September 18, 2019

Clinton Mega-Donor Ed Buck, Who Has Had Two People Die of Drug Overdose In His House, Is Finally Arrested After Third Man is Nearly Killed by Drugs

—Ace of Spades

My suspicion is that he has a very weird Gay Angel of Death compulsion.

He seems to get off on injecting people with drugs and watching them die.

This last guy reportedly tried to escape from Buck's house to get help, but Buck stopped him.

In 2017, a young African American man, Gemmel Moore, 26, was found dead inside the home of Democratic donor Ed Buck under suspicious circumstances.

There were demands for an investigation and protests. But in the end, authorities said there was not enough evidence to charge Buck with a crime.

Then in January 2018, a second man, Timothy Dean, 55, was found dead in Buck’s West Hollywood apartment. There were more protests and demands for action, but Buck remained free and denied any wrongdoing in either case through his attorney.


Now, prosecutors say a third man tried to escape from Buck's home in September after being drugged. They claim Buck prevented the man from getting help.

This time, authorities took action.

Buck was arrested and charged this week with operating a drug house, with prosecutors calling him a violent sexual predator who preys on men struggling with addiction and homelessness.

The wealthy gay-rights activist is accused of injecting a 37-year-old man, who overdosed but survived, with methamphetamine on Sept. 11. Buck's attorney could not immediately be reached for comment, but activists who have long demanded action say they are relieved by the arrest.

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The latest man found in Buck's home, identified in court papers as Joe Doe, went to the apartment on Sept. 4, where Buck "personally and deliberately" administered a large dose of methamphetamine, prosecutors said. Concerned he was overdosing, the man left Buck's apartment to get medical help.

He returned to Buck's apartment a week later, on Sept. 11, when Buck again injected him with "two dangerously large" doses of methamphetamine, prosecutors said.

But this time, prosecutors say, Buck thwarted the man's attempts to leave. The man eventually fled the apartment and called 911 from a gas station. He was taken to a hospital for treatment. Sheriff's investigators found hundreds of photographs in Buck's home of men in compromising positions.

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Buck is accused of luring his victims into his home and then baiting them with drugs, money and shelter.

"From his home, in a position of power, Buck manipulates his victims into participating in his sexual fetishes," prosecutors wrote in court papers. "These fetishes include supplying and personally administering dangerously large doses of narcotics to his victims. ... Not deterred by the senseless deaths of Moore and Dean, the defendant nearly killed a third victim last week."

Was Buck's status as a gay activist and Democrat donor (investing heavily in local politicians) and Friend of Hillary's what protected him for so long? No one knows, but the answer is "Clearly Yes."

While Buck once identified himself as a conservative Republican, according to the Los Angeles Times, he became a national figure when he spearheaded the effort to impeach Arizona's Republican Gov. Evan Mecham in the 1980s. He later made large donations to Democrats, including more than $500,000 since 2007, according to court documents filed by Moore's mother in a wrongful death suit pertaining to her son.


At the federal level, those include contributions to prominent Washington lawmakers as well as 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. At the local level, Buck has donated more than $51,000 to Los Angeles city and county officials, candidates, and affiliated parties dating to 2008.

In 2012, Buck contributed $100 to the campaign for Jackie Lacey for Los Angeles County District Attorney, and four years later, gave $1,400 to Eric Garcetti for Mayor of Los Angeles. Both Lacey and Garcetti still hold their titles.

The highest contribution was $13,000, according to the court papers, to former West Hollywood Mayor John Duran when he ran for county supervisor in 2014.


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Georgia Man Kills Three Youths With Semiautomatic Assault Weapon
PS, The Three Youths Were Trying to Rob His Home and Were Shooting at Him

—Ace of Spades

Citizens never stop criminals with guns, and certainly not when using Hate Guns like semi-auto rifles.

Georgia homeowner shot and killed three teens as they approached his residence with their faces covered, authorities said.

The masked teens -- a 15-year-old and two 16-year-olds -- approached three residents around 4 a.m. Monday at the front yard of a home just outside Conyers and tried to rob them, the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office said.

One of the would-be robbers took out a gun and fired shots at them before one of the residents returned fire, authorities said.

"The victims of the attempted robbery were all uninjured, but the three attempted robbery suspects were all shot during the exchange of gunfire and succumbed to their injuries, one on scene and two at a local hospital after being transported," the sheriff's department said in a news release.

One neighbor heard someone asking for help, he told CNN affiliate WSB.

"I heard a guy yelling for help. 'Help me, help me, I'm dying, I'm dying, help me, help me," Brian Jenkins told the station.

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NYT Employed Racist, Homophobic Fact-Checker

—Ace of Spades

A long, long history of racist and homophobic abuse.

But of course the rules are different for New York Times employees.

A researcher and fact checker for the New York Times has a history of using racist and homophobic slurs on Twitter, according to a journalist for Newsmax. Gina Cherelus -- who on her LinkedIn page describes herself as "a researcher and fact-checker for The New York Times' Opinion section" -- appears to have deleted the offensive Tweets on Tuesday. But some were still accessible on her Twitter account.

But Newsmax host John Cardillo has posted screen hots of tweets apparently from Cherelus’ account in which she used words like "faggots" and "dykes" while also referring disparagingly to Asians, Latinos, and "white people."

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Some of Cherelus’s tweets apparently date as far back as 2011. In one screenshot, Cherelus wrote, "Nahh, too many dykes on my floor."

In another apparent tweet, she wrote: "I know, I'd rather that too :/. Not faggots smh lol."

Cherelus appears to have used the term "wetback" in one tweet and made repeated disparaging remarks about white people.

"Some white people really just don't get it… Trying so hard to argue against something you JUST DON'T GET," one screen shot shows.

Via Ed Driscoll at Instapundit, this exit question that answers itself:



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Kamala The Kop: Just Because There's No Proof Against Brett Kavanaugh Doesn't Mean He's Not Guilty

—Ace of Spades

Spoken like a true conspiracy theorist.

"Someone should investigate this because the fact that something has not been proven, it doesn’t mean it didn't occur, right?" Harris said.
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The Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

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"The Obamas just plunked down nearly $15 million for a mansion located in, of all places, Martha's Vineyard, one of the hoitiest-toitiest areas in the country. I suppose I could ask how, on his salary, President Obama was able to afford such expensive digs, but that would be churlish. Besides, one of his supporters could've gifted it to him, so hey, good for him, it's nice to have rich friends. Can't fault him for that.

"And others have questioned the purchase because the mansion is quite close to the ocean and what with all the Democrats running around with their hair on fire about global warming and climate change and how we only have 12 years left before America's coastal regions all get flooded out by rising sea levels, obviously somebody's either lying or not practicing what they're preaching.

"But speaking of not practicing what they're preaching, remember it was Obama who was the leader of the party who kept trying to shove "diversity" down the country's throat for eight years, and how we were all racists if we didn't agree, and oh by the way, let's just open up the borders and let everyone in who wants to collect free food, free medical care, and free education for life, and don't bother doing any actual vetting. Because, you know, diversity is our strength. I don't know how many times I've heard that sermon from Obama and the progs.

"So now that Obama is out of office, and here is his big chance to put his money where his mouth is, what does he do? He sets up shop in one of those most NON-diverse communities in the entire damn country. Martha's Vineyard is, like, 98.6% white and probably the only black or Hispanic people are tending the gardens, collecting the garbage, and keeping the swimming pools clean. In other words, when push comes to shove, the Obamas prefer to live in an area where they're surrounded by white guys. Who no doubt exhibit all of the characteristics of 'whiteness' and 'white privilege' that progressives say they hate. The progs love diversity, but what they mean is diversity for thee, but not for me."



Politics Has Been Good To The Obamas:

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Mid-Morning Art Thread

—CBD

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Chancelor G. I. Golovkin
Ivan Nikitin

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The Morning Report - 9/18/19

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. Midweek and all I can say is, I like the cut of this Corey Lewandowski fellow's jib, and wonder if he has a newsletter. The former campaign manager for President Trump was hauled before Jerry Nadler and the House Judiciary Committee, for the third time, for absolutely no reason other than to be harassed and used as a prop for the media. In the event, just the opposite occurred. Lewandowski held his ground and used snark and the truth (but mostly the truth) to smack around the likes of Nadler, Sheila Jackass-Lee, Hank "Tippy" Johnson and President for Life between the hours of 1:30:00 and 1:30:10 PM Eric Swallowswell.

Nadler says he might hold Lewandowski in contempt, which, considering the dried pastrami-, bobka- and booger-flecked maw from whence it came, is ironic to a level that almost staggers the imagination. The corrupt corpulent creep opened up a can of worms by insisting on playing impeachment games and it's blowing up in his flop-sweat bedewed visage. And with the NY Times' sliming of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the Democrats have caught impeachment fever to the point where one wonders who the next Republican and/or Trump appointee is that's going to have that threat hurled at them, hollow as it is. At least for the present, since the Democrats want to impeach the hell out of America as founded. In any case none of this plays well in Peoria.

It only indicates the absolute emptiness of that Party with regards to any political platform, except OrangeManBad, AmericaEvil, Destroy! Yes, as disgusting as all of this is to endure and fun in a way to watch Roadrunner-like as the American Left Wile E. Coyotes itself off a cliff holding a case of lit TNT with a 50-ton boulder over its head, the fun and games have consequences. In the here and now, real lives are being messed with. I honestly cannot even imagine the atmosphere around Justice Kavanaugh's dinner table every night. For what they are putting him and his family through is an inexcusable crime. Lest we forget Paul Manafort, Mike Flynn as well as Andy Ngo, the Covington kids and any one of us who have to bite our tongues at work, school or wherever for fear of blackballing, ostracism or worse.

And not that I want to totally kill a buzz, remember that after 2024, please G-d, President Trump will exit the Oval Office for the last time. Anyone who thinks that the Democrat Party is going to somehow magically revert back to it's mid-70s to 9/11/01 Dr. Jekyll status is whistling past a graveyard of Killing Fields proportions. This country has been split in two. One day there will be another Democrat president and he/she/xer/xuxa is going to make the Obama 8-year reign of error look like a walk in the park. Jeez, I need a drink.

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

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

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Tuesday Overnight Open Thread (9/17/19)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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THE QUOTES OF THE DAY


Quote I


"I am resigning effective immediately from my position in CSAIL at MIT," "I am doing this due to pressure on MIT and me over a series of misunderstandings and mischaracterizations." Richard Stallman


Quote II

“It’s this idea that you are not your body. You are an extension of the power that created the whole universe. That’s drag. We are all God in drag,” he said. “And that is a radical thought for most people to envelope, because the ego says, ‘No. I am whatever it says on my driver’s license.” RuPaul


Quote III

"There's a good model for this in World War II, the home front efforts that regular Americans made regardless of their political leanings or their socioeconomic backgrounds, driving at 35 miles per hour," Foer said. "We had a 94 percent income tax, highest rate income tax. We had rations on foods and a really wonderful fireside chat that I could never imagine our president giving, but FDR gave at the time." Jonathan Safran Foer


Quote IV

“We are not your prostitutes. You are not our pimp.” Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)

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NYT's Maggie Haberman Brags That the NYT Already Had the Information that Leland Keyser Was Pressured by Ford's Friends;
But Then Gets Quiet When Asked, "Why Didn't the NYT Report It, Then?"

—Ace of Spades

Actually, Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino already broke this story in their book Justice on Trial, but the media is pretending that book doesn't exist and doesn't "count" for scoop purposes.

Only Liberal Reporting is Real News is the rule -- though that rule seems to have things exactly 100% backwards and wrong.

But even playing along with the media's increasingly fantastical version of alt-reality: It seems weird to brag about having a scoop which you decided to bury and suppress for purposes of book sales and partisan political advertising.

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Grampy Biden: Not "To Sound Like a Wonk Here," But My Child Tax Credit Would Put "720 Million Men and Women" Back Into the Workforce

—Ace of Spades

Oh? Will we be importing the entire population of Central and South America to increase our population to over a billion?



"To be a wonk." Yeah Joe, you really wonked out on us there with your made up fantasy numbers.

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Pogrebin and Kelly: It Was Totes Our Editor Who Accidentally Removed the Disclosure That The "Victim" Denies Max Stier's Claim
Also Pogrebin and Kelly: Oh Yeah, We Also "Accidentally" Forgot to Mention This In Our NPR Puff-Piece, Too

—Ace of Spades

A lot of "accidental" omissions of a key detail which makes their book much less salable, if mentioned.

And they keep on "accidentally" forgetting to mention it.

Last night on Lawrence O'Donnell, the pair threw their editors under the bus and claimed, almost certainly falsely, that the editors decided to cut the key fact that this story is all about a "victim" who denies the event ever happened.

But when they recounted this same story on NPR, they strangely also failed to note this key detail -- no clumsy editor stumbling around making accidental deletions!

Apparently they just don't think this fact helps them sell their bullshit book, so they frequently "forget" to mention it.


In fact, the omission was so significant that Gross recorded an update and inserted it into the show immediately thereafter, noting the omission and how it also had to be corrected at the New York Times.

Pogrebin and Kelly have a pattern of omitting this detail, and other key details.

Even Terry Gross of NPR thought that the omission of this fact was beyond the pale, and rushed to add in the fact herself after the interview.


Whoops!

Whoopsie!

Another Whoops/Whoopsie: Kelly and Pogrebin commit another bald-faced "accident."

They claim that Brett Kavanaugh's fellow classmates were "mum" about these charges, and then claim that silence equals quiet condemnation.

But Kavanaugh's fellow classmates weren't "mum" about the claims -- they actively denied them.


Pogrebin and Kelly’s work has a pattern of omitting exculpatory evidence that supports Kavanaugh's consistent claim that he never sexually assaulted anyone. The Atlantic piece is excerpted from the book, which has the same error. Oddly, the book quotes the statement on page 140 and page 141, which they characterize as disloyal to Ramirez.

This article will be updated once The Atlantic corrects this latest error.

They keep accidentally omitting things which disprove their claim and would tank their book's sales.

This, by the way, is actual malice.

Supercut: Watch Kelly and Pegrobin spend 78 seconds first claiming that their editors made All The Mistakes and then changing their story to "it doesn't matter who did what, it's just a distraction from the real story, which is that you should buy our shit book which is a dry-hole bust so we have to constantly lie about it."

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New York Times Publishes Article That Discovers New Feminist Cause for Feminist Maniacs To Rage Against. The New Cause Is (Spins Wheel) "Poop Shaming."

—Ace of Spades

I think the Times has pieces of shit like this all loaded up in the chamber, ready to crap them out when they need to change the story away from their last shit-the-bed moment.

This is embarrassing as hell, but at least the discussion here isn't about whether the New York Times engages in deliberate slander for partisan ends.

We may be living in an age where certain pockets of the corporate world are breathlessly adapting to women’s needs -- company-subsidized tampons, salary workshops, lactation rooms. But even in the world's most progressive workplace, it’s not a stretch to think that you might have an empowered female executive leading a meeting at one moment and then sneaking off to another floor to relieve herself, the next.

Poop shame is real -- and it disproportionately affects women, who suffer from higher rates of irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease. In other words, the patriarchy has seeped into women’s intestinal tracts. Let's call it the pootriarchy.

Girls aren't born with poo shame -- it's something they're taught.

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Cokie Roberts Dies Due to Complications from Breast Cancer;
Al Sharpton Remembers Her In His Own Inimitable Way

—Ace of Spades

Dead at 75. She was a southern-fried liberal patrician mediocrity who blazed the trail for later southern-fried liberal patrician medicorities, like Kathleen Parker.

Al Sharpton took the time to remember her.

Sort of.

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CBS Reports "The Real Bombshell" in the NYT Smear: That Blasey-Ford and Her Friends/Co-Conspirators Threatened to Smear Leland Keyser If She Didn't Back Up The Lie

—Ace of Spades



And Blasey-Ford actually did smear Keyser at the hearings, if you remember.

This was outrageous.

[Kavanaugh] pointed to Keyser's statements that she didn’t remember the event. "All four people allegedly at the event, including Dr. Ford’s longtime friend, Ms. Keyser, have said they recall no such event, "Kavanaugh said. "Her longtime friend, Ms. Keyser, said under penalty of felony that she does not know me and does not believe she ever saw me at a party ever."

During her testimony, Ford downplayed the fact that Keyser didn’t have any recollection of the incident. [Girlish Baby-Talk Voice ON] "Leland has significant health challenges, and I'm happy that she’s focusing on herself and getting the health treatment that she needs," Ford said. "I don't expect that P.J. and Leland would remember this evening."

This line of attack had been pre-schemed with the Beach Friends. In fact, one of the Beach Friends suggested straight-up extorting Keyser.

"Keyser later said she felt pressure by both [Ford classmate Lucy] Gonella and Ford's friend Monica McLean to change her story," Pogrebin and Kelly wrote.

"I was told behind the scenes that certain things could spread about me if I didn't comply," Keyser told the authors.

A group text recounted in the book between Ford’s friends following the hearing included discussions on how to convince Keyser to modify her story....


Another friend, a man who’d gone to Holton's brother school, suggested making Keyser's "addictive tendencies" -- the authors describe in the book her struggles with alcohol and drugs — widely known. "Perhaps it makes sense to let everyone in the public know what her condition is," the man texted.

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Ilhan Omar: American Immigrant Detention Centers Remind Me of African Slave Camps

—Ace of Spades

They visited a museum about the slave trade, which featured preserved dungeons used for keeping slaves.

During the speech, Omar talked about a trip that she took to Ghana, describing a visit to the slave dungeons where Africans were held as captives....

"Every time [the tour guide] gave a description, I had this sort of flashback to an image that I saw on TV in Libya where you had Africans in a small room that were now captives, and that image was from today," Omar said.

"And every time he would talk about the separation of the kids and from their parents and how they would have young girls be in the same dungeons as the women or they would have young boys be in the same dungeons as the men, I couldn’t stop seeing images of the current camps we have here our borders in the United States," Omar said.


"And so of a story that happened 400 years ago–I constantly had this reminder, this horrifying image, of many of the things that were taking place there in that dungeon now taking place, whether it is in in the shores of North Africa or in the shores of the United States."

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Mass Media Marketing Effort, Take Two

—Ace


A friend says that what she's actually doing is saying, “Yeah he was a rapist who did rapey things but we couldn’t find any more fake rapes following the incidents that never happened.

Meanwhile, Max Stier is apparently taking a breather from his role of Smear Offensive Coordinator:



Seems like this should have been disclosed, no?



Funny, They Only Seemed to "Notice" Their "Oversight" When Mollie Hemingway Pointed It Out on Twitter:

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The Morning Rant: Minimalist Edition

—CBD

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See that headline in the link? That is our proper function in the Middle East right now. We have the intelligence-gathering capability that can assist our allies against the Iranian regime. And we have the logistical capacity to move huge quantities of whatever may be needed; whether that is resupply of armaments or oilfield and refinery equipment remains to be seen. And we have air power and anti-missile technology that Iran would find difficult, if not impossible to counter.

Notice what is missing? Troops! Aside from naval support and air power, we should not...must not...put boots on the ground in the Middle East. "No Blood For Oil" may sound like a leftist screech, but in this case it is 100% correct.

US shares info with Saudi Arabia that blames Iran for oil field attack

President Trump has said the U.S. is “locked and loaded” and able to respond to the threat but also said he wants to avoid war. Iran has denied any involvement in the attack. Ahead of UN meeting, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said "there will be no talks with the US at any level," the Associated Press reported.
Let the Saudis bleed for a change.We should treat them as allies who are involved in a regional war, but we should not treat an attack on Saudi oil facilities as the casus belli for an American move against Iran.

Sure, pump up the Saudis and their neighbors to do the heavy lifting (if they are even capable)...that is fine, and we can make clear that we stand behind them...but not in front.

Oil futures are already coming down sharply, so the hysterical media reports about oil spikes are mostly bullshit. And I will happily pay more at the pump to keep American troops out of harm's way. Besides, I have heard rumors of a newfangled American technology called "fracking."

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Mid-Morning Art Thread

—CBD

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Man with a Pink Carnation
Andrea Solario

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The Morning Report - 9/17/19

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. Tuesday and the fallout from the now completely debunked smear round two of Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh continues. The salient point made by Rush Limbaugh yesterday and underscored by David Harsanyi in the links below is that, to paraphrase and combine the two, the revelation that the NY Times smeared Kavanaugh and now hangs its head in shame misses the point, mostly because they are not hanging their head in shame. Far from it. Limbaugh:

... More than likely what's gonna happen here, the purpose of this is to discredit everything Kavanaugh does from this day forward on the bench. Let me explain to you how that's gonna happen. The Supreme Court has a ruling on guns, the Supreme Court has a ruling on abortion, the Supreme Court has a ruling on anything, and the majority is conservatives, and Kavanaugh joins the conservatives. Every story about Kavanaugh, "Brett Kavanaugh, US Supreme Court justice who sided with the majority here, is often accused of sexual abuse and rape over the course of his college life." That's gonna be in every story reporting on Kavanaugh's every ruling. Mission accomplished, is what this is!...

... The point is that we're not talking about journalism here, folks... We're talking about perhaps the leading edge of the spear here in the Democrat Party attack apparatus. This, I believe, is a coordinated-timeline attack. It's all part of the overriding Democrat Party strategy to get rid of Donald Trump and to punish anybody that he appointed or that he worked with for all kinds of reasons. A) to get rid of the vestige of anything to do with Trump, and to try to create a reality where Trump really never existed. "This was just some mistake. The 2016 election shouldn't have happened." They're just trying to rewrite history, and at the same time they're sending a message to any other judges that Trump might choose, "You might not want to do this, because we're waiting here to destroy you..."

And now Harsanyi:

Sure, it's about partisanship and peddling books and selling newspaper subscriptions, but in the end, Democrats' smearing of Brett Kavanaugh is also about delegitimizing the Supreme Court - the only institution that will inhibit the progressive agenda no matter who wins elections.

Conservatives justices aren't merely wrong, they're nefarious and racist and extremist, you see, so virtually anything Democrats do to try and stop them is now rationalized. In this world, the accused, rather than the accuser, bears the "burden of proof." In this world hucksters like Michael Avenatti are turned into experts and major news outlets will eagerly repeat and spread slander as news...

... Excited journalists were instead smitten by the professionalism and "principles" of The New York Times article. Headlines about "new allegations" were blasted across the media landscape even after the correction. The important thing to them is that journalists can keep framing Kavanaugh as a problematic justice and Democrats can keep using the word "illegitimate" to describe his seat...


The coup to take out candidate Trump and then President Trump is exactly the same as this, or more to the point, this is merely an extension of it. On the granular level, the courts since perhaps the time of Marbury and most definitely since the FDR administration were where the Left went to ram down our collective throat all of their insane policies that never stood a chance at the ballot box. And once ruled the law of the land, it was forever etched in stone. So now that the courts are gradually realigning themselves back towards justices who swear loyalty to the Constitution and not the Communist Manifesto, plus a detectable undercurrent of popular revulsion for the purveyors of same, there can only be one recourse for the Left: De-legitimization. And that goes hand in hand with the ongoing de-legitimization of American history, western civilization, the Scottish Enlightenment, Judeo-Christian morals and values and all that goes with it.

Whether the Left's leaders see and understand their 100-plus year slow motion hijacking of the nation is possibly slipping through their grasp or truly believe their own agitprop about the evil of America is irrelevant. The end result is still the same; a growing threat of lawlessness up to and including the use of violence to maintain the power they have and perhaps attempt a grand coup.

From shooting unarmed lawmakers at a softball field and nearly beating them to death on their front lawns to confronting them in restaurants, threatening their families and children or smearing them to such an extent as to virtually ruining their careers and livelihoods, the Left has declared war on us. And, gentle reader, they are coming for you. Masterpiece Cake Shop, Memories Pizza and now "social credit scoring" are the tip of the iceberg. They will not leave us alone. We will be made to cheer them on and woe to anyone who stops applauding first. We are all Brett Kavanaugh now. High time we wake up to that fact.

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

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

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Posted by J.J. Sefton at 07:40 AM Comments

Monday Overnight Open Thread (9/16/19)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Quotes of The Day


Quote I

“A lot is happening in Washington and across this great country of ours. And it’s because we have a president who is a true leader. And I believe will be regarded as one of this country’s greatest presidents.” Lou Dobbs


Quote II

"They are not dangerous animals. They are trained. They assist me. I have PTSD because of something that happened to me, a very bad thing that happened to me a long time ago,” Texanne McBride-Teahan


Quote III

“This action cost our community many, many millions of dollars in lost commerce,” Sean Teare, a Harris County prosecutor


Quote IV

“My grandmother didn’t get here because she was forging a path for herself, but because she was thinking about other women and other men. Those who look like you, those who do not.” Lauren Secatore


Quote V

“I believe that our country has become excessively punitive and vindictive about remarks that people find offensive or racist and that we need to try and move beyond that if we can,” Presidential candidate Andrew Yang

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Clinton Lawyer and Kavanaugh Smear-Whisperer Max Stier Worked With the Washington Post Since 2016, But Forgot to Mention the Brett Kavanaugh Smears Until Democrats Needed Them in 2018

—Ace of Spades



More: It turns out that Robin Pogrebin wrote the promotional tweet for her promotional article/smear promoting her book that has all the #Woke brigades up in arms.

The left is acting like this is the big scandal here -- not that this article fails to mention that the alleged victim denies any memory of this farcical allegation (which, as far as I can tell, was actually made by Clinton lawyer Max Stier, who claims he "heard" things).

This is the scandal, they're saying: that the tweet used to promote this story said something about penises being harmless. To wit:

Having a penis thrust in your face at a drunken dorm party may seem like harmless fun. But when Brett Kavanaugh did it to her, Deborah Ramirez says, it confirmed that she didn’t belong at Yale in the first place.

Well, that's, whatever, not a terrific sentence but on the other hand, who cares?

I kind of think the deliberate omission of key information while making a smear for personal economic gain was the bigger sin, but that's just me.

And now, this guy now alleges that the co-author of this article, and the co-author of the book the article is intended to serve as puffery for, wrote this tweet her very own self:

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Women's March Cuts Ties With Three Founding Members Accused of Anti-Semitism

—Ace of Spades

Credibly accused.

The Women’s March is cutting ties with three inaugural board members who have been dogged by accusations of anti-Semitism, infighting and financial mismanagement — controversies some say have slowed the organization’s progress and diminished its impact.

Co-Chairs Bob Bland, Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour stepped down from the board July 15, though the organization has been slow to announce their departures. The Women’s March website continued to host their photos and titles as co-chairs through this week, when the group announced the board turnover.

Reminder: Communist Bernie Sanders, who honeymooned in the Soviet Union, so much did he love that particular antisemitic tyranny, recently tapped Linda Sarsour to be a national spokesbigot.

Background on these antisemites here, by John Sexton.

Well, I'm sure now that they have these terrorist-sympathizers, racists, and antisemites out, it'll be smooth sailing for the Women's March from here on out.

Oh wait, breaking:

New Women’s March Board Member: US Military And ISIS Terrorists Are 'Comparably Evil'

A new board member for the left-wing activist group Women's March has repeatedly compared the U.S. and Israeli militaries to the terrorist groups ISIS and Al Qaeda.

...

She justified boycotting "Wonder Woman" in 2017 because lead actress Gail Gadot served in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), writing on Facebook and Twitter: "I similarly would not watch a movie where the lead actor or actress were proud of their participation in the US military, ISIS, or Al Qaeda."

"Don't guess, I’ll just tell you, I believe all of them are comparably evil," she added.

Um, no, you boycotted because she's a Jew.

By the way, this specimen is a high-ranking toad at CAIR. So, perfect.


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Ilhan Omar: When You Think About It, Didn't America Terrorize Muslims After 9/11?

—Ace of Spades



Update: Gangs of Ilhan Omar's constituents are prowling the city looking for Americans to be oppressed by.

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And Now, Another Episode of "Grampa Joe's Corny Old-Timey Half-Remembered Lies"

—Ace of Spades

This is as true as it gets, friends.

A newly surfaced video clip from 2017 shows Joe Biden recounting a bizarre alleged incident in which he deftly avoided a razor-and-chain fight with a gang leader named Corn Pop, when Biden was serving as the only white lifeguard at a predominately black Delaware pool in the summer of 1962.

...

"I learned a lot. And I learned that it makes a difference," Biden said in the 2017 video clip, which documented the ceremony in which the Brown-Burton-Winchester Park was renamed the Joseph R. Biden Jr. Aquatic Center.

"This was the diving board area, and I was one of the guards, and they weren't allowed to -- it was a 3-meter board. And if you fell off sideways, you landed on the damn, er, darn cement over there," Biden said.


Some members of the crowd laughed, apparently at Biden correcting his language, as a small gathering of black children surrounding Biden looked ahead, seemingly disinterested.

"And Corn Pop was a bad dude. And he ran a bunch of bad boys. And back in those days -- to show how things have changed -- one of the things you had to use, if you used Pomade in your hair, you had to wear a baby cap. And so he was up on the board and wouldn't listen to me. I said, 'Hey, Esther, you! Off the board, or I'll come up and drag you off.' Well, he came off, and he said, 'I'll meet you outside.'"

Biden's comments were a reference to competitive swimmer-turned actress Esther Williams, who died in 2013.

"My car was mostly, these were all public housing behind us," Biden continued. "My car - there was a gate on here. I parked my car outside the gate. And he said, 'I'll be waiting for you. He was waiting for me with three guys with straight razors. Not a joke. There was a guy named Bill Wright the only white guy and he did all the pools. He was a mechanic. And I said, 'What am I gonna do?' And he said. 'Come down here in the basement, where all the mechanics- - where all the pool builder is.' You know the chain, there used to be a chain that went across the deep end. And he cut off a six-foot length of chain, and folded it up and he said, 'You walk out with that chain, and you walk to the car and say, 'you may cut me man, but I'm gonna wrap this chain around your head.'"


Biden continued: "I said, 'You're kidding me.'" He said, 'No if you don't, don't come back.' And he was right. So I walked out with the chain. And I walked up to my car. And in those days, you remember the straight razors, you had to bang 'em on the curb, gettin' em rusty, puttin' em in the rain barrel, gettin' em rusty? And I looked at him, but I was smart, then. I said, 'First of all,' I said, 'when I tell you to get off the board, you get off the board, and I'll kick you out again, but I shouldn't have called you Esther Williams, and I apologize for that. I apologize.' But I didn't know that apology was gonna work."

"He said, 'you apologize to me?'" Biden went on. "I said, 'I apologize but not for throwing you out, but I apologize for what I said.' He said, 'OK,' closed that straight razor, and my heart began to beat again."

News has come out that there was indeed a guy calling himself "Corn Pop" alive at that time, and there was a gang called "The Romans."

But the rest of the story seems... well, Bidenesque. This twitter user cast doubt on a lot of the story, highlighting Biden's claim that many of the blacks at the pool had never spoken to a white person before.

He points out that whites made up 73% of the county, making this claim highly dubious.

I'm not sure if I believe that Joe Biden almost had a chain and knife fight which was later defused by mutual recognition of each other's humanity.

Because I think I saw that happen in "Beat It."

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Leland Keyser, Who Blasey-Ford Claimed Was a Witness to Her Fabricated Assault, Finally Speaks About Ford's Accusation: "I don't have any confidence in the story."

—Ace of Spades

Funny that the New York Times "reporters" who wrote up that silly accusation where the alleged victim denies the event chose not to publicize this bombshell.

Mollie Hemingway writes:

And then, just before the book ends, the reporters drop a bombshell:
>We spoke multiple times to Keyser, who also said that she didn’t recall that get-together or any others like it. In fact, she challenged Ford's accuracy. I don't have any confidence in the story."

This on-the-record quote is the first time that Keyser has spoken publicly about what was previously reported in detail in the new bestseller "Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court"...

The New York Times authors dismiss Keyser’s statement as the product of a bad memory, before noting that their unsuccessful efforts to corroborate Blasey Ford’s claims including desperately searching for a house that matched the description she gave. Nevertheless, their “gut” told them to believe her in the absence of facts.

The authors also acknowledge what had previously been reported in "Justice on Trial," about

A group text was formed in which friends such as Cheryl Amitay and Lulu Gonella discussed how to get her to say something more helpful to the cause. An unnamed man on the text suggested that they defame her as an addict. Keyser has been in recovery for some time, as her friends know and as has previously been reported.

Amitay answered,"Leland is a major stumbling block" While asserting she didn't want her to make anything up out of whole cloth, she offered ideas for things that could sound supportive of Ford's story, such as that she'd been in similar situations with Blasey Ford that summer.

"I was told behind the scenes that certain things could be spread about me if I didn't comply," Keyser told the reporters, a stunning admission of the pressure to which she was subjected to by Blasey Ford's allies.

Beach friends need to get their asses sued into bankruptcy.

Or maybe some investigation for the lies that we know some "accusers" told. Why are the false accusers being let off the hook, as usual?

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Democrats Write Off the White Working Class, Figuring They Couldn't Possibly Do Worse With Them Than They Did in 2016.
They're Wrong.

—Ace of Spades

An editor for the Cook Politico Report tweeted this morning that the Democrats are whistling past the graveyard when they run against the white working class.

Here's why the "let's win without working-class whites" mentality doesn't hold water for Dems. That demog comprises 45% of all eligible U.S. voters, but:

61% in Wisconsin
61% in New Hampshire
56% in Michigan
56% in Minnesota
56% in Pennsylvania
47% in North Carolina

Good luck.


Dems' backslide w/ these voters is the main reason IA (66%) and OH (60%) have already exited stage right off the EC battleground, and why a Dem nominee who performs even worse w/ them could risk losses in ME (66%), NH (61%) or MN (56%).

Dems' path to beating Trump absolutely depends on retaining the gains they made in diverse, college-educated burbs - the kinds we saw in 2018 & #NC09.

But even a slight drop among white non-college voters could negate all of it, given the demog's size & geographic distribution.


Much of the analysis I'm seeing on this site assumes there's no more room for Dems to fall w/ white non-college voters, who are simply a "lost cause."

In fact, Dems have an awful lot more room to fall w/ them, and that's especially true in many of the most critical EC states.

Moreover, the notion that voting behavior is polarized to the point that there aren't any swing/persuadable voters left isn't based in reality.

Not only did we see above-average swings from '12 to '16, Dems wouldn't have gone +40 in '18 without converting lots of '16 R voters.

The bottom line: Dems don't need to win a higher % of the WWC than in '16 b/c 1) it's declining as a % of voters and 2) Dems have made robust gains among college whites.

But Dems *can't* afford to backslide much further & hope to win MI/PA/WI etc. And avoiding that isn't simple.

The Democrats think they can make up for losses in the White Working Class with gains in the White #WokeAF Class.

But real-life isn't Twitter. I keep trying to tell these lunatics that, but they don't believe me.

Last month Politico had a similar story about a demographic with some overlap with the white working class-- the rural vote, which Hillary Clinton lost 2-1 in 2016, and which the Democrats just might lose worse in 2020.

"Right now, no one is building those bridges," Mellman continued. But "if you can move rural voters, even a few points, it becomes possible to win in states you can’t otherwise win."

...

Jeff Link, an Iowa-based consultant who is advising Focus on Rural America, the progressive group that paid for the plane circling the Iowa State Fair, said that if candidates are "talking about who is using what bathroom, we’re not going to get there with rural voters..."

Last week, polling showed that the Democrats had completely lost their 2018 advantage in favorability:


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Mika Brzezinsky of the Conspiracy-Addled MSNBC: Say, Maybe Barron Trump Isn't Actually Donald Trump's Son

—Ace of Spades

People who went to (mediocre) colleges, and only as a legacy enrollee to boot, are just better at thinking than the general public.

"Morning Joe' co-host Mika Brzezinski floated the idea Friday that President Donald Trump might not really be Barron’s father.

During a segment recapping Thursday evening's Democratic primary debate, Brzezinski made the suggestion and then pressed the issue when her co-host and husband Joe Scarborough tried to change the subject.

...

"Maybe it is Melania's son," Brzezinski chimed in.

"It is Melania's son," Scarborough repeated.

"That's what he was saying, it was just her son," Brzezinski pressed. "That's just what he said."

"Let me get back to Biden because I don't know what you’re saying," Scarborough tried to change the subject.

"He didn't remember Barron's name or --" Brzezinski continued.

"Just stop," Scarborough persisted.

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New York Times Runs Yet Another Smear Against Brett Kavanaugh; Alleged Newspaper Forgets to Mention 1, the Alleged Victim Denies Any Memory of This Silly Tale, and 2, The Person Claiming He Remembers Hearing About It Is... A Clinton Lawyer

—Ace of Spades

What a fusion of common backgrounds, common social circles, and common political agendas.



The authors then bring forth a new allegation that they suggest bolsters her claim. They say that a former Clinton attorney named Max Stier told the senators and F.B.I. that he witnessed Kavanaugh, pants-down, at a party where a group of guys pushed the hand of a female student onto him.

What they neglected to mention, however, was that the Senate Judiciary Committee was not notified of this claim, according to counsel Mike Davis. Democratic Senate offices turned over several claims against Kavanaugh, some of them leading to criminal referrals for false statements. There were claims of a nationwide crime spree undertaken by Kavanaugh, although no evidence was found in support of any of the claims.

More importantly than the procedural issue, however, is that several friends of the alleged victim in question say she has zero recollection of such incident.

That salient detail was omitted by the reporters.



A correction was added to the end of the article late Sunday night, after a full day of histrionic media coverage: It reads:

Editors' Note: Sept. 15, 2019

An earlier version of this article, which was adapted from a forthcoming book, did not include one element of the book’s account regarding an assertion by a Yale classmate that friends of Brett Kavanaugh pushed his penis into the hand of a female student at a drunken dorm party. The book reports that the female student declined to be interviewed and friends say that she does not recall the incident. That information has been added to the article.

Howard Kurtz calls this "journalistic malpractice," and "black and white" as far as violations of so-called journalistic standards.

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Washington Post Express Shuts Down, Laying Off 20 "Journalists"

—Ace of Spades

The free commuter paper was put out of business due to a lack of public interest in something free.

Even at zero dollars and zero cents, it did not have enough customers.

The whiny babies blamed the public's complete lack of interest in anything they did on smart phones.

"Add Express to the list of print publications done in by mobile technology," the editors wrote. "Sadly, this is our final edition."


The Post announced the shuttering of its Express publication just a day earlier, ending the 16-year run of the publication handed out to riders on D.C.'s Metro rail system.

About 20 journalists have been laid off as a result of the publication's closure. The Washington Post Guild, which did not represent the Express's writers, slammed the decision and in particular the short notice given to employees, some of whom found out from media reports.

"This announcement came the day before operations ceased, with no advance warning," the union said Wednesday.

"These employees, many of them young women, performed the same jobs as other staff in our newsroom for substantially lesser pay," it continued.

"Journalists" call this bitchy, whiny cover "perfect."

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The Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

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"It seems that Joey 'Choo-choo' Biden was caught on video telling a laughably bizarre story about how, when he was a lifeguard at a public swimming pool in 1962, he faced down a black gangsta who was misbehaving on the diving board. Here is the video. The badass gangsta went by the name of Corn Pop. Seriously? Corn Pop? Now what kind of a gangsta thug names himself after a breakfast cereal, you might be asking. First off, it couldn't be a breakfast cereal. When the cereal was first introduced in the early 50s, it was called 'Sugar Pops' and, according to this source, it wasn't until the late 70s did Kellogg change the name to 'Sugar Corn Pops' and then, in 1984, to simply 'Corn Pops'.

"Therefore, in 1962, nobody could've appropriated the nickname 'Corn Pop' from a breakfast cereal since the cereal wasn't known by that name at the time. So either the name came from some totally different source or Joe is just making stuff up. He may not even be doing it intentionally. We all know that he's basically losing his mind, which is starting to resemble the the moldy old attic of a hoarder, full of yellowing magazines, rusty old toys, bits of string, maybe a broken chair or two, and chests of rotting, out-of-fashion clothes. So, in order to appeal to African-American voters, he probably reached up there, brushed aside the cobwebs, and pulled who-knows-what random elements from who-knows-what dark corners of his memory to piece together this story, and, as I said, he probably sincerely believes it happened.

"And the media has shown itself to be quite incurious about Biden's psychological condition. They'll discuss the inner workings of Trump's mental processes for days on end (always finding them wanting, of course), but ignore the obvious fact that one of the major candidates for president on the Democratic side is sliding into dementia in real time. I suspect this is because they think Biden is the strongest contender to unseat the hated Orange Man. But I predict that if they ever determine that another Dem candidate is stronger, the media will turn on Biden, and it will look like those child-like beryllium miners in the movie 'Galaxy Quest' suddenly displaying their fangs and devouring their wounded brother."



Corn Pops Then & Now:

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Mid-Morning Art Thread

—CBD

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Portrait Of Ramon Casas
Santiago Rusinol

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The Morning Report - 9/16/19

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. Let me start off a new week by stating I am so sick and fucking tired of the Democrat-Left-Media Complex. I mean, Brett Kavanaugh? Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh? Again? Really? Just go fuck yourselves. I guess I could end my column right there and be done with it but there's a lot going on and in point of fact despite blood shooting out of my eyes like the paste-eating waste-of-space goniffing hair-sniffing kiddy-diddler, this insanity is, to put it mildly, not going to help their cause. But still, they persist.

Look, I get the fact that they have gone completely insane, as everything they have thrown at President Trump to destroy him before and after the fact of his election has failed, and spectacularly so. But to now revisit one of their most catastrophic failures to call for Justice Kavanaugh's impeachment based on a 100% debunked lie is really the bitter end. This comes barely 48 hours after Jerry "the Hutt" Nadless saw the shadow cast by his tadger of a schvantz and started the impeachment process against the President. Although now he is trying to do some sort of backtrack because all he wanted was to give the impression of starting the process to appease his base. Yes, he too is a big fat target of the so-called "Justice Democrats." But was double-dog dared and went a bit too far, because impeachment is a distinct turn-off to a very large majority of the electorate. More on this garbage in a moment,

In any case, from what I have seen, every major big-mouth big-wig in the Democrat party including the presidential candidates is now calling for Kavanaugh to be impeached. Plus, I see that Maxine "Mikvah" Waters belched up that we might as well throw Trump in for good measure. Fine. Go for it, schmucks. Because all during the initial attempt to both high- and low-tech lynch Kavanaugh, the public immediately saw through it as such even before all of the so-called "evidence" and "witnesses" were debunked. After he was sworn in, many of us thought because of his first few decisions on the bench that he might be willing to go Left just to stay in with the in crowd and keep himself and his family away from the slings and arrows, figurative and literal these days. But by doing this, with his ass firmly planted on that bench, I would think he's not going to take kindly to this and is going to be motivated to move a bit closer to Thomas, Alito and Gorsuch.

Also, they're not exactly endearing themselves to Cocaine Mitch vis a vis the next vacancy or vacancies that might crop up in the next 14 months. By the way, last week the President's 150th judicial nominee was confirmed, and this disgusting, infantile display is not going to exactly convince McConnell to slow the pace.

Well done, Democrats. Keep fucking that chicken. Hmm, my mood seems to be improving.

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

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

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Sunday Overnight Open Thread (9/15/19)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Welcome to The ONT


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The Quotes of The Day


Quote I

“Hey, I’m brown! Talk to me! I’m a brown lady. I care about my brown kids!” Michelle Malkin


Quote II

“While NJ Transit opposed the reinstatement of Mr. Gallagher, we are required to comply with the legal decision made by the arbitrator. Under provisions clearly defined in that decision, NJ TRANSIT can and will restrict his duty to non-passenger trains,” Nancy Snyder


Quote III

"I think 25% of schools will fail in the next two decades. They're going to close, they're going to merge, some will declare some form of bankruptcy to reinvent themselves. It's going to be brutal across American higher education."Michael Horn


Quote IV

“I don’t think a majority of the Senate or the country is going to embrace mandatory buybacks. We need to focus on what we can get done.” Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE)


Quote V

"I honestly think that the big three email providers (Microsoft, Yahoo, Google) added this feature because of me." Kyle Milliken


Quote VI

“Every human life is precious, and every woman and baby deserves care and respect. This tragic case shows why abortion providers must be held to strict guidelines and face rigorous oversight. I will be looking into federal legislation to ensure the remains of aborted babies are always treated with dignity, including in the case of chemical abortions."U.S. Representative Jackie Walorski (R-IN)

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Gun Thread: Maybe You Just Suck [Weasel]

—Open Blogger

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Something has been on my mind for a while and I think it's time we talked about it. What is it you ask? Well, it mostly has to do with training, expectations and improving your shooting. Let's find out more below, shall we?

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Food Thread: Corks And Bunnies

—CBD

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Corks are great, and have worked reasonably well for a very, very long time. But there is nothing magical about them, in spite of being "natural." They don't really breathe, so the idea that corks allow wine to age gracefully is mostly a fiction. And besides, the amount of air that can pass through the cork and then permeate the wine is vanishingly small. What really ages the wine is time, which allows the wine's components (sugars and acids and all sorts of aromatic compounds) to play together and hopefully improve.

And there are big downsides to cork: it is a natural product and can vary tremendously, and it is also associated with the tainting of wine with a chemical called TCA (trichloroanisole), which can impart an unpleasant taste and aroma that I perceive as wet cardboard. That's not a flavor I vigorously pursue in my booze, and I doubt many people enjoy it much.

So why use cork at all? Tradition and snobbery is pretty much the only answer I can come up with. The cost of metal closures is on par with cork, and they don't impart any flavors at all.

When I go shopping for wine, in particular everyday drinking wine, I give bonus points to wines with screw-tops. It's more convenient, the bottles fit in the refrigerator more easily, and even ignoring the risk of TCA contamination, there is much less risk of failure. Everyone has seen crumbly corks and corks that broke off halfway out of the bottle, and that just doesn't happen with screw-tops.

The Aussies use screw-tops a lot, and I am seeing it more and more on American wines, and even Froggy and Spanish wines! I haven't seen any on Portuguese wines, mostly because I rarely drink them and have very little experience. But Portugal's greatest wines are Ports, and it can be a huge problem pulling the corks on old bottles. I wonder whether they will finally figure out that screw-tops are the way to go? I doubt it will happen any time soon, because Port drinkers love the ritual and pomp and circumstance of opening a 50 or 60-year-old bottle, and the breathless anticipation of whether the cork is total crap adds to the experience.

Personally I think that is dumb, because the bottles are expensive and rare, and why risk anything when the whole point is the pleasure of drinking what's inside?

By the way, the bottle on the left is a five-year-old Aussie Shiraz, and it was quite good. The bottle on the right is 29-years-old, and waiting patiently for a crisp autumn weekend and a meal of braised short ribs. I just hope the cork has survived!

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What Color Is The Sky In Their World? The (Il)Logic Behind Progressive Policies

—CBD

We love to make fun of the liberals and progressives because they believe in the perfectibility of Man, and are willing to suspend belief in immutable laws of economics in furtherance of their goals. Many of us have first-hand knowledge of the destruction wrought by rent control and minimum wage laws, and here is a concise explanation of the (lack of) mindset that allows otherwise minimally intelligent people to believe in things that just aren't so.

What If All Reality Were Optional?

Take, for example, support for rent control. Having the state keep the monetary prices of rental units below the values that would arise in free markets is believed by many pols and pundits – and by nearly all “Progressives” – to effectively keep the actual market values of rental units at whatever low prices the state sets. In this reality-is-optional world, when the state pushes down nominal rental prices, the quantity of rental units supplied not only does not fall, it increases to match the increase in the quantity of rental units demanded.

Want more housing for folks with modest incomes? No problem! We’ll just push the rental prices lower to increase ordinary folks’ access to housing. See, the world is such a simple place!

Similar reality-is-optional ‘solutions’ are minimum-wage statutes (for increasing the pay of low-skilled workers) and mandated paid-leave (for increasing the welfare of all workers).

The article is funny, but also sad, because untold millions of people have been and continue to be injured by the hubris of perfectibility coupled with the stupidity of liberalism.

Of course the hard Left uses these dupes as fodder, and they care not a whit that unemployment will rise and housing will grow both more scarce and less habitable, because that is the goal, and not an unintended consequence.

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Importing Chinese Consumer Goods Is One Thing...Importing Their Authoritarian "Social Credit System" Is Something Entirely Different

—CBD

It's actually too late, as we have seen over the past several years. Curiously, debits seem to fall primarily in the conservative thoughts and behaviors column. Funny, that...

The Invisible Shackles of America's Social Credit System

There are hundreds of examples that have been prominently discussed in the right-of-center world. The Oberlin College vs. Gibson's Bakery is a excellent example with a happy ending, but far too many of these censorious events slip past the media and become embedded in the default behaviors of regular folk.

And it's censorship, plain and simple. And yes, I know what censorship really is, but when the internet police, with their monopoly on most communication decide to censor, it is indistinguishable from government action. And when banks (with government licenses!) limit speech and behavior and commerce to leftist-approved businesses, how does it differ from government's jack-booted thugs shutting down a legal business?

Social media platforms are the modern “town square,” a place where everyone comes to discover and share information and weigh-in with opinions. Everyone, regardless of their politics, class, or creed, should have access to this marketplace of ideas.
As much as the idea of defining internet and social media access as a civil right makes me queasy, it may be the only way around the pinch-faced scolds of Silicon Valley. Access to the banking system is less problematic, but never forget the law of unintended consequences: it will always bite you in the ass!


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Sunday Morning Book Thread 09-15-2019

—OregonMuse

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The REAL Hearst Castle Library


Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes, wine moms, frat bros, crétins sans pantalon (who are technically breaking the rules), maniacs, egomaniacs, kleptomaniacs, dipsomaniacs, nymphomaniacs, megalomaniacs, and, naturally, bibliomaniacs. Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, a weekly compendium of reviews, observations, snark, witty repartee, hilarious bon mots, and a continuing conversation on books, reading, spending way too much money on books, writing books, and publishing books by escaped oafs and oafettes who follow words with their fingers and whose lips move as they read. Unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these pants, which, to tell you the truth, I'm not sure if they're pants or some crazy weird undiagnosed skin disease.



Pic Note:

345 [Last week's library pic] is NOT the Hearst Castle library. It is the Gothic Study. The Castle's library looks completely different.

Posted by: Rusty Nail at September 08, 2019 12:50 PM (/OqVH)

Quite right. I should've been more careful. Today's pic shows the actual library.

Update: Thanks to Chi-Town Jerry, here is a much larger, zoomable version of the library. So you can really examine all of the ornate stuff up close.


It Pays To Increase Your Word Power®

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(h/t The French History Podcast for the graphic, which I think is fascinating)

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Saturday Overnight Open Thread (9/14/19)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Saturday Gigs


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The Saturday Night Joke


A friend told me about his trip out with his grandson. This is what he said. "Last week, I took my grandchildren to a restaurant. My 6 year-old grandson asked if he could say grace."

As we bowed our heads he said, "God is good, God is great. Thank you for the food and I would thank you even more if Grandpa gets us ice cream for dessert. And liberty, peace & justice for all. Amen!"

Along with the laughter and nodding of heads from the other customers nearby, I heard a woman at the next table remark, "That's what's wrong with this country. Kids today don't even know how to pray. Asking God for ice cream! Why -- I never!"

Hearing this, my grandson burst into tears and asked me, "Did I do it wrong Grandpa? Is God mad at me?"

After I assured him that he had done a terrific job and that God was certainly not mad at him, an elderly gentleman approached the table. He winked at my grandson and said, "I happen to know that God thought that was a great prayer." "Really?" my grandson asked.

"Cross my heart," the man replied. Then, in a theatrical whisper, he added (indicating the woman whose remark had started this whole thing), "Too bad she never asks God for ice cream. A little ice cream is sometimes good for the soul."

Naturally, I bought my grandchildren ice cream at the end of the meal. My grandson stared at his ice cream for a moment, and then he did something I will remember the rest of my life. He picked up his sundae and, without a word, walked over and placed it in front of the woman.

With a big smile he looked her in the eye and told her, "Here ma'am, this is for you, you grouchy old bitch. You must be a Democrat, shove it up your ass and cool off!"

Kinda brings a tear to your eye, doesn't it! H/T Legally Sufficient

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The Occasional Fishing and Hunting Thread [Bandersnatch]

—CBD

Welcome Piscators and Piscatrixes - and this time Nimrods and Nimrettes -- to the current installment of the occasional fishing and hunting thread. In fact, we may broaden this to camping, hiking, orienteering, and other worthwhile pursuits of the rugged outdoors. (If you talk about playing your PS4 in the woods, though, you're banned.).

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This is Bonefish Bradley, or so he called himself. He's a guide on Andros in the Bahamas. Or was. Who knows what Dorian did. Anyway, I wanted to use this as a jumping off point to talk about guides and guiding. Guides are whores.

Huh. I guess that’s all there is to say about that.

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