January 24, 2020

Man Chokes His Girlfriend When She Complains That She's Tired of Watching the Impeachment Trial;
Another Man Murders His Pro-Trump Boss

—Ace

The reality-based community.

A Pennsylvania man grew so "upset" while watching the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, he allegedly choked and punched his girlfriend when she suggested they watch something else.


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When the woman told Clark she "would like to watch something else," he began to curse at her and called her "dumb" and "stupid," USA Today reported. She was on Clark's lap when she attempted to calm him down, but he began choking her with both hands to the point that she could barely breathe, documents state. When she broke away and tried to leave, Clark punched her twice and pushed her several times.

Another member of the #DemocratWinnersClub murdered his pro-Trump boss after getting into an argument with him.

A worker with anti-government views fatally stabbed his Trump-supporting boss at a highway construction site and placed an American flag next to the body after they got into a political argument, deputies in Florida said Tuesday.

Mason Toney, 28, was charged with first-degree murder for the killing of William Knight on Monday, according to an arrest affidavit from the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

Co-workers told investigators that Toney and Knight were friends outside of work despite their political differences. Knight was an “outspoken American" who was "pro-Donald Trump," while co-workers described Toney as “anti-government and very outspoken in his beliefs that the government is bad and out to get him," according to the arrest affidavit.

Prediction: These stories will get 1/1,000,000th of the play that the 2nd Amendment rally violence -- violence which was eagerly anticipated by the left, but which sadly did not materialize -- got.

Are we going to get any media chatter on the need for Democrats and liberals to moderate their tone for fear of setting off their large numbers of mentally ill followers, or is that just for conservatives?

Obviously the latter. James Hodgkinson proved that.

This is amusing:

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Posted by Ace at 06:49 PM Comments



Joni Ernst: I'm Tired of Liberal House Mangers Lecturing Us About the Ukraine When Four of Them Repeatedly Voted Against Providing Ukraine with Lethal Aid

—Ace

Seems like the Nadler/Schiff/Lofgren Charm Offensive is working like gangbusters.

Thanks to Tami.

Meanwhile, playwright/screenwriter David Mamet says Trump has turned out to be a great president, and says the left's reaction to him is "psychotic."

Which I personally don't take as metaphorical. I take it as literal. And I agree.

"The reaction to Trump to me is fascinating," Mamet said. "And one day I started looking at it and squinted my eyes. If you take a Freudian analytical concept, turn it inside out -- flip cause and effect and see if the dream makes sense. So if we flip cause and effect, the reaction to Trump -- which is psychotic -- is equal I believe hydraulically to the reaction to a charismatic leader."

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Posted by Ace at 05:58 PM Comments



Trump: "It is my profound honor to be the first president in U.S. history to attend the March for Life!"

—Ace

It's hard to take people who are plainly more liberal than conservative shrieking "Trump's not a real conservative" when for 40 years those same undercover liberals have strongly advised GOP presidents to stay away from the March for Life.

Is Trump really a conservative?

I don't know. Is my lawyer really on my side? If he keep doing a good job at pressing my claims in court and defending me from accusations, do I care if he's "really on my side" or just on my side because I pay him?

Is my lawyer acting like he's on my side just because he loves me or due to the facts that our interests align, and he can expect to profit by advancing my interests?

Does it matter?

You know, Milton Friedman said, approximately, never count on a politician to "do the right thing." Only count on politicians to do things which are in their own interest.

And Donald Trump has, for whatever reason, decided that advancing the conservative cause is in his own self-interest.

Meanwhile, the NeverTrump critics of the billionaire's-playground "conservative media" have an entirely different set of interests -- career interests which include making sure they're always considered "safe and reasonable Polite Company Conservatives" who can be hired by Michael Bloomberg and other leftwing media tycoons, and making sure their columns comport with the political and economic imperatives of the identities-concealed AEI corporate/billionaire donors paying their home mortgage payments.

Trump acts as if he's on my side.

Which the True Conservatives never do. The "True Conservatives" only seem to get emotionally invested in politics when it affords them a chance to attack real conservatives and make a show for their liberal friends of "patrolling their own."

Always eager to build up goodwill with possible future liberal employers... at the expense of losing all goodwill from actual conservative voters.

These guys are "not on your side." They do not write for you. You are not their clients.

You are their commodity, the thing they package up and sell to their actual clients, their employers, their donors.

Ever wonder why they spend so much time trying to convince conservatives of the rightness of liberal ideas, and so little time trying to convince liberals of the rightness of conservative ones?

So here's that Fake Conservative Trump, doing what "Real Conservatives" have always lacked the courage to urge presidents to do.

Or have been paid not to urge them to do.

"Unborn children have never had a stronger defender in the White House," Trump declared. He mentioned his administration's efforts on the Mexico City Policy, a pro-life rule on Title X funding, support for the Little Sisters of the Poor, new rules preserving faith-based adoption, and his 187 confirmed originalist federal judges.

"Sadly, the far-left is actively working to erase our God-given rights, shut down faith-based charities, ban religious believers from the public square, and silence Americans who believe in the sanctity of life," the president declared. "They are coming after me because I am fighting for you and we are fighting for those who have no voice, and we will win."

Given that it was during last year's March for Life that the "True Conservative" grifters in our movement decided to use their influence to slander a pro-life 16-year-old for the crime of Being White While Protesting, it's a great time to re-read Julie Kelly's carpet-bombing of the "Call Out 'Conservatives'" who gleefully join the left whenever possible.

On Sunday afternoon, as the media's narrative fell apart and the reality of the situation came into view, National Review quietly removed Frankovich’s article from its website. Rich Lowry, the outlet's editor, explained in a very brief post that he and Frankovich had been duped by a "hoax" and that Frankovich's "strongly worded post" had been taken down. Lowry also deleted a few of his own tweets that inaccurately portrayed the incident.

That was it. Rather than acknowledge that the editor and deputy editor for a once reliable and thoughtful conservative magazine were complicit in mob-shaming teenage boys attending a pro-life rally, they quickly excused their behavior as nothing more than gullibility. There was no apology, save for this quasi mea culpa. There was no "calling out" other conservatives who also had participated in the viral assault on innocent young boys.

Two NRO articles addressed the the media’s malfeasance in the matter. In particular, "Nathan Phillips Lied, The Media Bought It," wrote Kyle Smith.

But the fact that editors for National Review also bought into the various lies escaped mention. This also included senior editor Jay Nordlinger, who deleted a January 19 tweet that read, "the images of those red-hat kids surrounding and mocking that old Indian are unbearable. Absolutely unbearable. An American disgrace." Jonah Goldberg hand-waved away Frankovich's vicious post as just "different people reaching different conclusions or having different opinions."

Goldberg and Lowry also retweeted false accounts of the event to their hundreds of thousands of followers, inviting even more people to join in in the public lynching of a boy.

So, what motivated a seemingly measured man like Frankovich to pen a midnight hit piece on teenagers? What compelled Lowry and Nordlinger to join the outrage mob, and Goldberg to defend their choice? Why do NeverTrump (or even SometimesTrump) "conservatives" like Lowry more often than not side with the Left's mercenaries in the media who are hellbent on destroying this presidency and the people who support it? After all, these are the same folks who warn us on a daily basis that the president cannot be trusted, that he’s a dishonest purveyor of the truth, and that his cult-like followers have no ability to distinguish fact from fiction.

The easy explanation for their bad behavior this weekend would be confirmation bias, the propensity to select or ignore evidence to support a specific viewpoint. Anti-Trump "conservatives" long ago decided that Donald Trump not only is unfit for office, but that his supporters are ignorant rubes with racist tendencies. (NR's David French wrote recently that Trump is the reason for a supposed--but actually imaginary--rise in white supremacy.)

In an interview Monday night, Goldberg again defended his side’s confirmation bias by invoking another tactic--false equivalence. "The confirmation bias that says, ah ha, this proves that the people I disagree with aren’t just wrong, they're evil, which is rampant on both sides of the aisle these days." Contrary to how Goldberg tries to sell it, it's pernicious on one side: His.

But this time they crossed a line.

Yes, this time they made it quite clear with whom their true political/cultural allegiances lay. The masks slipped, a little too far to recover in time.

And I think we all really want to have more "True Conservatism" preached at us by people who gleefully join with the left in viciously slandering pro-life teens.

And we need to have "accountability and honesty" preached at us by people who refuse to this very day to admit their role in the mob savaging, or confess what bad wiring might have caused them to do so.

Posted by Ace at 04:58 PM Comments

lol: Washington Post/ABC Poll Is Bad News For Democrats, Impeachment, and Bill Kristol's Billionaire Dark Money Donors

—Ace

Cry.

President Trump's approval rating has climbed to match the highest of his presidency, boosted by majority approval of his economic stewardship even as Americans remain deeply divided on whether the Senate should remove him from office, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.

The Post-ABC poll finds 44 percent of Americans approve of Trump's overall job performance and 51 percent disapprove. While views of Trump remain negative, Trump's approval rating is significantly improved from his 38 percent mark in late October.

A 56 percent majority approves of Trump’s handling of the economy, up 10 percentage points from September and his strongest rating on his marquee issue since entering office. By contrast, 39 percent approve of Trump’s handling of his impeachment, while 50 percent disapprove.

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The nationwide survey, which overlapped with the start of arguments in Trump's impeachment trial in the Senate this week, finds 47 percent of the public saying senators should remove Trump from office and 49 percent saying they should not. Those views are similar to a Post-ABC poll in December, in which 49 percent supported Trump's removal while 46 percent were opposed.

The numbers are "similar," yes, but now reversed.

A friend underscores that this is a poll of adults, not likely voters and not even registered voters. Which is traditionally the very best sample for Democrats, and overcounts Democrats.

More: TheJamesMadison points out this finding from Gallup: Satisfaction Surpasses 40% for First Time Since 2005

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Posted by Ace at 03:41 PM Comments

Clarence Thomas: Bending the Long Arc of History

—J.J. Sefton

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Besides President Trump, arguably one of the most transformative figures to emerge onto the American political landscape in half a century is Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Clarence Thomas. Yet, it's not his stellar legal mind, reflected in scores of brilliant opinions he has penned over the course of his nearly 29-year career at the highest court in the land that earns for him that status. Sadly, it is merely for the fact the he is a black man who, after coming of age in the repressive Democrat Deep South and even embracing the black radicalism of the late 60s ultimately had the scales fall from his eyes and dared reject the political Democrat-Left plantation. But when he was nominated to take the seat vacated by Thurgood Marshall on the Supreme Court that he became not only their worst nightmare, but an existential threat.

Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words, a new documentary slated for release at the end of the month, is a powerful journey back in time, told mostly by Thomas in his own words, and in some segments by his remarkable wife Ginny and mentor and champion, former Senator John Danforth. Justice Thomas takes us from his childhood in the sleepy Gullah hamlet of Pin Point, Georgia, to life with his mentally unstable mother in the slums of segregated Savannah, and then ultimately to be rescued by his grandparents, where his no nonsense, hardworking grandfather, Myers Anderson, became that crucial guiding force that nurtured both his intellect and his character, and in Thomas' estimation "the greatest man I have ever known."

From childhood in the 50s through the 60s all the way to adulthood in the 70s and early 80s, a common theme that Thomas weaves throughout is disillusionment. First, with the Catholic Church then the black radicals he gravitated towards, with "the soft bigotry of low expectations" that characterized the disastrous Democrat-Leftist social and racial policy he felt after graduating from Yale Law, and later, as chairman of the EEOC under Ronald Reagan, where he saw firsthand the hypocrisy of black leaders blaming the President and Republicans for problems destroying their constituencies that they themselves were doing nothing to fight.

Along with the writings of Ayn Rand and Thomas Sowell, all of these experiences molded Justice Thomas' conservative worldview. In 1990, he was nominated and confirmed to the DC Circuit, but a little over a year later when President George H.W. Bush tapped him for a seat on SCOTUS, all hell broke loose. The way in which the Democrats, the supposed party of racial equality, civil rights, justice and all the rest went after Thomas was just breathtakingly vicious. For me, and many others, it was a seminal moment in my becoming politically aware, at least of recognizing the hypocrisy, viciousness and lust for power that we are now seeing raging out in the open with the Democrat-Media Complex. The situation was very much in doubt until Thomas himself took the stand and defended himself by excoriating those who would destroy him for having the gall to exist and thrive as a black, as an American without the need of Leftists and Democrats for his survival.

He weathered the storm, but the attacks on his integrity, intellect and humanity have not ceased (along with the recent attempts to beatify Anita Hill in the wake of #MeToo). In fact, the only lesson the Democrats took away as they licked their wounds was to make sure not to rely on only one liar to throw up on the witness stand but multiple liars (see: Kavanaugh, Brett, Trump, Donald J.).

I came away from watching this excellent documentary deeply moved, almost to tears at points, but nevertheless inspired and hopeful for the future. Despite all he has had to endure, Justice Thomas still has a wonderful sense of humor and humanity seen in his interaction with young law school students as well as when he is on the road in his Winnebago, touring America with his wife during his time off from the Court.

As Dr. King once said, "the arc of history is long but it bends toward justice." By his incredibly brave act of self-preservation and defiance in the face of what was being done to him - and continues to be done to him - Clarence Thomas may very well have fired the shot heard round the world in opening a lot of eyes as to who and what the Left really are. That's what I mean when I say "transformative."

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Posted by J.J. Sefton at 02:45 PM Comments

Lisa Murkowski: Why are the Democrat House Managers Demanding That We Go Through the Hassle of Calling Witnesses Whom They Themselves Refused to Call?

—Ace

At Hot Air, quoting the Hill:

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who has been seen as a swing vote, appeared wary of a legal fight, characterizing House Democrats as trying to get the Senate to go through a legal battle they bypassed.

"It's kind of like the House made a decision that they didn't want to slow things down by having to go through the courts," she said. "And yet now they’re basically saying you guys need to go through the courts. We didn't but we need you to. That's kind of where we are."

That doesn't mean she's against calling witnesses. She's flighty and liberal.

But the Democrats can't be happy to hear the one indispensable "Republican" making the Lindsey Graham case against calling witnesses.

More: Susan Collins was so "stunned" by Jerry Nadler's claim that anyone who voted against the rules the Democrats wanted was engaged in a "cover up" that she wrote to John Roberts, demanding that he caution the House managers.

This, I suppose, was what prompted John Roberts' "Both sides" missive a few days ago.

More: Via Twitchy, not-cute bimbo Alisyn Camarota offers a brief criticism of Adam Schiff before being, it appears, told by Jeff Zucker through her earpiece to get Back on Message.

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Posted by Ace at 01:45 PM Comments

Senate GOP Aides Increasingly Confident They Can Wrap This Up Without New Witnesses

—Ace

NeverTrumpers sad!

Republican aides in the Senate believe it is increasingly likely that Democrats will fail to convince enough GOP Senators to call additional witnesses in President Trump’s impeachment trial.

Democrats, who face a 53-47 Republican majority, need at least four Republican votes and no Democrat defections to call witnesses after opening arguments, but 10 senior staffers to key Senate Republicans say that flipping more than three votes will be a tall order, according to a report from Axios.

Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Cory Gardner of Colorado, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, and Joni Ernst of Iowa were all targeted initially by Democrats, after several signaled willingness for witnesses in the buildup to the trial.

Thom Tillis s expressed doubts about the need for witnesses a week ago, and he's not impressed with the Democrats' "continuous loop" of "Impeachment by repetition:"

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Posted by Ace at 12:30 PM Comments

The Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

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"So today is the day of the annual pro-life march in Washington DC. It has been held every year on the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision in 1973.

"Most of you probably know about this annual march. Perhaps some of you have attended one or more of them. But those of you who have never heard of it can be excused for not knowing about it, because even though it routinely draws over a hundred thousand participants, the media, in years past, didn't report it. They just pretended that a march consisting of tens of thousands of people, men, women, and children, didn't happen. Not until recent years, when the growth of conservative media forced their hand.

"Anyway, media coverage is not what I want to talk about today. What I want to talk about is that, for the first time in its history, the president of the United States is one of the march's scheduled speakers.

"And this is a remarkable thing. Not just that a president is doing this, but who that president is. Donald Trump, of all presidents. Who would've believed five years ago that the first president to address the biggest annual gathering of pro-life people in the country would be Donald J freakin' Trump?

"We have had other pro-life presidents. But I've been of the impression that they don't really like us all that much. I mean, those of us who consider ourselves social conservatives. They like our votes, and they do appoint mainly conservative judges, but it's not like they do much else, and it's like they're holding us at arm's length. George Bush 1 definitely didn't really want to have anything to do with us, and I think even Reagan was kind of stand-offish. Planned Parenthood routinely gets funded, year after year. It's been mostly lip service and failure theater.

"So the only president who ever diminished Planned Parenthood's funding is the thrice married, perhaps adulterous, not-known-for-being-particularly-conservative-until-his-election Donald Trump. He also sent an ambassador to the U.N. to tell the global elites, sorry no, abortion is not a human right.

"And now, perhaps even as you're reading this, President Trump is addressing the March for Life crowd. He went out of his way to be seen with us, to be identified with us, and to signal his support us in a very public way, and not just him, but his entire administration.

"How is this possible? I know this isn't a religious blog, so I crave your indulgence here, but the only explanation I have for this is that God made it happen.

"I think God is giving us what we want, only He is doing it in such a way that we can't take credit for it ourselves. Because if Trump were a SuperConservative president doing SuperConservative things because he was elected by SuperConservatives like us, we would boast in the wonderfulness of our SuperConservative policies and positions and say, look at the wonderful thing we did. But we can't do that, because Trump is no SuperConservative and heck, we didn't even LIKE the guy and only voted for him because the only alternative was a corrupt old drunk. And this is something the NeverTrumpers and the French Davidians can't understand and get all huffy because of all the support a president they despise enjoys. And so they join with the left in cursing his supporters, which, you know, is probably not going to endear you to them, but you've now burned pretty much all of the bridges, so have a nice life trying to grift from your new pals on the left. Anyway, look, Donald Trump is a very flawed man, we all can see that, but God can draw straight with crooked lines, and that's what we're seeing.

"I've always liked this quote from Ben Franklin, so it is what I'll leave you with:

"I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth - that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?"



I'd like to hear your stories on this, so I'll prime the pump by telling you mine: I was during my first or second year at college and I live on a "co-ed" dorm floor, and the girl next door to me had lots of boyfriends, some of a temporary nature. I wasn't one of them, but we liked to talk and one time she happened to mention that she didn't like taking the pill (I forget why), but she didn't like her boyfriends to use condoms, either, because she didn't like how they felt. So naturally I asked her what she would do if she got pregnant. "Oh, I'd just get an abortion", she said. I was stunned. At that time in my young life, about age 20-21, I was an idiot and a hedonist who believed in nothing but doing whatever brought me immediate gratification, but something about the casual, flippant way she said she'd take a human life chilled me to the bone. That was when I decided I had to pro-life and that was over 40 years ago.

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Mid-Morning Art Thread

—CBD

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The River
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The Morning Report - 1/24/20

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. The weekend is here and yesterday's interminable, unbearable obscenity in the form of Adam Schiff-for-Brains' and Jerry Nadless' inchoate, insipid rambling screeds that are somehow supposed to convince at least 20 Republican Senators and 200 million or so people that President Trump must be removed from office might have died. I mean, when you piss off Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, two confirmed anti-Trump squish/RINOs you should theoretically have no trouble peeling off to get to vote with you for more witness testimony, by accusing the GOP (and by extension them) of engaging in a cover up, you are not just stepping on your dick, you're setting it on fire and shoving into a window fan. And that's exactly what Jerry Nadless did. Bravo, Pagliacci. Obviously, him seeing his dick is like looking out your window in New York hoping to look over the curvature of the Earth and catch a glimpse of Fujiyama, but I digress.

Along with that bravura performance, Schiff-for-Brains' marathon noxious cloud generation included halitosis mingled with an ad-hominem attack on the President's character and then a bizarre disclaimer that the proceedings were not at all about helping Joe Bribem. Say, what? More notable was the fact that both Republicans and Democrats were absolutely bored out of their skulls. If they weren't seen slumped over in their chairs, eyes shut and snoring, they could be seen getting up and walking out of the hall and staying away for extended periods of time. With an hour left to go, Dianne Fein-China-Stein's girdle gave out and she threw in the towel, causing the propagandists at MSLSD to excoriate her and demand she resign from the Senate.

The truth of the matter is, after the fiasco in the House, most Americans - at least those who saw the proceedings - came away thinking that the President was being railroaded and that the whole thing is too boring to endure, and so tuned out. That's exactly what happened on the first day when they were debating Cocaine Mitch's ground rules. Hence, the reason for Schiff-for-Brains' marathon Castro-esque speeches; to try and cram as much bullshit into one day and pray it sinks in to an audience that will not be tuning in after that. He failed.

Meanwhile, as conventional wisdom dictates us fretting about four potential squish RINOs jumping ship, Mollie Hemingway takes a look at six Democrats who may very well be thinking the same thing, especially after yesterday's horrendous outing for their party. Joni Ernst also reminds us that the very same Democrats who are going after Trump for allegedly denying lethal aid to Ukraine are on the record for doing exactly that when Obama held the nation hostage. Also, the President ripped into pencil-neck and pastrami as "major sleazebags" while Lindsey unleashed his Graham-inator persona on the Dems and their media cohorts, and 21 attorneys general issued a joint letter excoriating the entire impeachment process. Well, Trump is for sure going to be acquitted but this is yet another crossed Rubicon that will have lethal consequences for the republic going forward.

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Posted by J.J. Sefton at 07:35 AM Comments

Tonight's ONT Has Everything!

—WeirdDave

Hello. I'm Jerry Hathaway, with Everything.

Want to know everything? There are the only 2 books you need to read:

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Sundown Joe: DACA Illegal Immigrants Are More American Than Actual American Children

—Ace

He's playing hard for the illegal vote because the socialist fan of the Soviet Union Bernie Sanders is doing well with Hispanics (a Natural Republican Constituency (TM), the corporate shill "right" always tells us).

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Posted by Ace at 08:01 PM Comments

Jonathan "Jessica" Yaniv Arrested for Assault

—Ace

Bad boys bad boys, watcha gonna do, watcha gonna do when they come for you...?

Lock him up.

Transgender activist Jessica Yaniv was reportedly arrested after attacking Canadian journalist Keenan Bexte outside of court.

"Yaniv has been ordered to cease all contact with me, both directly and indirectly," Bexte told the Post Millennial on Wednesday. "I can’t wait for the day when Yaniv is put away for the long haul. (Yaniv) is dangerous and unpredictable."

They say the female of the species is more deadly than the male, which is entirely irrelevant in the current case, which involves a lunatic man in Party City wig.

I just thought I'd mention that as a completely unrelated Fun Fact.

Unfortunately, he's in Canada, so they 1, wouldn't dare arrest a violent lunatic transexual, and 2, if they did, they'd lock him up with very unfortunate women.

Also: Trans extremists have successfully gotten the UK government to investigate Piers Morgan for the "hate crime" of responding to a claim that there are 100 genders -- 100! -- by declaring himself to be a penguin, and demanding to be permitted into the penguin enclosure at the zoo.

State. Criminal. Investigation.

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Posted by Ace at 07:13 PM Comments

Former Clinton "War Room" Propagandist and Current Member of the Fake Media George Stephanoplous Caught Frantically Giving "Kill" Gesture, Telling Producer to Cut Trump's Lawyer Off and Keep Him Off the Air

—Ace

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We can't have the president's lawyer being heard by the public on Democrat/Corporate Media. These are our airwaves. We control the vertical!

Here is the video feed. It's hard to tell you where to go in the video, because it's a live feed and the timer is set to register how many minutes back to go from the current minute. And the current minute is always changing, moving forward with time.

So I can tell you how far back to go from the moment I post this, but if you come in later, you're going to have to do some math. If you see this ten minutes after I post, you'll have to go back ten additional minutes.

As I hit post at 6:30 pm, the clip in question starts at just about -3:20:00. Look for Trump's attorney Jay Sekulow at a press gaggle, and then Georgie Porgie back in the studio, having been caught telling his producer to cut away.

Prediction: While ABC "News" is covering the Democrat case gavel-to-gavel, I predict they will go back to running soap operas during the President's defense.

And... deleted. I guess I waited ten minutes too long to post this. Update: I think have the link working again.

Hopefully MRC or someone will have it later.

I don't have that clip anymore, so here's a Supercut of the media queefing over "Dreamboat Adam" Schiff:

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Posted by Ace at 06:19 PM Comments

Washington Post Columnist: The Democrat Case for Impeachment Is Kind of a Huge Joke, Isn't It?

—Ace

I was not expecting this from Jeff Bezos' Corporate Newsletter.

Ed Morrissey sums up the glaring internal contradiction of the Democrats' "case:" That the "case" is simultaneously "overwhelming" and beyond disputation, and also, this is precisely why Republican Senators must help the House actually do the investigation and establish the case in the first place.

And here we have the basic contradiction of the House Democrats’ case for more witnesses. If it's "overwhelming" as is, then there is no need for more witnesses. If it's "uncontested," which it most certainly is not, then there’s no need for a trial. Schiff likes to throw these words around as though uttering them out loud turns them from argument into fact, but that’s not how argument works, outside of court and especially inside of court. The problem for Schiff is that the House impeachment consists entirely of argument, and entirely lacks direct evidence and direct testimony. That is why Democrats are so desperate to get a handful of Senate Republicans to do the work that Schiff and Jerrold Nadler refused to do, simply because the timing didn’t suit their tastes.

Harry Olsen rips Adam Schiff for pretending that he's a prosecutor.

As he points out: Nothing you're doing is anything like the work of a prosecutor.

The House's articles have been analogized to an indictment, but indictments can only be brought if they are sanctioned by a neutral, disinterested party. A prosecutor must persuade either a judge or a grand jury that there is probable cause a defendant committed a crime to initiate a case. No serious person can call the House Democratic caucus a neutral, disinterested party.

Nor can a prosecutor obtain evidence under subpoena on their whim. Anyone with a subpoena to provide testimony or written evidence can challenge that in court, as many recipients of such subpoenas in investigations supervised by the office of former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III did. That is exactly what the president has tried to do in many instances with respect to subpoenas issued by committees controlled by House Democrats. But Schiff and his colleagues not only chose not to permit the judicial process to play out with respect to those subpoenas; they chose to call the president’s attempt to avail himself of his rights "obstruction of Congress" and an impeachable offense itself. How Orwellian.

The list goes on. A defendant can file a motion to suppress any evidence obtained during an investigation that she believes was illegally obtained. That motion is heard by a disinterested party -- a federal judge -- and that judge's opinion can be appealed to an appellate court before the trial ever begins. Again, the House procedure denied the president that basic right by making the prosecutor, Schiff, the judge.

Good article.

I hope he didn't get himself Epsteined.

Posted by Ace at 05:24 PM Comments

Former Clinton WH Spokesman and Current CNN "Analyst:" Okay I Just Flat-Out Lied About Overhearing GOP Senators Talking About How Great the Democrats' Case Was, But That's Okay Because It Was "A Joke" and Also You're All Liars

—Ace

This was the same sissybully who tattletaled to Twitter and the Senate that Ted Cruz's Twitter account was tweeting during the impeachment trial.

And now the fat bloated stupid bitch is just lying.

First he tweeted:

Overheard convo between two Republican Senators who only watch Fox News. "is this stuff real? I haven't heard any of this before. I thought it was all about a server. If half the stuff Schiff is saying is true, we're up shit's creek. Hope the White House has exculpatory evidence

Then, after his lie got 4600 retweets, and he was undoubtedly contacted by Twitter "Journalists" to Discover More About These Senators Who Only Watch FoxNews, he decided he should admit he was telling a "joke."

Okay I made up that convo, but you know that's exactly what they're thinking

Newsbuster wonders if CNN will discipline one of its alleged "journalists" for putting out lies disguised as reportage.

It remains to be seen whether Lockhart will be censured by the upstanding network that employs him, but don't hold your breath. Lockhart was on CNN’s New Day Thursday morning after his tweets blew up, and was not asked about them once. So much for #FactsFirst.


CNN is affirmative pro-lying so no, don't hold your breath. The question isn't whether CNN will give him a censure, but whether CNN will give him a bonus.

But they also maintain an Elite Deplatforming Division that pressures social media companies to ban those they claim are "spreading misinformation" or "conspiracy theories."

While also employing admitted liars.

Wow: I didn't know this, or I completely forgot this, but this isn't Joe Lockhart's first attempt at pumping lies into the national discussion.

Dagwood noted in a comment that Lockhart had been an eager little assistant in pushing out the Bush TANG forged military records:

On September 8, 2004, CBS News aired a controversial report on presidential candidate George W. Bush's military record. The authenticity of the Killian documents used in that report are under scrutiny. In the course of the next few days, it was discovered that Joseph Lockhart, then senior advisor to presidential candidate John Kerry, had made a phone call to Texas National Guard officer, Bill Burkett on September 4, 2004.[8][9] Lockhart stated later that an unnamed female CBS producer asked him to contact Burkett.[8][9] Lockhart has denied that the call with Burkett had anything to do with the National Guard issue.[9]

That's from Wikipedia.

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UK Parliament Passes EU Withdrawal Bill, Setting January 31 As the Day the UK Regains Its Sovereignty

—Ace

They still need the Queen's blessing, but that's a formality.

Wednesday’s vote paves the way for the UK to leave the EU on 31 January, awaiting formal permission from Her Majesty The Queen.

"At times it felt like we would never cross the Brexit finish line, but we’ve done it," Prime Minister Johnson declared following the vote.

The EU is preparing for vengeance:

While the EU has agreed to Britain leaving the bloc, news reports suggest that Brussels intends to punish its leading trading partner and Europe's second-largest economy.

“EU preparing to give UK worse trade deal terms than Canada or Japan,” The Telegraph reported on Monday.

Brussels is planning to hit Britain where it hurts the most. The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, has drawn up a hit list to target the British financial sector for defying the EU to dictate regulations following the Brexit.

Posted by Ace at 03:15 PM Comments

Backfire: Frequent Defector Lisa Murkowski Says She Was "Offended" By Obese Jerry Nadler's Claim That Anyone Voting Against Their Demanded Rules-Changes Was Engaged in a "Cover Up"

—Ace

She voted against those rules changes, and Nadler -- who needs her vote later on -- claimed she was engaged in a "cover up" for doing so.

The Democrats still all think that their Blue Checkmark Twitter Bubble is real life.

House Democrats' handling of the Trump impeachment to date may be turning off Republicans -- notably, those seen as possible defectors in a final vote.

The first sign of a backlash among that critical group came Wednesday when Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, a moderate member of the conference, said she was offended by House manager Rep. Jerrold Nadler’s assertion that GOP members voting against allowing new testimony and evidence were engaged in a "cover-up."

"I took it as offensive," she told reporters Wednesday. "As one who is listening attentively and working hard to get to a fair process, I was offended."

Nadler's opening statement, which led to U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts admonishing those in the chamber, accused Republican senators of "voting for a cover-up, voting to deny witnesses, an absolutely indefensible vote, obviously a treacherous vote."

Meanwhile, Trump is trolling Adam Schiff:

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Joel Pollack/Breitbart: Adam Schiff Appears to Have Outed Himself as the Washington Post's Source for Its First "Whistleblower"/Impeachment Narratives

—Ace

An old trick -- leak to a friendly outlet, and then cite that friendly outlet's Disinterested and Objective Reportage as evidence of the claim you're making.

Which you, of course, leaked to them.

We saw a lot of this "circular reporting" with Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele, leaking to Yahoo and other outlets and then citing Yahoo and other outlets as objective third-party confirmation of their claims.

Schiff seems to have done this.

Lead House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) may have been an anonymous source for the Washington Post as it reported allegations that have led to the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

Schiff may have outed himself during his opening arguments in the Senate trial of the president on Wednesday, as he cited an opinion article written by the Post editorial board -- an odd reference in a presentation of factual evidence.

Pollack explains that Schiff probably leaked to the opinion section of the Post, rather than the reportorial section, because you don't have to fact-check opinions. Newspapers get very loose with the "facts" they present in opinion sections.

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The Post editorial helped create an atmosphere of suspicion and anticipation that led to the complaint’s release and the impeachment itself. And on Wednesday, the Post editorial conveniently provided a "fact" -- reliably told” story -- that Schiff could cite in his case for Trump’s removal.

But Schiff did not explain why he would treat an opinion article as "fact." Editorials are not typically reliable sources of original reporting.

The most logical explanation is that Schiff considered the article "factual" because he himself was the source. He seems to have cited the Post in the same way the FBI in the “Crossfire Hurricane” case cited Yahoo! News to the FISA court without revealing Yahoo! was using the same source as the FBI.

And speaking of the Washington Post:

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Laura Ingraham: Newly Released Email Shows Obama's White House Meeting With Ukranian Prosecutors to Discuss... Hunter Biden and Burisma

—Ace

And the fake "whistleblower," Eric Ciaramella, checked the Ukranian officials into the White House?

Politico reporter Ken Vogel contacted the White House for comment on a story he was working on. It's this email that has just been revealed.

On May 1, 2019, Vogel contacted State Department official Kate Schilling about a story he was working on regarding an Obama administration meeting in January 2016 with Ukrainian prosecutors and mentioned the name of the CIA analyst believed to be the whistleblower whose complaint sparked impeachment proceedings that led to two articles of impeachment: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Ingraham did not state the name of the alleged whistleblower — Fox News hosts are banned from doing so until the identity is confirmed — and blacked out the name when showing excerpts of documents. However, she likely was referring to Eric Ciaramella, who some Republicans and conservative media figures believe is the whistleblower.

In the email, Vogel wrote, "We are going to report that [State Department official] Elizabeth Zentos attended a meeting at the White House on 1/19/2016 with Ukrainian prosecutors and embassy officials as well as ... [redacted] from the NSC ... the subjects discussed included efforts within the United State government to support prosecutions, in Ukraine and the United Kingdom, of Burisma Holdings, ... and concerns that Hunter Biden's position with the company could complicate such efforts."

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Using archived Obama White House visitor logs, Ingraham said her team was able to corroborate details of the January 2016 meeting, showing on the screen the names of Ukrainian officials checked into the White House by Ciaramella, who was Ukraine director on the National Security Council.

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The Morning Rant: Minimalist Edition

—CBD

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It's those pesky facts again! The third world (or "The Developing World" if you like) produces the majority of the so-called global warming emissions, and also run much less efficiently, so by far the biggest bang for the whiny little SJWs who want to save Gaia from the depredations of rampant capitalism would be found in those countries.

But those countries also have robust systems to keep foreign criticism in check, and their populations sort of like the idea of entering the 21st century, with air conditioning and clean water and abundant power for those things that make life better. They are much more willing to look at Saint Greta of the scold and say, "LOLGF."
Historian Slams Greta Thunberg: "I Don’t See Her in Beijing or Delhi"

“60% of CO2 emissions since Greta Thunberg was born is attributable to China… but nobody talks about that. They talk as if its somehow Europeans and Americans who are going to fix this problem… which is frustrating because it doesn’t get to the heart of the matter,” said Ferguson.

“If you’re serious about slowing CO2 emissions and temperatures rising it has to be China and India you constrain,” he added, noting that while Greta travels to New York and Davos, “I don’t see her in Beijing or Delhi.”

And this is coming from Niall Ferguson, who is a bit of a turd and happily accepts the premise of AGW!

So the appropriate response to any of these shrill anti-progress lunatics is to laugh, and point at China and tell them to fix that country first, before they start on the smaller carbon footprint of the USA and Western Europe.

But there is a non-zero possibility of getting tossed out on their asses, or maybe even worse. China doesn't take kindly to internal criticism, especially from entitled foreigners blogging from their luxury hotel rooms.

Does anyone else dream of a time when the Gretas of the world get knocked on their asses by people who are truly offended that she has all of the benefits of carbon energy and wants to deny it to everyone else?

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Mid-Morning Art Thread

—CBD

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Le Pont de L'Europe
Gustave Caillebotte

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The Morning Report - 1/23/20

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. Thursday and sham-peachment is underway where, if you were watching was what Michael Goodwin of the NY Post labeled a massive "TV rerun." About the only thing that was new or different from the first go-round in the House was the depths of depravity to which both Adam Schiff-for-Brains and Jerry Nadless sank, especially the former, in regurgitating and rehashing the same lies, tropes, falsehoods, distortions and deranged fantasies that they hope will convince 67 Senators, and more importantly, a majority of Americans to dump Trump; either at the end of this embarrassing fiasco or this coming November. Spoiler alert: it ain't happening. But still, they persist. Whether it's because he knows he's up to his ping-pong-ball eyes in witness tampering/collusion with Eric "Whistleblower" Ciaramella to manufacture his testimony - NB: new revelations show Ciaramella discussed with a co-conspirator removing Trump just two weeks into his presidency - or just frustration that nothing he or his allies and henchman have done since July of 2015 when Trump came down the escalator, Schiff-for-Brains has gone off the deep end.

The long and the short of it is, despite the blathering, bloviation, "witnesses," and assorted eight-by-ten color glossy photographs with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one explaining what each one meant, there is zero real evidence of any high crime or misdemeanor because President Trump did not commit any. Despite the clever by 1/1024th phraseology, Schiff-for-Brains himself states plainly that all of this is about preventing Trump from winning the next election. Ostensibly, and most outrageously is because the pencil-necked psycho claims that Trump is now going to steal the upcoming election just like he purportedly did the last one. I can't even...

I don't know how this "trial" is supposed to be run, vis a vis procedural rules, but if I were one of the GOP trial managers, I would be shouting "objection" probably every five seconds since every word that bug-eyed traitorous criminal is spouting was a lie, including pronouns, prepositions and conjunctions. But, I guess it doesn't work that way. Really, what's the point in my going on, ranting and raving? In the last analysis, whatever happens during the course of all of this is in no way, shape or form going to move the needle insofar as convicting and removing the President. It will move the needle in the court of public opinion, and further into support for Trump and revulsion at the Democrat-Media Complex.

The upsides are that Cocaine Mitch got the upper hand in getting his rules passed and preventing a rerun of the Kavanaugh kangaroo kourt fiasco, despite having to endure the endless Stalin/Castro-esque blathering of the House's little Freislers, and that after yesterday's disaster for the Dems, more and more Americans will be tuning out. Let's unpack some of the links.

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 07:39 AM Comments

Wednesday Overnight Open Thread (1/22/20)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Quotes of The Day

Quote I

"I'm no good with secrets. I cannot walk around with it any more 'cause it's like I'm running out of excuses, you know?" Ozzy Osbourne


Quote II

“Now think about that for a moment. ‘Executive privilege and other nonsense.’ Mr. Nadler, it is not ‘nonsense.’ These are privileges recognized by the Supreme Court of the United States. And to shred the Constitution, on the floor of the Senate. To serve what purpose? The Senate is not on trial. The Constitution doesn’t allow what just took place. Look what we’ve dealt with for the last, now 13 hours. And we hopefully are closing the proceedings, but not on a very high note.” Jay Sekulow


Quote III

The Davos Crowd and their vast armies of apparatchiks, toadies, apologists and technocrat flunkies don't understand why we would cheer their teleportation to a distant moon. Their right to rule (droit de seigneur) is so obvious and well, just so right that those doubting it must be sadly delusional. Charles Hugh Smith


Quote IV

Still, Americans seem to disagree with each other more and to dislike each other more than they have in the lifetime of most of us.

One wonders: How does it all stay together? And for how long?Patrick J. Buchanan


Quote V

"The money that is going to pay for this comes from the child safety fund, which is generated through speeding tickets and things like that," City Councilman Phil Cayten

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Sundown Joe: The Economy Is Terrible, It Just Consists of "People Clipping Coupons In the Street." Or, Alternatively: "People Clipping Coupons In the Stock Market" (???!!!?

—Ace

Does he mean... redeeming coupons attached to bearer bonds?

Does he think this is Die Hard? Or Mission: Impossible?

And what does he mean about people clipping coupons in the street?

Who clips coupons in the street?

What is he talking about?

Does he mean anything?

Or is he just sundowning as usual?



"No Marlarkey" Joe is peddling some serious malarkey.

The economy isn't merely good -- it's at a level which one would not be guilty of Trumpian overstatement to call an all-time high.

There is one chart that President Donald Trump's re-election campaign should be "plastering absolutely everywhere," said Fox Business host Deirdre Bolton on Fox Nation's "Deep Dive" on Thursday.

The graph shows the average unemployment rate in the first 35 months of each president's first term going back five decades.

The average unemployment rate nearly three years into President Trump's administration is 3.9 percent -- a 50-year low. The next best employment statistic was recorded during President George W. Bush's first term at 5.5 percent.

That statistic coupled with the fact that the wages of American workers are rising for the first time in years presents a challenge for Democrats in the 2020 election, according to the "Deep Dive" panel.

"Workers' wages have lately been rising faster than the salaries of their bosses. It pretty much knocks out the inequality argument. ... It appears the Trump era has been reducing [income inequality]," said James Freeman, the assistant editor of The Wall Street Journal's editorial page.

Meanwhile: Big dog gives a boost to a tiny little kitten.

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Posted by Ace at 07:38 PM Comments

Surprise: Adam Schiff Misrepresented Evidence In Senate Trial's Opening

—Ace

I don't think any of us saw this coming.


In a letter to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler of New York, lead House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff likely mischaracterized evidence from former Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas.

Schiff, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, sent a letter to Nadler last week summarizing evidence put forward by Parnas, who has been indicted for fraud, claiming that Parnas "continued to try to arrange a meeting with President Zelensky." The text message from Parnas to Giuliani reads "trying to get us Mr. Z..." with the rest of the text contained in Schiff's letter redacted.


Documents reviewed by Politico show that "Mr. Z," however, probably referred to Mykola Zlochevsky, the founder the Ukrainian energy company Burisma, on whose board Hunter Biden once served while raking in $50,000 a month despite no prior experience in the industry.

Politico reports that "an unredacted version of the exchange shows that several days later, Parnas sent Giuliani a word document that appears to show notes from an interview with Mykola Zlochevsky... followed by a text message to Giuliani that states ‘mr Z answers my brother.'" Therefore, Parnas was likely referring to Zlechevsky, not Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in the exchange.

Meanwhile, the public has gotten wise to Adam Schiff's co-conspirator, the media. A new poll says that 55% call the media "corrupt" and say it "exaggerates the news."

"The repetitive programming on networks and websites and the emphasis of the media to pump the news cycle with the same stories can create burnout, causing many to question the overall quality of the news," said the survey analysis.

The media freaked out on November 8, 2016, and it hasn't stopped freaking out since. It's been having a literal mental event since then, and is making all of its programming choices to entice those suffering the same mental event.

They're monetizing mental illness.


Posted by Ace at 06:28 PM Comments

Stunning and Brave: Fake Doctor Who Falls to Lowest Ratings In Thirty One Years; "Batwoman" Tells the World She's a Lesbian, and Loses Almost a Half Million Viewers in a Week

—Ace

Get Woke...

Doctor Who is the need of a defibrillator as the show continues to have one foot in the grave as its latest episode is the worst viewed in 31 years of its 57-year history.

Sunday's episode, "Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror," was only watched by 4.04 million viewers in the UK.

We have to go way back to Season 23 of September, 1986 to see a lesser amount of viewers as "The Mysterious Planet" Part Four only had 3.7 million viewers tuning in.

And the first run of Doctor Who was cancelled a couple of years after that terrible rating.


Here are the season's ratings so far -- and these already are a huge drop from last year's ratings, which themselves dropped throughout the season:

Episode 1 "Spyfall, Part 1": 4.9 million

Episode 2 "Spyfall, Part 2": 4.6 million

Episode 3 "Orphan 55": 4.19 million

Episode 4 "Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror": 4.04 millio

Peter Capaldi's average ratings in his last season-- which were deemed so low as to demand a major shake-up in the series -- were 5.4 million.

And this article says that the current season's ratings are inflated by including "Live + 7" ratings -- not just the ratings on the night it was aired, but including everyone who then watches a download of it for the next week -- whereas previous seasons' ratings were just for the first night of airing.


Meanwhile, on Rotten Tomatoes, viewers of the show have blasted it with incredibly low positive ratings -- only 5% positive, a couple of weeks ago.

So Rotten Tomatoes does what Rotten Tomatoes does -- it started deleting negative reviews to appease a corporate friend.

Rotten Tomatoes is once again being accused of removing reviews, this time for Doctor Who, and doctoring the Audience Score.

The movie review aggregate site owned by Comcast's Fandango and run by a former exec at Disney has been accused of similar behavior for Captain Marvel and Disney Star Wars.

Even when they're deleting negative reviews, they can only get Doctor Who's positive audience ratings up to... 13%.

The #Woke Reviewers, of course, love it, giving it the Stunning and Brave rating of 81%.

The BBC will probably cancel the show. It can't go on with such low ratings. But they also won't just fire the current star and the terrible showrunner (Chris Chibnall) because that would be to admit that they made an error, and they would far rather destroy the show entirely than admit that #WokePolittics don't make for popular entertainment.

Let the whole house burn down, but be sure to preserve the precious Narrative. That's irreplaceable.

They'll claim that the premise is simply exhausted. Nothing we can do. Shrug.

The comic book review channel Comics Matter always points out that SJWs do not mind destroying franchises -- if a "Boy's Franchise" cannot be successfully remade into a viable propaganda organ for the left, then the next-best option is to simply eradicate it. Destroying it is a good Plan B -- at least you've taken something away from Men. (And White Men, especially!)

Meanwhile, the Strong Empowered "Batwoman" TV show made the Stunning and Brave choice of having the main character, who is an out-and-proud lesbian in her civilian secret identity, also proclaim to the world that her costumed avenger identity, Batwoman, is also an out and proud lesbian.

One would think that if you were a superhero with a secret identity, and you had a trait that you shared with 1% of the population, you might keep that uncommon trait quiet, for fear of simply telling the world "Hey, I'm Batwoman."

But Batwoman told the world she was a lesbian, making it a matter of hours and days before someone figures out, "Hey, maybe that lesbian that looks just like her is secretly Batwoman."

But at least Batwoman told the world she was a lesbian for a good reason: Because a man had pushed her out of the way of a bullet, and the tabloids began falsely reporting she was dating that man, and she decided she could not let the world believe that Batwoman was a straight woman.

This, reviewers tell me, is real. This is what happened on the show.

So she announced she was a lesbian, with a full magazine spread and cover photo that would almost certainly identifier as former special forces trainee Kate Kane.

Who is also a member of a family of billionaires, and so would be in position to buy a lot of bat-themed tech.

Secret identity, secret shmidentity!

She just could not abide the thought of the world thinking her costumed vigilante bat-themed persona was a damned breeder. And so she'd rather risk the lives of her family by telling every criminal "Hey, I'm really Kate Kane! Please kidnap my father!"

The result? Batwoman's ratings collapsed.

Now, hold on: I don't really think the ratings collapsed because of this one episode (subtly titled, "How Queer Everything is Today!").

I think the ratings collapsed because the show was a piece of shit since day one and only SJWs were Obligation-Viewing to support this Stunning and Brave show.

But SJWs are terrible fans who do not support franchises.

And you can't just watch a boring, terrible show out of nothing but Political Spite forever.

So they have, predictably, checked out. As they always do.

Bad news for The CW's Batwoman series as following the big Crisis On Infinite Earth's crossover, its ratings collapse, as the show suffers its worst viewership to date with the "How Queer Everything Is Today!" episode.

Not including the Crisis crossover episode, Batwoman has been averaging around 1.26 million viewers, but the post-Crisis episode that aired Sunday, only managed a series low 780k viewers.

That's a 38% drop from the season average and a loss of over 480k viewers.

This is also the first time that Batwoman has had a lower amount of viewers than Supergirl.

A lot of people point out that the CW is trying to milk Batwoman for SJW points by claiming she's the first lesbian lead on a superhero show, ever, but that's not true.

It's not even true of CW superhero shows. Which any of the reporters and reviewers of this show would know if they actually liked the shows they claim they love.

On Legends of Tomorrow, the lead character -- leader of the team, first billed in the credits -- is a "bisexual" but she's increasingly just been a straight lesbian for some time. She's currently in love with a woman.

The main male character in recent years is also bisexual, and mostly just gay. He was only shown to have a truly "love" type relationship with one person, who was a dude.

So this is really not Stunning and Brave at all. It's less SAB, and more SOP.

But at least Picard of Star Trek: Picard isn't going to be gender-swapped, or announce that he's transitioned into a male lesbian.

But he will have the signs of full-blown Trump Derangement Syndrome, as CNET -- owned by CBS, just as Star Trek is -- is all too eager to report.

When we last left him on Star Trek: The Next Generation or the final TNG film, Star Trek: Nemesis, there was still hope and belief in the Federation. Two decades later, Picard, played with full-throated vim and vigor by Patrick Stewart, instead rants about its failings and why he resigned.

"The galaxy was mourning, burying its dead, and Starfleet slunk from its duties," Picard barks, a nod to the destruction of Romulus that sets off the chain of events from the J.J. Abrams-directed Star Trek film. He calls the Federation "downright criminal."

"I was not prepared to stand by and be a spectator," he said.

See, Starfleet "standing by" as Romulus was destroyed (they didn't "stand by," by the way) is a crude metaphor for Trump closing the borders to refugees, and Britain exiting the EU to control the uncontrolled levels of immigration.

Picard has said as much in other interviews:

"I'd say the leadership of both countries (the US and UK) is somewhat questionable," Stewart said in an interview earlier this month. "And that is the same situation we find Starfleet in -- and the Federation."

So if you wanted the show to be about a Starfleet that is a force for good in the galaxy -- you lose. Starfleet will be a "a mirror to our modern dystopia," trumpets this corporate synergystic advertisement's title.

This won't be Star Trek: TNG part 2.

It'll be Star Trek: DNC.

The scene is also the clearest statement to fans that Star Trek: Picard, which premieres Jan. 23, isn't just a rehash of TNG, which ended its run nearly 26 years ago. Like Star Trek: Discovery, the first Trek show to run on CBS All Access (disclosure: CNET and CBS All Access are both owned by ViacomCBS), Picard embraces the conflict and shades of gray embraced by contemporary television but that some fans may see as a departure from Gene Roddenberry's hopeful vision of the future.

But some fans forget Star Trek has always reflected society.

Ah, the "some fans forget" gambit.

This is the standard media play every time they turn a franchise into an SJW propaganda vessel and wind up losing ratings -- they immediately start weaponizing the friendly shill-media press into labeling ex-fans as "toxic fans" that they're better off with anyway.

But now Star Trek: Picard is picking up the pace to label their former fans as "toxic" before the show even debuts. Fans who have spent literally thousands of dollars buying and re-buying movies on various formats, and buying merch and toys and models, will be written off as "a small group of alt-right misogynists and racists and transphobes" to deflect blame from the latest SJW disaster.

As they literally always do.

Burn, baby. Burn.

Posted by Ace at 05:11 PM Comments

"How Could I Have Possibly Known That My Good Friend and Mega-Donor Harvey Weinstein Was a Sex Predator?" Asks Woman Who Previously Asked "How Was I to Know Bill Clinton Was an Adulterer?"

—Ace

This was the woman that NeverTrump swore was a sensible, moderate and totally-not-corrupt-like-Trump leader we should all vote for.

Oh: And this was the non-conspiracy-theorist that was the superior choice to the conspiracy theorist Trump.

You know, the woman who peddled the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy Theory written for her by her Chief Conspiracy Theorist and Head Sycophant Sydney Blumenthal.

Speaking of Hollywood, with his trial in the news right now, do you have regrets about your lengthy association with Harvey Weinstein? How could we have known? He raised money for me, for the Obamas, for Democrats in general. And that at the time was something that everybody thought made sense. And of course, if all of us had known what we know now, it would have affected our behavior.

Sure, just like knowing about Bill Clinton's history with nigh-constant adultery really kept Hillary Clinton from presenting the conspiracy theory that her Chief Conspiracy Theorist Sydney Blumenthal had written up for her, the "Vast Right Wing Conspiracy" theory.

But how could she have known?

I mean, apart from Hillary Clinton being repeatedly warned about Weinstein by her liberal Hollywood feminist friends.

. How could she or Bill possibly have known? I mean, it's not like every attractive young actress in Hollywood has said that everyone knew (or should have known) to steer clear of this creep for decades, right? Beyond that, back in 2017, the New York Times reported that both Tina Brown and Lena Dunham (both big supporters of the Clintons and Democrats in general) had warned Hillary about Weinstein back in the day. Dunham claims that she contacted Hillary Clinton's campaign directly and said, "I just want to let you know that Harvey’s a rapist and this is going to come out at some point.""

Assuming her claim is accurate, that's not exactly a subtle rebuke.

On top of that, Ronan Farrow claims that Hillary Clinton’s people tried to cancel an interview with him a couple of years ago after expressing "concerns" that he was working on a big story about Weinstein.

How could she have known?

I mean, I'm sure she had Sydney Blumenthal spinning pleasing conspiracy theories to her, explaining this all away a posthumous smear campaign by Richard Mellon Scaife or whatever other Hate Figure Blumethal had picked.

How could she have known to look past the lies fashioned for her by her own paid professional liar?

Posted by Ace at 04:18 PM Comments

Joe Biden Sternly Warns Compliant Media Not to Report On His or His Son's Involvement in Corruption

—Ace

And of course the Brave Firefighters tipped their fedoras.

John Solomon rebuts the Instruction Manual that Joe Biden gave to his media enablers:

Fact: Joe Bden admitted to forcing Shokin's firing in March 2016.

It is irrefutable, and not a conspiracy theory, that Joe Biden bragged in this 2018 speech to a foreign policy group that he threatened in March 2016 to withhold $1 billion in U.S. aid to Kiev if then-Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko didn't immediately fire Shokin.

"I said, 'You're not getting the billion.' I'm going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said: 'I'm leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money,'" Biden told the 2018 audience in recounting what he told Poroshenko

"Well, son of a bitch, he got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time,: Biden told the Council on Foreign Relations event.

Fact: Shokin's prosecutors were actively investigating Burisma when he was fired.

While some news organizations cited by the Biden memo have reported the investigation was "dormant" in March 2016, official files released by the Ukrainian prosecutor general’s office, in fact, show there was substantial investigative activity in the weeks just before Joe Biden forced Shokin's firing.

The corruption investigations into Burisma and its founder began in 2014. Around the same time, Hunter Biden and his U.S. business partner Devon Archer were added to Burisma's board, and their Rosemont Seneca Bohais firm began receiving regular $166,666 monthly payments, which totaled nearly $2 million a year. Both banks records seized by the FBI in America and Burisma’s own ledgers in Ukraine confirm these payments.

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Fact: Burisma's lawyers in 2016 were pressing U.S. and Ukrainian authorities to end the corruption investigations.

Burisma's main U.S. lawyer John Buretta acknowledged in this February 2017 interview with a Ukraine newspaper that the company remained under investigation in 2016, until he negotiated for one case to be dismissed and the other to be settled by payment of a large tax penalty.

Documents released under an open records lawsuit show Burisma legal team was pressuring the State Department in February 2016 to end the corruption allegations against the gas firm and specifically invoked Hunter Biden’s name as part of the campaign. You can read those documents here.

In addition, immediately after Joe Biden succeeded in getting Shokin ousted, Burisma's lawyers sought to meet with his successor as chief prosecutor to settle the case.

Read the whole thing, to see what the media dutifully claims to be a "debunked" "conspiracy theory."

A couple of days ago, a surrogate for Bernie Sanders -- Zephyr Teachout -- wrote that Joe Biden was corrupt.

The op-ed, written by Zephyr Teachout and published on Monday in The Guardian, argued that Biden's "record represents the transactional, grossly corrupt culture in Washington that long precedes Trump" and would give Trump the "perfect foil."

The weakling Bernie Sanders immediately apologized and denounced this mention of the truth.

Today, Sundown Joe got into a reporter's face for asking about why he was still "attacking" Sanders even after this very c**kish apology.

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Monty Python's Terry Jones Is Dead

—Ace

He'd had dementia for a while.

The Pythons filmed their shows at the O2 theater in London, and you could see that Terry Jones wasn't fully "present" behind the scenes or on stage. I'm pretty sure that I heard other Pythons saying it took a lot of time and a lot of prompting to get him to say his lines.

These guys who were big performers in the late sixties and the seventies are going to be dying at a fast clip now, unfortunately.


Terry Jooooones. It's got rather a good woody kind of sound to it, doesn't it? Jooooones. Good woody word. Not like "Cleese." Frightfully tinny.

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Tulsi Gabbard Sues Hillary Clinton for Defaming Her as a "Russian Asset"

—Ace

I have in my hands a list of twenty Soviets working for the State Department.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D., Hawaii) on Wednesday filed a defamation lawsuit against twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for "carelessly and recklessly" accusing her of being a Russian asset.

"Tulsi Gabbard is running for President of the United States, a position Clinton has long coveted, but has not been able to attain," Gabbard's attorney Brian Dunne said in a statement. "Although Rep. Gabbard's presidential campaign continues to gain momentum, she has seen her political and personal reputation smeared and her candidacy intentionally damaged by Clinton's malicious and demonstrably false remarks."

Gabbard's lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, says it seeks to hold "political elites" like Clinton accountable for "distorting the truth in the middle of a critical Presidential election." It also contends that Clinton made her accusations with "obvious malicious intent."

Tulsi Gabbard thought it was prudent to include this disclaimer in her lawsuit:

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Paul Sperry: Eric Ciaramella Openly Schemed With Fellow Joe Biden Holdover to "Take the President Out," From the Very Moment They Were Briefed on Trump's "America First" Foreign Policy

—Ace

"Thick as thieves."

Two NSC co-workers told RCI that they overheard Ciaramella and Misko - who was also working at the NSC as an analyst - making anti-Trump remarks to each other while attending a staff-wide NSC meeting called by then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, where they sat together in the south auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, part of the White House complex.

The "all hands" meeting, held about two weeks into the new administration, was attended by hundreds of NSC employees.

"They were popping off about how they were going to remove Trump from office. No joke," said one ex-colleague, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive matters.

A military staffer detailed to the NSC, who was seated directly in front of Ciaramella and Misko during the meeting, confirmed hearing them talk about toppling Trump during their private conversation, which the source said lasted about one minute. The crowd was preparing to get up to leave the room at the time.

"After Flynn briefed [the staff] about what 'America first' foreign policy means, Ciaramella turned to Misko and commented, 'We need to take him out,' " the staffer recalled. "And Misko replied, 'Yeah, we need to do everything we can to take out the president.'"

Added the military detailee, who spoke on condition of anonymity: "By 'taking him out,' they meant removing him from office by any means necessary. They were triggered by Trump’s and Flynn’s vision for the world. This was the first 'all hands' [staff meeting] where they got to see Trump’s national security team, and they were huffing and puffing throughout the briefing any time Flynn said something they didn’t like about 'America First'."

He said he also overheard Ciaramella telling Misko, referring to Trump, "We can't let him enact this foreign policy.'"

Alarmed by their conversation, the military staffer immediately reported what he heard to his superiors.

"It was so shocking that they were so blatant and outspoken about their opinion," he recalled. "They weren't shouting it, but they didn’t seem to feel the need to hide it."

The co-workers didn’t think much more about the incident.

“We just thought they were wacky,” the first source said. “Little did we know.”

Neither Ciaramella nor Misko could be reached for comment.

Instapundit notes that Democrats have taken to calling all inconvenient facts "conspiracy theories."

On Tuesday, Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) told quite the whopper by claiming Republicans have been spreading a "weird conspiracy theory" that Democrats wanted to impeach Donald Trump since he was inaugurated.

"What I found astounding was they're still saying that we were out to get the president from day one, some sort of a weird conspiracy theory that I have to say, even [Supreme Court Justice Brett] Kavanaugh brought up," Hirono said on MSNBC.

The Democrats' use of the term "conspiracy theory" to describe all claims they don't like is more malicious than it seems.

The Democrats have schemed with social media monopolies to censor all "conspiracy theories" and deplatform all persons "spreading conspiracy theories."

So when a Democrat labels any political statement a "conspiracy theory," they are taking the first step towards censoring that statement and punishing anyone who dares express it.

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The Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

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"As I ranted on Monday, with Pelosi walking around in an impeachment skin and demanding respect, she doesn't seem to know (or care) that her fellow Democrats haven't impeached Trump. Instead, they've impeached impeachment.

"The Democrats have completely diluted 'impeachment' down to nothing. It's not going to be Trump's presidency that has an asterisk, it will be impeachment itself.

"Remember this, next time they try to pretend they were “prayerfully” or “reluctantly” impeaching Donald Trump. They weren’t.

"It's just like the Iran deal. There was never any deal. There was no vote in the Senate, no treaty produced, Iran didn't sign anything. It was just the Obama administration trying to appease the crazed mullahs. They wanted an agreement with the force of a treaty even though one was never signed. Because that requires hard work and a Senate vote.

"Just like an actual impeachment trial requires actual crimes, actual evidence, and actual witnesses, none of which the Democrats actually have. With this trifecta of suck the only thing they've got going for them, their strategy appears to be simply demanding that the impeachment be settled by a summary judgement and a complete restoration of the status quo ante, i.e. Trump gone, and a return to the unquestioned comfortable corruption, incompetence without consequence, and inexorable march toward some sort of shabby socialism and a diminished America where prices are high, gains are low, and Jim Acosta is taken seriously as a journalist."




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Mid-Morning Art Thread: Postmodernism Is Dead. It's The Remodern Era. [Richard Bledsoe*]

—CBD

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Tracey Emin: "My Bed"

When Andrew Breitbart stated, “Politics is downstream from culture,” he was echoing an earlier visionary: mystical artist William Blake, who proclaimed “Empire follows art and not vice versa.” We are currently suffering the consequences of a terrible trajectory: long-marching elitists have weaponized contemporary art into an assault on the foundations of Western civilization.

The systematic undermining of the arts were a prerequisite for the Marxist goal of cultural disintegration. Before elitists began decreeing blatantly absurd claims such as mere words can magically transform men into women, or that Jeffrey Epstein killed himself, our cultural institutions replaced art with artifice. What they call “art” is an empty mimicry, lacking substance and significance.

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The Morning Report - 1/22/20

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. Wednesday and the big story is, of course, the sham-peachment "trial" in the Senate where the top items in that category are a breaking/developing story that Adam Schiff-for-Brains is reported to have "mischaracterized" evidence, specifically involving communications between Lev Parnas and Rudy Giuliani in order to attempt to show the President guilty of withholding Ukraine aid. I can hear a chorus of myriad Claude Rains' shouting "I'm shocked!" coming from my USB port. Let's see if Cocaine Mitch hit his "kill switch." I tend to doubt that, but still, the superstar defense team of Pat Cipollone and Jim Jordan are going to be wiping the Senate floor with that beady-eyed little paskudnyak over this and more for the duration. And speaking of kill switches, after a marathon session of "debate", meaning Democrats lying through their teeth and the GOP pimp-slapping them mercilessly, the Senate passed Cocaine Mitch's ground rules, denying the Dems' the opportunity to hijack the proceedings and turn this into another Justice Kavanaugh fiasco.

Besides wanting to ding the President and his associates as loudly and as long as possible as the 2020 election season heats up, knowing that he is more than likely going to crush whoever their candidate is, they had hoped they could get four seemingly vulnerable Senators - McSally, Tillis, Collins and Perdue - to "Flake" out and give them the 51 votes needed to thwart McConnell and effectively hand this over to Schemer and company (this is also Tim Scott's observation [see last link]). Those four realized that doing so would also doom them to defeat next November. It would also hand control of the Senate back over to the Dems for the next four years and effectively stop Trump from reshaping the judiciary, especially the Supreme Court if Ruth Bader Meinhoff final descends to the Infernal Reaches to join Hugo Black. That is if he'll let a Jew sit next to him, but I digress. The other assumption that they are counting on is that the House will remain in their hands and along with thwarting whatever legislative agenda the President has, they will theoretically have the votes to impeach him again, this time with the pressure in theory to get the RINOs and squishes in the Senate to actually convict.

But you know what that sounds like? The conversations in the buknker between Hitler and Albert Speer, looking over the architectural models of Berlin when they achieve the promised endsieg... even as Russian artillery pounds the ground above them and concrete dust falls on their heads. Even Mittelschmerz Pee-Air Defecto knows to keep his forked tongue sheathed if they want to survive politically, much as they hate Trump (the people of Utah are kind of fed up with him, but that's another story). The reality is this is not a midterm election, and given the American people's disgust at the Dems over this, as well as enthusiasm over Trump's accomplishments including the greatest economic boom in American history, not only will the Senate remain in GOP hands but more than likely they will retake the House as the 30 or so freshman Dems from districts Trump took in 2016 who went along with Palsi von Poligrip on this kamikaze mission will be kicked to the curb and wonder what fell on them. Inshalla.

In any case, other key links include White House Counsel Pat Cipollone destroying Jerry Nadless as well as accusing Schiff-for-Brains of other malfeasance stemming from that closed door confab in the House basement, Jay Sekulow using the Pencil-Neck's own words to hoist him on his own petard, Lindsey Graham fisking the beady-eyed fuck in real time, and Jim Jordan dismantling their entire "House" of cards piece by piece.

As delicious as it is to witness this, it is sobering and depressing to have to endure the Democrats utterly trashing the rule of law, comity, tradition and any chance of reconciliation between what is more than likely a disunited people, seemingly forever. Michael Goodwin is right about the Founders rolling in their graves. Frankly, they've been doing that for close to 200 years; it's just now they're doing it so fast the Iranians can use them to enrich uranium.

Tragedy.

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Tuesday Overnight Open Thread (1/21/20)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Quotes of The Day


Quote I


“It’s the safest restaurant in the country,” Lauren Boebert of Shooters Grill in Rifle, CO


Quote II

“So what we’re trying to do is put the border wall up to push illegal apprehensions to areas that they can patrol, they can apprehend and interdict folks, and the like. That’s our goal, that’s our strategy and it’s working,” Chad Wolf, the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security


Quote III

"They also told me that I wouldn't get sick for 30 or 40 years. I'll most likely be dead by then anyway, so I couldn't care less."Naoto Matsumura


Quote IV

”He was in Congress for years. He had one senator support him. Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done. He was a career politician. It’s all just baloney and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it.” Hillary Clinton


Quote V

“It’s as bad as if someone burned a cross in someone’s yard. We have got to stop this. This is not the Wild West. We should be able to civilly disagree with one another, where you’re not displaying acts of murder on your front lawn,” Elesha Gayman


Quote VI

The American Dream is back,bigger, better, and stronger than ever before. No one is benefitting more than America’s middle class.President Donald Trump

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Odds & Ends

—Ace

Gallup: Trump hits the highest level of approval in his presidency, at 43.4%.

Rasmussen puts it at 47%.

I forget who said it, but someone recently wrote that Trump would have to be at 47% favorable to have a >50% chance of winning the electoral college.

Bridgegate 2: New Jersey governor orders sudden highway repair, apparently to cause problems getting to an upcoming Cape May Trump rally.

Jennifer Rubin is way too old to be a 23 year old writer for The Mary Sue:

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One Year Ago, The Media, Including the Usual Suspects In the NeverTrump Cult, Slandered the Covington Kids

—Ace

This Reason piece by Robby Soave discusses not just the incident, and not just the media's retraction after it finally bothered to fact-check-- but the media's determination to revive the false claims days after the truth came out.

Nick Sandmann's lawyers, I'm sure, are looking at this same angle.

A Year Ago, the Media Mangled the Covington Catholic Story. What Happened Next Was Even Worse.


Journalists and pundits who frantically doubled down on their initial bad takes deserve more criticism.

...

[L]ess well remembered than the mainstream media's belated mea culpa was the absurd effort to re-legitimize the initial narrative.

On the next day, January 21, the New York Daily News published a contemptible hit piece attributed to its sports staff titled: "SEE IT: Covington Catholic High students in blackface at past basketball game." The first sentence read: "This won't help Nick Sandmann's case," as if the story was some sort of indictment of him. In fact, it had nothing to do with him, or any of his classmates at the Lincoln Memorial. The "blackface" incident was from a Covington basketball game years before, in which some attendees had painted themselves black to show school spirit. Ill-advised, in today's rage-charged climate? Sure. An example of racial harassment? Probably not. In either case, it had nothing to do with Sandmann.

Not to be outdone, Ben Kesslen of NBC News published a story the next day with the headline: "Gay valedictorian banned from speaking at Covington graduation 'not surprised' by D.C. controversy." Kesslen's piece included critical remarks from the gay valedictorian, as well as a local Native American activist group for good measure. The Covington kids "were not blameless," said the valedictorian. Readers who consumed the article too quickly may have missed that this student hailed from a different Covington school (albeit one in the same diocese), rendering his subjective impression of what may or may not have happened at the Lincoln Memorial fairly useless.

An eight second clip of boys who were not identified as being from Covington surfaced. The boys shouted something at a passer-by that was unintelligible.

So: Boys who were not from Covington, as far as we know, shouted something we don't understand at someone for reasons we also don't know.

This Hot New Evidence was immediately seized upon -- by people who should be in constant communication with their lawyers -- as smoking gun proof of... something.

For some reason, Vox's Emily Stewart embedded the short clip in her January 24 piece about Covington. This isn't even the most astonishing failing of the piece: She also uncritically cited Phillips throughout.

"Phillips told the Post that even before the confrontation, he and other Native American activists had issues with the students during the day," wrote Stewart. "And it wasn't just him and the Hebrew Israelites--a video surfaced on Twitter purporting to show the Covington boys harassing a group of girls as they walked by."

Stewart's piece is shockingly devoid of pushback, failing to note that Phillips' account was misleading—even though the piece was written four days after his narrative had fallen apart. She made note of my piece, and a few others from those in the Fox News orbit, but her bolded points were "We're probably never going to know exactly what happened on the Lincoln Memorial steps" and "These kids still don't look great."

On the latter point, she linked to a piece by Slate's Ruth Graham, who wrote, "There's no mistaking the core dynamics of the encounter: Sandmann smugly grins in Phillips's face and declines to step backward, and he's backed by dozens of boisterous teens who are jeering and mocking the much smaller group of Native marchers."

In a previous piece, she had referred to Sandmann's face as "punchable and untouchable." Her new piece contained no apology--indeed, she hardly changed her mind about him at all.

Not that it matters, but continuing to reassert a claim which harms someone's reputation, which you know to be factually false, satisfies the "malice" standard of defamation law.

And let's not forget the Usual Suspects of the for-paycheck-purposes-only pseudo-right who just had to rush to speech-patrol the right -- Jonah Goldberg, Rich Lowry, Ben Howe (who was actually in the midst of writing a trashgarbage book attacking the right for being too quick to socially shame strangers when he shamed Nick Sandmann), Ben Shapiro, National Review, and the #HotTake Emporium Twitchy.

Say, you guys are really into Social Shaming, right?

Right?

From The American Conservative-- will hundreds of millions in settlements force the media to change its behavior?

Spoiler: probably not.

The hope is that justice recognizes that a new media environment has emerged, one that drags innocent people onto the national stage unnecessarily in a way that is unethical and exploitative--and that even politicians, never mind the voters who select them, deserve factual reporting. But in the case of CNN and Nick Sandmann, it appears the network would rather pay out millions of dollars than see what a court would say.

That CNN has not made any noticeable changes in its obsessive stream of agenda journalism since the original incident a year ago, or since settling with Sandmann, suggests what they paid out is to them a reasonable price to continue to lie to the American public. Most MSM gave the settlement little or no coverage. CNN itself devoted 29 seconds to the story. Like botox, settlements are just another business expense.

...

The Founders assigned journalism a specific role to ensure that citizens would be able to carry out informed debates. Truth, they understood, is more than an ideal; it is a perspective. Yet over the last three years, serious journalism has all but been pushed aside in a rush to do away with Trump, not by honest persuasion but by any means necessary. Fear won out, and so objectivity is now #Collusion. Seeking facts before going viral is so 2015. The media gutlessly picks on kids because they can't get Trump. We asked for an informed citizenry and we instead got Mean Girls.

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The Centennial of Both Prohibition and Suffrage (And the Correlation Between the Two)
[BUCK THROCKMORTON]

—Open Blogger

One hundred years ago, in 1920, two major events in America’s history occurred.

1) Prohibition took effect. The 18th Amendment (passed in 1919 but not
implemented until the Volstead Act in 1920) banned the manufacture and
sale of alcohol.

2) The 19th Amendment (passed in 1920) mandated universal suffrage within
the United States.

It is trendy to mock our country for the puritan futility of prohibition, and for the backwardness of women being denied the vote as recently as 100 years ago. Among all the snark and mockery from modern Americans, however, a critical point is being forgotten – prohibition and suffrage went hand in hand. Prohibition could have been avoided if women had continued to be denied the voting franchise as the 1900s commenced. How many progressive young Americans would forsake their IPAs and craft liquors and go completely dry to end a civil wrong? That is what American men did a century ago.

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Border Apprehensions Plunge 90% in Arizona Due to Trump's Stay-in-Mexico Policy

—Ace

Catch and release... back into Mexico.

Not that these migrants are from Mexico. Not originally. But they're from Mexico in the sense that they try to cross from Mexico.

Illegal border crossings in Arizona "plunged" in December of 2019, according to the Associated Press, dropping a staggering 90% year-over-year following a Trump administration change in policy that has asylum seekers waiting for their adjudication hearings in Mexico and not in the United States.

Last winter, a "record number" of illegal border crossers were apprehended in the Arizona sector of the United States-Mexico border, with 60,000 migrants taken into United States Border Protection custody in December of 2019 alone, per the Washington Examiner. That was the beginning of a surge migrants crossing the United States' southern border; by May of 2019, the Border Patrol was recording a record number of apprehensions every month, sometimes topping 100,000.

"50,753 people were arrested for trespassing from Mexico in December. It marks the third month in a row that more than 50,000 people have illegally crossed into to the U.S. Another 10,000 people who tried to enter through ports were told they lacked the documents to do so," according to the Examiner. "Illegal immigration apprehensions at the southern border have skyrocketed since Trump’s first few months in office, when 15,000 to 20,000 people were reported being apprehended per month."


In Arizona alone, the Border Patrol was registering around 14,000 apprehensions per month by May of 2019, but in October of 2019, there were only 800 apprehensions. In December of 2019, the streak kept up, and apprehensions dropped around 90%.

Trump intends to address "birth tourism" next:

The Trump administration is reportedly preparing to crack down on foreign nationals who visit the United States with the explicit intention to give birth, taking advantage of the country’s birthright citizen laws.

President Donald Trump is expected to roll out changes to visa requirements in the coming days in order to stifle the “birth tourism” industry, in which many pregnant women from across the world enter the U.S. to give birth, according to administration officials who spoke with Axios. The proposals would be the latest in the administration’s efforts to clamp down on abuse of the U.S. immigration system.

Meanwhile, the Democrarts boldly announce they're for illegal immigrants -- and no one else.

Amy Klobuchar just denounced herself for having previously supported the controversial position that America's language is English, and Joe Biden declares that drunk driving is not a felony, certainly one that shouldn't get you kicked out of America even if you were already an illegal alien.

As a blogger at Instapundit noted: This is an especially strange position for Joe Biden to take, because, for decades, he has attributed his first wife's death to a drunk driver.

That was false. It was/is a slander against the driver, who was not drunk.

But he has busted out the "my wife was killed by a drunk driver" lie at every opportunity to increase the sympathy generated by 10%.

And now he says of illegal aliens driving drunk and killing other people's wives -- meh, no big deal.

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BBD (Buffet Buster Deluxe) Ana Navarro of dubious Republican heritage was on The View and comes up for air to attack Sen Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). Looks like 'ol BBD and Skipper Bill have been hitting up the buffets together. [Mis. Hum.]
What a surprise, Bill Kristol and George Conway have another grift, another assholish troll move
They're such grifterish little pussies. It's seriously embarrassing. Just shut the f*ck up already you pathetic little queeflings. And George, why don't you work on what's really bothering you, if you know what I mean, and I'm sure you do
Must be nice to have endless piles of liberal billionaires' money to spend (taking a nice little cut for yourselves, naturally -- gotta keep those bloated >40% BMI figures). In fact, I think it's just terrific that almost the entirety of the "conservative media" is being paid by liberal billionaires. Which might have something to do with why conservatism never actually wins.
Instapundit (linking a Slate advice column): I Live With Six Brothers. I Have Sex With Two of Them. It’s Fine, They Know. But since it’s Slate’s advice column we get this: "I don't know why six adult brothers would be living in a house together, [and] why their parents weren't more concerned with overpopulation and what it might mean for a looming water shortage."
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A friend updates me: "By the way, the advice is to a dude who's having sex with the two brothers."
Burkman and Wohl: A "senior House Republican" has transmitted our pictures of Ed Buck and Adam Schiff to RedState and we are waiting for them to do the right thing and publish them
Red State: We have had no pictures transmitted to us and have no idea what you're talking about

I have transmitted a picture of a naked Demi Rose grinding on my shame to RedState, and I implore them to gather the courage to do the right and tastefully-artistic thing and share my dirty victory with the world. You have 24 hours to comply. Release the Snizz.
Zombie on why SJWs cannot lift SJW-converged franchises into commercial success:
The reason for this actually, is not that SJWs cease doing things out of political spite, it's that have such a vast logjam of virtue-signals to emit that they have to prioritize and have a triage system for how to spend their spite-filled hours.
In the Old Days, there was a buffet of mainstream normal culture to choose from, and then one or two weird outlier "alt" counter-culture choices. So if you were a proto-SJW in that era, you choices for spiteful thumb-your-nose-at-the-squares time-spendage were very limited as thus very clear.
But in the modern era there entire cultural landscape has been flipped, and now there are countless SJW "alt" (not really anymore) cultural choices, and you must decide which of the man you grace with your time.
So, it's not like the SJWs have given up on Batwoman and gone back to watching something actually good and enjoyable - no, they gave up on Batwoman because they deemed it was more important to spite-watch some other leftist piece of garbage -- which they will then in turn quickly abandon for the next one, ad infinitum.
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