November 20, 2017

Monday Overnight Open Thread (11/20/17)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian


(Come fly away to The ONT)


Quotes of The Day

Quote I

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

Quote II

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

Quote III

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

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Posted by Misanthropic Humanitarian at 10:02 PM Comments

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Ace at 07:23 PM Comments

Cowbell: US Growth Forecasts on the Rise


A growing economy is a president's best Tweet.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Posted by Ace at 06:26 PM Comments

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


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

Employees, interns, and job applicants.

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

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

Here's some nuggets from Twitter:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Again with the walking around naked.

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

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

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

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

The OODA Loop Is Accelerating:

Posted by Ace at 05:17 PM Comments

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


Ladies, stay away from Fedora Tippers.

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


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

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

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

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

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

Those texts are here.

Thrush was apologetic but defensive.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If true, of course.

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

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

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

Posted by Ace at 04:10 PM Comments

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Because there's no proof on that one.

Just her claim.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Ace at 02:57 PM Comments

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

Posted by Ace at 01:44 PM Comments

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

They danced. They swayed...

His hands began fondling her ass.

Same with Davis.

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

He seems to have a pattern.

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

Posted by Ace at 12:43 PM Comments

The Morning Rant: J.V. Edition



Wish I had one of those. It would make getting dinner a lot easier than finding a straight stick and coaxing termites out of their mound. Not to mention keeping that leopard who lives in the next tree from eating me! You people are stupid that have better weapons than just flinging poo but you are too afraid of them, I'm just a chimp.

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We have become a nation obsessed with danger, and most of it is imagined. The media and the Left conspire to change the country's opinion of guns. When once they were a fixture in many homes, and simply a tool in many cases, now they are a totem to be feared. They are a potent signal of the rapidly expanding divide between the coastal elites and the rest of the country.

Gun violence seems to be independent of gun laws, yet the no-nothings who govern us are hell bent on restricting our rights even more. There are two bills before my state legislature that will make illegal mail-order sales of ammunition, and further restrictexpand the definition of "assault rifles" to make them ridiculous. And why? Because the Democrat legislature has a new, compliant governor. Say what you will about Christie, he didn't sign any gun control bills while in office.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread


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The Long Sleep
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The Morning Report 11/20/17

—J.J. Sefton


Good morning kids. As we head towards Thanksgiving, the big news is that Leftist, mass-murdering cult leader Charles Manson died at a California hospital yesterday. About the most I can say is that "peace, love and understanding" is not the legacy of the 60s and the Baby Boom generation. That myth has been exploded; it's violence, intolerance and will to power that Manson (insane as he was) espoused and inspired that we see bearing fruit within today's Leftist movement. He was just ahead of his time and not as sophisticated as the Obamas, Soros, BLMs and AntiFas of this world. Rot in Hell.

Next up, despite the GOP hell bent on committing political suicide, the good news is that the Democrats are tearing themselves apart that much faster, mostly in the wake of the intertwined sexual assault scandals/revelations coming from both Hollywood and DC (the latest to be tagged is noted race-hustler Russell Simmons). The hardcore Marxist cadres within the movement are using this as the weapon with which to shut Hillary up, who is still whoring for the cameras and making an ass of herself and the party. Meanwhile, they are also looking to replace Al Franken with noted Joo-hater and taqqiya tactician Keith "X" Ellison, but so far Franken is refusing to step down. Oh boy.

And of course, the "evidence" against Judge Roy Moore is collapsing like a wet taco and those within the GOP who were loudly calling for his removal are now strangely silent. The opponent is now openly opposing the Border Wall as "too expensive" or something. Yes, that'll appeal to the voters in Alabama, no doubt. Pass the popcorn.

We have a trio of stories about the "dossier" as well as the corruption and politicization of our national law enforcement agencies. Also, some links about the upcoming tax cut legislation, both from the economic and political standpoints. Aside from the traitors who want to stab us in the back just to get at PDT, the administration is saying it's considering removing the individual mandate tax from the package. I hope that that is just posturing and/or fake news. Meh. Why get worked up?

And Lois Lerner once again is angling to get her testimony permanently sealed because she supposedly fears that the revelations could lead to her and her family being physically attacked. Gee, I wonder why that would be? Lois, dear, it's your side that engages in the political violence. Always has, always will.

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

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Sunday Overnight Open Thread (11/19/17)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Quotes of The Day

Quote I

“I believe in a lot of things but the first tenet of my politics is to hold up the people who have held me up, who have filled my world with love.” Lena Dunham.

Quote II

“It is a privilege that we allow individuals to hold onto something that causes harm and death,” “It is a privilege to have a car license, it is a privilege to have a gun license.” Representative Marjorie Decker

Quote III

If you truly wanna boycott the NFL and you wanna boycott ESPN, the notion that some guy sitting out there, or gal, and they decide, 'you know what, I'm gonna cut my entire cable package because ESPN gave an award on a made-up show in July because there's no sports, to a woman who used to be a man, so I'm now not gonna have any cable TV at all and I'm gonna sit around at night and read books by candlelight like olden times because of that,' that's not happening. And if you did that, then you're so dumb that I can't even pray for you because you're beyond hope. If that was your reaction to this, was to deny yourself the ability to watch television, I mean that just hasn't happened and didn't happen, so I boycott them. Scott Van Pelt

Quote IV

“Listen, I’ve honored you by allowing you to spout off here and what you said was not right. That’s all I’m saying. I come from the lower-middle class originally. We didn’t have anything, so don’t spew that stuff on me. I get a little tired of that crap. And let me just say something — if we worked together, we could pull this country out of every mess it’s in, and we could do a lot of the things that you’re talking about, too, and I think I’ve got a reputation of having worked together with Democrats,” Sen. Orin Hatch (R-UT)

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Lena Dunham: Life...You Know...Okay? I Can't Like, Comes at You Fast...Does That Make Sense? (MJ)

—Open Blogger

Live by the tampon, die by, its just too gross. I can't even.

Lena Dunham has apologized for comments she made supporting Girls writer Murray Miller, who has been accused of sexually assaulting actress Aurora Perrineau.

On Friday, after the claims against Miller were made public, Dunham took to Twitter to support Miller on behalf of herself and Girls executive producer Jenni Konner, saying, "We believe, having worked closely with [Miller] for more than half a decade, that this is the case with Murray Miller. While our first instinct is to listen to every woman's story, our insider knowledge of Murray's situation makes us confident that sadly this accusation is one of the 3 percent of assault cases that are misreported every year."

Dunham was criticized widely for her statement.

On Saturday, she released an apology on Twitter, saying "I naively believed it was important to share my perspective on my friend's situation as it has transpired behind the scenes over the last few months. I now understand that it was absolutely the wrong time to come forward with such a statement and I am so sorry."

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Food Thread: To Bake, Or Not To Bake; That Is The Question



Biscuits or rolls or baguettes or big crusty loaves or....

I usually say, "screw it" about mid-afternoon on Thanksgiving, and never bother to bake rolls. Yes, I am a bad man. I have been told by a commenter who should know that serving yeast rolls on Thanksgiving is in the bible! But rolls and biscuits are best right out of the oven, and I am sick of the kitchen at exactly the time I should be making the rolls!. And I have yet to find a dinner roll that was good the next day, although I am not a professional baker by any stretch of the imagination, so don't take my word for it.

It's certainly a lot easier to buy or bake a couple of good loaves of bread, or buy a few baguettes (baking them is a pain in the ass!). But the aroma of freshly baked bread is hard to beat, so I am contemplating either dinner rolls or simple buttermilk biscuits.

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Weekend Gun Thread

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(The Puckle Gun)

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Sunday Morning Book Thread: 11/19/2017



Stuttgart City Library

Last week I mentioned the feel and the weight and the effortless browsing capacity of a printed and bound dictionary being an integral part of the experience. And that prompted this week's question; What other reference books are best in the old-fashioned bound format, and which ones do you have floating around your desk or dining room table or bathroom or wherever you do your best work?

I have Bartlett's Familiar Quotations within arm's length, because it is tremendously useful not only as the obvious reference for who said what, but also as a glimpse into the time of the quotation in question. For instance, I recently looked up Franklin's famous but unfortunately apocryphal quotation about beer, and that led me to Samuel Johnson which led me to a great quotation from David Hume....

Avarice, the spur of industry.

And that led me to a few pages away, where John Adams makes a point that is lost on our foolish liberal friends...
Fear is the foundation of most governments.

[Why yes, I am using the word "quotation" correctly. It is a noun. The word "quote" is a verb. Harrumph!]

I have a few science books (Oooh...Molecular Biology! Yes, I am a geek), and my statistics textbook that is surprisingly useful in the oddest situations. I long ago forgot how to do statistical calculations much beyond the probability of dice rolls, but it is useful to have that nearby so I can refresh my memory.

I have misplaced my copy of The Elements Of Style, by Strunk And White, so I have no idea on which side of the Oxford Comma Wars they fight.

The internet is such a quick and often marvelous source that we sometimes forget that it isn't always accurate! Yes, I know...try to tell that to anyone younger than 40 and they will look at you as if you had three heads and were belching fire. So having a few time-honored reference books floating around isn't such a bad idea.

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EMT 11/19/17


EMT : Where the whiskey is weak, but the content is free.

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Saturday Overnight Open Thread (11/18/17)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Quotes of The Day

Quote I

It's a Bill of Rights not a Bill of Needs. Ted Nugent

Quote II

“When someone calls you a racist, sexist, bigot, homophobe because you happen to disagree with them about tax policy or same-sex marriage or abortion, that’s bullying. When someone slanders you because you happen to disagree with them about global warming or the government shutdown, that’s bullying. When someone labels you a bad human being because they disagree with you, they are bullying you. They are attacking your character without justification. That’s nasty. In fact, it makes them nasty.”
― Ben Shapiro

Quote III

All you need for happiness is a good gun, a good horse, and a good wife. Daniel Boone

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Saturday Evening Movie Thread 11-18-2017 [Hosted By: TheJamesMadison]


Real Vs. The Unreal

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I don't think it'll be a terribly controversial thing to say here that practical effects work better, generally, than computer generated effects. I think the models used in 60s and 70s sci-fi are more convincing than many cutting edge special effects today. Even comparing the original King Kong model to that of the Peter Jackson film, there's a very palpable difference in how the two carry on film. In the original, you may notice when Kong is part of a background while live actors are part of the foreground, there being a difference in lighting and clarity between the two, but you're never unsure that the camera was actually looking at something real. In Jackson's movie, for all the money they threw at the screen, Kong often had a weightless quality (especially when he jumps) that make the visual look somewhat less real by comparison. It's an effervescent quality that's hard to define.

Although it's easy to find examples from big budget action movies, I think that the effect of actually capturing things on film is better encapsulated with smaller examples. We don't have much experience with space ships, but we do understand what a bird flying through the sky looks like.

Below are two examples from some older movies where the fact that the filmmakers actually captured the events on camera had an appreciably visceral effect on me.

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Ace of Spades Pet Thread-Answering The Ultimate Question Edition

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Welcome to the almost world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread. Grab a beverage and a snack and enjoy!!!

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Saturday Gardening Thread: Lookin' a little seedy [KT]

—Open Blogger


Where did that corn go?

Hello, gardeners and friends of gardeners. Today's pre-Thanksgiving thread was partly inspired, appropriately, by last week's Food Thread. It featured some foods with seeds, like Avocados. If you have an avocado tree, you may want to check out the key to ripening avocados from The Deplorable Jay Guevara. Leave a piece of stem.

I have a question for the Food Thread: I'm still somewhat confused about whether or not refrigeration messes up further ripening of avocados. If so, at what temperature?

If you are thinking about growing an avocado tree, let us know. Not a frivolous undertaking.

Artisanal'ette presented recipes in the main post and also in a comment for pumpkin and sunflower seeds. She asked a question about the harvest season of those seeds. This set me off on the subjects of naked pumpkin seeds and seeds for little birds. More fun stuff below the fold.

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Thread before the Gardening Thread: The Gods of the Market Place [KT]

—Open Blogger

Serving your mid-day open thread needs


The Forum is connected to the Marketplace, etc.

Happy Saturday, Horde! What a week. It's been kinda of hard for me to keep up with the latest approved opinions from our Gods of the Marketplace. The ground seems to be shifting under some of them. In the midst of all this, a troll-type guy in another venue accidentally reminded me of the video in which Bill Whittle recited Kipling's poem, The Gods of the Copy Book Headings. You may have seen it. It's below the fold if you would like to watch it again.

When Whittle re-worked Kipling's poem for modern ears, he replaced "Gods of the Market Place" with "Gods of the Here and the Now". That phrase takes on added meaning for me this week, with all the transitory moral posturing that has been going on. Prostration to each new pronouncement is still expected, it seems.

What statement from the Mount Olympus network surprised you the most this week?

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Weird News Dump

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Saturday morning already. What a crazy week. What kind of weird stuff can we find?

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EMT 11/18/17


Those vacation that don't feel much like a vacation blues EMT.

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Stream of Consciousness ONT


Hey, it's ONT time. What's this one about? No clue. Seriously, not one clue. I mentioned yesterday that I had lost all my tabs with content, so I'm winging it. We usually open with a picture, don't we? Lets see what a GIS for “picture” brings up. Oh, look, a prairie dog drinking.


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Oh My: Anti-Aging Drug Trials To Begin in Dogs in 2019, and Humans In 2022, if the Dog Trials Are Successful?


What I'd give to be 29 again.

Why start with dogs? Interestingly, it's not just that dogs are a big animals with some similarities to humans. It's that if it works on dogs, bang, you have a salable product right there-- people will pay to de-age their beloved mutts.

Which would then fund the next research phase, for humans.

George Church describes the roadmap for to human aging reversal treatments

We will see the first aging reversal test in dog trials in the next year or two. If that works, human trials are another two years away, and eight years before they’re done. Once you get a few going and succeeding it’s a positive feedback loop.

His company Rejuvenate Bio is actually working on the dog trial now.

The particular dog model we’re using has a heart disease issue. Rejuvenate Bio is still semi-stealth mode, incubator mode, but the trial is not a secret. Dogs are a market in and of themselves. It’s not just a big organism close to humans. It’s something people will pay for. And the FDA process is much faster for dogs than for humans — a little over a year versus nine years or so. We’ll do dog trials and that’ll be a product, and that’ll pay for scaling up in human trials.

FDA does not need to classify aging as a disease in order for them to treat it

The FDA does not need to classify aging as a disease. If you actually have something that causes aging reversal, [the FDA] will approve it. You’ll frame it in conventional terms, but it can have additional benefits. In other words If you have something that fixes one disease problem and happens to fix a bunch of others, you don’t need to put them all on the label. The FDA doesn’t stop you for using things off label or curing two things at once.

I mean, what I'd give to be 29 at some point this year. I'll be 29 then at some future date.

But what I'd give to then stay 29.

Bullshit? Probably. But... if the rule is "disbelieve 99% of what you read," fine, this is in the 1% I'm choosing to believe.

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I Believe the Children Are Our Future, and the Future Must be Stopped


The left is calling for an end to all procreation of human beings, so it must be a day that ends in "Y" and an hour that ends in a digit.

Take this headline from a recent piece at NBC News: "Science proves kids are bad for Earth. Morality suggests we stop having them." ...

Children, the argument goes, should be considered first and foremost as problematic carbon-generating machines. With the planet facing almost-certain existential peril --- Travis Rieder, a philosopher at Johns Hopkins University and the author of the piece, describes it as "the very real prospect of catastrophic climate change" -- the decision to have children becomes a deep moral question.

The decision to have more than one child, meanwhile, could be a serious moral failing. "If I release a murderer from prison, knowing full well that he intends to kill innocent people, then I bear some responsibility for those deaths," Rieder helpfully explains. "Something similar is true, I think, when it comes to having children: Once my daughter is an autonomous agent, she will be responsible for her emissions. But that doesn’t negate my responsibility."

The "respectable" class attacks the lunacy of Alex Jones' nightmare scenarios about the top 5% of the world population wanting to exterminate the bottom 95%, but when leftists actually endorse a similar plan (actually pushing for Voluntary Human Self-Extinction), the "respectable" class pretends this is a reputable idea worth serious consideration.

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Terry Crews Names and Shames the "Top" Agency Exec Who He Says Groped Him


Crews filed a police report and says he may sue.

He ought to. The law won't let you deck a guy but it will let you put someone through the expensive, grueling one or two year process of a lawsuit.

A punch is a kindness compared to a lawsuit.

Crews identified the person who groped him as Adam Venit, a top executive at the William Morris agency. Crews, who was represented by the same agency, had never met Venit and says he was looking forward to meeting him for the first time at the February 2016 party.

"He looked me in my eyes and he was sticking his tongue out overtly sexually to me," Crews said. He continued, "I mean it was no mistake that this was a sexual type tongue move...and I'm thinking 'Is this a joke?' I'm thinking 'Is this how this guy breaks the ice?' I don’t understand what this is.

"I reached my hand out and he takes his right hand and, under mine, immediately squeezes, grabs my genitals. I jump back 'Hey! Hey! Whoa!’ And he jumps back and he still does this tongue stuff and he’s making weird noises and he comes back again and grabs me again! I slapped his hand away, pushed him back more forcefully and I'm like 'What are you doing?!'

The whole incident took place with Crews' wife standing next to him. Immediately after the groping, he went to tell Adam Sandler who was also at the party (and was represented by Venit) what had occurred. Sandler hadn't witnessed the groping and was shocked at what Crews was describing. Later, as Crews was driving home, Sandler called to talk to him about what had happened.

Sandler gave Crews some tough but insightful advice: "A dooh ba dooh bah doo, ahhh, badoobah, adoobah doobey bah."

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CNN Partisan Shills Spin Clownishly For Molesting Clown Al Franken


A panel featuring Gloria Borger asserts this was no big deal, because he was a comedian, and as we know from Louis CK, comedians have special license to jerk off in front of women and/or grope them as they sleep.

And also jam their tongues in their mouths after being specifically told they don't even want to do a fake stage kiss-- something the leftist media keeps "forgetting" to note.

Borger admitted that "[i]t remains to be seen," but immediately went into spin mode by downplaying the fallout, stating that KABC radio host Leann Tweeden "did not call for him to step down or say he ought to step down" and didn't render an opinion upon being told an investigation had been launched.

From there, Borger continued proving this segment as one of political tribalism, declaring that what matters most is "the context in which all of this occurring, which is Moore -- Judge Moore -- and that has been, you know, brewing and percolating, whatever you want to say, for days and days and days."

She added that Tweeden's story will not be "the last" woman to come forward with disturbing allegations, but what came next from Borger was quite disturbing: "This is scratching the surface. He was not a member of the Congress at the time this occurred. He was just a comedian."

Video at the link, if you can stomach it.

Meanwhile, another one of the Clown News Network's reliable clowns thinks it's important that seven of Al Franken's staffers say he did not grope them, at least not when they were awake, anyways:

It's good to see that, not 72 hours of their Bravery in admitting maybe they covered up and spun for Bill Clinton's sex assaults and rape too much, they're right back to providing the same service for another lesser Democrat.

They truly are #TheElite and Super-Good at Thinking.

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Ohio State Supreme Court Justice and Current Candidate for Governor Speaks Up for All Franken, Saying "I've F***ed 50 Women"


He didn't say that. He said had sex with or whatever.

He also said he calls his dick "Rusty the Bailiff."

No he didn't.

But he did say these things.

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O'Neill, a Democratic candidate for governor, apparently trying to head off any criticisms from his opponents, revealed what he says are his sexual escapades over the years on a Facebook post.

A post on O'Neill's official Facebook said he was speaking up "on behalf of all heterosexual males" after allegations against Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken came to light Thursday. O'Neill, a Chagrin Falls native, said he had been "sexually intimate" with "approximately 50 very attractive females."

O'Neill said he was disappointed by the "national feeding frenzy about sexual indiscretions decades ago" and wanted to focus on the issues like legalizing marijuana and addressing opioid addiction. Over the last several weeks, numerous allegations of predatory sexual behavior against powerful men have come to light.

In his post, O'Neill went into detail about two of his sexual relationships, including one with a woman he said was a personal secretary to U.S. Sen. Robert Taft Sr. who was his "first true love," and a "drop dead gorgeous red head who was a senior adviser to Peter Lewis at Progressive Insurance in Cleveland."

In an interview with, O'Neill confirmed he wrote the post and defended Franken.

O'Neill also defended Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, who is facing allegations of sexual harassment from seven women, including molesting a 14-year-old girl.

" Roy Moore apparently seems to be a challenged individual when it comes to morality," O'Neill said. "I think that's very, very clear. He's been convicted of nothing and he's never had the opportunity to defend himself and that violates due process in America. The media is about to determine the election of a United States Senate campaign."

American politics are getting Trumpy in the most unexpected places, and I'm not sure that's all bad. I didn't really need to know about this self-conceived Lothario's cocksmanship, but then, I also didn't really need the pretend-virginal sanctimony about everything having to do with sex.

It's strange he's using (assumedly) consensual sexual revelations as part of his defense of Al Franken's non-consensual sex assault, and of Moore's alleged (alleged) touching of girls too young to consent. But the point about due process and elemental fairness is sound enough.

He got a lot of this type of criticism:

There's a very serious conversation going on right now in this country about sexual harassment and @BillForOhio's crass post is ill-timed and dismissive at best. We have to be better than this.

-- Mary Taylor (@MaryTaylorOH) November 17, 2017

Another New Maenad wrote:

"Sexual harassment, degrading and devaluing women is not a joke," Whaley posted in a tweet. "Justice O'Neill should resign."

Having sex with a woman who wants to have sex with you is degrading to her?

Why? Because men are the enemy and, as Diversity and Comics says about SJW Marvel's strange stance on opposite-sex pairings, "Heterosexuality is never the answer"?

Although the Neo Virgin League tries to obscure this fact, let me let you in on a little secret:

Sometimes women actively want to have sex.

And I don't just mean with their fellow female librarians and Jezebel editors.

Some women -- prepare for a shock -- want to have sex with men, specifically, and actually like men, both sexually and even non-sexually.

Like they like talking to them and stuff.

They like men as like, you know, people they're emotionally close to.

Also, while the secret is out that men like women sexually, many men do not in fact enjoy rape or harassment, and some men also like women for their non-sexual attributes. Believe it or not, a man and a woman, both heterosexual, can actually talk for several hours with no talk of sex and no thoughts of sex, either. (Well, to be honest, the guy might think about it once or twice, but mostly in a brief "Could I...?" hypothetical, narcissistic-goal-counting kind of way. Not in any kind of serious "I must have this wench" Conan-esque way.)

A lot of people have this weird idea that heterosexual relationships are generally positive things not filled with beatings and rapes and constant gender-warring.

Crazy, I know! But it does happen. Of the 20 billion people who've lived on earth (just a wild assed guess), you'd gotta think at least 1% of those couplings were of the non-rape variety.

Or is that guesstimate too high?

Anyway, don't get me wrong, I find this guy's oversharing a little bit weird myself. But maybe I just find it a little bit weird because I expect our "leadership class" to always present itself as some kind of sexless caste of earthbound overlord angels.

I guess at some point, when you're just sick to death of the relentless virginal sugar-wouldn't-melt-in-my-mouth bullshit, all the preening and posturing and virtue signalling and superiority dancing, a little bit of off-color oversharing is at least a palate cleanser.

Like succulent ginger, with big boobs.

Coming soon: Your next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

By the way, Bill O'Neill, the Hard Justice, Chief Magistrate of the Penal Colony, Foreman of the Hung Jury, this human Frank Frazetta painting of a barbarian defeating an army of vaginas, the man who proved that Justice may be blind but that don't mean she don't like The D...

...looks a lot like this:


I don't use the word "hero" lightly, but: Hero.

"Fifty" isn't exactly a Wilt Chamberlain-level stat, but it's pretty good when you consider the challenges this tireless striver had to overcome.

Like they say in the pros: You can't teach heart.

I wasn't going to lift today, because I got three and a half hours sleep and I really need my daily 8, but this walking, breathing HGTV show Flippin' Vag and/or Beaver Hunters International has inspired me to jack some iron anyway.

State Justice Bill O'Neill

He's not the hero this city deserves. But he is the hero dickin' a zaftig waitress behind the DQ, and that's somethin'.

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Chairman of Florida Democrat Party Resigns Over Charges of Making Women Feel "Uncomfortable"


And I don't think he means "uncomfortable with a throbbing, primal passion."

Via Hot Air, here's some the crap he did, reported by POLITICO:

Six former Florida Democratic Party staffers and consultants say that current party Chairman Stephen Bittel has created an unprofessional workplace environment for women that includes persistent inappropriate comments, leering at young women and even inviting them on his private jet.

The women, who were reached independently by POLITICO and insisted on anonymity out of fear for their jobs, said Bittel never inappropriately touched or threatened them. But he made them feel so uneasy that they didn't want to be alone with him due to his body language, suggestive remarks and even the breast-shaped stress squeeze-ball he has been known to keep on his desk.

As the media continues spinning for powerful media liberals and liberal politicians, they'll simultaneously keep asking "Who is responsible for making these men think they can get away with this?"

Rather than admitting, "Oh right, it's us; everytime a Hollywood actor donates to Planned Parenthood and rapes a woman, we cover it up, and everytime a liberal champion-of-women president rapes a woman, we cover that up too," they'll decide the group responsible for encouraging predators to hunt more aggressively is... Republicans, of course.

Trump voters. Deplorable! Sad!

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SJW Marvel No More? Disney Fires Editor in Chief; Instead of Promoting Also-an-SWJ Second in Command, Disney Goes Outside the Leadership Chain to Put the "Talent Liaison" in Charge


Oh, don't believe the "SJW Marvel No More." It's my theory that Disney is responding to SJW attacks on its profitable movies by giving the SJWs its not-very-profitable stupid comic books.

The comics are being sacrificed on the Bonfire of the Social Justice Vanities so that the movies can keep having those damnably cisnormative, toxically-masculine straight males playing the heroes.

Men who like icky things like hammers and heavy-metal tech and vaginas and stuff.

If you remember, Marvel Comics president Ira Perlmutter appeared with Trump to give him a check for "the veterans" when he did that counter-programming stunt, appearing at "for the vets" fundraiser in a broadcast competing with the debate he was boycotting. Ira Perlmutter does not seem then like the kind of guy to give the order to turn every straight superhero gay and replace every male superhero with a female version.

No, I'm pretty sure this is Disney. Pure corrupt leftwing Disney.

While this transgenders-are-superheroes-if-you-think-about-it initiative was greeted by many of Marvel's hard leftist "creators," this really wasn't Marvel Comics' corporate decision. I think the word came down from the real Corporate Masters, the leftwing ideologues of Disney, to placate the hard left by setting the comics on fire with stupidity and leftist politics.

While Iron Man remains male and profitable in the movies, they'll continue Iron Man's gender/racial transition into a black teenaged girl in the comics. Because no one reads those any more (thanks largely to Marvel's give-the-comics-to-the-lunatic-SJWs corporate strategy).

So okay, SJW Marvel is still on. However, at least the failed team that brought two disastrous years has been shunted aside for a Talent Liaison -- what a slap in the face to the current leadership team. At least their failures are now acknowledged.

But that new leader will just try to bring a Fresh Hot Take to the Same Tired Social Justice Bullshit Disney wants Marvel comics to do.

The new guy will put into place a whole series of exciting new failures he's been itching to see fail in print.

This is about rebranding, not remaking. They just want to give some new hype line to the company -- "MARVEL IS BACK!!!" or "EXCELSIOR ETERNAL!!!" some bullshit -- while doing the same stupid shit.

There's no reason to change Disney's corporate strategy of sacrificing the weak member of the herd to protect the strong member.

Let's face it: It works. The movies make billions and the comic books make... well, they make deadweight in the discount bins. It's like throwing an old tuna fish sandwich behind you when a pack of jackals is chasing you. Who gives a shit about the stinky tuna fish sandwich? The important thing is getting the important, revenue-generating asset -- your actual body and life -- out of the line of sight of the jackals.

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The Morning Rant: J.V. Edition



"For the apparel oft proclaims the man." Yeah, I wrote that. It took awhile, but it was worth the trouble.

How come you people worry about this stuff? I guess everything else is just perfect in your world. But if it is so perfect, how come I sometimes have to throw poo to get fed?

Dr. Martens Portland billboard evokes white supremacist symbol, activists say

The Southern Poverty Law Center lists Dr. Martens with red or white laces in the "Racist Skinhead Glossary."

You lost me right there buddy. Anyone who cites that notoriously anti-American, racist, classist, communist organization loses all credibility.
According to Randy Blazak, chair of Oregon's Coalition Against Hate Crime and a criminologist who specializes in hate groups, Dr. Martens have been connected to racist skinheads since the 1970s.

Really? Because punks on the West Coast wore Doc Martens, and the ones in the Bay Area sure weren't racist. Quite the opposite. But they wore the same boots? As a symbol? Really?
Black Dr. Martens with white shoelaces are a symbol of "general white power," Blazak said over the phone Thursday.

"The idea," he continued, "is that you graduate from white laces to red laces once you've spilled somebody's blood."

Blazak said he knows Dr. Martens has been working to distance itself from the racist skinhead image and he is surprised it would allow an ad like this to be displayed, especially in Portland.

"In Portland, where we're tagged as 'Skinhead City,'" he said, "it's triggering."

So how about the droopy-pants look that is affected by thugs in the inner cities who actually kill people? Can I claim that is a trigger for law-abiding folks whose most fervent desire is that they not be murdered?

How about clothing companies that advertise blue or red clothing? Can I say it triggers those in the crossfire of Crips and Bloods gang violence?

Inner city gang violence dwarfs the dangers of white supremacists, real or imagined. When was the last time you read about a racist skinhead committing an act of violence? Because you can pick up any newspaper in America and read about ghetto murders and violence. Every day.

But complaining about minority-on-minority violence doesn't get you headlines. Besides, these people don't give a shit about democrat strongholds like Chicago and Newark and Oakland. They can kill each other with impunity as long as they are reliable in the voting booths.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread


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Pyramid Of Skulls
Paul Cézanne

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The Morning Report 11/17/17

—J.J. Sefton


Good morning kids. The weekend is here and what a week it has turned out to be. The Establishment narrative has been turned on its ear with the revelations and the admissions by Democrat Senator Al Franken that he groped and sexually assaulted at least two women. And while this has stunned DC, the smear campaign against Roy Moore is crumbling around them and support for the judge in Alabama is stiffening and perhaps on the upswing. From a political standpoint, the Democrat/Media complex's only option would be to rid themselves of Franken and have the Democrat governor of Minnesota just pick a successor. This is what a number of Democrats are calling for - and not because they are upstanding, moral citizens of outstanding character; it's because they cannot now afford to be looked upon as hypocrites. This also partially explains the rush to obliterate the fantasy of the Bill Clinton years, the other reason is to muzzle Hillary who will not fade away quietly. The press in the other hand seems to be completely tone-deaf and still thinks they have the power to shape the narrative. They don't, and they are continuing to ignore the first rule of holes by defending (to the extent they can) Franken. And of course, this all is supposed to have one root cause: Donald Trump. Keep f***ing that chicken, media, all the way to next November and 2020.

In other big news, the House has passed the trillion-plus dollar tax plan with 13 Republicans voting "no," while in the Senate the bill has cleared the finance committee. If Mitch McConnell values his political hide, he had better make sure that the Momzer Brigade headed by McStains, Corker and now Ron Johnson gets in line or else it is not only his doom but the death knell of the GOP.

And speaking of Hillary, the FBI's Uranium 1 informant has stepped forward and is eager to testify, but this presumes that Jeff Sessionzzzzzzz is willing to call for a special prosecutor to move forward and grill Hillary. So far, Snoozy has indicated he'll sleep on that for the duration. Sheesh.

Just for fun, if the Carnegie Deli had a sandwich named for Al Franken, it would be aged, fatty tongue, shmear of schmaltz, on two sourdough rolls with two fried eggs on top, forcibly jammed down your throat. That's your cue to create your own variations.

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 07:11 AM Comments

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Lets see what the bag of ONT trix holds tonight, eh? Bag's a little bare, I had a whole week's worth of links and stuff for tonight and tomorrow's ONT ready, but a browser crash made me lose it all, so I'm starting from scratch. Maybe we can start with the perils of aerial photography.

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Posted by WeirdDave at 09:28 PM Comments

Washington Post Offers Totally Unexpected and Novel Hot Take: Al Franken's Sins are Just One Man's Failings, But Republican Sins Are Borne By Each and Every Member of the Party


Don't bother clicking on this; that's just what they want. I think the sub-head explains their take well-enough.

We've seen this Narrative too many times to count. When Cold Cash Jefferson was found with a load of bribe money in his fridge, that didn't get much coverage, and the coverage it got just made it about Cold Cash Jefferson himself.

But when Jack Abramoff was found donating to Republicans, that was a Culture of Corruption that applied to the entire GOP. In fact, even though one of the biggest beneficiaries of Abramoff's donations was Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid, Reid was simply edited out of the stories to make the Narrative stick.

And now we have Franken forcibly sticking his tongue town and unwilling woman's throat -- alleged -- and groping her sleeping body in a sexually humiliating way (proven and then admitted).

But see Democrats just have a single "issue," whereas Republicans have an "enduring problem."

With all the leftists who just days ago tried to pretend to be Brave Truth-Tellers admitting that they covered up for a likely rapist -- Bil Clinton -- you'd think this narrative would at least be tweaked.

Which party featured an adulterer, harasser of waitresses (forming "human sandwiches" with fellow Democrat Senator Chris Dodd) and actual manslaughterer of a woman? Ted Kennedy, obviously.

Which party featured a Majority Leader (Bob Packwood) who had to resign in disgrace for also shoving his tongue down women's mouths?

Which party had as president a credibly accused rapist as their standard-bearer for decades, and did not feel any need to denounce him until both his and his wife's political utility was exhausted?

And given the number of liberal men who the media has admitted got some or many free passes for harassments, assaults, and rapes precisely due to their status as donors to Planned Parenthood -- shouldn't the media say it's the Democrats and progressives who have the institutional protection-racket-for-abusers here?

In fact, don't the Democrats -- and their dogged defense of a man some of them now admit was likely a rapist, and a sexual harasser at a minimum -- serve as an inducement for liberal men to take advantage of women, having seen that if you just throw enough money into Planned Parenthood and against the NRA, the liberals in the media will cover up for you?

Didn't the Democrats and the Democrat Media -- including the Washington Post, which, remember, was as stalwart a Clinton defender as Gloria Steinem -- actually nurture and further the Culture of Rape?

Jim Geraghty wonders about that here, quoting even Admirer of Men's Trouser Creases David Brooks who asks (paraphrased): Isn't it possible that progressive would-be molesters, seeing that a prominent Democrat could not only get away with rape but be heralded for decades after as a Champion of the Party, were inspired to turn their fantasies into action precisely due to Democrat/Media cover-ups of such scandals?

There is no greater inducement to a would-be thief than a sleepy or winking policeman.

And the media doesn't just keep covering up for Democratic sexual abuse. Days after many of them "bravely" admitted what anyone with a brain admitted ten years ago, they once again go into overdrive to cover-up for the next Democrat sexual abuser.

And they they'll blame Republicans for creating and nurturing this "Climate of Harassment."

Democracy Dies in Darkness, huh?

Open thread.

Posted by Ace at 07:19 PM Comments

Atlas Robot Shows Jumping Ability, Including Ability to Execute Backflips


While we'll always need human soldiers, there's nothing that says human soldiers have to be the first through the door, or the first down a street that may harbor a sniper.

Update: The Atlas robot has just tweeted that Al Franken molested it when it was in low-power mode.

Posted by Ace at 05:52 PM Comments

Media Stops Embargoing Coverage of Menendez Corruption Trial Just Long Enough to Say The Jury is Hung


Good thing they didn't report on all the corrupt money and trips flowing to Menendez and the big favors (like agitating for the government to give his "friend" millions in overbilled Medicaid charges), but only now nutshell it as "jury could not come to a conclusion on the charges, whatever they were (and don't worry about what they were, Ignorant Citizen)."

So, the Democrat cultists who voted to acquit him (I'm guessing they're Democrats) may have relied on a Supreme Court decision in the McDonnell corruption case stating that only quids directly linked to a quo count as corruption.

In this case, Menendez' "pal" Meglen plied him with lots of money and free jet rides to exotic locales, building up what you could be called "markers" to be called in later. But because these markers were not expressly, at the time they were handed out, stated to be For the Specific Purpose of Corrupt Action X, but were left blank, allowing Melgen to call them in for any favor, then it's... not bribery?

That makes no sense and essentially writes "bribery" out of the US Code entirely.

The prosecution attempted to argue their way around this stating that a "stream of inducements" (cash, plane rides, stays in scenic villas) resulted in a stream of favors, linking a "stream" of quids with a stream of quos; but I guess the cultish Democrats, pledged to #TheResistance voted to acquit him because, as CNN "Republican" Anna Navarro said, Bob Menendez is "part of the family."

Some tough questions here -- how do we make bribery a crime again, and how do we keep it a specific enough crime that not every donor who comes calling for a favor at a later date is part of a bribery scheme? Because, let's face it, many donors who fork over more than a thousand bucks or so do expect not just an ideological result of their donation, but a personal favor to be called in at a later date. Maybe they don't have any specific request at the time of the donation, but if they find government hostile to something they want later on, they're gonna expect their Pet Senators to do something.

Also, kudos to the media for not reporting on this story at all until they could claim some (inconclusive) vindiction for a fellow corrupt Democrat.

Oh, and speaking of bribes: Why won't Glenn Simpson open his books to allow Congress to see if his business included cash money payments to "journalists" for running his stories?

Oh, I Forgot: Below, Bob Menendez threatens to "remember" those Democrats who thought he was guilty of bribery. Which is a dangerous thing, given that he's a Senator still, and has shown a propensity to lobby for government to take action in his or his "pal's" interests.

Posted by Ace at 04:32 PM Comments

Media Actually Rushing to Al Franken's Defense


ABC News' alleged "proud independent" (who just happens to favor liberal policy positions and liberal narratives) Chief Political Analyst:

He's actually praising Franken's "I molested her as a joke and I don't recall having jammed my tongue down her throat (though I'm not denying that, exactly)" defense:

Note Franken's defense is that his groping was a "joke." Also note Franken only admitted that which cannot be denied, as there is photographic proof of it.

His accuser also says Franken contrived a "sketch" where he'd get to kiss her and would not take no for an answer as far as a real kiss. Eventually, she says, he forcibly jammed his tongue down her throat, which isn't even done in "Hollywood kisses" (where the actors just open their mouths and move them around a bit, tongues tucked will inside their own mouths).

"This is a statement of a man"? No, Matthew J. Dowd. This is the statement of a cornered fellow progressive you are trying to praise for having forcibly tongue-kissed and then groped.

And by the way, don't overlookd that "forcible tongue kiss" thing. A tongue kiss is not "just a kiss" the way other kisses are. Especially when the woman has repeatedly told you she's not even interested in doing a stage (fake) kiss or a mere peck on the lips.

Kissing does not have to be sexual and I'd generally call it a very low level of "Harassment," if harassment at all. But a tongue kiss is penetrative and definitely sexual.

Kids call it first base. Or they did when I was a kid.

Don't forget, prostitutes will let you have sex with them but generally forbid kissing. Because there's a level of intimacy there they just find a little too intimate.

And they're generally permitting strangers to have sex with them.

Does anyone think this "man" would have admitted the undeniable if there was no photographic proof of it?

CNN's Gloria Borger, allegedly an objective analyst, but as progressive and Democrat as Al Franken's hands are grabby and his tongue is pushy:

NBC's "reporter" Kasie Hunt:

They're doing their all to minimize this and even praise Franken for it.

Coming soon: Nina Burleigh offers a blowjob to Al Franken for his heroic efforts in stopping molestation in the military, at least when he's not molesting women while on military transport planes.

Posted by Ace at 02:52 PM Comments

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