July 19, 2018

Gloomy ONT

—WeirdDave

So, what kind of an evening is it going to be?

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Oh, so it's going to be that kind of night? Fine. So be it.

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Congratulate the Soon-To-Be #3 Oil Producer in the World: Texas

—Ace of Spades

Fracking amazing.

Hmm, #3 oil producer with a lot of land and a strong economy...? Why, you'd think such a small-s state could almost be its own capital-S independent State.

The future charter state of New America will pass Iran in oil production, and will be second only to Russia and Saudi Arabia.

Sexton points out that if another accounting of total US oil production is credited as right, the US is already the number 2 producer. Already.

By the way: The anti-fracking agitprop designed to stop America from becoming the world's biggest oil producer is of course funded by Russia, "interfering" in our domestic politics and influencing elections, trying to get candidates elected who would outlaw fracking.

Why doesn't CNN ever talk about that, he asked rhetorically.

I guess sometimes Russian Interference in Our Precious Democracy is a good thing. As long as it's in service of Russia's actual allies in the US, the socialist/Democrat left.

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Judge Jeneane Pirro Thrown Off "The View" by a Hysterical Whoopi Goldberg

—Ace of Spades

Ana Navarro and her stinky Barney-Rubble peasant feet was part of the lynching, of course.

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What? "Intelligence Community" Leaks Existence of "Top Secret" Mole in Putin's Inner Circle, Just To Throw a Minor Jibe at Trump?

—Ace of Spades

Either one of two things is true:

Either the "Intelligence" community is lying, again, to advance its sectarian interests, or the "intelligence" community, which claims it is forced to violate its oaths and protocols to contain the traitor Trump, has just outed the existence of a top-level spy in the Kremlin to make minor hay about Trump.

So which is it?

The NYT piece continues:

The evidence included texts and emails from Russian military officers and information gleaned from a top-secret source close to Mr. Putin, who had described to the C.I.A. how the Kremlin decided to execute its campaign of hacking and disinformation.

Now we truly have a scandal on our hands. Someone in the intelligence community (or a former intelligence official) has apparently now revealed that the United States has a "top-secret source close to Mr. Putin." The apparent disclosure of incredibly sensitive intelligence information like this could surely put clandestine operatives' lives in jeopardy. This also sows doubt in the narrative being promulgated by the media that we must blindly trust the intelligence community's findings. If the information is to be believed, such a leak has come from someone (or multiple people) in the intelligence community who prioritized taking shots at the president over the safety and security of the American people -- and their own operatives.

Sometimes spies will lie about the nature of their information so that they can reveal the information without revealing anything about the source. There's an old story, which I think is actually true, about the US chain of command lying to air base commanders about how they knew that the Luftwaffe would be attacking this or that target this or that day.

The truth was that we had broken their codes and were simply decoding the Luftwaffe's signals traffic.

But we didn't want to expose that to base commanders, so we claimed to lower-level commanders that we had an Italian spy near a Luftwaffe air field who would peek over the fence and note when planes were leaving the base and in what direction.

The funny bit of this story is that the higher-ups were flummoxed when a base commander asked them to have the spy take a look at the Nazis' fuel stores and record how often they were filled.

So anyway, it could be that the American services have some kind of surveillance capacity that lets them know what the Russians are up to, and they're lying about having a "top-secret source close to Putin."

And yeah, that could still be inexcusable lying to the public rather than the excusable type. Because a top-secret source close to Putin sure sounds conclusive. What if the true source of the information, which is being concealed, relies upon more inferences and deductions, all subject to doubt and questioning, than a "top secret source to Putin" does?

What if, as is the wont of people who don't like having their judgment questioned, they're claiming a higher level of confidence than they really have in order to shut pesky citizens (or Presidents) up with their insolent questions?

The media spins false narratives every day, and they seem, psychologically, to be close cousins of the "intelligence" community.

So either the "intelligence" community is now burning actual highest-level codeword-clearance spies just to leak some ammunition against Trump, or, more likely, they're lying about the source of their information.

And they're not necessarily lying on the square, even. They may be once again lying in a fashion that suits their own sectarian interests.


But you should trust them because College Guys With Guns.

While the New York Times, leftist media, and NeverTrump continues insisting that it's wrong for Trump or any American citizen to ever question the "intelligence" community, former acting head of the CIA Mike Morrell, a Hillary crony and Benghazi talking points editor, actually disagrees. And he's An Expert, right?

The former acting head of the CIA, Michael Morell, decided last year that it was time to get political. Concerned about the possibility that Donald Trump would become commander in chief, Morell wrote an August 2016 New York Times op-ed endorsing Hillary Clinton and calling Trump a "threat to our national security."

It sounds like he regrets it -- at least somewhat.

In a very worthwhile Q&A with Politico's Susan Glasser, Morell reflects upon the decisions made by himself and other previously nonpolitical top intelligence officials to weigh in against Trump. And he suggests that it was counterproductive in one key way.

Below is a lengthy excerpt, but it's all worth reading:

GLASSER: Okay, so, flash-forward a year [after the op-ed]. Was that a mistake?

MORELL: So, I don't think it was a mistake. I think there were downsides to it that I didn't think about at the time. I was concerned about what is the impact it would have on the agency, right? Very concerned about that, thought that through. But I don’t think I fully thought through the implications.

And one of the ways I’ve thought about that, Susan, is -- okay, how did Donald Trump see this? Right? And from -- it's very important -- one of the things we do as intelligence analysts is make sure that our guy --the president -- understands the other guy. Right?

So let's put ourselves here in Donald Trump’s shoes. So, what does he see? Right? He sees a former director of CIA and a former director of NSA, Mike Hayden, who I have the greatest respect for, criticizing him and his policies. Right? And he could rightfully have said, "Huh, what's going on with these intelligence guys?" Right?

GLASSER: It embroiders his narrative.

MORELL: Exactly. And then he sees a former acting director and deputy director of CIA criticizing him and endorsing his opponent. And then he gets his first intelligence briefing, after becoming the Republican nominee, and within 24 to 48 hours, there are leaks out of that that are critical of him and his then-national security adviser, Mike Flynn.

And so this stuff starts to build, right? And he must have said to himself, "What is it with these intelligence guys? Are they political?"

...

Then he becomes president, and he's supposed to be getting a daily brief from the moment he becomes the president-elect. Right? And he doesn't. And within a few days, there's leaks about how he’s not taking his briefing. So, he must have thought -- right? --that, "Who are these guys? Are these guys out to get me? Is this a political organization? Can I think about them as a political organization when I become president?"

So, I think there was a significant downside to those of us who became political in that moment. So, if I could have thought of that, would I have ended up in a different place? I don’t know. But it's something I didn't think about.

He might also have noted that before Trump took the oath of office, Comey, Clapper, Brennan, and other leave-behinds at the DOJ undertook a conspiracy to hide from the president the nature and existence of the probe into the alleged Trump-Russia conspiracy, and lie to him about it, resulting in Comey telling him three times that there was no investigation into Trump-Russia conspiracy, while the same people would simulataneously leak to the Times and Post that there was.

Why would Trump trust what these guys told him?

Even Mike Morrell, again, former acting head of the CIA, thinks that from Trump's point of view, it's perfectly understandable why Trump wouldn't trust them.

He's The Expert, right?

And yet the people who tell us every day to Trust the Experts also tell us to ignore this Expert's thoughts on the matter.

Almost as if they're selectively toggling the Trust the Experts light on and off as it suits their political agenda for the day.


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Trump Attacks a NATO Ally!!!

—Ace of Spades

That NATO Ally? Turkey, which is currently trying an American pastor for "terrorism," which is what Erdogan calls anything he feels threatens his political position.

U.S. President Donald Trump on July 19 urged his Turkish opposite Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Twitter to help release an American pastor kept behind bars in Turkey since October 2016.

"A total disgrace that Turkey will not release a respected U.S. Pastor, Andrew Brunson, from prison. He has been held hostage far too long," Trump said.

"[Turkish President] Recep Tayyip Erdoğan should do something to free this wonderful Christian husband & father. He has done nothing wrong, and his family needs him!" he added.

On July 18, a court in Turkey's Aegean province of İzmir ruled that Brunson, an American pastor being tried on terrorism and spying charges, will be kept in jail pending trial.

Flashback: Barack Obama previously hailed Erdogan as a role-model for Muslim leaders.


Was Obama a traitor? Was Obama a lover of autocrats?

Should he be arrested and tried for treason?

Just asking questions.

Posted by Ace of Spades at 02:12 PM Comments

Afternoon Open Thread

—Ace of Spades

I'm still trying to get my brain to start working.

Cap'n Bill wants to deny the troops whose lives he's serially imperiled a parade, just to show Trump:




Ahoy, cocksucker.

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The Morning Rant: J.V. Edition

—CBD

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This is idiocy on a grand scale. And cultural genocide. And part of the long game played by the Left. And there is a soupcon of marketing and virtue-signaling bullshit, since "Bonobos" is clearly not going to produce clothing that fits every "man," because that would include women who claim to be men, and that would needlessly complicate their supply chain, cutting into their profits. But mostly it is antithetical to reality and clear language.

If every man is defined as masculine, then the word will have no meaning, and that is certainly not the case. Not all men are masculine, and in fact, not all men are "men." The obvious goal here is to water down traditional roles and blur the lines between effete, cowardly, weak XY humans and those who rise to the historical (and probably genetic) role of the real man, which these fools conflate with their own dislike of masculinity, probably because they fall short of the traditional measures, and they talk like fags and their shit is all retarded.


By the way, the front page of their website has only Black men as models. That is clearly racist, with the undeniable connection between bonobos (a species of great ape) and the models. Intentional or not it is a macro-aggression that should be addressed by the resignation of the CEO.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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Le chou-fleur
Pierre Roy

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The Morning Report 7/19/18

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. Thursday is here and of course it's never a slow day for your intrepid reporter so lez-be on our way. First up is of course the continued fall out from the Trump-Putin Helsinki summit. On the periphery some are crowing about the president supposedly walking back his comments about our intelligence community but, as evidenced from the link, he justifiably pulls no punches in his criticism of Brennan, Clapper, Comey et al. As stated yesterday, all of the reactions from the Dem-Left-Media complex and the smart-set elite Coup-Cucks-Clan in the New Deal wing of the GOP is all pre-chewed meat; canned outrage to be used as yet another pretext to throw him out of office, give the Dems Congress in November and derail his agenda. Funny how the Brett Kavanaugh nomination has all but disappeared from the headlines, but I guarantee you it will not be long before the President's "treasonous" behavior in Helsinki will be the pretext by which America must live up to its values and promise and reject that nomination, as well as every subsequent nomination going forward. Remember, "that's not who we are!" (*pukes*). Speaking of which, in a not unrelated link, the President's nominee to take over at the CFPB politburo is being grilled, not on her experience and acumen in matters relating to banking and lending but on immigration and Puerto Rico. Jeez, who let Occasional-Cortex into the room (more on her later)? But I digress.

Everyone's also going crazy because the President is talking about letting Russia interrogate persons linked to longtime Putin foe and critic Bill Browder. Browder you may (or may not) recall investigated and uncovered all kinds of corruption with Putin, and one of his allies, attorney Sergey Magnitsky was imprisoned for 11 months and ultimately died in custody. And that led to what is known as the Magnitsky Act intended to punish Putin for human rights violations that led to the act's namesake's death. I believe that that is a non-starter, although it might be nice to have Peter Strzok take a little involuntary fact-finding mission to the Lubyanka which doubtless would greatly improve his attitude and mien. But I digress yet again.

At the risk of being repetitive from yesterday's commentary, say what you will about PDT's manner or the way he speaks, but his actions speak louder than his words on Russia and on every other damn thing since he rode down that escalator nearly three years ago. And I went into an entire litany of the Democrat-Left-Media Complex's alliance with the Soviet Union and indeed every other country, regime and ideology that would lay America low and bring them to power. And since everyone of that bent is suddenly rushing like made to replace their Che t-shirts with the image of Tail Gunner Joe and hurling the word "treason" at our President, let's take a little trip down memory lane and throw a spotlight on one of their heroes - and someone who can arguably be labeled the most destructive American citizen in our history: Edward M. Kennedy.

In 1983, during the height of the Cold War, Teddy Kennedy, a sitting United States Senator, secretly went to Moscow to collude, in every real sense of that word, with them to undermine President Reagan's SDI initiative before the 1984 elections. Here's an excerpt from the link, with a quote from Paul Kengor, interviewed by Jamie Glazov in 2008 (what a year that was, in context).

According to (KGB Chief) Chebrikov, Kennedy was deeply troubled by the deteriorating relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union, which he believed was bringing us perilously close to nuclear confrontation. Kennedy, according to Chebrikov, blamed this situation not on the Soviet leadership but on the American president---Ronald Reagan. Not only was the USSR not to blame, but, said Chebrikov, Kennedy was, quite the contrary, "very impressed" with Andropov.

The thrust of the letter is that Reagan had to be stopped, meaning his alleged aggressive defense policies, which then ranged from the Pershing IIs to the MX to SDI, and even his re-election bid, needed to be stopped. It was Ronald Reagan who was the hindrance to peace. That view of Reagan is consistent with things that Kennedy said and wrote at the time, including articles in sources like Rolling Stone (March 1984) and in a speeches like his March 24, 1983 remarks on the Senate floor the day after Reagan's SDI speech, which he lambasted as "misleading Red-Scare tactics and reckless Star Wars schemes."

Even more interesting than Kennedy's diagnosis was the prescription: According to Chebrikov, Kennedy suggested a number of PR moves to help the Soviets in terms of their public image with the American public. He reportedly believed that the Soviet problem was a communication problem, resulting from an inability to counter Reagan's (not the USSR's) "propaganda." If only Americans could get through Reagan's smokescreen and hear the Soviets' peaceful intentions.

So, there was a plan, or at least a suggested plan, to hook up Andropov and other senior apparatchiks with the American media, where they could better present their message and make their case. Specifically, the names of Walter Cronkite and Barbara Walters are mentioned in the document. Also, Kennedy himself would travel to Moscow to meet with the dictator.

Time was of the essence, since Reagan, as the document privately acknowledged, was flying high en route to easy re-election in 1984.

You may also recall that Kennedy was the chief sponsor of the 1965 Hart-Celler Act which destroyed our orderly, legal immigration and naturalization process and flooded America with millions of illiterate, uneducated, third world indigents who had no interest really in assimilating but eagerly took everything and more Uncle Sugar could throw at them. All in exchange for forever more being loyal Democrat voters. And this is a major factor 50 years later in the dissolution of American identity and culture that we are witnessing and desperately fighting to this day.

Back to Ted Kennedy's actual dictionary-definition TREASON with the Soviets in 1983, when I read that article my blood was boiling. And these bastards have the f***ing unmitigated temerity to use the word "treason" agains this President?! The rest of my thoughts are redacted. In any case for the reasons sighted alone, let alone murdering Mary Jo Kopechne, I hope and pray that Teddy Kennedy is roasting in Hell.

In other news, on the immigration scene, Keith Ellison reveals the truth about the Dems, the Abolish Ice fiasco shows the Dems' true colors, if that were to happen blood would be running in the streets, immigration is the number one issue in a new Gallup Poll (stopping it for us, open borders for the terrorists), and VDH has a great take, as ever, on immigration and the grand plan of the Left.

On the political scene, the Democrat internal struggle with itself boils over as Joe-mentum Lieberman stumps for Crowley and the party establishment want to maintain control from the hardcore Maosits while Dem-Socialite Occasional-Cortex blasts those who call her anti-semitic as filthy Joo-occupiers, the Calexit bill gets roadblocked, and Fauxcahontas is trying to ram through a horrible casino deal so she can show off her high cheekbones and landlocked crab salad. Farbissiner goniff, that one.

On the international scene, PDT directly confronts Erdogan about a US priest being held hostage by the Turks, Nikki Haley slams the UN Human Rights Council and FBI Director Wray calls out the Chi-Coms as the greatest espionage threat here at home. Lastly, Denmark opens its eyes too late vis a vis the flood of "immigrants."

Interesting domestic news items, Maine governor LePage has vetoed a bill that bans gay-to-normal conversion counseling, a challenge to Texas fetal burial law could be a harbinger of a Roe v Wade battle at SCOTUS and the Janus ruling could really open the floodgates in kneecapping union political power.

Free speech news with the Facebook hearings, IBD not thrilled with the EU's Google fine, and in the UK muzzling the Muslim angle with Tommy Robinson and Rotherham.

From hither and yon, Dennis Rodman looks to take Kanye West to North Korea, comparing Lincoln and PDT and an SJW gets eaten by the tiger.

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

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Wednesday Overnight Open Thread (7/18/18 )

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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*****


The Quotes of The Day

Quote I

"Once an election is over and you win, why are you still angry?" he said. "I think it’s a lack of maturity on her part, and a lack of political acumen, for her to be that petty. We as Democrats better figure out who the real enemy is. And it’s not each other." Rep. Lacy Clay (D., Mo.)


Quote II

“The Federal Court is an appropriate venue for these cases and provides those affected with the opportunity for a timely resolution. Years of drawn out litigation and hearings are not in the best interest of victims, the community and those still healing,” Debra DeShong, a spokeswoman for MGM Resorts

Quote III

The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not. Mark Twain

Quote IV

Ellison claimed in an interview with progressive activist Rabbi Michael Lerner that America’s “prosperity is based on the want that is experienced in other parts of the world” and complained that “people, regular people, cannot go back and forth across the border seeking out the highest wages.” Rep. Keith Ellison, (D-MN)


I guess the Koran doesn't address the 'Thou shalt not covet shit' thing.

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Reminder: The Russians Targeted Republicans, GOP, and Trump Himself In Their Spearfishing and Hacking Schemes, Too

—Ace of Spades

The media and the sillies don't like admitting this, and Mueller doesn't draw much attention to it himself in his indictment. But he does mention it on page 13.

Don't expect to see this on CNN.

Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election wasn't as one-sided as Special Counsel Robert Mueller charges in his latest indictment.

...

"RNC emails were stolen through the same spearphishing scams used against Democrats," a senior U.S. intelligence official familiar with the investigation told RealClearInvestigations. "In fact, prominent Republicans were targeted and similarly victimized by the disclosure of sensitive emails during the campaign."

The indictment acknowledges this on page 13: "The Conspirators also released documents they had stolen in other spearphishing operations, including those they had conducted in 2015 that collected emails from individuals affiliated with the Republican Party."

But that is the only mention of Russian attacks against Republicans in the 29-page indictment that focuses on the targeting and victimization of key Democrats...

In fact, U.S. intelligence officials say the attackers penetrated GOP organizations at both the national and state levels, as well as the individual level, and successfully "exfiltrate" Republican emails during the 2016 election cycle. They add that Trump officials themselves were targeted by Russian intelligence late in 2016, often by phishing schemes, in which fraudulent emails seemingly from trusted sources (e.g. the government, banks or Google) are sent to gain access to personal information.

Mueller's office would not say whether the criminal breaches of GOP organizations carried out by the same bad Russian actors were investigated by his team with the same level of forensic analysis and scrutiny as the Democrat-related cybercrimes.

"We'll decline to comment beyond the indictment," Special Counsel's Office spokesman Peter Carr said.

Yeah, I'll bet you decline to comment.

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The Ukraine Was a Test Case of American Foreign Policy Moralism Vs. American Foreign Policy Realism, and Realism Won in a Rout

—Ace of Spades

The basic tension in US foreign policy theorizing is between moralism and realism. Moralism is an idealistic position that urges that we bear any burden in support of liberty. Realism is a far less idealistic position that says we'll ask ourselves -- realistically -- how much of a burden we're willing to bear in support of liberty.

There is virtually no one who is a 100% moralist and virtually no one who is a 100% realist. Virtually everyone is a mix, somewhere on the spectrum between these two poles.

The disputes come not between absolute moralists, who don't exist in any large numbers, and absolute realists, who likewise don't exist in large numbers, but between those who urge a more moralistic foreign policy, and those who ure a more realistic one.

Though those urging for more moralism are still informed by realism and those urging realism are still animated by moralism.

It's a question of degree.

My diagnosis of the foreign policy establishment's and neocons' analysis of foreign policy is that they view things through an almost purely moral lens, as if it's dirty and grubby to even consider pesky little questions like "What realistically can be done to vindicate this moral right? What can reasonably be asked of the American people to vindicate this moral right?"

And I would argue that the foreign policy establishment, and the neocons who dominate the foreign policy establishment's right-hand wing, are far too devoted to a risibly moralistic concept of foreign policy that results in immoral and perverse outcomes.

Let's look at the Ukraine.

Ukraine has always been dominated by Russia. Russia colonized it. Russia annexed it. Russia suppressed Ukrainians' own language as well as its (Christian) church.

I've known some Ukranian-Americans, and they were flag-waving patriots of both America and their beloved Ukraine. They loved Reagan, because Reagan understood Soviet evil -- an evil Ukranians had been suffering under for their entire lives.

The Ukrainians have long wished for true freedom from the bullying (and worse) of their large, powerful, evil neighbor.

And they have every moral right to that freedom.

The trouble is, while they have every moral right, they do not have the physical might to be totally free of Russia's domination.

Ukraine, while formally an independent country since it broke away from the Soviet Union in 1991, continued suffering under Russian domination. Technically they were independent -- but Russia acted as a cynical colonial power interfering in Ukrainian political decisions and thwarting the will of this long-oppressed people.

In 2013, the so-called Euromaidan Revolution began.

You can read up on that as you like, but the major thrust is that Ukraine wanted to join the EU. They wanted to align themselves with free Europe, and distance themselves from Russian control.

So they kicked out the Russian puppet president of Ukraine.

Russia didn't like that. And the threat of a Russian invasion loomed.

The EU and the United States had different reactions to the Ukraine's morally-righteous but politically-provocative actions.

The EU understood that it was a nation of self-interested pacifists who would not under any circumstances do much of anything -- apart from issuing communiques and the like -- to guarantee the Ukraine's political independence and territorial integrity. Basically, the EU counselled the Ukraine to go very slow and not upset too many Russian applecarts.

Cowardly? Maybe. But while they could be accused of physical cowardice they can't be accused of the cowardice of lying to themselves. They knew damn well they would not lift a finger to help Ukraine should Russia invade, and they said so pretty clearly.

So they told Ukraine to not do anything so provocative in declaring their independence from the Russian empire that the Russian empire would reassert its dominance.

They did not lie to themselves about their willingness to fight for Ukraine, and so they did not lie to the Ukraine, either.

On the other hand, there's Barack Obama. The man who would, by the very power of the charisms God granted him, cause the oceans to recede by the power of his arrogant gaze alone.

Remember Victoria Nuland's "Fuck the EU!" phone call that leaked?

Well, the "Fuck the EU" concerned the EU's cautious, go-slow urgings. The US chose to ignore misgivings about a possible Russian invasion and encouraged the Ukraine to get into a fight with Russia that they could not win.

Well, the Ukraine got into that fight -- presumably expecting help from the US, which had encouraged it to get into a fight with Russia.

And guess how much the US helped?

Almost none at all, of course. We did the same things the EU was prepared to do -- issue Stinging Rebukes and Harshly Worded Statements.

But when the Russians began sending mercenaries and special forces troops over the border to pretend to be "native Ukrainians fighting to stay aligned with their historical oppressor Russia," what did we do, beyond offering some sweet words of support?

Nothing. We sent in some medical aid and other non-military aid.

End result? Russian mercenaries and special forces operators faked an "indigenous uprising," killed a lot of Ukrainians, shot down a passenger jet, seized control centers in the Crimea, staged a "referendum" on whether Crimean wanted to stay in Ukraine or annex themselves to Russia.

Spoiler alert on how that turned out: Armed Russian mercenaries were manning the polling places. Do the math.

In the end, the Ukrainian rebellion was met with fire and slaughter and put down. Ukraine's subordinate position to the Russian empire was reinforced. And the most strategically important part of Ukraine decided to re-join Russia in a vote that was totally fair and free of coercion.

The Ukraine is in no better a position than it was before the Revolution, except that more Ukrainians are dead and that a major part of Ukraine is now Russia.

Here's a question: Between the EU response -- go slow, do not start a fight we are unwilling to help you in -- and the US response -- go fast, start a fight, we'll be with you all the way (except we won't be at all) -- which was the more "moral" response?

The EU response looks less moral at first glance. After all, they were basically telling the Ukraine to continue putting up with a substantial amount of Russian interference and domination.

The US response looks more moral, but only at first glance. We pushed for the Best of All Possible Worlds solution. Declare your independence from Russia and align yourself with the peaceful nations of Europe.

But when the perfectly-predictable happened -- when Russia invaded with professional troops pretending to be Ukrainian freedom fighters -- we let them get slaughtered and set them down a path where they actually came out of the conflict in a worse position than they had begun it.

So which was more moral? I know it must have felt super-good when Victoria Nuland said "Fuck the EU!" and urged Ukraine to fight for its independence.

But how did it feel in the months and years that followed, with Ukrainians being bombed and shot and passenger jets being shot from the sky?

A policy impulse -- I think "impulse" is the right word here, because I can't ascribe to it enough actual thinking to call it a "philosophy" -- that felt good when announced, that felt good when it cost nothing at all, actually wound up feeling not so good at all when people started getting killed and Ukraine looked to America for actual support, support that would actually cost America something, and America said, "Here's a sternly worded letter of reprimand for the Russian mercenaries murdering you."

That's not moral.

Morality comes after wisdom, and wisdom can only be had if someone is honest with themselves about what burdens they're actually willing to bear -- not just the burdens they're glad to rhetorically claim they'll bear -- and what costs they're willing to pay.

People who lie to themselves about what they're willing to do are not wise, and, because they're not wise, they also can't really be moral. And their ill-wisdom can often lead to immoral outcomes, as they promiscuously make promises they've never thought very hard about and therefore feel free to shed at earliest convenience.

America has a limited appetite for war. Americans will go to war, but they do reach a point of exhaustion with war after some number of years.

It is silly to pretend this fact away in order to count oneself as "idealistic." People who ignore reality are not "idealistic;" they're just cowards afraid to face reality.

The fact is that Americans are tired of war and it is dangerous to write checks on America's war-fighting account that it might not be willing to cover.

The fact is that one of America's two main political parties is always willing to be part of a war at the Fun Part of the war -- the declaration of war part, the first-easy-victories part -- but which abandons every war it votes for when it sees any small political advantage in doing so.

Joe Biden, John Kerry, Hillary Clinton and many other Democrat Senators voted for the War in Iraq. Within three years, they were screaming that Bush "lied us into war" and that we must withdraw immediately.

It is insane to pretend this away. If you know Democrats will give you initial support for a war they'll happily vote you into, when doing so grants them political advantage, and then savagely turn on that war the moment they get political advantage from that, it is lunacy to even count them as allies in war.

By the way: The NeverTrumpers who sometimes claim "At least Hillary Clinton would have been better on foreign policy?" Yes, of course. The same Hillary Clinton who voted for the War in Iraq to show how tough she would be as a president, and then agitated to abandon troops in the field when she realized that opposing the war would boost her chances of becoming president.

Yeah, we need that kind of patriot as President, rather than the unamerican, immoral Trump.

In 2008, Obama campaigned on the idea that he would somehow both withdraw from Iraq and yet also "win" Iraq by withdrawing.

I was incensed by this; it was so obviously, transparently a lie and a dodge. He wasn't planning to "win" anything; he just wanted to bug out. I was angry at the media for never challenging his "Win by Withdrawing" claims and pissed off at Americans for believing this bullshit.

But they voted him into office anyway, and by decent margins. I realized that Americans weren't really tricked by Obama; rather, Obama told them a lie that they knew was a lie but they wanted some "out" to pretend they were honoring the sacrifice of the already-dead while also bugging out of Iraq.

So Obama pretended he would "win" the war in Iraq, and the American public pretended to believe him.

They really didn't.

But they did want out of the war, one way or the other, either stated forthrightly or crabwalked dishonestly, and they voted for Obama, and they voted for the dishonest crabwalk way of abandoning Iraq.

And it was their right to make that choice. Every people has a right to decide how much of war's burdens it's willing to bear.

But they did make that choice, and we cannot pretend that they didn't, and we cannot pretend that Americans' appetite for war is as limitless as internet bloviators' capacity for self-aggrandizement.

When we think of war, we must assume that Democrats and therefore 45% of the country will turn on that war by the next midterm or presidential election. The war must therefore be either a very short one, all wrapped up before the Democrats execute their predictable turn against it, or slightly longer, but still short enough to keep the support of 55% of the public, most Republicans and most independents too, and the length of the war must not be so long as to cause that support to flee as well.

These are the realistic limitations we face on America's war-making capacity.

Again, it is not "idealistic" or "moral" to pretend these limitations away. Running from reality is like running from any other obstacle: a sign of cowardice (moral, intellectual, and psychological in this case), and not a sign of "idealism" and certainly not a sign of "courage."

Wars are not #Hashtag campaigns, with an almost non-existent cost but a big boost of dopamine for Retweeting Justice. They are not just another venue for Virtue Signalling on Twitter.

I tweeted support of Montenegro on Twitter. Look at what a #Braveheart I am.

Wars have real costs and therefore they have real limitations. We do not do our war-fighters or our fellow Americans any favors by ignoring those limitations and refusing to know ourselves, to know, realistically, what we are willing to do and what we are not willing to do, how long we're willing to fight for and when we're likely to bug out and leave our allies or even our soldiers in the field without support.

I'm not against moralism in foreign policy, but honesty is an important part of morality, and being honest with ourselves about what we're personally willing to do, and what we believe our fellow Americans are willing to do, is a critical part of the candid thinking necessary for a moral, and realistic, foreign policy. One that doesn't start a lot of wars and leave them half-finished.

Wars can be left half-finished, but the dead they leave behind are all-the-way dead. I'd like to avoid more half-finished wars and more all-the-way dead Americans.

And I think an important part of avoiding half-finished, lost wars is admitting that the years between 2003 and 2016 did in fact happen -- they weren't just a bad dream, I assure you -- and we have to heed the lessons that those years taught us.

Or that those years should have taught us, at least.

Posted by Ace of Spades at 06:39 PM Comments

Former Trump NSC Spokesman Michael Anton: Citizenship Should Not be a Birthright

—Ace of Spades

Not a cuck.

A Supreme Court confirmation fight always raises constitutional hopes and stokes constitutional fears. With one more justice, they'll repeal Obamacare! If they get one more justice, they'll overturn Roe v. Wade ! To arms!

These periodic, now-inevitable freak-outs are a sad by-product of our country's drift away from political rule and over-investiture of power in the judiciary. But happily, the most urgent constitutional challenge of our time needn't wait on a court ruling. Each political branch of government has the constitutional authority needed to fix it.

I refer, here, to ending birthright citizenship.

The notion that simply being born within the geographical limits of the United States automatically confers U.S. citizenship is an absurdity -- historically, constitutionally, philosophically and practically.

Constitutional scholar Edward Erler has shown that the entire case for birthright citizenship is based on a deliberate misreading of the 14th Amendment. The purpose of that amendment was to resolve the question of citizenship for newly freed slaves. Following the Civil War, some in the South insisted that states had the right to deny citizenship to freedmen. In support, they cited 1857's disgraceful Dred Scott v. Sandford decision, which held that no black American could ever be a citizen of the United States.

A constitutional amendment was thus necessary to overturn Dred Scott and to define the precise meaning of American citizenship.

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Some will argue that the Supreme Court has already settled this issue, establishing birthright citizenship in United States v. Wong Kim Ark. But this is wrong. The court has only ruled that children of legal residents are citizens. That doesn't change the status of children born to people living here illegally.

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The problem can be fixed easily. Congress could clarify legislatively that the children of noncitizens are not subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, and thus not citizens under the 14th Amendment. But given the open-borders enthusiasm of congressional leaders of both parties, that's unlikely.

It falls, then, to Trump. An executive order could specify to federal agencies that the children of noncitizens are not citizens.

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Birthright citizenship was a mistake whose time has gone.

Although the courts would surely rule such an EO unconstitutional, Anton seems to be proposing that Trump dare them to so rule it, and he also seems to be arguing that the President, who is a co-equal partner with the Courts, insist that his authority is just as strong as the courts', and basically take the Jacksonian position vis a vis the courts. (IIRC: "The courts have made their ruling; now let them enforce it.")

Seems a bit unlikely, but I like where his head's at.

Posted by Ace of Spades at 05:27 PM Comments

For Those Insistent That We Must Fight a Hypothetical Future War on Behalf of Montenegro, Because American Honor Demands It: You Know, It's Not Too Late to Declare War on Russia for the Ukraine

—Ace of Spades

Background: Sorry for not including this. Last night, Tucker Carlson asked Trump why his (Carlson's) son should die to protect new NATO signatory Montengero. Trump expressed a lot of doubt about going to war for Montenegro.

The usual neocon suspects -- Noah Rothman, David French, etc., as well as the suddenly gung-ho-to-kill-Russkies socialist left -- are foaming about even asking serious questions about what America would actually do if Russia invaded Montenegro.

While they fulminate and salivate, I can't help noticing that Russia did in fact invade another country that the US made security guarantees to, and the US did nothing much about it, and they themselves did not advocate for War in the Ukraine. Almost as if their mouths are writing a lot of checks their asses (and political viability) can't cover.

So I do think it's fair to ask what, realistically, the US is willing to do when faced with the possibility of a war with Russia.

One big problem I have with Trump's answer is that he's talking about a country we've already made a part of NATO. Not a wise decision -- but that ship has sailed. We already made that guarantee.

However, I do think it's worth talking about this question so that we stop making guarantees to everyone in the world, and maybe get more realistic about what we'd actually do if Russia invaded a country that wasn't a part of the core original treaty group of Western Europe. Our lack of resolve in the Ukraine suggests that the American foreign policy establishment likes making guarantees it has virtually no intention of ever honoring.

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If we're going to be serious about treaty commitments, then we have to be serious about all treaty commitments -- the commitments where there's an actual invasion going on that legally requires US action, now, and not just those more-fun-to-chat-about hypothetical future invasions.

Which are safer to discuss politically, of course, because no US troops are currently demanded for the cause.

In the meantime, the unchastened neocons choose to selectively forget that the United States made security guarantees to Ukraine, promising to protect it in case of Russian invasion, and we have chosen to ignore those obligations.

And I don't hear the neocons squawking much about that. Because, to honor those obligations would require immediate US entry into a war against Russia, which would be incredibly unpopular.

So instead they jerk themselves off about fantasy future hypotheticals about Montenegro.

How about talking about the obligations we're currently in default of honoring, neocons?

The Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances refers to three identical political agreements signed at the OSCE conference in Budapest, Hungary on 5 December 1994, providing security assurances by its signatories relating to the accession of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. The memorandum was originally signed by three nuclear powers, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom Of Great Britain And Northern Ireland, and the United States Of America. China and France gave somewhat weaker individual assurances in separate documents.

The memorandum included security assurances against threats or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan.

As a result, between 1994 and 1996, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine gave up their nuclear weapons. Before that, Ukraine had the world's third largest nuclear weapons stockpile, of which Ukraine had physical if not operational control....

Following the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation in 2014, the US, Canada, the UK, along with other countries, stated that Russian involvement was a breach of its obligations to Ukraine under the Budapest Memorandum, a Memorandum transmitted to the United Nations under the signature of Sergei Lavrov, amongst others, and in violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The US asked Ukraine to give up its huge stockpiles of nuclear weapons in exchange for guarantees that we would protect their independence and territorial integrity from Russian interference or invasion.

Russia has interfered and has, for all practical purposes, invaded.

So why aren't the neocons demanding a declaration of war against Russia?

Oh, for the usual reasons. They're not serious people. They like talking tough but they understand that their prescriptions are wildly unpopular, so they don't really push very hard for much action; they mostly just play the weakling's favorite game talking the toughest without actually trying to get into a fight.


One trick the necons are trying right now is arguing that by making guarantees that we will fight wars on behalf of people they know damn well we will not fight on behalf of, we will somehow actually avoid fighting on behalf of the people we're not going to fight on behalf of in any situation.

First of all, this more of Obama's Red Line strategy -- and the neocons are nothing at all like Obama, they'll assure you.

Claiming you have a "Red Line" which you will go to war to defend while knowing you will not go to war to defend that Red Line projects weakness, not strength.

Second, telling people to get on board with a treaty that requires them to go to war to defend another country actually reduces the chances of having to go to war at all fails, intentionally, to prepare the country for the idea that seriously, this treaty means you have to go to war if the other state invokes its rights under the treaty.

It's like getting someone to sign a contract and agree to a contract provision against their own interest by telling them that the contract provision will never actually be enforced, and is just required to be in the contract to "satisfy shareholders."

I've heard this bullshit personally. Pro-Tip: Any contract provision adverse to you should be read as really, really real, and you should only sign if you are very comfortable having that same adverse provision applied in full against you.

Merely hoping and praying it will never be used against you is a legally ruinous strategy.

That said: If the war salesmen are telling people the treaty guarantees will not be invoked, then how can you actually try to invoke them later?

The whole point of a contract -- or a treaty -- is to have a meeting of minds on key points, actual in-fact agreement as to the terms; the neocons' hucksterism in selling Americans on treaty obligations they claim Americans will never actually be obliged to honor is dishonest -- and the American people would rightly refuse to honor such an obligation if demanded later, noting, correctly, that the people pushing on this them told them that they'd never have to actually go to war if they signed this document saying they'd go to war.

Finally -- how does making such guarantees for Montenegro reduce the chances that Russia will actually invade Montenegro when Russia has actually invaded Ukraine and we're already currently dishonoring our obligations to come to Urkaine's defense?

If we're not serious about honoring our obligations in Ukraine -- which the tough-talking neocon Chairborne Rangers are quite happy to be unserious about -- why would Montenegro assume we're any more serious?

Why would Russia assume we're serious about Montenegro if not serious about Ukraine?

So get to agitating for full war, Neocons. Your Sacred Principles demand nothing less. The only way to insure peace for Montenegro in the future is to declare war in Ukraine in the now.

Finally, a little history lesson: the other thing the unchastened, never-learn-a-thing neocons are claiming is that the only defense against war is a series of defensive treaties in which we all guarantee to go to war on each other's behalf. This will prevent war, the theory goes, because the treaty system promises such incalculably dire consequences -- a whole world at war for invading Montenegro -- that no one would actually dare to set off the spark that sets the war on fire.

This is true -- sometimes. Sometimes, the threat of the whole world going to war over a small territorial dispute in a tiny Balkans state does in fact stay everyone's hand from taking the action that will plunge us into war.

On the other hand, sometimes a complex web of treaties and defensive alliances actually causes the entire world to go to war when Russia infringes upon the territorial integrity of a small Balkans region country.

It was called the Great War. World War One. People assumed that the web of treaties in which half of Europe pledged itself to defend the tiny Balkan region state of Serbia and the other half of Europe was pledged to assist the German Central Powers and Austro-Hungary in their attempt to punish Serbia for its role (whatever that might be) in the death of the Archduke Ferdinand.

So it's not quite true to say sprawling networks of alliances always prevent catastrophically large conflagrations. It's not even true of the Balkans region, or of countries sometimes known as Yugoslavia.

Sometimes you can forestall war by making war such an unimaginably large disaster that people refrain from war.

But sometimes this doesn't work, and instead the system of alliances and ententes delivers to you the same unimaginably large disaster you were using as a chit to scare people away from a much smaller war.

One last point: They say, correctly, that when you pass a law, you should accept the fact that this law is so critical that you are willing to empower agents of the state to straight-up shoot and kill people to enforce that law.

You should not have any illusions about this; a law is, unavoidably, Force and Coercion, and when you pass a law, you must make sure that it is important enough a thing to make the killing of citizens who may disagree with that law an acceptable casualty.

The same is obviously true of treaty obligations: One must ask, before entering a war alliance, if the interests to be advanced are actually worth killing a lot of people, and sacrificing a lot of our own countrymen.

And they should be sold to our countrymen as they actually are: as formal, legal, moral guarantees that we will sacrifice our own sons for the sake of the alliance.

And people need to be told that, and have it explained to them why this alliance really is that important, to require the sacrifice of our sons.

It is unserious to present war alliances as only proofs against war. A serious and honest commentator must also tell people that this obligation to go to war for another country may very well obligate us to go to war for another country.

Selling a war alliance as a clever method of avoiding all war is the work of a dishonest swindler selling unfavorable contract terms to someone by lying about what those terms actually are.

So sure: Let's have an honest discussion about which countries we are willing to go to war for, and which we are not.

We're apparently unwilling to go to war for Ukraine. Until Trump, we weren't even willing to provide Ukraine with lethal aid with which to defend themselves; but obviously, both before Trump and after Trump, we're not willing to go to actual war for them.

Which the self-righteous, we'll-fight-our-enemies-to-the-last-man-from-the-non-political-classes neocons are perfectly fine with (given that none of them utters a peep about honoring our Sacred Obligations in Ukraine).

Which other countries are we not willing to sacrifice the last non-DC-resident-life for? Any others? Or is it just Ukraine?

More: How About Turkey? Are We Willing to Really Go to War on Behalf of the Islamist Country and NATO Member Turkey?




Posted by Ace of Spades at 03:52 PM Comments

European Court Smashes Google With $5 Billion (With a B) In Fines; Also Directs Google to Stop Bundling Its Own Services in Android OS, or Face Even More Fines

—Ace of Spades

Steven Green thinks the last part is the most important:

As I wrote yesterday (linked above):
That Android phone in your pocket is a virtual spy, reporting back to Menlo Park on your every click, swipe, app, data, photo, email, physical location, etc. All in the name of showing you ads, which Google sells for a LOT of money. And it doesn't matter whether your phone is a Samsung, Huawei, LG, or one of Google's own Pixel phones. Because Google controls the default apps, which is what most people use.


Apple has spent the last couple of years touting (and improving upon) iOS's privacy features. Android phonemakers like Samsung have a hard time competing on privacy, because Google's default apps are, as I described yesterday, digital spies. But now Samsung, Huawei, LG, et al, can ditch Google's apps in favor of their own, and if they choose, take on Apple directly when it comes to protecting consumer privacy.

I'm not saying they necessarily will, but now at least they have the opportunity.

So this decision is a big win for Android OEMs, it heats up the competitive pressure on Apple (which has grown lackadaisical on some of its software quality), and gives Android owners the chance to perhaps take some of their personal privacy back from Google.

Posted by Ace of Spades at 01:58 PM Comments

James Comey: All Americans Have a Sacred Duty to Vote for Democrats

—Ace of Spades



Posted by Ace of Spades at 12:51 PM Comments

The Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

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"Last night I fell asleep in front of the TV and I had a dream and I heard a CNN infobabe saying "We now interrupt the regularly scheduled hair-on-fire outrage about the evil Brett Kavanaugh and his normal wife and normal children to bring you this new hair-on-fire outrage about Putin getting Trump to kiss his butt in Helsinki. After this plays out, we may be bringing you more of that hair-on-fire outrage you may have forgotten, the bit where Trump personally stuffs little foreign children into cages and then laughs at them while they cry. Or maybe it will be the hair-on-fire outrage from not believing every word spoken by Peter Strzok whose super-duper patriotism is unquestionable because we're not questioning it. But first, back to Helsinki where we've just received word that Vladimir Putin is raping Donald Trump behind the podium like a Viking and so here is a panel of experts who will tell you all about their hair-on-fire outrage from these events...." And then I woke up. Holy crap. No more eating fermented pineapples while watching CNN late night, I can tell you. But I've got one question. Why is it that, no matter how bad Trump may appear to look, his enemies always manage to make themselves look worse?"



One-Size-Fits-All Headline:

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Posted by OregonMuse at 11:19 AM Comments

Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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Four Officers Of The Amsterdam Coopers' And Wine-Rackers' Guild
Gerbrand van den Eeckhout

It just occurred to me why I enjoy the Dutch masters so much; their work exudes a warmth, not necessarily from the subjects (these guys need to relax and imbibe!), but from the colors and the contrast.

By the way, my original choice for this fine morning after the storm was an El Greco depicting Christ driving the traders from the temple. I recently saw it at The National Gallery in London, and it was spectacular. But I could not find a reproduction that did it justice. Even on the museum's own website was a poor, sad facsimile of a glorious and energetic painting.

The moral of the story is: Get thee to a museum! I'm not sure why museums get such a bad rap, although it is at least in part because many of us were dragged to them as kids and were forced to treat them as cathedrals, where one speaks in hushed tones and all must be reverent at all times, worshiping at the altar of great art.

That's crap. I have had the opportunity to wander through a large number of museums around the world, often alone (the best way!), and I have found that the best way to enjoy art is to look at the stuff that piques my interest and just glance at the stuff that doesn't. So what if you don't like what the art historians say is great. The real crap has been filtered out by history and collectors over the centuries (that's why there is so much absolute shit modern art), so it's a fair bet that most of what is in the museum is going to be at the very least a reasonably good piece.

So...what caught my eye in this piece? The little mutant bat-like dog in the lower left corner. I got a chuckle out of it, then looked at the rest of the painting and immediately thought of a cobloggers meeting just before the first bottle is opened.

Art may be great, but that doesn't mean that it has to be serious. By all means look at the weird animals and finely formed racks and weird feet and cool weapons and great sunsets and strange, six-fingered hands and....

You get the point.

Posted by CBD at 09:40 AM Comments

The Morning Report 7/18/18

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. Midweek and as the dust settles from the fallout over the PDT/Putin Helsinki summit, what's coming into sharp focus (as most of you already knew as you were watching it) is that the reaction to the summit, and in particular, the press conference was staged, rehearsed, pre-digested agitprop. No matter what the President said at that presser, be it critical or conciliatory towards Mr. Putin and Russia, it would have been blasted. "But, but, but muh Pootinz!" Feh.

After a year-and-a-half witch hunt trying to prove that Russia minimally somehow rigged our 2016 presidential election and maximally did it in cahoots with President Trump to install him in the Oval Office - with absolutely ZERO proof and the reputations of our LE and intel agencies and above all their leaders in tatters - this was a shamelessly desperate gambit on the part of the Democrat-Left-Media complex to maneuver him into some sort of rhetorical trap that they could then use as proof. It failed. And in spectacular fashion. Lemme 'splain you. Actually, I'll let Limbaugh do it.

I think when Rod Rosenstein went out and announced this indictment, and then admitted that no votes were affected by this Russian meddling - that the outcome of not a single election was affected by what these Russians are alleged to do in this indictment - it caused a panic to ripple throughout the deep state, throughout the Democrat Party and the media. I think it was seen as, "Oh, my God. Mueller doesn't have the goods!" I think these people have believed...

They've gone to bed every night and they've gotten up every morning believing that Mueller has the smoking gun - that Mueller, even if he doesn't have it, that he's going to say he does. Mueller has been the singular hope in which the deep state's desire to get rid of Trump has been invested. Mueller was gonna find something. His 13 anti-Trump lawyers? They were gonna find collusion. They were gonna find something.

Here comes this indictment, and it finds nothing - and in effect, may actually signal the end of the Mueller investigation. Rosenstein made it plain: Nothing in this indictment, nothing alleged to have occurred by these defendants affected the outcome of a single election. Many people thought that the Mueller indictment announcement was yet another nail in the Trump coffin. I think it's the opposite.
I think it was a cold shock to the system that Mueller doesn't have anything, because there isn't anything speaking of evidence of collusion - and then Mueller handed this case off to a division of the Justice Department where it's never gonna be seen. This case has been tossed out.

This case... Rosenstein announced that Mueller is sending this case to the counterintelligence investigative department in the justice department. Where they do not investigate crimes!...There are no crimes in counterintelligence investigations, and that's where this case has been sent...

...And then Trump had the audacity at that press conference yesterday to ask everybody about the Democrat server? That's where the hacking took place, and that's where the collusion took place. It's all on the Democrat side. All of this is falling apart, and the chances that all these people are gonna be exposed is causing them to panic. I have very little doubt about that.

QED. Look we can talk all we want about, well, Trump shouldn't have been so conciliatory to Putin and this and that and so forth and so on. But for crying out loud, a) it's a diplomatic meeting, not a weigh-in before a boxing match where you hope someone throws a punch and b) we don't know what was said behind closed doors despite the fact that now the desperate Dems lead by the jiz-lipped Kennedy spawn wants PDT's interpreter brought before Congress and forced to cough up the conversation. Unreal (as in all-too real). Finally, it's actions that speak louder than words. PDT is strengthening our ties with former East Bloc nations that rightfully fear the bear, he's countered Obama and installed missile defense batteries inside Poland, he's scrapped the disastrous Iran nuke treaty (Iran being a key client state of Russia) and now has the regime on the ropes and our oil production has Mr. Putin virtually begging us to cut back. Yup. Donald Trump is a deep-cover Russian agent. Has been for decades. Sheesh.

And as far as the "treasonous" act of criticizing our intel community in front of the world, these are the same people who have been colluding to actually steal the election for Hillary and steal the Presidency from PDT and the American people. The decent, honorable members of that community notwithstanding (wherever they're hiding), to hell with them. They and the Democrat-Left-Media complex right here in our own nation - our fellow countrymen (spit) - are the worst threat this nation faces.

Speaking of our brave, fearless, incorruptible defenders of the realm and justice, is Gummy-Boo-Boo Page about to flip and rat out her "lover" Strzok? Devin Nunes is pissed that the FBI and DoJ are completely stonewalling the investigation in the hopes that the Democrats retake the House and then kill it for good, from the day-ending-in-"Y" department David Corn is a laughable hack, and Emmett Tyrrell over at the Spectator has had enough and wants PDT to declassify all the document related to this shit-show. Politically, it opens him up to obstruction of justice charges but I think it's safe to say that the base and a growing number of heretofore disinterested and/or undecideds or even disaffected Dems are now on the side of "teflon Don."

Speaking of interfering in elections, recall it was Obama who meddled in Israel's election in a bid to oust Netanyahu - and on our dime no less. Meanwhile, the question remains who was the "foreign entity" linked to Hillary in the server debacle? The world wonders...

On to politics where that living symbol of truth, justice and the American way James Comey is urging Americans to vote Democrat this November. Yup, that'll go over well in most of the nation. Meanwhile, tender comrade, Democrat-Socialite Alexandria "Loopy Velez" Occasional-Cortex is urging mostly peaceful civil unrest at non-zebra ICE stations, border crossings and airports. Although she's gone wobbly on Joo-baiting and Israel-bashing, she's cocksure Capitalism will bite the dust. And soon. Two good links on the hard left race to the bottom that the Democrat Party is undertaking, and as IBD points out, this is not a new phenomenon. We call Ocasio-Cortez a crackpot and rightly so, but this dame scares me, not in and of herself, but as a possible harbinger of things to come, especially if we do not take back the education of the next generation of American schoolchildren. I'm of two minds on her and what she indicates. Yes, I think it's a very good thing that the Dems douse themselves in rhetorical gasoline and toss a rhetorical match on themselves. When the mask slips and they expose themselves as who and what they are, the reaction is generally revulsion and repulsion. And yet, too many young people (and old enough to know better older adults) think socialism is the wave of the future despite human waste - bipedal, political and fecal - in America's cities as well as 100+ years of gulags, mass graves and gas chambers around the world. Also, what is considered extreme and unacceptable somehow within an ever-shortening span of time becomes the norm (see: homo marriage, transsexualism, etc.). I suppose the bottom line is we're in the center of it all and it's going to take a bit of time and distance to see how these sea changes, especially on the Left, are going to shake out. No matter what, the election and presidency of PDT is going to cause a sea change politically and culturally here and abroad. No doubt about it.

Circling back to immigration and amnesty, and it kind of ties in with my commentary on the nation's trajectory, while San Fran-shithole is in a mad rush to register illegal aliens to vote, deep blue Washington State will have the anti-sanctuary laws on the ballot this November. Recall California's Prop-8 marriage law which actually passed and then was rejected in the courts. Also recall the purging of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich for being outed, if you will, for contributing to it. I expect doxxing galore if this thing passes. On a related note, the IRS has issued a ruling preventing the release of donor lists. Meh, I'm sure a Deep State embed "resistance fighter" will release the names and addresses, just like that NYU lecturer Lavigne did with ICE/Border Patrol agents.

Speaking of cancerous, fascistic worms destroying and destabilizing free speech and enterprise, in all the kerfuffle over Helsinki did you hear about this Twitter terrorist Matt Rivitz? Evidently he has led this anonymous mass drive to destroy Breitbart and Laura Ingraham, among others. He should only get back 10-fold what he has put out there. And whilst on the subject of socialist media, there was a hearing about regulating Facebook and social media censorship which the Dems, led by shambling sack of lipids Gerrold Nadler tried to use as a platform to bash the President. He failed. That said, an anti-Facebook group which has among others Linda "Hamas-Louse" Sarsour as its leaders, displayed propaganda posters that are right out of Nazi Germany. This is YOUR Democrat party, Lefties.

In other news, Blue States are going to sue to overturn PDT's new tax rule limiting deductions of state taxes on Federal returns, the $15 minimum wage is killing New York City's restaurant industry (shocked!), John Stossel in a short film utterly destroying the plastic straw ban insanity, Netflix's woes offer a real world lesson in the free market sure to be lost on Occasional-Cortex and lastly Mandalay Bay is preemptively suing 1,000 victims of last year's mass shooting, in order to somehow protect them from having to pay them out. I can argue with myself back and forth about liability but the optics of this, which shouldn't necessarily count, just look terrible. Ugh.

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

TRUMP/PUTIN SUMMIT

  • PDT Strikes Back After Insane Criticism of Helsinki Summit with Putin
  • Levin: Trump Policies are "Head and Shoulders Over What Obama Did" with Russia
  • Rush: What's Really Behind This Deranged Hysteria (spoiler alert: it was all pre-planned no matter what Trump said - jjs)
  • "Chappaquiddick-Stick" Kennedy Among Dems Calling for Subpoena of PDT's Interpreter
  • Even Far Left Glenn Greenwald Calls Out "Reckless Lunacy" Against PDT
  • The Left's Trump-Putin Meltdown
  • Trump Charm Offensive Could Be Strategic Bid to Separate Russia from Chi-Coms

    SPYGATE, MUELLER WITCH HUNT, DEEP STATE
  • GOP Rep Says Page's Testimony Contradicts Strzok's
  • Page Turning?
  • Nunes: FBI/DoJ Obstructing Trump Probe in Hopes of Dem Congress Takeover in Midterms (then they can kill it - jjs)
  • David Corn on Russia Probe: "FBI Prosecutors All Have Political Leanings" (but they're not supposed to drive an investigation, pal - jjs)
  • Mr. President, Declassify the Documents on Russian Collusion Now

    CLINTON SCANDALS, OBAMA SCANDALS, DEMOCRAT SCANDALS
  • Obama Administration Sent Taxpayer Money to Campaign to Oust Netanyahu
  • If Not Russia, Who Is Hillary's "Foreign Entity?"

    IMMIGRATION, AMNESTY
  • Democrat-Socialite Occasional-Cortex: Occupy All ICE Offices, Borders, US Airports, "Occupy All of It"
  • Feds Reveal Suspected Serial Rapist is an Illegal Alien
  • Oregon Anti-Sanctuary Initiative Qualifies for November Ballot
  • San Francisco Begins Registering Illegal Aliens to Vote
  • Foreign Interference: Foreigners Voting in Our Elections

    POLITICS, 2018 MIDTERMS
  • Comey Meddles in 2018 Election
  • RNC Blowing Out DNC in Fundraising
  • Rick Scott Well Positioned to Beat Bill Nelson in FL Senate Race
  • Trump-Backed GOPer Roby Wins Runoff in Alabama
  • Pushed Hard Left by Their Base, Are Dems Self-Destructing?
  • Democrats' "Sudden" Hard Left Turn Has Been Years in the Making
  • Dem-Socialite Occasional-Cortex: "Capitalism Won't Always Exist"

    FIRST AMENDMENT, FAKE NEWS
  • Far Left "Sleeping Giants" Demands Twitter Censorship After Leader Matt Rivitz Revealed
  • Anti-Facebook Group Takes Anti-Semitic Signs to Congress (noted FGM enthusiast Sarsour in with that crowd - jjs)
  • Dems Attempt to Hijack Internet Censorship Hearing to Bash PDT, Fail
  • Greenfield: Is the Media the "Enemy of the People?"

    SECOND AMENDMENT
  • Campaign Manager for Cyrpto-Anti-Gun Candidate Ankles in Wake of Latter's Leaked Real Position

    BRETT KAVANAUGH SCOTUS CONFIRMATION
  • Leading Latino Advocacy Group Releases Statement Supporting Kavanaugh Nomination
  • Leftist Group Behind Kavanaugh Resistance Hiding Its Funding (you know who else hid his funding? - jjs)

    FOREIGN POLICY, INTERNATIONAL
  • Mainstreaming Radicals: Pakistan Army Puts Terrorist-Friendly Candidates Within Grasp of Power

    DEFENSE, MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • Space Weapons Trump Peace with Russia

    ISLAM, TERRORISM, SHARIA, DHIMMITUDE
  • History Explains Eastern European Hostility to Islam
  • Dem-Socialite Occasional-Cortex's Factually-Challenged Position on Israel is Embarrassing (yet all-too typical for her party - jjs)

    THE ECONOMY, STUPID
  • The $15 Minimum Wage is Wreaking Havoc on New York City Dining

    DOMESTIC POLICY, COURTS, BUREAUCRACY
  • Blue Shit-Hole States File Long-Shot Suit Against Cap on Tax Deduction
  • Conservatives Cheer IRS Rule-Change Shielding Donor Lists from Disclosure
  • Fun with Roe v. Wade Rhetoric

    EDUCATION, INDOCTRINATION
  • Middle-Income Students "Less Represented" at America's Top Colleges
  • K-12: An Insidious Inside Job

    RED-GREENS, CLIMATE CHANGE, LYSENKOISM
  • Global Warming Creates Desperate Media Lies
  • The Last Straw

    CULTURE WARS, HITHER and YON
  • Mandalay Bay Owners Sue 1,000 Victims of Mass Shooting (isn't this really the story of Socialism? - jjs)
  • Netflix Teaches Market Economics the Hard Way

    Posted by J.J. Sefton at 07:20 AM Comments
  • Tuesday Overnight Open Thread (7/17/18 )

    —Misanthropic Humanitarian

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    *****


    The Quotes of The Day

    Quote I

    “It was chaos. I was just treading water; things just didn’t feel good. There were so many students, and so much going on, that it was impossible for me to reach them.” Quamiir Trice


    Quote II

    “One of the consequences of such notions as ‘entitlements’ is that people who have contributed nothing to society feel that society owes them something, apparently just for being nice enough to grace us with their presence.” Thomas Sowell

    Quote III

    “No one will really understand politics until they understand that politicians are not trying to solve our problems. They are trying to solve their own problems – of which getting elected and re-elected are number one and number two. Whatever is number three is far behind.”Thomas Sowell

    Continue reading


    Posted by Misanthropic Humanitarian at 10:19 PM Comments

    SCOTT WALKER IS A RUSSIAN SPY!!!
    And Open Thread

    —Ace of Spades

    Yesterday the Usual Suspects -- the twitter circle-jerk Smart Set of people who have proven for years they are not terribly smart at all -- were so a-quiver over a story that alleged Russian agent Mariia Butina had met with a US presidential candidate that they nearly vibrated themselves to an adjacent alternate plane of existence.

    I wanted to write about this, but I didn't, because I'm exhausted by them. They have literally exhausted me with their daily freak-outs and Two Minute Hates.

    But what I wanted to write was the following:

    1. You seem to be convinced that because a spy attempted to make contact with a US person, that US person is therefore guilty of some crime. Are you naive enough to believe that foreign intelligence services don't routinely attempt to make contact with US citizens? Are you vicious enough to claim that any of these thousands of people so-contacted every year should be accused of being spies?

    You are aware, of course, that foreign intelligence services attempting to make some kind of low-level, preparatory contact with a target is a common event, whereas the target's agreement to become a spy or trait is a rather rare event, right?

    2. Aren't you just jumping to the conclusion that your beloved, cherished Conspiracy Theory urges you towards -- that the candidate in question must be Trump and that the Trump must be a spy because come on, All the Famous People on Twitter know he's a spy?

    If Jim Hoft or one of the deplorables you routinely mock in your daily Best Twitter Fwiendz circle-jerk were leaping to such an agrees-with-my-bias conclusion about Barack Obama, wouldn't you mock him as a true-believing zealot?

    What makes you any different, apart from your claim that you are different -- better, in fact?

    I wanted to write that, but I didn't, because they are tirelessly shrill in their denunciations and unfounded accusations, and you never know who the next person they'll accuse of being a RUSSIAN SPY might be.

    Well, it turns out the candidate that Mariia Butina contacted wasn't Trump -- it was Scott Walker. Who is not a spy, because the Daily Twitter Circle-Jerk doesn't think he's a spy, and therefore the Daily Twitter Circle-Jerk's previous "logic" -- if a Russian attempts to contact you, you must be a spy -- is now switched to the "OFF" position.



    What will you say now about Scott Walker? What if someone on the left accuses someone you support of being a RUSSIAN SPY based on such thin evidence?

    What will you say, given that you've already endorsed precisely this stupid, retarded, utterly non-elite idea that anyone contacted by a foreign national must be some kind of asset for the government of that foreign national?

    And indeed -- the left is in fact now accusing Scott Walker of "Borscht Politics:"

    In other herring-scented news, it seems that there are hundreds of very weird and wonderful photos of Mariia Butina, the Russian gun-moll whom the FBI busted Monday on criminal lobbying charges, floating around the Intertoobz. I mean, really. Check some of these out.

    ...

    Oops, sorry. That's Scott Walker, the goggle-eyed homunculus hired by Koch Industries to manage their midwest subsidiary formerly known as the state of Wisconsin, and recently appointed midwest sales director for the Foxconn Company, grinning his fool head off with Ms. Butina. From the Capital-Times:

    Butina wrote on her Russian-language blog (translated via Google Translate) that meeting Walker "will remain in my memory forever."

    "With genuine interest and ready to ask a question on the topic of Russian-American relations, I went to him. And then something happened that I did not expect: the first words in many, many days in Russian, I heard from the future nominee in the US presidency from the Republican Party, who, having learned that I from Russia with a smile said 'Hello!', And during the conversation he remembered another word: 'Thank you!'" Butina wrote.

    "We talked about Russia, I did not hear any aggression towards our country, the president or my compatriots," Butina wrote about her conversation with Walker. "How to know, maybe such meetings are the beginning of a new dialogue between Russia and the US and back from the Cold War to the peaceful existence of the two great powers ?!"

    Confronted with this memento of the lovely time they had together, Walker had his spokescritter issue the following lame-ass statement to The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

    Walker spokesman Brian Reisinger said by email that while Walker was in Tennessee, he "appeared in an atrium area while waiting to deliver his remarks, where event attendees had the chance to say hello. There were thousands of people at the convention and many of them approached the governor and asked to say hello and take a photo with him."

    Just a friendly guy, our Scottie.

    Something truly stinks of borscht in Wisconsin politics. Besides Walker, there are dozens of photos showing former Milwaukee County sheriff--and full-time Happy Meal medal recipient—David Clarke enjoying the hospitality in Moscow, and Wisconsin Senator Ron (Shreds of Freedom) Johnson was one of those senators who spent the past Fourth of July in Russia.

    That's from Esquire Magazine, by the way. Not a huge or well-respected media outfit, but a bit more important than the low-level blogs the Smart Set usually spends its time dunking on.

    Now that the Very Liberal Republican Wing has approved of precisely this sort of smear tactic when deployed against Trump -- how exactly can they argue against it when it's used against Scott Walker and Ron Johnson? ( I assume the Smart Set agrees that David Clarke IS in fact a RUSSIAN SPY, because the Smart Set doesn't like him, and anyone the Smart Set doesn't like is a RUSSIAN SPY.)

    So congrats on pouring gasoline on the Red-baiting, witch-hunting fire, Social Justice Warriors of the Nominal Right.

    So, Smart Set: are you going to actually going to be smart one of these days or is it all going to be this InfoWars-level retarded shit from you from here on out?

    The Smart Set spent all of 2003-2012 calling people unamerican for disagreeing with them on Iraq. To my discredit, I joined them in that.

    But I've learned, since then. The Smart Set is too smart to ever learn anything from anything.

    They only had one trick back then, and they only have one trick now.

    Posted by Ace of Spades at 09:03 PM Comments

    Mid-Summer Classic, Open Thread

    —Misanthropic Humanitarian

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    I heard something about an All-Star Game.


    Here's your chance to talk baseball.

    Posted by Misanthropic Humanitarian at 08:40 PM Comments

    Obama, Who's Totally Not a Socialist and It's Racist to Suggest He Is: Hey, Let's Give Everyone a Income from the State for Doing Nothing At All

    —Ace of Spades

    Why so Socialist?

    n his first major speech since leaving office, former President Barack Obama endorsed the idea of providing a universal basic income.

    Speaking at the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in South Africa on Tuesday, Obama raised the notion of guaranteed income as a way to reduce what he called "yawning disparities" in wealth, education, and security across different socioeconomic groups.

    "It's not just money that a job provides," said Obama. "It provides dignity and structure and a sense of place and a sense of purpose. So we're going to have to consider new ways of thinking about these problems, like a universal income, review of our workweek, how we retrain our young people, how we make everybody an entrepreneur at some level. But we're going have to worry about economics if we want to get democracy back on track."

    Um, a job provides dignity because the worker knows he's doing something productive, and it provides structure because employment usually requires a start time. Paying someone for nothing at all cannot provide dignity, as the recipient of the dole understands he's not doing anything productive, and cannot provide structure, except that twice a month, maybe, he feels he should probably go over to the check-cashing place to cash his welfare check.

    Oh, and by the way: Soak the rich.

    He additionally called on the rich to support higher taxation, saying that "you don't have to take a vow of poverty just to say 'let me help out a few of these folks.'

    Obama's totally not socialist, though. Neither is the Democrat Party. Ignore the actual announced socialists running as "Democrat Socialists." Claims that there are Democrats running as Socialists are Racist Unfacts which Snopes has debunked.*

    * As well as the Weekly Standard's Snopes-like FaceBook-friendly "fact-checker."

    Posted by Ace of Spades at 07:39 PM Comments

    Nunes Unchained: DOJ and FBI Have Bet All Of Their Chips on Democrats Winning the House, Which Will End Investigations Into Their Misbehavior; 90% of Reporters "Essentially an Arm of the Democrat Party"

    —Ace of Spades



    Ben Smith immediately demanded that Devin Nunes be excluded from any future meetings with FaceBook.

    Rep. Devin Nunes (R., Calif.), in a wide-ranging audio interview with his House colleague Rep. Sean Duffy (R., Wis.), accused top officials at the FBI and DOJ of "putting all their chips on the Republicans losing the House" so that their Democratic allies can "shut down" the longstanding Intelligence Committee probe, which has unearthed information disputing claims of collusion in recent months.

    Rep. Duffy interviewed Rep. Nunes for an upcoming episode of Duffy's podcast, "Plaidcast."

    Nunes also lashed out at the U.S. media, accusing "90 percent" of reporters covering the Russia probe of being "essentially an arm of the Democratic party," according to an advance copy of the interview shared with the Washington Free Beacon.

    Speaking of Ben Smith:

    Buzzfeed is being sued for publishing the Steele Dossier (or is that the Blumenthal/Shearer dossier, rewritten by Steele to make it less obvious this was a Hillary Clinton conspiracy theory?) which claimed that a Russian businessman was involved in the Podesta/DNC hack. He's claiming that Buzzfeed, therefore, defamed him, by publishing allegations they didn't bother to confirm.

    Well, the feds indicted 12 Russians for that hack -- and this Russian businessman wasn't mentioned at all.

    A Russian tech executive suing BuzzFeed News over the Steele dossier says he is vindicated by special counsel Robert Mueller's indictment of 12 Russian nationals allegedly involved in cyber attacks against Democrats.

    Aleksej Gubarev, the executive, says Mueller's indictment shows he was not involved in hacks of Democratic National Committee emails, as the dossier alleges.

    He has filed defamation lawsuits against BuzzFeed News, the website’s editor, Ben Smith and dossier author Christopher Steele. BuzzFeed published the dossier on Jan. 10, 2017. Steele, a former British spy, compiled the dossier as part of an anti-Trump research project funded by the DNC and Clinton campaign.

    "This is a complete and utter vindication of our clients," Gubarev's attorney Val Gurvits said of the Mueller indictment.

    Maybe Buzzfeed Ben should worry about his own trash-site's journalistic standards and worry less about the Daily Caller's.

    Oh: Representative Ratcliffe says that Lisa Page admitted the texts she and Peter Strzok exchanged meant exactly what they seemed to mean, rather than resorting to Strzok's dishonest "By 'We'll stop it' I meant the American voter would stop it" bullshit:



    Posted by Ace of Spades at 06:34 PM Comments

    Trump Walkback: When I Said I Had No Reason to Think the Hackers Would Have Been Working for Russia, I Meant I Had No Reason to Think the Hackers Would Not Have Been Working for Russia

    —Ace of Spades

    Ed Morrissey does a good job of rounding up the negative reaction to Trump's Helsinki remarks, including from people who are generally fair to Trump.

    Is Trump telling the truth now about his would vs. wouldn't speak-o? I don't know.

    As many people have noted -- Byron York, for example -- Trump is loathe to admit the existence of Russian meddling because:

    1, it taints an election victory that he's justly proud of, and

    2, because he suspects -- not without reason-- that the whole Russia Narrative was cooked up by Hillary Clinton and Hillary partisans in the leftwing media and then seized upon by the deranged NeverTrump liberal Republican wing. He sees admitting Russian meddling as a half-step towards confirming the alleged Russian collusion the media and Democrats and NeverTrumpers are foaming about, and tends to claim both premises are false, instead of conceding that one is true while remaining firm that the other is false.

    Mollie Hemingway put it well on Special Report last night: While Trump should be smarter about separating out the "Russian meddling" story from the "Russian collusion" allegation, so should Trump's critics, who routinely, and sometimes probably deliberately, conflate the two, acting as if proof of the former is also proof of the latter.

    An editor at The Atlantic, for example, just tweeted out last week that the indictment against 12 Russian nationals for hacking Jon Podesta's email account is, by some alchemy he doesn't explain, also proof of Russian collusion.



    Here's a "staff writer" at The Atlantic doing precisely that --



    The cucks' favorite bull also seems fond of conflating Russian meddling with Russian collusion, pretending that Trump calling one a "witch hunt" must naturally mean the other is a "witch hunt" too:



    Here's an Atlantic editor doing precisely what Hemingway is talking about -- taking an indictment of a Russian national who attempted to influence the NRA as evidence that the NRA is a Russian front group:



    The NRA is not also indicted, and in fact, the indictment contains nothing to besmirch the NRA at all. This is just The Atlantic doing the selfsame wishcasting and cultish conspiracy theorizing they accuse their opponents of doing.

    A media which is ever-vigilant for Trump's false assumptions and conspiracy theories seems too overworked by those exertions to spend a single second patrolling their own cultish beliefs for any mental errors of their own.


    Posted by Ace of Spades at 05:30 PM Comments

    Buzzfeed Ben: Facebook and Other Media Companies Are Too Deferential to Conservative Media; Prefers (Get This!) The Weekly Standard to the Daily Caller

    —Ace of Spades

    You've gotta be fucking kidding me.

    At a private meeting late last week, some publishing executives criticized Facebook Inc. for being overly accommodating to conservative outlets, days before social-media executives are to appear on Capitol Hill to discuss how content is displayed on their sites.

    ...

    At the off-the-record meeting between Facebook officials and publishing executives in New York on Thursday, BuzzFeed Editor in Chief Ben Smith said that, by his count, there were about six conservative-leaning publications among the dozen or so outlets represented at the gathering. He said the ratio implied a fundamental misconception among Facebook employees about the workings of the news industry, according to people familiar with his remarks.

    Mr. Smith said that the number of conservative publications in attendance indicated that Facebook had bought into the idea, promoted primarily by conservatives, that mainstream outlets such as the New York Times are liberal and should be counterbalanced by right-leaning opinion outlets, said people familiar with his remarks.

    Mr. Smith objected in particular to the presence of the Daily Caller, a conservative-leaning outlet whose journalistic standards he called into question. He said other conservative outlets present, such as the Weekly Standard, held higher standards.

    Yes, the Weekly Standard, which has joined the left in fact-checking conservative sites (some incredibly small and almost entirely unknown) while largely ignoring claims made by liberal sites.

    Buzzfeed Ben had a second for that motion:

    Mr. Smith's assessment of the Daily Caller's journalistic standards was echoed by Lydia Polgreen, the editor in chief of HuffPost.

    So Buzzfeed Ben is pissed off that conservative sites even get to attend meetings with FaceBook, and feels that his Listicle Emporium isn't adequately catered to.

    By the way, the Huffington Post editor also expressed anger at the Daily Caller for daring to report that one of its "contributors" has a history of making "jokes" about the Holocaust and praising Louis Farrakhan.

    The Wall Street Journal -- whose reporters, remember, are almost invariably left-liberals (as contrasted with its conservative-leaning editorial page) -- chooses to obscure what those tweets were and refuses to link to the Daily Caller article in question so that people can decide for themselves.

    More: Apparently Listicle Ben has a bee in his bonnet about the Daily Caller, and also claims that the Holocaust jokes are just fine because Leftist:



    Someone pointed this out to me -- Listicle Ben has a lot of balls accusing anyone else of "stealth corporate propaganda," given his cat-gif emporium's constant McDonald's boosterism.

    More:


    Posted by Ace of Spades at 03:54 PM Comments

    New York Times: Queerbaiting Is Okay When We Do It

    —Ace of Spades

    Gay jokes were officially made a Crime Against the State sometime around 2009.

    But not if you're part of the State Media.



    Parody site "The ResistanceHole" actually noted the left's schizophrenic stance on gay jokes last month:




    This kind of blatant double-standard on the part of the left is a feature, I think, not a bug.

    The inconsistency may reveal that the left inflicts "rules" on its enemies that it feels free to ignore itself. But that itself is a demonstration of the left's power-- I think they get off on openly announcing that they are free to make up rules to impose on others and completely violate those same rules with impunity.

    It's a demonstration of how much power they have, and maybe more importantly, how much power you don't have.

    They want you to know who's in charge, and who you must bow to, and this sort of blatant, not-even-hiding-it demonstration of their power to unilaterally print up entire tomes of new rules and also unilaterally suspend operation of those rules when they choose is nothing if not a reminder of who is the ruler, and who is the ruled.

    Posted by Ace of Spades at 02:45 PM Comments

    Democrat Socialist Superstar Alexandria Ocasia-Cortez: Unemployment Is Only Low Because, Like, Everyone Has Two Jobs or Whateverrrr...?

    —Ace of Spades

    Genius.

    "Unemployment is low because everyone has two jobs," she said. "Unemployment is low because people are working 60, 70, 80 hours a week and can barely feed their family."

    Remember, she touts herself as being a super-well-educated economist.

    Posted by Ace of Spades at 01:17 PM Comments

    The Morning Rant: J.V. Edition

    —CBD

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    President Donald Trump may be many things, some of which I would prefer he isn't, but treasonous is not one of them. It is childish and offensive in the extreme for the braying asses of the NeverTrump world to throw that accusation around as if it meant something other than a simple insult. But it is a powerful insult, and one that is noticed by many as being ridiculous on its face. If someone were to call me a traitor, I would contemplate a physical response, because as a loyal American there is nothing worse one can be accused of. The silent majority in this country will undoubtedly remain peaceful, at least without further inflammatory behavior and actions from the elites, but they will remember, and they will vote. They will compare the casual accusation of treason from the chattering classes to their neighbor who just got a job, and their bonuses at work, and their first hint in a decade that maybe, just maybe, we have a president who will defend our borders and look out for us before "them" on the world stage.

    Am I pleased with the way the President conducted himself yesterday? No, I would have preferred a more aggressive stance against Russian provocations. Am I sublimating that desire and supporting him even more forcefully because of the hysterical and insulting reaction from the lunatics who support the deep state's drive to destroy Trump? You bet!

    Here is a slightly different take on the press conference, from a man whose opinion deserves to be taken seriously...almost as seriously as does Anderson Vanderbilt.
    Diplomacy 101 Versus Politics Writ Small

    The high professional quality of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin's performance at their Monday press conference in Helsinki contrasts sharply with the obloquy by which the bipartisan U.S. ruling class showcases its willful incompetence.

    Though I voted for Trump, I've never been a fan of his and I am not one now. But, having taught diplomacy for many years, I would choose the Trump-Putin press conference as an exemplar of how these things should be done. Both spoke with the frankness and specificity of serious business. This performance rates an A+.

    Angelo Codevilla has been around for a very long time, and knows a bit about geopolitical intrigue. I used to read him in Commentary before that once-great magazine lost its way, and while he is too much of a believer in realpolitik for my taste, his take was always interesting. I think he is too sanguine about Trump's performance, but the underlying message that he sees is interesting.

    But let us look at reality. Trump gave Poland anti-missile technology a few months ago. That is a concrete message to the Russian bear, and it dwarfs any parsing of syntax at a press conference by 20-something journalism majors. I hope that the President continues to support freedom in Eastern Europe, and continues to push back against Russian expansion in the Middle East. If he does that, I will cheerfully tolerate conciliatory press conferences every now and then.

    Continue reading


    Posted by CBD at 11:00 AM Comments

    Mid-Morning Open Thread

    —CBD

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    Les Jardiniers
    Gustave Caillebotte

    Posted by CBD at 09:30 AM Comments

    The Morning Report 7/17/18

    —J.J. Sefton

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    Good morning kids. Tuesday and leading the news is the utterly infantile, irresponsible, completely ginned-up outrage at the President for his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his remarks during the press conference. Let me, as a marginally better informed ordinary observer, try and unpack this as best as I can. Excluding the period of 1941-1945, Russia has been at best a geopolitical rival and at worst an adversarial enemy for almost 100 years (longer if you include the 19th Century imperialists who wanted not only not to sell Alaska to us but envisioned Tsarist expansion into Western Canada and down our Pacific Coast). For nearly 100 years (coincidentally it's the 100th anniversary of the Bolsheviks murdering the Romanovs [last link]), they have been interfering in our internal affairs in an attempt to destabilize us, and foment a communist revolution here at home. Ironic that despite the Soviet collapse in 1991, every major governmental, cultural, academic and media institution has been thoroughly corrupted by socialists and communists to the extent that our youth and too many old enough to know better (or not) have an open, visceral and sometimes violent hatred of their country and fellow citizens. But I digress.

    And this brings me back to yesterday's spectacle. The President, as the duly elected commander in chief and head of state has every right and even duty to meet with other foreign leaders, friend and foe alike, in the advancement of our policy, defense of the realm and in the interest of promoting friendly relations. Vladimir Putin is a thug; an ex-KGB agent who views the fall of the old Soviet Union as a catastrophe. As such, he and his allies rule over Russia with an iron fist and will actively strike out at enemies at home and abroad (assassination and invasion included), threatening his neighbors in Eastern Europe and elsewhere and giving aid and comfort to our enemies in the Middle East, especially Iran. That said, despite being essentially a 2nd World Power, he still has nukes, probably aimed at us and therefore you have to deal with him. Hence the summit.

    But now, put this all in context with the 2016 presidential campaign, and the fabrication by Clinton/Obama campaign operatives of a phony smear campaign involving Russia and then-candidate Trump and that's why you got what happened in Helsinki yesterday. Circling back, does Russia/did Russia try and meddle in our politics? Yes. Did whatever they did have any affect at all on our election? No. In spite of all this, is there still an ongoing investigation by the DoJ and Robert Mueller ostensibly into all of this? Yes. Is the President, his allies, associates and even family members the targets of this investigation? Yes. Is it legitimate? No.

    Everything over the past 18 months to two years has had one purpose and one purpose only: ensure the election of Hillary Clinton and then destroy the campaign and then presidency of Donald Trump. The Mueller witch hunt, which the President rightly called out as such, despite any lack of real evidence to prove that PDT colluded with the Russians to steal the election continues to be the ongoing theme of an increasingly desperate and rabidly insane Democrat-Left-Media complex and their allies in the GOP/Cuckservative wing of their movement. So naturally, when the President openly has a summit with Vladimir Putin, the reaction to it was predictable if not still surprising in its level of unhinged rhetoric.

    They have failed on gun control, immigration/amnesty, judicial nominees, tax and economic policy, they're losing control of voting blocs they've enslaved for decades and worst of all, they have lost the ability to control what we think and have exposed themselves as they hacks and propagandists they are to a much broader, heretofore unaware/uninformed audience. And this failure is the work of the man to who is now the focus of their hatred: President Donald J. Trump.

    Yes Russia is and was an enemy, yet the Democrat-Media-Academia complex was in bed with them since at least the end of World War 2 as willing allies in an attempt to overthrow the nation as founded, and at the risk of repeating myself, considering the state of our union they almost succeeded, albeit about 30 years too late. So it's particularly galling when the Left dons the decomposed skin suit of Tailgunner Joe McCarthy to shriek "Russia! Russia! Russia!" at us non-stop since November of 2016. And yet Obama was hot and horny to destroy our nuclear deterrent in 2012 and Hillary Clinton engineered the sale of a significant portion of our uranium stockpile to Putin and his cronies in exchange for $400 million in booze money. Related, Daniel Greenfield has an interesting take on the hacking of the DNC vis a vis Bernie Sanders, that great Yankee-Doodle-Dandy flag-waving proud American (not). Yes, Trump is a nemesis but for yesterday's unforgivable sin of exposing the Democrat-Media's complicity in this Russia collusion myth, and the ignoring of the real election shenanigans committed by the Democrats (can you saw Debbie-Wasserman Awan?), they don't care if America is ripped apart (hell that's their goal) so long as Trump is destroyed.

    Schmucks like Steve Cohen, Chris Cuomo and John Brennan - the REAL traitor and perhaps the one who has been leading the coup against the President - who shout "treason," and "act of war" are playing with fire. They are actively undermining our foreign policy from their positions (undeserved as they are) of power and influence, and stoking the potential for violence at home as well as confrontation abroad. Thankfully, Putin knows that they are a collective joke. He all but openly busted a gut at that AP reporter yesterday who asked if he had dirt on PDT. Still, this is hardly a matter for levity.

    My gut tells me that barring anything unforeseen (and I've had that caveat now for 18 months or more) the Dems are going to lose in November and lose big. How will the average mind-numbed droog react? Considering that the standard operating procedure of the Democrat-Left is to now cast aspersions on every electoral or judicial loss as "collusion" or "theft" or "illegitimate," there can only be one avenue left to them, and that is violence. Vermin like Steve Cohen ought to realize this. Hell, I'm getting the very uneasy feeling that they do. All too well.

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

    Posted by J.J. Sefton at 07:12 AM Comments

    Monday Overnight Open Thread (7/16/18 )

    —Misanthropic Humanitarian

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    *****


    The Quotes of The Day

    Quote I

    “Socialism only works in two places: Heaven where they don't need it and hell where they already have it.” Ronald Reagan

    Quote II

    “The frustrating thing is that those who are attacking religion claim they are doing it in the name of tolerance, freedom and openmindedness. Question: Isn’t the real truth that they are intolerant of religion? They refuse to tolerate its importance in our lives.” Ronald Reagan

    Quote III

    “America is, and always will be, a shining city on a hill.” Ronald Reagan

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    Posted by Misanthropic Humanitarian at 10:13 PM Comments

    CNN Contributor Calls for "Shadow Government" To Step Forward and Declare a Coup Against the Democratically Elected, Constitutional Government

    —Ace of Spades

    I want you to do it. I'm begging you to do it.

    Continue reading


    Posted by Ace of Spades at 08:13 PM Comments

    Chris Wallace's Interview with Putin

    —Ace of Spades

    Stream here.

    Wallace had better be very tough on Putin, or else he's a RUSSIAN SPY.

    Putin says he's said this before, but I don't remember it: He's saying that the hackers stole genuine information and disseminated it, and did not plant false information. He's not saying the hackers are Russian agents, but his defense, to the extent he has one, is only that the hackers didn't plant false information.

    The major impact of this, unless he says more, is to cast a lot of doubt on Trump's claim that Putin's denial was "very strong and powerful." His denial to Wallace is very weak and only quibbling at the margins.

    Posted by Ace of Spades at 06:10 PM Comments

    Hillary Praetorian Phillipe Reines: Let's Blow Air Horns By the White House All Night to Deprive the President and His Family of Sleep

    —Ace of Spades

    Phillipe Reines just doxxed a bookstore, with the implicit suggestion that his jackboot legions "protest" a private business for the sin of calling the cops on a #Resistance "protester" who was harassing Steve Bannon inside his shop.

    Now he's calling for an an illegal protest of the White House with the explicit goal of violating noise ordinances and causing physical harm to the president.


    It might be time to start giving Phillipe Reines the "never let them have a moment of civil peace" treatment he inflicts on others. The rules of engagement you choose for your opponents are the rules of engagement you also choose for yourself.

    The police and Secret Service should be eager to arrest. With his tweets, Reines has forfeit any presumption that there is a Free Speech purpose to this proposed illegal assembly; he states clearly that his purpose is not to communicate any message, but to deprive someone of sleep and interfere with the quiet enjoyment of his residence -- the very definition of harassment under the law.

    Posted by Ace of Spades at 05:31 PM Comments

    Is the Media Code Red on Jim Jordan Another Fusion GPS Operation?

    —Ace of Spades

    Julie Kelly wonders.

    The NBC News report offered mostly innuendo from less-than-credible sources: One accuser is an ex-con who did time in prison for mail fraud, drug possession, and stealing from investors; another is a shady business owner with a "long history of litigation and an apparent bone to pick with the Jordan family" who allegedly sent a disturbing picture to the widow of a former OSU wrestler.


    But the initial story did provide one telling clue about where the Jordan smear job originated: Perkins Coie, the same law firm that hired Fusion GPS on behalf of the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2016 to produce the infamous "Steele dossier."

    ..

    Coincidence? Not a chance.

    ..

    Now, thanks to a list released by congressional Democrats this week, we know that Jordan asked Strzok directly about his communications with Glenn Simpson and Christopher Steele. Jordan also asked Strzok how long it took the FBI to compile the FISA application to spy on Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page, which Rosenstein reauthorized.

    That was on June 27. One week later, the "Jordan ignored sexual abuse" story dropped.

    The reason why, as they say, is that Jordan is over the target and that target is Glenn Simpson...

    And Fusion GPS is still at it. The firm is working with Dan Jones, a former staffer for Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) to continue pushing the Trump-Russia collusion narrative in the press. According to The Federalist, Jones has raised about $50 million from seven to 10 liberal donors in New York and California to keep Simpson's scheme alive.

    Be sure to check out Instapundit's excerpt of former Bill Clinton pollster Mark Penn on the unending lies of the Deep State.

    Posted by Ace of Spades at 04:21 PM Comments

    The Treasonous President Equivocates on Putin's Meddling: ""He denies it. So the idea that somehow public shaming is gonna be effective, I think doesn't read the thought process in Russia very well."

    —Ace of Spades

    Of course, that was President Obama, cucksplaining why he didn't publicly denounce Putin or really do anything much at all about election meddling.



    Posted by Ace of Spades at 03:21 PM Comments

    Gym Class Theorists (Yes That's a Thing): We Shouldn't Divide Boys and Girls In Team Sports Because That Hurts The Feelings of "Genderqueers"

    —Ace of Spades

    So the correct response is to have girls compete directly with boys.

    That'll have no adverse effects on non-genderqueer-girls, I'm sure.

    They don't matter, of course. Only those with exotic niche self-definitions of gender should matter.

    A physical education professor at Kent State University is encouraging fellow gym teachers to shun "gender segregated" and "team sports" to promote social justice in gym class.

    Professor Jennifer Walton-Fisette is the lead author of "Moving forward with social justice education in gym teacher education," a recently published article found in the peer reviewed journal Physical Education and Sports Pedagogy.

    In that article, Walton-Fisette highlights the emerging field of social justice gym pedagogy, and calls upon gym teachers to impart social justice issues into gym lessons, such as sexism, body image, religion, socioeconomic status and motor elitism.

    LOL.

    ...

    "If we are not including social justice education in our teacher education programs, then we are potentially perpetuating the problem," Walton-Fisette told PJ Media, explaining that she talks to students about power and privilege in nearly every class.

    ...

    For many gym teachers, separating students by sex is de rigueur. But, Walton-Fisette tells PJ Media that dividing students by sex can highlight the humiliation that some transgender and genderqueer students feel.

    "To divide students based on gender is not acceptable, nor do we want to make students be put into 2 binary boxes. There are children who do not identify as male or female, whether they are exploring their gender expression, are transgender, or genderqueer."

    Team sports, such as lacrosse and badminton, are discouraged too, as they encourage competitiveness and are often "white-oriented" or otherwise racially stereotyped. By spending less time on team sports, more time can be spent on other activities, such as yoga, dance, hiking, biking, swimming, and rope-climbing, Walton-Fisette says.

    Posted by Ace of Spades at 02:08 PM Comments

    Trump's Answer on Russia Collusion Causes New Round of Hysteria

    —Ace of Spades



    For the hysterical reactions, you can see this timeline.


    Posted by Ace of Spades at 01:01 PM Comments

    The Morning Rant

    —OregonMuse

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    "So the big thing in the anti-Trump protests in London was supposedly a huge inflatable float of Trump which made him up like diaper-wearing baby. Yes, really. The media played this up like this thing was going to be so big it would darken the skies over London and bring on global cooling, but look at it, it's not 20 feet high. It looks like it's not much bigger than one of those bouncy houses for kids. And someone spent, get this, the equivalent of $40,000 on it. Too bad they couldn't get Trump to do it. It would've been huge, classy, and luxurious. Maybe that's what the left needs. They all need to be put in a bouncy house where they can live in a harmless environment, bounce around until they're all worn out and then nap time."



    Compare & Contrast:

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    Posted by OregonMuse at 11:25 AM Comments



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