November 21, 2019

Like Sands Through The Hourglass, So Are The ONTs Of Our Lives

—WeirdDave

As the world turns:

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Open Thread

—Ace of Spades

Just a bit of blog business: I've really, really gotta take some time off, so back in the beginning of November, I decided I'd take off Thanksgiving week.

I'll be in and out to put up open threads, and maybe a link if it's important and easy.

The cobloggers said they'll pitch in here and there, but expect blogging to be very light. Like I said, I'll make sure there's new open threads, but that's as much as I can guarantee.

I'll be blogging tomorrow and everything. Just wanted to mention before I tune out for a week.

Posted by Ace of Spades at 07:58 PM Comments



CNN Claims That an FBI Agent Is Under Criminal Investigation For Altering an "Investigative Document"

—Ace of Spades

The Horowitz report will now supposedly be released on December 9, with Grassley holding hearings with Horowitz as the main witness on December 11.

Christmas comes early? Or another ticket to see the wolf show?

Well, it seems legit, because CNN is reporting what could be the first leak from the upcoming report.

An FBI official is under criminal investigation after allegedly altering a document related to 2016 surveillance of a Trump campaign adviser, several people briefed on the matter told CNN.

The possibility of a substantive change to an investigative document is likely to fuel accusations from President Donald Trump and his allies that the FBI committed wrongdoing in its investigation of connections between Russian election meddling and the Trump campaign.

CNN is just telling you their planned coverage there. The "accusations" will be coming from inside Jake Tapper's nasally face.

Say, isn't an FBI Form 302 Interview Memorandum an "investigative document"?

And didn't we hear about a Form 302 being altered long after the fact to incriminate Michael Flynn?

So, which FBI agent will be investigated for altering an "investigative document"?

I can't think of a single suspect.

Bonus!



via redridinghood.

More, from Tami:

@JackPosobiec 2 minutes ago

Exclusive:

Tomorrow I will interview @SidneyPowell1 to discuss the FBI altering FISA documents and how the IG Report will affect General Flynn's case

You won't want to miss this

Only on @OANN!


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Myles Garrett, Suspended for Hitting a Player In the Head With a Helmet Wielded Like a Club, Now Says, "Oh Wait, I Just Remembered, He Used a Racial Slur, That's Why I Did It"

—Ace of Spades

The slur was so seared into his memory he forgot to mention it until after the NFL suspended him indefinitely.

Now he trots out his Racial Privilege -- yes, he has privilege due to his race, not a disadvantage -- and asserts that he can't be punished.

Browns defensive end Myles Garrett [aka Cleveland Juicy Smolliere] told NFL officials that Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph used a racial slur leading up to their fight, ESPN reported on Thursday.

An on-field fight broke out during the last 8 seconds of the Browns and Steelers game on Nov. 14. It escalated when Garrett ripped off Rudolph's helmet and hit him in the head with it. The NFL banned Garrett for the final six regular-season games and playoffs

ESPN reported Garrett made the accusation during his appeal hearing on Wednesday. Appeals officer James Thrash "remained stoic and took copious notes" while listening to Garrett, according to ESPN.

Mason Rudolf denies it and the Steelers are backing him up.

The NFL has searched for evidence of Garrett's very convenient 11th-hour race hustle, and has found "no evidence" of it.

Rudoph's lawyer issued this statement:

"According to ESPN, in his appeal, Myles Garrett falsely asserted that Mason Rudolph uttered a racial slur toward him, prior to swinging a helmet at Mason's uncovered head, in a desperate attempt to mitigate his suspension. This is a lie. This false allegation was never asserted by Garrett in the aftermath of the game, never suggested prior to the hearing, and conspicuously absent in the apology published by the Browns and adopted by Garrett.

"The malicious use of this wild and unfounded allegation is an assault on Mason's integrity which is far worse than the physical assault witnessed on Thursday. This is reckless and shameful. We will have no further comment."

Garrett's suspension was upheld on appeal.

Seems awfully funny that Garrett only remembered this detail at his appeals hearing after having been socked with a huge suspension.

To be honest, I really didn't think he deserved such a long suspension. Yes, striking a man with a helmet is dangerous. But this is a contact sport, and sometimes people get chippie, and sometimes it escalates, and it's hard to extract yourself from an escalating situation.

Especially if you subscribe to a macho ethic of not backing down and so forth.

So yeah, I think he should have been punished, but I also think the punishment should have taken into account of the fact that, you know what? It's hard to de-escalate when you're fighting.

But now that he's taking out his Racial Privilege card and making the typical "Devil White Man Is To Blame So I'm Innocent" racial play?

This lie is a premeditated assault.

I hope they suspend him for life.

And pro-tip: When you can Plead Your Race and expect more lenient punishment, your race is not some barrier to your success, but an unfair racial privilege.

Oh: Reviewing the actual hit (video here), I think I have to retract the bit about not thinking such a long suspension was justified.

Garrett started this entire episode -- this wasn't mutual chippiness, as I'd guessed -- by not only tackling a quarterback who had already passed the ball, but slamming him hard into the ground, driving him into the ground.

That right there is a big suspension.

Taking it to the next step and attacking the guy with his own helmet?

Well. That's special, and deserves a special punishment.

Posted by Ace of Spades at 06:12 PM Comments

Prince (?) Andrew "Fired" By Royal Family; Withdraws From Official Duties, Will No Longer Receive His 250,000 Pounds Per Year Royal Stipend

—Ace of Spades

The article states that the royals -- or, whatever, the Windsors -- are bracing for official US subpoenas demanding that Andrew York talk to FBI officials about his very special friendship with Jeffrey Epstein (guilty of sex trafficking, innocent of suicide).

His BBC interview -- which his PR agent quit over, advising against it and signing that advisement with a resignation -- was Andrew's bid to reduce law enforcement interest in him.

I guess because he knew his status as a royal was hanging by a thread.

The interview, however, seems to have only united everyone in the opinion that he is at least a liar and quite possibly a john for underaged girls forced into prostitution.

And so the royals gave him a less dramatic version of the Jeffrey Epstein treatment.

The brutal ouster, when it came, was worthy of the nickname the royals use for themselves, "The Firm."

Late Wednesday afternoon, Prince Andrew issued the statement that brought his public life to an end. He claimed it was his decision and that he had sought the queen's "permission" to withdraw from public duties for the foreseeable future, but the truth was far from that.

Royal briefings are making it very clear today that he was fired'--and the termination is permanent.

"The bottle of whisky and the pearl-handled revolver were laid out for him. And they were laid out for him by his mother," one source told The Daily Beast.

That's a bit dangerous to say -- because I think one viable theory in the case of Jeffrey Epstein is that he paid off guards to give himself some "privacy" while he made a clean exit.

Which is like "laying out a bottle of whiskey and a revolver" for him.

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Andrew was told he would no longer to have any frontline duties representing the family. He was told he was to stand down immediately from his 200 charitable patronages. He was told that he would immediately lose his £250,000 per annum grant.

The article speculates that Charles was largely behind this, because he's supposedly wished to exclude Andrew since 2012.

Well, maybe. But the decision seems overdetermined.

I'll update you about any visits he receives from corrupt former law enforcement personnel and/or shady private detectives paid by Hillary Clinton.

Posted by Ace of Spades at 05:16 PM Comments

Impeachment Thread

—Ace of Spades

I'm personally not watching and I'll just scan the headlines at the end of testimony to do a recap post. But I know a lot of people are still watching, so here's a thread for discussion about it.

Because this is obviously a content-free post (at least as far as my contribution to it goes), I'll just post this, and then post something with content directly above it.

But consider this post "live," even though it's going to be in the second post position.

Here's a link to FoxNews' feed, on YouTube.

Posted by Ace of Spades at 05:15 PM Comments

Another of Hunter Biden's Paymasters Received $130 Million In Special Federal Loans While Pop-Pop Was Vice President

—Ace of Spades

Oh.

An investment firm linked to Hunter Biden received over $130 million in federal bailout loans while his father Joe Biden was vice president and routed profits through a subsidiary in the Cayman Islands, according to federal banking and corporate records reviewed by the Washington Examiner.

Financial experts said the offshore corporate structure could have been used to shield earnings from U.S. taxes.

Rosemont Capital, an investment firm at the center of Hunter Biden’s much-scrutinized financial network, was one of the companies approved to participate in the 2009 federal loan program known as the Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility, or TALF.

Under the program, the U.S. Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve Bank issued billions of dollars in highly favorable loans to select investors who agreed to buy bonds that banks were struggling to offload, including bundled college and auto loans.

Posted by Ace of Spades at 04:15 PM Comments

Liberal Media Democrat Joe Scarborough: It's Time We Democrats Had an Uncomfortable Discussion About Joe Biden's Diminished Cognitive Function

—Ace of Spades

Indeed.

SCARBOROUGH: Of course, Willie, he's struggling there. He’s closing his eyes. He knows he's having trouble finding words. The sentences are jumbled, the words are jumbled. I just worried when I read -- you see this and, listen, I’m just saying, I think Biden has the best chance of beating Trump. I do. Like if he's on his game. But I just wonder, is the media grading Joe Biden on a scale? Are we afraid to say that a lot of his sentences don't make sense? That he's having trouble completing thoughts? That when he’s asked in a previous debate about Afghanistan an issue he knows more about than anybody, not only on that stage, but in Washington, D.C., he ends up stumbling through an answer on Iraq. Are we grading him on a scale the same way people have always graded Donald Trump on a scale in these debates?

GEIST: Yes. The answer is yes.

Other partisan Democrats are taking a different tack: They're implicitly admitting there is a cognitive problem on display, but they claim that this is only because Joe Biden has a stutter he won't admit to, and his problem speaking cogent sentences and remembering words is due to... I guess due to him using too much of his Genius Brain to correct his stutter?

And because most of his Genius Brain is so deployed, managing his stutter, he does not have the remaining brainpower to remember what words he said one second ago, or even who is on stage with him?

Is this how stuttering works? Trying to correct your stutter makes your brain take little narcoleptic naps mid-sentence?

Here, let me answer that: No.

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Posted by Ace of Spades at 03:10 PM Comments

Polls: Support for Impeachment Dropping, Trump Gains on His Democrat Opponents, Now Leading (Within the Margin of Error) Three of the Four Top Democrat Challengers

—Ace of Spades

A Morning Consult poll from a couple of days ago found that opposition to impeachment had jumped ten points.

Opposition by independents to the House’s ongoing impeachment inquiry jumped 10 percentage points in the last week, according to a Politico–Morning Consult poll released Tuesday.

The poll showed 47 percent of independents opposed the inquiry, compared to 37 percent last week. Meanwhile support for the inquiry by independents fell 7 points to 40 percent.

Support for the inquiry among all respondents fell 2 points to 48 percent, while opposition to it rose 3 points to 45 percent.

Now comes an Emmerson poll, confirming these basic findings, and showing Trump ahead of three of the four top Democrat candidates, and trailing only one -- Sanders, oddly enough -- by 1%.

Pop-Pop Biden seems like a paper tiger.



If you can't read that:

HUGE --> Another poll finds impeachment backfiring.

* Trump approval "bounced" 5 points to 48% (was 43% in October)

* Support for impeachment drops 5 points.

* A SEISMIC 30-point swing among independents, who now OPPOSE impeachment by 15 points.

Further details:

A new Emerson poll finds President Trump’s approval has increased in the last month with 48% approval and 47% disapproval, a bounce from 43% approval in the last Emerson National poll in October. Support for impeachment has flipped since October from 48% support with 44% opposing to now 45% opposed and 43% in support. The biggest swing is among Independents, who oppose impeachment now 49% to 34%, which is a reversal from October where they supported impeachment 48% to 39%.


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The president’s support in the Republican primary increased this month to 93% against primary challengers Bill Weld and Joe Walsh. Trump's head to head matchups in the General Election against the top Democratic candidates have also tightened since October, now trailing Sanders by 1 point and leading his other three potential opponents.

I assume Trump is actually beating Warren but both of their numbers get rounded down or up to 50%. Obviously, these aren't big leads.

BTW, there's an impeachment thread below, if you want a thread specifically for discussion about the fake impeachment hearings.

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Posted by Ace of Spades at 02:08 PM Comments

Epstein Guard Willing to Cooperate With Invesgitators

—Ace of Spades

I don't expect this means a lot, but you know, Epstein did not kill himself.*

A Manhattan prison guard is willing to cooperate with a federal investigation into Jeffrey Epstein's death -- even though she's been accused of goofing off while he hanged himself, her lawyer said Wednesday.

Tova Noel "did not make any efforts to frustrate the Government's investigation" following Epstein’s jailhouse suicide, defense lawyer Jason Foy said in a statement.

"In fact, Ms. Noel remains available to fully and truthfully cooperate with the Inspector General’s investigation, which is also geared toward uncovering the many problems that existed from the commencement of her employment [and] which continue to plague the Metropolitan Correctional Center."

Foy didn't respond to a message asking what sort of info Noel could provide.

* As I've said, I actually think Epstein did kill himself. The idea of corrupt cops working for Hillary Clinton or the Royal Family bumping him off is just too big a thing for me to accept, on an intuitive, gut-guess level.

But I think it's generally salutary to distrust the government to the very maximum.

I also think it's funny to upset the Hall Monitors in our media and government who freak out if you mention a non-liberal-approved Conspiracy Theory.

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Joe Biden: Mark My Words, This Violence Against Women Situation Is Going to Require a Lot of Punching, and I'm Literally Serious

—Ace of Spades

Are you all right there, pop-pop?

Did your brain take a little nap?




Joe Biden

We need to grab hold of sexism and slap it in its whore mouth.

He also forgot Kamala Harris exists, but who can blame him for that one?

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Posted by Ace of Spades at 12:09 PM Comments

The Morning Rant: Minimalist Edition

—CBD

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If you ever watch ABC news...stop. These smarmy worms are blaming President Trump for the Iranian regime's murder of protesters.

Amnesty: At least 106 dead in protests, which Iran disputes [The link goes to outline.com, but if it doesn't work and you must see the ABC report, here it is.]

Absent in the coverage was an acknowledgement of what sparked the demonstrations. The jump in gasoline prices represents yet another burden on Iranians who have suffered through a painful currency collapse, following President Donald Trump's unilateral withdrawal of the United States from Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, and the reimposition of crippling U.S. economic sanctions.
The whole article is a sleazy mess of innuendo and disgusting assumptions; almost as if they are trying to drive the narrative against President Trump!

So using this twisted logic, the Hungarian freedom fighters were responsible for their own murders, as were the Czechs. And the United States was responsible for the millions of deaths in the Pacific, because if we had only allowed the Japanese their oil, everything would have been just marvelous.

It is simply amazing to me that the writers of this shit are so consumed by their hatred of President Trump, and by extension traditional-values America, that they are willing to absolve a murderous dictatorship in Tehran of the murders of its subjects. Oh, let us not forget that the Mullahs and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard were directly responsible for the IEDs that killed and maimed so many of our troops in Iraq and elsewhere. Just for that we should have bombed them into oblivion, but I guess the 4th Estate prefers to support (indirectly ) them rather than condemn them.

The media are traitors to the cause of freedom and liberty in America and around the world, and they are less and less interested in hiding their proclivity for dictators and totalitarianism over our way of life.

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Mid-Morning Art Thread

—CBD

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Leonardo Loredan
Giovanni Bellini

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The Morning Report - 11/21/19

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. Thursday and as the sham-peachment rolls on, the big news coming out yesterday was EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland's blockbuster testimony wherein he stated in response to Schiff-for-Brains, and I'm paraphrasing, that yes he believed that Trump did ask for some sort of quid pro quo with regards to aid money for Ukraine. Aside from the fact that the past few days of testimony of the Dems' own witnesses shot quid pro quo to hell and they then went on to bribery and extortion, that was enough for Schiff-for-Brains to halt the proceedings on the pretext of a bathroom break to dash out into the hallway where a gaggle of propagandists had their microphones and cameras rolling:

"The veneer has been torn away... This is a seminal moment in our investigation."

And the agitprop media went wild. Except when the Republicans started grilling him, he was forced to whistle a very different tune - namely the whole truth.

...Ambassador Sondland admitted that his conclusion tying the release of the withheld security aid to Ukraine to "some kind of action on the public statement that we had been discussing for many weeks" was only his own presumption, supported by no direct evidence. He conceded, in response to a question from Republican Rep. Mike Turner, that nobody told him that President Trump linked the Ukraine aid to a Biden investigation. "No one on this planet told you that President Trump was tying aid to investigations. Yes or no?" Rep. Turner asked. Sondland replied: "Yes." In a follow-up question, Rep. Turner asked, "So you really have no testimony here today that ties President Trump to a scheme to withhold aid from Ukraine in exchange for these investigations?" Ambassador Sondland replied, "Other than my own presumption." At another point in his testimony, the ambassador downgraded his "presumption" of a quid pro quo to "my own personal guess...

CNN actually had to change it's chyron of "Trump About to Be Arrested" almost in mid-sentence of Sondland's damning statement. But the real killer-diller here is Sondland recalled a meeting he had with Trump wherein the President specifically and unequivocally declared:

"I WANT NOTHING! I WANT NOTHING! I WANT NO QUID PRO QUO! TELL PRESIDENT ZELENSKY TO DO THE RIGHT THING!"

Jim Jordan, whose head I fully expect to explode at any moment over all the outrageousness of this madness, wanted to know why, in G-d's name, in Sondland's entire 23-page statement about the incident was this conversation - which is exculpatory in the extreme and completely exonerates Trump over anything he is being accused of vis a vis quid pro quo, bribery, extortion, picking his feet in Poughkeepsie, etc. - omitted from his testimony? And Sondland said, get this, there wasn't enough room in his report to include it. If I were Jim Jordan, I'd have leaped over the lectern, ripped Sondland's arms from his body and beaten Schiff-for-Brains to death with them (rhetorically speaking).

But, no matter. Schiff-for-Brains finally got a shred of an iota of a fig leaf of an excuse to declare he's got the goods on Trump and so as we speak the articles of impeachment are being drafted based on Sondland's testimony, minus the aforementioned of course. The Democrats are already attempting to spin all of this but of course are omitting, as is their wont when facts get in the way of the meme, the context around the conversations between Trump, Zelensky and all the players involved. Zelensky was elected to root out and end rampant corruption in his country from the previous administration. That gang of crooks it should be noted were up to their eyeballs in it and it involved the Bidens, Clinton, Obama and others that along with run of the mill goniffing of millions, players in that nation were part of the Russian collusion myth/plot to sabotage Trump in 2016. All Trump was trying to do was ensure that any aid going to Ukraine would not end up stolen and or pissed away as it was under both presidents' predecessors. That my friends is the kind of smart and 100% legal statecraft which is part of the platform Trump ran and won on. Devin Nunes, G-d bless him, was attempting to bring up this very issue and put things in context as well, citing a witness (can't recall his name, dammit!) who gave a sworn deposition to what I just related and that would've blown a hole the size of a $150 billion dollar pallet of case into Sondland's entire testimony. But of course Schiff-for-Brains would not allow him to testify.

My gut tells me that, like everything else, this too shall explode in their faces. Look, they are going to have a vote on impeachment no matter what happens and of course it will pass, but along strict party lines. Even after yesterday, the people are sick to death of this garbage because they are recognizing more and more that it is indeed an attempt to illegally oust Trump. Plus, if/when this gets to the Senate, the whole thing will bust wide open with witnesses that the Dems are desperate not to be called because it will not only debunk their case against Trump, it will reveal the original plot to overthrow him and put all sorts of people in the spotlight and jeopardy, at least in theory. Plus there is Horowitz and Durham, but AG Barr gave a speech the other day that only hints at his fury at the Democrats.

Lastly, it should be noted that Gordon Sondland and his wife have received threats and intimidation, as well as organized protests at some of the hotels that they own. In the center of this is a Democrat Congressman from Antifa City USA, aka Portland Oregon named Earl Blumenauer who openly called for boycotts, and then later emitted the not-so cryptic Tweet "Welcome to the Resistance." The Left went out of its mind with rage when Trump let out a Tweet about Masha Potatovich (Maria Yovanovytch) which was an absolute nothing-burger compared to this, which is bust-out in-your-face witness intimidation. Could that account for Sondland's behavior and the omission of the exculpatory evidence from his 23-page statement and his responses to Schiff-for-Brains? Well, given all we have seen from intimidating people in restaurants to doxxing personal information, to bike locks in the head to gunning down Republicans at a softball practice, I'd say it's a possibility.

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

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

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Posted by J.J. Sefton at 07:17 AM Comments

Wednesday Overnight Open Thread (11/20/19) I Forgot There Was A Debate Tonight Edition

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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THE QUOTES OF THE DAY


Quote I

"Almost everyone involved in public-policy debates agrees that it would be good if the federal government could collect more revenue without raising tax rates or reducing tax deductions or credits. It should be indisputable that investment to make sure all citizens meet their tax obligations is desirable."
The National Bureau of Economic
Research


Quote II

“You all seem to have forgotten that Jeffrey Epstein, the offense for which he was charged and for which he was imprisoned, was for soliciting prostitution from minors. That is not the same thing as pedophilia,” Lady Colin Campbell


Quote III

“If we distribute a bunch of stuff that’s frozen or from the refrigerator and cold, what are people going to do with it? Take it home and not have anywhere to put it?” Beth Stanton


Quote IV

We extend our deepest sympathies to the family of the pet involved in this incident. We take this matter very seriously and are working directly with those involved to determine the circumstances behind this event. Based on the outcome of our investigation, we will take the appropriate action.” FedEx

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Posted by Misanthropic Humanitarian at 09:30 PM Comments

Democrats' Mass Debate

—Ace of Spades

I'm only interested in hearing if Joe Biden had another incident of Perfectly Routine and Healthy Eye Bleeding -- it's just like crying for joy with your heart!

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NBC: Ha-Ha, Conservatives Reported the Story about the Founder of Burisma Being "Indicted," and He Totally Wasn't
Ukranian Translator: The Press Conference Says a "Sworn Statement of Suspicion" Has Been Issued Against the Burisma Founder

—Ace of Spades

You tell me: Who's doing their best to actually report the news?

Here's the chuckleheads at NBC, who still aren't reporting this story, except as a partisan "Gotcha" about conservative websites.

A misleading claim about the head of the Ukrainian energy company at the heart of the House impeachment inquiry went viral across conservative pockets of social media Wednesday, receiving hundreds of thousands of retweets and shares from some of the president’s most ardent online supporters.

The incorrect story, first disseminated by the finance blog ZeroHedge, claimed that Mykola Zlochevsky, the head of Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company, had been indicted over money laundering related to the Biden family. Hunter Biden, son of former Vice President Joe Biden, was previously on Burisma’s board of directors.

In fact, there was no announcement of an indictment.

But Jack Posobiec contacted a Ukranian speaker to translate the press conference that's going on right now (or went on a short time ago), and she said the prosecutor had a said a "signed notice of suspicion" had been issued.




Is that the same as an indictment?

I don't know, but I do know something about this translation problem, I think.

When I translate French stories, I almost always translate the French mis en garde as "indicted."

Does it mean "indicted"? No, it does not. The French do not follow Anglo-American law, of course, and they don't have what we'd call "indictments."

Nevertheless, mis en garde is a major investigatory step. It literally means "Put on guard/put on caution/put on notice," or something like that.

Or, as Paul Anka might say: "You're all on fuckin' notice."

Cops may have informal suspicions in a criminal case, but mis en garde is a formal step, requiring, I believe, a presentation of proof before a magistrate.

I imagine it's something like a Warrant to Open an Official Investigation or something else we don't quite have in the Anglo-American system.

But when I'm translating quickly from the French, I assume readers do not want a diversion about what mis en garde means. So I have translated it as what I take to be roughly analogous: "Indicted."

It's a major step in a prosecution. It's not an arrest -- I know the word for that -- but it is official notice that you are now under official scrutiny.

Anyway, I don't know if Ukraine's legal system. But I would imagine it fails to track perfectly with the American system, and that therefore there will be terms of art which are untranslatable.

A "signed notice of suspicion of a crime" sound a lot like "mis en garde" to me, and I've always (roughly, imperfectly) translated mis en garde as "indicted."

Maybe I'll stop that now and start saying "officially notified to be on caution of being suspected of a crime." A bit cumbersome, but more accurate.

But either way, I don't see this as the cause for juvenile cheering and backclapping that the 27 year old media ignoramuses -- who were said by their strong ally (mind-controller) Ben Rhoades to "literally know nothing" -- that NBC is engaging in.

I don't know the Ukranian language or Ukranian criminal process. I don't know what a signed suspicion of crime is. I don't know if this is a major step or a more routine one.

But here's the thing:

I'm pretty damn sure the 27 year old ignoramuses who literally know nothing don't know either, and furthermore, they don't even know what they don't know.

They almost surely do not know that foreign countries have, get this, foreign systems of criminal process and that there will be legal terms of art that simply do not translate to English.

The French "pomme" translates as "apple." We have apples in America. That translates well because we have the same thing here; we just use another word.

But what happens when there's a concept in another country which we don't have in America? How do you translate that?


BTW: I personally never said "indicted" because I couldn't find what I thought to be an authoritative source for it. And also, because I do know that the very term "indicted" may not travel well to countries outside the Anglo-American tradition.

So I'm not covering my own ass here -- I avoided this entirely.

But I am curious to see who turns out to be closer to right: rando conservative blogs, or Rape Emporium and part-time propaganda organ NBC.

I've got my suspicions -- let's just say that much.

BTW, if anyone does know what mis en garde means, precisely, do please let me know. It bothers me!

Meanwhile, Noted Russia Expert and Leftwing Lunatic Whose Cranial Humors Are Completely Unbalanced to Fuck-Hell Julia Ioffe accuses the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette of being a Russian front, because... um, of a punctuation glitch.

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Posted by Ace of Spades at 07:50 PM Comments

Charles Barkley to Female Reporter: "I don't hit women but if I did, I'd hit you"

—Ace of Spades

But you say this was a reporter, huh...?

Charles Barkley has issued an apology for a comment he made to a female political reporter about hitting her.

Axios reporter Alexi McCammond wrote on Twitter Tuesday night that when she questioned Barkley on his indecisiveness over the Democratic presidential hopefuls, Barkley told her "I don't hit women but if I did I would hit you." McCammond says when she objected to his remarks, Barkley told her she "couldn't take a joke."

Posted by Ace of Spades at 07:02 PM Comments

Ukraine Has Widened Its Investigation Into Fugitive, Wherabouts-Unknown Founder of Burisma

—Ace of Spades

"No evidence" of anything worth investigating, the media keeps telling me.

- Ukraine has widened its investigation into the founder of energy company Burisma to include suspicion of embezzling state funds, Prosecutor General Ruslan Ryaboshapka said on Wednesday.


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The prosecutor who has investigated Burisma is Kostiantyn Kulyk, who previously met Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to discuss accusations against the Bidens.

After he took office in late August, Ryaboshapka launched a wide-ranging audit of criminal cases to see whether they had been conducted properly. Thirteen of them relate to Burisma founder Mykola Zlochevsky, Ryaboshapka told reporters at a briefing on Wednesday.

"No evidence" of corruption at Burisma. No substantiation for any allegation and hence no reason to be suspicious or to want investigations.

None at all.

Apparently he's a fugitive.



Nothing to see here. No reason to investigate.

"No evidence" of any corruption.
Apart, that is, from all the evidence.

The media is fond of claiming that there's no evidence that Ukraine interfered with US elections.

But this report from December 12, 2018, notes that a Ukranian court ruled that Ukranian officials had interfered in the US elections of 2016... against Trump.



Ukraine Court Rules Manafort Disclosure Caused 'Meddling' in U.S. Election

MOSCOW -- A court in Ukraine has ruled that officials in the country violated the law by revealing, during the 2016 presidential election in the United States, details of suspected illegal payments to Paul Manafort.

In 2016, while Mr. Manafort was chairman of the Trump campaign, anti-corruption prosecutors in Ukraine disclosed that a pro-Russian political party had earmarked payments for Mr. Manafort from an illegal slush fund. Mr. Manafort resigned from the campaign a week later.

What right-wing, fringe fake-news Trumpist conspiracy site is that from?

Well, it's from the best right-wing, fringe fake-news Trumpist conspiracy site: The New York Times.

And of course most are familiar with this fake-news conspiracy theory from the right-wing Trumpalo site Politico:

Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump backfire

Kiev officials are scrambling to make amends with the president-elect after quietly working to boost Clinton.

Donald Trump wasn’t the only presidential candidate whose campaign was boosted by officials of a former Soviet bloc country.

Ukrainian government officials tried to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump by publicly questioning his fitness for office. They also disseminated documents implicating a top Trump aide in corruption and suggested they were investigating the matter, only to back away after the election. And they helped Clinton's allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers, a Politico investigation found.


A Ukrainian-American operative who was consulting for the Democratic National Committee met with top officials in the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington in an effort to expose ties between Trump, top campaign aide Paul Manafort and Russia, according to people with direct knowledge of the situation.

The Ukrainian efforts had an impact in the race, helping to force Manafort's resignation...

More accurate phrasing would be, "engineering Manafort's resignation."

...and advancing the narrative that Trump’s campaign was deeply connected to Ukraine's foe to the east, Russia. But they were far less concerted or centrally directed than Russia's alleged hacking and dissemination of Democratic emails.

That's some CYA liberal spin.

They're trying to minimize Ukraine's meddling to support the narrative that OMG TRUMP RUSSIA COLLUSION.

But Ukraine directly "meddled," working with Hillary Clinton's campaign.

Yet even after minimizing Ukrainian meddling, Politiico has to report they did, in fact, interfere with our elections, in ways that sovereign nations usually do not find acceptable:

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Yet Politico's investigation found evidence of Ukrainian government involvement in the race that appears to strain diplomatic protocol dictating that governments refrain from engaging in one another's elections.

Russia's meddling has sparked outrage from the American body politic....

But only Russia's.

Because the media and the DNC are one and the same.

When Ukraine meddles on behalf of Hillary Clinton, working with DNC official Alexandria Chalupa, the media and "American body politic" says "no big deal."

It's not that Russian meddling is different than Ukranian meddling.

It's that who was claimed to have benefit is different. The media are outraged that anyone tried to help Trump; but they're very understanding about a foreign country subverting our precious elections for Hillary.

A Ukrainian-American operative who was consulting for the Democratic National Committee met with top officials in the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington in an effort to expose ties between Trump, top campaign aide Paul Manafort (pictured) and Russia, according to people with direct knowledge of the situation.
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The Ukrainian antipathy for Trump’s team -- and alignment with Clinton's -- can be traced back to late 2013....

Manafort's work for Yanukovych caught the attention of a veteran Democratic operative named Alexandra Chalupa, who had worked in the White House Office of Public Liaison during the Clinton administration. Chalupa went on to work as a staffer, then as a consultant, for Democratic National Committee. The DNC paid her $412,000 from 2004 to June 2016, according to Federal Election Commission records, though she also was paid by other clients during that time, including Democratic campaigns and the DNC's arm for engaging expatriate Democrats around the world.

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She occasionally shared her findings with officials from the DNC and Clinton’s campaign, Chalupa said. In January 2016 -- months before Manafort had taken any role in Trump’s campaign -- Chalupa told a senior DNC official that, when it came to Trump's campaign, "I felt there was a Russia connection," Chalupa recalled....

She said she shared her concern with Ukraine's ambassador to the U.S., Valeriy Chaly, and one of his top aides, Oksana Shulyar, during a March 2016 meeting at the Ukrainian Embassy.

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The day after Manafort's hiring was revealed, she briefed the DNC's communications staff on Manafort, Trump and their ties to Russia, according to an operative familiar with the situation.

So let's sum up:

A Ukranian-American operative got dirt from Ukranian officials about Paul Manafort, who they were at political war with for having done a deal with a politician who was pro-Russian.

This Ukranian-American operative cooks up the "RUSSIAN COLLUSION" narrative, and spreads it to the DNC and to Hillary Clinton.

As always, I have to mention this operative partnered up with another leftwing conspiracy theorist. NeverTrumpers never mention him, of course, but then, they also never mentioned him in the past, either.

Now, this RUSSIAN COLLUSION conspiracy theory is taken so seriously by the liberal cadre that dominates the federal government as thoroughly as the leftwing dominates college administrations that they actually spy on two officials tangentially related to a presidential campaign precisely so they can use the two-hop rule to spy on Trump's communications.

The threat of foreign interference, they thought, was so serious that it justified spying on an actual presidential candidate during an election.

The threat of foreign interference was so serious, they further thought, that it justified the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC paying a foreign spy (Steele) and giving him money with which he would pay Russian intelligence assets and informers for dirt.

So yeah: Hillary and the DNC paid, indirectly but inarguably, Russians for information.

And meanwhile, Obama used official government means against Trump.

All necessary, we're told, because the threat of RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE was just that serious.

So now Trump sees multiple news reports about direct Ukranian interference, interference itself admitted to by Ukraine, and he asks Ukraine to get to the bottom of it.

And, I'm sure, he wants to send the signal: Further interference by a foreign country in our elections will not be tolerated and may result in some official penalties.

You know -- like the official penalties Obama and then Trump imposed on Russia for interfering.

And now the same people who told us that the threat of foreign interference was so intolerable that it justified Obama lying to FISA courts to spy on a presidential candidate and Hillary Clinton bankrolling actual Russian covert operatives for dirt... say that asking Ukraine investigate its own interference is... illegal and impeachable?!

More "No Evidence" From JackStraw:

Why nobody mentions that Nellie Ohr testified under oath to Congress that Fusion GPS was getting dirt directly from Ukraine is a mystery to me.

It's not contestable. It's direct sworn testimony.

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Posted by Ace of Spades at 06:06 PM Comments

Doc_Zero/John Hayward: The Media Is Going Full Orwell to Protect Their Narrative That Only Trump Ever Put "Kids In Cages"

—Ace of Spades

We have always been at war with Oceana, and we'll delete any prior news articles saying otherwise.

His post is about AFP's falsely claiming that 2015 numbers about the number of migrant children "kept in cages" was about Trump.

When it was pointed out that these were Obama's numbers, not Trump's, the AP did not correct -- they deleted the story entirely, memory-holed it, obliterated it from the public record.

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Breaking: DNA Test Establishes That the Baby Hunter Biden Denies Is His Is In Fact His

—Ace of Spades

A guy who lies and lies and denies the paternity of his child certainly would never use his political connections to Pappy Biden to grift favors for the company paying his unqualified ass $80,000 per month.

DNA testing has established, "with scientific certainty," that Hunter Biden is the father of an Arkansas baby, according to a motion filed Wednesday in Independence County on behalf of the child’s mother, Lunden Alexis Roberts.

Biden, son of former vice president Joe Biden, "is not expected to challenge the results of the DNA test or the testing process," the filing states.

A friend snarks: "They way they could tell paternity was that the baby was also on the board of a number of Ukraine gas companies."

Can't wait for the great moralizers on the Fake Conservative (actual liberal establishment) right to explain to us why this is no big deal and says nothing about Hunter Biden's character nor of Joe Biden's.

I don't know anything about this source, but an outfit calling itself Interfax claims that Ukranian MPs are demanding that the US investigate a shady financier who they say has connections to the US Democrat Party.

At a press conference at the Interfax-Ukraine agency on Wednesday, MP Andriy Derkach announced that deputies have received new materials from investigative journalists about international corruption and the participation of Ukrainian officials in it.

"Last week, November 14, the Prosecutor General's Office (PGO), unnoticed by the media, announced a new suspicion to the notorious owner of Burisma, ex-Ecology Minister Zlochevsky. According to the suspicion, the Yanukovych family is suspected, in particular, with legalizing (laundering) of criminally obtained income through Franklin Templeton Investments, an investment fund carrying out purchases of external government loan bonds totaling $7.4 billion," Derkach said.

Ukrainian members of parliament have demanded the presidents of Ukraine and the United States, Volodymyr Zelensky and Donald Trump, investigate suspicions of the legalization of $7.4 billion by the "family" of ex-President Viktor Yanukovych through the American investment fund Franklin Templeton Investments, which they said has ties to the U.S. Democratic Party.

They say further that Templeton Investments spirited away $16.5 million into different secret accounts, notably including an account in the name of one Hunter Biden.

Twitter has already suspended an BreakingNews account which tweeted out this story.

Build your own internet, peons. Meanwhile we'll be here in DC, sucking millions from Google and mega-corporations, throwing champagne and caviar parties every month with our Free Money and talking up "old-fashioned roll-up-your-sleeves hard-workin' conservatism."

Ever notice that all of the strident propagandists for alleged Free Market Corporatism themselves have only the most tangential and hypothetical experience with actual capitalism?

They're sucking money from gifts cadged out of older people who have been tricked into thinking these people are pushing conservatism, rather than liberal-leaning archlibertarianism. As well as barely-disguised bribes from Google, Koch, etc.

What does this have to do with actually earning money, cash-for-services, cash-for-product?

These people all seem to admire capitalism -- from a safe distance, you understand.

They certainly appreciate the capitalist spirit, in others.

But for this gang of gold-plated mediocrities themselves, it's Donor Class Communism all the way. Those dinners and junkets and parties aren't going to pay for themselves.

I think it should be a rule that these High Priests of Archlibertarianism must disclose, yearly, precisely when their last contact with the capitalist system actually occurred.

For a huge swathe of them, the answer will be either "Never" or "When I was working at a Dairy Queen in junior year of high school."

When was the last time these fake-ass "libertarian capitalists" worked for an organization whose cash-flow was not generated by a mixture of beggary and bribery?

Update: 10x25mm says this about Interfax:

Interfax Ukraine is the Ukrainian operating arm of Interfax, an independent Russian news agency. Interfax Russia was associated, to some extent, with Boris Yeltsin after he rescued them from attacks by the CPSU during its final days of power.

The owner of Interfax is Mikhail Vitalivich Kommisar, who maintains a vanishingly low profile for security reasons. He is not held in high regard by the current powers in Russia.

Interfax does have a major partnership with Moody's Investors Services providing financial information on former USSR entities called SPARK.


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Oh, Dear: In Crucial Battleground Wisconsin, Support for Impeachment Falls 4%, and Trump Now Leads... The Entire Democrat Field

—Ace of Spades

Whoops!

Whoopsie!

In October, 44% of Wisconsin voters supported impeachment, and 51% opposed it. Now 40% support impeachment, and 53% oppose it.

And he's now beating Biden in Wisconsin 47-44. In October, he was losing to Biden 50-44.

In October, Trump was losing to Sanders 48-46. Now he's beating Sanders 48-45.

Even Warren was beating Trump in October, per this poll, 47-46. Now Trump is beating her 48-43.

Trump was leading Buttigieg, barely, in October, 45-43. Now he's expanded that lead to 47-39.

Don't get complacent, though: I've been repeatedly informed by NeverTrump and the left (but I repeat myself) that Trump would Literally Blow Up the Earth in his first term. That's obviously going to put a crimp in his polling.

Gonna be hard to spin a Blowed-Up Earth, if I'm being honest. Hard to come up with a Positive Take.

I mean, if I just lift from the National Review stylebook, I could say "Two Cheers for the Destruction of the Entire Planet," and talk about all the upside, while including one to-be-sure caveat sentence about why it's kind of bad for Conservative Values that all of humanity is now dead.

But hey -- lower tariffs!!!!

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Claim: Other Officers Confirm LTC Hickman's Charge That Vindman Was Reprimanded For Misbehaving With the Enemy

—Ace of Spades

This is "unsbustantiated," which now means "It's been substantiated by people who actually want to cover the story and not just bury it, but the leftwing propaganda media is going to keep on lying and claiming there's no substantiation."

Carter's reporting tracks with Deb Heine's reporting. Heine also found men who served with Hickman and Vindman who remember Vindman being reprimanded for disparaging America and Americans with his very good Russian pals.

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Wall Street Journal: Google Is Blacklisting Conservative News Sites, Despite Denials Made Under Oath

—Ace of Spades

Reported by the Daily Mail, which recapitulates the WSJ reporting. (The WSJ is behind that annoying paywall.)

Google 'DOES blacklist sites, has targeted conservative news sites and changes its algorithms to favour big businesses,' claims new report - despite the tech giant's denials

The Wall Street Journal claims Google has been blacklisting sites

It also claims that conservative publications have been blacklisted

The WSJ claims that Google made algorithmic changes in favour big businesses over smaller ones including on behalf of a major advertiser, eBay

They claim the blacklist policy instructs engineers, known as 'maintainers', to focus on sites that actively aim to mislead

A Google spokesperson said the company does 'not manually determine the order of any search result'

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The WSJ report also claims that Google made algorithmic changes to its search results that favour big businesses over smaller ones, and in at least one case made changes on behalf of eBay, which is a major advertiser.

The company also boosts some major websites, such as Amazon and Facebook in search results, according to people familiar with the matter.

Google's engineers have also created blacklists to weed out more-incendiary suggestions in auto-complete, the feature that predicts search terms as the user types a query - particularly those relating to controversial subjects such as abortion or immigration.

The WSJ compared Duckduckgo and Google autocomplete results in Joe Biden, and found that 'creepy' was suggested every time by the former but never by Google.

Here's an example of that: I just googled "John Solomon" to find his most recent reporting, and his own blog, JohnSolomonReports.com.

Google answered my query with a page full of media hits on Solomon -- including from the ostensibly-authoritative trash website Daily Beast -- attacking his credibility.

The link to his actual blog did not appear on the first page of results. Frustrated, I opened Bing and searched there.

They do this deliberately. They claim "it's the algorithm," but the algorithm is made -- and repeatedly tweaked and biased -- by intentional human action.

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The Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

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"This is how we know the impeachment hearings are a clown show:

"1. These hearings are just the culmination of a process that the Democrats started on or about the day Donald Trump was inaugurated. At that time, the whistleblower's leaker's attorney, Mark Zaid, said "the coup has started." And other Democrats have similarly been calling for impeachment from day And this was before Trump had done anything at all, let alone anything impeachable. It's like the crime was pre-determined, and now they're trying to figure out which one it is.

"2. Turns out that the Democrats have been focus-group testing their impeachment strategy. This is probably why the grounds for impeachment have been shifting from "quid pro quo" to obstruction of justice to bribery and extortion. The Democrats are switching the grounds for impeachment in and out so fast, I think I'm going to sue Adam Schiff for whiplash.

"Oh, and Trump should be impeached for undermining long-standing foreign policy put in place by, I don't know, career diplomats. That's a good one.

"4. Impeachment really should be bipartisan thing. But the Democrats haven't been able to peel off one, not one, Republican to stand with them on impeaching Trump. This is actually quite remarkable. They couldn't get even the squishiest RINOs to going along with this. This is an entirely 100% Democratic operation. And it's really funny to see how surly progressives are about this on social media. They keep saying things like "they just worship Trump", "they're all part of the Trump cult" and "it's sad that apparently not one Republican cares about facts and reality." They like to hammer that last point a lot. Oh, those poor blind Republicans. Trump is walking out of the Oval Office with all of the furniture and huge bags of cash with dollar signs imprinted on them and they can't even see it. Of course, the reason for the unyielding Republican intransigence is that they actually can see obvious facts: they know when a man is being railroaded when they see it. They know that Trump's only crime has been that he got elected.

"Lastly, if you want to talk about being oblivious to reality, I would say that it is the Democrats who are oblivious -- oblivious to the damage they're causing our political institutions and the rule of law. Impeachment was meant to be a last resort remedy, but by their constant shrieking of "impeachment!", the Democrats have turned it into just another campaign strategy. They have significantly lowered the bar as to what constitutes an impeachable offense. Heck, everything Trump does going forward that they don't like will be an impeachable offense.

"Of course, it's not going to work, and then they're going to be faced with the possibility that next election, or the one after, the institutions that they've weaponized to use against Trump will be turned around and used against them."




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Mid-Morning Art Thread [Kris]

—CBD

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Et in Arcadia ego
Nicolas Poussin

Nicholas Poussin was one of the most influential painters of the Baroque era. While other Baroque artists were composing art with dramatic forms and lighting, vivid, radiant color, and huge action, Poussin’s art is quiet scenes of heavy classicism. “Poussinisme” would come to describe art that emphasizes form over color, with clean lines and defined pictorial regions, and compositions that appealed to the mind rather than the heart or emotions. His style would define French tastes for almost a century, until the rise of Rococo.

This work is a pastoral, artworks in idyllic landscapes that a viewer is supposed to just enjoy. The subjects are usually shepherds who while away their days playing their pan flutes or lutes, or just relax, while their animals graze in lush, green fields. Arcadia was an area in ancient Greece where Pan, the god of herds, lived, so an “Arcadia” in art is a pastoral located in ancient Greece.

In “Et in Arcadia Ego”, we see three male shepherds and one female figure. The males crowd around a large stone object that just sits on a rise in the middle of this landscape. It is engraved with the work’s title, which translates to: “I am also in Arcadia.” They think about this when a woman appears. She is not with the men because her clothes and body language are different, and the men seem to defer to her. Usually artists will use attributes to identify their figures so audiences don’t have to guess. Poussin has left her identification ambiguous. Many scholars I’ve read believe she is a goddess.

The woman is tall and statuesque. One hand is on her hip while she gently rest the other on the back of the red shepherd. No emotion shows on her face. If she is a goddess then Poussin is adhering to the Classical trait of aloofness in the gods. She seems to listen patiently to their questions about the object and its meaning.

The color palette is subdued here except in the cloaks of the three central figures. This immediately draws our attention to them. Each figure wears one of the primary colors for further emphasis. Of these three, I think the two on the right, dressed in red and yellow, are the most important. The two most vivid colors right next to each other radiate in the neutral browns and tans surrounding them. These figures are opposites: male and female, body and spirit, confusion and confidence, bent over and standing straight, ignorance and knowledge, emotion and rationality. I think Poussin might be acknowledging the two sides of human existence, but is placing importance on rationality and knowledge and saying that they are found in the Divine.

The goddess is almost mirrored by the young man in tan on the very left. Unlike his friends, he doesn’t examine the inscription closely. Instead it seems as though he realizes its implication, accepts its truth, and is saddened by it. His world isn’t what he thought it was. I think the drab color in his outfit may be a reflection of his mood. I also like that, while he is standing while his friend crouch, he is still not as straight or tall as the goddess. This emphasizes her authority and importance further.

The painting is laid out like a scene in a play. Everything is centered and right up front. The gestures are clear and the figures are very well-defined. The landscape is like a painted backdrop in a play. It establishes that Arcadia is truly paradise—beautiful, with green fields and picturesque mountains that stretch as far as the eye can see. But in the center of it all, mounted on a rise for all to see, is the object and its inscription. Its meaning cannot be ignored.

Posted by CBD at 09:30 AM Comments

The Morning Report - 11/20/19

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. Wednesday and for those of us living in the real world, the Democrats' case for impeaching and removing Trump from office collapsed like a wet pierogi yesterday when its star witness, the puffy Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman (in service of whose army he wears the uniform for still a topic for debate). I'll get to the particulars in a second but really, the most important thing to keep in mind that makes any and all of this utterly irrelevant is the transcript of the phone call between Presidents Trump and Zelensky was released about two weeks ago and there is nothing that was said that could even be remotely construed as an impeachable offense. Unlike the REO-Speedwagon-heard-it-from-a-friend-who-heard-it-from-a-friend mid level bureaucrats, traitors and flunkies who are just out and out liars with axes to grind, Lt. General Keith Kellog, who is Mike Pence's national security advisor was actually on the call and has confirmed zero impropriety. Period. Full stop.

But, for those still keen on fabulists, Majorette Bearclaw's testimony included admitting, much that it pained him to say so, that the President makes policy and it is not incumbent upon him to do what the State Dept. or others want, this after going to the NSC to bitch and moan about disagreeing with the President's Ukraine policy. Can you say "insubordination?" He claimed that he advised the Ukrainian President not to trust the Russians, despite later admitting that he never had a private one-on-one with him. In any case it would be funny if he did say something so moronic considering Russia had already annexed Crimea, and who the hell is this fat sack of lipids to give advice to anyone? He also claimed he heard the word "Burisma" mentioned on the call despite not being on the transcript but that that was not a significant omission (pfft!) and conceded that Hunter Biden had zero qualifications for the alleged position he held at that company and most crucially that despite not knowing who the alleged "whistleblower" is gave a very distinct impression that he, Vindman, was a key source of information in the actual whistleblower complaint. And that's when Schiff-for-Brains started banging the gavel like a crack-addicted chimpanzee playing drums for the Evolution Revolution.

Later on, it was the turn of former diplomat Kurt Volker to look like a jackass courtesy of Rep. Mike Turner:

..."So I get to ask you. You had a meeting with the President of the United States, and you believe that the policy issues he raised concerning Ukraine were valid, correct?"

"Yes," Volker said.

"Did the President of the United States ever say to you that he was not going to allow aid from the United States to go to the Ukraine unless there were investigations into Burisma, the Bidens, or the 2016 elections?" Turner asked.

"No, he did not," Volker said.

Turner then asked, "Did the Ukrainians ever tell you that they understood that they would not get a meeting with the President of the United States, a phone call with the President of the United States, military aid, or foreign aid from the United States unless they undertook investigations of Burisma, the Bidens, or the 2016 elections?"

"No, they did not," Volker said.

Turner noted that Volker's answers essentially dismantled the Democrats' entire case for impeaching Trump.

"Pretty much, Ambassador Volker, you just, like, took apart their entire case," Turner said.

So, okay. So far all of the so-called "star witnesses" who we were assured had the smoking gun evidence to remove Trump from office have only made the Democrats and the Media look like the real criminals in the eyes of the American people. More and more are finding this whole thing to be a sham and a hit job to take out Trump. This is turning into a titanic disaster for the Democrats no matter how you slice it. If they do impeach him in the House, which I am sure they are going to have to do, there is no way in hell the Senate will vote to convict. Even if you got a few of the probable defectors to vote with the Dems, the end result is Trump will have been found innocent in a trial, and that is a political disaster for Palsi and the party. Probably, it's a worse disaster than if she pulls the plug and enrages her base.

Beyond the politics of all this is the fact that individuals like Vindman, Volker, Yovanovitch as well as the other names we've come to know and loathe like Page, Strzok, McCabe, Ohr and all the rest represent a cancer on the republic. Vindman's actions and attitude underscore their belief that they control the direction of the nation, and not the people or the politicians they elect for a few years at a stretch. In the case of the State Department and the Intelligence Community, given all we have learned over the past three years and longer, America's national security would not be affected negatively in any significant way if the CIA, NSA and the State Dept. were simply abolished. In fact, you could argue that it would improve. And what of all the other federal agencies and departments that control our lives and issue edicts and rules that have the full effect of law, despite the fact that none of the people issuing them have ever been elected and its damned near impossible to fire them? Collectively, they have the same damned attitude of Vindman. It's a fatal conceit that is already having dire consequences on the body politic.

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

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

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Posted by J.J. Sefton at 07:01 AM Comments

Tuesday Overnight Open Thread (11/19/19)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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THE QUOTES OF THE DAY


Quote I

"You know, sometimes politicians who are stuck in Washington, and don't take the time to get out, don't get out to where real people live and play and work, they lose touch with the reality of where the heartbeat of our country is," she told a crowd at a recent campaign rally. "The heartbeat of our country, it's certainly not in Washington, D.C. The heartbeat of our country is in rooms like this. In communities like yours all across this country, standing up and saying it is time now for our voices to be heard." Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)


Quote II

People are excited about Buttigieg. He's fresh, he's new. He's gay. He's a serviceman. He served in Afghanistan. He's married, and a very, I mean unless you are a homophobe, he's married in a very traditional marriage, you know? Totally monogamous, and that should appeal to the silent majority, whoever they are. Joy Behar


Quote III

For generations, our community has been fed empty promises by Democratic candidates who pledged to fight for minorities and help the African-American community, only to ignore us after rising to power. Herman Cain


Quote IV

If a gay man doesn’t want to have sex with someone who has a vagina and a lesbian doesn’t want to have sex with someone who has a dick, they are not being transphobic. They’re being — how shall I put this? — gay. Andrew Sullivan

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Posted by Misanthropic Humanitarian at 09:57 PM Comments

Little Brian Stelter: Say, Now That Our Newest Coup Attempts Are Failing, Maybe It's Time to Dust Off Our First Coup Plan, Invoking the 25th Amendment

—Ace of Spades

You're not supposed to bat around the whole lineup if you keep striking out.

Yesterday, CNN announced that, with Russia Hoax 2.0 failing, they were going back to Russia Hoax 1.0-- claiming that Trump lied to Mueller or something.

Something Mueller himself was unable to establish.

Now they're going back ever further into the lineup.

Now they're trotting out the 25th Amendment coup plan again.

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Posted by Ace of Spades at 08:15 PM Comments

AP Publishes Story Noting That 100,000 Migrant Children are In Detention, Pinning This on Trump;
Then They "Retract" The Story When They Learn This Figure is from 2015, and Therefore Not "News" Because It's Not Helpful to Democrats

—Ace of Spades

Brave firefighters who need to be spat on in public.

The story's still true -- they're just retracting it because it fails to advance the political interests they're in the business of advancing.

Wouldn't want any context about Obama's detention policies cluttering up the narrative, huh, AP?

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DOJ Releases More Information About Strzok in Motion to Dismiss His Lawsuit Against Them

—Ace of Spades

Strzok filed suit, laughably, challenging the DOJ's determination that he should be fired.

The Department of Justice released documents Monday outlining a slew of "security violations" and flagrantly "unprofessional conduct" by anti-Trump ex-FBI agent Peter Strzok -- including his alleged practice of keeping sensitive FBI documents on his unsecured personal electronic devices, even as his wife gained access to his cellphone and discovered evidence that he was having an affair with former FBI attorney Lisa Page.

The DOJ was seeking to dismiss Strzok's lawsuit claiming he was unfairly fired and deserves to be reinstated as chief of the counterespionage division at the FBI. In its filing, the DOJ included an August 2018 letter to Strzok from the DOJ's Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), which said in part that Strzok had engaged in a "dereliction of supervisory responsibility" by failing to investigate the potentially classified Hillary Clinton emails that had turned up on an unsecured laptop belonging to Anthony Weiner as the 2016 election approached.

The situation became so dire, OPR said, that a case agent in New York told federal prosecutors there that he was "scared" and "paranoid" that "somebody was not acting appropriately" and that "somebody was trying to bury this."

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Additionally, DOJ and OPR noted that although Strzok claimed to have "double deleted" sensitive FBI materials from his personal devices, his wife nonetheless apparently found evidence of his affair on his cellphone -- including photographs and a hotel reservation "ostensibly" used for a "romantic encounter." Strzok didn't consent to turning over the devices for review, according to OPR, even as he acknowledged using Apple's iMessage service for some FBI work.

"[My wife] has my phone. Read an angry note I wrote but didn't send you. That is her calling from my phone. She says she wants to talk to [you]. Said we were close friends nothing more," one of Strzok's text to Page read, according to the filing.

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Strzok's wife allegedly threatened to send Page's husband some of the photographs from Strzok's phone.

One quick vocabularly point: I've never trusted myself to use the word "ostensibly" because I wasn't sure if it meant apparently or supposedly/purportedly.

And that's a big difference; it's it's "apparently," that means it's your own take on the evidence; if it's "supposedly," that's someone else trying to push their take on you.

Turns out, it means both -- either apparently or supposedly, but not necessarily actually.

Here's the etymology, which suggests it started out as mostly meaning "purportedly:"

1730, "capable of being shown, that can be shown or seen, presentable," from French ostensible, from Latin ostens-, past-participle stem of ostendere "to show, expose to view; to stretch out, spread before; exhibit, display," from assimilated form of ob "in front of" (see ob-) + tendere "to stretch," from PIE root *ten- "to stretch." Meaning "apparent, professed, put forth or held out as real" is from 1771.

So if that one's been bothering you, you're welcome.

Below, some tweets containing screenshots of the filing.

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RUSSIAN Propaganda Site Daily Caller Releases "Doctored Video" of Impeachment Hero Eric Swallwell, and Must Be Deplatformed Immediately
Plus: More Bearclaw!

—Ace of Spades

This guy's underwear is working harder than Ana Navarro's spanx.

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Doc_Zero/John Hayward: The Takeaway from Impeachment Theater Is That The Unelected Permanent Government Has Lost Confidence In the Voters

—Ace of Spades

Would it not be simpler to dissolve the people, and install another?

The big takeaway from Impeachment Theater is that American voters have influence over a much smaller portion of the federal government than they believed. Washington is a feudal bureaucratic empire with a small suggestion box.

Last week American voters were introduced to the idea that the elected President of the United States can be accused of "undermining" foreign policy determined by the permanent bureaucracy, which spends billions of our tax dollars but is not even slightly interested in our input.



We've been told top bureaucrats who supposedly serve at the pleasure of the president are actually entitled to their jobs and firing them is a crime, with the president presumed guilty unless he can prove he had an acceptable reason for terminating or reassigning them.

We've learned that Made Men of the bureaucratic empire and its political wing, the Democrat Party, cannot be investigated for corruption unless the most exquisite preliminary rituals are followed and the investigators can demonstrate the absolute purity of their intentions.

Outside of Impeachment Theater, we've been told it's heroic for the bureaucracy to organize "resistance" against the elected president and congressional representatives, if the Washington empire disapproves of the voters' choices.

We've discovered obscure lower-court judges can hijack entire segments of national policy on a whim. Some of these imperial proclamations have been expressly premised on the notion that American citizens have less to say about their own government than foreign nationals do.

We've learned a president the imperial bureaucracy likes can issue executive orders that cannot be reversed by presidents it disapproves of. The people are belatedly informed that some matters are settled forever on the "one man, one vote, one time" principle.

The essence of self-government, the true right that matters above all others, is the right to say "no." We've learned over the past three years that the American people no longer have that right in most cases, but their nominal employees in the federal government do.

If the imperial bureaucracy makes a demand of you, good luck with trying to work up a "resistance" movement. Good luck getting any favorable attention from the media that has fused with that bureaucracy and enjoys a revolving door of employment with it.

But if you, the Little People, cast votes the imperial bureaucracy doesn't like... well, watch out. They'll fight you every step of the way and spend untold millions of YOUR dollars against you. Then they'll get in front of cameras and expect you to applaud them as heroes.

It was always a swindle to convince the American people that democracy serves as a failsafe check against authoritarian power. We were fooled into thinking our government could never become dictatorial, no matter how much power it claims, because we can always vote the bums out.

Guess what, kids? "Voting the bums out" turns out to be nearly impossible in any significant sense, because they can use their vast resources of money, power, and media to create defensive phalanxes of rock-solid voters. They can give you billions of reasons not to vote them out.


And as we've seen since 2017, even if you DO manage to vote the bums out, or vote in an administration that disagrees with the imperial consensus, you learn that most of the power and money is controlled by people you never get to vote against.

You learn that the people you don't vote for are very capable of defending their privileges against the people who DO have to face the voters. And you learn that far more issues than you ever suspected are considered "settled" so you'll never get to vote on them again. /end

Posted by Ace of Spades at 03:40 PM Comments

Oh: Mr. Bearclaw -- I'm Sorry, Lieutenant Colonel Bearclaw -- Admits That Ukraine Asked Him to... Be Their Defense Minister

—Ace of Spades

Apparently the Ukranians had absolutely no questions about Vindman's national loyalties. They offered him one of the highest-ranking positions in government -- three times.

White House official Lt. Col. [Big Boy Bearclaw] testified Tuesday as part of the House impeachment inquiry that he was asked to serve as Ukraine’s defense minister -- but repeatedly denied the offers -- when he traveled to Kiev for the inauguration of President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Minority counsel Steve Castor asked Vindman about the offer made by Ukraine's Defense Council Oleksandr Danylyuk earlier this year.


[Lt. Col. Bearclaw] testified Tuesday that Danylyuk offered him the position "three times."

"Every single time, I dismissed it," [Bearclaw] said. "Upon returning, I notified my chain of command and the appropriate counterintelligence folks about this offer."

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Senator Kennedy of Louisiana: Epstein Did Not Kill Himself

—Ace of Spades



Meanwhile, the FBI is investigating Epstein's suicide death as a possible "criminal enterprise."

Bureau of Prisons Director Kathleen Hawk Sawyer revealed during testimony to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday that the FBI is investigating whether a "criminal enterprise" played a role in the death of convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.


Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, asked Sawyer: "With a case this high profile, there has got to be either a major malfunction of the system or criminal enterprise at foot to allow this to happen. So are you looking at both, is the FBI looking at both?"

Sawyer responded: "The FBI is involved and they are looking at criminal enterprise, yes."

Jeffrey Epstein

As guilty of sex trafficking as he is innocent of suicide.

Posted by Ace of Spades at 01:44 PM Comments

C*ck-Fil-A? Chick-Fil-A Will No Longer Donate to Organizations Gay Pressure Groups Claim Are "Anti-Gay"

—Ace of Spades

You know -- alt-right organizations like the Salvation Army.

Chick-fil-A said Monday that it has stopped donations to several Christian organizations after receiving backlash from LGBT rights activists over the last several weeks.

The U.S. fast food chain said that as it expands, it will no longer donate to the Salvation Army, the Paul Anderson Youth Home, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which opposes same-sex marriage. The company’s charity, the Chick-fil-A Foundation, has donated millions of dollars to the two organizations.

"We made multi-year commitments to both organizations and we fulfilled those obligations in 2018," a representative for Chick-fil-A said, saying the chain will now focus its charitable donations on "education, homelessness and hunger."

Nevergiveup says that Chick-Fil-A did not admit they were bowing to PC pressure, but... well, if they're focusing on "homelessness and hunger," why would they stop donating to the Salvation Army, except for the pressure from gay groups?

And of course they would not admit that.

But I can't make sense of claiming you're redirecting your donations to help with "homelessness and hunger," and then say, "And that means no more donations to the Salvation Army."

Chick-Fil-A disputes that this represents a "cave" to gay gestapo groups, but it seems to be that, at least to me.

Gay groups have been directing hateful protests at the organization for weeks.

Below, video of some of the protesters, including many, many drag queens.

David French rates this "a blessing of liberty," I presume.

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Eric Swallowall Drops a Raucously Loud Fart on Live TV

—Ace of Spades

Well that's one way to get some Twitter buzz.

I know this is old but it's too good.

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The Morning Rant: Minimalist Edition

—CBD

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Socialism inevitably leads to totalitarian governments.
Socialism inevitably leads to police states.
Socialism inevitably leads to death.

And that is what is coming to Hong Kong.

I can game out lots of scenarios that lead to a relaxation of Chinese control over Hong Kong, but they are long shots. The smart money is betting the over on number of deaths, and the under on the whole "Protesters Win!"

Police surround last holdouts at Hong Kong university

About 100 anti-government protesters remained holed up at a Hong Kong university Tuesday, unsure what to do next as food supplies dwindled and a police siege of the campus entered its third day.

Police played a waiting game after 10 days of some of the most intense protests the city has seen in more than five months of often violent unrest.

The government has stood firm, rejecting most of the protesters’ demands, even as they shut down major roads and trains during rush hour every day last week, turned several university campuses into fortresses and blocked a major road tunnel, which remained shut Tuesday.

In Beijing, the National People’s Congress criticized the high court in Hong Kong for striking down a ban on wearing face masks at the protests. China has taken a tough line on the protests and said that restoring order is the city’s highest priority.

Ah yes...restoring order. Sounds like hooliganism or usurious Jews or teaching reading to girls is running rampant.

See, it's all the same, all over the world and all through history. When government is powerful it violates the natural rights of its citizens. That is immutable. So any time some liberal virtue-signalling asshat wants to know why we need guns, point at Hong Kong.

The only reason the ChiComs haven't rolled the tanks is because Hong Kong is visible to the world. So they have to tread lightly or even LeBron James might say something unflattering about the largest and most pervasive police state in history.

They will start the killing soon, if they haven't already. And whatever you might see or read in the media, it is worse on the ground. The Chinese government cannot lose this battle, or the same thing will eventually happen in hundreds of cities across China. And that will mean death and destruction that will rival the cultural revolution or Pol Pot.

We are indeed living in interesting times.

Posted by CBD at 11:00 AM Comments

Mid-Morning Art Thread

—CBD

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Chevalier D'Eon
Thomas Stuart

In this case you are correct. Just read about...uh...xer?

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The Morning Report - 11/19/19

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. Another day and another star witness who's going to blow this thing wide open and nail Trump. This time it's some career foreign service tool named David Holmes, the political officer at the US embassy in Ukraine who claimed to have overheard a phone call between Trump and ambassador Gordon Sondland the day after the crucial conversation between Presidents Trump and Zelensky that's at the heart of the drive to impeach. Aside from the fact that Holmes is yet another bureaucratic cog in the Deep State tyrannical machine, that he hates Trump and his foreign policy, and that his so-called damning evidence is based on copious notes he took of his colleagues remarks about the Presidents' call, he himself did not hear the call and in fact had been drinking when he heard the conversation between Trump and Sondland. Considering the fact that he offers nothing new, had been drinking and that the transcript of the call that got all this crap going has been released and is indeed "a perfect call," there is no there there.

But still they persist. Nancy Palsi, Schiff-for-Brains and the entire Democrat-Left-Media Complex is going to go full steam ahead for the next 51 weeks, despite the fact that it will absolutely destroy whatever illusion of a functioning political process America once might have had and permanently damage any chance of uniting what is now a deeply divided citizenry. No matter what the media claims, this is not playing at all well in Peoria. So tone deaf in their arrogance and haughtiness are the Dems that they think the American people are just too fucking stupid and inbred to understand quid pro quo, and are using focus groups to try and come up with simpler words for us filthy knuckle-dragging rubes to comprehend, like bribery and abuse of power. It doesn't matter what they call it; the American people by and large are not only not buying it but are coming to the conclusion that this entire thing is engineered as a means to persecute and illegally oust Trump. Some have even said, look, we're less than a year out from the election, so why not just let the people decide. This is where Palsi let's the strings holding up her face slip where she reveals much not only about how they feel about this election but how the Globalist so-called "elite" look upon their entitlement to power. We cannot take a chance on ignorant masses going against us like they did in 2016 (and '80 and '84 for that matter). It also not so subtly confirms what we have long suspected, insofar as elections, at least on a national level and sometimes at a state level are and have been a rigged game.

Other than that, the other major development is that Trump is hinting that he might agree to testify in the investigation. Like so many times before, I think he is calculating yet again to maneuver the Dems into another trap. Stay tuned.

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

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

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Brett Biare on Fox just now grilling Jordan using Dem talking points - at some point someone needs to tell Brett why he seems completely not skeptical about anything the Dems are whining about - it becomes embarrassing after so many narrative failures. He talks to Jordan like he's amazed how no one can see all the corruption the Dems are pointing to!
The latest breathless thing Brett wonders aloud without an ounce of self-awareness is how can ALL these senior courageous DOS officials be wrong? And only Trump is right? As Jordan pointed out, Trump's not allowed to have his own witnesses...so you ain't seeing them Brett - and there are hundreds upon hundreds of these DOS people to contradict these few idiots Schiff weeded out.
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Yeah, personally, I'm no longer watching Fox, except for a specific appearance, and except (sometimes) for Tucker Carlson. They're just Fat CNN -- CNN with fatter newsreaders.
Clarification: excluding Brian Stelter, obviously!
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Will never vote for any R who does not support impeachment and removal. That means practically none of the current generation. So be it.

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Awww: Femmy fake libertarian Julian Sanchez is very, very sad that impeachment just isn't going the way he wanted it to
He needs to drink 24 ounces of water, so he doesn't get dehydrated from all of his crying
I know my claims about the Greatest Song of the 20th Century have been questionable at best, but now, I have run the experiments and checked the data and tweaked the algorithms and can now present to you, finally, unquestionably, The All-Time Greatest Song of the 20th Century
By star of stage and screen Kristy McNichol, of course
Democrat congressional candidate who assaulted Representative Matt Gaetz -- she "milkshaked" him, which is an assault -- sentenced to prison, but only for a mere 15 days
The courts are George Soros-backed prosecutors are making it clear that the left has a green flag for violence. They are playing a dangerous game which will not end well.
Free Beacon headline: On 77th Birthday, Grandpa Joe Biden Welcomes Sixth Grandchild
Hunter's denied/unacknowledged love child, they mean.
Can't wait for the left -- including the NeverTrumpers (but I repeat myself) -- to start claiming it's not fair to pick on Hunter for his out-of-wedlock sex-child, trusting that we won't remember their absolute glee about Palin's daughter's pregnancy.
Ever notice that all of the strident propagandists for alleged Free Market Corporatism themselves have only the most theoretical experience with actual capitalism?
They're sucking money from gifts cadged out of older people who have been tricked into thinking these people are pushing conservatism, rather than liberal-leaning archlibertarianism. As well as barely-disguised bribes from Google, Koch, etc.
What does this have to do with actually earning money, cash-for-services, cash-for-product?
These people all seem to be great admirers of capitalism -- from a safe distance, you understand.
They certainly appreciate the capitalist spirit -- in others.
But for this gang of gold-plated mediocrities themselves, it's Donor Class Communism all the way. Those dinners and junkets and parties aren't going to pay for themselves.
I think it should be a rule that these High Priests of Archlibertarianism must disclose, yearly, precisely when their last contact with the capitalist system actually occurred.
For a huge swathe of them, the answer will be either "Never" or "When I was working at a Dairy Queen in junior year of high school."
When was the last time these fake-ass "libertarian capitalists" worked for an organization whose cash-flow was not generated by a mixture of beggary and bribery?
Is this something?
It's a girl group doing a surf rock cover of Britney Spears' Toxic.
Quentin Tarantino just died from orgasm.
They're not the greatest players but I like the idea.
I know why Bruce Jenner pretended to have a sex change: so that he, a 70 year old man, could bang a 23 year old woman and be endlessly praised for his bravery
If only I could know such bravery! As Sir Galahad said, "Let me go back, and face the peril!"
h/t: Enquiring minds want to know
Analysis/Claim: More women saw "Rambo: Last Blood" than "Charlie's Angels"
lol, I guess Elizabeth Banks was right about women seeing action movies with dudes
I take so much joy in her failure. Why? Well, remember, she produced this incredibly annoying celebrity sing-a-long for Hillary? Eat a dick, hag.
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