July 18, 2018

The Morning Report 7/18/18

—J.J. Sefton


Good morning kids. Midweek and as the dust settles from the fallout over the PDT/Putin Helsinki summit, what's coming into sharp focus (as most of you already knew as you were watching it) is that the reaction to the summit, and in particular, the press conference was staged, rehearsed, pre-digested agitprop. No matter what the President said at that presser, be it critical or conciliatory towards Mr. Putin and Russia, it would have been blasted. "But, but, but muh Pootinz!" Feh.

After a year-and-a-half witch hunt trying to prove that Russia minimally somehow rigged our 2016 presidential election and maximally did it in cahoots with President Trump to install him in the Oval Office - with absolutely ZERO proof and the reputations of our LE and intel agencies and above all their leaders in tatters - this was a shamelessly desperate gambit on the part of the Democrat-Left-Media complex to maneuver him into some sort of rhetorical trap that they could then use as proof. It failed. And in spectacular fashion. Lemme 'splain you. Actually, I'll let Limbaugh do it.

I think when Rod Rosenstein went out and announced this indictment, and then admitted that no votes were affected by this Russian meddling - that the outcome of not a single election was affected by what these Russians are alleged to do in this indictment - it caused a panic to ripple throughout the deep state, throughout the Democrat Party and the media. I think it was seen as, "Oh, my God. Mueller doesn't have the goods!" I think these people have believed...

They've gone to bed every night and they've gotten up every morning believing that Mueller has the smoking gun - that Mueller, even if he doesn't have it, that he's going to say he does. Mueller has been the singular hope in which the deep state's desire to get rid of Trump has been invested. Mueller was gonna find something. His 13 anti-Trump lawyers? They were gonna find collusion. They were gonna find something.

Here comes this indictment, and it finds nothing - and in effect, may actually signal the end of the Mueller investigation. Rosenstein made it plain: Nothing in this indictment, nothing alleged to have occurred by these defendants affected the outcome of a single election. Many people thought that the Mueller indictment announcement was yet another nail in the Trump coffin. I think it's the opposite.
I think it was a cold shock to the system that Mueller doesn't have anything, because there isn't anything speaking of evidence of collusion - and then Mueller handed this case off to a division of the Justice Department where it's never gonna be seen. This case has been tossed out.

This case... Rosenstein announced that Mueller is sending this case to the counterintelligence investigative department in the justice department. Where they do not investigate crimes!...There are no crimes in counterintelligence investigations, and that's where this case has been sent...

...And then Trump had the audacity at that press conference yesterday to ask everybody about the Democrat server? That's where the hacking took place, and that's where the collusion took place. It's all on the Democrat side. All of this is falling apart, and the chances that all these people are gonna be exposed is causing them to panic. I have very little doubt about that.

QED. Look we can talk all we want about, well, Trump shouldn't have been so conciliatory to Putin and this and that and so forth and so on. But for crying out loud, a) it's a diplomatic meeting, not a weigh-in before a boxing match where you hope someone throws a punch and b) we don't know what was said behind closed doors despite the fact that now the desperate Dems lead by the jiz-lipped Kennedy spawn wants PDT's interpreter brought before Congress and forced to cough up the conversation. Unreal (as in all-too real). Finally, it's actions that speak louder than words. PDT is strengthening our ties with former East Bloc nations that rightfully fear the bear, he's countered Obama and installed missile defense batteries inside Poland, he's scrapped the disastrous Iran nuke treaty (Iran being a key client state of Russia) and now has the regime on the ropes and our oil production has Mr. Putin virtually begging us to cut back. Yup. Donald Trump is a deep-cover Russian agent. Has been for decades. Sheesh.

And as far as the "treasonous" act of criticizing our intel community in front of the world, these are the same people who have been colluding to actually steal the election for Hillary and steal the Presidency from PDT and the American people. The decent, honorable members of that community notwithstanding (wherever they're hiding), to hell with them. They and the Democrat-Left-Media complex right here in our own nation - our fellow countrymen (spit) - are the worst threat this nation faces.

Speaking of our brave, fearless, incorruptible defenders of the realm and justice, is Gummy-Boo-Boo Page about to flip and rat out her "lover" Strzok? Devin Nunes is pissed that the FBI and DoJ are completely stonewalling the investigation in the hopes that the Democrats retake the House and then kill it for good, from the day-ending-in-"Y" department David Corn is a laughable hack, and Emmett Tyrrell over at the Spectator has had enough and wants PDT to declassify all the document related to this shit-show. Politically, it opens him up to obstruction of justice charges but I think it's safe to say that the base and a growing number of heretofore disinterested and/or undecideds or even disaffected Dems are now on the side of "teflon Don."

Speaking of interfering in elections, recall it was Obama who meddled in Israel's election in a bid to oust Netanyahu - and on our dime no less. Meanwhile, the question remains who was the "foreign entity" linked to Hillary in the server debacle? The world wonders...

On to politics where that living symbol of truth, justice and the American way James Comey is urging Americans to vote Democrat this November. Yup, that'll go over well in most of the nation. Meanwhile, tender comrade, Democrat-Socialite Alexandria "Loopy Velez" Occasional-Cortex is urging mostly peaceful civil unrest at non-zebra ICE stations, border crossings and airports. Although she's gone wobbly on Joo-baiting and Israel-bashing, she's cocksure Capitalism will bite the dust. And soon. Two good links on the hard left race to the bottom that the Democrat Party is undertaking, and as IBD points out, this is not a new phenomenon. We call Ocasio-Cortez a crackpot and rightly so, but this dame scares me, not in and of herself, but as a possible harbinger of things to come, especially if we do not take back the education of the next generation of American schoolchildren. I'm of two minds on her and what she indicates. Yes, I think it's a very good thing that the Dems douse themselves in rhetorical gasoline and toss a rhetorical match on themselves. When the mask slips and they expose themselves as who and what they are, the reaction is generally revulsion and repulsion. And yet, too many young people (and old enough to know better older adults) think socialism is the wave of the future despite human waste - bipedal, political and fecal - in America's cities as well as 100+ years of gulags, mass graves and gas chambers around the world. Also, what is considered extreme and unacceptable somehow within an ever-shortening span of time becomes the norm (see: homo marriage, transsexualism, etc.). I suppose the bottom line is we're in the center of it all and it's going to take a bit of time and distance to see how these sea changes, especially on the Left, are going to shake out. No matter what, the election and presidency of PDT is going to cause a sea change politically and culturally here and abroad. No doubt about it.

Circling back to immigration and amnesty, and it kind of ties in with my commentary on the nation's trajectory, while San Fran-shithole is in a mad rush to register illegal aliens to vote, deep blue Washington State will have the anti-sanctuary laws on the ballot this November. Recall California's Prop-8 marriage law which actually passed and then was rejected in the courts. Also recall the purging of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich for being outed, if you will, for contributing to it. I expect doxxing galore if this thing passes. On a related note, the IRS has issued a ruling preventing the release of donor lists. Meh, I'm sure a Deep State embed "resistance fighter" will release the names and addresses, just like that NYU lecturer Lavigne did with ICE/Border Patrol agents.

Speaking of cancerous, fascistic worms destroying and destabilizing free speech and enterprise, in all the kerfuffle over Helsinki did you hear about this Twitter terrorist Matt Rivitz? Evidently he has led this anonymous mass drive to destroy Breitbart and Laura Ingraham, among others. He should only get back 10-fold what he has put out there. And whilst on the subject of socialist media, there was a hearing about regulating Facebook and social media censorship which the Dems, led by shambling sack of lipids Gerrold Nadler tried to use as a platform to bash the President. He failed. That said, an anti-Facebook group which has among others Linda "Hamas-Louse" Sarsour as its leaders, displayed propaganda posters that are right out of Nazi Germany. This is YOUR Democrat party, Lefties.

In other news, Blue States are going to sue to overturn PDT's new tax rule limiting deductions of state taxes on Federal returns, the $15 minimum wage is killing New York City's restaurant industry (shocked!), John Stossel in a short film utterly destroying the plastic straw ban insanity, Netflix's woes offer a real world lesson in the free market sure to be lost on Occasional-Cortex and lastly Mandalay Bay is preemptively suing 1,000 victims of last year's mass shooting, in order to somehow protect them from having to pay them out. I can argue with myself back and forth about liability but the optics of this, which shouldn't necessarily count, just look terrible. Ugh.

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


  • PDT Strikes Back After Insane Criticism of Helsinki Summit with Putin
  • Levin: Trump Policies are "Head and Shoulders Over What Obama Did" with Russia
  • Rush: What's Really Behind This Deranged Hysteria (spoiler alert: it was all pre-planned no matter what Trump said - jjs)
  • "Chappaquiddick-Stick" Kennedy Among Dems Calling for Subpoena of PDT's Interpreter
  • Even Far Left Glenn Greenwald Calls Out "Reckless Lunacy" Against PDT
  • The Left's Trump-Putin Meltdown
  • Trump Charm Offensive Could Be Strategic Bid to Separate Russia from Chi-Coms

  • GOP Rep Says Page's Testimony Contradicts Strzok's
  • Page Turning?
  • Nunes: FBI/DoJ Obstructing Trump Probe in Hopes of Dem Congress Takeover in Midterms (then they can kill it - jjs)
  • David Corn on Russia Probe: "FBI Prosecutors All Have Political Leanings" (but they're not supposed to drive an investigation, pal - jjs)
  • Mr. President, Declassify the Documents on Russian Collusion Now

  • Obama Administration Sent Taxpayer Money to Campaign to Oust Netanyahu
  • If Not Russia, Who Is Hillary's "Foreign Entity?"

  • Democrat-Socialite Occasional-Cortex: Occupy All ICE Offices, Borders, US Airports, "Occupy All of It"
  • Feds Reveal Suspected Serial Rapist is an Illegal Alien
  • Oregon Anti-Sanctuary Initiative Qualifies for November Ballot
  • San Francisco Begins Registering Illegal Aliens to Vote
  • Foreign Interference: Foreigners Voting in Our Elections

  • Comey Meddles in 2018 Election
  • RNC Blowing Out DNC in Fundraising
  • Rick Scott Well Positioned to Beat Bill Nelson in FL Senate Race
  • Trump-Backed GOPer Roby Wins Runoff in Alabama
  • Pushed Hard Left by Their Base, Are Dems Self-Destructing?
  • Democrats' "Sudden" Hard Left Turn Has Been Years in the Making
  • Dem-Socialite Occasional-Cortex: "Capitalism Won't Always Exist"

  • Far Left "Sleeping Giants" Demands Twitter Censorship After Leader Matt Rivitz Revealed
  • Anti-Facebook Group Takes Anti-Semitic Signs to Congress (noted FGM enthusiast Sarsour in with that crowd - jjs)
  • Dems Attempt to Hijack Internet Censorship Hearing to Bash PDT, Fail
  • Greenfield: Is the Media the "Enemy of the People?"

  • Campaign Manager for Cyrpto-Anti-Gun Candidate Ankles in Wake of Latter's Leaked Real Position

  • Leading Latino Advocacy Group Releases Statement Supporting Kavanaugh Nomination
  • Leftist Group Behind Kavanaugh Resistance Hiding Its Funding (you know who else hid his funding? - jjs)

  • Mainstreaming Radicals: Pakistan Army Puts Terrorist-Friendly Candidates Within Grasp of Power

  • Space Weapons Trump Peace with Russia

  • History Explains Eastern European Hostility to Islam
  • Dem-Socialite Occasional-Cortex's Factually-Challenged Position on Israel is Embarrassing (yet all-too typical for her party - jjs)

  • The $15 Minimum Wage is Wreaking Havoc on New York City Dining

  • Blue Shit-Hole States File Long-Shot Suit Against Cap on Tax Deduction
  • Conservatives Cheer IRS Rule-Change Shielding Donor Lists from Disclosure
  • Fun with Roe v. Wade Rhetoric

  • Middle-Income Students "Less Represented" at America's Top Colleges
  • K-12: An Insidious Inside Job

  • Global Warming Creates Desperate Media Lies
  • The Last Straw

  • Mandalay Bay Owners Sue 1,000 Victims of Mass Shooting (isn't this really the story of Socialism? - jjs)
  • Netflix Teaches Market Economics the Hard Way

    Posted by J.J. Sefton at 07:20 AM Comments

  • Tuesday Overnight Open Thread (7/17/18 )

    —Misanthropic Humanitarian



    The Quotes of The Day

    Quote I

    “It was chaos. I was just treading water; things just didn’t feel good. There were so many students, and so much going on, that it was impossible for me to reach them.” Quamiir Trice

    Quote II

    “One of the consequences of such notions as ‘entitlements’ is that people who have contributed nothing to society feel that society owes them something, apparently just for being nice enough to grace us with their presence.” Thomas Sowell

    Quote III

    “No one will really understand politics until they understand that politicians are not trying to solve our problems. They are trying to solve their own problems – of which getting elected and re-elected are number one and number two. Whatever is number three is far behind.”Thomas Sowell

    Continue reading

    Posted by Misanthropic Humanitarian at 10:19 PM Comments

    And Open Thread

    —Ace of Spades

    Yesterday the Usual Suspects -- the twitter circle-jerk Smart Set of people who have proven for years they are not terribly smart at all -- were so a-quiver over a story that alleged Russian agent Mariia Butina had met with a US presidential candidate that they nearly vibrated themselves to an adjacent alternate plane of existence.

    I wanted to write about this, but I didn't, because I'm exhausted by them. They have literally exhausted me with their daily freak-outs and Two Minute Hates.

    But what I wanted to write was the following:

    1. You seem to be convinced that because a spy attempted to make contact with a US person, that US person is therefore guilty of some crime. Are you naive enough to believe that foreign intelligence services don't routinely attempt to make contact with US citizens? Are you vicious enough to claim that any of these thousands of people so-contacted every year should be accused of being spies?

    You are aware, of course, that foreign intelligence services attempting to make some kind of low-level, preparatory contact with a target is a common event, whereas the target's agreement to become a spy or trait is a rather rare event, right?

    2. Aren't you just jumping to the conclusion that your beloved, cherished Conspiracy Theory urges you towards -- that the candidate in question must be Trump and that the Trump must be a spy because come on, All the Famous People on Twitter know he's a spy?

    If Jim Hoft or one of the deplorables you routinely mock in your daily Best Twitter Fwiendz circle-jerk were leaping to such an agrees-with-my-bias conclusion about Barack Obama, wouldn't you mock him as a true-believing zealot?

    What makes you any different, apart from your claim that you are different -- better, in fact?

    I wanted to write that, but I didn't, because they are tirelessly shrill in their denunciations and unfounded accusations, and you never know who the next person they'll accuse of being a RUSSIAN SPY might be.

    Well, it turns out the candidate that Mariia Butina contacted wasn't Trump -- it was Scott Walker. Who is not a spy, because the Daily Twitter Circle-Jerk doesn't think he's a spy, and therefore the Daily Twitter Circle-Jerk's previous "logic" -- if a Russian attempts to contact you, you must be a spy -- is now switched to the "OFF" position.

    What will you say now about Scott Walker? What if someone on the left accuses someone you support of being a RUSSIAN SPY based on such thin evidence?

    What will you say, given that you've already endorsed precisely this stupid, retarded, utterly non-elite idea that anyone contacted by a foreign national must be some kind of asset for the government of that foreign national?

    And indeed -- the left is in fact now accusing Scott Walker of "Borscht Politics:"

    In other herring-scented news, it seems that there are hundreds of very weird and wonderful photos of Mariia Butina, the Russian gun-moll whom the FBI busted Monday on criminal lobbying charges, floating around the Intertoobz. I mean, really. Check some of these out.


    Oops, sorry. That's Scott Walker, the goggle-eyed homunculus hired by Koch Industries to manage their midwest subsidiary formerly known as the state of Wisconsin, and recently appointed midwest sales director for the Foxconn Company, grinning his fool head off with Ms. Butina. From the Capital-Times:

    Butina wrote on her Russian-language blog (translated via Google Translate) that meeting Walker "will remain in my memory forever."

    "With genuine interest and ready to ask a question on the topic of Russian-American relations, I went to him. And then something happened that I did not expect: the first words in many, many days in Russian, I heard from the future nominee in the US presidency from the Republican Party, who, having learned that I from Russia with a smile said 'Hello!', And during the conversation he remembered another word: 'Thank you!'" Butina wrote.

    "We talked about Russia, I did not hear any aggression towards our country, the president or my compatriots," Butina wrote about her conversation with Walker. "How to know, maybe such meetings are the beginning of a new dialogue between Russia and the US and back from the Cold War to the peaceful existence of the two great powers ?!"

    Confronted with this memento of the lovely time they had together, Walker had his spokescritter issue the following lame-ass statement to The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

    Walker spokesman Brian Reisinger said by email that while Walker was in Tennessee, he "appeared in an atrium area while waiting to deliver his remarks, where event attendees had the chance to say hello. There were thousands of people at the convention and many of them approached the governor and asked to say hello and take a photo with him."

    Just a friendly guy, our Scottie.

    Something truly stinks of borscht in Wisconsin politics. Besides Walker, there are dozens of photos showing former Milwaukee County sheriff--and full-time Happy Meal medal recipient—David Clarke enjoying the hospitality in Moscow, and Wisconsin Senator Ron (Shreds of Freedom) Johnson was one of those senators who spent the past Fourth of July in Russia.

    That's from Esquire Magazine, by the way. Not a huge or well-respected media outfit, but a bit more important than the low-level blogs the Smart Set usually spends its time dunking on.

    Now that the Very Liberal Republican Wing has approved of precisely this sort of smear tactic when deployed against Trump -- how exactly can they argue against it when it's used against Scott Walker and Ron Johnson? ( I assume the Smart Set agrees that David Clarke IS in fact a RUSSIAN SPY, because the Smart Set doesn't like him, and anyone the Smart Set doesn't like is a RUSSIAN SPY.)

    So congrats on pouring gasoline on the Red-baiting, witch-hunting fire, Social Justice Warriors of the Nominal Right.

    So, Smart Set: are you going to actually going to be smart one of these days or is it all going to be this InfoWars-level retarded shit from you from here on out?

    The Smart Set spent all of 2003-2012 calling people unamerican for disagreeing with them on Iraq. To my discredit, I joined them in that.

    But I've learned, since then. The Smart Set is too smart to ever learn anything from anything.

    They only had one trick back then, and they only have one trick now.

    Posted by Ace of Spades at 09:03 PM Comments

    Mid-Summer Classic, Open Thread

    —Misanthropic Humanitarian


    I heard something about an All-Star Game.

    Here's your chance to talk baseball.

    Posted by Misanthropic Humanitarian at 08:40 PM Comments

    Obama, Who's Totally Not a Socialist and It's Racist to Suggest He Is: Hey, Let's Give Everyone a Income from the State for Doing Nothing At All

    —Ace of Spades

    Why so Socialist?

    n his first major speech since leaving office, former President Barack Obama endorsed the idea of providing a universal basic income.

    Speaking at the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in South Africa on Tuesday, Obama raised the notion of guaranteed income as a way to reduce what he called "yawning disparities" in wealth, education, and security across different socioeconomic groups.

    "It's not just money that a job provides," said Obama. "It provides dignity and structure and a sense of place and a sense of purpose. So we're going to have to consider new ways of thinking about these problems, like a universal income, review of our workweek, how we retrain our young people, how we make everybody an entrepreneur at some level. But we're going have to worry about economics if we want to get democracy back on track."

    Um, a job provides dignity because the worker knows he's doing something productive, and it provides structure because employment usually requires a start time. Paying someone for nothing at all cannot provide dignity, as the recipient of the dole understands he's not doing anything productive, and cannot provide structure, except that twice a month, maybe, he feels he should probably go over to the check-cashing place to cash his welfare check.

    Oh, and by the way: Soak the rich.

    He additionally called on the rich to support higher taxation, saying that "you don't have to take a vow of poverty just to say 'let me help out a few of these folks.'

    Obama's totally not socialist, though. Neither is the Democrat Party. Ignore the actual announced socialists running as "Democrat Socialists." Claims that there are Democrats running as Socialists are Racist Unfacts which Snopes has debunked.*

    * As well as the Weekly Standard's Snopes-like FaceBook-friendly "fact-checker."

    Posted by Ace of Spades at 07:39 PM Comments

    Nunes Unchained: DOJ and FBI Have Bet All Of Their Chips on Democrats Winning the House, Which Will End Investigations Into Their Misbehavior; 90% of Reporters "Essentially an Arm of the Democrat Party"

    —Ace of Spades

    Ben Smith immediately demanded that Devin Nunes be excluded from any future meetings with FaceBook.

    Rep. Devin Nunes (R., Calif.), in a wide-ranging audio interview with his House colleague Rep. Sean Duffy (R., Wis.), accused top officials at the FBI and DOJ of "putting all their chips on the Republicans losing the House" so that their Democratic allies can "shut down" the longstanding Intelligence Committee probe, which has unearthed information disputing claims of collusion in recent months.

    Rep. Duffy interviewed Rep. Nunes for an upcoming episode of Duffy's podcast, "Plaidcast."

    Nunes also lashed out at the U.S. media, accusing "90 percent" of reporters covering the Russia probe of being "essentially an arm of the Democratic party," according to an advance copy of the interview shared with the Washington Free Beacon.

    Speaking of Ben Smith:

    Buzzfeed is being sued for publishing the Steele Dossier (or is that the Blumenthal/Shearer dossier, rewritten by Steele to make it less obvious this was a Hillary Clinton conspiracy theory?) which claimed that a Russian businessman was involved in the Podesta/DNC hack. He's claiming that Buzzfeed, therefore, defamed him, by publishing allegations they didn't bother to confirm.

    Well, the feds indicted 12 Russians for that hack -- and this Russian businessman wasn't mentioned at all.

    A Russian tech executive suing BuzzFeed News over the Steele dossier says he is vindicated by special counsel Robert Mueller's indictment of 12 Russian nationals allegedly involved in cyber attacks against Democrats.

    Aleksej Gubarev, the executive, says Mueller's indictment shows he was not involved in hacks of Democratic National Committee emails, as the dossier alleges.

    He has filed defamation lawsuits against BuzzFeed News, the website’s editor, Ben Smith and dossier author Christopher Steele. BuzzFeed published the dossier on Jan. 10, 2017. Steele, a former British spy, compiled the dossier as part of an anti-Trump research project funded by the DNC and Clinton campaign.

    "This is a complete and utter vindication of our clients," Gubarev's attorney Val Gurvits said of the Mueller indictment.

    Maybe Buzzfeed Ben should worry about his own trash-site's journalistic standards and worry less about the Daily Caller's.

    Oh: Representative Ratcliffe says that Lisa Page admitted the texts she and Peter Strzok exchanged meant exactly what they seemed to mean, rather than resorting to Strzok's dishonest "By 'We'll stop it' I meant the American voter would stop it" bullshit:

    Posted by Ace of Spades at 06:34 PM Comments

    Trump Walkback: When I Said I Had No Reason to Think the Hackers Would Have Been Working for Russia, I Meant I Had No Reason to Think the Hackers Would Not Have Been Working for Russia

    —Ace of Spades

    Ed Morrissey does a good job of rounding up the negative reaction to Trump's Helsinki remarks, including from people who are generally fair to Trump.

    Is Trump telling the truth now about his would vs. wouldn't speak-o? I don't know.

    As many people have noted -- Byron York, for example -- Trump is loathe to admit the existence of Russian meddling because:

    1, it taints an election victory that he's justly proud of, and

    2, because he suspects -- not without reason-- that the whole Russia Narrative was cooked up by Hillary Clinton and Hillary partisans in the leftwing media and then seized upon by the deranged NeverTrump liberal Republican wing. He sees admitting Russian meddling as a half-step towards confirming the alleged Russian collusion the media and Democrats and NeverTrumpers are foaming about, and tends to claim both premises are false, instead of conceding that one is true while remaining firm that the other is false.

    Mollie Hemingway put it well on Special Report last night: While Trump should be smarter about separating out the "Russian meddling" story from the "Russian collusion" allegation, so should Trump's critics, who routinely, and sometimes probably deliberately, conflate the two, acting as if proof of the former is also proof of the latter.

    An editor at The Atlantic, for example, just tweeted out last week that the indictment against 12 Russian nationals for hacking Jon Podesta's email account is, by some alchemy he doesn't explain, also proof of Russian collusion.

    Here's a "staff writer" at The Atlantic doing precisely that --

    The cucks' favorite bull also seems fond of conflating Russian meddling with Russian collusion, pretending that Trump calling one a "witch hunt" must naturally mean the other is a "witch hunt" too:

    Here's an Atlantic editor doing precisely what Hemingway is talking about -- taking an indictment of a Russian national who attempted to influence the NRA as evidence that the NRA is a Russian front group:

    The NRA is not also indicted, and in fact, the indictment contains nothing to besmirch the NRA at all. This is just The Atlantic doing the selfsame wishcasting and cultish conspiracy theorizing they accuse their opponents of doing.

    A media which is ever-vigilant for Trump's false assumptions and conspiracy theories seems too overworked by those exertions to spend a single second patrolling their own cultish beliefs for any mental errors of their own.

    Posted by Ace of Spades at 05:30 PM Comments

    Buzzfeed Ben: Facebook and Other Media Companies Are Too Deferential to Conservative Media; Prefers (Get This!) The Weekly Standard to the Daily Caller

    —Ace of Spades

    You've gotta be fucking kidding me.

    At a private meeting late last week, some publishing executives criticized Facebook Inc. for being overly accommodating to conservative outlets, days before social-media executives are to appear on Capitol Hill to discuss how content is displayed on their sites.


    At the off-the-record meeting between Facebook officials and publishing executives in New York on Thursday, BuzzFeed Editor in Chief Ben Smith said that, by his count, there were about six conservative-leaning publications among the dozen or so outlets represented at the gathering. He said the ratio implied a fundamental misconception among Facebook employees about the workings of the news industry, according to people familiar with his remarks.

    Mr. Smith said that the number of conservative publications in attendance indicated that Facebook had bought into the idea, promoted primarily by conservatives, that mainstream outlets such as the New York Times are liberal and should be counterbalanced by right-leaning opinion outlets, said people familiar with his remarks.

    Mr. Smith objected in particular to the presence of the Daily Caller, a conservative-leaning outlet whose journalistic standards he called into question. He said other conservative outlets present, such as the Weekly Standard, held higher standards.

    Yes, the Weekly Standard, which has joined the left in fact-checking conservative sites (some incredibly small and almost entirely unknown) while largely ignoring claims made by liberal sites.

    Buzzfeed Ben had a second for that motion:

    Mr. Smith's assessment of the Daily Caller's journalistic standards was echoed by Lydia Polgreen, the editor in chief of HuffPost.

    So Buzzfeed Ben is pissed off that conservative sites even get to attend meetings with FaceBook, and feels that his Listicle Emporium isn't adequately catered to.

    By the way, the Huffington Post editor also expressed anger at the Daily Caller for daring to report that one of its "contributors" has a history of making "jokes" about the Holocaust and praising Louis Farrakhan.

    The Wall Street Journal -- whose reporters, remember, are almost invariably left-liberals (as contrasted with its conservative-leaning editorial page) -- chooses to obscure what those tweets were and refuses to link to the Daily Caller article in question so that people can decide for themselves.

    More: Apparently Listicle Ben has a bee in his bonnet about the Daily Caller, and also claims that the Holocaust jokes are just fine because Leftist:

    Someone pointed this out to me -- Listicle Ben has a lot of balls accusing anyone else of "stealth corporate propaganda," given his cat-gif emporium's constant McDonald's boosterism.


    Posted by Ace of Spades at 03:54 PM Comments

    New York Times: Queerbaiting Is Okay When We Do It

    —Ace of Spades

    Gay jokes were officially made a Crime Against the State sometime around 2009.

    But not if you're part of the State Media.

    Parody site "The ResistanceHole" actually noted the left's schizophrenic stance on gay jokes last month:

    This kind of blatant double-standard on the part of the left is a feature, I think, not a bug.

    The inconsistency may reveal that the left inflicts "rules" on its enemies that it feels free to ignore itself. But that itself is a demonstration of the left's power-- I think they get off on openly announcing that they are free to make up rules to impose on others and completely violate those same rules with impunity.

    It's a demonstration of how much power they have, and maybe more importantly, how much power you don't have.

    They want you to know who's in charge, and who you must bow to, and this sort of blatant, not-even-hiding-it demonstration of their power to unilaterally print up entire tomes of new rules and also unilaterally suspend operation of those rules when they choose is nothing if not a reminder of who is the ruler, and who is the ruled.

    Posted by Ace of Spades at 02:45 PM Comments

    Democrat Socialist Superstar Alexandria Ocasia-Cortez: Unemployment Is Only Low Because, Like, Everyone Has Two Jobs or Whateverrrr...?

    —Ace of Spades


    "Unemployment is low because everyone has two jobs," she said. "Unemployment is low because people are working 60, 70, 80 hours a week and can barely feed their family."

    Remember, she touts herself as being a super-well-educated economist.

    Posted by Ace of Spades at 01:17 PM Comments

    The Morning Rant: J.V. Edition



    President Donald Trump may be many things, some of which I would prefer he isn't, but treasonous is not one of them. It is childish and offensive in the extreme for the braying asses of the NeverTrump world to throw that accusation around as if it meant something other than a simple insult. But it is a powerful insult, and one that is noticed by many as being ridiculous on its face. If someone were to call me a traitor, I would contemplate a physical response, because as a loyal American there is nothing worse one can be accused of. The silent majority in this country will undoubtedly remain peaceful, at least without further inflammatory behavior and actions from the elites, but they will remember, and they will vote. They will compare the casual accusation of treason from the chattering classes to their neighbor who just got a job, and their bonuses at work, and their first hint in a decade that maybe, just maybe, we have a president who will defend our borders and look out for us before "them" on the world stage.

    Am I pleased with the way the President conducted himself yesterday? No, I would have preferred a more aggressive stance against Russian provocations. Am I sublimating that desire and supporting him even more forcefully because of the hysterical and insulting reaction from the lunatics who support the deep state's drive to destroy Trump? You bet!

    Here is a slightly different take on the press conference, from a man whose opinion deserves to be taken seriously...almost as seriously as does Anderson Vanderbilt.
    Diplomacy 101 Versus Politics Writ Small

    The high professional quality of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin's performance at their Monday press conference in Helsinki contrasts sharply with the obloquy by which the bipartisan U.S. ruling class showcases its willful incompetence.

    Though I voted for Trump, I've never been a fan of his and I am not one now. But, having taught diplomacy for many years, I would choose the Trump-Putin press conference as an exemplar of how these things should be done. Both spoke with the frankness and specificity of serious business. This performance rates an A+.

    Angelo Codevilla has been around for a very long time, and knows a bit about geopolitical intrigue. I used to read him in Commentary before that once-great magazine lost its way, and while he is too much of a believer in realpolitik for my taste, his take was always interesting. I think he is too sanguine about Trump's performance, but the underlying message that he sees is interesting.

    But let us look at reality. Trump gave Poland anti-missile technology a few months ago. That is a concrete message to the Russian bear, and it dwarfs any parsing of syntax at a press conference by 20-something journalism majors. I hope that the President continues to support freedom in Eastern Europe, and continues to push back against Russian expansion in the Middle East. If he does that, I will cheerfully tolerate conciliatory press conferences every now and then.

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    Mid-Morning Open Thread


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    Les Jardiniers
    Gustave Caillebotte

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    The Morning Report 7/17/18

    —J.J. Sefton


    Good morning kids. Tuesday and leading the news is the utterly infantile, irresponsible, completely ginned-up outrage at the President for his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his remarks during the press conference. Let me, as a marginally better informed ordinary observer, try and unpack this as best as I can. Excluding the period of 1941-1945, Russia has been at best a geopolitical rival and at worst an adversarial enemy for almost 100 years (longer if you include the 19th Century imperialists who wanted not only not to sell Alaska to us but envisioned Tsarist expansion into Western Canada and down our Pacific Coast). For nearly 100 years (coincidentally it's the 100th anniversary of the Bolsheviks murdering the Romanovs [last link]), they have been interfering in our internal affairs in an attempt to destabilize us, and foment a communist revolution here at home. Ironic that despite the Soviet collapse in 1991, every major governmental, cultural, academic and media institution has been thoroughly corrupted by socialists and communists to the extent that our youth and too many old enough to know better (or not) have an open, visceral and sometimes violent hatred of their country and fellow citizens. But I digress.

    And this brings me back to yesterday's spectacle. The President, as the duly elected commander in chief and head of state has every right and even duty to meet with other foreign leaders, friend and foe alike, in the advancement of our policy, defense of the realm and in the interest of promoting friendly relations. Vladimir Putin is a thug; an ex-KGB agent who views the fall of the old Soviet Union as a catastrophe. As such, he and his allies rule over Russia with an iron fist and will actively strike out at enemies at home and abroad (assassination and invasion included), threatening his neighbors in Eastern Europe and elsewhere and giving aid and comfort to our enemies in the Middle East, especially Iran. That said, despite being essentially a 2nd World Power, he still has nukes, probably aimed at us and therefore you have to deal with him. Hence the summit.

    But now, put this all in context with the 2016 presidential campaign, and the fabrication by Clinton/Obama campaign operatives of a phony smear campaign involving Russia and then-candidate Trump and that's why you got what happened in Helsinki yesterday. Circling back, does Russia/did Russia try and meddle in our politics? Yes. Did whatever they did have any affect at all on our election? No. In spite of all this, is there still an ongoing investigation by the DoJ and Robert Mueller ostensibly into all of this? Yes. Is the President, his allies, associates and even family members the targets of this investigation? Yes. Is it legitimate? No.

    Everything over the past 18 months to two years has had one purpose and one purpose only: ensure the election of Hillary Clinton and then destroy the campaign and then presidency of Donald Trump. The Mueller witch hunt, which the President rightly called out as such, despite any lack of real evidence to prove that PDT colluded with the Russians to steal the election continues to be the ongoing theme of an increasingly desperate and rabidly insane Democrat-Left-Media complex and their allies in the GOP/Cuckservative wing of their movement. So naturally, when the President openly has a summit with Vladimir Putin, the reaction to it was predictable if not still surprising in its level of unhinged rhetoric.

    They have failed on gun control, immigration/amnesty, judicial nominees, tax and economic policy, they're losing control of voting blocs they've enslaved for decades and worst of all, they have lost the ability to control what we think and have exposed themselves as they hacks and propagandists they are to a much broader, heretofore unaware/uninformed audience. And this failure is the work of the man to who is now the focus of their hatred: President Donald J. Trump.

    Yes Russia is and was an enemy, yet the Democrat-Media-Academia complex was in bed with them since at least the end of World War 2 as willing allies in an attempt to overthrow the nation as founded, and at the risk of repeating myself, considering the state of our union they almost succeeded, albeit about 30 years too late. So it's particularly galling when the Left dons the decomposed skin suit of Tailgunner Joe McCarthy to shriek "Russia! Russia! Russia!" at us non-stop since November of 2016. And yet Obama was hot and horny to destroy our nuclear deterrent in 2012 and Hillary Clinton engineered the sale of a significant portion of our uranium stockpile to Putin and his cronies in exchange for $400 million in booze money. Related, Daniel Greenfield has an interesting take on the hacking of the DNC vis a vis Bernie Sanders, that great Yankee-Doodle-Dandy flag-waving proud American (not). Yes, Trump is a nemesis but for yesterday's unforgivable sin of exposing the Democrat-Media's complicity in this Russia collusion myth, and the ignoring of the real election shenanigans committed by the Democrats (can you saw Debbie-Wasserman Awan?), they don't care if America is ripped apart (hell that's their goal) so long as Trump is destroyed.

    Schmucks like Steve Cohen, Chris Cuomo and John Brennan - the REAL traitor and perhaps the one who has been leading the coup against the President - who shout "treason," and "act of war" are playing with fire. They are actively undermining our foreign policy from their positions (undeserved as they are) of power and influence, and stoking the potential for violence at home as well as confrontation abroad. Thankfully, Putin knows that they are a collective joke. He all but openly busted a gut at that AP reporter yesterday who asked if he had dirt on PDT. Still, this is hardly a matter for levity.

    My gut tells me that barring anything unforeseen (and I've had that caveat now for 18 months or more) the Dems are going to lose in November and lose big. How will the average mind-numbed droog react? Considering that the standard operating procedure of the Democrat-Left is to now cast aspersions on every electoral or judicial loss as "collusion" or "theft" or "illegitimate," there can only be one avenue left to them, and that is violence. Vermin like Steve Cohen ought to realize this. Hell, I'm getting the very uneasy feeling that they do. All too well.

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

    Posted by J.J. Sefton at 07:12 AM Comments

    Monday Overnight Open Thread (7/16/18 )

    —Misanthropic Humanitarian



    The Quotes of The Day

    Quote I

    “Socialism only works in two places: Heaven where they don't need it and hell where they already have it.” Ronald Reagan

    Quote II

    “The frustrating thing is that those who are attacking religion claim they are doing it in the name of tolerance, freedom and openmindedness. Question: Isn’t the real truth that they are intolerant of religion? They refuse to tolerate its importance in our lives.” Ronald Reagan

    Quote III

    “America is, and always will be, a shining city on a hill.” Ronald Reagan

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    CNN Contributor Calls for "Shadow Government" To Step Forward and Declare a Coup Against the Democratically Elected, Constitutional Government

    —Ace of Spades

    I want you to do it. I'm begging you to do it.

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    Chris Wallace's Interview with Putin

    —Ace of Spades

    Stream here.

    Wallace had better be very tough on Putin, or else he's a RUSSIAN SPY.

    Putin says he's said this before, but I don't remember it: He's saying that the hackers stole genuine information and disseminated it, and did not plant false information. He's not saying the hackers are Russian agents, but his defense, to the extent he has one, is only that the hackers didn't plant false information.

    The major impact of this, unless he says more, is to cast a lot of doubt on Trump's claim that Putin's denial was "very strong and powerful." His denial to Wallace is very weak and only quibbling at the margins.

    Posted by Ace of Spades at 06:10 PM Comments

    Hillary Praetorian Phillipe Reines: Let's Blow Air Horns By the White House All Night to Deprive the President and His Family of Sleep

    —Ace of Spades

    Phillipe Reines just doxxed a bookstore, with the implicit suggestion that his jackboot legions "protest" a private business for the sin of calling the cops on a #Resistance "protester" who was harassing Steve Bannon inside his shop.

    Now he's calling for an an illegal protest of the White House with the explicit goal of violating noise ordinances and causing physical harm to the president.

    It might be time to start giving Phillipe Reines the "never let them have a moment of civil peace" treatment he inflicts on others. The rules of engagement you choose for your opponents are the rules of engagement you also choose for yourself.

    The police and Secret Service should be eager to arrest. With his tweets, Reines has forfeit any presumption that there is a Free Speech purpose to this proposed illegal assembly; he states clearly that his purpose is not to communicate any message, but to deprive someone of sleep and interfere with the quiet enjoyment of his residence -- the very definition of harassment under the law.

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    Is the Media Code Red on Jim Jordan Another Fusion GPS Operation?

    —Ace of Spades

    Julie Kelly wonders.

    The NBC News report offered mostly innuendo from less-than-credible sources: One accuser is an ex-con who did time in prison for mail fraud, drug possession, and stealing from investors; another is a shady business owner with a "long history of litigation and an apparent bone to pick with the Jordan family" who allegedly sent a disturbing picture to the widow of a former OSU wrestler.

    But the initial story did provide one telling clue about where the Jordan smear job originated: Perkins Coie, the same law firm that hired Fusion GPS on behalf of the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2016 to produce the infamous "Steele dossier."


    Coincidence? Not a chance.


    Now, thanks to a list released by congressional Democrats this week, we know that Jordan asked Strzok directly about his communications with Glenn Simpson and Christopher Steele. Jordan also asked Strzok how long it took the FBI to compile the FISA application to spy on Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page, which Rosenstein reauthorized.

    That was on June 27. One week later, the "Jordan ignored sexual abuse" story dropped.

    The reason why, as they say, is that Jordan is over the target and that target is Glenn Simpson...

    And Fusion GPS is still at it. The firm is working with Dan Jones, a former staffer for Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) to continue pushing the Trump-Russia collusion narrative in the press. According to The Federalist, Jones has raised about $50 million from seven to 10 liberal donors in New York and California to keep Simpson's scheme alive.

    Be sure to check out Instapundit's excerpt of former Bill Clinton pollster Mark Penn on the unending lies of the Deep State.

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    The Treasonous President Equivocates on Putin's Meddling: ""He denies it. So the idea that somehow public shaming is gonna be effective, I think doesn't read the thought process in Russia very well."

    —Ace of Spades

    Of course, that was President Obama, cucksplaining why he didn't publicly denounce Putin or really do anything much at all about election meddling.

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    Gym Class Theorists (Yes That's a Thing): We Shouldn't Divide Boys and Girls In Team Sports Because That Hurts The Feelings of "Genderqueers"

    —Ace of Spades

    So the correct response is to have girls compete directly with boys.

    That'll have no adverse effects on non-genderqueer-girls, I'm sure.

    They don't matter, of course. Only those with exotic niche self-definitions of gender should matter.

    A physical education professor at Kent State University is encouraging fellow gym teachers to shun "gender segregated" and "team sports" to promote social justice in gym class.

    Professor Jennifer Walton-Fisette is the lead author of "Moving forward with social justice education in gym teacher education," a recently published article found in the peer reviewed journal Physical Education and Sports Pedagogy.

    In that article, Walton-Fisette highlights the emerging field of social justice gym pedagogy, and calls upon gym teachers to impart social justice issues into gym lessons, such as sexism, body image, religion, socioeconomic status and motor elitism.



    "If we are not including social justice education in our teacher education programs, then we are potentially perpetuating the problem," Walton-Fisette told PJ Media, explaining that she talks to students about power and privilege in nearly every class.


    For many gym teachers, separating students by sex is de rigueur. But, Walton-Fisette tells PJ Media that dividing students by sex can highlight the humiliation that some transgender and genderqueer students feel.

    "To divide students based on gender is not acceptable, nor do we want to make students be put into 2 binary boxes. There are children who do not identify as male or female, whether they are exploring their gender expression, are transgender, or genderqueer."

    Team sports, such as lacrosse and badminton, are discouraged too, as they encourage competitiveness and are often "white-oriented" or otherwise racially stereotyped. By spending less time on team sports, more time can be spent on other activities, such as yoga, dance, hiking, biking, swimming, and rope-climbing, Walton-Fisette says.

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    Trump's Answer on Russia Collusion Causes New Round of Hysteria

    —Ace of Spades

    For the hysterical reactions, you can see this timeline.

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    The Morning Rant


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    "So the big thing in the anti-Trump protests in London was supposedly a huge inflatable float of Trump which made him up like diaper-wearing baby. Yes, really. The media played this up like this thing was going to be so big it would darken the skies over London and bring on global cooling, but look at it, it's not 20 feet high. It looks like it's not much bigger than one of those bouncy houses for kids. And someone spent, get this, the equivalent of $40,000 on it. Too bad they couldn't get Trump to do it. It would've been huge, classy, and luxurious. Maybe that's what the left needs. They all need to be put in a bouncy house where they can live in a harmless environment, bounce around until they're all worn out and then nap time."

    Compare & Contrast:

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    Mid-Morning Open Thread


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    Hugh Latimer

    If you think that our current cultural warfare is nasty, just take a look at the Protestant Reformation as practiced in England in the 16th century. Henry VIII started it for political reasons, his successor (Edward VI) continued it for religious reasons, and his successor, Mary I fought back with a vengeance, burning a few hundred people at the stake, including these two gentleman (and a third, Thomas Cranmer, the Archbishop of Canterbury)) who became known as the Oxford Martyrs.

    Mary was brutal, but she failed; Protestantism flourished in England. As Latimer said to Ridley:

    "Be of good comfort, and play the man, Master Ridley; we shall this day light such a candle, by God's grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put out."
    And they did!

    I remember as a kid, hearing another quotation, supposedly from Latimer to Ridley, that piqued my interest. I can't find any verification of it, so it may have been apocryphal, or from a novel or play or movie. It was fascinating and exciting for a young kid to hear such confidence and devotion and religiosity and true belief.

    Be of good cheer master Ridley, for tonight we sup with the angels!

    And...religion is not the only thing that cultivates such dedication. It would behoove the Left in America to remember that.

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    The Morning Report 7/16/18

    —J.J. Sefton


    Good morning kids. Start of a brand new week so let's get right to it. The big story is the Trump/Putin Summit in Helsinki which is happening as we speak. The Democrat-Left-Media complex is having a fit since, a) they believe Russia rigged the 2016 election and b) that President Trump colluded with them to rig the 2016 election, despite the fact that there is not one shred of actual, genuine hard evidence that even hints at this. The only thing that does exist as we all know is a "dossier" that was, in fact, a complete fabrication bought and paid for by the Clinton campaign from an opposition research organization whose key figures are married to and/or part of members of the Deep State intel community. But I digress.

    The fact is, Russia and its predecessor the Soviet Union have been meddling (to say the least) in American affairs since the Bolsheviks won the Russian Civil War in the mid 1920s. So thoroughly poisoned have our schools been by communist/socialist infiltration for at least the past 50 years that the nation right now is on the verge of tearing itself apart at the seams because a significant percentage of the populace view America as founded as illegitimate and evil.They fully believe that socialism is the answer to our and the world's ills, despite at least 150 million souls wiped out by it who are ignored or dismissed. But I digress, yet again. And not coincidentally, one of America's two major political parties (guess) have worked to undermine American interests at home and abroad since at least the FDR administration, willfully helping one of our chief international adversaries expand its influence. Most recently with "tell Vlad I'll have more flexibility after the election" and "Uranuium 1." Funny how all of a sudden, the Democrats are stridently anti-Russian. Here's a fun idea; Ted Cruz should approach Bernie Sanders to co-sponsor a resolution in Congress awarding a posthumous Medal of Freedom to Senator Joe McCarthy. Heh.

    In any case, the President has rightfully ignored the noise and will be discussing among other things the situation in Syria, vis a vis the civil war and Iran's military presence. The pundits, and the President himself, are downplaying the possibility of any major diplomatic breakthroughs, but it's good that Putin will at last be having a one-on-one with an actual American leader, and not a pin-headed, clueless poseur, the successful NATO meeting and London trip, despite the bullshit baby balloon and staged protests as proof. Lastly on this topic, you have to pity the poor, weary traveler, stuck in an airport somewhere and having to listen to, let alone look at, Brian "Tater" Stetler telling them that President Trump is, in fact, a Russian agent.

    Moving on to the related subject of the Mueller magic show, on Friday, Rod Rosenratbastard announced the indictment of several Russian nationals for allegedly tampering with the Democrats in the 2016 elections. Funny how he omitted any attempted (but foiled) tampering with the Republicans and that no Americans were involved. That, of course, would implicate Obama and Clinton operatives and probably them as well. But it was a farce considering it was timed on the heels of Peter Strzok's performance art testimony and more importantly, as Devin Nunes has noted, just before the Helsinki summit so as to be as maximally embarrassing to the President as possible, if not to sabotage him outright (like every other f***ing thing they've done since 2015). We also have Trey Gowdy now stating that he's not going to support any GOP effort to impeach Rosengleet, and we also have the behind closed doors testimony of Lisa "gummy-boo-boo" Page and speculation she might flip on Strzok.

    In Amnesty/Immigration news, a couple of real winners; one subhuman vermin beheaded a 13-year-old girl and murdered her grandmother in what is said to be a drug-related incident, and another dreamy DREAMer who's been deported 11 times is accused of attacking someone with a chainsaw. Meanwhile, in just 5 months ICE has detained over 500 pregnant illegals looking birth their kids here and claim citizenship.

    On to politics where the Dems are in total turmoil. The big story is that California has thrown Dianne Feinstein under the bus in favor of Kevin Alexander Leon, whose stage name is De Leon, a bust out Marxist. On the other coast, Democrat-Socialite "Loopy Velez" hates Jooz but not Jew-Jews. Not that her constituents could care. Planned Parenthood funding looms large in South Carolina, a Florida judge is mulling the fate of early voting/registration on Florida campuses and it certainly looks like Fauxcahontas is going off the reservation and running in '20. The Kavanaugh nomination will of course be part of the campaign. A Soros group is spending big bucks to try to derail it (looks like it will be a waste), Hillary is pulling a Bidet and claims Kavanaugh will reinstate Dred Scott and Luap the Lesser is suddenly "concerned" about Kavanaugh's position of government surveillance. Just shut up and vote yes, dummy. Sheesh.

    From hither and yon, the newly elected mayor of San Franfreakshow is noticing the feces in the streets (not that she could do anything about it given the politics of that shit-hole [now literal]), thanks to the "social justice" insanity and racialism of Obama, Holder and Marylin Mosby (who no doubt would've been on a SCOTUS shortlist had PDT lost in '16), the Baltimore Police are looking the other way at going after criminals and lastly the story of how the Mossad stole tens of thousands of documents in Iran's nuclear program library. "Stormy weather..." in Yiddish.

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

    Posted by J.J. Sefton at 07:14 AM Comments

    Sunday Overnight Open Thread (7/15/18 )

    —Misanthropic Humanitarian



    Quote I

    That’s exactly why the left is so hysterical about the Supreme Court. They run to the courts to win their most unpopular policy ideas, gift-wrapped and handed to them as “constitutional rights.” Ann Coulter

    Ann always interesting and usually controversial to some degree.

    Quote II

    “When I was a kid and used to come here, Chamula was isolated and didn’t have access to processed food. Now, you see the kids drinking Coke and not water. Right now, diabetes is hitting the adults, but it’s going to be the kids next. It’s going to overwhelm us.” Vicente Vaqueiros

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    Weekend Gun Thread

    —Misanthropic Humanitarian



    The Quote of The Day

    "I consider it a truly grand thing. It will be an irrevocable part of political life that guns are downloadable, and we helped to do that." Cody Wilson

    Undermining gun control by legal means. To borrow a phrase, "I love it when a plan comes together."


    The Federal Bureau of Incompetence, FBI Strikes again.

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    Food Thread: Oysters And Squirrels And Ribs...Oh My!


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    Is this a successful attempt at humor, or is it mandated by the unelected lunatics of the EU or is it a bit of both? I'm not sure, but it got a chuckle out of me.

    I saw this at a Sunday market in Scotland, and was amazed that they can actually sell it! Is squirrel legal to sell anywhere in the US? I have eaten it once and was underwhelmed, so I am not rushing out to clandestine meetings with squirrel poachers for my weekly fix. Although...I just put a red dot sight on my 10-22, so I am capable of becoming a squirrel bootlegger....

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    Terry Gilliam Comes Out As A Black Lesbian In Transition. Well....Sort of...


    Terry Gilliam on diversity: 'I tell the world now I'm a black lesbian'

    Speaking at a press conference at the Karlovy Vary film festival, where he was presenting his new film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, Gilliam said: “It made me cry: the idea that ... no longer six white Oxbridge men can make a comedy show. Now we need one of this, one of that, everybody represented... this is bullshit. I no longer want to be a white male, I don’t want to be blamed for everything wrong in the world: I tell the world now I’m a black lesbian... My name is Loretta and I’m a BLT, a black lesbian in transition.”

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    Example 10,936 Why The Democrat Party Is Awful


    Keith Ellison supports cop killers

    That's not hyperbole. He really does, and our favorite socialist Bernie Sanders was in Minnesota to give aid and comfort to America's enemies....

    Bernie Sanders came to town yesterday to support the candidacy of Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison for state attorney general. Sanders made appearances with Ellison at First Avenue in Minneapolis and at Denfeld High School in Duluth. I cannot imagine a political office for which Ellison is less fitted than the head of any organization devoted to law enforcement. Ellison’s candidacy is a disgrace, as is Sanders’s support of his candidacy.

    The Democrat party has not disavowed Sanders, nor will it. It matters not at all to them that he is a supporter of a political philosophy that is antithetical to everything on which our country was founded. That his political philosophy is responsible for the greatest mass-murders in world history is simply an inconvenient factoid to be swept under the carpet.

    And lest you think that it is simply a philosophy that has not been executed correctly, try this link out for size. Yup...the economics of socialism is even stupider than the political philosophy! According to Marx, a hole dug with teaspoons is more valuable than one dug by a backhoe.

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    Sunday Morning Book Thread 07-15-2018


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    Folio Library, Seattle, Washington

    Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes. Oh, and we've got a new category of readers, escaped oafs and oafettes ('escaped oafs' is an anagram of 'Ace of Spades'). Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, a weekly compendium of reviews, observations, and a continuing conversation on books, reading, and publishing by people who follow words with their fingers and whose lips move as they read. Unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these pants, which are so ugly, they're actually advertised as such.

    Pic Note

    Folio Library is an independent, nonprofit membership library located in Pike Place Market in Seattle,

    ...with a collection of around 20,000 books and memberships starting at $125 a year, with lower student and youth rates. Previously located farther south in the downtown YMCA building—closer to the downtown Seattle Public Library branch—it reopens in the market’s Economy Building at First Avenue and Pike Street with views of Elliott Bay on July 9.

    The ADA-accessible facility will include three reading rooms and a kitchen, plus a public lobby where everyone, member or not, can browse some of the collection. Those who are visiting and want to explore a little deeper can buy daily or weekly memberships for $5 or $15, respectively.

    Seattle also has a social justice library, set up by Edwin Lindo, a University of Washington law school professor and "lifelong activist" ( *eyeroll* ):

    Edwin is so dedicated to creating a space for conversation that Estelita’s doesn’t even have WiFi so people can stay engaged without getting distracted. In the future, Edwin said he hopes the library can host lectures, history lessons, poetry performances, and a book club.

    A space for "conversations." Right. I'm sure he's interested in any opinion, be it left, wacko left, or really wacko left. I wonder if he would be open to a series of lectures on why the only solution to 3rd-world poverty is a free-market economy with minimal governmental regulations? Or, if Betsy DeVos wanted to speak on education, would "lifelong activist" Lindo even allow her inside his library?

    Because the left is all about "having conversations."

    (h/t Three and One)

    It Pays To Increase Your Word Power®

    An AQUATION is a large amount of rain.

    Usage: So I think this means that if you get 4 times the normal rainfall, it's a quadratic aquation.

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    EMT 07/15/18


    Apologies for missing yesterday. To make it up I'll give you double the usual content.

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    Saturday Overnight Open Thread (7/14/18)

    —Misanthropic Humanitarian


    (Whiskey in the jar barrel)


    The Saturday Night Joke

    A guy fell asleep on the beach for several hours and got a horrible sunburn, specifically to his
    upper legs. He went to the hospital and was promptly admitted after being diagnosed with second-degree burns.

    With his skin already starting to blister, and the severe pain he was in, the doctor prescribed continuous intravenous feeding with saline,

    electrolytes, a sedative, and a Viagra pill every four hours.

    The nurse, who was rather astounded, asked, 'What good will Viagra do for him,

    The doctor replied, 'It won't do anything for his condition, but it'll keep the sheets off his legs.

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    Saturday Evening Movie Thread 07-14-2018 [Hosted By: TheJamesMadison]


    Goodbye Children

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    Today, we continue my chronological exploration through my personal top ten movies of all time. The movie this week is probably the least well known of my whole list and also the smallest in scope. It is Louis Malle's 1987 film, Au Revoir Les Enfants.

    Louis Malle is an interesting director. He never gained a huge following, and his best known movie is probably My Dinner with Andre (which I actually have never seen), but everything he made is eminently watchable. The most recent movie of his that I was exposed to was Vanya on 42nd Street, a performance of Chekov's Uncle Vanya presented as a rehearsal in a dilapidated theater. That film did more to enhance my opinion about the importance of actors than any other movie I've ever seen.

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    Chess Thread 07-14-2018


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    The Repression of Dissent
    Victoria Ivanova

    As always, the chess/dress pr0n thread is an open thread, so there is no such thing as an off-topic comment.

    Easier Problem - Black To Play (Ch. 1337)

    Hint: The h2 square is very weak for White

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    r1b2rk1/pp3p1p/3p2p1/2pPp3/2PbPPnq/3B3P/PPQ3P1/R1BN1R1K b - - 0 1

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    Good afternoon boys & girls and animals. Welcome to the almost world famous AoS Pet Thread. Kick off the shoes and converse with your fellow animal enthusiasts.

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    Posted by Misanthropic Humanitarian at 02:54 PM Comments

    Saturday Gardening Thread: July is heating up [KT]

    —Open Blogger


    Bluebell sent in the adorable bird babies above:

    I mentioned on the blog a couple of weeks ago (can't remember if it was on the garden thread or not) that I had a bird's nest in one of my hanging baskets, and it had eggs in it. Well, the eggs hatched, and now I have babies!

    They are house wrens, and there are five of them. I tried to get a picture of the mama bird, but I had to do it from inside poking my phone out the window, and it was much too dark. So here's a photo of the basket (the middle part where there are no flowers is where the nest is), and then one of the baby birds. My son climbed up on the railing to get that one for me!

    Hanging basket photo below.

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    Thread before the Gardening Thread: Wonderland [KT]

    —Open Blogger


    Serving your mid-day open thread needs

    It's Saturday, which I hope means that this is not a big news day. You may have noticed that I like to visit David Thompson's blog on days like this. There's a different pace there than here at AoSHQ. David often adds significantly to his posts from the comments, so I like to wait until his posts have aged a bit before reading them.

    In the case of this post, he added the photo above in the comments. Plus a link about "life among the Mao-lings" at Concordia University:

    For readers, Alice's journey in Wonderland is amusing. But to be Alice is something altogether different. The experience is hard to pin down with words. With few exceptions, no one on campus is officially censored. But the culture itself exerts power. One feels constantly judged. One is always on-edge. To perceive nuance, to be sceptical, to ask questions, gets one quickly accused of moral deficiency. . .

    And links about a certain male feminist who wants to fix men - "the heterosexual white ones" and about "the inexplicable demise of an intersectionally feminist bookstore" where customers were expected to "abide by" seven "guidelines".

    Have you been to a place that seemed like a wonderland to you lately?

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    Weird News Dump

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    Good morning. Or at least 'mornin.

    Let's take a look at a few things that didn't get too much attention here at the AoSHQ this past week.

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    Posted by Misanthropic Humanitarian at 08:12 AM Comments

    Emergency EMT

    —Misanthropic Humanitarian

    I woke up Grumpy. I should have let her sleep in......................

    Posted by Misanthropic Humanitarian at 06:38 AM Comments

    Truncated ONT


    I usually try to bring about 6-10 links, pics or assorted other content to an ONT. I've found that more than that and good stuff gets overlooked. Well lets see now. Ace did the Die Hard anniversary, he did the Jonathan Chait troll, he did the guy stuck in an escape room. STOP STEALING MY CONTENT BOSS! What's left? Maybe we'll just talk about the weather or something. Sure is hot in Texas, innit?


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