December 12, 2017

Trump's Attorneys Demand Investigation Into Leaks from House Intel Committee;
Jeff Sessions Asks Lawyer to Look Into Possible Need for Special Counsel Investigation Into DOJ

—Ace



Here's the reporting on Sessions:


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Is This Something?

—Ace



I don't doubt that pay-for-allegation schemes go on, but I'm a little skeptical about how such a tape, if genuine, could come into Bill O'Reilly's possession. If it's legit, that means that the person being offered money wasn't "safe," and you'd imagine they would only make this offer to people they knew were "safe." As in, definitely super-partisan progressive and almost guaranteed to not talk about the offer, even if they turned it down.

Posted by Ace at 05:06 PM Comments



Trump Rags on Kirsten Gillibrand, and Elizabeth Warren Steps In to Call Gillibrand a Slut in the Guise of Defending Her

—Ace

Gee, thanks, Fauxcahantas.

Women shiv women.


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Instapundit: I Asked the DOJ If Lisa Page Was Involved In Getting FISA Warrants For Her Boyfriend, Disgraced FBI Hack Peter Strzok, and They Gave Me the Runaround

—Ace

If the DOJ isn't going to answer relevant questions, then no one should answer a single question asked by the DOJ or its pet hitman Mueller.

Posted by Ace at 03:04 PM Comments

Jim Acosta Heroically Whines That a Woman Made Him Feel Very Very Scared

—Ace



Three things that make CNN the most HEROIC of all entertainment channels:

1. Jim Acosta speaks TRUTH TO POWER through glistening BLOWJOB LIPS

2. Jake Tapper has a DEVIANTART PAGE where he sells paintings of GARBAGE PAIL KIDS doing wacky hijinks like
SUCKING EACH OTHER OFF

3. Brian Stelter's farts smell like ARBY'S CHICKEN and
JEFF ZUCKER'S DICK

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Andrew McCabe Abruptly Cancels Testimony Before Congress Scheduled for Today; Source Says He Has "An Ohr Problem"

—Ace

The DOJ lies again and claims this is a "routine scheduling error," while Congressional sources say "McCabe has an Ohr problem."

Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe on Monday night reportedly postponed an appearance before the House Intelligence Committee that was scheduled for Tuesday.

The abrupt cancellation occurred following a report by Fox News that raised new questions about connections between the Justice Department and Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm behind the infamous Trump dossier.

Fox News reported that McCabe's interview will be rescheduled for next week. The Justice Department told the network that the cancellation was due to a "routine scheduling error."

A Congressional source told The Daily Caller that the excuse is "very hard to believe."

A source also told Fox News that it was believed that the interview was postponed because “McCabe has an Ohr problem.

Posted by Ace at 01:04 PM Comments

The Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

talking ape.jpg"So if the reason that all of those CNN stories that have blown up in their smug faces were due to innocent, could-have-happened-to-anyone reporting errors, you'd think that some number of them would be in Trump's favor. If these errors were truly random, I mean. Then you'd expect up to half of the errors would work to Trump's advantage. But the actual number is, get this, zero. Isn't that odd? And if reporters were such fearlessly unbiased champions of the truth that they like to portray themselves as, you'd think at least one of them would be questioning this weird statistical anomaly. But, not to worry. I'm sure they'll get around to asking these questions any day now."

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To this, I would add:

--Character is what you do when no one else is watching.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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Stadsgezicht (City View)
Carel Willink

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The Morning Report 12/12/17

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. The Link-Fu is strong today so here we go. The big showdown in Alabama has come and so it's time to elect Roy Moore and put a serious torpedo in the twin demons of the GOP-e as well as the Democrat-Media Complex. There have been those here in the Horde, whom I respect and shall remain nameless so as to avoid embarrassment, who have claimed that we should be condemning Moore as loudly as we condemn anyone on the other side for their alleged crimes. The only problem is, the accusations against Roy Moore are over 40 years old, have for the most part been proven to be specious at best, utter lies at worst, and considering Roy Moore has been a political lightning rod both locally for many years and recently nationally (10 Commandments issue), the fact that his accusers come forward only now reeks to high heaven. Also, the now dozens of political and cultural celebrities on the Left who have been accused have issued apologies and/or been removed from their positions, Al Franken notwithstanding. The bottom line is, forget the lies and smears; while Roy Moore may not be the ideal candidate, he has voiced his strong support of the President and his agenda and his opposition to the Establishment. I think the choice is obvious.

Several links at the top have all the salient coverage. In short, Bannon came out swinging for the candidate and is believed to have taken a somewhat veiled swipe at Ivanka. The polls, as we all know, are a total crock and have been wildly oversampled for Democrats, showboating lowlife Wisconsin congress-thing Gwen Moore (D)Based asked the sergeant at arms if teenage Senate pages would be protected from Roy Moore, Charles Barkley stuck his huge foot in his mouth whilst stumping for Doug Jones and despite the complete baselessness of all the charges against Roy Moore, Barbara Comstock has promised Moore will be dragged before the ethics committee if he wins the race. Despite it's reputation for being a joke and the place where charges against politicians go to die, I fully expect for the first time in history that the investigation against Moore will be in the headlines on a daily basis.

The terrorist attack at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York, which some are calling "thwarted" but which in reality was a major dodged bullet due to the deviant's flunking out of Clock-Boy 101, has drawn the typical obfuscation and outrage from the usual quarters. The 7th century parents that spawned this 6th century fiend are, get this, attacking the NYPD for how they treated their poor, little precious would-be killer, while the media around the world blame Trump for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital for the attack. Too bad pipe-bomb boy was angry about the situation in Gaza, which is wholly the fault of the Paleo-stinians who run that gulag as well as the sight of Christmas lights in the subway. The horror. The horror. But President Trump is rightly placing the blame on the insane chain migration system that allowed this bastard and perhaps scores of others like him to come to our country. And yet jerks like Cuomo and DeBolshevik claim the dumb luck that spared the city from an horrific bloodbath is a sign that the system is working as planned.

From hither and yon, the SoCal Wildfire has consumed an area as large as New York and Boston combined, Groperdammerung has now claimed Mario Batali and walking corpse Larry King, Sarah Huckabee-Sanders totally pwn3d Jim "Accoster" Acosta, VP Pence is on his way to the Middle East for his first official state visit to the region, and lastly, the black teen who videoed her cohorts torturing a white special needs kid a few years ago has received a slap on the wrist as punishment. Yup. The system is "working" as intended. Disgusting.

Off to the allergist shortly to get shot, so hence the earlier than usual post. Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

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Monday Overnight Open Thread (12/11/17) 2 Weeks 'Til Christmas Edition

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(Fire. Drink. ONT. Life is good.)

*****


Quotes of The Day

Quote I

"Isn't food important? Why not 'universal food coverage'? If politicians had given us 'universal food access' 20 years ago, today Democrats would be wailing about the 'food crisis' in America, and you'd be on the phone with your food-care provider arguing about whether or not a Reuben sandwich with fries is covered under your plan." Ann Coulter

Quote II

“A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.” C.S. Lewis

Quote III

That is the reality of the custodial state. The people in charge see themselves as your caretakers, like a baby sitter or care giver. In reality though, you are their slave, because like a slave, you no longer control your body. They control where it is and what it is permitted to do. In this particular case. the state is trying to force this baker to perform his services for the homosexuals. The efforts to punish him are no different from a slave master flogging a runaway slave. It’s to send a message to the rest of the slaves. The Zman

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Open Thread

—Ace



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CNN Special Snowflakes to Donald Trump: Please Stop Bullying Us After We Spend Hour After Hour of #FakeNews Attacks on You!

—Ace

These people aren't being "bullied." They're nasty sissies who enjoy slapping and scratching but then cry if someone hits back.



So: Is CNN an innocent victim of "bullying," or is it an aggressive, seething sissy who likes to hit and bite and then cry when it gets its sissy ass kicked?

Well...

Today CNN contributor Sally Kohn declared that sexual harassment happens because "most men hate women."

Most. Hate.

CNN covered its #FakeNews claim that Donald Trump Jr. was given a Super Secret Decryption Key for hacked emails earlier than the public twenty-seven times as much as they spent on correcting their outrageously false claim.



A little more than an hour after the terrorist attack on the Port Authority (I earlier said "40 minutes," which was wrong), here was CNN, which is totally being bullied, itself totally not engaging in bullying:



A lot of fat people work for CNN (more fat men than fat women -- apparently they only want women with nice figures on TV), but I don't see Brooke Baldwin taking Chris Cilizza or Brian Stelter aside to tell them to lay off the carbs.

Oh, and this is cute: CNN made huge claims about Jeff Sessions' failure to disclose brief meetings with Russian officials in his ordinary course of duties as a Senator. But when it's reported that the FBI cleared him of any wrongdoing, stating that Sessions had no obligations at all to report such fleeing hey-nice-to-see-ya's, CNN "quietly backtracks" its previous reporting. I'd like to see a comparison of how much time they spent on the original news -- with the #FakeNews implication that Sessions did something wrong -- compared to how little coverage they've given the update/correction of previous implications.

CNN spends half of its time telling us that reporters are courageous heroes who rush into the fire -- and by the way, not only do 99% of them never rush into any kind of fire at all, but will cry if they're forced to leave their air-conditioned offices -- and the other half of the time whining that the Mean Man Said Mean Things About Them.

Choose one (1). You don't get to pose as heroes worthy of a Frank Frazetta tribute while crying that your tampons are itchy.

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New Yorker Fires Archliberal Shill Ryan Lizza For "Inappropriate Sexual Conduct"

—Ace

The War on Women is coming from inside the house.



Seems like this is the sort of guy who would pretend to get offended by Romney's "binders full of women" statement while himself engaging in fireable-level "inappropriate sexual contact."



Yup, that's what I expected.

Lizza has issued his own statement, calling the New Yorker's actions a "mistake" and saying that his relationship with the woman was "respectful" and a dating situation:



Lizza is also a paid contributor for (wait for it....!) CNN. CNN says they are looking into the matter.

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Wife of Senior DOJ Official Demoted for Bias Worked for FusionGPS, the Firm Behind the Phony RUSSIA Dossier That Was Subsequently Used to Procure a FISA Warrant

—Ace

By the way, the FBI and DOJ have not confirmed that the Steele Dossier was used to get the FISA warrant, but they continue refusing to answer that question, even when posed by Congressmen with oversight authority, so I'm taking that as proof positive the fake Steele Dossier was used to contrive the FISA warrant and get this whole covert op against a duly-elected president started.

And the demoted DOJ Assistant AG, Bruce Ohr (note: not the more famous demoted FBI agent revealed previously, Peter Strzok) just so happened to be married to a woman working for FusionGPS, which paid RUSSIAN soruces for dezinformationizya.


A senior Justice Department official demoted last week for concealing his meetings with the men behind the anti-Trump"“dossier" had even closer ties to Fusion GPS, the firm responsible for the incendiary document, than has been disclosed, Fox News has confirmed: The official's wife worked for Fusion GPS during the 2016 election.

Contacted by Fox News, investigators for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) confirmed that Nellie H. Ohr, wife of the demoted official, Bruce G. Ohr, worked for the opposition research firm last year. The precise nature of Mrs. Ohr's duties-- including whether she worked on the dossier -- remains unclear but a review of her published works available online reveals Mrs. Ohr has written extensively on Russia-related subjects. HPSCI staff confirmed to Fox News that she was paid by Fusion GPS through the summer and fall of 2016.

Bruce Ohr was Associate Attorney General, with an office only four doors down from the AG. He himself met privately with both Glenn Simpson (founder of FusionGPS) and Christopher Steele (compiler of the fake dossier) and discussed the anti-Trump dossier and Simpson's frustrations that Trump had won the election. Congressional investigators say Ohr did not disclose those meetings with the DOJ.

See the video report at the link. It seems that the DOJ lied to Fox for the reasons for his demotion. When Fox asked the first time, they refused to answer. The second time Fox asked, the DOJ actually lied to the Fox (and thereby to the American public) claiming he was merely being reassigned because he shouldn't "wear two hats" and was being told to focus on his usual job of overseeing organized crime prosecutions.

That was a lie -- yet another lie from the DOJ.

He was demoted due to failure to disclose clear conflicts of interest.

Corrected: I originally said the DOJ lied twice about this. In fact, they only lied once; their first response was simply yet another refusal to respond at all.

Which isn't a lie -- it's just hiding the truth from the public.

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Media Has All Sorts of Reasons Why You Should Trust Them Even More After Weeks of Biased Incompetence and Possibly Deliberate Complicity in Disinformation

—Ace

David Frum wins, ultimately, by claiming that the media's mistakes mean you should trust them even more, and are the result of trying too hard to be fair to Trump.


Meanwhile, the day the CNN face-planted with its latest round of #VeryFakeNews, who did Jake Tapper have on to discuss the Trump investigation? California Democrat Adam , who makes the most vaporware claims about what is "proven" about Trump RUSSIAN Collusion, and who is being straight-up accused by people who usually don't straight-up accuse of being the source for the coordinated false leaks.

Guess what Jake Tapper, the Hero of the Gimp-Suit Fake Conservative Remnant, did not ask Adam Schiff about?

That's right -- for some strange reason I could not even guess at, super-straight-shooter Jake Tapper did not ask Adam Schiff for his thoughts on the coordinated lies put out, allegedly, by two sources, each to four different media outlets (ABC, MSNBC, CBS, #VeryFakeNewsCNN).

Why did he not ask about that? Is it because reporters don't ask such things of their sources?

And why was Adam Schiff even on the show? Was he pre-booked in anticipation of talking up the information that I'm quite sure he had no idea would be breaking on CNN?

Glenn Greenwald had a good point: A "whistleblower" contacted the Washington Post claiming to have a story about Roy Moore groping her. This whistleblower also wanted anonymity.

When this whistleblower turned out to be a hoaxer -- working for Project Veritas to see how easily the Washington Post could be snookered -- the Washington Post outed this person they'd offered anonymity to.

Why are none of the four media outlets hoaxed by two sources (allegedly -- I suspect it's one source) outing those hoaxers?

I think the answer is obvious: Because while the Washington Post hoaxer hoped to hurt the Washington Post, the two (or maybe one) hoaxer putting out the Wikileaks Early Peak story was hoping to hurt Trump.

And that's what makes it an "innocent mistake" as far as CNN and the rest of them are concerned -- it wasn't a mistake, it was in fact deliberate, but it was "innocent" in the sense that they were spreading false stories about the right target.

Oh, and of course: Because they don't want to burn the guy feeding them leaks every couple of days, who is almost certainly either Adam Schiff, and/or other Democrat Congressmen on the House Intelligence Committee and/or Democratic staffers on that committee.

They want to keep the leak gravy train -- true or false, it does not matter -- coming.

And they want to protect their fweinds.

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Quick Update: Port Authority Terrorist Came On a Chain Migration Visa

—Ace

Someone was getting a green card. So, the sibling of that person also got a visa. And then this terrorist, who was under 21 at the time, got what amounts to be a "nephew visa."



The important question, however, is: How much Diet Coke should Trump drink?

Posted by Ace at 03:03 PM Comments

Port Authority Terrorist Came to US on Immigrant Visa Under Obama

—Ace

Bur I thought we had procedures that made this virtually impossible.



By the way, 40 minutes after another terrorist attack committed by an immigrant in the media's world capital city (NYC), CNN was back to covering the real news: Donny Two-Scoops' alleged overconsumption of Diet Coke.

At 8:43am ET [40 minutes after first reports of the terrorist attack], Camerota breathlessly related a New York Times piece on Trump and soda:
This is about his Diet Coke habit.... Watching cable, he shares thoughts with anyone in the room, even the household staff he summons via a button for lunch or for one of the dozen Diet Cokes he consumes each day.

The co-host chided, "When I read this, I think, 'This is not what doctors would recommend. This is not the healthiest diet.'"

I look forward to seeing Brian Stelter discuss unhealthy dietary choices. With Chris Cilliza, David Axelrod, and Candy Crowley.

It wasn't healthy for Barack Obama to continue smoking throughout his term of dubious service but you covered that up neatly enough.

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Open Thread

—Ace

I'm very late in getting started. Here's a new thread at least.

Oh, here's something amusing:



If you could, use this thread for headline and link tips. That will help me out a lot. My ass is dragging and I don't really know what's *still* news, if you know what I mean -- yes, I know about the partial-failure terrorist attack. But is that still news at 1:30?

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The Morning Rant: J.V. Edition

—CBD

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Oh, Chicks is Chicks, and Dudes is Dudes, and never the two shall meet; and if they do, I'm throwing poo! (Stuff Rudyard Kipling Said: Volume II)

No Gender December rolls round again

And I for one am tremendously excited to blur the genetic and cultural roles that two separate sexes have fit in rather nicely for...oh...our entire natural history. Because only good will become of that. For starters, we won't have war, or for that matter any violence, because it is the heteronormative patriarchy that is the corrosive effect on our culture. Get rid of that, and its unicorns and skittles!

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In 2014 a group called Play Unlimited founded No Gender December with the aim to end what they call 'gender-stereotyped toys'. They believe that with correct parental conditioning you can actually defy biological reality and scientific studies and make boys like girl's toys and girls like boy toys. Last year they were successful in lobbying major Australian retailers Big W and Target to end having gendered toy categories in their stores.

I have a cousin by marriage who is an Aussie. He is in his early 90s, fought in the Pacific and then Crete, was transferred to the British Mandate of Palestine, where he met my cousin. Got married, built a business, raised four kids, and now grows peaches in Colorado.

I think he is pretty confident of, and comfortable with his gender, and his wife's gender, and his daughters' genders. I'll bet he isn't confident of the future prospects of Australia though!

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Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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Before The Wedding
Firs Sergeyevich Zhuravlev

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The Morning Report 12/11/17

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. Monday again and we are loaded with linkage so let's dive right in. First up, the massive wildfires continue to devastate southern California. So far upwards of 200,000 acres have been consumed and now the beautiful seaside town of Santa Barbara is directly in the path of the destruction. Prayers for all affected and hoping the firefighters can get this thing under control ASAP. Of course, Governor Moonbeam blames global warming (what's the point in providing a link to that?).

Election eve in Alabama and as Roy Moore continues to maintain his lead in the polls, which are of course designed to shape public opinion and not reflect it, by tomorrow there should be a much more accurate picture of the situation. The Left, with the usual gang of Soros- and Obama-led organizations has now poured over $4 million into this race. This time, unlike an insignificant House seat, a Senate seat - especially in the heart of red state America - would be a major victory. I don't think it's going to happen but it goes without saying that Alabama morons should vote early and often.

In news from the insurrection, it seems that Fusion GPS was attempting to tie the President to Clinton's pedophile friend Jeffrey Epstein and a new report about the so-called John Doe investigations/persecutions of Scott Walker and other Wisconsin Republicans was more extensive and hideous than previously thought.

We have a mixed bag of links from the Tax Reform follies. First, one story from the Wall Street Journal claims that some people and businesses might get upwards of a 100% marginal tax rate (yes, RATE, not increase), while another link touts the economic and political benefits of forcing blue states to finally pay for their profligacy. And Rep. Luke Messer from Indiana is fighting to keep his amendment in the overall bill: that is no more free money to illegal aliens and their dependent aliens.

The Groperdammerung follies continue as another woman steps forward to accuse a 9th Circus Judge of sexual assault, Gayle King makes a fool of herself on TV (BIRM), and a fine essay about the hypocrisy of the #MeToo movement.

Penultimately, we have a trio of links about the state of education in our nation. As I have always said, this is the real battle for the heart, soul and future of America. Ultimately, we will not be overwhelmed from an across the border invasion of people subsuming America; we will be subsumed from within by future generations of native-born Marxist pod-people if we don't stop the brainwashing factories now. It may already be too late considering what we see happening all over from K through post-grad.

Lastly, there has been a wave of anti-Semitic attacks in the wake of the President's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. We have the great Daniel Greenfield checking in on that and the superstar of the Trump administration, Ambassador Nikki Haley reading the riot act to the United Nations. I hope she becomes the first female president of the US one day. She has "iron lady" potential. And considering his mindset, I would not be unhappy at all with Steve King either.

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

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Sunday Overnight Thread (12/10/17) The Weekend Is Gone Edition

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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*****


Quotes of The Day

Quote I

"I am horrified to learn again just how invasive this witch hunt was into nearly every part of every major Wisconsin conservative’s life. Now it's confirmed that it reached my own, even so far as to collect private medical information included in my emails with my daughter … The thought of my government intentionally and illegally targeting me is sickening." WI State Senator, Leah Vukmir-Republican


Frightening.


Quote II


“I had a boyfriend many years ago, he was my first boyfriend who had his own house, and one day I went outside to see what he was doing, and he was hoisting an American flag up the flagpole in his front yard. And I instantly felt very weird. It didn’t make sense, but I felt … scared." Sarah Silverman


Quote III

“Why? Because there are things in this world that are more important than ourselves. Freedom. The Constitution of the United States. Our way of life. Mom, baseball, apple pie; these things and so many more that make us uniquely American. We belong to something greater than ourselves. As complex and diverse and discordant as it is, this thing, this idea called America, binds us together in citizenship and community and brotherhood.”Lt. Heather "Lucky" Penny.

Sarah Silverman, if you weren't such a despicable piece of shit, you might learn something from this woman.


Quote IV

“The appalling House vote for concealed carry reciprocity puts all New Yorkers at risk. This legislation would let individuals from out-of-state convicted of certain crimes carry hidden, loaded weapons in New York, in violation of New York’s much better, safer law. Only the NRA could propose something so ill-considered, dangerous and vile. New York passed the strongest gun safety measures in the country, and instead of joining the fight against senseless gun violence, Washington is trying to make New York and the rest of the nation less safe.”Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (D-NY)


What f*cking laws, Andy?

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The Weekend Gun Thread

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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*****


Beautiful pieces of art.

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Food Thread: Our Long National Nightmare Has Just Begun: The Moron Cookbook Is Here!

—CBD

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[Why bacon? Why the hell not?]

I got my copy yesterday, and it far exceeded my expectations! I was hoping for a fun, amateur cookbook with some clever Horde memes worked into it. But it is a thoroughly professional effort that is a pleasure to read. It is laid out well, it is humorous, some of the recipes look fantastic and the rest are fun to read and certainly worth a try, and definitely a chuckle.

The net proceeds will be donated to Toys for Tots and Fisher House, both highly rated charities according to "Charity Navigator."

Below the fold is a note from Bluebell and Weasel, but before you click to the rest of the post, head over to the sidebar and buy a few dozen copies of the cookbook. Or at least one...it really is a hoot.

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Not Just A River In Egypt

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(The Left is still in denial)

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Sunday Morning Book Thread: 12/10/2017

—CBD

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I get the idea, but without the base of the ladder on a circular track, or even better a single bearing, it must be difficult to move around the circle!

But that is a nice segue to the question of the best design for a library. Not the huge public and university versions, but a home library. I love the idea of a small room whose walls are completely lined with shelves, with comfortable chairs, with ottomans of course, in the middle. Maybe a small table for your beer or Scotch, and not much else. Good lighting, which means no fluorescent or CFLs. Ideally incandescent, although the better LEDs work nicely too.

I like the idea of being completely surrounded by books, without the distraction of anything else.

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EMT 12/10/17

—krakatoa

There's no place like EMT.

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Saturday Overnight Open Thread (12/9/17) Lacking Current Events and Politics Edition

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(The AoSHQ Pub & Grub)

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Saturday Evening Movie Thread 12-09-2017 [Hosted By: TheJamesMadison]

—OregonMuse

Unpleasantness

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There’s a class of protagonist in storytelling. This particular class are those types of people you wouldn’t want to spend any time with in real life. These characters range from finding an actor’s voice grating to thinking that the character is a moral reprobate and deserves no sympathy whatsoever. You know the types. Not just certain bad guys in movies (Blofeld feels like a bore, and Boss Paul from Cool Hand Luke feels generally detestable), but also certain "good guys" like Jake Gyllenhal's character in Nightcrawler. Dolley hated Nightcrawler because she hated Gyllenhal's character so much and wanted him to die, which he never did. And yet I loved the movie.

The difference between my enjoyment of Nightcrawler and Dolley's hatred of it seems to stem from how we view the purpose of main characters in storytelling. Dolley wants to watch someone she likes. I want to watch someone interesting. Neither of us are right, of course, but the difference is still interesting to me.

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Snowmageddon Open Thread

—CBD

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This Afternoon: Snow. Steady temperature around 31. Wind chill values between 25 and 30. North wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

Tonight: Snow, mainly before 10pm. Low around 27. North wind around 6 mph becoming west after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Winter Weather Advisory for a 3" snowfall.

What has become of America?

Open Thread, but extra credit for stories of ridiculous overreactions to normal weather events.

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Ace of Spades Pet Thread

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(I Came. I Sat. I Stayed.)

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Good afternoon and welcome to the almost world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread, where dogs are happy, cats don't give a sh!t and you're more than welcome to grab a beverage and a snack.

Take a break from Christmas shopping and enjoy the world of pets.

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Saturday Gardening Thread: Lights in the Night [KT]

—Open Blogger

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Hello, gardeners and friends of gardeners. I have been dismayed by the fires south and west of us this week. Hope to hear today from those who were near or in a fire zone. Are you all OK?

I was especially struck to hear about some of the expensive real estate lost in and near Bel-Air. Guess it's not the first fire there, though. I've only been to Bel-Air once, but it occurred to me that the brushy hills below many homes would be susceptible to wildfires. I've seen a few from the road or from the air, and most of them were on hillsides or in canyons. Those may not be the only danger zones now. Winds are picking up. Yipes.

I thought that today some calmer scenes were in order. The photo above is from the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. There's a slide show at the link. Lots of features there, including a musical light show and S'Mores kits, but I liked the relatively simple lights around the fountains above. I wonder what those fountains look like in the snow?

There are places where water features are frozen solid, however. Different approaches are possible even there.

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Thread before the Gardening Thread: Speaking up [KT]

—Open Blogger

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Freedom to speak up in the NHS

At the link above, a video about speaking up concerning conditions leading the patient deaths in a government medical system. Why do you suppose that freedom to speak up would be an issue?

Stealing a couple of interesting items from Maggie's Farm today:

Dr. Joy Bliss: Reading aloud helps you remember more information.

One guy who reads aloud quite often is Mark Steyn. Which brings us to his fine fisking of "the heroic Lindsay Shepherd's outrageous 'investigation' by Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario'. He compares her treatment to the free speech trial he faced in Canada.

Steyn is just fun to listen to.

I know we touched on this subject last week, but Steyn really is a lot more fun than trying to listen to the original inquisition. Rips the inquisitors up. Video below the fold.

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Weird News Dump

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Another Saturday. Another day closer to Christmas. Do you have shopping on your Saturday agenda? If not, check out some stories that didn't get too much attention here at the AoSHQ this past week.

And remember, if you don't want to leave the house you can purchase The Deplorable Gourmet cook book. Honestly, there is more to the book than bacon and Valu-rite recipes. Not many.

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EMT 12/09/17

—krakatoa

And now for something completely EMT.

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Friday Night's ONT is Sick!

—WeirdDave

Or I am. Not sure which. One of the two.

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I don't feel like fighting tonight, so the ONT is going to be all positive stories.

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Open Thread: Weird Sex Edition

—Ace

Woman marries a chandelier she calls "Lumiere," after the character in the Disney Beauty and the Best cartoon, because she's totally sane.

Woman slut-shamed for having sex with 20 ghosts.

Amethyst Realm, a 27-year-old Brit, is getting slut-shamed for claiming to have had sex with at least 20 ghosts -- whom she purportedly prefers to living men.

Realm, from Bristol, England, went on the British TV show "ITV This Morning" on Thursday to discuss her out-of-body-on-body experiences. She says it all began in 2005, when she moved into a haunted home with her then-fiance.

Amethyst Realm's ex-fiance is, I believe, Haven Monahan.

"It started as an energy, then became physical," she says. “There was pressure on my thighs and breath on my neck. I just always felt safe. I had sex with the ghost. You can feel it. It’s difficult to explain."

Realm continued this supernatural affair for three years, but had to end it when she got caught by her husband. (She claims he saw a shadowy shape of a man on top of her.)

Since that first steamy spectral encounter, Realm says, she's hooked up with at least 20 ghosts, and isn’t adverse to the thought of conceiving a ghost-baby.

Amethyst Realm is the President of People Who Totally Don't Make Up Outlandish Stories to Get on TV Society.

Trump's rally is coming up. Also, you can watch the account of the sexy sexy ghost sex below.

Night!

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Director Bryan Singer, Long Accused of Hosting Underage Sex Parties, Sued for Rape of 17 Year Old Boy

—Ace

Not statutory rape, but actual rape -- allegedly.

Singer has been accused before -- sometimes with the accusations being withdrawn and/or dismissed under circumstances that suggest maybe they were false in the first place. But Brett Easton Ellis, one-time bad boy 80s author and current contrarian podcaster, says that two of his former "partners" (which I think means boyfriends) told him they attended Singer's "underage sex parties."

Singer is cited in the 2014 documentary film on child sexual abuse in Hollywood, An Open Secret, although the film makes no specific allegations against him. Author Bret Easton Ellis alleges that two of his former partners have attended underage sex parties hosted by Singer and fellow director Roland Emmerich.

Now another lawsuit is launched:

The lawsuit, filed by Cesar Sanchez-Guzman's attorney, alleges that Singer was at a party, with young gay men, on tech investor Lester Waters' yacht in Seattle in 2003.

It claims that Singer offered to take a then-17 Guzman on a tour of the yacht, but when they got to one of the rooms, the director allegedly forced the teen to the floor, shoved his crotch against Guzman's face and demanded he perform oral sex.

Guzman goes onto say in the lawsuit, that Singer then pulled out his penis and forced it into his mouth, causing him to choke as he begged him to stop.

Singer allegedly forcibly performed oral sex on Guzman, who repeatedly told him to stop, before he anally raped him, according to the lawsuit.

The suit states that Singer later threatened Guzman, telling him he was a powerful Hollywood producer and that he could hire people to ruin his alleged victim's reputation.

Singer strenuously denies all claims.

Singer was recently fired from the Queen biopic "Boheman Rhapsody" for, allegedly, his "sudden availability," by which they mean he just wasn't showing up for the job. Singer disputed that claim in an impromptu interview with a papparazzo from TMZ, but said he didn't want to get into the actual reasons for the firing, which would be "inaccurate and embarrassing."

I don't know if Singer is guilty or innocent. But the Harvey Weinstein matter really changed my basic worldview.

As a conservative, and not really a libertarian conservative by inclination, I tend to support the existing order and assume that institutions charged with protecting that order are overwhelmingly fair.

I had previously viewed claims of widespread, endemic corruption and the license of the rich and connected as far-fetched, even conspiracy theorish. Great for movie plots, but not very realistic.

Sure, there must be corruption and payoffs here and there -- no system made by humans would lack that -- but it would isolated and rare.

But then came Harvey Weinstein -- and we see that, in fact, the institutions we think are generally fair and just in upholding the established order are in fact corrupt and riddled stem-to-stern with an agenda to protect not our collective favored order, but their own idea of what that order should be.

And sometimes, what they think that order should be is determined by the hand stuffing cash into their pockets.

And when I say "sometimes" I mean, I think now, "usually."

And then there's Mueller, to prove this still further.

This is a parlous time for our country. When people who are inherently biased towards believing institutions like DA's offices, cops, and the FBI -- people who are almost genetically programmed to have a bourgeois sort of outlook on the general benevolence of the established order -- decide, like radicals and many members of the underclass, that the entire game is corrupt and rigged in favor of a special few's caste privileges -- how many people are left, exactly, to support the established order?


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OMG: Another Member of Mueller's Deep State All-Stars Defended the Hillary IT Aide Who Destroyed Her Blackberries (Federal Evidence) with a Hammer

—Ace

Shut. It. Down.

From NiceDeb:

Aaron Zebley served previously as Mueller’s chief of staff at the FBI and as a senior counselor in the National Security Division at the Department of Justice. He also served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the National Security and Terrorism Unit in Alexandria, Virginia.

He is often referred to in the media as Mueller's "right-hand man."

Also, in 2015 when he was a lawyer, he represented Justin Cooper, the IT staffer who personally set up Hillary Clinton's unsecure server in her Chappaqua home, Fox News' Tucker Carlson revealed on his show Thursday.

Cooper, it so happens, is also the aide who destroyed Clinton's old BlackBerries with a hammer.

Documents obtained by Fox News show that Senate investigators grew frustrated with Zebley after being repeatedly stonewalled when they were trying to set up a meeting with Cooper.



That tweet says, at the end, "the man who helped Hillary cover up evidence by smashing her Blackberry to pieces." That's not accurate -- it's the lawyer for the guy who smashed the Blackberries to pieces.

But you get the point.

In related news, the LAPD has assigned the former members of OJ Simpon's legal team to finally find "The Real Killer."

Makes as much sense as hiring Hillary's Valkyries to investigate Trump.


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More #FakeNews from the World Leader in #FakeNews: CNN Claims, Falsely, that Donald Trump Jr. Got an Email Pointing Out Wikileaks Material Hours

—Ace

So:



CNN claimed that someone named Michael J. Erickson had sent Donald Trump, Jr. an email with a link to Wikileaks material on September 4th.

CNN thought this proved their RUSSIA conspiracy (hat tip to PJMedia's Morning Brief for the Always Capitalize RUSSIA rule) because Wikileaks published those materials publicly on September 13th. Ergo, their report suggested that someone had special non-public access to these materials and tried to get them to Trump.

I guess this would be someone from Wikileaks or someone from RUSSIA.

However, this email was not sent September 4th. The key incriminating data here was the date of the email -- if the email came 9 days before public disclosure of the trove of documents, on September 13th, then that's suspicious.

What did CNN do to verify this key date? Um, not too much, apparently. Because the date of the email was September 14th, after Wikileaks had publicly announced the documents for download on Twitter and made them available to the world.

In other words, Donald Trump Jr. got this email about the documents about 12 hours after everyone else in the world got word of them. He got them relatively late, obviously --people who care about these things had already been emailing the link for 12 hours.

The Daily Caller says this story got major play on CNN television today, despite being completely wrong, and being yet another grossly negligent (or intentional) #FakeNews frame-job about the Trumps.

The Daily Caller says, dryly:

How CNN got its report so wrong is unclear.

It does offer this, though:

The article states that its information was based on a read-out of the Trump Jr. email provided by an unnamed source. Trump Jr.'s lawyer, Alan Futerfas, speculated on Friday that the source was on the Democratic side of the House Intelligence Committee, which interviewed Trump Jr. earlier this week.

But someone on twitter pointed out that the Washington Post, which actually was first to report CNN's enormous #FakeNews boner, had access to the same read-out (a summary of what was said at a meeting or interview) and they got the date right.

Why can't CNN?

Why can't CNN get the most basic things right?

Hours after individuals wrote to CNN pointing out this error, and even after the Washington Post points out the error, CNN is still blathering about a "September 4 email:"

The September 4 email was sent during the final stretch of the 2016 presidential race -- on the same day that Trump Jr. first tweeted about WikiLeaks and Clinton.

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Congressional investigators are trying to ascertain whether the individual who sent the September email is legitimate and whether it shows additional efforts by WikiLeaks to connect with Trump's son and others on the Trump campaign. The email also indicated that the Trump campaign could access records from former Secretary of State Colin Powell, whose hacked emails were made public by a RUSSIAN front group 10 days later.

That last part is a reference to Colin Powell's emails, released by an alleged RUSSIAN front group, also on September 13th.

Note that Trump's lawyers told CNN that the Wikileaks documents had already been released publicly before this email:

"We understand that the media reported 12 hours prior to this email that the DNC emails had been hacked or leaked," Futerfas said. "We do not know who Mike Erickson is. We have no idea who he is. We never responded to the email."

...but apparently #FakeNews CNN only listens to their anonymous Democrat-leak sources.

See the CNN link above to see their breathless TV reportage of this #VeryFakeNews.

Yet they haven't mentioned the story, to repeat it or retract it, since the Washington Post exposed them as #FakeNews:



And see this video, too:



Update: They finally corrected -- almost five hours after the first report of #FakeNews.

Their correction does not seem to alert the reader that, with the correction, there is literally nothing left to this story. A rando sent Donald Trump, Jr. a link that millions of people were sending -- that's it.

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