September 02, 2015

Not Important: Stopping the Iran Nuke Deal
Important: Getting a Loyalty Pledge From Trump

—Ace


So once again they're demanding that Trump sign a loyalty oath.

Which might not be the worst thing, but I also see the RNC has not undertaken to promise that neither it nor the state parties will use their power to keep him off the ballots.

They only seem to care about their sinecures.

Once again we have a party which will not resort to extraordinary measures to fulfill any of their policy promises to voters resorting to extraordinary measures to save themselves and their dear, dear Donor Class.


Posted by Ace at 06:23 PM Comments



Elizabeth Warren on Whether She Had Discussed Running as Biden's VP: "It Was a Long Conversation"

—Ace

When you see it, you'll see those words mean more than the headline might suggest.

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Posted by Ace at 05:54 PM Comments



Trump to Jeb: You Should Speak English In America, You Know

—Ace

Eh. You know I'm kind of compromised on the issue, though I used to be far more bothered by this. So I'm not going to criticize anyone for being bothered by it.

I suppose it's a good play for Trump to attempt -- attempt -- to take a legitimate advantage of Jeb's and refashion it into a negative, but I don't know if it will make any difference either way.

It is undeniably true that the idea of a national language -- and hence, a national cultural patrimony -- is and has been viewed as very important for the full, true unification of most countries. France pretty ruthlessly suppressed other French dialects in order to establish Parisian as "The French language." (It wasn't before, it was just Parisian French.)

Italy likewise elevated Dante's patois, Florentian, as the official "Italian" language. (Though I don't know that they suppressed other dialects.)

And those were merely fellow dialects of a language; Spanish is obviously a fully different one.

Eh, it's not racist or anything. It may be culturally chauvanist, but only culturally chauvanist in the same way that virtually everyone on earth is culturally chauvanist.

And I would take progressives' claims to be opposed to cultural chauvanism if they could even once manage to restrain their own hyperactive, hyperventilating culture-warrioring; but they won't, or they can't, because they are intensely, intensely culturally chauvanistic.

They're just so proud they went to a couple of years of college and live in an up-and-coming (meaning: gentrifying; meaning: whitening) neighborhood featuring bike shops and cupcake boutiques.


Like I said, I don't see this helping Trump, nor do I see the cries of "Racist" hurting him, because they're, you know. Silly opportunism.

Posted by Ace at 04:40 PM Comments

Politico: Hilary's Aides Actively Pushed to Put Top Secret Documents on Their Personal PDAs

—Ace

Before getting to that, let me note how Huffington Post Politics headlined all the disclosures about Hillary's emails yesterday:



By the way, do we really want a president who struggles with her "work-life balance"? It seems sexist for Huffington Post Politics to say that the only female Democrat candidate has this problem, yet none of the men seem to.

Anyway, on to the big news from Politico's Josh Gerstein.

All emphases added.

Hillary Clinton's aides appear to have pushed for handheld devices capable of handling classified material soon after Clinton was sworn in as secretary of state -- a request that was discussed by senior security personnel at the agency, according to newly-disclosed emails.

Some of those top-level security officials also appeared to have concerns about requests from Clinton's aides that they be permitted to view "SECRET" and "TOP SECRET" material on personal electronic devices, the heavily-redacted emails indicate.

This was probably done out of convenience, to help Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin maintain a proper work-life balance.

After all, you can't just go running off to a SCIF every time you want to view Sensitive Compartmented Information. Other people can do that, but they don't have the problems with work-life balance that Hillary and her aides apparently do.

...

[T]he messages show that a request for portable devices that could handle classified information seemed to cause some consternation among the security personnel.

"On the off chance that S [the secretary's] staff continues to push for S or TS-capable PDAs..." Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security Eric Boswell wrote to State's Senior Coordinator for Security Infrastructure Donald Reid on February 2, 2009, copying in Assistant Director of Diplomatic Security for Domestic Operations Patrick Donovan.

The rest of that sentence was deleted by the State Department's Freedom of Information Act personnel under an exemption for internal deliberations, but in the same message Boswell asked for "a briefing on what we know."

State, however, refuses to answer about their exact level of knowledge that this was going on, or if anyone approved it, or... well, anything, really. They won't say, for example, if this demand was explicitly refused, or granted, or simply ignored (and therefore winked at).

And: What did Obama know? Seems like one of his Secretaries demanding the right to violate top secret information-handling protocols would be the sort of thing you'd call him in from the golf course to apprise him of.

Work-Life Balance

More important than national security considerations. Also, you need to make time for Fundraising and Foreign-Government Bribe-Solicitation.


Posted by Ace at 03:25 PM Comments

Romney to the Rescue? Again?

—Ace

Well, he thought about running, then met with Jeb, and apparently decided that the party was in good hands with Jeb.

Now some of his supporters are saying he's not quite so certain of that.

Gabriel Sherman at New York magazine:

As Donald Trump continues to dominate the Republican presidential race, frustration and panic have become high enough to make some inside the party Establishment pine for a candidate they roundly rejected as recently as January: Mitt Romney. Romney himself has become one of Trump's most vocal detractors inside the party. "He’s someone to whom civility means a lot. The whole Trump thing really bothers him," a close Romney adviser told me -- and some Romney-ites are only too happy to talk up the prospect of their man jumping into the race if the Establishment fails to stop Trump...

"Mitt wants to run. He never stopped wanting to run," a senior member of his 2012 team told me. Other Romney-ites, watching this cycle’s candidates falling short, feel a sense of vindication after all the attacks they endured after Romney's failed 2012 bid. "These guys like Walker and Perry, they were big deals in their states, but you get them onto the national stage and it's a different story," a former Romney adviser told me. "It's like they were in middle school, and now they're freshmen in high school and they're getting their faces slammed in the toilets."

I personally like Mitt Romney so I'm open to a Romney candidacy; however, I have heard him tack once again to the left post-presidential-bid. I don't think I will able to will myself to pretend to believe it if he suddenly tacks to the right once more.*

People seem to think he won't get into the race. I don't know about that, though. Assuming he still has "the bug" -- which his supporters say he does, and which, it is said, one never really gets over -- then that takes care of the psychological part of it.

On the practical end of it -- could he make a splash? -- I'd say the answer is "yes." The "anti-Trump" vote, or the pro-Establishment vote, is currently both split and colossally disappointed. It is my guess they would not only quickly jump all ships to get on Mitt's ship, but that they're actually dying for some new Miracle Solution that will spare them the possibility of President Trump (or Carson).

Shortly thereafter, having rendered the alternatives unviable, almost all the rest of their supporters would jump to Mitt.

Whether or not he beats Trump, I don't know. But I suspect Mitt's entry immediately drains 75% of the support from the Establishment-friendly candidates like Jeb, Christie, and Rubio. He'd probably take a chunk from Kaisch, too, but I can't really say that with any confidence, as I have literally no idea whatsoever as to what people find appealing in Kasich in the first place.


* I think I exhausted my capacity for pretending to believe in 2014.

Posted by Ace at 02:36 PM Comments

The Age of Obama: Rising Crime; Topless Hookers Rubbing Up on Tykes in Times Square; Cop Assassinations

—Ace

Via Instapundit, Powerline catches the New York Times in a rare moment of noticing actual news.

The Times:

Murder Rates Rising Sharply in Many U.S. Cities

By MONICA DAVEY and MITCH SMITHAUG


MILWAUKEE --Cities across the nation are seeing a startling rise in murders after years of declines, and few places have witnessed a shift as precipitous as this city. With the summer not yet over, 104 people have been killed this year -- after 86 homicides in all of 2014.

More than 30 other cities have also reported increases in violence from a year ago. In New Orleans, 120 people had been killed by late August, compared with 98 during the same period a year earlier. In Baltimore, homicides had hit 215, up from 138 at the same point in 2014. In Washington, the toll was 105, compared with 73 people a year ago. And in St. Louis, 136 people had been killed this year, a 60 percent rise from the 85 murders the city had by the same time last year.

Law enforcement experts say disparate factors are at play in different cities, though no one is claiming to know for sure why murder rates are climbing.

"Disparate factors" is "expert" nonsense-talk for "I don't want to get into it, as it runs contrary to my partisan political interests."

Meanwhile, Times Square was transformed in the 90s and 00s from a cesspit of porn and jerk-off booths into a vibrant, money-making tourist zone.

You will not be surprised that many on the left have romanticized the knife-point muggings of the old Times Square and whined that we should return to that period of gritty authenticity, abandoning this Disney-fied bourgeois pit of commerce.

Well, they're starting to get their wish, courtesy of Bill DiBlasio.

Susan L. M. Goldman:

We knew DeBlasio would return New York to the 70s. We just didn’t think that return would involve topless women shaking it for tourists' tips. Folks in the y0s were respectable enough to keep that kind of show behind closed doors. Today it isn't just a show, it’s a "social justice movement." This "movement" is defended by feminists, no less, who feel it is a woman’s right to walk around topless in public. Offering to exchange photographs for tips. With pimps hanging over them. Sorry, I mean "bodyguards" "protecting" them in exchange for 30% of their "earnings." Life, liberty and the pursuit of boobs for cash. Seriously it's in the Constitution. Check it out.

Offering to show your breasts for money is a minor form of prostitution, and should be -- actually is -- illegal. Even if you think this should be generally legal -- which I'd fully agree with -- there is a third path here that respects both the sex-worker's desire to sell her body for money and the public's right to not have a hooker's tits shaken in their kids' faces.

In France, prostitution is, as it has long been, perfectly legal, but open, crude solicitation (raccolage) is illegal. That is, you can prostitute yourself, and you can even stand on the streetcorner in areas known for the skin trade in hookerish clothing, but there is a limit as to how overt you can be about your solicitation.

I would say that walking around with your knockers out, asking for money, would be a violation of this sort of law.

I realize New York City doesn't have this law -- but it should, and it should enforce it. If you want to decriminalize prostitution, fine, but at least insist the business be conducted with a reasonable amount of respect for families out sightseeing with their kids. *

Meanwhile, the radical members of #BlackLivesMatter (which may or may not be all of them) are chanting about killing cops and wearing t-shirts glorifying cop killers.

Meanwhile, cops keep being murdered in cold blood.

The "experts" would say, I suppose, that "disparate factors" are responsible for this. Who knows why it's happening. It's all just a mystery that will not admit of further investigation.

* Even accepting arguendo NYC's position that women have the right to expose their breasts, there are many things which are legal as personal actions but subject to state intervention and regulation when they become commercial actions.

And then there are time, place, and manner considerations -- long considered valid restrictions on free speech. Not what you say -- or here, show -- but where and when you can show it.

Sure, I like go-go bars as much as the next man (assuming the next man doesn't particularly like go-go bars), but what goes on inside a private establishment with blacked-out windows is far less of a concern for public morals than if that establishment decided to take its business to the streets.

It bothers me that this is going on in daylight. With these people knowing the Disney store is just a few doors down, and kids are in pilgrimage to that store.

If this were happening after 10 pm at night, I'd shrug and say "That's New York; no big deal to have a little bit of Time Square's famous sleaze back."

But this is happening with kids around.

That bothers me, a lot.


Posted by Ace at 01:36 PM Comments

Open Thread

—rdbrewer


Rockwell Kent, "America, Land of Our Fathers" (c. 1956)

Posted by rdbrewer at 11:50 AM Comments

BREAKING: Failure Theater Alert! Iran Deal Will Survive Senate Vote

—DrewM.

That's 34 votes for the deal, with 10 Democrats still to announce their position. No doubt some will now bravely come out against it when their vote no longer matters. I'm looking at you Joe Manchin.

This means the "resolution of disapproval" will fail so Obama won't even have to veto anything. It will just fade away in the Senate and that will be that.

Congratulations to Iran on their new nuclear weapons.

Oh and get used to this, September is going to be Failure Theater month....

There will be no fight over funding Planned Parenthood. The Continuing Resolution will bust the sequester caps which means spending will go up and they will probably sneak a debt ceiling hike and a re-authorization of the EX/IM bank in there as well.

But there's nothing the GOP can do about this. Nothing at all. And they will never be able to do anything according the star of Failure Theater, Mitch McConnell.(via @danholler)

“The Senate Democrats have a big enough number to prevent us from doing things. They prevented us from doing any of the bills that appropriate money for the government, thereby forcing a negotiation when we go back in after Labor Day, which I’ll be engaged in with the administration and others to try to sort out how much we’re going to spend and where we’re going to spend it,” McConnell told WYMT in Hazard, Ky.

...

During the wide-ranging interview, McConnell also responded to a viewer who questioned him on cutting off funding to Planned Parenthood. McConnell said he had led on the issue, but that the numbers were against him.

“We just don’t have the votes to get the outcome that we’d like,” McConnell said. “I would remind all of your viewers: The way you make a law in this country, the Congress has to pass it and the president has to sign it. The president has made it very clear he’s not going to sign any bill that includes defunding of Planned Parenthood, so that’s another issue that awaits a new president hopefully with a different point of view about Planned Parenthood.”

Pretty sure this should count as an in-kind contribution to Ted Cruz's campaign.

It is going to be interesting to see who was opposed to the ObamaCare shutdown and who supports a shutdown over this. I'm going to need to order some extra popcorn.

The big thing is if McConnell is saying the GOP can never get what it wants unless it has 60 votes, there's no point in voting for a GOP Senate candidate. There have never been 60 GOP Senators at the same time and you will never get 60 GOP votes in the Senate. Hell, even if you did, do you think there wouldn't be a few traitors in the bunch who stick with the Democrats?

It's kind of funny because when the Democrats didn't have 60 votes in the Senate they were still able to get things they wanted. But nope, that doesn't work for the GOP. Of course Harry Reid was able to find Republicans who would sellout to him. McConnell doesn't even seem to try. And even if he can't get their votes, why isn't he making them vote against things that they can be hammered with back home?

But hey, you crazy pro-lifers will get your show vote in the House on Planned Parenthoodwhile the big boys get what they want in the CR. Are you not entertained? Whatever, keep volunteering and voting GOP and turning in for future episodes of GOP Failure Theater.

Posted by DrewM. at 10:31 AM Comments

Top Headline Comments 9-2-2015

—Gabriel Malor

Happy Wednesday.

Posted by Gabriel Malor at 06:52 AM Comments

Overnight Open Thread (9-1-2015)

—Maetenloch

Quote of the Day I

There are no rational means of predicting the 'future of humanity' over a long period or foretelling the nature of 'social formations' in ages to come. The idea that we can make such forecasts 'scientifically,' and that without doing so we cannot understand the past, is inherent in the Marxist theory of 'social formations;' it is one reason why the theory is a fantasy, and also why it is politically effective. The influence that Marxism has achieved, for from being the result or proof of its scientific character, is almost entirely due to its prophetic, fantastic, and irrational elements. Marxism is a doctrine of blind confidence that a paradise of universal satisfaction is awaiting us just around the corner. Almost all the prophecies of Marx and his followers have already proved to be false, but this does not disturb the spiritual certainty of the faithful, any more than it did in the case of chiliastic sects: for it is certainty not based on any empirical premises or supposed 'historical laws,' but simply on the psychological need for certainty. In this sense Marxism performs the function of a religion, and its efficacy is of a religious character. But it is a caricature and a bogus form of religion, since it presents its temporal eschatology as a scientific system, which religious mythologies do not purport to be. . .

At present Marxism neither interprets the world nor changes it: it is merely a repertoire of slogans serving to organize various interests, most of them completely remote from those which Marxism originally identified itself.

-- Leszek Kolakowski

Quote of the Day II

Monsters shall always be with us, but in earlier days they did not roam free. As a psychiatrist in Massachusetts in the 1970s, I committed people - often right out of the emergency room - as a danger to themselves or to others. I never did so lightly, but I labored under none of the crushing bureaucratic and legal constraints that make involuntary commitment infinitely more difficult today.

Why do you think we have so many homeless? Destitution? Poverty has declined since the 1950s. The majority of those sleeping on grates are mentally ill. In the name of civil liberties, we let them die with their rights on.

A tiny percentage of the mentally ill become mass killers. Just about everyone around Tucson shooter Jared Loughner sensed he was mentally ill and dangerous. But in effect, he had to kill before he could be put away - and (forcibly) treated.

Random mass killings were three times more common in the 2000s than in the 1980s, when gun laws were actually weaker. Yet a 2011 University of California at Berkeley study found that states with strong civil commitment laws have about a one-third lower homicide rate.

-- Charles Krauthammer in The roots of mass murder

Quote of the Day III

Last weekend, I camped with my family at a barn-raising party on the western foot of the Quantock hills, in Somerset. On Saturday I crept out of the tent at 5am, when the faintest skein of red cloud netted the sky. Below me, mist filled the valley floor. I slipped through the sagging fence at the top of the field and found myself in a steep, broad coomb, covered in bracken. I climbed for a while, as quietly as I could, until a frightful wail shattered my thoughts. I crouched and listened. I could see nothing on the dark hillside. It came again, from about 50 metres to my right, half-shriek, half-bleat, a wild, wrenching, desolate cry, a cry that the Earth might make in mourning for itself.

...Walking without a map, I reached the valley floor too soon and found myself on the main road. In some places there were no verges and I had to press myself into the hedge as cars passed. But on such early walks, almost regardless of where you are, there are rewards. Just as I was about to turn off the road, on to the track that would take me back to the barn, I found a squirrel hit by a car that must have just passed me, dead but still twitching. It was a male, one of this year's brood but fully grown. Blood seeped from a wound to the head.

I picked it up by its hind feet, and though I had played no part in its death, I was immediately gripped by a sensation so discrete, so distinct from all else we feel, that I believe it requires its own label: hunter's pride. It's the raw, feral thrill I have experienced only on the occasions when I have picked up a fresh dead animal I intend to eat. It feels to me like the opening of a hidden door, a rent in the mind through which you can glimpse a ghost psyche: vestigial emotional faculties that once helped us to survive.

-- The Guardian's George 'Moonbat' Monbiot expounding on the joys of his roadkill hunter-gatherer lifestyle

Quote of the Day IV - How Nature Says Do Not Touch Edition

"I'm 23, female, a lesbian, white, mentally ill,
visually impaired, a recent college graduate,
an atheist, very left-wing, from the U.S.,
and seeking to learn more every day."

gary-larsen223

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Posted by Maetenloch at 11:23 PM Comments

Sept 2, 1945

—Dave In Texas

The signing of the Japanese Instrument of Surrender. That's what we called victory back then, we win you surrender.

It was about now or an hour ago, 70 years ago. It's around 10:30am local time, Sept. 2 in Tokyo.

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Posted by Dave In Texas at 09:26 PM Comments

Quickies: CNN Caves; Jeb Falls; Dow Collapses; Norm MacDonald Is Awsome

—Ace

CNN has caved on its stupid rules for determining who will be at the big kids' table at the debate.

They will now only use polls since the FoxNews debate. This will certainly put Carly Fiorina into the debate, as Real Clear Politics has her in fourth place -- just a point behind Jeb Bush.

But this only begins CNN's problems. Having changed their rules midstream, whoever loses his place due to the new rules will have a major -- and legitimate -- beef with the network.

As I've said, you can create any panel you like and claim you're doing so based on "objective criteria" if you're allowed to choose, post-hoc, which objective criterial you want to use. Want Christie to be in the debate at the expense of, say, Huckabee? Then choose this poll that has Christie higher and Huckabee lower.

Etc.

By abandoning their pre-established "objective criteria" rules (which I am doubtful were all that pre-established anyway), CNN essentially admits they're going to put on whoever they want to have on and then use whatever polls they need to use to justify that decision.

There is a better way, of course: Two panels, 8 people each, the top eight in the polls split evenly by random draw into the two panels, to make sure that each panel has some of the Bigger Draws in it.

I don't understand why news networks, which live and die on free, easily-had news content, keep turning their noses up at free, easily-had news content.

And speaking of Jeb: It's hard to be a gangsta.

The bottom has fallen out for Jeb Bush. The newest poll of Iowa has Bush at 5 percent. He’s at 7 percent in New Hampshire and 9 percent in South Carolina. As recently as mid-July, Bush sat atop the Real Clear Politics national average, eight points ahead of his nearest competitor at 17.8 percent. Now, he trails Donald Trump and Ben Carson, in third at 9.7 percent.

Bush's well-documented weaknesses as a candidate -- perceived conservative heresies on immigration and Common Core, a politically inconvenient last name -- didn’t seem to be hurting him when he was on top seven weeks ago. So what explains his sudden slide?

And speaking of things with low energy:

The Dow lost five hundred points. Time for Obama to name another mountain by his own Edenic power to name shit.

And speaking of things that are primeval: Norm MacDonald has an uncanny ability to cut through bullshit and speak the truth.


Posted by Ace at 05:49 PM Comments

Mitch McConnell: Gee Whiz But You're Not Gonna Believe This Guys, But We Just Don't Have the Numbers to Defund Planned Parenthood, Even Though, In Our Hearts, We Like Super Want To and Stuff

—Ace

Allah says he's at least sparing us another performance of #FailureTheater.

I disagree. He's giving us a show, but a sloppy, completely-unrehearsed one, and he's phoning in his performance.

This Just In: We're expecting to give birth to an 8 pound, three ounce full reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, so we have that to look forward to.

Posted by Ace at 04:49 PM Comments

Good Lord: Girl Pressures Boyfriend to Commit Suicide

—Ace

My first reflex is to say she shouldn't be up on manslaughter charges.

She didn't kill this guy. She just strongly encouraged him to do what he said he wanted to do.

But I guess she runs afoul of some assisted suicide law, outlawing the giving of advice or encouragement to one seeking to kill himself. (If there is no such forbiddance, then this prosecution is just wrong.)

Whatever the legalities, this is truly outrageous. She's got some kind of Angel of Death complex going, whispering people to the grave with her sweet (hot) nothings.

First of all, we need to know what kind of crazy, hot piece of ass we're talking about.

Apparently her boyfriend said he wanted to kill himself, and rather than dissuade him, she strongly encouraged him -- in fact, she took the position that he should stop just talking about it and walk the walk. Almost like she was challenging his virility to put up or shut up.

He eventually killed himself with carbon monoxide provided by a gas-powered water pump that he put next to himself in the cab of his truck. She was very keen on this CO method.

The whole article is worth a read, but here are some choice emails and texts:

For more than a week in July 2014, Carter and Roy exchanged hundreds of messages in which Carter insisted that Roy would be better off dead.

"You’re finally going to be happy in heaven. No more pain," she told him in one message. "I'’s okay to be scared and it’s normal. I mean, you're about to die."

...


"You always say you’re gonna do it, but you never do," Carter complained. "I just want to make sure tonight is the real thing."

Another time, she texted: "You can't keep pushing it off, though. That's all you keep doing."

Carter was insistent, even when Roy steered the topic to other things:

ROY: How was your day?

CARTER: When are you doing it?

Roy said he was having a good day, but Carter wasn’t satisfied.

CARTER: Really?

ROY: Yes.

CARTER: That’s great. What did you do?

ROY: Ended up going to work for a little bit and then just looked stuff up.

CARTER: When are you gonna do it? Stop ignoring the question???

Roy had doubts, and he was scared, according to his texts. What if it didn’t work and he ended up injured for the rest of his life? How would his family cope with the loss?

Carter had answers.

He would be her guardian angel in heaven.

She would comfort his family and they would move on.

If he followed the directions he had found online for killing himself with carbon monoxide, it would "100 percent work," she said.

She spoke with him on the telephone as he killed himself with CO. At one point he got out of the truck, thinking it wasn't working.

She told him to get back inside.

It's just so strange and ugly.

Posted by Ace at 03:34 PM Comments

IBD/TIPP Poll Shock: 59% of All Americans Support Mandatory Deportations for Illegals

—Ace

Preference cascade?

Sen. Lindsey Graham called it "absolute gibberish."

Conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer called the idea "crackpot" and "morally obscene."

But the prize for overheated rhetoric goes to Hillary Clinton, who said Trump wants to "literally pull people out of their homes and their workplaces, round them up, put them, I don't know, in buses, boxcars, in order to take them across our border."

So what do these folks say about the fact that the majority of Americans back Trump on this?

The latest IBD/TIPP Poll asked 913 adults coast to coast if they "support or oppose mandatory deportation of illegal immigrants in the U.S." Not surprisingly, 87% of Trump supporters back the proposal.

What's surprising is that 59% of the overall public does as well. Mandatory deportation gets majority support in all age groups except 18-24, every income group, among both women and men, at every level of educational achievement, and in rural, urban and suburban regions.

Building a wall and ending birthright citizenship don't command majority support -- but they're in the mid-forties, which is plenty enough support for a party to adopt a position.

Unless there's some other reason they have not to. Like some other constituency, apart from American voters, they have to satisfy.

Meanwhile, Jeb goes after Trump-- mostly in Spanish.

Posted by Ace at 02:43 PM Comments

Analysis: On Classified Information, Hillary Seems to Have Followed the YOLO Protocol

—Ace

The YOLO protocol says you can send, like, whatever.

Read Sean Davis for a point which would have been overlooked, except for his sharp eyes: the declassification dates for all this classified information are dated 10 or 15 years (depending on the level of sensitivity) from the date of the information's origination, not from the date it was so marked -- That is, it was "born classified," as many have said.

And Hillary should have known this. In fact, let's be charitable: She did know this. She just chose to break the law in order to keep her dealings with minions and foreign potentates private.

We already saw this damning email:


Here are some more:

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Posted by Ace at 01:14 PM Comments

Barbarism: In Northern Rural Indian Village, Two Young Girls Are Sentenced by a Council of Elders To be Raped As Punishment For Their Brother Running Off With a Married Woman From a Higher Caste

—Ace

The girls -- and the brother -- are of the lowest class, the so-called "untouchables."

The brother had an affair with a married woman from a higher caste, the "Jat" caste. Their love forbidden, they ran off together.

The Jat family feels humiliated, and wants vengeance for this. (This is already barbaric.)

So the village council of wise men has come up with a great compromise that satisfies all parties -- the 23 and 15 year old sisters are sentenced to be raped, then paraded through the town naked.

Oh, and if this isn't offensive enough, they'll be in blackface when paraded naked through town.

This story adds a couple of details -- they're not just sentenced to be raped, but to be repeatedly gang-raped (I guess the council of wise men couldn't decide who'd get to do the raping, so they decided they all would join in).

The 23 year old has petitioned the Indian Supreme Court for protection. You'd think this would be a no-brainer, but these backwards-ass barbarians apparently have a lot of autonomy in their stupid, primitive tribal "justice" systems.

What this proves to me is that Western civilization is corrupt and awful and that we have to learn to appreciate the cultural contributions of undocumented Americans living in remote Indian villages.

Posted by Ace at 11:34 AM Comments

"Just Email It."

—Ace

This seems like the most damning email so far seen.


Meanwhile, less important but still a little peak behind the curtain, David Brooks makes an appearance.

Posted by Ace at 10:15 AM Comments

Morning Post (9-1-2015)

—Gabriel Malor

September? Huh. September.

Posted by Gabriel Malor at 07:45 AM Comments

Overnight Open Thread (8-31-2015)

—Maetenloch

Quote of the Day I

The tragedy for Hillary Clinton is that she is all too human. As Bill's mortal sidekick, she's had a good ride. But whereas Bill has an almost Jedi-like ability to lie convincingly - "these aren't the interns you're looking for" - Hillary has no superpowers to fall back on. She just has to grind it out. Like Syndrome in The Incredibles or the entire cast of Kick-Ass, she has to compensate for a lack of raw superpowers through guile and technology - and minions, lots and lots of minions. They do her dirty work for her. They burrow into the bureaucracy and cover for her. They get appointed to commissions and erect firewalls against accountability. They tell her what she wants to hear and explain how all bad news is someone else's fault. They scrub the paper trail. They even shove classified evidence in their pants, if that is what is required. As Renfield to her huband's Dracula, Otis to his Lex Luthor, Gogo Yubari to his O-Ren Ishii , Alistair Smythe to his Kingpin, Tom Hagen to his Don Corleone, Bizarro World Radar O'Reilly to his evil Colonel Potter, she has amassed considerable resources and abilities of her own. There's now an entire Clinton-Industrial Complex that fuels and funds the vast interconnected network of minions. They are like agents of Hydra, embedded in the media, in government, and in academia. Places like Media Matters are like huge industrial farms for breeding Clintonian hacks where the larvae are grown in vats.

...But the problem remains; Hillary is not the charismatic leader her husband is, or was. She's good at cleaning up the loose ends of her husband's lies, but she's not the person you want out front laying down the lies in the first place. His superpowers did not rub off on her, and to assume they did is to confuse the elephant for the guy sweeping up behind it.

The thing is, Hillary's been riding shotgun on all those hairpin turns with Bill behind the wheel for so long she thinks she can do what he does. She can't. It's understandable, of course. The great ones always make it look easy.

-- Jonah Goldberg

Quote of the Day II

We judge whether we have a bias by examining our thoughts, and because we believe our thoughts are rational, we often think we're not biased when we are. Psychologists call this contradiction the "bias blind spot." Although we're quick to see biases in others, we have more trouble noticing them in ourselves.

And the more we convince ourselves that we don't have certain biases, the more likely we are to exhibit them. If we believe we're good people, for example, we may stop trying to be better and may be more likely to act indecently. Similarly, if we think we're smart, we might skip studying for a test and give ignorant answers. In general, if we believe we're unbiased, we're giving ourselves permission to be biased.

-- Jim Davies in Why You're Biased About Being Biased

Quote of the Day III

Here is the first rule of "mainstream" news coverage in America: Whenever the prejudices and illusions of left-wingers are confirmed by an individual incident, the incident is treated as representative; when those prejudices and illusions are contradicted, the incident is considered an aberration - and treating it as representative is deemed hateful.

-- Andrew Klavan

Quote of the Day IV

I mean, for the love of God: it has celebrities there. How many of those people have functional life skills outside of the ability to carry a tune or play a musical instrument? And by 'functional life skills' I mean 'iron clothes,' 'balance a checkbook,' or 'walk past a bar without drinking it*.'  Don't get me wrong: musical celebrities are often fun to hear. Just don't listen to them.

-- Moe Lane on the train wreck of the VMA awards

Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg And The Shikaakwa Way

Greg Gutfeld Has Had Just About Enough of Geraldo's Bullshit

Watch this Fox News segment right until the end and note Greg's body language as Geraldo keeps blathering on and on. You know there's an eruption coming.

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Hillary's Emails Hosted on Same Server as Clinton Foundation Emails?

—Ace

I don't really know how this works so I'll just go "hmmm" after everything to seem like I'm Informed and Engaged.

Hillary’s clintonemail.com server and the Foundation-run presidentclinton.com email server have exactly the same IP address, and the same SSL certificate (which an organization purchases for an email server to verify its trustworthiness).

mail.clintonemail.com and mail.presidentclinton.com both have an IP address of 64.94.172.146, according to an SSL Certificate Checker.

Hmmmm...

...

The fact that both of these email servers have the same IP address means that they were operating on the same network, and sharing physical space. A computer expert tells Breitbart News that the servers were probably operating on the same machine. It is also possible that they were operating on different machines on the same network, which still means that the machines would have to be close enough to exist in the same physical location.

...

Hmmmm....

People are speculating (not in that Breitbart article) that it seems possible that a hacker could hack a lower-security email account on the Clinton Foundation system and then use that exploit* to hack Hillary's email.


* I hear hackers using this word and always wanted to use it. I have no idea if anything I said makes sense.


Posted by Ace at 06:43 PM Comments

A Third Major Chemical Explosion In China?

—Ace

The first blast, on August 13th in Tianjin, killed 158 people at last count (and that number is a little dated).

I hadn't seen this particular video of it. It's not new, but it may be new to you as it was to me.

Then, eight days ago on August 22nd, another blast occurred at a chemical plant in the Shandong province.


Now, today, there's another blast, this time in the Shandong province again.


Below is a video purporting to be of this latest blast. However, I kind of suspect this is actually video the first blast at Tianjin. Just seems kind of similar to me.

On the chance that this is legitimate new video, here it is:


Obviously, this all seems very strange.

Posted by Ace at 06:02 PM Comments

State Department: 150 New Classified Emails Found in Clinton's Email System

—Ace

We're going to need a bigger SCIF.

About 150 messages in a soon-to-be released trove of Hillary Clinton emails are being censored because they contain information now considered classified, according to the State Department.

...

[T]he sheer number of emails that have been redacted stands as the latest example of how much sensitive material was contained in Clinton's email transactions.

This piece by Malia Zimmerman is even more interesting -- now how exactly did those classified emails get into Clinton's private system?

The daily revelations over classified information finding its way onto Hillary Clinton's personal email server are raising perplexing questions for former government officials who wonder how classified information made its way onto the former secretary of state's non-classified server -- especially since the two systems are not connected.

...

So if the Clinton denial is to be believed, individuals in her inner circle would have simply typed or scanned classified information into a non-classified system without regard for its contents. In this case, emails would have started in, and stayed in, the unclassified system -- albeit improperly, based on the findings of the intelligence inspector general.

But if it turns out emails literally jumped from the classified to the non-classified system -- something the State Department claims cannot happen -- it would seem to point to Clinton's staff going to great lengths to create a work-around to do so.

A government employee doing so would commit numerous felonies, according to Bradford Higgins, who served as assistant secretary of state for resource management and chief financial officer from 2006-2009. "A violation, in addition to criminal charges and potential prosecution, would likely mean that person who committed the breach would never again be given a security clearance," Higgins said.

Hillary could explain this to investigators, but of course, criminals have no interest in assisting the police.


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Jim Geraghty: Time to Go Nuclear on Obama's Nuke Deal?

—Ace

The logic is simple.

Harry Reid did away with filibusters, himself using the "nuclear option" to pass the new rule over the objections of more than a filibuster-level of opponents, for a certain category of vote -- votes with a Constitutional separation-of-powers dimension. Reid claimed the president had the right to get his personnel into the Executive and that the Senate should not stop him via a Senate rule (the filibuster rule); that such votes, affecting, as they do, a coequal branch of government, should be free of the filibuster rule and default to the rule in the constitution -- which is, of course, a simple majority rule.

Okay, makes sense.

But you know what other sorts of votes have a constitutional, separation-of-powers, turf-protecting dimension? Votes on agreements made with foreign regimes-- which the Constitution says are subject, as treaties, to the "advice and consent of the Senate" and a specified two thirds supermajority.

So, the Republicans could follow Reid's lead and pass a resolution declaring that the Iran treaty is in fact a treaty and must be treated as such. When Democrats attempt to filibuster that, they break out the nuclear option Reid did and say that given that this is a matter of separation-of-powers constitutional dimension, they will have the vote on a filibuster-free basis. (The actual process is that the question is submitted to the parliamentarian, who rules the motion to proceed without hte filibuster to be against the rules -- but then you overrule him with a simple majority vote. Which is exactly what Reid did.)

Now you have a majority of senators declaring that this is a treaty and must be treated like a treaty.

Now, Geraghty proposed this last Friday, but then backed off the idea when someone said that a resolution would also be subject to Obama's veto.

For reasons I don't understand -- and I sure wish he'd elaborate -- AllahPundit doesn't seem to think that that is much of an obstacle.

The question is, what do you do once the filibuster’s been nuked? If the GOP decides to pass a resolution declaring the Iran deal a treaty that requires two-thirds of the Senate to approve it, Obama will veto that resolution. That shouldn’t matter-- since when is Article II contingent upon the president’s assent? -- but you're looking at a court battle at least, and the public will be bewildered after weeks of "does Obama have the Senate votes to protect his Iran deal?" headlines suddenly switch to "GOP changes rules on voting to block Iran deal."

Obviously this is all hypothetical, because the Donor Class has forbidden McConnell to spend any political capital on this; the Donor Class demands that all political capital will be spent on things that really matter, like the Export-Import Bank.

Still, in order to have fruitful political discussions, it is necessary that we pretend to be members of a functioning democracy in which voters have some sort of influence on government and popular will is somehow of concern to politicians.

So we'll pretend along, because otherwise, every blog post will be very short: "The Donor Class wins."

Posted by Ace at 02:57 PM Comments

French-American Hero of Thalys Terror Train Attack Giving Interviews, Looks To be Healing Well

—Ace

Mark Moogalian was the guy who reportedly yanked the AK away from the terrorist.

This interview resolves a lot of questions for me. There were reports that an unidentified Frenchman, said to be an off-duty trainman, was the first to engage the terrorist, and that a French-American pulled his gun away from him.

If claims that a man heard the chuck-chuck sound of the loading of a gun in the bathroom and investigated are true, then "Damien" must be the man who did this. But I don't know if that part is true; "Damien" hasn't spoken yet.

I began to doubt those reports because the timeline I imagined, based on fragmentary reporting, had the Americans acting first.

But Moogalian's account clears most things up. The Americans did not act first -- though they did act last (that is, they took out the terrorist, put him down, and hogtied his ass).

The initial reports about a French guy struggling with the terrorist, and the French-American -- now identified as Mark Moogalian, a professor of English at the Sorbonne, married to, I think, a Frenchwoman -- did in fact pull the AK 47 away from the terrorist. He didn't just grab it; he actually disarmed the terrorist.

Partially, and for a few seconds, anyway.


I'll translate some of the interview, but here's the timeline:

The unidentified man -- who Moogalian calls "Damien" and says is a French banker, not a trainman -- in fact did struggle with the terrorist first. (This is now published so there's not much use in my suppressing these details; it's even possible Moogalian is offering disinformation to protect "Damien's" real name and occupation.)

Moogalian saw the struggle through the doors separating the train cars. He told his wife "get out of here" and got up to help.

While the terrorist fought with this man I'll call, as Moogalian does, "Damien," Moogalian grabbed his AK away from him and began to run away with it. He cried out "I've got the gun!" as he ran.

However, Moogalian says sheepishly that he didn't have much "experience" with this sort of thing, and it did not occur to him the terrorist might have another gun. In fact, the terrorist had a pistol besides the AK (a Luger I think I read) and he shot Moogalian as he ran away with the gun. The bullet went through his shoulder and out the front side of his neck. He crumpled to the ground, bleeding profusely.

The terrorist, we can assume (though Moogalian does not say), must have shot or otherwise taken "Damien" out of the fight. Because now the terrorist began walking towards Moogalian in order to retrieve his AK.

At this point Moogalian felt himself getting weaker and weaker, but didn't think he'd get the courtesy of being allowed to bleed to death -- because he was pretty sure the terrorist would put a bullet in his head as he retrieved the AK from his unmoving body.

And then Stone, Skarlatos, and Sandler came flying out of nowhere.

The timeline now makes perfect sense. The early reports were correct; they were just fragmented and disjointed.

The interview is here; below, some translation.

Why did you make the decision to intervene when you saw, from your seat at the rear of car 12, a strange scene, on the other side of the doors?

Moogalian: I was reading on article on my cellphone when i saw this man enter the bathrooms with his big wheeled suitcase, I found it strange that he was in there for so long. Then I got up when I saw, without really seeing it clearly, that something was happening, that two men seemed to be fighting one another, one of them carrying something that looked like a gun. My brain didn't want to deal with this information but at the same time I said to myself "This man is going to kill everyone. I have to do something."

You had at the same time the reflex to tell your wife to get out of there?

I turned towards Isabelle [his wife] who, herself, was still seated, and I told her "get out of here." This must be serious. I wanted more than anything to protect her. She saw in my face that I wasn't joking. And then, I don't know how, I managed to pull the Kalcahinikov from the man.

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Hugenormous: Trump, Carson Tied for First in Iowa at 23%; Fiorina in Third at 10%

—Ace

Well we seem to have a tiny little rebellion against the Establishment/political class on our hands.

This is also the first poll in forever that doesn't have Trump in the lead. Well, he's in the lead, but in a tie.

The rest of the field:

Carly Fiorina 10%, Ted Cruz 9%, Scott Walker 7%, Jeb Bush 5%

John Kasich, Marco Rubio 4%, Rand Paul 3%, Mike Huckabee,Rick Santorum 2%

Oh but CNN is still employing an algorithm which will most likely keep Mick Huckabee in and kick Carly Fiorina out.

Monmouth University's press release about the poll can be seen here.

Posted by Ace at 11:24 AM Comments

Playing For Keeps: Business Interests Strike Back At Republicans Opposed To Ex/Im Bank

—DrewM.

I love this because it's clarifying.

Team GOP acts as if conservatives owe them their votes. "Why aren't you focusing on Democrats?" "Why do you want Hillary to win?" It never seems to occur to them that politics is transactional. If you don't deliver what I want, I won't deliver what you want and I'll go find someone who will. But even if I don't, you're out. Plain and simple. It's a version of Mutually Assured Destruction.

I've argued before conservatives need to take this kind of cold blooded approach to politics and stop pretending we're all on some team and have to stick together.

You know who gets this? Big business.

GE told Dallas business leaders in recent days it would look elsewhere for alternatives to its Connecticut home, said the people, who asked not to be identified because details aren’t public. They said GE cited some Texas lawmakers’ opposition to the U.S. Export-Import Bank, an important source of financing for some overseas sales.

GE isn't the only way turning the screws.

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is indefinitely postponing a slate of political fundraisers for Republican candidates this fall, saying the influential business group must instead focus its resources on reauthorizing the embattled Export-Import Bank.

NAM's decision underscores frustration within the business community over GOP attacks on the 80-year-old bank, which helps finance private sector projects in overseas markets. The bank’s charter lapsed on June 30 and many conservatives oppose its renewal.

"We are postponing all political activity fundraising," said Ned Monroe, NAM senior vice president of external relations. "We had to prioritize away from political activity and back toward legislative activity."

Nice campaign you have their, be a shame if anything happened to it.

The GOP coalition isn't tied together by any shared ideology anymore.

So, if you're a small-government fiscal conservative, why should you give Republicans a pass for handing out YOUR money to big business?

Republicans will react to pressure. If the business groups are going to withhold money because it's in their interests to do so, then voters have to realize they will continue to get run over unless they are willing to withhold what they have to offer...activism and votes.

I don't envy Republican candidates and officeholders. This isnt an easy needle to thread but they wanted the job. Here it is.

For background on why the Ex/Im fight is important to small-government fiscal conservatives check out my talk with Dan Holler of Heritage Action.

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Open Thread

—rdbrewer


Henry Farrer, "Evening Light" (1896)

Posted by rdbrewer at 10:10 AM Comments

Morning Post (8-31-15)

—Gabriel Malor

Happy Monday. Now go to work.

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Overnight Open Thread (8-30-2015)

—Maetenloch

Quote of the Day I

The Hard Left hates to hear this, but here goes: the American populace has traditionally been fairly indifferent to whether or not there are a host of rich people guzzling champagne and wolfing down caviar, provided that said populace is able to have a beer and a T-bone without too much fuss and bother. Our definition of 'poor' would make most historical eras' eyes bug out; and, again contrary to the Left's beliefs on the subject, that really does matter when it comes time for social unrest. There is a real, practical difference between being dissatisfied, and being no-fooling hungry. And all the slogans in the world won't change that.

-- Moe Lane on Income Inequality And Poverty Aren't the Same Thing

Quote of the Day II

People come here thinking of this as the center of innovation and entrepreneurship, and they see a street scene that looks like something out of a Third World country.

-- The San Francisco Chronicle on the city's turd and stench problems

Obama Renames Mount McKinley

Because he can.

Denali-Mount McKinley

How Dumb is Vox?

This dumb. For those playing along at home the logo shown is from the National Recovery Administration, one the New Deal programs.

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Jonathon Last: How Journalism Gets Done at Vox

They're not just inaccurate and careless and beholden to an ideological agenda - they also stiff their writers. In this case Tannsjo wrote an article - at Vox's request - pointing out that on-demand abortion has some negative consequences.

No, the really bad part is that Tannsjo hadn't just submitted a piece on spec. Vox went to him and commissioned the piece. And then, when they didn't like it, they did . . . nothing. They just sat on it.

That's bad.

The writer/editor compact has two parts. The first is that writers should live with editorial decisions and be okay with them. But the second is that editors should deal with writers promptly, transparently, and courteously.

If you solicit a piece from someone, you owe them a great deal. They've just done a bunch of work for you, for free. You're not obligated to publish them. But if you decide not to publish them, you're obligated to let them know that fact immediately. You should apologize for the situation not working out. You should pay them a kill fee. And if you want to remain on good terms, you might help them find a different home for the piece.

You don't just try to pocket-veto the piece and then, when pressed, send an email to the writer making it sound like it's their fault for writing such an offensive, deviationist essay.

The MH370 Mystery Gets a Little Weirder

It's been a month since a flaperon from a Boeing 777 was found a La Réunion beach and investigators still can't say definitively whether it came from MH370 or how it got to the island.

What was holding things up, it turned out, was that the ID plate that should have been attached to the inboard edge of the flaperon was missing. And that was not the only problem. According to the New York Times, Boeing and the National Transportation Safety Board found that the object did not match Malaysia Airlines' maintenance records.

...How the part found its way to a beach on La Réunion is another issue. The Dépêche article contained a tantalizing hint. "According to a Toulouse aeronautics expert who requested anonymity," the article stated, "the element of the wing would not have floated for several months at the water's surface but would have drifted underwater a few meters deep."

It's not yet known why investigators reached this conclusion, but one clue might be that the flaperon found on La Réunion was encrusted on every edge with goose barnacles. These animals are a type of crustacean that attaches while young to a floating object and spends its entire adult life affixed to the same spot. Since they obviously can only survive underwater, their distribution around the object suggests that the entirety of it must have spent at least several months submerged.

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A Bit O' Twitter - [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse]

—Open Blogger

It's not much, but it's fresh.


This made me laugh, and hard:


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Food Thread: Is Salad A Crime Against Humanity? [CBD]

—Open Blogger

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Bad Salad

Okay, it's the Washington Post, so there is the obligatory Malthusian bullshit, and the subtext is elitist "I know better than you what is good for you." But Why Salad Is So Overrated does take some significant shots at the nation's obsession with lettuce based salads.

Personally, I like salad at the end of the meal, with a tart dressing to clear my palate. Although, if you want to serve me a great tomato and goat cheese salad as a first course I will smile and say thank you. Or Caesar Salad with good whole anchovies as garnish and lots of garlic and some crispy buttery croutons? Yeah...I'll eat that too.

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PAX Weekend. I guess [Zakn]

—Gang of Gaming Morons!

If you are reading a Gaming thread, I'm guessing that you know what PAX is, so I'm not going to go into it in depth.

For probably the past fiveish years, I've been wanting to make it out to one of these. Not as much anymore. Maybe 10 years ago I could see standing in a line for two hours to check something coming out in a year, but Man, I just don't have time for that. More and More I think that supporting your local con or cons is the way to go. Less travel involved. I just never think of the local one until I see that it happened on the News.

I have gone to Eve Vegas the last few years, but more and more I don't actually go to any of the Panels. The first year I went to as many panels I could. Like I would download the schedule and see what I could make. Even setting an alarm to wake up (lol!). Now it's meet up with a bunch of friends that have been going to this thing for years too, and we kind of just hit Vegas up. Eve Vegas is just kind of the landscaping or the excuse for everyone to go. Hell next year I might just get a ticket to the Party because 3 hours of open bar with a bunch of nerds is fucking funny.

This makes me wonder about going to Fanfest. Now Iceland is cool as fuck. So I might try to make a return just to go see that place again. It's soo expensive though. I think I spent like 4 grand total on that week including travel and lodging (Food and Drink are incredibly expensive. Spending $50 on dinner was the norm and that was without a bar tab). That just doesn't make sense to me

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The Left's Willful Ignorance [CBD]

—Open Blogger

Here is an interesting article from Reason (yeah, I know) about the resounding, deafening silence from the Left and academia in response to an article exposing the shaky foundation of the campus serial rapist theory.

But is anyone surprised?

Here is what is happening all across American campuses.

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 08-30-2015: Scorched Earth [OregonMuse]

—Open Blogger


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"No Award"

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


When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.

-Desiderius Erasmus

Trigger warnings this week for free speech being a good thing, because it helps us determine who the idiots are. Also, winners should be determined by merit, not tribal affiliation.

Health warning: reading the book thread excessively may cause your debit card to spontaneously combust.

By the way, speaking of debit cards, I have a non-book question for you morons who do a lot of multi-state traveling, which is this: before you embark on one of your trips, do you have to contact your bank or financial institution and tell them what states you'll be traveling to so your debit card purchases won't automatically be declined, or does your debit card simply work wherever you go?

Backstory: my new job requires me to be expertly familiar with debit card transactions and the security thereof, and this issue came up in the training class this week.


The Residuum of WorldCon

In last week's comments, one of you morons (I forget who, sorry) linked to this article in Wired by Amy Wallace about the Sad Puppies isn't a total waste, as most of the articles written by SJW hacks usually are. This is not to say that it's good; in fact, it does regurgitate the tiresome narrative that the Sad Pupplies are reactionary white guys who are politicizing the Hugos because they hate brown people. In the first place, the author actually reached out and spoke with Larry Correia, Brad Torgersen and even the SJWs' bête noire, Vox Day. Which, by the way, puts her ahead of The Guardian, which has published a number anti-SP hit pieces without contacting any of the writers they rail against.

So Wallace does let you hear the other side, even though it's filtered through her crap narrative.

And then there's this:

In fact, their argument is actually pretty interesting. They say their beef is more class-based; Torgerson [sic] says his books are blue-collar speculative fiction. The Hugos, they say, are snobby and exclusionary, and too often ignore books that are merely popular, by conservative writers. The Sad Puppies have a name for those who oppose them: CHORFS, for “Cliquish, Holier-than-thou, Obnoxious, Reactionary Fanatics.”

I sometimes wonder if these types of class-based arguments shouldn't be pushed more by our side. Not universally, of course, but perhaps there may be situations where they're appropriate. Like here. It might not have ever occurred to Saul Alinsky that his rules could be used against his own tribe. They should be made to live up to their own rules. Since they're obsessed with "class" and "class" distinctions, we should shove "class" down their throats until they choke on it.

Wallace doesn't want to deal with this argument, though. After bringing it up, she immediately drops it and goes on to what she really wants to talk about, namely, the evil Vox Day.

Another thing I find odd with Wallace's article is that it appears to carry the evidence of its own refutation. That is, she wants the audience to believe that the Puppies are all diversity-hating white guys, then she brings up the case of Annie Bellet, an SJW author who withdrew her name from Hugo nomination consideration when her story was included on the Sad Puppies slate.

This is how Bellet describes herself:

“I’m adopted, and I have a sister who is black, a sister who’s Vietnamese. My mom is a lesbian. I grew up in a liberal, inclusive environment.

So she's a poster child for diversity. Fine. But if the Puppies hate diversity, then why would they nominate her for a Hugo? This is a question that Wallace's narrative will not allow her to ask. But the answer is right there in front of her, if only would bestir herself to look:

[Torgersen] says the Hugos are beset by identity politics. “When people go on about how we’re anti-diversity, I’m like: No. All we’re saying is storytelling ought to come first.”

Yes, it's the storytelling. Bellet wrote a damn good story (regardless of her politics or ethnic background) and that's all the Puppies care about. But, of course, that would bust the SJW narrative wide open, and we can't have that.

And speaking of unacceptable individuals...

I have yet to hear any of the social justice wankers (I think I'm going to just spell it out like that from now on) who have been soiling their nappies at the WrongThoughts™ of the Sad Puppies in general and Vox Day in particular utter one word of disapprobation, or even concern, about the unapologetic NAMBLA defender Samuel R. Delaney. I mean, if you want to enforce disqualification from society based on WrongThought™, I would think that defending child molesting would certainly qualify.

Larry Correia's take on this year's WorldCon is here. This is how it starts out:

As you all know by now, the Hugo Awards were presented Saturday, and No Award dominated most of the categories. Rather than let any outsiders win, they burned their village in order to “save it”. And they did so while cheering, gloating, and generally being snide exclusive assholes about it.

And it gets even better. As the poet says, read the whole thing.

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Early Morning Thread 08/30/15 [krakatoa]

—Open Blogger

Sunday.

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Overnight Open Thread (29 Aug 2015)

—CDR M

WTF? Pentagon not targeting Islamic State training camps.

And coalition forces may be advertising where our ISR and tanker aircraft are flying in Iraq and Syria. Not too smart.

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James S. Robbins: Hillary Clinton is not an email crook
"The server fracas isn't Watergate, yet, but the Democratic front-runner is starting to sound a little like Richard Nixon.... Last month, famed Washington Post reporter and Watergate investigator Bob Woodward said that the email scandal engulfing former secretary of State Hillary Clinton 'reminds me of the Nixon tapes: thousands of hours of secretly recorded conversations that Nixon thought were exclusively his.'" [rdbrewer]

Magic spoon found on Mars.

Obama's Lying About The Alaskan Glaciers They've Been Melting For Three Centuries
"Lets go back in history...take a look at this news article from 1952 which says the glaciers in Alaska had already lost half their size...." [rdbrewer]


Dennis Prager: The Result of Victimhood and Lies: Great Evil
"The disregard of anti-white hatred as the motive for blacks who murder whites even when the murder is obviously racially motivated comes from the same people who denied that Islamist Nidal Hasan’s murder of 13 fellow soldiers at Fort Hood was religiously motivated. These people — all on the left — have an agenda...." [rdbrewer]

Progressives Today: NOT THE ONION: The Associated Press Claims Obama STARED DOWN A GLACIER in Alaska
"To liberals in media, Obama is like a superhero or something: 'In climate bid, Obama stares down melting glacier. President Barack Obama stared down a melting glacier in Alaska on Tuesday in a dramatic use of his presidential pulpit to sound the alarm on climate change.'" Obviously, Obama is causing glaciers to retreat, not warming. [rdbrewer]

NY Mag: Romney Is Horrified by Trump — and That’s Restarting ‘Mitt 2016’ Talk
A lot of Trump haters just changed their minds. Seriously though, that sounds like a lie. It's more likely that with Bush fading, Romney and the donor class see an opening--or hope they do. [rdbrewer]


Jim Geraghty: Jeb’s Sudden Free Fall
"The bottom has fallen out for Jeb Bush. The newest poll of Iowa has Bush at 5 percent. He’s at 7 percent in New Hampshire and 9 percent in South Carolina." [rdbrewer]


Eric Owens: Washington State U. SMACKS DOWN Professors Who Want To CENSOR Politically-Incorrect Language
"Officials at Washington State University have now announced that taxpayer-funded professors on campus cannot proceed with their flagrant attempts to censor politically-incorrect terms or require students with white skin to 'defer' to minority students." [rdbrewer]

How Carly Fiorina earned a spot on the big stage at the GOP debate
She's in. "The organizers of the next Republican presidential debate have announced changes to debate criteria that mean former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina will join the rest of the top-tier candidates...." Via @EsotericCD. [rdbrewer]

NY Times: James O’Keefe, a Political Sleuth, to Stalk Campaigns for Wrongdoing
Via Drudge. They try to discredit O'Keefe, and it reads like a heads up to fellow Clinton supporters, but the lede appears several paragraphs in: "In a five-minute video compilation, Veritas showed senior members of Mrs. Clinton’s team appearing to accept a donation from a Canadian women...." The Clinton staffers know it's illegal, but they agree to take the money anyway from someone standing nearby. Good grief. [rdbrewer]
The Telegraph: 50 is the new 42: technology is making brains of middle-aged younger
"The increasing mental demands of technology is making older people sharper than previous generations, scientists have shown." [rdbrewer]


Fox News: Marijuana supplants cigarettes as a daily habit among US college students
"More U.S. university students are making a habit of using marijuana, which has supplanted cigarettes as the smoke-able substance of choice among undergraduates who light up regularly, a study released Tuesday found." And although some would say it's more cancer-causing than cigarettes, no one smokes the equivalent of two packs a day. Just spitballing here, but regular users smoke more like two or three cigs worth, if even that. (Pictured: typical college student.) [rdbrewer]
Not Alarming At All: Hillary's Staff Is Filled With Snitches, Informants, Narcs, and Suck-Ups
You can judge her psyche by the external environment she chooses for it; most people don't have the power to shape their environment to match their psychology, but Hillary does have that power
ONN: Area Man’s Intelligence Probably Just Too Intimidating For Most Women [rdbrewer]

Daily Mirror: Panicked super rich buying boltholes with private airstrips to escape if poor rise up
"Super rich hedge fund managers are buying 'secret boltholes' where they can hideout in the event of civil uprising against growing inequality, it has been claimed. ¶ Nervous financiers from across the globe have begun purchasing landing strips, homes and land in areas such as New Zealand so they can flee should people rise up." Bolthole. [rdbrewer]

CBS MoneyWatch: The surging ranks of America's ultrapoor
Via Drudge. "By one dismal measure, America is joining the likes of Third World countries." But a lot of irrational people still think Obama is doing a good job. Snap out of it, you guys. [rdbrewer]

Video shows deputies killing a man with his hands up
Related article here. They claimed he was "armed." I guess that means he had a pair of arms, because the dude is running around in gym shorts. He could have had a gun in a fat roll, I guess. Another article refers to the "lengthy confrontation." Judge for yourself. Added: Just a couple of weeks ago two Bexar County deputies were arrested for providing drugs to inmates and tampering with evidence. Maybe they have some hiring and training issues, eh? And, you know, that dead guy. [rdbrewer]

Matthew Walther: 10 Things That Make Me Okay With Donald Trump’s Plan to Soak the Rich
"4. Dog hotels." Added: Ace, a few days ago: Trump: I'd Like to Raise Taxes on Rich People Like Myself: "Personally, I have been extremely angry at the Donor Class for beating the shit out of the grassroots with every dime they have, completely spurning the concept of an alliance...." [rdbrewer]


Emily Zanotti: Where Have All The Rock Stars Gone?
"The VMAs aren’t controversial. They’re just...boring." In 1969, "Hey Jude" lost the Grammy for best song of the year to "Little Green Apples." The VMA's are becoming the Grammys: pop > quality. [rdbrewer]
As an addendum to Ace's post in the main column on the Clinton e-mail server, a post of mine from 3/12/15: No, we still don't know where the Clinton server is, was, has been. Note that statements made back in March seem to suggest that a server acquired for WJC was repurposed for the clintonemail.com domain. The Breitbart article suggests it may have actually been shared with the Clinton Foundation. [Fritzworth]
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