Overnight Open Thread (5-27-2015)
Thanks to a sinus infection that's been grinding me down please accept this stripped-down even pithier ONT.
Oh and I agree about the superheroics to a certain extent but I think the real issue didn't start with Stan Lee as much as it did the people after him. Yeah, he only hired fellow political travelers but I doubt even he realized how far they would go. I doubt he thought they would quit writing to kids either and write comics solely to aging leftists and weird grad-school sex-scenester kids (LGBTABCEFG) to slowly diminishing returns propped up only by films and cartoons for children. In fact, if anything, that's the biggest knock on what superheroes have become. It's adults stealing the dreams of children to prop up their own sad fantasies. Sort of a good picture of the current Left in the world. Globalized and living off the young for the privilege of the few. Who'd a guessed there was so much in comics
-- Greg Nielsen in an email to Mark Steyn
There's a certain kind of behavior in the Arab world that, to me, resembles the way young men behave when there is no significant influence from women in their lives.
-- PJ O'Rourke
One of the scariest aspects of our times is how seldom either people or policies are judged by their track record.
-- Thomas Sowell
She's now senior advisor for strategic communications to Secretary of State John Kerry and will play a key role in developing communication strategies for our negotiations with Iran over how they'll keep their nuclear weapons program. It's nice to see that all her hard work, consistent stylishness, and peppy can-do attitude was finally recognized by the
Pan-Hellenic Council State Department.
According to unnamed sources Harf is already bursting with ideas to make this year's negotiations the most AWESOMEST EVER! Now don't get too excited but rumors are that Lady Gaga(!) has already been booked and that Aerosmith(!!) may make an appearance during the karaoke cruise!!!
We're in the best of hands.
So we have that going for us.
But hey here's some Kate Upton to cheer you right up!
Apparently as part of a movie scene. In real life models just grab the first non-serial killery-but-has-a-401K guy they see and ask to borrow his car for a while and continue on their merry way.
So do you know when this year's "Everybody Draw Mohammed" Day is? Answer here: Everyday is "Everybody Draw Mohammed" Day.
Well the NRA went a bit too far in lumping all opposition to allowing hunting on Sundays in NC as animal rights activists but then Rev. Creech has no real argument for keeping hunting illegal other than his holy book says so (according to his interpretation). I see no reason for the state to enforce restrictions on legal activities by weekday that are unique to a single religion.
After transferring money to straighten out their finances with the bank, the Bednars learned just what had happened with the $115,018.01 they had in their bank account: The United States Secret Service seized the money.
"We got no warning," Tom Bednar said in an interview with The Daily Signal. "Nothing."
After months of litigation against the United States government, Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen West moved to dismiss the case earlier this month, meaning the Bednars will get their money back.However, the government refused to cover the Bednars' $25,000 in legal fees, which the couple is entitled to under the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act.
Note that this is all due to the crime of 'structuring' where perfectly legal activities - depositing or withdrawing amounts under $10,000 - become a felony when done a little too often. So how often and how close to $10,000 do you need to be to be guilty of 'structuring'? Well that's up to the government to decide. Because the war on drugs that's why.
In 2013, a CBS News reporter asked Berry Gordy Jr. at age 83 about his success. He replied, "I took some risks, and they all paid off, big time. I mean, really big time."
The risks he took helped improve race relations at a time of national angst over integration by putting together the songwriters, singers and musicians who would turn the Motor City into Hitsville USA with a little record company called simply Motown. But he had no such lofty, altruistic goal. He told the same reporter, "My thought was make the music, make the money, and get some girls. That was it. Not necessarily in that order."
Born in Detroit on November 28, 1929, Gordy was the seventh of the eight children of Berry Gordy Sr. and Bertha Fuller Gordy, who had moved to Michigan in 1922 seeking to escape the poverty, segregation and cotton of Sandersville, Georgia. His grandfather was the son of plantation owner James Thomas Gordy and one of his female slaves, Esther Johnson, which made Berry Gordy Jr. a distant relative of President Carter.
Berry Gordy Jr.'s first pursuit of fame, females and fortune -- not necessarily in that order -- came as a professional boxer. He dropped out of high school in 11th grade, which would be like dropping out of college today. Nevertheless, early on his relatives considered Gordy the black sheep of the family. He did well as a boxer, winning ten bouts, losing three and drawing twice. But in 1951, the Army drafted him and sent him to the war in Korea. Discharged in 1953, Gordy opened a jazz record store in Detroit. His customers wanted blues music. His store failed.He married the former Thelma Morrison and went to work as an upholsterer for Lincoln-Mercury, a job that paid well but he wanted more. He wrote songs. After two years, he had enough with assembling cars and tried his hand as a full-time songwriter. Had he hung on just another 28 years, he could have retired with a nice pension in 1984 at age 55.
But he gave up that good union job anyway.
Because everyone needs to be notified about your latest weight. </sarc> On the other hand I do see a market for what I refer to in my investor pitches as 'StoolGram'.
This scale is retailing for just under $150 by a company called Withings. Previous versions of this scale allowed you to track your weight and other data such as heart rate and body fat percentage from your Apple Iphone. I guess they needed to take it a step further and allow you to auto tweet or facebook your weight for the world to see.
Remember her vote counts just as much as yours. Well okay when she finally turns 18 and remembers to actually vote that is.
The Group knows your sins but doesn't care so long as your offenses don't conflict with theirs.
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Freddie Gray Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby (nee James) Was On Judge Judy?
For the Haters of Me: It's all too real.
France: "No" To Any Iran Deal, Unless We Have Full Access to All Nuke Sites, Including the Military Ones Where, Duh, Nuclear Development Will Actually Take Place
Last week, Supreme Shaman Khamenei declared that not only would he not permit Iran's military sites to be inspected for violations, but that he would not even permit its scientists to be interviewed about the work they were doing.
"The impudent and brazen enemy expects that we allow them talk to our scientists and researchers about a fundamental local achievement but no such permission will be allowed," Khamenei told military commanders in Tehran Wednesday, in remarks broadcast on state TV. "No inspection of any military site or interview with nuclear scientists will be allowed."
Khamenei said interviewing Iranian nuclear scientists would be an affront to Iran's dignity.
"I will not allow foreigners to interview -- which is tantamount to interrogation -- the prominent beloved scientists and sons of this nation," he said.
Of course, Obama is desperate to give Iran the bomb. England is basically an ISIS outpost with some past connection to the Beatles.
But France, along with Germany, continues to have a more adult view of Iran.
"France will not accept (a deal) if it is not clear that inspections can be done at all Iranian installations, including military sites," Laurent Fabius told lawmakers .
"'Yes’' to an agreement, but not to an agreement that will enable Iran to have the atomic bomb. That is the position of France which is independent and peaceful."
We're once again forced to witness the spectacle of a leftwing American President being contradicted by an avowedly socialist, but less leftwing, French administration.
Has Obama Lost the Cher Vote?
Jen Psaki: Obama's Strategy In Iraq, Which Is In All Ways Perfect, May Need to be Adjusted
The White House had previously sworn on the Bible that their strategy was perfect and flawless.
Now they continue to make that same point -- but Jen Psaki acknowledges we may have to "adjust" the perfect plan.
The White House has altered its language in defending their strategy against the Islamic State, finally admitting that they must "adapt" its strategy.
Jen Psaki, White House communications director, dismissed Sec. Ash Carter's comment that Iraqi soldiers "showed no will to fight," directly contradicting the vice president’s words. The allegation undermines the White House strategy to equip and train Iraqi soldiers so that U.S. involvement can remain minimal.
"They've taken on this fight; they're continuing to, but we need to adapt our strategy too and adapt to the type of equipment that we’re providing as time goes on and as ISIS adapts," Psaki said Wednesday morning on CNN.
In total, Psaki mentioned "adapting" six times in a four-minute interview, despite downplaying losses by claiming the fight against IS will have "good days and bad days."
When do we have the good ones? Video of the hapless babbling fool Jen Psaki at the link.
In addition, you will be happy to know that the Obama White House is taking the fall of Ramadi with an increased sense of urgency.
Previously, the White House had called the sacking of the capital of the Anbar Province a "tactical setback."
Today, it acknowledges that the setback was more serious than that.
Why, they even go so far as to call it, using a passive-voice-style double-negative construction, a "not unsubstantial setback."
"I think there are a variety of contributors to what happened in Ramadi," press secretary Josh Earnest said when asked about Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s contention that the Iraqi army showed no "will to fight" and essentially ran from Ramadi. "The first is that there -- the Iraqi security forces, who were fighting in Ramadi, and have been fighting in Ramadi for a year and a half, didn’t have the benefit of the training of the United States and our coalition partners. There were clearly, as the Iraqis have indicated, some military command and planning problems that occurred. And we saw a pretty effective tactic used by ISIL. And all of that led to a not unsubstantial setback in Ramadi."
Obama is a not uncatastrophic president.
Let's talk about this "lack of a will to fight" comment.
While there may be merit to it -- I'll need more than the Obama Administration's spin of events before saying -- it has to be noted that the Obama Team's first, best, and only response to any failure is to claim that it's someone else's fault.
The only thing this Administration actually does is shift blame.
Now, we could talk about why American planes are only making thirteen airstrikes a day in Iraq and Syria. (For comparison, we made 800 per day in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and more than 1300 per day in Desert Storm.)
We could ask, if the US is only bringing air power to this fight, why we are bringing so damned little of it-- almost as if Obama wants to be seen as if he's "trying something," but in fact is set upon losing the war (as usual).
Such talk would bother Obama, who has maintained, since he came into office, that he has not made a single mistake, except for failing sometimes to communicate how awesome his decisions and policies are. (No really -- the press was always asking Bush if he made mistakes. They've only asked Obama a couple of times, and Obama always says no, not one mistake, but he allows his communications may be better.)
So the Iraq forces just lost a major town, and the US forces were doing, basically, doodly-squat while it happened.
So of course Team Obama must go into overdrive insulting the Iraqis.
Andrew McLean writes:
Toxic Nation: After Ramadi, USA Shows Itself to be the Worst Kind of Friend
These remarks constitute the latest evolution of administration talking points on our failing campaign against the Islamic State. Shortly before Ramadi fell, U.S. officials were complaining to the press that its coverage of the war was biased against American efforts. In particular, the officials wanted television news to stop recycling old B-roll footage of IS from 2014, showing the fighters moving in mass formations of vehicles. The argument was that because our bombing campaign was so successful, IS could not and did not operate "in broad daylight" like that anymore.
The only wars this administration cares about are publicity wars.
With Carter's questioning of the courage of the Iraqi forces, the administration’s spin has evolved from "everything is going great," to "this is not a big deal," to "it's not our fault--it's those cowardly Iraqis who can't get it done."
We refuse to share any risk with our Iraqi partners, and then call them cowards in public when they fail. As a strategic matter, who will want to fight alongside us in the future after a display as pathetic as this?
[I]t is a strange sort of strategy that is based on an expectation that, "over time," we will have any friends left, if our leaders continue to find it politically expedient to belittle allies after sending them out to die alone. The only thing being degraded in the campaign against the Islamic State is American prestige.
Everything is Awesome Update: The Obama Administration Theme, suggested by Bob's House of Flannel Shirts.
Hillary Clinton's Doing Her Vile Fake Southern Accent Again
She's just awful in every way imaginable, and in several more you couldn't even think of.
"She needs to stop doing that risible fake accent," emails Madonna.
Compare to her her "I don' feel no ways tired, I come too faaahr" Negro accent from 2007.
Corrected: I put up a pic of what I thought was Hillary eating a fish. It wasn't Hillary; it was German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
But I think this is a good replacement:
Okay media, time to be fair and ask Hillary Clinton if she agrees with Bernie Sanders on the unemployment rate pic.twitter.com/yPNWxfPVFG— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) May 26, 2015
Gallup: American Support for Liberal Social Positions at Historic Highs; "Social Liberals" Equal "Social Conservatives" For First Time in Poll's History
This only goes back to 1999, but this is the first time that social liberals and social conservatives are at parity, per Gallup's polling. The two groups are now both at 31%.
On specific issues, there is a shift in favor of the left, with many socially-left positions now receiving historic levels of support.
A big surge in support for gay relationships, which you might have guessed, as well as for sexual relationships before marriage and divorce as well.
Support for abortion has ticked up, but only a bit.
Rush was talking about this, saying that the whole point of the poll was to demoralize social conservatives, or get the Establishment Republicans to abandon the socially conservative wing. (Not a hard sell for Establishment Republicans, in any case.)
I don't buy that. The questions have been asked since 1999 and 2001, respectively. I don't think someone could claim that Gallup only asked the question about gay marriage in 2004 in order to demoralize liberals, back when more were against homosexuality.
I do think this represents an actual change. A permanent one? Who knows. What's permanent in the world?
Anonymous Writer Asks NYT's "Ethicist" Columnist: A Rape Occurred In a Political Campaign I Was Involved With, and the Higher Ups Covered It Up; What Should I Do?
My first job out of college was at a major political campaign. Late in the year, an intern told me she had been raped by one of my colleagues and that campaign higher-ups made the problem go away. I'm not sure what that means, but the police weren’t involved, nothing made the news, all the people involved kept their jobs. To my knowledge, this young woman told me and one other colleague. I kept the secret to myself for the last seven years until the other night. I let slip to a journalist friend the very basics of what happened, and now I’m being asked for contacts who can confirm that it happened.
The candidate I worked for is running again. I still support the candidate, and I do not want the opponent in office. On the other hand, I am aghast that the organization would cover up such a heinous crime.
You know, not for nothin', but Hillary Clinton was still running for president 7 years ago, wasn't she?
OMG So Adorbz
So this is pretty adorable.
Baby bears -- that's adorable right there -- are play-boxing with each other, but they're kinda clumsy and ineffectual because they're babies.
This is so cute it turned me full-on gloryhole gay.
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Peder Mørk Mønsted, "A Cottage Garden with Chickens" (1919)
Supreme Court to Consider Whether the Constitution Requires 'One Person, One Vote' or 'One Voter, One Vote'
Yesterday, the Supreme Court agreed to resolve a redistricting question that has been simmering for over fifty years: does the equal protection clause require that state voter districts be apportioned according to the number of residents or the number of eligible voters? States have, generally, been allowed to decide for themselves whether to use the total state population or some more restrictive population—say, one that excludes temporary residents and aliens—when drawing districts.
But this question has profound implications for states with large populations of residents who are ineligible to vote like, for example, the state of Texas, where this case originates. Counting residents ineligible to vote for the purposes of apportioning districts tends to give more weight to votes in districts with large numbers of such residents. The argument in this case is that this inequality of voting power violates the equal protection clause. It would be an unusual constitutional standard that allowed votes in some states to be diluted at the whim of the state legislature or (perhaps worse) independent redistricting commissions.
This quickly becomes a political question. Residents not eligible to vote—like aliens and felons in many states—just happen to be concentrated in urban districts, which also tend to be Democratic districts. Shifting voting power from such urban minority districts to rural, generally older white districts will launch a hundred screechy tirades on the internet, but this lawsuit finds support in decades of progressive jurisprudence. The case law implementing the Voting Rights Act has required using population of eligible voters, not population of residents, as the baseline when drawing minority districts. The petitioners in this case want the Supreme Court to find the same principle is required by the equal protection clause.
One thing that the Supreme Court justices will no doubt want to know: how accurate is the states' count of eligible voters? The census gives a pretty good idea of how many residents live in a particular area, but it was not designed to give a precise count of eligible voters. If the high court decides that the equal protection clause requires 'one voter, one vote' districting, how accurate must the count of eligible voters be? Also, this is a state redistricting case, but it is not hard to see how the principle could be extended to congressional redistricting, which would cause some big changes in the House for states like Texas, Florida, New Mexico, Arizona, and (gulp) California.
Wednesday Morning News Dump
- Huckabee's Anachronistic Brand Of Progressivism
- EPA Poised To Issue Landmark Water Regulations
- Clinton Criminal Empire Conveniently Omits Shell Company From Public Financial Files
- Adultery, Adulteration, And The Historical Married Woman Limitation
- How To Fix An Unfair Debate System
- Elected Democrats Want A Pay Raise
- Fail Upwards In The Obama Administration
- Read This Headline And Try Not To Have An Aneurysm
- Fiorina To Hold Press Conference Outside Staged Clinton Event
- I Feel Like Will Be A Standard Future After All The LAsu
- Lot Of Important Supreme Court Cases Coming Up
- Obama's Legacy Is In Increasing Legal Jeopardy
- When It Comes To Global Warming, The Media Only See What They Want
Morning Thread (5-27-2015)
According to leading Climate Scientists™, it apparently never even rained in Texas until last weekend.
Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Texas Flood" (cover of a 1958 original, FYI) now seems eerily prescient.
Overnight Open Thread (5-26-2015)
An upcoming workshop scheduled to take place at the University of Wisconsin-Madison aims to teach campus radicals and socialists how to manipulate campus resources to advance their agenda. One of the group's overall goals, according to their website, is to "reveal and challenge the North American university as a site working at the junction of settler-colonialism, neoliberal capitalism, hetero-patriarchy, white supremacy and other systems of domination and exploitation." The event includes sessions investigating what it means to be a thief, how to construct political narratives, and how to destabilise hegemonic spatial representations.
Being expected to pay your bills as agreed - say, those misspent student loans - is, we learn, a "means of oppression." Because destabilising hegemonic spatial representations is something that someone else should be forced to pay for.
-- David Thompson
"The line between free speech and X" is often the rhetorical equivalent to "the line between vegetables and rutabagas": the author doesn't have a coherent argument that rutabagas aren't vegetables, but doesn't like rutabagas and thinks you shouldn't either.
In short: immanentizing the eschaton.
For the secular leftist, the end state is social and necessarily political. It is all about getting everybody else on board and herding them into his imagined utopia. There are so many "problematic" aspects of life that need to be reengineered, so many vast social systems that need to be overthrown and replaced. But the rest of us are all screwing it up, all the time, through our greed, our denial, our apathy, our refusal to listen to him banging on about his tired socialist ideology.
For the Christian, the ideal end state is safely in the next world and therefore is never in doubt. For the individualist, it's in his own life, and it's mostly under his direct control. For the leftist, however, it is all outside his control. It requires other people, a lot of other people, and those SOBs usually refuse to cooperate. Talk about rage-inducing.
If the whole focus of your life is on getting everybody else to agree with you on every detail of your politics and adopt your plans for a perfect society, then you're setting yourself up to be at war with most of the human race most of the time.Which means an awful lot for the Angry Left to get angry about.
Almost certainly he's the only human being ever to survive both a Nazi concentration camp and a North Korean POW camp and to eventually be awarded the Medal of Honor. There's an amazing movie in his life story - if only Hollywood was willing to make it.
He was born in Hungary in 1929, and at age 15 was sent to Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria. His first day there an SS captain told the assembled, "None of you will get out of here alive." Ted turned to the man next to him and said, "Nice fellow." Ted survived the next 14 brutal months of captivity, but most of his family perished. His father died in Buchenwald. His ten-year-old sister Elonja was sent to the gas chambers at Auschwitz, and his mother Rosa, who was slated for forced labor, chose instead to face death with her daughter. Mauthausen was liberated by the U.S. 11th Armored Division on May 5, 1945. With nothing left for him in Hungary Ted emigrated to the United States. He promised himself that he would show his appreciation to the country that gave him his freedom, and saved his life.
Ted joined the Army in February 1950, and five months later landed in Korea with the 3rd battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, one of the first American units sent to help repel North Korean invasion forces. Ted was soon involved in the fighting withdrawal to the Pusan perimeter. In one engagement near Chirye, Ted's company was redeploying from one hill to another, and he volunteered to stay behind to keep the enemy guessing until the movement was completed. As Corporal Leonard Hamm relates, "the North Koreans, thinking the hill was still occupied by a whole company, made an all out offensive with all their available troops. PFC Tibor Rubin had stocked each foxhole with grenades, and during the attack the following morning made his way running from foxhole to foxhole, lobbing, one after the other, grenades down upon the enemy, he became almost hysterical in his actions but he held the hill."For this and other actions, Ted's immediate superiors recommended him for the Medal of Honor. However, before the paperwork could be processed these officers were killed, and a sergeant who might have sent the papers up refused to do so because Ted was Jewish. "Not on my watch," he said. After the Inchon invasion, the 8th Cavalry Regiment moved north towards the Chinese border, and was at the forward edge of the U.N. offensive when the Chinese Red Army entered the conflict. Ted's battalion was destroyed at the Battle of Unsan in early November 1950, while fighting a delaying action against Chinese forces swarming south from the Yalu. Hundreds of Americans were captured, among them Ted, who had manned a machine gun to hold off the enemy as the rest of the unit attempted to withdraw.
And then his life got really interesting.
You can see why this is problematic right? No? Then try relaxing your mind, working outside the logic box, and coming up with the most racist thoughts that those other bad people must have in their heads. Ok see it now?
Yes, it's ludicrous and pernicious, and not at all accidental. Dr Golz and her peers are in effect saying to students, "You should want to be the guy who bitches about the alleged racist subtext of party snacks. And if you do choose to behave that way, we'll reward you and flatter you and make you feel important, while making other people jump through clown hoops to appease the feelings you pretend to have." And the more implausible and contrived the claim of victimhood is, the more status points accrue, supposedly on account of the complainant's heightened sensitivity and mental prowess. He has fathomed an injustice mere mortals cannot see.
And bewildered onlookers are expected to pretend that this is a high and noble function of an academic institution.
New ONT Feature - The ISIS View: Slave-Girls or Prostitutes?
By Umm Sumayyah Al-Muhajirah, ISIS magazine columnist. [No this is not satire silly kuffir.]
Saby (taking slaves through war) is a great prophetic Sunnah containing many divine wisdoms and religious benefits, regardless of whether or not the people are aware of this. The Sirah is a witness to our Prophet's (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) raiding of the kuffar. He would kill their men and enslave their children and women. The raids of the beloved Prophet (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) convey this to us....
The scholars of Sirah mentioned that the Prophet (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) took four slave-girls as concubines, two of them being Mariyah al-Qibtiyyah and Rayhanah an-Nadriyyah [Zad al-Ma'ad].
...Yes, Allah has opened the lands for His awliya', so they entered and dispersed within the lands, killing the fighters of the kuffar, capturing their women, and enslaving their children.
I write this while the letters drip of pride.Yes, O religions of kufr altogether, we have indeed raided and captured the kafirah women, and drove them like sheep by the edge of the sword. And glory belongs to Allah, to His Messenger, and the believers, but the hypocrites do not know!
But then he had to go there.
And who knows, maybe Michelle Obama's price won't even exceed a third of a dinar, and a third of a dinar is too much for her!
Where everything is nearly free and no one has to work too hard...you may say they're dreamers, but they're not the only ones...
Ellen Pao, interim chief executive of Reddit, announced last month a ban on salary negotiations at the social media company. Her stated goal: to eliminate the persistent disadvantage that women have at the bargaining table.
..."Men negotiate harder than women do and sometimes women get penalized when they do negotiate," Pao said. "So as part of our recruiting process we don't negotiate with candidates. We come up with an offer that we think is fair."
According to Feminists women are akin to mentally challenged children who must be protected and coddled from a harsh patriarchal world, and also Sisterhood is Powerful - well unless she happens to dig your husband.
Two exit questions:
1) Do you think Ellen Pao tried to negotiate her salary before taking the job at Reddit? Or do you think she said, "I am a girl. I must obey and accept whatever is offered" without asking for more?2) Given her history, do you think the Reddit's board of directors should try to keep her away from male employees who are married?
If it was good enough for ole Vincent P., it works for me.
On November 21, 1975, horror movie icon Vincent Price appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and proceeded to horrify the audience with his strange and abhorrent behavior. He cooked salmon in a dishwasher.
Price was a gourmet cook, which is another story entirely. The real takeaway here is that he may have pioneered-or at least popularized-the art of dishwasher cuisine, using the appliance's steam-filled enclosure to poach food in a manner MacGyver would envy.
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Rubio: Christianity Is On the Edge of Being Declared a Hate Crime
Depressing, dark truth for you.
Hollywood Hates You and Spits On All Of Your Values
The proof: This remake.
Because a character as compelling as "Jonny Utah" couldn't be allowed to sit the twenty-first century out.
Oh by the way, thanks to @rsmccain, here's your daily dose of pointless, frivolous little-girl feminist "rebellion."
At least it's actual children engaging in this silliness, instead of 37-year-old womgirls.
Update: Coming soon -- Goonies 2.
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Bad News: Muslim Cleric Declares Fatwa on Wanking Off; Says That Those Who Masturbate Will Have "Pregnant Hands" In the Afterlife
A Muslim televangelist has advised male followers to stop masturbating -- because it will leave their hands pregnant in the afterlife.
Turkish preacher Mücahid Cihad Han told viewers that masturbation was forbidden in Islam.
"One hadith states that those who have sexual intercourse with their hands will find their hands pregnant in the afterlife, complaining against them to God over its rights,' he said during his program on private television station 2000 TV, according to The Hurriyet Daily News.
Here are some pictures of the crusading cleric.
Dalga geçmek için haber yaptılar ama,günah olduğunu bilmiyorduk Allah razı olsun diye mesaj atanlar var elhamdulillah pic.twitter.com/eUyeoV5JfS— Mücahid Cihad Han (@mucahid_han) May 25, 2015
Well sure I can see why this guy can pontificate against masturbation. I mean, look at him. He looks like he's waist-deep in p***y.
Bro, do you even lift?
And now, for rebuttal: A nervous goat.
"Everything that just guy said is bullshit!"
Good News: Yesterday, Obama Announced The End of War In Afghanistan
Not So Good News: The Taliban Is Still Killing American Soldiers in Afghanistan
Actually, this is an example of a politician endlessly re-declaring the same thing to get more free media out of it. Obama declared the end of War in Afghanistan last December.
The enemy, Jim Geraghty notes, was unimpressed.
A 22-year-old member of the US Army from Whitinsville was killed in Afghanistan when an Afghan soldier attacked his American allies earlier this week.
John M. Dawson, an Army specialist, died in Jalalabad from wounds suffered when he was hit by small arms fire while on an escort mission, the Defense Department said in a statement.
That story is from April 10, 2015. Wow, that's practically as ancient history as World War II.
Robert Tracynski notes the Passive Voice President says these wars "came to an end" -- certainly not that America won these wars.
There are good men who gave their lives, or left behind an arm or a leg, to keep Islamic terrorists from establishing a home base in Iraq. Having achieved that victory, they then had to watch as it was all thrown away....
[W]hatever this administration's role, it is disturbing to see the president touting the peace that we are supposedly enjoying after the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have "come to an end." That’s an appropriately passive expression, since President Obama can't say that we’ve won those wars, only that they have "come to an end"--and only for us. I should also add: and only for now.
I hate this asshole.
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Injunction Against Obama's Executive Amnesty, Blocking Enforcement of the Amnesty Until a Full Trial on the Merits
A lower court had issued an injunction staying enforcement of the amnesty. The Obama Administration appealed that injunction, seeking to go ahead with the amnesty until/unless a full hearing confirmed the amnesty as unconstitutional.
A federal appeals court upheld an injunction against President Obama's new deportation in a ruling Tuesday that marks the second major legal setback for an administration that had insisted its actions were legal.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled in favor of Texas, which had sued to stop the amnesty, on all key points, finding that Mr. Obama’s amnesty likely broke the law governing how big policies are to be written.
"The public interest favors maintenance of the injunction," the judges wrote in the majority opinion.
The full amnesty had been scheduled to begin last week, while an earlier part had been slated to accept applications on Feb. 18....
This is not a final ruling on the merits, but it is reason for optimism.
Hillary Clinton, The Candidate Who Will Sell You Cheap Crap
The New York Times notes that the Hillary Clinton "keepsake" shop is open, serving as yet another progressive tax on stupidity.
I guess maybe I approve of that. Frankly, we should have more progressive taxes on stupidity. It's been subsidized way too long.
So you can buy a t-shirt that looks like one of Hillary's sexless, charmless, formless pantsuits. No really -- she calls it "The Everyday Pantsuit Tee." She throws a "The" in front of it because that's what lame outlets do, they say they're selling you "The Cable-Knit Sweater" or "The Six Dollar Burger."
What Team Hillary Wants It To Say: I'm fun, fashion-forward, and not without a sense of whimsy
What It Actually Says: I work the tapioca line at the Group Home
Here's the "Stitch by Stich Throw Pillow."
What Team Hillary Wants It To Say: A little subversive wit delivered with old-world charm
What It Actually Says: Old ladies collect throw pillows like junkies collect pill bottles
That's fifty bucks, by the way.
For $25, I'll sell you a pillow that says "There's SomethIng Deeply, Badly Wrong With Me."
This t-shirt is called "The Supporter." I think it's deliberate that "The Supporter" is a male, or sort of male, at least. I mean, he'd be on that side of the spectrum if you graphed it.
You know -- men are the supporters, #Women are the #ActionHeroes. #Progress.
What Team Hillary Wants It To Say: Mom, Dad, I'd like to talk to you about Hillary Clinton
What It Actually Says: Mom, Dad -- I'd like to talk to you about what happened to me at summer camp
Another Much-Hyped Rape Claim Proves False
What is more dangerous -- "Rape culture," or "rape culture" culture? That is, the witch-hunting, lunatic sexual paranoia about the existence of a so-called "rape culture"?
The victims of "rape culture" culture are starting to pile up.
A high-profile LAPD raid on Venice High School that made international headlines after 15 male students were arrested on charges of sexual assault has resulted in prosecutors' decision not to prosecute anyone in the case.
The large number of students arrested in mid-March and the high number of law enforcement personnel that descended on the school’s campus and led students away in handcuffs drew widespread attention on the case. But now, over two months later, prosecutors with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office cited "insufficient evidence" as the reason that no charges would be pursued, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Teenaged girls are famously sober and reserved in their judgment.
Whose Fault Is It The Iraqis Won't Fight For Their Own Country?
The fall of Ramadi last week was another reminder that Iraqi security forces don't have the stomach to fight ISIS.
Iraqi security forces fled Ramadi without putting up a fight, despite holding as much as a 10-to-1 advantage over Islamic State militants, according to two senior U.S. defense officials.
In the days leading up to its fall, a combination of spectacular car bomb attacks, the ambush of an Iraq army patrol and marginal weather spooked the Iraqi forces. The trigger may have been a minor sandstorm that prompted Iraqi commanders to believe that U.S. warplanes would not be able to bomb Islamic State targets.
A phone call to U.S. officials would have cleared up that misunderstanding, one of the officials said.
Iraqi commandos, soldiers and police officers panicked when they thought they wouldn't be protected by U.S. warplanes, one official said, and abandoned their posts. They left behind U.S.-supplied vehicles and weapons, which are now in the hands of the militants.
Even if they didn't get air support, which they did, how much of it do you need when you have a 10-1 advantage against an attacking force that doesn't have any air assets in the fight?
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter had enough of this crap and called out the Iraqis over the weekend.
: What apparently happened was that the Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight. They were not out numbered but in fact they vastly outnumbered the opposing force, and yet they failed to fight. They withdrew from the site. And that says to me, and I think to most of us, that we have an issue with the will of the Iraqis to fight ISIL and defend themselves.
Now, we can give them training, we can give them equipment; we obviously can't give them the will to fight. But if we give them training, we give them equipment and give them support and give them some time, I hope they will develop the will to fight, because only if they fight can ISIL remain defeated.
Aside from the absurd notion that ISIL/ISIS is in any way "defeated", Carter is right. We've spent over a decade and billions of dollars providing training and advanced weapons to our Iraqi "allies" and this is the product we've managed to produce.
There are some groups willing to fight...the Iranian backed Shia militias. Unfortunately setting them loose in the Sunni regions creates as many, if not more, problems than it solves.
Writing before Carter's remarks Max Boot seems pretty sure he knows who is responsible for the Iraqis' failure...America.
Imagine that a vicious street gang were terrorizing a neighborhood of Detroit or South Central Los Angeles. Would we blame the residents for not being willing to confront the gang on their own and thereby conclude that the residents were not worth saving? Of course not. Because we would recognize that a small number of heavily armed toughs can terrorize a neighborhood—and if sufficiently vicious they can even cow the local police force. That doesn’t mean that the residents want to live under the domination of the street gang, any more than Iraqis today want to live under the domination of ISIS or the Quds Force. The problem is that they don’t feel strong enough at the moment to rise up against those terrorist organizations.
This is nonsense.
Iraq isn't a scared resident living in fear of the gang-bangers hanging out on the corner. Again, it's a country with a large military that has been lavishly equipped and trained by the United States of America. To accept this argument you have to accept the notion that the US will be responsible for Iraqi security forever. After all, police don't come in, sweep the neighborhood of bad guys and then tell the previously scared residents they are now in charge of keeping the area safe.
The Iraqis may not want to live under ISIS but to date they haven't shown a willingness to use the tools they have to avoid that outcome, regardless of how much support we give them.
Sure, they might be willing to fight to the last American but that's not really a selling point for a policy in the US.
The reason that today we consistently see small ISIS formations scattering much larger Iraqi units is that the Iraqi units have been undermined from within by corruption and sectarianism. Iraqi soldiers today are badly trained, badly led, badly supplied, badly motivated. But that’s not the fault of rank and file troops. The blame goes to the Shite sectarians who have dominated Baghdad since the American pullout in 2011.
It was former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki who oversaw the hollowing out of the Iraqi military. But let's not pretend he was a creature of Obama. Far from it. He was the man the Bush administration picked for the job.
Frustrated, [American Ambassador in Baghdad, Zalmay] Khalilzad turned to the C.I.A. analyst assigned to his office, a fluent Arabic speaker whose job was to know Iraq’s leaders. “Can it be that, in this country of thirty million people, the choice of Prime Minister is either Jaafari, who is incompetent, or Ali Adeeb, who is Iranian? Isn’t there anyone else?”
“I have a name for you,” the C.I.A. officer said. “Maliki.”
That night, during a long dinner at the American Embassy, Khalilzad asked Maliki if he’d considered becoming Prime Minister. Khalilzad recalled, laughing, that Maliki gave a startled jump. But, as the two men talked, Maliki said that he could indeed secure the votes, and so, as the dinner broke up, well past midnight, Khalilzad told an aide to get the White House on the phone. “We let Washington know there was a change of plans,” Khalilzad said. Sunni and Kurdish politicians endorsed his candidacy. Within three months, Maliki had become Iraq’s Prime Minister.
So is the argument that we should have stayed longer to make sure our guy did our bidding? I thought one of the goals of the Operation Iraqi Freedom was to ensure the Iraqis themselves ran their country. Well, Malaki won several terms following elections. Now it turns out our goal was to serve as puppet masters?
Don't hurt yourselves moving those goalposts.
We can't rightly take credit for helping the Iraqis throw off a brutal dictator so they can have the freedom to run their own country and then blame ourselves when they make choices we don't like.
I really hate the focus on "knowing what we know now, would you still have supported the invasion?" idiocy.
The better question is along the lines of, "knowing what we know now about the political and sectarian issues of a country like Iraq, do you think preemptive regime change followed by a lengthy US occupation and rebuilding effort is a viable policy option moving forward?"
As someone who supported the Iraq invasion/liberation and is disappointed our assumptions were wrong, I'm more interested in knowing what candidates (who other than Hillary Clinton) who had nothing to do with the Iraq decision, think about this policy moving forward. To say, Syria.
We can also apply this to the Libya model of intervention, which isn't working out so well either. Someone should ask Hillary about that one.
Regardless of what you think of what happened in Iraq in 2011, if we live in Boot's fantasy land where we ignore the nature of the people we are dealing with and simply blame America (which voted for Obama twice in part on his dealing with Iraq), we will make more costly mistakes in the future.
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Robert Archibalt Graafland, "A Girl Reading in a Hammock" (1910)
Tuesday Morning News Dump
- The Rise Of House Clinton
- Disasters At Home And Abroad
- Sticker Shock For Obamacare Customers
- The Boy Scouts Continue To Devolve Into A Garden Club
- Gates, Gays, And The Boy Scouts
- Why Iraq's Military Has No Will To Fight
- Memorializing Mattress Girl
- Time To Bring Back Imperialism In The Middle East?
- Half Of College Graduates Expect To Be Supported By Their Family
- More On Student Loan Debt
- Bad Floods Hit Texas And Oklahoma
Morning Thread (5-26-2015)
Back to our irregularly scheduled programming ...
Overnight Open Thread (5-25-2015) – Memorial Day Edition
If you are able...
Save for them a place inside of you, and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.
Be not ashamed to say you loved them, though you may or may not have always.
Take what they have left with their dying and keep it with your own.
And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind.
-- Major Michael O'Donnell, Dak To, RVN, 1 January 1970[Killed on March 30, 1970 while piloting a helicopter in Cambodia, remains recovered in 2001 and interred in Arlington National Cemetery]
Here the recording shows a number of Iraqi police, some of whom had fired their AKs, now scattering like the normal and rational men they were, some running right past the Marines, who had three seconds left to live. For about two seconds more, the recording shows the Marines firing their weapons nonstop. The truck's windshield explodes into shards of glass as their rounds take it apart and tear into the body of the son of a bitch trying to get past them to kill their brothers - American and Iraqi - bedded down in the barracks, totally unaware that their lives at that moment depended entirely on two Marines standing their ground. Yale and Haerter never hesitated. By all reports and by the recording, they never stepped back. They never even shifted their weight. With their feet spread shoulder-width apart, they leaned into the danger, firing as fast as they could. They had only one second left to live, and I think they knew. The truck explodes. The camera goes blank. Two young men go to their God. Six seconds. Not enough time to think about their families, their country, their flag, or about their lives or their deaths, but more than enough time for two very brave young men to do their duty.
Garten died a few weeks ago at age 97 and when he retired from active service he was the most decorated member of the US Army. After his death the New York Times ran obits of a trumpeter, food blogger, actress, golfer gratis but required his family to pay for a death notice. On the other hand the Village Voice ran a very nice article honoring his lifetime of service. He earned a CIB in three different wars among many other awards before a VietCong mine took his leg.
Upon graduation from CCNY, he joined the Army and became a paratrooper. He then married his girlfriend, Ruth Engelman of the Bronx, in November 1942. She was a war bride. Everyone said the marriage wouldn't last, and they were right because the marriage ended on January 9, 2013 -- the day she died.
Melvin went off to the Pacific Theater of the war, where he participated in what can only be described as an audacious airborne raid of Los Banos in 1945, rescuing more than 2,000 U.S. and Allied civilians from a Japanese prison camp. He was a highly decorated soldier, earning the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, a Presidential Unit Citation and the Purple Heart with three Oak Leak Clusters for his wounds in battle. He was tough and handsome and courageous....At dawn on Sunday, June 25, 1950, with the permission of Stalin, the North Koreans crossed the 38th parallel behind artillery fire. Melvin was back in combat. Captain Garten proved his mettle again as commander of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. President Eisenhower would award him the Distinguished Service Cross: "Captain Garten distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action against enemy aggressor forces near Surang-ni, Korea, on 30 October 1952. On that date, observing that assault elements of Companies F and G were pinned down by withering fire on a dominant hill feature, Captain Garten voluntarily proceeded alone up the rugged slope and, reaching the besieged troops, found that key personnel had been wounded and the unit was without command. Dominating the critical situation through sheer force of his heroic example, he rallied approximately eight men, assigned four light machine guns, distributed grenades and, employing the principle of fire and maneuver, stormed enemy trenches and bunkers with such tenacity that the foe was completely routed and the objective secured. Quickly readying defensive positions against imminent counterattack he directed and coordinated a holding action until reinforcements arrived. Major Garten's inspirational leadership, unflinching courage under fire and valorous actions reflect the highest credit upon himself and are in keeping with the cherished traditions of the military service."
Their sons were in their teens when the Vietnam War erupted. Melvin would earn his Combat Infantry Badge for the third time -- perfect attendance as those men of that distinction of serving in those three wars called their service. The Army put him in command of the 2nd Battalion, 237th Infantry in 1968 and he reinvigorated the unit, calling it the No Slack battalion. Just as he almost completed the turnaround, his jeep ran over a Vietcong mine, sending shrapnel to his leg and to his head. Another war, another Purple Heart, only this time it cost him his leg. The military sent him to Walter Reed to recuperate.
Ruth went alone, shielding her sons from the news, as they were in college. She wanted to see how he was. Melvin was in horrible condition. His head wound was more serious than their sons would realize. For nearly a year, he worked to recover from the explosion. Melvin wanted to remain on active duty as a one-legged paratrooper. She supported his decision. They had to appear before a medical board. Ruth told the Oregonian, "When I got there, they wanted to know only one thing. 'Was he as difficult a man before was wounded as he is now?' one board member asked. 'No difference,' I answered. And he passed."
His assignment was as post commander of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, home of the Airborne and Special Operational Forces, a nod to his sterling and exemplary service under fire. She relished the role of the post commander's wife, visiting with the Army wives each day, for a talk and drinks. As the colonel's wife, Ruth treated them as her daughters and also as her peers, dispensing advice and encouragement, one Army wife to another.The first part of their marriage was about to end. He would retire as the most decorated man in the Army at the time with the Distinguished Service Cross, four Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars, five Purple Hearts, two Legion of Merits, two Joint Service Commendations, a Combat Infantry Badge for each of three wars, and a Master Parachutist Badge with two combat jump stars. Melvin paid dearly for those awards, but so did Ruth. She was one of the few women to receive five telegrams over the years informing her that her husband was wounded in combat.
Remembering the rear guard of the Dunkirk evacuation who fought and died almost 75 years ago to the day for the most valuable thing in the world at that moment: a bit of time for others to escape to fight again another day. The best they could possibly hope for was to spend years as POWs. They succeeded in their mission.
But the real heroes of Dunkirk were the British and French soldiers who took up positions to protect the port and the thousands of troops awaiting evacuation. Theirs was a thankless task; running short on food, ammunition and medical supplies, they were supposed to hold off the advancing Germans as long as possible, facing almost certain death or capture at the end of their mission. General Alan Brooke was ordered to mount a holding action with the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 50th divisions along the Ypres-Comines Canal while the rest of the BEF retired towards Dunkirk; General Ronald Adam, the III Corps Commander, was put in charge of establishing perimeter defenses around the port.
Between 27 May and 1 June, the men of the BEF rear guard, mounted a determined defense, slowing the German advance (which resumed on the 26th). Their valiant stand allowed the bulk of British forces to make their way to Dunkirk, where they were evacuated by the Royal Navy. While many historical accounts focus on the small boats ferrying soldiers from the beaches, most of the troops departed via the sea walls (or "moles" ) that protected the harbor, since Dunkirk's damaged docks could no longer handle ships. Under the direction of Royal Navy Captain (later Vice Admiral) Bill Tennant, the evacuation quickly gathered steam; at its peak, on 31 May, just over 68,000 soldiers were rescued from the sea walls and the beaches on a single day.Further inland, between 30-40,000 British troops, along with a larger French contingent, fought desperately to stem the German tide, buying more time for their comrades to escape. While a few members of the rear guard were able to reach Dunkirk (and make their way onto one of the final evacuation ships), most were forced to surrender. Near the village of Le Paradis, in the Pas-de-Calais region, member of the 3rd SS Division Totenkopf massacred 97 British POWs from the Royal Norfolk Regiment. Most of the BEF troops who surrendered were transported to detention camps in Poland where they would remain for the next four years. Unfortunately, their suffering was not over; in the winter of 1944-45, with Russian forces advancing from the east, thousands of British and French POWs were forced-marched to other prison camps in Germany. Hundreds more died from disease and exhaustion in the bitter cold.
From an interview with William J. Lake in October 2003 when Lake was 107. He died the following year. He was a private in the U.S. Army's 91st ("Wild West") Division and served in a machine gun crew.
"How did you cope with that?"
"Well, it kind of bothered me at first, but I got used to it-well, as near used to it as I'd ever get, because you'd hear bullets hitting off, zipping all around ."
"What would you do when bullets were zipping around? Would you hit the ground, or would you just keep on your way?"
"No," he said, "I just kept going."
"So you really just had to be very lucky?" I posited.
"That's right," he said. "Very lucky, that's true." One night, he told me, "a piece of shrapnel just missed my left arm," while another one tore through his coat-tail, he said, "about two inches from my back." If it had hit him, he reckoned, "I'd have been gone . that's how close I come to getting it." The following night-"I was just standing there," he explained, "waiting for something, I guess, I don't remember what it was" - he had a close encounter with a German bullet. "It was either machine gun or rifle," he told me. "Whichever it was, I don't know, I couldn't tell you. But it hit the heel on my shoe." And tore it off. He got off a few shots himself-some at a low-flying German aeroplane, others at an enemy gunner-but he didn't believe he'd hit either.
Another time, he recalled, "I got a little gas" - that is, mustard gas, not the kind we all get from time to time. "Not enough to do any harm, really," he told me.
"What kind of effect did it have on you?" I asked him.
"Well," he said, "it makes you sick. It makes you feel terrible."
"You threw up?""Oh, yeah."
I have to admit it, four times I avoided reading Sebastian Junger's bit over at Vanity Fair, How PTSD Became a Problem Far Beyond the Battlefield.
It was the title. I have less then zero interest in another hype-hit-bit from the media - Vanity Fair as the venue didn't help either - about the broken vet, etc etc that is recycled over and over. I'm just done with the whole thing. B.G. Burkett warned about it before 911, I hit on it a decade ago - I'm just done with it.
Don't be like me the first four opportunities, take a moment and read it. The title does not do the article justice.Yes, there is discussion about PTSD, but not the way we are used to it being flung about. Junger adds nuance and also shows some of the side issues that may or may not be PTSD (I lean to the not) or PTSD related - just coping mechanisms. He also puts some well needed facts on the ground so we can all have a fact-based conversation, and goodness knows, we need more facts and less compassion trolls on the topic.
Suicide by combat veterans is often seen as an extreme expression of PTSD, but currently there is no statistical relationship between suicide and combat, according to a study published in April in the Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry. Combat veterans are no more likely to kill themselves than veterans who were never under fire. The much-discussed estimated figure of 22 vets a day committing suicide is deceptive: it was only in 2008, for the first time in decades, that the U.S. Army veteran suicide rate, though enormously tragic, surpassed the civilian rate in America. And even so, the majority of veterans who kill themselves are over the age of 50. Generally speaking, the more time that passes after a trauma, the less likely a suicide is to have anything to do with it, according to many studies. Among younger vets, deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan lowers the incidence of suicide because soldiers with obvious mental-health issues are less likely to be deployed with their units, according to an analysis published in Annals of Epidemiology in 2015. The most accurate predictor of post-deployment suicide, as it turns out, isn't combat or repeated deployments or losing a buddy but suicide attempts before deployment. The single most effective action the U.S. military could take to reduce veteran suicide would be to screen for pre-existing mental disorders.
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Obama Commemorates the American War Dead By Scarfing Down Some Sweet Sweet Ice Cream
Memorial Day Thoughts [CBD and Jim from Galveston ]
American Military Cemetery at Luxembourg. July 4th, 2010
Photo courtesy of Anna Puma
If ever proof were needed that we fought for a cause and not for conquest it could be found in these cemeteries. Here was our only conquest. All we asked...was enough...soil in which to bury our gallant dead
-- General Mark W. Clark.
Chairman, American Battle Monuments Commission
In August of 2008 I visited the memorial and cemetery at Omaha Beach. There are two ways (at least) to enter the grounds, and we chose to walk around the side rather than through the main entrance. There is a path that parallels the beach that is shielded from the rest of the memorial by trees and a hedgerow. So when I turned the corner I was suddenly confronted by the sight of the cemetery's long rows of grave markers, seemingly going on forever. They were immaculate, and framed by the blue sky and the verdant French countryside. It was, literally, breathtaking. And shockingly emotional.
These were men who fought for me...a generation before I was born. I can do nothing for them except to ensure that they will not be forgotten in my lifetime.
Everyone has their personal feelings about those who sacrificed for us....Here are the thoughts of Moron Jim (Sunk New Dawn, Galveston, TX)
And of our fellow man.
In the face of this electoral season's acrimony, it behooves us all as Americans to every now and then declare a truce, step back from the brink and to take stock of this awesome Nation of ours.
Of all of ours.
Be you Raving Liberal or Vast Right-Wing Conspirator, this time is not about you. Or about me.
Each year the soldiers of the Third United States Infantry Regiment ("The Old Guard") take part in the ceremony called "Flags In." Just before Memorial Day, each grave in Arlington National Cemetery is decorated with a small American flag.
The flags remain in place until the conclusion of the Memorial Day Weekend when they are all removed. It is the only time during the year when American flags are permitted at all gravesites in the Cemetery. The "Flags In" detail took place this year on Thursday, 27 May 2004.
Personally, I believe deeply that we lose something vital to our survival as a Nation when we forget the blood of patriots.
Words, symbols, heated rhetoric and clever argument all pale when measured against the brilliance of the white of marble, the emerald carpet of living grass borne over they who rest beneath, forevermore.
And the fields and fields of flags upon each, bearing quiet witness to the precious, eternal value of that sacrafice.
Dignity, honor, respect and a day of rememberence is all that they ask now of us.
So, this weekend, set aside if only for a day, thoughts of (D) or (R). Rail not against your fellow American, nor wish harm to him, his party or his creed.
Not on this day.
The men and women in those graves are no longer Democrats or Republicans. They are still and eternally though Americans, and are forevermore worthy of this day given but to them.
Honor the Day. Honor Them.
From their dark and silent graves, they give more honor to our Nation than any one politican, party or officeholder dares ever imagine.
Dignified beyond words, with nobility above the highest offices of government, these silent warriors speak loudly of what it is to be American.
They did not die for the Republicans. Nor for the Democrats, Greens or Libertarians.
Whether in combat, or fifty years later surrounded by only the memories of comrades long since passed, the men and women resting forever under those flags once marched proudly under that banner. They have earned nothing less than the unqualified respect of a grateful Nation, and her grateful people.
The last full measure of devotion is an awesome, terrible thing. Yet, magnificent; and it is upon the altar of their sacrafice that we enjoy the freedom of the greatest Nation in the history of the world.
Stand and salute, and remember them.
For our own sakes, and especially for theirs.
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What Does It Mean To Be An American? [Y-not]
I have been thinking about this a lot lately as the effects of Obama's "fundamental transformation" manifest themselves. Today seems like an appropriate day to ask you what you think is the most American value.
For me it is exemplified in the following:
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
- From Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech, August 28, 1963
This is the most fundamental of American values: that each of us is created equal and that, through hard work and determination, we can rise above the circumstances of our birth.
America is - or should be - a meritocracy, not an oligarchy. I think that's why so many of us chafe at the "ruling classes" in our government, media, business, and other segments of society. And it is, of course, why most of us rebel against the trend to "protected classes" who are demanding, not "protection" from discrimination, but special treatment.
What value do you think of as distinctly American?
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Memorial Day Open Thread - Niedermeyer's Dead Horse
Overnight Open Thread (5-24-2015)– Infamous Memorial Holiday Thread Edition
Wow. It's hard to imagine that six (!) long years ago on a night just like tonight that the infamous Memorial Day ONT went down. It shocked even veteran moron-types, brought down anger and pinch-faced scoldery from on high, and damn near got the ONT canceled. And it remains an evening still spoken of in hushed whispers among the morons. No don't bother going to the thread and trying to add your spoor to it - that way leads to a banning.
So in memory of that episode, for tonight only the usual ONT rules are partially suspended.* So curse all you want and empty out that disgusting potty mouth of yours.
And here's a little help for those of youse looking to class up your weak-ass cursing with some Brit-style potty-mouthing:
What really irritated me was the audience. I thought it a little pathetic that they laughed so uproariously over every poop joke (I stopped doing that when I was 12), but I kind of expected that. After all, I saw the show in San Francisco, which is one of the most densely populated Progressive bastions in America. Progressives, of course, are the Party of Poop, so that humor will inevitably appeal to them.
Well as a confirmed XYer I'm okay with poop humor - when it's funny - but not so much with sanctimony and smugness.
Listening to the audience laughter, I couldn't help thinking to myself, "Stop being so smug, guys. You too have a belief system and it's every bit as ridiculous to an objective outsider as the belief systems driving Mormonism or any other traditional faith.
Note that this entire show is only possible because Mormons are the Other and mainly because they won't kill you (or even be mean to you) for mocking them.
He and his wife were killed in a taxi accident yesterday. And a psychiatrist friend of Steven Hayward points out the many myths built up by the left about John Nash:
Let me try, surely in vain, to set the record straight as there are so many subtle but horrifying myths that the Left has created about Nash to suit their purposes. (1) His name has entered science largely through his theory of balance in conflict-the Nash Equilibrium. The first movie to get this wrong had him as a reclusive professor whose computer, Joshua, arrived at the conclusion, "Don't Play" to avert nuclear armageddon. In fact a stable Nash Equilibrium that averts a nuclear holocaust is attained via Mutually Assured Destruction-peace through strength. This idea was previously lampooned by the Hollywood Left's caricature of Nash's mentor, John von Neumann, the mad man with the autonomous glove in ".How I Learned to Love the Bomb". (2) The bar scene in "A Beautiful Mind" likewise gets it 180 degrees wrong-going for the non-beautiful girl is NOT a Nash equilibrium. The setup cannot produce a Nash equilibrium at all. (3) Nash almost certainly did NOT have "paranoid schizophrenia" as he remained productive until the end. He almost certainly had bipolar disorder, a condition that may yield transient psychotic episodes. I know many brilliant scientists with this condition. He may have been diagnosed with schizophrenia upon his initial admission to Maclean Hospital, but that would have been before Harrison and Pope, at Maclean, in 1984, later reviewed all the previous records and discovered that 50% of such "schizophrenia" diagnoses were in error and were actually manic-depression (bipolar). (3) During his manic/psychotic episodes, Nash would become paranoid (this happens in mania) and would then begin spouting crazed LEFTWING fantasies. When he was normal, he was politically conservative. The movie "A Beautiful Mind" deliberately reversed this because of its obvious implications. (4) To this day, Paul Krugman admires and looks up to Nash-because Nash was in fact von Neumann's heir. Krugman does not allow this to be much known.
You mean a space where they can be separate...and yet equal? Brown v. Board of Education could not be reached for comment.
When it involves the wrong kind of people doing the wrong thing for the wrong reasons. Also enjoying soy lattes inappropriately.
Well mostly okay - almost anything goes with a few exceptions.
After years of adding restrictions on potential recruits with tattoos, the U.S. Army has finally relented and as of April 2015 soldiers are no longer limited to how many (and how large) the tattoos they have on arms and legs. There are still restrictions on face, neck and hand tattoos. The latest round of restrictions were imposed in early 2014 and prohibited any tattoos on the head, face, neck, wrists, hands and fingers. Soldiers were allowed a maximum of four visible tattoos below the elbow or knee and there are size restrictions on those. Now one tattoo on a finger is allowed and no restrictions on the arms or legs.
When talking to Texans, I get the impression that the state in general tolerates - with a certain fond contempt - the People's Republic of Austin largely because the hippies, hipsters, and weirdos at least know how to cook properly**. Taking away the major reason for that tolerance seems. unwise.
And these are generally good advice for recent graduates though I would only recommend a graduate degree if it's in a STEM area. Otherwise you're likely doubling down on a week hand rather than strengthening it with real world experience and value.
From a May 6th pad abort test for SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft.
Wait did I miss a good freak-out? Ah dammit.
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My Memorial Day [Weirddave]
Here is a post I made on another message board in May of 2000. It's a little outdated in that it doesn't reflect the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I thought of updating it, but ultimately decided to let it stand as written. I walk amongst the graves every year and remember, and since I wrote this, the responsibility has grown as now I have sons to teach as we walk together. Millions of people cavalierly toss about their opinions about politics and foreign policy and government. Very few of them stop to realize the real world costs of the freedoms we enjoy. War is nasty, brutal and unforgiving. The innocent and the guilty alike are consumed by it's fury. It is not by any stretch of the imagination "nice", but sometimes, as bad as war is, it is necessary and preferable to the alternative. When we as a society take our lives as they are for granted, we shame those who bought us our freedoms with their lives.
I sit here at my computer on the night before Memorial Day, and ponder what my day will be like. I intend to take a little trip, you see, and like any intelligent being, I am planning it in advance. The weather tomorrow is supposed to be overcast and rainy, but rather than dampen the mood, I imagine it will enhance it. It is altogether fitting that the weather reflect the somber yet joyful emotions required for my trip. I plan on visiting my local cemetery.
I see myself strolling through the even graves, row upon row. I shall consider all the lives represented by the seemingly endless markers, and I imagine I will be drawn to one or more adorned with the flag of the United States. As I peer down upon the hallowed resting place of a man or woman who gave a portion, or perhaps all of their life in service of this country I will remember. I will remember how lucky I am to be well fed while so many in this world go to bed hungry. I will remember the privilege I enjoy of living among others with the freedom to live, be happy and prosper. I will remember that there are places where a group of government thugs could tear me from my home and family to imprison or kill me, with nothing more than a whim or the whispered suggestion of wrong thinking to condemn me. Most of all I will remember that the liberties that I so blissfully take for granted were paid for at a terrible price.
At some point during my stroll, I will probably fall to my knees and silently pray to a God whose form I am not sure of, asking that the fallen never be forgotten and entreating him for the strength within myself to make sure their sacrifices were not in vain.
I will commend the courage of the 4,435 who died standing up to the most powerful empire in the world, saying 'Enough! All men are created equal!"
I will regret the passing of those 2,260 who, in the War of 1812, gave their lives in a war which was fairly pointless, but none the less validated the United States as a power to rival those in Europe.
I will cherish the memory of 13,283 who followed the lead of a heroic few Texans and stood off an invading Mexican army.
I will weep bitter tears as I consider that 558,052 American men, women and children paid the ultimate price while fighting each other, and the result is a union that would never again be questioned. These people died in the cause of unity, and the nation they fought to save has gone on to lead the world.
I will consider what it must have been like for the 2,446 who died fighting a minor European power in 1898. Historically, the Spanish American War may be trivial, but they answered the call all the same.
I will give endless thanks that I did not have to experience the absolute horror of trench warfare in Europe, while honoring the 116,708 who were killed doing nothing less than standing against the Kaiser's crack troops, fresh from the Eastern front, expecting to roll the Allies into the channel. WWI could easily have been a German victory without them.
I will stand in awe of the willingness displayed by 407,316 ordinary men and women who left their homes and paid the ultimate price to ensure that fascism did not engulf the world and lead to the darkest time in history. The everyman of WWII is an amazing concept, yet that is how it has been throughout history. Just plain folks doing their duty.
I will reflect on how 33,651 Americans passed the torch of freedom from their failing hands to a little country called South Korea, proving that they may look different and speak what to us is a very strange language, but they are no less deserving of freedom than we.
I will ponder the plight of the Vietnam veteran, along with his 58,163 comrades who did not come home. How must it have been, to go to an unknown place, to fight and die for a people who often didn't want them there. How terrible to come home to a population who scorned them, whose only answer to the anguished plea, " I answered the call, I did my duty" was all to often a turned back?
I will rejoice that only 293 Americans were called to sacrifice themselves in 1991, but remember that thousands of opposing troops, people who do not have our freedom to set the course their government takes, died as well.
I will remember that the cost has been great, but celebrate that the results have been greater. As I raise my eyes again, and peer at the carved stone remembering only one such life, I will whisper from the depth of my soul the two words that are completely inadequate, and yet are all that I have to offer.
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Food Thread: Memorial Day Beer [Beerslinger]
This Memorial Day weekend we are free to drink and brew great beers thanks to all of those who made the big sacrifice.
Here's a feel good story about a WWII soldier, his helmet, and beer in Belgium.
Vincent Speranza, a former infantryman machine gunner with the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment during WWII, inspects an M249 machine gun weapon system during an installation visit Oct. 6, 2013, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Speranza was at the base to visit paratroopers with the 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, and to be a special guest at their regimental ball. Jeffrey Smith/U.S. Army
For those here who don't like beer, there's always kittehs and turntables....
Craft beer is now so widely available that most morons can find either a micro brewery or taproom within a 30-mile radius of wherever they may be. BeerMenus.com. tells you what good beers are currently on tap in your neighborhood. Here are some of the good beers I've found locally and would recommend...
Green Flash East Village Pilsner is a full bodied and somewhat hoppy Czech style pilsner, 5.3%, CA.
Downeast Cider House's 'Hard Honey' may well be the best cider I've ever had. 5.1% They're out of Massachusetts.
Stone scrapped its Ruination recipe and have come back with a bigger, better imperial IPA with their Ruination 2.0 series. It's divine. CA, 8.5%
Grapefruit Sculpin by Ballast Point in CA is ridiculously good. If you like IPAs, and you like Sculpin, then you really need to try this beer. 7%
Sometimes it takes a beer to face the press...Hillary Clinton answers questions at Smuttynose Brewery in New Hampshire...
For more beer news check out Ale Street News.
Anyone else around here had any good beers recently?
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Food Thread: A Structural Analysis of Deli Sandwiches [CBD]
It's a breathtakingly simple food; bread, meat, cheese, some vegetables and a condiment or two. Any decent supermarket or deli can provide the raw materials for a solid sandwich....although the bread can be a problem outside of range of a good bakery.
This bread looks damned good.....
And it seems to have been gutted before the sandwich was built, and that is a vital part of the process. Too much bread is a sin. Gut the damned loaf, and you are left with the crunchy goodness of the crust, a bit of the inside to help with stability and soak up the dressing, but not so much that it becomes a bread sandwich with meat and cheese on the side.
Here is a deceptively simple sandwich...possibly the highest expression of the sandwich technician's art: prosciutto and mozzarella on a crusty loaf.
And notice that mutz (yes, I am from the Northeast) is relatively thick. That's important, because it's a mild cheese, and its texture is important. Fresh mozzarella is a wonderful thing, and the difference it makes in a sandwich is astounding.
Here is a sandwich from Vito's Deli in Hoboken NJ. Unless you are 23 and want to get drunk, there are few reasons to go to Hoboken, but one of them is Vito's (another is the NY/NJ Moron Meet-ups). They make their mozzarella fresh, use excellent bread, and their deli meats are also top notch. This sandwich wasn't gutted, which is almost unforgivable, but everything else looks good. Notice how the meat was folded into the bread? That gives loft without making it dense and unbalanced. That's a pro move.....
Photo courtesy of tommy:eats
As much pleasure as there can be in good prosciutto or other fine meats, the most important part of the sandwich is the mozzarella. And while Vito's mutz is excellent, there is none better than at Casa Della Mozzarella in The Bronx; the Arthur Ave. neighborhood to be precise. I don't even know if their sandwiches are any good (I'll bet they are).... all I get is the cheese, which I eat plain. Yes...plain. It is an incredible culinary experience.
Peanut brittle is good stuff, and a relatively easy candy to make. This recipe is from People Magazine (shut up), and chef Gesine Bullock-Prado, Sandra Bullock's sister.
One warning...it calls for a lot of cayenne. If you are unsure, back it off to 1/2 teaspoon.
Oh....I just made some of this about five minutes ago (still too hot to eat). If anyone can explain to me why there is an admonition against stirring the mixture I would appreciate it. Is it some weird candy-making tradition? Maybe stirring adds too much air, or releases too much air and the resulting mixture is too dense?
• Non-stick cooking spray
• 2 cups sugar
• 1/2 cup corn syrup
• 1/4 cup unsalted butter
• 1 tsp salt
• 1 tsp cayenne pepper
• 1 tsp baking soda
• 3 cups salted dry-roasted peanuts
Spray your spatula and a large baking sheet with the non-stick spray and set aside for later.
With your burner set to medium-high heat, in your large pot combine the sugar, corn syrup, unsalted butter, salt, and pepper. Mix all of the ingredients as they come to temperature and sugar fully dissolves.
Bring the contents of your pot to a consistent and gentle boil. Once boiling, insert your candy thermometer and allow the pot to boil until it reaches 300 degrees. Do not stir the mixture during this time.
It will take a little while to reach 300 degrees, but pay close attention as you'll want to remove it from the heat promptly when it reaches full temperature. Burned sugar = no fun.
Remove the pot from the heat and immediately sprinkle the baking soda over the mixture. The syrup mixture is very hot, so be careful in these steps as it will bubble vigorously. Using the wooden spoon, stir the peanuts into the mixture until they are evenly distributed.
Carefully pour the mixture into your baking sheet, and using your spatula spread the brittle out evenly over the surface of the pan. Let it cool for about 10 minutes.
Once cooled, break the brittle into pieces that suit your preference and enjoy.
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And I see AMD's desktop GPU market share continue to slip and think to myself "maybe this is not a coincidence."
—Gang of Gaming Morons!
So Friday was Pac-Man's 35th Anniversary. ArcadeHeroes did a cool writeup on Pac-Man arcade games through the ages. Personally, I'm more of a fan of the cool Pac-Man merch that came out where we got stuff like this
As old as time itself, a new major game comes out and AMD is back to whining about how their cards aren't good enough and they can't build drivers worth a damn. This right here is a good beatdown on AMD being AMD.
• Here is EA's teaser of a teaser to a Need For Speed reboot. I'm okay with more Underground
• I don't have a link but IDC is forecasting 115m consoles sold by end of the generation which would be a 60% contraction compared to last gen. I personally think that's a little optimistic (I always said about 100m) but they're the gold standard that everyone uses.
Cue the crying like a 6 year old with a skinned knee about how you're going to leave gaming because you're too old or that there will always be consoles because magic.
Splatoon (WiiU) - Well, after 3 months of nothingness, WiiU owners finally get another game to play on their consoles and from the impressions from the betas, it's a good game hampered by the lack of voice chat. This is the type of game Nintendo should have been making the last decade for the western market.
Magica 2 (PC, PS4) - I really didn't like the first game, it was shallow with the only fun being on accidentally killing your teammates which frankly isn't something that lasts longer than a half hour. Thankfully this isn't being made by Arrowhead buy rather the dev team behind the Leviathan: Warships game, a game with good marketing but was mediocre. This also the first game part of the exclusivity deal that Sony and Paradox announced last year at E3. I would be lying if I didn't say I'm curious in if the price on the PC drops like a rock like the first game (it was in pretty much every bargin bin bundle on the planet).
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Is This The End of The Republican Party? When You've Lost Drudge..... [CBD]
It's bad enough members of Congress do not read trade bills they approve... But now not letting the public even see them? Clearly treason!!— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) May 23, 2015
Is anyone surprised?
Sunday Morning Book Thread 05-24-2015: For The Rough Men Willling To Do Violence On Our Behalf [OregonMuse]
Good morning to all of you morons and moronettes and bartenders everywhere and all the ships at sea. Welcome to AoSHQ's stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread. The only AoSHQ thread that is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Or kilts. Kilts are OK, too. But not tutus. Unless you're a girl.
Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.
Many of you will recognize that the title of this morning's book thread is from the quote by George Orwell, "people sleep peacefully in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." This is a great quote, but alas, Orwell never said it. Here is an interesting account of how it probably came to be misattributed.
We Will Remember Them
With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Excerpt from For The Fallen by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943)
There's a number of "greatest war novels" lists available (for example, this one, and that one, and that one and that one in particular), and there are some great books on those lists, but I decided to pick just one novel for this Memorial Day, A Midnight Clear by William Wharton, which didn't make many of the lists. It just sounded interesting:
Set in the Ardennes Forest on Christmas Eve 1944, Sergeant Will Knott and five other GIs are ordered close to the German lines to establish an observation post in an abandoned chateau. Here they play at being soldiers in what seems to be complete isolation. That is, until the Germans begin revealing their whereabouts and leaving signs of their presence: a scarecrow, equipment the squad had dropped...and, strangest of all, a small fir tree hung with fruit, candles, and cardboard stars. Suddenly, Knott and the others must unravel these mysteries, learning as they do about themselves, about one another, and about the "enemy"
Wharton also wrote an account of his own WWII experiences, Shrapnel: A Memoir.
Military Fiction by Veterans
Thanks to Oldsailors Poet for telling me about this site here for military fiction written by actual veterans. Sales-based donations go to various veterans groups. How much and what veteran groups depends on the title. The link is to the "action and adventure" books, but there are many books and many genres represented.
Osama Bin Laden's Bookshelf
Of course, OBL's reading has been interrupted as of late, and he probably won't be getting back to it any time soon. But the content of his bookshelf has recently been declassified, and some of the titles are English language texts. Here are some of the highlights:
The 2030 Spike: Countdown to Global Catastrophe by Colin Mason.
Within 30 years, in the 2030 decade, six powerful 'drivers' will converge with unprecedented force in a statistical spike that could tear humanity apart and plunge the world into a new Dark Age. Depleted fuel supplies, massive population growth, poverty, global climate change, famine, growing water shortages and international lawlessness are on a crash course with potentially catastrophic consequences.
This sounds like that old time Population Bomb religion that nobody pays much attention to because we all know it's crap.
It's just another "crisis" pushed by the left in order to seize more power.
And speaking of steaming piles of crap, there's also America's "War on Terrorism" by Michel Chossudovsky. Get a load of this:
According to Chossudovsky, the “war on terrorism” is a complete fabrication based on the illusion that one man, Osama bin Laden, outwitted the $40 billion-a-year American intelligence apparatus. The “war on terrorism” is a war of conquest. Globalization is the final march to the “New World Order”, dominated by Wall Street and the U.S. military-industrial complex.
Yada, yada, yada... Actually, it might be kind of interesting to know what ol' OBL actually thought about this. Would it be closer to "This guy don't know nuthin'" or "Curses! I've been found out!"?
Black Box Voting: Ballot Tampering in the 21st Century by Bev Harris. Another conspiracy book, this one about voting machines. The bad guys: corporations. Of course, you already knew this.
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins. This is the one written by an idiot who claims he was hired by "the NSA" and sent to third world countries to falsify economic statistics. Uh, actually what the NSA does is collect and analyze intelligence data, not send agents into the field, that's the CIA. Here's a pro tip for wannabe left-wing "hit men": if you're going to spin a tall tale, at least make your lies plausible.
Next, we have Bloodlines of the Illuminati by Fritz Springmeier.
Bloodlines of the Illuminati is a unique historical genealogical who's-doing-it book, rich in detail, providing a devastating exposé of the people and families who are THE movers and shakers of the United States and the entire world.
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!
Christianity and Islam in Spain 756-1031 A.D. by C. R. Haines. First published in 1889, it's available for FREE on Kindle. I love these old history books, so I immediately downloaded it.
There's more stuff on the list from Chomsky and other progtard authors. I'm surprised there was nothing from Howard Zinn. About the only "mainstream" book I could find is The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers by Paul Kennedy.
One thing's for sure: OBL sure liked him some left-wing kookery.
Rush was all over this story last week. The coverage was pretty bland. I think Fox had a story on it, and the Daily Mail in the UK. And the LA Times piece goes a long way to avoid talking about the obvious, and describes the far left kook authors in OBL's collection with the anodyne phrase "government critics." Only the British piece refers to Chomsky as a "left-wing radical", which, of course, is exactly what he is.
Rush rightly calls the MSM out for the tepid coverage:
Can you imagine if they had found a copy of one of my books in there? Can you imagine? That would be the headline. But since there are books by a bunch of leftists in there, ho-hum, no big deal.
It's just a local crime story.
A Book About Stealing Books
Writer Matthew Pearl is earning positive reviews for his new book “The Last Bookaneer,” with critics calling the novel “a loving testament to the enduring power of paper books” and Pearl himself “the reigning king of popular literary historical thrillers.”
Old criminals in a changing world:
“Bookaneer,” which was released on April 28, centers on the hunt for a manuscript by “Treasure Island” author Robert Louis Stevenson. “Bookaneers” like Pen Davenport make money by absconding with manuscripts, but now that new laws will put this trade to a halt, Davenport and others set out to complete one last theft: getting their hands on Stevenson’s unpublished book.
The Last Bookaneer is Kindle price high at $11.99 and I'll wait for the price to come down a bit.
Scorpions Are Our Friends
Chelifer cancroides or book scorpions are a type of pseudoscorpion that eats the booklice that eat and destroy old books.
As a pseudoscorpion they are not real scorpions, but they do have pincers and live in dusty areas, especially those with old vintage books. They are too tiny to hurt humans and indeed are small enough you probably won’t notice them unless you are looking.
So, if you have old books, these tiny creatures are actually good to have around:
The book scorpion is a tiny creature that makes its home in your bookcase, but it is not a pest. If you are a book lover, the book scorpion is your greatest ally in keeping your library safe from destruction.
Stan Lee will soon be publishing his autobiography -- as a graphic novel:
Touchstone plans to publish Lee's "Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir" on Oct. 6.
I thought, hmmm, this might be interesting for comic book fans. But then he had to go and ruin it by opening his mouth:
“As Marvel just celebrated its seventy-fifth anniversary, I thought maybe it’s time for a look at my life in the one form it has never been depicted, as a comicbook ... or if you prefer, a graphic memoir,” Lee said in a statement. “It strikes me as a horrendous oversight that I haven’t done it before! If I didn’t know everything about my life already, I’d envy your voyage of discovery!”
Ugh. I know Stan Lee is 92 years old and one of the most successful men in the world, but if he really is that full of himself, it kind of spoils fot me anything he has to say.
If I was impressed by men with incredibly over-inflated egos, I'd be watching Bill O'Reilly every night.
Books By Morons
I heard from several new moron authors this week.
Jeb Kinnison would like you to read his science fiction novel, Red Queen: The Substrate Wars 1
Red Queen is a story about young people searching for freedom and agency in a world dominated by bureaucrats, administrators, and propagandists. The world of Red Queen is a police state with its roots in today's events: post-9/11 warrantless physical and electronic surveillance; the erosion of personal liberties for supposed security reasons, even when the government's actions are shown to be ineffective or wrongheaded; and the rise of a penal-industrial complex that imprisons one in three black men, often for victimless crimes.
The prologue begins with a quote from Robert Heinlein, "There is nothing in this world so permanent as a temporary emergency."
The sequel to 'Red Queen' is Nemo’s World: The Substrate Wars 2
I forgot to mention this last week, but the Kindle version of Amy Lynn: Golden Angel is now available for purchase for the reasonable price of 4.99
OK, Smartass of Mars is probably worth buying for the title alone. Jim Gavin, the author, e-mailed this week and told me that
it's my scifi/fantasy homage to the sword-and-planet novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs and many others. However, I didn't just want to write another pulp pastiche so this one is set in the modern day and flouts a lot of genre conventions. I think AOSHQ readers would really like it as it's very old school despite the modern setting -- no badass princesses who don't need rescuing. I also managed to work in some references to CS Lewis' Space Trilogy... [it's] the story of a skinny milennial nerd who has to rediscover manly virtues to survive.
Trigger warnings for crazy action, cussing, laser guns and swords, a drunken riot in a Martian capital, and psychic powers.
Gavin is also the author of Hard Boiled Vampire Killers. I like the tag-line: "Fully loaded and half in the bag, fighting evil on two 99-cent tacos a day."
Of course, for books you need to buy just for the title, it's hard to beat the Hard Luck Hank series by Steven Campbell. The first book, Screw The Galaxy, introduces us to the eponymous main character, a thug with a mutation that allows him to withstand extraordinary levels of physical trauma, kind of like the main character you manipulate in that old FPS game, DOOM. The sequels are Basketful of Crap and Prince of Suck.
Treasured Claim is a multi-award-winning contemporary fantasy romance--imagine dragons and swords and knights in contemporary Chicago...Desperate for treasure, a shapeshifting dragon resorts to thievery, but a knight steals her heart...
I like happy endings.
Anna Puma's collection of short stories, The Princess Who Caused Fear, is available for FREE on Kindle for this weekend.
What I'm Reading
I'm about half-way through For Honor We Stand, the 2nd in author H. Paul Honsinger's Man of War military sci-fi series. I've read this series referred to as "Horatio Hornblower in space". and while I don't think it's quite that, nevertheless it is very fun to see Commander Max Robicheaux deal with the various challenges thrown his way, from trying to get his crew into shape, to clashing with the navy brass, to actually fighting the enemy, which ostensibly he was sent out to do.
Another thing I like about the series is that all the books, not just the first one, are reasonably priced. One of you morons complained last week about The Black Prism, and I feel your pain. TBP is a good book, which I've read a while back, and author Brent Weeks has developed an interesting system of magic based on the colors of the prism. But being the cheap bastard that I am, I'm not about to pay $10 to continue the series.
I look at it this way:
The pricing of the Black Prism series goes like this: 1. $1.99. 2. $9.99. 3. $8.99
The pricing of the Man of War series goes like this.: 1. $3.99. 3. $3.99. 3. $4.99
Seems to me that you'd get a lot more sales with the MoW pricing scheme than the TBP system, but maybe I'm wrong. All I know is that I'm going to finish out the MoW series, but not TBP.
Even if they priced MoW higher, say 1-2 bucks more for each book, that still would be more attractive then TBP
So that's all for this week. As always, book thread tips, suggestions, bribes, rumors, threats, and insults may be sent to OregonMuse, Proprietor, AoSHQ Book Thread, at the book thread e-mail address: aoshqbookthread, followed by the 'at' sign, and then 'G' mail, and then dot cee oh emm.
What have you all been reading this week? Hopefully something good, because, as you all know, life is too short to be reading lousy books.
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EMT 5/24/15 [krakatoa]
Your mid- long weekend open thread begins here.
Overnight Open Thread (23 May 2015)
Hope you morons are enjoying your Memorial Day weekend with friends, family, and pets but do take a moment to remember the fallen this weekend. Here is a listing of all state national cemeteries that are having ceremonies.
Breath-holding games are killing swimmers, CDC warns. Clearly we must ban holding your breath underwater now.
Jeez, even camping is getting the wussy treatment. 'Glamping' brings 5-star luxury to the outdoors. When a true calamity hits here, so many people are gonna be boned.
South China Sea
Three ways China and the U.S. could go to war. Gonna get interesting when the Chinese complete their runways on their man made islands and declare an ADIZ.
Golf Course Sinkhole
Has Obama declared a state of emergency yet? Massive sinkhole opens up in the middle of a golf course. A hole in one just got easier on this course!
U.S. Flag Trivia
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Evening Open Thread- Picture This Edition [Weirddave]
Here's a link to a whole bunch of neat pictures. I realize that it's click bait along the lines of "This man opened a can of paint. What he saw will make you question the existence of God!", but most of the pictures are neat, for example, this is Florida's oldest surviving Civil War veteran, Bill Lundy, in 1955:
The end of the Volstead Act:
Teaching children without access to water to swim:
I love these last two, pictures of postwar America, brimming with hope and looking confidently to the future.
Moving into the suburbs:
Disneyland employee cafeteria, 1961:
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Open Thread: How Do We Lose To These Guys? [Y-not]
So this happened:
This is the tweet Tapper was referring to (it didn't display for some reason):
Happy Memorial Day weekend, everyone! pic.twitter.com/TMBSu187Pb— The Democrats (@TheDemocrats) May 22, 2015
On the other hand, the RNC's twitter feed is utterly silent on the subject.
*Post updated with Democrats' tweet embedded.*
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