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April 27, 2015

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


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

This is what Walker said, correctly:

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

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

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

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

This is an outrage. Enough.

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

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

We'll fix your wagons, buddy.

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Open Thread


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

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Morning Thread (4-27-2015)


Vast right-wing conspiracy -- assemble!

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

—Open Blogger

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

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

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

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

—Open Blogger

mac and cheese.jpg

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

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

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

—Gang of Gaming Morons!

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

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

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

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

—Open Blogger

Dickens' Dream by Robert William Buss

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

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

New Hillary! Book

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Or, more accurately, whosolvedit?

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

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Early Morning Thread 4/26/15 [krakatoa]

—Open Blogger

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

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Overnight Open Thread (25 Apr 2015)


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

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Who Will Stand? [OregonMuse]

—Open Blogger

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

Who, indeed?

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

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

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

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

—Open Blogger

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

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

—Open Blogger

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

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

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

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

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Fundamental Concepts – Slavery [Weirddave]

—Open Blogger

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

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Open Thread.....[CBD]

—Open Blogger

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

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

Lancasters will be put up later.

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

—Open Blogger


Press Release; Republican National Committee

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

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

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

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

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

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Early Morning Thread 4/25/15 [krakatoa]

—Open Blogger

Happy* Saturday Open Thread.

*Or whatever emotion strikes your fancy.

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Overnight Open Thread (24 Apr 2015)


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Here's Sethie's reporting:

1. Peter Schweitzer once wrote a book knocking liberals.

2. Peter Schweitzer has worked with conservatives.

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

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

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

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

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

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

So, that said:

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

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

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

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AoSHQ Podcast: Guest, Jon Gabriel


Ricochet Editor Jon Gabriel joins Ace, Gabe and Drew to discuss Grandma Clinton's hijinks and more.

Jon's digest of UraniumGate -- a good, brief roadmap through the corruption.

Intro: Radioactive - The Firm
Outro: What A Crying Shame - The Mavericks

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


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

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

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

Video and commentary at the link.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Who's doing the aggressing here?

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

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

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

Thanks to @rdbrewer4, in the sidebar.

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

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

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



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Open Thread


Albert Moulton Foweraker, "A Dorset Village" (n.d.)

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Morning Thread (4-24-2015)



Podcast with ExJon will be posted later.

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Overnight Open Thread (4-23-2015)


Quote of the Day: Heh Edition


Quote of the Day II

I was very touched by what the minister said about me on stage in Perth, but I was even more touched by what she said to the surviving editorial staff at Charlie Hebdo. I mentioned in that Trudeau post an upcoming engagement I'm doing on the Continent later this year and how I couldn't understand why they'd asked me - until I remembered that everyone ahead of me on the invitation list is either dead or in hiding. So the symbolism of what [Australian foreign minister] Julie Bishop chose to do is valuable and important - and stands in splendid contrast to the hollow pomposity of John Kerry and his stooge James Taylor.

And "Love your work" is a better expression of solidarity than "#JeSuisCharlie".

-- Mark Steyn

Art of Manliness Presents The Winston Churchill School of Adulthood


So I happened across this set of articles a few weeks ago and I have to say it's one of the best reads available on the internets for men. And it's free. They really ought to put these together and publish it as a book. And then charge good money for it.

Here Brett McKay, who runs the website The Art of Manliness has written a sequence of articles laying out how to be a man in full and lead a satisfying, accomplished life. A lot of it I think the morons will recognize as hard-won wisdom and things we've known to be true in our hearts even if we've never verbalized them - or always fully followed them.

Each article as well as the entire series is based on the life of Winston Churchill and in particular how he dealt with various challenges in life and created the means to overcome them, thrive and do great things. But the key word is create. Churchill was given some gifts and some (many) flaws and had a very inauspicious beginning in life and as a man - but he chose to make himself into the man he ultimately wanted to be and that allowed to him to create the life he wanted to lead.


Now in many ways Churchill was sui generis and likely 99.97% of men could never hope to match his accomplishments. But his methods, philosophies, and manner of living life are available to most if not all men. So rather than trying to be Churchill instead aim for maybe adding 5% more Churchill into your life. You life may become happier but almost certainly it will become more satisfying and productive.

The Winston Churchill School of Adulthood Is Now in Session
Lesson #1: Develop a Mighty Moral Code
Lesson #2: Establish a Daily Routine
Lesson #3: Live Romantically
Lesson #4: Cultivate a Nostalgic Love for History
Lesson #5: Don't Give Up Your Sense of Adventure
Lesson #6: Don't Be Afraid to Start a Family
Lesson #7: Work Like a Slave; Command Like a King; Create Like a God
Tips on Hustling, Leadership, and Hobbies from Winston Churchill
Conclusion: Thought + Action = An Awesome Adulthood

This set of articles is targeted for men in their 20s. I think guys from say age 16 to 23 would get the absolute most from it and maybe find themselves inspired and directed. But even older middle-aged dudes like yours truly will still get a lot from it. Hell it's inspired me after reading it and made me think a lot about how my life is and how I'd like to be.

So much so that I've decided to in Churchill's parlance to take action this day: So I've decided to go to Iceland.

Why? Because I've been wanting to go there for almost 30 years. But the circumstances have never been right to do so. So I have decided to just make the circumstances be right. So I'm going and I'm going to do it in the next two weeks. And I intend to enjoy the hell out it. And when I come back I also intend to make some other structural, positive changes in my life.

Housekeeping Note: I will in London next week for business and then the next week in Iceland doing what I want. So no ONTs from me for two weeks.

There'll be fill-ins from the usual gang but if you think you've got what it takes to make an ONT - if you think you got the balls to do an ONT - then contact one of the Cobs and make your offer.

Peace. Out.

Odds of Maetenloch returning to the ONT: Good

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Mitt Romney: There Is "Every Appearance That Hillary Clinton Was Bribed"


Pretty direct.

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Hillary's Everyday Americans: Billionaire Frank Giustra, Vladimir Putin, and Assorted Kazakh Uranium-Sheiks


James Taranto digests the blockbuster New York Times story by Jo Becker and Mike McIntire.

[T]he Times follow-up dropped early this morning, and the story has developed considerably since 2008, by which point Giustra had sold off his mining concern, UrAsia Energy Ltd., to a company called Uranium One.

After the merger, the Times reports, "Uranium One began to snap up mining companies with assets in the United States" with the aim, as a company press release put it, of becoming "a powerhouse in the United States uranium sector with the potential to become the domestic supplier of choice for U.S. utilities."

But by June 2009, Uranium One was in trouble, its stock "in free-fall, down 40 percent." Its Kazakh partner "had just been arrested on charges that he illegally sold uranium deposits to foreign companies," including UrAsia. That's where the State Department came in. Uranium One "pressed the American Embassy in Kazakhstan . . . to take up its cause with Kazakh officials." It did: According to State Department cables, an unnamed U.S."“energy official" met with Kazakh officials "to discuss the issues on June 10 or 11":

Three days later, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rosatom [the Russian atomic energy agency] completed a deal for 17 percent of Uranium One. And within a year, the Russian government would substantially up the ante, with a generous offer to shareholders that would give it a 51 percent controlling stake. But first, Uranium One had to get the American government to sign off on the deal.

"Among the agencies that eventually signed off was the State Department," headed by Secretary Clinton, the Times notes. Meanwhile at the Clinton Foundation, the money kept coming in:

As the Russians gradually assumed control of Uranium One in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, Canadian records show, a flow of cash made its way to the Clinton Foundation. Uranium One's chairman used his family foundation to make four donations totaling $2.35 million. Those contributions were not publicly disclosed by the Clintons, despite an agreement Mrs. Clinton had struck with the Obama White House to publicly identify all donors. Other people with ties to the company made donations as well.

And shortly after the Russians announced their intention to acquire a majority stake in Uranium One, Mr. Clinton received $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank with links to the Kremlin that was promoting Uranium One stock.

At the time, both Rosatom and the United States government made promises intended to ease concerns about ceding control of the company’s assets to the Russians. Those promises have been repeatedly broken, records show.

A pathetic attempt at spin from a Hillary mouthpiece Brian E. Fellow then followed. Citing Yahoo news -- Yahoo news, itself a partisan outfit -- he can only manage this weak defense:

On yet another of his primary attacks, ​Yahoo News​points out that the author “marshals circumstantial evidence” only to find “no smoking gun.”

Can't wait to see that on a Hillary bumper sticker:

Vote for Hillary

There's only circumstantial evidence she sold America's uranium stockpiles to Russia, "no smoking gun" yet.

Gabriel Malor and Morgen Richmond have been pouring over this Reuters report that the Clintons seem to have deliberately falsified the foundation's 990 reports to hide the hundreds of millions in foreign government donations flowing to the "charity."

The charities' errors generally take the form of under-reporting or over-reporting, by millions of dollars, donations from foreign governments, or in other instances omitting to break out government donations entirely when reporting revenue, the charities confirmed to Reuters.

The errors, which have not been previously reported, appear on the form 990s that all non-profit organizations must file annually with the Internal Revenue Service to maintain their tax-exempt status.....

For three years in a row beginning in 2010, the Clinton Foundation reported to the IRS that it received zero in funds from foreign and U.S. governments, a dramatic fall-off from the tens of millions of dollars in foreign government contributions reported in preceding years.

Those entries were errors, according to the foundation: several foreign governments continued to give tens of millions of dollars toward the foundation's work on climate change and economic development through this three-year period...

As JWF comments:

I have two thoughts here: First, I don't know what Reuters means by "overreporting and underreporting," but I can guess, and here's my guess: They did not acknowledge this money came from foreign governments -- thus "underreporting" foreign government donations -- and instead marked that money as coming from other sources, in other categories, thus "overreporting" in those areas.

But that is another way to say, I think, "deliberately falsified the sources of the money in question."

Note that James Carville will probably claim "so she overreported heah and underreported theah, it all washes out to a big nothin' at all," so bear in mind: If you're hiding the source of money but not the money itself, you launder it by denying its true source, while attributing it to another, more legitimate source.

Even Hillary Stalwart Politico is forced to admit that Hillary's first line of defense -- that this is all a Vast Right Wing Conspiracy (no, really, that's her defense) -- is "dead in the water."

And even a New York Times reporter is complaining that Clintons' response to every question is to claim the reporter is filled with rightwing partisan animus. Every question, this reporter says, is claimed to be "out of bounds."

Just re-watched that FoxNews report on selling half of America's uranium production to Vladimir Putin: Asked for comment by Fox, Frank Giustra claims "It's an old story."

Isn't it strange that a Hillary crony is offering up Hillary's Favorite Response to ethics questions?

NJ's Josh Kraushaar says the Democrats' all-in wager on Nothin' But Hillary is looking like a terrible bet.

The notion that she will be able to avoid the "distractions," to borrow her characterization of the growing controversies, is delusional. If she continues to insist that these pay-to-play allegations are another "right-wing conspiracy" and not deserving of a substantive response, it could be fatal for her campaign. The dismissive response from her allies is doing her nearly as much damage as the allegations themselves. It guarantees the coverage will last much longer than the current news cycle.

Democrats are badly misreading the polls showing Clinton as a formidable Democratic force. Her strong numbers are as much a product of a lack of primary competition as a result of her political strength. She's also benefiting from the country's partisan polarization at a time when there aren't many other Democrats offering themselves as an alternative and joining in on the criticism. But those benefits are looking awfully short-lived, as Clinton looks unprepared to tackle questions that undermine her credibility for higher office. The more Democrats bet on Clinton, the uglier the recriminations will get if things go wrong.

Oh and just when you say, "Surely this couldn't get any worse," BAM, you are WRONG, SON, because look at this.

Judicial Watch: State Department Documents Reveal Concern about Bill Clinton’s Activities with 'Saudi Entities'

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced that it has received 126 pages of documents from the State Department related to Hillary Clinton's possible conflicts of interest regarding her position as Secretary of State....

The latest group of documents shows that State Department officials had concerns in January 2011 about Bill Clinton's activities related to Saudi Arabia. An email chain, begun on January 25, 2011, includes several members of the State Department's Legal Advisor Office, and the subject line "Clinton Foundation Request – Saudi entities." The discussion is almost entirely redacted in the three-page email chain.

Other documents previously forced out through this lawsuit show that Bill Clinton worked with Tanmiah Commercial Group, a Saudi group based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, that paid Clinton $300,000...

Also, discussed is a Clinton Foundation request regarding an undisclosed country in Asia in August 2010...

I kinda wonder if that's Kazakhstan, though the next sentence in the story mentions that the East Asia desk of the State Department looked into that.

Now, given all that, you won't be shocked that in the latest FoxNews polling, Hillary Clinton's honesty is questioned by a majority of the public.

Also, Rubio got a bounce to top the GOP field. Which is not a huge deal. We all saw the Flavor of the Week effect in 2012.

Announcing your candidacy helps your poll numbers. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio receives a five percentage-point bump after his April 13 announcement and has the backing of 13 percent in the race for the Republican nomination -- just a touch over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker who gets 12 percent among self-identified GOP primary voters....

Of those tested on the poll, Clinton, Biden and Cruz fare the worst on the “honest and trustworthy” question.

Currently, 45 percent of voters think Clinton is honest....Moreover, only 33 percent of independents see Clinton as honest. That’s down 13 points since last year.

Overall, Clinton’s honesty score is negative six (45 percent "yes, she is" minus 51 percent "no, she isn't"), Biden’s is negative four (44-48 percent) and for Cruz it's negative one (37-38 percent).

On the positive side: Rubio (+13), Paul (+12) and Carson (+7) score best on the honesty measure. Bush (+4) and Walker (+4) are also in positive territory.

Okay, that seems like enough for one post.

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Posted by Ace at 06:44 PM Comments

Palestinian Students at MIT: The Scheduled Israel Celebration Makes Us Feel "Unsafe;" We Want It Cancelled


Of course.

The Israeli Independence Day raises politically sensitive questions given that it just so happens to represent the 1948 Palestinian Exodus, also known as the “Nakba”. This is a day of extreme tragedy and traumatic loss for millions of people, including many students here at MIT. As Palestinians and supporters of Palestine in the MIT community, we are alarmed by the fact that the UA are endorsing this event, given that the UA represents us as well. We feel unsafe in an environment that celebrates a catastrophic day for one nation at an official school-wide capacity by a body that represents all students equally, with no regards or sympathy towards our tragedy.

We direct this message to the entirety of the student body with a request for change. We request the UA to detach the carnival from SpringFest, and to refrain from sponsoring and/or publicizing it at a school-wide capacity.

Meanwhile, at Reason, those who claim to be made to feel "unsafe" by Christina Hoff Sommers' speech are engaging in some rather threatening stuff themselves: Posting placards claiming that specifically-named Oberlin Republicans "perpetuate rape culture."

David Bernstein writes about that this claim of free speech being "unsafe" is actually making it unsafe to practice free speech.

This is a huge threat to the future of free speech nevertheless. Today's college students are going to be tomorrow’s judges, and if they truly believe that "safety" means "never having to deal with opinions that disagree with one's cherished beliefs," then censorship has a good chance of gaining the upper hand over freedom of speech. After all, public safety can be a justification for suppressing speech, as with the "fighting words" doctrine.

Hot Air runs down Sommers' appearance on the Megyn Kelly show, and how infantilizing this whole concept that girls are fragile little hysterical things who need to repair to the fainting couches the moment they hear something that offends their virginal ears.

If that's what women really are -- I don't think most are, but I know some women are like that -- then I'm sorry, but you're not equal. You are children, and children have special protections encoded in the law because they are children -- but they are also not considered to be legal adults or to have legal capacity to make important decisions.

If you want to be children, fine -- but don't expect to be hired for jobs requiring adults.

Megyn Kelly concludes the segment with advice from her old trainer, a patriarchal penis person who probably #Raped her with crunches or something: "Toughen up, Buttercup."

Posted by Ace at 04:44 PM Comments

Tough Guy President Who Has Previously Bragged of Drawing Up His Kill Lists By Hand Now Says He Had Nothing to Do With Strike that Killed American Hostage


Sometimes Captain Kickass turns into President Urkel, Jonah Goldberg writes.

Today, both the Pentagon and the White House (in the form of Josh Earnest) went out of their way to make sure everyone knows Obama didn’t personally or specifically sign off on the drone attacks that tragically killed two hostages, including an American. This is curious. First of all, he's still responsible, as he himself said in his press conference. He set up and approved a system that lets these attacks happen. There’s something cowardly about honorably taking "full responsibility" in public, and then having your flacks go out and stage whisper "It really wasn't him."


[A plausible] explanation might have to do with his vanity. I can't help but think the implication we’re supposed to take away is that if Obama-The-Righteous had been paying attention, mistakes like this would not have been made. The military bureaucracy has failed Obama, who famously reads Marcus Aurelius as he composes his kill lists. At least he avoided saying that he found out about these attacks by reading about them in the paper, but the upshot is the same. The president doesn't make mistakes, others make mistakes implementing his will.

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Posted by Ace at 03:33 PM Comments

GOP Led Senate Confirms Loretta Lynch To Be Attorney General



Mitch McConnell could have reinstated the filibuster to stop her. He didn't.

Mitch McConnell could have refused to bring her nomination to the floor. He didn't.

So, what did Mitch McConnell do? He voted for her confirmation.

This is who those Republicans think is qualified to be Attorney General of the United States of America.

Posted by DrewM. at 03:09 PM Comments

Reset: Hillary Was Taking Money from Frank Guistra Even As She Was Approving a Russian Purchase of His Company


The company in question will control 50% of the uranium produced domestically in the US -- obviously, the sort of deal that most US governments would reject. You don't let Vladimir Putin buy half of your own uranium production.

But Bill and Hill were friends with Guistra, and Guistra was a very friendly friend, to the tune of $131 million in donations to the Clinton Global Initiative, in addition to arranging for foreign governments to pay the Clintons directly for speeches.


Watch the whole thing. Via @gabrielMalor.

More: Allahpundit has a useful nutshell guide to Guistra's and the Clintons' maneuvers to deliver half of the US' uranium to Vladimir Putin (and then, to Iran).

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Insomnia Open Thread


Sorry, I had a white night last night, got up at 7 after having barely slept all night, then passed out at 10.

I will put up some news in a moment. But here's an open thread until then.

Posted by Ace at 01:31 PM Comments

Open Thread


Claude Monet, "Meadow at Bezons" (1874)

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Morning Thread (4-23-2015)


Well what have we here? ...Clinton charities will refile tax returns, audit for other errors

The charities' errors generally take the form of under-reporting or over-reporting, by millions of dollars, donations from foreign governments, or in other instances omitting to break out government donations entirely when reporting revenue, the charities confirmed to Reuters.

"I'm sure this was an honest mistake," says everyone in the media today.

Ever notice that the Clintons make a heck of a lot of "honest mistakes"?

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