November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving ONT


Greetings and happy Thanksgiving! Tonight's ONT will be brief, but I have a few links for those of you who are fighting through a tryptophan-induced stupor in order to post here. Hope everyone had a wonderful day, filled with something like this:


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Happy Thanksgiving!



Thanks to @comradearthur

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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

You know, progressives sure do have a poor understanding of the whole 'equality under the law' thing that our country was founded upon.

Exhibit A:

You know, Weinstein, the ex-Gawker journalist, probably makes more money than I do, and undoubtedly has a louder voice than me and my 197 Twitter followers. Does this mean I can kill him and take his stuff? You know, because of the hypocrisy?

With all of the blowblack the left has been getting lately from the Sexual Harassment Apocalypse, based on rules they themselves put in place (that they never believed could be used against them), you'd think they'd realize they had better start being very careful about what they're saying.

Just saying.

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Thanksgiving Open Thread

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Morning Rant: J.V. Edition



There is some old lady in a pants suit sitting in a puddle of her own urine, drinking from a bottle of bourbon and muttering something about a "vast right-wing conspiracy." I think I'll throw some poo at her!

Kurt Schlichter nails it with this column. But one in particular makes me smile....
Seven Things Conservatives Should Be Thankful For

No. 1: Be Thankful That Hillary Is Not Our President.

The other ones are important too, but this one makes me smile on this beautiful, crisp, clear morning. I am sitting with a cup of good coffee, ahead of my cooking schedule, thinking about the tough fight we all have ahead of us. It's not going to be easy; saving America from those who would destroy it, but we took a big step last November, and it no longer looks quite so dire.

Enjoy the day, eat and drink too much, poke fun at your liberal relatives, and rejoice that we live in a truly exceptional country.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread


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A Pilgrim's Progress
Norman Rockwell

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The Morning Report 11/23/17

—J.J. Sefton


Good morning kids. Thanksgiving day is here. I'll try to keep it light and let the headlines speak for themselves. As Groper-Gate grabs the attention and headlines, we tend to get lost in the luridness of the charges and forget about who and what these people really are and what they are after, beyond the tits, mishes and tucheses of their targets. Take for instance the latest to be touched by the hands of fate: one John Conyers. This is from his dossier at Discover the Networks, which IMHO is a must-bookmark site and a who's-who of those hell bent on bringing us down:

  • Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Member of the radical Progressive Caucus
  • One of 13 founders of Congressional Black Caucus
  • Has longstanding ties to the Democratic Socialists of America
  • Advocates freeing convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal
  • Plotted with radical Ramsey Clark and others about ways to impeach President George W. Bush
  • Spoke in 2003 at anti-Iraq War rally of pro-North Korean Marxist group International A.N.S.W.E.R.
  • Voted against a resolution stating that "the United States and Israel are now engaged in a common struggle against terrorism."
  • His district has a higher proportion of Muslims than any other in Congress, and his official congressional web site can be read in Arabic
  • Spoke in 2005 at an event organized by accused anti-Semite Lyndon LaRouche
  • Orchestrated letter-writing and media campaign over so-called Downing Street Memo with help from George Soros-funded
And those are just the bullet points. Actually, it looks like his resume has not been updated in a while, but the picture is clear. Considering this fossil is pushing 90 and has spent almost half his life undermining this nation, too many people are not old enough to remember the things he's done and too many more have not been given the whole story thanks to the distortion or covering up of the MFM. Take a good long gander; it'll curdle your guts.

And on that note, I wish all of you a blessed Thanksgiving holiday. Let's count our blessings and celebrate with family and friends. And one big-ass Dagwood at 3:00AM tomorrow morning!

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

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Wednesday Overnight Open Thread (11/22/17) Thanksgiving Eve Edition

—Misanthropic Humanitarian


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Quote of The Day

Washington, D.C.
October 3, 1863

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward,
Secretary of State


The true story of Thanksgiving.

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Happy Thanksgiving Eve!


I hope everyone has finished up any traveling and most cooking.

And I hope everyone is feeling warm and grateful.

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Of Course: Germany Arrests Six Syrian "Refugees" For Plotting Christmas Day Terror Attack


Pretending a threat doesn't exist does not end the threat. In fact, it aids the threat to maturation into a slaughter.

This sounds like a sequel to the attack that took place last Christmas in Berlin. That’s when Tunisian refugee Anis Amri drove a truck through an outdoor Christmas market killing 12 people and injuring dozens more. Amri had pledged allegiance to ISIS before the attack.

This raid comes at the worst possible time for Merkel. As Jazz pointed out Monday, negotiations to form a new coalition government in Germany just collapsed. Merkel had been trying to form a government that included a right-wing party and the green party in addition to two other parties. And underlying Merkel's inability to form the new coalition was disagreement on immigration.

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Harvard Being Investigated by DOJ for Possibly Imposing Racial Caps on Numbers of Asian Applicants Admitted


Gentleman's Agreement, East-of-the-Levant Version.

(That's a reference to the Cary Grant (IIRC) film "Gentleman's Agreement," about admission caps on Jews.)

The Wall Street Journal reports that Harvard University is being investigated by the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. The investigation is looking into claims that Harvard discriminates against Asian Americans in admissions. The DOJ claims Harvard is refusing to cooperate and has yet to turn over a single requested document...

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Washington Post "Reporter" Gives Briefing to Democrats at Secret Strategy Meeting


Hand in glove. They always were hand in glove, but they tried to pretend they weren't.

Now it's just out in the open.

Washington Post reporter Janell Ross gave a presentation at a secretive California gathering where Democratic politicians, liberal activists, and their biggest donors plotted the future of the progressive movement without notifying her superiors that she would be attending, according to a Post spokesman.

The Democracy Alliance went to great lengths to keep the identities of its members and guests confidential at its fall investment conference last week at the La Costa Resort, but the Washington Free Beacon obtained a detailed conference agenda that lists both events and featured guests.

Among them was Ross, a national reporter who closely covered the 2016 presidential campaign for the Washington Post and has since continued to cover the Trump administration.

Ross sat on a panel to assist conference-goers on the topic of "getting the economic narrative right" in future elections, according to the agenda, which can be viewed in full here.

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Pictures Released of Al "Fondles" Franken Groping Arianna Huffington in a Photoshoot


Remember when these two nothings were doing a high-larious sketch called "Strange Bedfellows" as they showed that people from different sides of the aisle could get along? Except of course they weren't from different sides of the aisle; Franken was a loud and boorish liberal, and Arianna Huffington was ending her pretending-to-be-a-conservative phase and being more honest about her progressivism too.

Anyway, these pics date from about that era. "Fondles" Franken again seems to think it's pretty funny to grope a woman in a picture.

Arianna Huffington is defending "Fondles" Franken just like she ran defense for another one of her progressive darlings, an editor who had multiple sexual harassment allegations against him.

[H]er history with a former managing editor whose "transfer" to launch HuffPost India was later revealed to be result of an HR investigation into whether he had sexually harassed multiple young women in the New York office. Gizmodo recently revisited those allegations and not only independently confirmed that the investigation was indeed the reason for that managing editor's transfer, but that Huffington knew about his actions before they were reported to HR, according to a former employee with direct knowledge of the investigation.

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Thanksgivingmanship, Reposted


Reposted Yet Again. This is once again a thing, as progressives talk up how they're going to inflict their lunacies on the rest of their families on a day that is dedicated to gratitude, not grievance.

Some other people just turned it into Thanksgrivance Day, like Joy Reid:

Frequent James Comey marionette Ben Wittes is also in the mood for pills and razor blades:

He's one X chromosome and 30 years away from chopping off one side of his hair and dying the rest of it blue.

Below, the repost on how to deal with these deeply damaged bits of once-human debris:

Thanksgivingship: How To Survive Your Dull-Witted Progressive Adultchildren Relatives Who've Been Reading Vox and Buzzfeed Articles About How to Survive You

Oxford Don Stephen Potter introduced the world to the principles of Gamesmanship [don't comment on old posts, the system will ban you] the way to win at games by resort to cheap ploys which were very close to cheating without being technically cheating. He later expanded his inquiries into the general field of "Lifemanship," the discipline of embracing life in a dickish and hostile spirit, sabotaging social rivals without quite breaching social etiquette.

Given that the progressive elder-children-yet-not-quite-adults you'll be encountering this Thanksgiving (who I will henceforth refer to as "grownchildren") will be armed to the teeth with Vox explainers and Obamacare propaganda, I herewith humbly submit these first sketches of a new branch of Lifemanship I call "Thankgivingmanship," which I define as the gentle art of insulting the stupid without alerting them to the fact that they've been insulted at all.

It is the goal of the dedicated Thanksgivingman, then, to achieve the sublime art of giving offense without offense being taken.

My basic strategy is thus: It would be as rude of you as it is rude of your cretinous grownchildren kin to allow a Thanksgiving dinner into a stupid game of Rachel Maddow Talking Points and their rebuttals.

So, rather than confront the unemployed idiots who will be assailing you, I propose instead to superficially avoid conflict and engagement on their dummy mouthflappings, and appear instead to agree with them.

But -- and here is the point -- a skilled Thanksgivingman will only appear to agree with the grownchildren to feeble intellects, such as those possessed by the grownchildren themselves. Instead of disagreeing with them -- which will cause argument and anger -- you will instead claim to agree with them, while in fact contradicting them, subverting them, of baffling them with statements that nearly, but do not quite, make sense.

Our definitions and mission now established, we turn to the first of our three primary Thanksgivingmanship gambits:

The Neutral or Nonsensical Statement Disguised as Agreement.Progressives do not process language the same way human beings do; they chiefly adduce meaning from tone and body language, like dogs.

This means that you can say many things which are either irrelevant, nonsensical, or otherwise not in agreement with the progressive subcreatures you're temporarily amidst so long as you deliver your words with a warm smile and a lot of nodding.

You may also use uptalk to express an insincere solidarity. As with dogs and babies, progressives find artificially high-pitched vocal tones to be soothing and possibly a prelude to Walkies and Snackies.

Whenever a progressive grownchild says something stupid and ignorant, which will be always, do not engage on the merits. Progressive grownchildren will become highly emotional and agitated at the slightest show of disagreement, and may wet the floor or claw at the furniture.

Instead, say something which is either neutral or nonsensical (which successfully communicates your true beliefs to other real human beings capable of deciphering obvious meaning) while deploying smiling, nodding, and uptalk to falsely convey agreement with to the more-stunted intellect of the grownchild.

For example, if a progressive grownchild says, "Rachel Maddow is just so amazing," you can respond by nodding and saying "Absolutely, Rachel Maddow is without doubt a mammal." (Or: "A mammal...?")

Possible responses to common grownchild mouthchatter include:

"Well I see that the 'Faux Noise Machice' has gotten everyone riled up about so-called 'terrorism' again."

"Doubtless! Terrorists only win when allow them to make us afraid, or dead." (Or: "Afraid, or dead...?")

"Can't people see that stupid cons are doing Just What ISIS Wants us to do?"

"It's so obvious-- the attacks in Paris weren't just an attack on human lives. They were an attack on our shared human capacity to be alive." ("To be alive, and stuff...?")

This is a very simple one, which can be deployed in a variety of contexts:

"None of this is Obama's fault -- he's doing the best he can to keep America out of another War of Choice."

"Boy that Obama-- he is really something, isn't he?"

As the evening wears on, and you are preparing to depart, you may become somewhat more blatant in your stealth insults, like so:

"I just read an explainer about this on Vox."

"Today's world is so remarkable! When I was young, we had to read books and derive our own thinking for ourselves. What a time to be alive, when sounding vaguely informed is no longer a luxury of the intellectual, but a cheaply assembled ware available to those of more common intellect!"

Fake Statistics. It was my old friend Boston Irish who alerted me to this ticklish little trope, when he observed that no matter how absurd the statistic you proposed to a progressive, if that statistic seemed to call attention to whatever bugaboos xhe was excited about, xhe would respond with a gushing "I know, right?!"

He demonstrated this to me at a party by interrupting a couple of liberals talking, and announcing to them:

"You know, based on current statistics, in ten years, the entire state of California will be homeless."

"Right! I know!" came the response.

By the way, that is not schtick. That is not a joke written for this blogpost. I was really there, he really said that, that really happened.

After having secured the agreement to his obviously-crank "statistics," he turned to me with a slightly arched eyebrow and sipped his beer in quiet triumph.

This propensity of grownchildren to agree to whatever fantastical "studies" and "statistics" you propose to them can be exploited for much private merriment at the holidays.

Other gambits include:

* "You know, the average family of four pays more in ATM fees to the Big Banksters than they spend on rent."

* "By the year 2030, global warming predicts that the entire North American landmass will be flooded by seawater and wolves."

* "99.4% of the world's wealth is controlled by six-tenths of a single person."

* "More people are killed every year by shooting accidentally shooting themselves than who died in all the wars in the world combined, except for the Korean War."

You need to throw that "Except for the Korean War" in at the end because the claim, on its face, is too preposterous, so you deduct out Korean War deaths to bring it into the real of the plausible. (Plausible, that is, for progressive grownchildren.) It makes like you've done the math and just have to make this one little adjustment to get the numbers to work.

You may follow Boston Irish's trope of the obviously-crank "liberal study" claim, or you can try your hand at claims which are simply baffling nonsense:

* "Studies have proven that if you have a gun in your house, you are more in danger of being struck by lightning than being bitten by a rattlesnake. Think about it."

A minor variation of the Fake Statistic ploy is the Fake Profundity gambit, in which you propose some ludicrous "deep thought" which derives not from social science, but from your own personal philosophical inquiry.

For example, this one is best delivered with chin uplifted, Obama-style, and a metaphysical glaze of the eye:

* "For what is it that gives the terrorists power -- their weapons, or our primitive, irrational fear that they will kill us with their weapons?"

It is generally a useful practice to prefix such bits of nonsense with faux-biblical language, such as "For what..." or "Lo" and "Thus and so."

Fake Quotes. Progressives love fake quotes -- they just love dressing up whatever passes for this week's SJW Conventional Wisdom and attributing it to some historic figure.

Generally, these historic figures are very well known, because progressives don't know any historic figures except the very well known. Thomas Jefferson is always a popular choice. For "bad sounding quotes," Hitler is preferred. Napoleon and Marcus Aurelius may be deployed as well, but be prepared for some confused looks as to who it is you're talking about.

Offering a ridiculous quote can bring you and any other lively minds at the table great amusement. Your target will probably not notice the quote is fake, because he is an imbecile, and also because you'll have a serene, self-satisfied smile on your face as you say it, which he will read as "A Fellow Progressive in Discursive Mode."

This minor camouflage will permit you to smuggle huge amounts of nonsense in the guise of Wisdom of the Ancients.

Feel free to subvert your noddingsmiles with messages that are blatantly mottos of the NRA, if only the grownchild could understand simple words, which they cannot.

For example:

"Wasn't it Mahatma Gandhi who said, 'It is not necessarily the first man to shoot who wins the battle, but it is always the last man shooting who wins the day'?"

"As Gertrude Stein said" -- and I should say here that this gambit works best when you pronounce this name, for no particular reason, in an outrageous German accent, as Gaertruude Schteinn.

So, let's begin again: "As Gaertruude Schteinn observed, 'The man who is slowest to arm himself is quickest to savor the bounties of Heaven.'"

Another gambit is to offer up the following quotes, which are applicable in a wide range of situations.

"I forget which scientist said it, maybe Neil DeGrasse Tyson, but it's worth repeating: 'Wars of religion always make me laugh because basically you're fighting over who has the best imaginary friend.'"


"A great philosopher, Gaertruud Von Schteinn, once said, 'Fear causes hesitation, and hesitation will cause your worst fears to come true'?"

You will get big nods for these Aphorisms of the Sages. You yourself can take pleasure in the knowledge that both quotes are from the movie Point Break, delivered by Johnny Utah (Keanu Reaves) and Bodhi (Patrick Swayze), respectively.

If you get any verbal expressions of agreement, a "hear-hear" or an "amen," you can extend the joke by saying, "In the words of the spiritual master Boddhisatva, 'You can do what you want, and make up your own rules. Why be a servant to the law, when you can be its master...?" or "Six seconds and we're going to be meat waffles.'"

Make this trope your own. Have fun with it. If you want to claim that it was Niccolo Machiavelli who first advised, "Sweep the leg, Johnny," go with it, but try to get your more subtle Fake Quotes in before "going big" like that.

A Final Word. At some point, even an experienced Thanksgivingman will go too far, and give his game away. At that point, there will be sulks and silences, and the Thanksgivingman will have actually failed at his goal, which is to give offense without offense being taken.

In such straits, the Thanksgivingman, in order to be the polite person he wishes to be, will have to apologize -- it is the verminous grownchildren who have come to bicker and strife, after all, not the well-mannered Thankgivingman.

However, for the zealous Thanksgivingman, even an apology can be exploited for further Thanksgivingmanship points.

For example, if the childanimal you are speaking with declares:

"You're micro-aggressing me."

...then be sure to respond,

"Ah, then please sincerely accept my most micro apologies."

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Some Prominent "NeverTrumpers" Take Sharp Left Turn and Become NeverGOPers


Bret Stephens, Jen Rubin, and Bill Kristol have never been real conservatives, but have felt the need to pretend (slightly) so they could occupy positions of influence in a movement they were never actually a part of.

Now they're liberated to show their true liberal stripes.

Those are just some tweets illustrating this, but June Kelly's piece about the Dropping of the Masks is worth reading.

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ABCNews' Alleged "Proud Independent" Chief Political Analyst: There's a Big Difference Between Rapists and Molesters Working for "The Common Good" (i.e., Progressives) and Those Not Working for the "Common Good" (i.e., Conservatives)


When does this guy's scandal drop, someone wondered.

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Court Documents: Fusion GPS Made Payments To Three Journalists From 2016 to 2017


If you're going to work for the left anyway, you might as well get paid, right?

The revelation could be a breakthrough for House Republicans, who are exploring whether Fusion GPS used the dossier, which was later criticized for having inaccurate information on Trump, to feed anti-Trump stories to the press during and after the presidential campaign. The three journalists who were paid by Fusion GPS are known to have reported on "Russia issues relevant to [the committee's] investigation," the House Intelligence Committee said in a court filing.

But the recipients' names, the amounts, and purposes of those payments were either redacted from the documents that Fusion GPS filed to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia or were not disclosed.

Fusion has asked the court to issue a restraining order against the House committee, which is demanding documents from the company that, among other things, explain the payments it made to reporters. Most of the documents sought are banking records.

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The Morning Rant: J.V. Edition



The only thing this puffed-up clown deserves is a big pile of poo thrown at him. Why do you people take him seriously?

If you need to be convinced of the fundamental unseriousness of the American media, look no farther than the recent CNN interview with LaVar Ball, a self-promoting buffoon who has nothing to say of any importance, but is more than willing to tout his sneakers and criticize the President.

LaVar Ball responds to Trump, wishes him a 'great Thanksgiving'

That was a 23-minute interview! To be fair to CNN, Don Lemon, their crack journalist was unavailable, so they dug Chris Cuomo out of the play room and threw him into the mix. You have to give credit to their makeup department too...there isn't a speck of paste on Cuomo's face, and the contents of his diaper are nowhere to be found on his suit.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread


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Hipp Hipp Hurra! Kunstnerfest på Skagen (Artist Festival In Skagen)
Peder Severin Krøyer

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The Morning Report 11/22/17

—J.J. Sefton


Good morning kids. Well, it's the day before Thanksgiving and in the midst of all the insanity we have much to be grateful for. Mostly it's the Left-Democrat-Media-Entertainment Complex absolutely immolating itself over the sexual abuse scandals now affecting dozens of its key figures. At the same time, the nearly two year campaign to destroy first candidate and now President Trump has utterly backfired on them. In fact, I think it's safe to say that his popularity and support has, shall we say, stiffened, in the face of it all.

And that brings us to two pieces I thought worthy of attention (since obviously the media will embargo and/or distort them), the first being the trashing by Ajit Pai's FCC of Obama-era Net Neutrality regulations and the news that despite the resistance and recalcitrance of the entrenched Establishmentarians in DC, the President's next agenda item is pure red meat: spending cuts and welfare reform. And to Enron advisor Paul Krugman and stunted socialist Robert B. Reichhhhhhh-uh I say THAT is how you "pay" for tax cuts.

Back to the Leftist Perversion scandal (we need a name for this), as the allegations against Judge Roy Moore are being exposed faster than Harvey Weinstein can drop his drawers at the Botanical Garden, the President has all but endorsed him outright. Too bad his hot but stupid daughter decided to give a soundbite that Moore's opponent is now using in his campaign ads; not that that matters since I have seen reports that Moore is rising in the polls and in the all-important donations category. Also, we have several links that delve into the political and social ramifications of what George Neumayr at American Spectator describes as "the beta male sexual predator."

By the way, the Fusion GPS bank records have been finally unsealed and surprise! - there are payments linked from Russia as well as payments going to journalists. And the Uranium 1 Scandal may be heating up for Hillary and Obama. Yes, I know, with Snoozy McSnoozerson at the DoJ and Tray "tres gaudy" Gowdy on the case, those two will more than likely skate. But still...

On a personal note, I would like to extend a heartfelt vayr-ge-hargit and gey-kok-in-offin-yom to my alma mater, Brooklyn College. Despite the typical hippie bullshit of the 60s, it was always a decent bastion of learning until its devolution seemingly overnight into one of the worst Leftist indoctrination centers in the nation. Now the inmates in charge of the asylum are forcing cops to use bathrooms that are dilapidated sewers on the far end of the campus so the students won't be "triggered" by the sight of them. Disgraceful.

Lastly, we note with sadness the passing of David Cassidy at the age of just 67. Despite the upheaval and turmoil of the late 60s/early 70s, America was a kinder, gentler place (doesn't every generation think that about their youth?). The antics of Keith Partridge, the good-looking yet goofy heartthrob of TV's "The Partridge Family" was part of an entertainment landscape that let us escape from our troubles and "get happy." No idea what his politics were but he was a talented musician and a consummate performer. RIP.

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 (11/21/17)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Quotes of The Day

Quote I

We see soldiers in the media as sort of faceless characters, or sometimes just as the front of the conflict when unfortunately service in Israel isn’t a choice.” Mayan Toledano

Quote II

""Also in business environments, rubbing your penis against people — known as Frotteurism, in case you’re wondering — masturbating in front of them, or even showing your penis is wrong and humiliating and possibly illegal,

In fact, doing these things in almost all environments is wrong and possibly illegal." Charles Blow

Quote III

Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it. Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Another Accuser of John Conyers Comes to Light


The former staffer later withdrew the complaint, stating that she had "affection" for the "civil rights icon."

Still, she didn't seem to much enjoy working under him.

Another former staff member to Michigan Rep. John Conyers alleged that she endured persistent sexual harassment by the congressman, according to court documents.

A former scheduler in the Conyers' office attempted to file a sealed lawsuit against him this February in the US District Court for the District of Columbia that alleges she suffered unwanted touching by the Democrat “repeatedly and daily.” She abandoned the lawsuit the next month, after the court denied her motion to seal the complaint.

The woman was not involved in the 2015 sexual harassment and wrongful dismissal complaint that Conyers settled in 2015, which was revealed Monday by BuzzFeed News, and is now under investigation by the House Ethics Committee.

The lawsuit centered on behavior that took place later, from 2015 to 2016, but involves similar allegations. The woman said that shortly after she started to work for Conyers he began to make sexual advances in the form of inappropriate comments and touching.

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Bill Kristol: My "Inner Socialist," "Inner Feminist," and "Inner Liberal" Are Being Awakened


What's happening, he asks? Well, the guy has always had a Cuck Kuato growing out of his torso but now he's opened his jacket and let Cuck Kuato take over the most important organ in his body: His twitter account.

@comradearthur also sent this short video by John Cleese on the "advantages of extremism." It's applicable to any extreme, but it's especially applicable to Social Justice Warriors.

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This Heroic Cat Is Doing Everything Within His Power to Fight the Demons Within


If I were a criminal profiler, I would say this cat is escalating in his fantasies, and may ultimately act on them.

But for now he's just a cute cat who wants to touch a bird.

Update: I totally posted this by accident. I was just changing the date so that I would have it handy for tonight or tomorrow night.

Ah well. It's up now.

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John Conyers Paid $27,000 to Hush Sexual Harassment Claim; First Denies, Then Confirms Payout


Who could have possibly suspected that this corrupt old f*** was corrupt.

I mean sure, his wife is in jail for taking bribes, but who would have imagined criminality would have extended to him?

He's also accused of being a "serial sexual harasser."

A leading Democratic congressman settled a wrongful dismissal complaint for more than $27,000 in taxpayer funding after he allegedly fired the staffer because she would not "succumb to [his] sexual advances," according to a new report.

The congressman, Michigan Rep. John Conyers, is described as a serial sexual harasser who would prey on his female staffers in sworn affidavits signed by four of his former staffers. BuzzFeed News first reported the bombshell allegations and accompanying settlement after right-wing blogger Mike Cernovich provided the website with the documents.

One former female employee filed a complaint with the Congressional Office Of Compliance in 2014, alleging that she was fired for rebuffing Conyers’'sexual advances. It was that employee who eventually received a $27,111.75 settlement in 2015, in exchange for a confidentiality agreement. The congressman did not admit to fault as part of the settlement agreement.

"In her complaint, the former employee said Conyers repeatedly asked her for sexual favors and often asked her to join him in a hotel room. On one occasion, she alleges that Conyers asked her to work out of his room for the evening, but when she arrived the congressman started talking about his sexual desires," BuzzFeed reported. "She alleged he then told her she needed to 'touch it," in reference to his penis, or find him a woman who would meet his sexual demands."

This demented old satyr first denied the payout, then, I guess, checked with his large team of Memory Helper Nurses, and admitted the payout, while denying all charges.

At Hot Air, it's reported that Buzzfeed says they also have proof that Conyers knew about this settlement all along, so he was straight-up lying in his first statement.

Except for maybe the dementia.

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CBS, PBS Both Fire "Playboy Before Dark" Host Charlie Rose


PBS announce it has "terminated" all relations with Ladykiller Godiva, and CBS fired him.

Below, a Jon Oliver (yes I know he's awful, but bear with me) clip from 2016 showing Charlie Rose's flirty relationship with his CBS co-hosts.

Not harassment here, though: These two ladies present themselves as DTFCR, if you know what I'm sayin'.

These two women are the like the bar thugs who clapped and cheered in The Accused.

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Of Course


Now that's a Hot Take.

Newsweek is not a real news outlet. It's a stupid clickbait factory, beneath even Buzzfeed's level.

In case you didn't know, Charles Manson is in his last prison, Hell.

Norm MacDonald always makes jokes like this. One of his gags is/was, "Say what you will about Charles Manson, but the man can write a song." Don't take him too seriously.

This wasn't Newsweek's only descent into self-parody recently, either.

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Lena Dunham: Believe All Rape Accusers, Except for This Slut Accusing My Buddy


Nuance. Apparently "Believe All Accusations" really just means "Believe All Accusations made against people we don't like."

Lena Dunham has issued a statement in support of a former writer on her show "Girls" who was accused of rape Friday by a young actress named Aurora Perrineau. Perrineau claims she met producer and writer Murray Miller in 2012 when she was just 17-years-old. Friday, the Wrap reported that Perrineau had reported her allegation to police in Los Angeles...

The accused denies and suggests, through a lawyer, this is a money-play, and the accuser says she passed a polygraph.

So, I have no idea on who's telling the truth here.

But Lena Dunham does:

During the windfall of deeply necessary accusations over the last few months in Hollywood, we have been thrilled to see so many women’s voices heard and dark experiences in this industry justified. It's a hugely important time of change and, like every feminist in Hollywood and beyond, we celebrate. But during every time of change there are also incidences of the culture, in its enthusiasm and zeal, taking down the wrong targets. We believe, having worked closely with him for more than half a decade, that this is the case with Murray Miller. While our first instinct is to listen to every woman's story, our insider knowledge of Murray’' situation makes us confident that sadly this accusation is one of the 3 percent of assault cases that are misreported every year. It is a true shame to add to that number, as outside of Hollywood women still struggle to be believed. We stand by Murray and this is all we’ll be saying about this issue.

I'm old enough to remember when Lena Dunham said women do not lie about rape, because I'm old enough to have been alive this past August:

It's pretty interesting that women never lie about rape, until her friend gets accused, and then she allows that 3% of rape charges are "misreported" (apparently not falsely reported -- just misreported).

See John Sexton's link for the fall-out, including Lena Dunham being accused of racism because the accuser is biracial.

She's now also retracted back her statement, saying she regrets with every fiber of her being, and that's a lot of fiber.

As Kurt Schlicter says: You're gonna hate the new rules, which are really the old rules you've long pushed, now being applied to you.

Also see Sexton's piece about Mika Brzezinski stating flatly that Hillary Clinton needs to Shut the F*** Up about sexual harassment until her husband (and, presumably, she herself) admit to their own crimes.

Oh, and the Women of SNL have written a letter praising and defending serial groper Al Franken.

He groped another woman, too - Arianna Huffington, during a photo shoot.

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Some ESPN Personnel Sending Out Resumes In Anticipation of Next Huge Round of Layoffs


A bankrupt ideology leads to... well, pretty obvious, isn't it?

In the next few weeks, the Worldwide Leader is expected to undergo another round of massive layoffs -- Sporting News cites 40-60 layoffs coming, with Sports Illustrated reporting the number will exceed 100 -- and the next wave of who’s-next worry has many scanning their options.

According to a Monday Sporting News report, which cited a source at a rival network, some ESPN staffers already are sending out "just-in-case" resumes to competitors such as FS1, NBCSN and Turner Sports.

"The narrative from many long-timers still there is: 'I know my day is coming. It's not if. It's when,'" another source told the site.

The SJW Clownshow Sports Center is expected to face some of the deepest cuts.

But whyyyyyyyy????!!!!

Bonus, via Instapundit: ESPN hosts insists that no one he knows has stopped watching ESPN, and never will, because what would people do without television at night?

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The Morning Rant: J.V. Edition



Chimps have big balls, but damn! This chick is something else entirely. If I were a reporter in that room I would be very careful about throwing poo at her....she's scary.

This is how it is done. Shoving the leftist media's narrative right down their throats.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread


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The Morning Report 11/21/17

—J.J. Sefton


Good morning kids. Up front (heh) we have the continued fallout from the Al Franken sex-cade, as pictures from a 2000 photo shoot show him groping Arianna Huffington's considerable bits. Though she claims it was all in fun (well, yeah, I guess) several witnesses on the set say she was very uncomfortable and Franken was unrelenting in the groping and grabbing. And the mystery member of the Congressional Black Caucasians who has been paying hush money to his victims turns out to be Leftist Detroit fossil John Conyers. And the hits just keep on coming, folks.

In other news, the Trump Administration has put North Korea on the list of state sponsors of terrorism. More accurately, it has returned it to the list since a previous administration took it off. No reaction yet from Whoa, Fat! In California, rogue judge William Orrick has declared PDT's executive order on so-called "sanctuary cities" unconstitutional. Funny how a living and breathing document can have a clear, unambiguous meaning in the eyes of these momzers at just the right time. In a just and sane world, Orrick should be defrocked and kicked out, and the 9th Circuit dissolved.

Meanwhile, Lawrence "voices in my head" O'Donnell says that Bernie Sanders, thought leader of America's youth, would never go on his show because it was past his bedtime. The revolution won't be televised, evidently, mostly because its leader is a noddy alte-cocker and dozes off in front of the tele. And speaking of the Left, I know I touched on it yesterday, but Charles Manson was not just a sick mass-murdering cult leader; he was part and parcel of the counter culture who not only worshipped him but whose leaders were inspired by his actions and led their own campaign of political terror for almost a decade after. Then, temporarily forgoing the molotov cocktails, it's fair to say that the direct political descendants of the Manson Family ran the country from 2009-2016. And quite a few are still entrenched in the bureaucracy. See Paul Kengor's excellent piece in the sixth link.

Lastly, in the make-your-blood-boil department, TMR favorite Daniel Greenfield delivers another outstanding piece about how Obama's disastrous foreign policy fueled a resurgent slave trade in Africa, as he trashed America as irredeemably racist because of its original sin of slavery. Ironically, I find my hatred of what that man did to our wonderful country only intensifying as his eight year reign of error recedes in the distance.

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 (11/20/17)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian


(Come fly away to The ONT)


Quotes of The Day

Quote I

Over the years, I developed a fail-safe cure. Basically, I’d mix four tablespoons of brandy with four tablespoons of port, throw in some milk, a few egg yolks, and — if I was in a festive mood — some nutmeg. The second I woke, I’d mix it up and down it. The way it works is very clever: it gets you instantly blasted again, so you don’t feel a thing. The only drawback is that, unless you keep drinking, the hangover that eventually catches up with you is about a thousand times worse than it would have otherwise been. Ozzie Osbourne

Quote II

“Personally, I’ve begun to feel that my Second Amendment rights are being violated. I was promised the right to a well-regulated militia, and instead I see a nation that falls victim, week after week, body after body, to a series of unstable people with elaborately hoarded arsenals. I am absolutely sure our founders would be appalled. I am absolutely sure that our founders would not wish that we run out and buy even more guns because of it.” – Tess Tayor

Quote III

“There can be 12 white, blue-eyed, blond men in a room and they’re going to be diverse too because they’re going to bring a different life experience and life perspective to the conversation,”Denise Young Smith

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Lois Lerner and Holly Paz: If Our Explanations for Targeting the Tea Party Are Ever Revealed to the Public, There's a Chance of Such Public Anger Our Lives Would Be Endangered; So They Must Remain Sealed Forever



Former IRS executive Lois G. Lerner told a federal court last week that members of her family, including "young children," face death threats and a real risk of physical harm if her explanation of the tea party targeting scandal becomes public.

Ms. Lerner and Holly Paz, her deputy at the IRS, filed documents in court Thursday saying tapes and transcripts of depositions they gave in a court case this year must remain sealed in perpetuity, or else they could spur an enraged public to retaliate....

Ms. Lerner and Ms. Paz gave taped depositions in a class-action lawsuit brought by tea party groups demanding answers and compensation for having been subjected to illegal targeting for their political beliefs.

The government settled the class-action lawsuit in Ohio and another tea party challenge in the District of Columbia in two agreements last month, admitting to the illegal behavior. The Ohio settlement also called for the government to pay $3.5 million to the tea party groups, according to one of the plaintiffs.

Ms. Lerner came in for particular criticism, with the government admitting she not only didn't stop the targeting -- contradicting the Obama administration's claims -- but also hid it from her superiors in Washington.

During the course of the Ohio case, the tea party groups filed thousands of pages of documents, but testimony from Ms. Lerner and Ms. Paz was left out of the public record because of their earlier request for privacy.

Now Ms. Lerner and Ms. Paz say that since the case has been settled, there is no reason for their testimony to ever become public.

So far the judge has ruled in their favor regarding suppressing the critical information of how government officials behaved in a way now confessed to be illegally. I'm almost certain he'll once again rule that the Public Has No Right to Know What Its Paid Officials Do To Them.

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Cowbell: US Growth Forecasts on the Rise


A growing economy is a president's best Tweet.

Don’t look now, but U.S. growth forecasts are moving higher. That’s helping to support U.S. stocks.

Projections for U.S. economic growth from two Federal Reserve banks have risen in recent weeks. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York on Friday forecast that gross domestic product will rise 3.8% in the fourth quarter, up from a forecast of 3.2% a week earlier.

A separate measure from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta forecast 3.4% growth last week. Research firm DataTrek noted that the rival forecasts are outpacing projections from human economists, who on average expect 2.7% growth for the quarter.

Even if the less optimistic Atlanta Fed model is correct, it would be the best quarter for the U.S. economy in more than three years.

Isn't the 3.8% projected growth perilously close to the 4.0% Trump called for, which many said was impossible (because Obama hadn't managed anything close)?

While voters -- including Trump voters -- fault him on his "chaotic"
style, they are pleased with the economy:

But when the subject turned to the economy, opinions of Trump noticeably warmed.

Trump wants to "bring the economy jobs 00 infrastructure, construction," said Katrina Harrell, a 38-year-old black self-employed businesswoman who voted for Hillary Clinton last year. Harrell was extremely critical of almost all other aspects of the administration, but on the economy she gave Trump credit.

"I think those are good moves," she said. "I mean, that's what he knows -- business."

Another Clinton voter, Jacob Eubank, a 35-year-old, white administrator at the University of North Carolina campus in Wilmington, shared a similar view.

"I think he's good just for the stock market," he said.

Michael Leimone, a 41-year-old cook who voted for Trump last year but now finds him disappointing, praised his economic record.

"I think he's turning it in the right direction," he said.

Comments like that exasperate Democratic officials, who say that there's little evidence to back Trump's claim that his election has worked a turnaround in the U.S. economy.

The Economist reports that blue-collar wages are "surging" -- and then gives most of the credit to Barack Obama (natch).

IF THERE was a defining economic problem for America as it recovered from the financial crisis, it was stagnant wages. In the five years following the end of the recession in June 2009 wages and salaries rose by only 8.7%, while prices increased by 9.5%. In 2014 the median worker’s inflation-adjusted earnings, by one measure, were no higher than they were in 2000. It is commonly said that wage stagnation contributed to an economic anxiety in middle America that carried Donald Trump into the White House.

Yet Mr Trump's rise seems to have coincided with a turnaround in fortunes for the middle class. In 2015 median household income, adjusted for inflation, rose by 5.2%; in 2016 it was up by another 3.2%. During those two years, poorer households gained more, on average, than richer ones. The latest development--one that will be of particular interest to Mr Trump--is that blue-collar wages have begun to rocket. In the year to the third quarter, wage and salary growth for the likes of factory workers, builders and drivers easily outstripped that for professionals and managers. In some cases, blue-collar pay growth now exceeds 4% (see chart).

"Coincided." The leftwing Economist then goes on to femsplain that this is just an acceleration of trends that started under Barack Obama that no one ever noticed and that didn't show up in economic data.

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Washington Post: Eight Women Accuse Charlie Rose of Having Sexually Harassed Them, With "Nudity," "Groping," and "Lewd Calls"


I can't read the story -- I don't pay for the Post and never will -- but the sub-hed says that "the incidents took place with employees, interns, and job applicants."

Employees, interns, and job applicants.

That's gonna be a problem. Especially the last two. Though if "employee" means works-directly-under-you, that's a big deal too.

If anyone has a cop of this story, please email it to me.

Here's some nuggets from Twitter:

Update: Here's the Hollywood Reporter's recap of what the Washington Post claims.

The ages of the women range from 21 to 37, with alleged incidents dating from 1990-2011... Due to his stature in the industry, five of the eight women that spoke to the Post did so on the condition of anonymity.

The allegations from the multiple women have a variety of similarities. Five separate accusers described incidents in which Rose put his hand on their upper thigh in order to get a reaction. Two women claimed Rose emerged from a shower and walked around naked in front of them. One claimed that Rose groped her bottom at a staff party....

One of the accusers who spoke to the Post on the record, Reah Bravo, was an intern and associate producer in 2007 for Rose’s PBS show, claimed Rose made unwanted sexual advances toward her while she was working for him at his private waterfront estate in Bellport, New York. She called Rose "a sexual predator" and also claimed he made advances on her while they were traveling together in cars, a private plane and in a hotel suite.

Another on-record accuser, Kyle Godfrey-Ryan who was one of Rose’s assistants in the mid-2000s, claimed that on over a dozen separate occasions Rose walked nude in front of her while she was working at one of his New York City homes. She was 21 years old at the time. She also claims that Rose called her multiple times, early in the morning or late at night, to describe fantasies of her swimming nude in his pool while he watched from his bedroom.

Ryan says she brought the calls up to Rose's longtime executive producer Yvette Vega, who she says responded, "That’s just Charlie being Charlie." Ryan claims she was fired by Rose shortly thereafter.

Again with the walking around naked.

Honestly, I had no idea this was such a thing.

I'd always heard that Charlie Rose was a lothario who got a lot of women. Maybe he did when he was younger, and maybe, as he aged, he was frustrated to find that the young flowers didn't turn to his sun and open their petals like they used to. Maybe he started getting more aggressive.

I don't know. I can't even read the story. I don't know if any of this is true. I'm just telling you what people in whom I have absolutely no trust are saying about someone else I have no trust in.

Once again, we see accused progressive men using similar language in their mea non culpas.

The OODA Loop Is Accelerating:

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New York Times Suspends Glenn "Thumb Fedora" Thrush Over Sexual Misconduct Claims


Ladies, stay away from Fedora Tippers.

The New York Times said on Monday that it was suspending Glenn Thrush, one of its most prominent reporters, after he was accused of sexually inappropriate behavior.


"The behavior attributed to Glenn in this Vox story is very concerning and not in keeping with the standards and values of The New York Times," The Times said in a statement on Monday. "We intend to fully investigate and while we do, Glenn will be suspended."

The Times also said Mr. Thrush had said he planned to enter a substance abuse program and that the newspaper supported his decision.

The substance he's been abusing? The most addictive drug in the world -- mish.

Here's the Vox story accusing him of "luring" young female reporters into private tete-a-tetes and then turning the meeting in a sexual direction.

A friend of the woman confronted him in a text, demanding he never "lure" women into such a situation again.

Those texts are here.

Thrush was apologetic but defensive.

"I don't lure anybody ever," he wrote, according to screenshots provided by Padro Ocasio. "I got drunk because I got some shitty health news. And I am acutely aware of the hurdles that young women face in this business and have spent the better part of 20 years advocating for women journalists."

I love that their go-to defense is always "I tell other men not to do the things I do."

If Thrush is acutely aware of what young women face in the business of political journalism, he should also know it’s because he himself is one of the problems women face. Five years ago, when Thrush and I were colleagues at Politico, I was in the same bar as Padro Ocasio's friend -- perhaps the same booth -- when he caught me off guard, put his hand on my thigh, and suddenly started kissing me. Thrush says that he recalls the incident differently.

Three young women I interviewed, including the young woman who met Thrush in June, described to me a range of similar experiences, from unwanted groping and kissing to wet kisses out of nowhere to hazy sexual encounters that played out under the influence of alcohol. Each woman described feeling differently about these experiences: scared, violated, ashamed, weirded out. I was -- and am -- angry.

Details of their stories suggest a pattern. All of the women were in their 20s at the time. They were relatively early in their careers compared to Thrush, who was the kind of seasoned journalist who would be good to know. At an event with alcohol, he made advances. Afterward, they (as I did) thought it best to stay on good terms with Thrush, whatever their feelings.

"I apologize to any woman who felt uncomfortable in my presence, and for any situation where I behaved inappropriately. Any behavior that makes a woman feel disrespected or uncomfortable is unacceptable," Thrush said in a statement emailed to me on November 19.

This seems to be yet another I Admit Nothing But Apologize For Everything statement of the kind we're growing so familiar with, though at least he does suggest that maybe he behaved "inappropriately." But that's pretty vague, isn't it? By design, I'd imagine.


It wasn't that Thrush was offering young women a quid pro quo deal, such as sex in exchange for mentorship. Thrush, just by his stature, put women in a position of feeling they had to suck up and move on from an uncomfortable encounter.

On that night five years ago, I joined Thrush and a handful of other reporters for a few rounds at the Continental, a Politico hangout in Rosslyn, Virginia. At first, nothing seemed strange, until the crowd had dwindled down to Thrush, me, and one other female colleague.

Thrush tossed a $20 bill at her and told her to take a cab and leave us, "the grown-ups," alone. He slid into my side of the booth, blocking me in. I was wearing a skirt, and he put his hand on my thigh. He started kissing me. I pulled myself together and got out of there, shoving him on my way out.

In the morning, Thrush sent me an apologetic email. I didn't save it, but I recall it as similar to the one he would later send to Padro Ocasio's friend in June. He said he was sorry, but he didn't say for what, exactly.

Ah there you go: I Admit Nothing But Apologize for Everything.

She says Glenn Thrush began spreading the rumor that she had come on to him, and says she heard from other women that he pulled the same crap with them. (See article for that.)

The writer details a couple of other stories which are more ambiguous and scandalous than actionable or criminal. But together, taken as true, they present a guy with a problem, and his problem makes problems for women.

She mentions that some women spread rumors/warnings to never attend an event with Thrush where drinking was involved, and to ignore his private Direct Messages on Twitter. Coincidentally -- or not -- Thrush stopped tweeting on September 19th, exactly a month two months (for those who can count, a category that does not include myself) before the November 19th statement he made to this writer. One wonders if she had been using twitter as a means of asking questions before he shut it down.

Some of this is... I don't want to say defensible, but let me say this: Many people, when meeting and trying to make a good impression, have a self-interested reason for being friendly. They want to "network," they want to make a good impression on someone who can do them career favors. And sometimes they want to get laid.

I don't think it's fair that two people can have different motives for pretending to be interested in each other -- one for careerist reasons, the other for sexual reasons -- and say "Oh the latter self-interested reason is bad."

Someone using someone for one selfish reason (help me get ahead in my career) can't be that surprised that the person they're trying to use is also trying to use them (help me feel like I'm the sort of man women desire).

And without a direct chain-of-command type situation, where the women he's kissing up on are his actual underlings who he can promote or frustrate in their careers at his whim, I don't know if we can go around criminalizing men's advances to women. Even if those men are married, and even if they look like Glenn Thrush.

That said, some of this stuff, if true, does seem to cross the line. Alcohol, I guess, is being offered as an affirmative defense here, and yeah, people make bad decisions when drunk, and tend to miss subtle nonverbal hints like "This woman is totally turned off by me and almost cringes at my advance."

Still, after a couple of times of being told "You get out of control with women seeking career help," maybe pull a Franken and "reflect" with your family a bit?

And what the hell's with the "she came on to me" bullshit? Not a crime -- but it seems so pathetic as to verge on pathological.

If true, of course.

In any event, this is the sort of thing Glenn Thrush must be talking about when he claims he's "championing" women in the workplace.

By the Way: I tried to link this meme in the last post, but I glitched it. Here's hoping it works the second time.

PS, I wanted to mix in a non-sex-harassment post between the last one but everyone keeps talking about this Ovoid Thumb so I figured, let's get it out of the way.

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Angry Partisan Thumb: Bill Clinton's 1978 Rape of Juantia Broadderick Was "Empowered" by the Republicans' Defense of Clarence Thomas Thirteen Years Later in 1991


Okay, #FakeNews "Republican" (actually, he claims to be a "Proud Independent," which is also #FakeNews) and ABC Political "Analyst" Matthew Dowd doesn't talk about the Juanita Broadrick rape. But surely he knows that Clinton's abuse of women long predates the Clarence Thomas hearings...?

Apparently not. By his telling, Clinton was "empowered" to do things in the past by things that would only happen in the future.

According to Dowd, the only reason Justice Thomas was confirmed to sit on the court was that of tribal politics. "I think until we take off our jersey and say some things are not about our Jersey. Some things are not about the tribe that we're in," he pontificated. "We saw this in '91, then the Republicans gave up their values in order to get Justice Thomas on the court."

"They basically called Anita Hill a nut and a liar in order to get Justice Thomas on the court. They empowered Bill Clinton," he continued to proclaim, devoid of any facts or reason. "But in order to get those things, they decided the ends justify the means. They decided that a tainted person was better to get what they wanted."

Here are some people who cannot take their partisan shirts off and call out sexual assailants:

Notice they refuse to note that Leeann Tweeden also alleged that Franken committed the sexual battery of sticking his tongue into her mouth, not only unexpectedly but previously explicitly forbidden.

She said "NO" even to a fake stage kiss; he decided to force his tongue into her mouth anyway.

Here's another guy who can't take off his partisan shirt and call out his own tribe: Matthew J. Dowd himself, who, despite my badgering, continues insisting that Al Franken owned up to what he did:

No, he didn't. This is the standard liberal line, from Matthew Dowd to FoxNews "analyst" AB Stoddard: Al Franken admitted what he did.

No, he didn't. Tweeden had photographic proof he groped her; he "admitted" that, which could not be denied. There was a fucking picture of him caught red-handed, as it were.

He refuses to admit the even more egregious part of her allegation, that he forcibly tongue kissed her.

"He just put his hand on the back of my head and mashed his face against me," Tweeden said in a news conference Thursday. "It happened so fast. He mashed his lips against my face and stuck his tongue in my mouth so fast. All I can remember is that his lips were really wet and slimy."

Franken has not only not admitted that act but has said he has a different memory of the moment.

"I certainly don't remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann," Franken said in his first statement after the news broke.

Later, in a more extensive statement -- one in which he discussed the photo at length --- Franken said, "While I don't remember the rehearsal for the skit as Leeann does, I understand why we need to listen to and believe women's experiences."

On Friday, Franken addressed the subject for a third time, in an email to Tweeden. He apologized for the photo, but said, again: "I remember that rehearsal differently."

Franken added, on the rehearsal incident, that "What's important is the impact on you and you felt violated by my actions. For that I apologize." The email was a classic I'm-sorry-if-you-were-offended apology that did not admit the behavior alleged.

In none of the statements did Franken say what his memory of the incident is.

He's calling her a liar. That's what you're saying when you say your "memory differs."

Because there's no proof on that one.

Just her claim.

Which counts as proof against Roy Moore, but not against Al Franken, for some reason I can't even guess at.

And I think the forcible tongue-kiss is the worst offense. I suspected women would say the same thing, so I put up a poll on Twitter:

691 votes, 91% saying the forcible tongue kiss is the more egregious violation, only 9% saying the groping was the worst one.

A friend relayed to me the input of his wife. She said the tongue-kiss was worse, "and it isn't even close."

I suspect that's because of the penetrative, wet, biological agent aspect of it.

I also suspected that because I tried imagining what I would think was worse, if a gay guy did the same to me. (I say "Gay guy" because an unwanted sexual battery from a woman, while unwanted and maybe even gross, wouldn't really be a huge deal either way. I'd just push her away and say "Stop.")

Some guy pulling a Terry Crews on my junk -- a brief squeeze -- versus a tongue-in-your-mouth forcible kiss? As my friend's wife said: Not even close.

Not happy about either, but the latter is definitely worse.

But the media -- Matthew Dowd, Dave Wiegel, Gloria Borger, that partisan robot Josh Marshall, FoxNews' AB Stoddard -- all insist on pretending the latter just wasn't alleged at all, so they can claim that Al Franken "manned up" and admitted his sins.

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The Science Is Settled: Scientists Discover "Wetlands" Are a Major Producer of a *Real* Greenhouse Gas, Methane; "Models" Have Failed to Account for Large Amounts of Methane Being Produced by Wetlands


In other words, a major real greenhouse gas, methane, has been undermodeled in these #FakeNews models, so that increases in temperature have been attributed to carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas so weak it's an open question if it should be classified as a greenhouse gas at all.

But you're a Science Denier for reading this actual science.

COLUMBUS, Ohio–A study of a Lake Erie wetland suggests that scientists have vastly underestimated the number of places methane-producing microbes can survive -- and, as a result, today's global climate models may be misjudging the amount of methane being released into the atmosphere.

In the journal Nature Communications, researchers at The Ohio State University and their colleagues describe the discovery of the first known methane-producing microbe that is active in an oxygen-rich environment.

Oxygen is supposed to be toxic to such microbes, called methanogens, but the newly named Candidatus Methanothrix paradoxum thrives in it.

In fact, 80 percent of the methane in the wetland under study came from oxygenated soils. The microbe's habitat extends from the deepest parts of a wetland, which are devoid of oxygen, all the way to surface soils.

I think that means the methane being produced by wetlands is 500% what it had been estimated as. They assumed it could only be produced in the 20% of wetland soil that was oxygen-poor, but it turns out it can be produced from oxygenated soils too (that is, all soil, not just the 20% they previously assumed).

"We've always assumed that oxygen was toxic to all methanogens," said Kelly Wrighton, project leader and professor of microbiology at Ohio State. "That assumption is so far entrenched in our thinking that global climate models simply don't allow for methane production in the presence of oxygen. Our work shows that this way of thinking is outdated, and we may be grossly under-accounting for methane in our existing climate models."

More work needs to be done before researchers can determine exactly how much more methane is out there, but the microbe's habitat appears to be global.


Researchers have long known that wetlands are Earth's largest natural source of methane. They've placed estimates on the amount of methane produced globally based on the notion that only the oxygen-free portion of any wetland could harbor methanogens.

In just the last decade, ocean researchers have seen evidence of methane being produced in oxygenated water, and dubbed the phenomenon the "methane paradox," but no microorganism has been found to be responsible.


When doctoral student Jordan Angle analyzed the samples, he found something strange: Soils that were rich in oxygen contained more methane than soils that lacked oxygen.

"I didn't believe it, and thought he'd gotten the samples mixed up," Wrighton said.

The new methane-generating microbe will be given the common name "Al Franken's Busyhands," because it smells like ass.

Posted by Ace at 01:44 PM Comments

Another Woman Accuses Al Franken of Groping Her, When He Was a Sitting Senator in 2010


I'm sure he has a different recollection of the encounter, but also apologizes for... nothing.

Um, I said that as a joke, because that's been his previous Crisis Communications Firm scripted line. In fact, it's been several of these guys' line -- Ben Affleck claims he does not remember if he groped an actress, but either way, he's sorry. Kevin Spacey said he didn't remember molesting a then-16-year-old kid, but whichever way, he's sorry.

However, it turns out that's exactly what he did say in this incident as well -- I don't remember this happening, but I'm sorry. For... unspecified reasons.

The Crisis Communications Script seems to call for Apologies Without Admissions -- which makes them not apologies.

A woman says Sen. Al Franken inappropriately touched her in 2010, telling CNN that he grabbed her buttocks while taking a photo at the Minnesota State Fair.


Lindsay Menz, a 33-year-old woman who now lives in Frisco, Texas, reached out to CNN on Thursday hours after Tweeden made her story public. Menz said she wanted to share an "uncomfortable" interaction that left her feeling "gross."

According to Menz, she attended the Minnesota State Fair with her husband and father in the summer of 2010, almost two years after Franken was elected to the Senate. Her fathe''s small business was sponsoring a local radio booth, and she spent the day meeting various elected officials, political candidates and celebrities and taking photos with them as they stopped by the booth.

When Franken walked in, Menz and her husband, who also spoke with CNN, said they recognized him right away. Menz said she had a brief and cordial exchange with the senator.

Then, as her husband held up her phone and got ready to snap a photo of the two of them, Franken "pulled me in really close, like awkward close, and as my husband took the picture, he put his hand full-fledged on my rear," Menz said. "It was wrapped tightly around my butt cheek."

"It wasn't around my waist. It wasn't around my hip or side. It was definitely on my butt," she said, recalling that the brazen act lasted three or four seconds. "I was like, oh my God, what's happening."

"He reached around her and kind of pulled her into him," said her husband Jeremy Menz, who didn't see what happened behind his wife. "He pulled her in and pushed his head against her head. It was over pretty quick."

Lindsay Menz told CNN that she walked away as soon as the photo was taken, without saying anything to the then-first term senator. When she reconnected with her husband moments later, she told him: "He totally grabbed my butt." Jeremy Menz described that conversation the same way to CNN.

In a statement to CNN Sunday, Franken said he did not remember taking the photo with Menz and that he felt "badly" that she felt disrespected.

The American Spectator reports that, when on tour in the 70s and 80s, Al Franken and Tom Davis used to do a "sketch" where they'd invite two pretty young girls to the stage and slow-dance with the, groping their buttocks the entire time, Because Funny, I guess?

They each stepped off the front of the stage and into the chairs and picked out two comely young college girls and brought them up to the stage. The lights dimmed. Soft, romantic music began to play. Franken and Davis wrapped their arms around their partners and pressed their bodies close. The girls complied.

They danced. They swayed...

His hands began fondling her ass.

Same with Davis.

Ha ha ha. There was laughter from the assembled voyeurs, excuse me, spectators.

The girls both reached behind and moved the roving hands up.

After which the hands slid back down to cop another slow, sensuous feel. Over and over and over.


I didn't laugh. I kept waiting for a punchline, as though the ass grab was a setup. But it wasn't a setup. Fondling the fanny was the whole point.


These two successful entertainers put two girls on stage, in front of maybe two hundred people, in roles of dancers, and began fondling them. Straight and simple as that. Maybe Franken and Davis whispered instructions into the girls' ears, I don't know.

In any event, the ass grabbing continued for the duration of the song.

Meanwhile, a couple hundred people watched. Or leered. Or laughed uncomfortably.

He seems to have a pattern.

Oh, and before this latest accuser, Franken said he wasn't resigning, but would just spend a day or two reflecting with his family or something before getting back to the job he was elected to do, which turns out to be groping.

Posted by Ace at 12:43 PM Comments

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