tweet was in response to another lame tweet by fake conservative uber-grifter Bill Kristol, so you know the NeverTrumpers are going to be solidly behind this, too.

But the reason it's so noisy is that we finally have a leader on our side who actually fights. And part of being a good fighter is knowing exactly who and what the enemy is and not being afraid to call them out publicly. And this includes refusing to go along with the pretense that the media is just sitting there on the sidelines refereeing the game when they're actually blocking and tackling for the other side.

The point is, the howling SJW mobs didn't start with Trump. They just got a lot louder.

And when they call for peace, peace, when there is no peace, the meaning of peace is actually different for each side. For their side, it'll be the peace of victory, for us, it's the peace of servitude.

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Mid-Morning Art Thread

—CBD

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The Miraculous Draught Of Fishes
Jacopo Bassano

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The Morning Report - 7/6/20

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning, kids. Hope you all had an enjoyable Fourth of July, the present troubles notwithstanding. On a very positive note, President Trump gave arguably his best, if not the most crucial speech of his presidency so far. With Mount Rushmore as the backdrop, he was figuratively as well as literally on the front lines of what has now devolved into a civil war for the heart, soul and future of this nation. Except it's not really a civil war but more of a hijacking of the nation, since only one side is advancing that aim by engaging in violence, intimidation and propaganda, with essentially zero pushback - Donald J. Trump and all of his standing with him being the exception.

... For this America, stunned by the senseless violence which pours salt in the wounds of [Chinese] COVID-19 and a shattered economy, the president's speech was just what the doctor ordered.

He paid homage to the "56 patriots" who gathered in Philadelphia in 1776 to sign the Declaration of Independence, which "enshrined a divine truth that... all men are created equal."

He even dared to say America was "founded on Judeo-Christian principles" with the family "the bedrock of American life," where "every child, of every color -- born and unborn -- is made in the holy image of G-d."

And in his forthright way, he fingered a "new far-left fascism that demands absolute allegiance. If you do not speak its language... recite its mantras and follow its commandments, then you will be censored, banished, blacklisted, persecuted and punished."

"It's not going to happen to us..."

Boom. No other President or politician allegedly on our side in my lifetime ever dared to directly indict and damn the Democrat Party and the Leftist-Progressive-Globalist agenda for their record of pain, misery and destruction and for warning about the consequences should they succeed. Not even the great Ronald Reagan. Actually, Donald Trump just declared the Democrat Party and the totalitarian thugs in it and supporting it to be an "evil empire." It's not hyperbole either. His speech was as factual an indictment of what they have done and intend to do and he essentially laid down the marker of what amounts to "over my dead body."

And then, there was the response from Joe Biden, or more likely Valerie Jarrett through the frothing, spittle flecked maw of Biden, who delivered 90 seconds of bilge appropriately enough a few feet from his basement sump pump:

... With this video, Biden has irreversibly thrown in his lot with the "America is racist" crowd. He started off bashing Thomas Jefferson -- who, not coincidentally, is one of the men depicted on Mount Rushmore and the principal author of the document for which we celebrate American Independence.

He then proceeded to declare that America is plagued by fundamental and "systemic racism," and declared the political canonization of the new patron saint of race-baiters, the martyr George Floyd. Rather than memorialize past presidents or true civil rights leaders, Biden saw fit to move our heroes to the back of the proverbial bus so that he could elevate Floyd above them in status...

... Biden himself helped to make the case for the incumbent president by being very clear about his plans to fully accommodate the vile anti-American forces on the rise in our country.

Just as President Trump vowed to protect American history, Joe Biden seeks to rewrite it in a way that would put even Orwell to shame...

... Although talk of a possible second civil war in our country is often breathless and exaggerated, it's fitting in the context of the 2020 election. Throughout most of our history, both parties have maintained that they love America, but simply have different ideas about how to improve it.

Now it is beyond clear, as articulated by both candidates, that only one party truly loves our country, while the other is ashamed of it. One party is campaigning on building on the past to create an even more glorious future, while the other seeks to tear down what we have already built so that we can start from scratch. Not since the election of 1860 has there been such a complete polarization between the two rival factions in American politics.

This election, put simply, is the first election since the Civil War to be about one thing and one thing alone: the grateful versus the ungrateful. There is no nuance anymore, nor is there any illusion of civility. One side loves America, while the other side loathes it and wants to replace it with something unrecognizable to our heritage...

Bingo. After this speech, I am much more confident that, barring anything unforeseen between now and November 3rd (both a blink of an eye and an eternity in politics), as well as the potential for election fraud on a massive scale now thanks to mail-in voting, Trump will win a second term. The only fly in that ointment is will the GOP retain the Senate let alone retake the House? The conventional wisdom states that unlike midterms, general elections tend to favor the incumbent and, the economic destruction brought about by the phony pandemic as well as the violence and mayhem of the past month aside, Trump should have some coattails that the party can ride in on. Albeit, not nearly as long as they might have been at the beginning of the year. That said, there are at least four hardcore anti-Trump Senators as well as organized pseudo-conservative establishmentarians overtly or barely covertly working to destroy his chances. And on the most crucial, unambiguous threat this nation has ever faced, instead of standing shoulder to shoulder with Trump and the American people, the GOP-e is pulling out all the stops to serve up the corpse of the Constitution on a silver platter to the Marxists. Thank you and fuck you Ron Johnson, Jim Lankford, Mike Braun and everyone of your ilk who are worse than useless. For fuck's sake, if this is what passes for opposition, my advice for the GOP is don't just do something; sit there.

Meanwhile, BLM - as in Burn Loot Murder - are drawing the ire of a lot of Black lives who supposedly matter, but mostly as political and physical cannon fodder for the movement. Even leftist Democrat Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms calls them out for the shooting death of an 8-year-old child. Along with the tearing down of monuments, the burning of the American flag and using it as a doormat on July 4th, the continued rioting and mayhem in Portland and elsewhere, and the media-embargoed wave of shootings in NYC, Chicago and elsewhere where police departments have been under the gun - forget the media, forget the Democrats; this is not playing well across a wide swathe of the nation.

With the election, as I stated, either a blink of an eye or an eternity away, the question is will all of this be forgotten by then?

NOTE: The opinions expressed in some links may or may not reflect my own. I include them because of their relevance to the discussion of a particular issue.

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Sunday Overnight Open Thread (7/5/20)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Quotes of The Day

Quote I

“The officers’ actions in these photos are appalling and inexcusable and will not be tolerated by the Interim Chief or by me,” Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman

Quote II

“Mount Rushmore is a symbol of white supremacy, of structural racism that’s still alive and well in society today,” Nick Tilsen, a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe and president of a local activist organization called NDN Collective,


Quote III

DiAngelo isn’t the first person to make a buck pushing tricked-up pseudo-intellectual horseshit as corporate wisdom, but she might be the first to do it selling Hitlerian race theory. White Fragility has a simple message: there is no such thing as a universal human experience, and we are defined not by our individual personalities or moral choices, but only by our racial category.Matt Taibbi

Quote IV

“They’re making money now, plotting to give seven billion, five-hundred million people a vaccination. Dr. Fauci, Bill Gates and Melinda — you want to depopulate the Earth. What the hell gave you that right? Who are you to sit down with your billion to talk about who can live, and who should die?

… I say to my brothers and sisters in Africa, if they come up with a vaccine, be careful. Don’t let them vaccinate you with their history of treachery through vaccines, through medication.” The Honorable Minister Farrakhan


Quote V

The left has been laying the groundwork for this anarchist takeover for a long time. But even they must be amazed that the conservative response was to roll over and play dead. Except maybe they’re not playing. Ann Coulter


Quote VI

We celebrate the 4th of July and not April 15th because, in America, we celebrate our independence from the government and not our dependence on it. Former WI Gov. Scott Walker

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Gun Thread: Day After Independence Day Edition [Weasel]

—Open Blogger

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I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

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Food Thread: A Lamb Chop A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

—CBD

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Lamb takes to garlic and Rosemary quite well, and as I have recently discovered, Sous Vide makes those loin chops particularly easy to cook. One of the challenges with them is that they are small and cook fairly quickly, so small variations in thickness or fat result in inconsistent doneness. But with Sous Vide those inconsistencies disappear because every bit of each chop is heated to the same temperature. And a relatively long cook time gives the lamb fat extra time to soften and melt and become unctuous rather than remain sort of hard and faintly greasy. Yeah, I have eaten badly cooked lamb (not in my kitchen!) and that is a deal breaker. Well, I'll still eat it, but I'll sulk afterward.

The chops I bought on a whim were fairly thin, so I was concerned that simply grilling them would require careful attention, and with several other things on the grill (hot dogs, ribs, asparagus) I didn't feel like worrying about it. The large Gin & Tonic had nothing to do with it.

So I popped them into a vacuum bag with garlic and fresh Rosemary, salt, pepper and a splash of olive oil. Then into the water bath at 131° for about 90 minutes. They came out ugly and gray and perfectly cooked! On to the grill for about five minutes and I was rewarded with juicy medium-rare chops that disappeared far too quickly. Next time I will get a double portion and have some leftovers.

One of the many advantages of Sous Vide cooking is the ease of timing. Everything was cooked in advance and required just a quick trip to the grill to be ready for dinner. And it doesn't even have to rest!

One thing I have noticed though, the more fat the better the results. That's why pork ribs turn out magnificently, but leaner cuts are good but not great. That may also be a function of my inexperience with the technique, but I think I am onto something.

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First-World Problems...Part Còig-deug

—CBD

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I bought only one!

On a lark, because these things usually disappoint. But this one was worth the $5. Lots of sparks and sound and colors and best of all it went really high!

And really, how can you beat the name?

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The Anti-Trump Left Pulls Out All The Stops With Their Lies About The President's Mt. Rushmore Speech: "Divisive," Racial Division," "Flouts Virus Rules," "Ominous"
Apparently They Didn't Read It!

—CBD

"Große Lüge," a big lie. Sound familiar? Hitler and Goebbels understood it and used it, and the American media, whoring for the Democrat party is an enthusiastic user of this anti-freedom technique to manipulate public opinion.

Or maybe they just didn't read it and used the talking points that the DNC sent them. Because they are catastrophically wrong about its tone and intent. Just read it for yourself!

A Magnificent Speech

The president’s speech was a passionate celebration of American freedom and American greatness—a greatness, he noted, that was embodied by the sublime majesty of the heads of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt sculpted into the granite pinnacle of Mt. Rushmore.


Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values, and indoctrinate our children. Angry mobs are trying to tear down statues of our founders, deface our most sacred memorials, and unleash a wave of violent crime in our cities. Many of these people have no idea why they are doing this, but some know exactly what they are doing. They think the American people are weak and soft and submissive. But no, the American people are strong and proud, and they will not allow our country, and all of its values, history, and culture, to be taken from them.
The Left's mouthpiece on 43rd street (The Whore Of 43rd?) is particularly vile...
His ominous remarks were a reflection of his political standing: trailing in the polls, lacking a booming economy or a positive message to campaign on, and leaning on culture wars to buoy his loyalists.
They embrace the polls, in spite of their rather poor record from 2016, they ignore the most current employment report that suggests a rapid return to economic health, and they can't stomach the idea that Americans like to be reminded that we have a great nation. As for culture wars? Defending Western culture and American Exceptionalism is anathema to the elites of the Upper West Side, if they even understand it.

I see the same old and tired techniques that are falling on increasingly deaf ears. Even Alinsky said that "A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag." The NYT and its ilk in the big blue cities need to move on to something a little more interesting, or they risk an America that tunes them out and tunes in to a president whose love for America and Americans is obvious.

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 07-05-2020

—OregonMuse

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Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Vienna, Austria


Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes, wine moms, frat bros, crétins sans pantalon (who are technically breaking the rules), and you deplorables who just want to be left alone, only you're slowly coming to the realization that Your Betters are not going to allow you to be left alone, even those who claim to be on your side. Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, a weekly compendium of reviews, observations, snark, witty repartee, hilarious bon mots, and a continuing conversation on books, reading, spending way too much money on books, writing books, and publishing books by escaped oafs and oafettes who follow words with their fingers and whose lips move as they read. Unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these these pants, which look like they might be functional for something, but I'm not sure what. Wait, I know. If you suffer from nocturnal incontinence, these are the pants for you.



Pic Note:

Yes, this is a repeat library, (for previous pics see this thread and that thread) but I found this photo and thought wow, the Horde has got to see this. I mean, that ceiling. Wow.


It Pays To Increase Your Word Power®



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Or "The riotous rioters rioted all night."

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EMT 7/5/20

—krakatoa

Did you independent?

I independented till I hurt.

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Saturday Overnight Open Thread (7/4/20) Happy Independence Day Edition

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Saturday Night Joke

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The Occasional Fishing Thread, Best Laid Plans Edition [Bandersnatch]

—Open Blogger

Welcome Piscators and Piscatrixes, Nimrods and Nimrettes, and Rough Riders of all genders to the current installment of the occasional fishing and hunting and other wholesome outdoorsness thread, Bander’s Not Here Edition. .

I had the best gag for this post. I was going to be off the grid because I need it and just leave you rapscallions to yourselves, but much as I wanted to I couldn’t avoid a couple absolutely have to be done things, so I haven’t set off. I will leave within a couple of days and I’m going without an agenda or timeline so I’ll be offline as much as possible.

I’ll be here somewhere:

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Saturday Afternoon Chess thread 07-04-2020

—OregonMuse

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WIM Cecile Haussernot (FRA)


Note: Due to my being involved with the prep for the 4th of July festivities here at Casa de Muse, all of the problems and the pics are repeats from earlier chess threads. Except for the Melania pics, which are from yesterday. And the flag dress.

We will have a fishing thread later. As always, the chess/dress pr0n thread is an open thread, so there is no such thing as an off-topic comment.



Beginner Problem - White To Play

Goal: White can force mate in 3
Hint: Deflect the rook


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Ace of Spades Pet Thread

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Good afternoon and a Happy Independence Day to you and yours. Since it's a national holiday there isn't much of an almost world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread today.

Open thread, dogs, cats, skunks, it really doesn't matter.

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Saturday Gardening and Puttering Thread, [KT]

—Open Blogger

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Happy Independence Day to all gardeners, putterers, outdoor enthusiasts and dreamers! Don in Kansas has posted a Garden Report that includes the photo above. It sort of reminds me of fireworks. There are more at the link.

The Nigella damascena flowers are pleasingly complicated and alien-looking, but nearly all of them are either white or blue. Blues are always welcome, but the package promised purples and reds as well. At least a third of them are single, and Nigella is one instance where double flowers are preferable. It's probably time for the seed producers to re-select their stock.

To go with that blue flower, here are some red and white geraniums. Remember our Swiss Garden Dog Guide? Her American Dog Cousin lives at the home where these geraniums are in the window.

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It's Independence Day! [KT]

—Open Blogger

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Happy Independence Day! The folks at Maggie's Farm got going earlier than I did this morning. Bird Dog reminds us that,

It's a good day to think about all of the wonderful things about the USA.

What wonderful things about the USA come to mind for you today?

The Mount Rushmore event yesterday got some great reviews.

I noticed this one from Quint and FenelonSpoke in the EMT this morning, which includes a review of the live Fox broadcast:

Great speeches last night by Governor Kristi Noem, The Secretary of the Interior, and President Trump. Thanks to Trump's speechwriter Steven Miller, If you didn't hear the speeches last night you can hear them on C-Span. God bless America!. Lord have Mercy!

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at July 04, 2020 07:37 AM (M7/zw)

Fox made a right mess of it. Whenever you are trying to watch a speech like that, a convention, dedication, or some other presentation, you are almost always better off going with Cspan. You can go between the two channels and it will be striking. Half the time Fox will be at commercial and the other half some blow hard will say he is "monitoring" the event.

Seems like good advice. Be prepared for the next one you watch live. The White House video of the event is included below.

Also below the fold, one reason why we need to remain vigilant about our independence.

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Saturday Morning Coffee Break

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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EMT 7/4/20

—krakatoa

Independence is a warm gun.

And oversleeping.

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The Itsy Bitsy ONT Went Up The Waterspout

—WeirdDave

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(Nobody tell the genie about Charlotte's Web)

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Open Thread

—Ace

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The Conservative Case For Mocking SoiBois

—CBD

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Why Yes, That Is A Pig In Flight! Judge Agrees With The Firing Of Political Apointees

—CBD

Michael Pack's nomination was held up by McConnell and the "Republican" senate for far too long, but it seems as though Mr. Pack is making up for lost time. And, shockingly, an Obama-appointed Judge agrees that administrative decisions belong to the administration!

Federal Judge Rules in Favor of USAGM CEO Michael Pack, Tells Fired Officials Decision Belongs "At the Ballot Box"

Federal District Court Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell, appointed by President Barack Obama, ruled in favor of U.S. Agency of Global Media (USAGM) CEO Michael Pack, dismissing a request from Ambassador Ryan Crocker, Ambassador Karen Kornbluh, and Michael Kempner, former members of the dissolved Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) and replaced members of the boards of directors of plaintiff OTF, RFE, Radio Free Asia, and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks, and Ben Scott, a member of the board of directors of plaintiff OTF, to reverse Pack’s decision to replace them on the broads of directors of USAGM’s non-federal entities. Judge Beryl denied their motion, stating that they “have fallen short of making the requisite showings“ to rule in their favor on their motion for for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction.
It's appointments like these that make me feel all tingly inside for President Trump. Is it happenstance or a plan? I have no idea, but Pack and Grennell and a few others are the ones to drain the swamp, and hopefully pave it over and build a shooting range. And a fundamentalist church. And a Proud Boys Club house. And the national chapter of Keep America Great.

[Hat Tip: muggedbyreality]

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Pre-4th of July Open Thread

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(H/T Bluebell, The Cauliflower Queen)

Our founding Fathers were not Karens.


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CNN: Study Finds That Hydroxychloroquine Helped Patients Survive Coronavirus, Cutting Death Rates In Half

—Ace

But but but it's going to kill you.

The Fat Thumb on Fox at 4:00 screamed that at me.

A surprising new study found that the controversial antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine helped patients better survive in the hospital.

A team at Henry Ford Health System in Southeast Michigan said Thursday its study of 2,541 hospitalized patients found that those given hydroxychloroquine were much less likely to die.

Dr. Marcus Zervos, division head of infectious disease for Henry Ford Health System, said 26% of those not given hydroxychloroquine died, compared to 13% of those who got the drug. The team looked back at everyone treated in the hospital system since the first patient in March.

I notice that AllahPundit, who literally writes up every single negative story about HCQ, generously permitted John Sexton to field this one at Hot Air.

S.E. Cupp, will you be noting this complete repudiation of your hysterias?

And what about this Fat Thumb?

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Open Thread

—Ace

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The Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

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So the CHAZ in Seattle is no more. The police moved in and cleared it out. Probably take weeks, if not months, to clean up all of the filth and debris. Most likely the murders that took place there will go unsolved.

So why were the Seattle police finally ordered to shut it down?

192 Mayor DumBitch had BLM thugs show up to her house. Now CHAZ is being taken down by the police. But remember she is a woman of the people and stuff.

Posted by: Hotgas VIP Member at July 01, 2020 11:53 AM (SjAGT)

In other words, BLM overplayed their hand. They pissed off the wrong people. I'll bet you anything that as soon as the mob showed up outside her house, Mayor Derpaderp was on the phone giving the 'go' order to shut down what she had previously called 'a big block party.'

And so the 'summer of love' officially became 'the winter of discontent.'

The Burn-Loot-Murder crowd should learn a lesson from this, but they won't.

But you know who could've told them this would happen? That crazy-ass college prof who made a multi-state nuisance of herself starting about, oh, what, 14-15 years ago, I'm not going to mention her name because I don't want to attract attention because the last thing ace needs is a mentally ill stalker pounding on his door, and yes, stalking and harassing is what she likes to do. When she's not in jail. It was like she was getting high from her psychotic behavior, only, like other drugs, she needed larger and larger doses to get the same high. So she went from extremely vile comments about a blogger's little kids to stalking ex-girlfriends and then random bar hook-ups, becausse yes, drinking was involved, too.

I saw the whole thing play out over the years like a slow-motion train wreck, and this is when my attitude toward law enforcement changed. Before this, I pretty much thought that LE could do no wrong, if you got your ass beat by the police, you obviously did something wrong, and the innocent had nothing to fear. Well, nothing happened to this crazy lady. She got warnings, citations, stern talking-tos, and that fearful punishment, probation. In other words, nothing. Nobody who could do something would do anything, not really, and she just kept up her psychotic behavior.

Personally, I think that LEOs are like the rest of us and simply don't want to have to deal with persistently crazy people, especially since involuntary psychiatric commitments are pretty much illegal, and you just can't shoot them, so what you can do? I think they just did whatever they could to push her out the door, get her out of their faces, and hoped for the best.

But the nutty professor just couldn't get that same old high, so she had to escalate. From her run-ins with the law, she came to know cops and lawyers and DAs and other LEOs, so she started to harass and stalk them. And then it wasn't long before they arrested her and when probation didn't work, she went to jail. That is, for the first time, something actually happened to her because of something that she did. And when she got out and violated the "no internet" condition of her early release (and also started harassing again), and then tried to run away, they eventually caught her.

Oh, and I suppose I should mention her parents as a contributing factor, they supposedly helped with her legal expenses and argued for lenient sentencing in court. In other words, they pretty much acted as her chief enablers.

But my point is, her crime spree only ended when she pissed off the wrong people, i.e. individuals with clout. The powerful. The privileged, if you will. I hate sounding like a damn commie, but there it is. If she had been able to show a bit of restraint and confine herself to harassing unimportant people such as bloggers and lovers who had jilted her, I think she'd still be free, even today.

So now I'm seeing cities burn while the police are told to stand down -- until the protestors suddenly show up in the posh neighborhoods. It's happened in Seattle, as ace discussed the other day, and also Portland, which maybe you didn't hear about. Antifa scum tried to set up their own autonomous zone, there, too, but the idiots made the mistake of creating a ruckus outside the Portland mayor's house, so they were quickly dispersed, and the autonomous zone never really got off the ground.

And apart from all this, I was also reading accounts of RICO abuses, civil asset forfeitures, and no-knock raids that went horribly wrong and the refusal of LE to take responsibility for the damages and deaths they caused. So let's just say that my views on LE and LEOs were becoming more, as they say, nuanced.

( *General Flynn nods sagely* )

Anyway, it must be absolutely infuriating to be a business owner caught inside the CHAZ, watching the police being ordered out and Antifa scum turn the neighborhood into a 3rd-world slum. And then have to listen to the mayor publicly announce that she's on the same side as the looters and antifa thugs. You can read some of her outrageous statements in the class-action lawsuit against the city of Seattle. Also see lovely photos of the utopia that the CHOPsters had set up. A second federal lawsuit was filed a day or two ago, but I haven't been able to find it online.

I hope there are a bunch of others.

This could be a red-pill experience for these people, but it most likely won't be. They'll most likely continue to vote for the most extreme Democrat on the ticket and as they see their city crumble into ruin before their eyes, they won't think of it any differently than they do an earthquake or flood. Eh, sh*t happens. They don't need a red pill, what they need is a red suppository. A real BIG one.



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Lot And His Daughters
Hendrick Goltzius,

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The Morning Report - 7/3/20

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning, kids. The weekend is here along with the 244th birthday of the United States of America. Tragically, the word "United" is very much in doubt, perhaps more than at any other time in our history. Strange, and rather ironic that it lands so close to the anniversary of my uncle's death in battle on Saipan. Given the situation we find ourselves in, you can imagine some of my emotions as I lit his "yahrzeit" (memorial) candle.

A yahrzeit is supposed to be a time of peaceful, somber reflection and remembrance. But within a few seconds of striking that match, I could not help but feel utter hatred and loathing, not so much for the blind pig-ignorant rabble burning, looting and killing but their leaders who have usurped and twisted the meaning of the words truth, justice and freedom - our very identity - to justify subjugation and destruction. The gargantuan lie of self-proclaimed oppression and victimhood while oppressing and victimizing what are supposed to be one's fellow citizens as evil demons and monsters to be eliminated is beyond my capacity to describe the sheer gall of the presumption. Stonewall Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Junipero Serra, Teddy Roosevelt, Christopher Columbus or even Mahatma-freaking-Gandhi - whether crude, spray-painted epithets or worse, the government-sanctioned removal, the demonization and erasure of our history is an abomination. Worse are the censorship and outright persecution of those who dare utter an opinion against this madness, and worse still, millions more who are scared into silence.

Antifa and BLM, dangerous as they are, are not the instruments of our doom; it's going to be corporate America, now occupied not by bedraggled citizens - now ex-citizens - of CHAZ-CHOP, but by equally brain-damaged stooges with Ivy League degrees and C-suite titles that potentially will bring us to our knees. Things like Nike no longer selling Washington Redskins merchandise may very well lead to the rapid demise of that team's name in a way that several decades of petitions never could have. And that's just one incident. When you consider the terrifying prospect of China's "social scoring," which our very own Google had a big hand in developing, being implemented here - and it may already be implemented - that is how 315 million of us will be made to care by a relative handful of insurrectionists. Couple that with one political party that is a de-facto enemy alien entity and another that is pretending to defend the Constitution, as well as a thoroughly corrupt bureaucracy and courts, propaganda-spewing media and brainwashing mills for schools and we have ourselves a situation.

That is the real desecration. That is akin to defecating on my uncle's memory and I cannot accept it. While despite the gloom and doom of the headlines I feel that President Trump will still prevail come November, we will still be a nation divided. The terror campaign as well as the economic front and psychological warfare that will be waged on him and us in the next four years will make the first go round seem like a picnic. And G-d help us if he loses. That said, and assuming victory, the question is what lies ahead at 12:01 PM on January 20th, 2025? Just like the distance between now and this November is both an eternity and a blink of an eye, so too is the former time frame.

In any case, all I can say is have courage, keep the faith, live for the joys and surprises life brings us, and preserve, protect and defend the memory of those who came before us. That is the America that is at stake. The collective memory of what was and what should be.

Happy Fourth of July. To independence, once again.

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Given the state of the union on this Independence Day 2020, I take you back to April of 1976 for a little bit of hope and a powerful metaphor.

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Tonight's ONT Is Down In The Dumps

—WeirdDave

Once again the media folder is filling up faster than the ONT is bleeding off content, so here's an attempt to catch up!

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Open Thread

—Ace

Thanks to redridinghood, I think.


Tomorrow will just be open threads. I need to chillax.

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This Cannot Go On

—Ace

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Nasty Racist Bitch Who Announced She'd Stab You In the Face for Having "the Caucasity" to Say "All Lives Matter" Loses Her Job Offer From Accounting Firm

—Ace

I saw the liberal NeverTrumpers virtue signalling that they think this cancellation was wrong, wrong, wrong, and they want to be on record as saying It's Just Not Fair!


You know what none of these people objected to?

The fact that on Monday, Twitch, Reddit, and YouTube conspired in a coordinated way to purge and deplatform pro-Trump accounts.

They always object to the right cancelling the left -- but quietly applaud when the left cancels the right.

Video streaming platform Twitch temporarily suspended President Donald Trump's channel and social media site Reddit banned a longtime forum used by his supporters in separate actions Monday aimed at curtailing hateful content that come as the tech industry grapples with its handling of the president.

Here was how Wired headlined the unprecedented mass deplatforming:

Social Media Drops the Hammer on Team Trump

It's now so out in the open that even the tech monopolists' leftwing allies don't feel the need to even put out the fig-leaf of cover for them anymore. They just admit -- almost brag -- about what their tech monopolist pals are doing.

In fact, the only people still lying to pretend what the tech monopolies are doing is not coordinated political interference is the alleged "conservative" media.

The leftwing media is more honest about this than the corrupt "conservative" media.

YouTube also announced purge of pro-Trump accounts on Monday.

Quick, I need the Corporate Shills at National Review to explain to me how monopolists acting in a coordinated fashion to promote one business (politics is a business) over another is somehow not a violation of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act and even if it is, who cares, let's just pretend that law doesn't exist because we believe in Laws Not Men.

Also this week: Someone posted on Facebook a video of liberals announcing that they'd be voting for Trump. FaceBook immediately deleted it.

Oh, and the dean of a nursing school just got fired for daring to say, "Everybody's life matters!"

Any protest from the Virtue Signaler Brigade?

No?

Crickets?

Taking a "Wait and See Attitude" on this one, huh, instead of popping off on Twitter?

How expected.

Not a word of protest from the Virtue Signalers who are so upset everytime a nasty, violent leftwinger gets some of the Cancel Culture that they themselves support.

Every single time a leftist gets a taste of their own cancel culture, the same assholes whine that "we're better than this," but never say a word about the constant harassments, threats, and purges that are visited on the right.

So to hell with this bitch.

And to hell with the ugly, desperate worms of the pseudoright desperately trying to social climb among their bosom pals of the Twitter Left.

I'm not trying to gain Social Credits from the Left, Seth and Bethany. I don't have to virtue signal about how my heart aches every time a leftist angel gets her wings clipped.

If you only object when people on the left (including your fake Republican twitter pals) get hit with cancellation -- that's not "principled." That's just partisan -- that's just you being on the other side.

People who admit they're on the left also only object to leftwingers being cancelled.

How are you any different, David French? Bethany Shondak? Seth Mandel?

You always are trying to grade-grub credit for "going against my own side," but you never do -- You're on the left. You're literally always on the left's side.

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