July 27, 2016

Overnight Open Thread (7-27-2016)

—Maetenloch

Quote of the Day I - Tanned, Rested and Ready Edition

If you divided Richard Nixon into two and imbued each of the Redux Nixons with one part of the 37th president's ugliest features, you might get an election something like 2016.

-- Sonny Bunch

Quote of the Day II

Oh, and let's return to the fact that Bill needed to humanize Hillary Clinton. The woman has been in public life for three decades and the highest best use of her former president husband is to spend an entire convention speech trying to convince voters that she's human.

-- Jonah Goldberg

Quote of the Day III

The next decade will show how successful the Russians are with post-Soviet designs, but the last decade of the Soviet Union did produce some solid aircraft that are lending themselves well to modernization.

We'll see what the Russians can do with a soft economy head wind, but watch closely - the Russians are never as weak or as strong as they seem.

-- CDR Salamander

Quote of the Day IV

I don't even know what "Expanded Universe" is.

-- Steven Den Beste referring to this comic

Actress Amber Tamblyn Has a Lot to Learn About Trans Women's Reproductive Rights

When asked if trans women are "being denied their reproductive rights" Pressley was stumped.

"You got me on that one."

Tamblyn chimed in, arguing that the reproductive rights of trans women are at the forefront of the conversation at Planned Parenthood, where the Grudge 2 star sits on the board of directors.

"I wouldn't know any statistics on that but I would say that goes again with the same notion of community, and fighting for everyone together," Tamblyn said. "That for me as a heterosexual white woman to talk about reproductive rights and sit on the board of directors for Planned Parenthood, I have to not just talk about my people. I have to talk about everybody. And that's a huge thing, and that's a major part of the discussion."

Tamblyn admitted she has a lot to learn about whether biological men are being denied abortions.

And here is Muggeridge's Law in video form.

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Posted by Maetenloch at 10:29 PM Comments



And Now: The Greatest Orator Since Cicero, the Modern Day Prometheus, and the Twenty First Century Lincoln

—Ace

Biden looked weird and talked rubbish.

Let's see how Captain Kickass does.

Posted by Ace at 09:27 PM Comments



Excuse This Brief Interruption of The DNC's Abortion Joy/Showtune Festival

—Ace

Wikileaks now releasing DNC voicemails -- of ambassadors discussing high-dollar donors with Obama, and how to seat the biggest donors next to Obama.

A guy with cancer was booted out of his seat so they could put a bigger money man next to King Barky.

Panetta Heckled With "No More War" Chant.


Posted by Ace at 08:43 PM Comments

Democratic National Coven: Kaine, Biden, Obama

—Ace


A commenter mentioned the Red Letter Media guys tore this piece of shit apart. Here's that review.

I may see this horrible piece of shit this weekend, and then drink some Comet.

Posted by Ace at 06:59 PM Comments

Fun Blow Off Thread I'm Too Burnt to Even Think of a Topic For

—Ace

So it's time for a new thread but it's gonna be a loooong night (Tim Kaine, Joe Biden, Barack "ISIL" Obama) and I don't feel like writing about news or fighting with our priest caste so do me a solid and think of something fun we can bullshit about for an hour or two.

Please, nothing political or contentious or crossbow-related.

Posted by Ace at 05:14 PM Comments

Paper Publishes What Are Alleged to be Jackie's "Catfishing" Emails as "Haven Monahan"

—Ace

I argued, correctly, that this is not catfishing, but George Glassing.

A stupid world, uncaring of what words mean, has made me an ignored dissenter and an internal exile.

So "catfishing" it shall be. I submit to the dumb temporal authorities.

And if you want to read what are, allegedly, these ridiculously ham-fisted attempts to stoke a boy's interest in Jackie by pretending to be another boy madly in love with her, check them out.

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Posted by Ace at 04:01 PM Comments

Hillary Clinton Suddenly Admitting Her Deleted Emails Contained All Sorts of Sensitive "National Security" Information

—Ace

Previous claim: the deleted emails contained wedding plans and yoga routines; no big deal if they were on an unsecured system.

New claim: Trump is endangering "national security" by suggesting Russia release these completely-innocent emails.

Mollie Hemmingway has a good post where she notes what the Dummies don't notice:

It is entirely legitimate to read his words as saying he’d like Vladimir Putin to personally go out there and hack Hillary’s server, except that can’t be exactly what he’s saying, since that server is now not in a hackable situation. Sure, Hillary Clinton exposed national interests to such hacking for years upon years, but that’s not the real threat now. They either have them or they don’t. At this point, what difference does it make, amiright?

Indeed, Hillary's server was wiped (like with a cloth?) and then seized by the FBI, which has had it under air-gap (no internet connection) ultrasecurity for a year.

The Dummies like pretending that the server is still serving there, ripe for the plucking. It's not. The FBI has given it the security it should have had all along. Unless the Dummies are claiming Trump is suggesting that Russia conduct a physical intrusion/burglary/armed robbery of the FBI's counter-terrorism offices, then it's physically impossible to read anything off Hillary's servers without being on a codeword-clearance list.

In further news, the media dummies are freaking out that Trump told a female reporter to "be quiet" as she was repeatedly interrupting him.

In fact, he said:

"You said, 'I welcome them to find those 30,000 emails...'" she started.

"Well, they probably have them. I'd like to have them released," Trump interjected.

"Does that not give you pause?" Tur persisted.

"No, it gives me no pause. If they have them, they have them, we might as well [see them]," he responded.

The two then talked over each other for a period of time, as Tur repeated her line of questioning, until Trump eventually concluded with, "Be quiet. I know you want to save her."

And of course Katy Tur does, as does most of the liberal media (and a sizable fraction of the conservative media), and it makes them very angry to have someone speak the truth to them.

Posted by Ace at 03:14 PM Comments

Trump's Daily Outrageous Statement and Chesterton's Open Field

—Ace

Today, Trump -- half-jokingly, but, I think it's fair to say, only half -- said he hopes Russia searches its records for the emails it already hacked from Hillary and lets the rest of us see them.

This has provoked the standard scheduled howl of outrage from the liberal press -- and from the increasingly poorly-named conservative press as well.

I want to talk about this. I think it's interesting.

I pointed out, on Twitter, that the number of political conversation I've been in with conservatives -- many of the #NeverTrump stripe, or at least #AlmostNeverTrump variety -- in which the question "When will Russia release the emails they've hacked from Hillary?" did not come up as conversation fodder can be counted on a single hand.

In fact, they can be counted on a single thumb.

This is one of the most popular parlor games in GOP circles -- asking:

1. Did Russia hack the emails? Almost everyone thinks they certainly did, as did the Chinese and other factions.

2. Will they keep the emails to hold over Hillary as blackmail material -- keeping their own pet president, compromised or controlled -- or will they release them? I have long thought they'd do the former, and have said so repeatedly. But now that they're leaking all the DNC emails, I think I was wrong. I guess they are going to release them.

Or maybe the DNC leak is a warning shot: This is just a taste of what we could release, if we wanted.

And:

3. Wouldn't it be delicious if Russia (or China, or Julian Assange) released the emails and proved that Hillary was a liar and Comey a stooge?

Now, none of the people who speculated about question three, including myself, imagined we were committing Emotional Treason -- like emotional cheating; cheating without the actual exchange of information, whether genetic or governmental -- by asking it.

We thought, instead, we were speculating about the best possible outcome of an already bad situation. It is too late to hope that Russia doesn't hack Hillary's servers -- they already did.

Thus, the only remaining outcomes possible -- once "I hope the hack doesn't happen" has been mooted -- are the following:

1. Russia helps Hillary get elected, then holds blackmail material over her head to turn her into an Agent of Influence.

2. Russia rips Hillary and hurts her election prospects by revealing what she's concealed from no one at all, except the US courts and US public.

Remember, "I hope Russia doesn't hack her at all" is gone as a possibility.

Why is it Emotional Treason to think that Option 2 there sounds better than Option 1?

Conor Fridersdorf suggested that as a presidential candidate, the "rhetorical rules' that apply to Trump are different than those which apply to me, you, or him. We can lightheartedly speculate among these possibilities; as a presidential candidate, he must be more Serious and cannot so speculate.

Do I agree with that?

Absolutely not.

A long time ago I used to routinely criticize Ann Coulter for saying something outrageous (like calling John Edwards a "faggot") or Rush Limbaugh for, allegedly, damaging the cause by saying "I hope he fails."

When people noted that I say the same sorts of things -- or close enough, in any event -- I would respond: Yes, but I'm just a lowly blogger who no one pays much mind to. These people are important. They are influential.

They must abide by a much more stringent set of social controls than I do.

Lucky for me, I was free as a bird to say as I would! But these other people? My sorta-competitors? Why, they were bound up tightly, like Gulliver by tiny strings of hundreds of Liliputians.

Later on I began to question my own glib answer: If I was generally free to speak my mind and occasionally (gasp!) use humor, irony, and shock value as tactics in public communication, why on earth would I claim that others weren't equally free to do as I do?

After the Social Justice Purges, I began to formulate several answers:

1. Human beings like inflicting rules on other people that they don't abide themselves, because such rules -- vindictively applied to others, not aplied to oneself -- is a Have Your Cake and Eat It Too situation. One gets to signal virtue by condemning someone else's sinful behavior, while not having to change one's own sinful behavior an iota!

It's akin to all those leftwingers who piously condemn homophobia while feeling perfectly entitled to call every rightwinger they don't like a c*cks*cking fag.

You get to virtue signal -- while not straining under that burden yourself! Win-win!

2. Human beings' motivations are very opaque to themselves. People tend to think of themselves -- at least in their public, performative Online Theatrical presentation of themselves -- as so highly morally refined as to be above all self-serving behavior. They think of themselves -- or at least talk of themselves as if they think of themselves -- as nearly entirely selfless individuals, concerned only for the public good, whether that be equality in the case of progressives or the American patriotic interest in the case of conservatives.

They almost never question their own motives.

People love questioning other people's motives -- and yet never get around to questioning their own.

One question they might want to ask themselves some time is "Why is it I keep attempting to impose rules on other I have excused myself from following?"

They might blunder on to the truth, that every human is soaking wet with self-interest, and routinely invents "rules" to hamper an opponent while yielding himself an advantage.

One of the simplest disadvantages to hobble an opponent with is to call him morally filthy according to the rules one has just made up, and to advantage oneself as preening as morally virtuous -- even if one ignores that made-up rule oneself.

I would propose emphasizing a necessary implication of the Golden Rule. The Golden Rule says "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you." I would stress that this rule implies we should be wary of social rule-making: The Rule implies "Do not impose rules on others that you find too restrictive or onerous to obey yourself."

Imposing vindictive social controls on others, after all, is an act, a means of treating other people.

As conservatives, I know from personal experience, have been speculating about -- salivating about, if we're being honest -- the Russian Surprise for Hillary for six months, I would say they application of the Golden Rule of Rule-Making would say they shouldn't invent this new rule and impose it on Trump uniquely.

Let me also alter Chesterton's famous fence, and talk about a parable I'll call Chesteton's Open Field. First, here's what he had to say about removing a wall that was already erected:

In the matter of reforming things, as distinct from deforming them, there is one plain and simple principle; a principle which will probably be called a paradox. There exists in such a case a certain institution or law; let us say, for the sake of simplicity, a fence or gate erected across a road. The more modern type of reformer goes gaily up to it and says, “I don’t see the use of this; let us clear it away.” To which the more intelligent type of reformer will do well to answer: “If you don’t see the use of it, I certainly won’t let you clear it away. Go away and think. Then, when you can come back and tell me that you do see the use of it, I may allow you to destroy it.

Brilliant and brilliantly simple: You must not engage in the destruction of a pre-existing rule until you fully fathom the reasons for the existence of the rule in the first place.

Let us now consider the case where there is not a pre-existing wall which some desire to remove, but instead an open field -- where there is no wall -- where some now desire to erect a wall. Where some would now fashion a new social rule.

It is useful to ask, "Why has this field never before had this wall? What was the wisdom in not erecting a wall to block one thought from crossing the space?"

Should we not equally know why previous generations did not see fit to build a wall here, before we rush to put one up ourselves?

And to that end, I would ask people to question why they have allowed themselves to speculate about a Russian Surprise, and yet never thought themselves treasonous for doing so.

They might think like this:

1. Well, I never thought my thoughts were treasonous, because I was not hoping for the Bad Act to happen; it already happened. I was only hoping that the Bad Act have the Least Bad Outcome possible, and the Least Bad Outcome possible is the exposure of Hillary's secrets, rather than keeping them to hold over her head like a blackmailer with photographs of a cheating spouse.

Or:

2. I think as a general rule people should be free to speculate, and let their minds wander, and generally spin out possibilities and scenarious without a lot of moral guardrails shutting down their thoughts and keeping them off certain trails, because shutting down thinking leads to far worse thinking that a permissive atmosphere for thinking -- even when thinking leads to bad thinking, an atmospere which encourages free thought rather than constant moral censure of free thought will result in the bad thinking being exposed as bad.

Or even 3:

3. Jesus Merciful God, Author of All Thoughts and Gifter of Humanity with the Power of Speech, if I have another wannabe-priest moral scold tell me what new things I must not say and must not say I swear I might have to take my own life. I can no longer abide by the ever increasing list of Forbiddances and Blasphemies which stupid, selfish humans are drafting in Your name, O Lord.

So before erecting the wall across a field previously left open, perhaps we ought to give a thought to leaving the field free for transit.

And maybe we should give it a little more thought than it the two-neuron microburst it requires to put up a shriekey Tweet about.

Guys, the left has erected enough walls across the field of thought. We don't need the moral scolds and peacock-preeners of the right building new ones and mixing more mortar for them.

Anyone who favors freedom for only himself does not favor freedom at all. Every dictator favors freedom for himself.

One's commitment to freedom -- of action, of thought, of speech, of joking around like a jackass -- is measured by the freedom one allows to others.

Posted by Ace at 01:27 PM Comments

All Remaining Charges in Freddie Gray Case Dropped; Marilyn Mosby Blames Police for Shoddy Investigation

—Ace

Yeah. So.

The day started with a pretrial hearing for Officer Garrett Miller -- who had faced assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment charges. But instead of pretrial motions, Chief Deputy State's Attorney Michael Schatzow told the judge that prosecutors were dropping the charges against Miller and the rest of the officers.



Posted by Ace at 12:24 PM Comments

Ooof: LATimes Poll Puts Trump at 47, Hillary at... 40

—Ace

Bounce.

Last night wasn't particularly useful for Hillary. Bill Clinton, I would argue, basically swung the election for Obama in 2012. After all the good work Romney did in his convention, Bill Clinton came out and rebutted every claim made.

For a week I was pulling my hair out insisting the GOP must now rebut Clinton's rebuttal. They didn't. (Naturally.)

But Bill Clinton went on stage last night to do the impossible -- to humanize the inhuman. Instead of talking about policy and economics, about which he has some credibility, he instead chose to speak of love, commitment, and marriage, about which he has none.

I think their idea is that Biden and Obama will carry the policy-reinforcing load, and that Bill Clinton was therefore more useful in humanizing the woman he has been all but separated from for 15 years.

But Bill Clinton presided over a roaring economy. Biden and Obama have presided over a dismal one. What authority do they have to speak about good economic policy?

In addition, both men are exceeding arrogant. Obama has one mode, and that mode is contemptuous condescension. He is a deeply mediocre man who has confused himself for a world-beating intellect, and cannot lower himself to speak to people whose IQ and insight actually exceed his own.

The idea that Biden the idiot and Obama the vicious narcissist are capable of giving the folksy policy rebuttal that Clinton could have is just one more bad idea Hillary has had.

Maybe it was ego that caused her to refrain from asking her husband to do the heavy lifting for her. A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle, you may have heard.

Either way, we are now two days through this, and both days have been marked by discord and bitter feuding within the Democrat Party, with no appreciable help done for Hillary's side.

I can't see Obama's chin-arrogantly-lifted-eyes-gazing-heroically-into-the-middle-distance stage-whispering claims of how great we've all got it doing much to change that trajectory. We've heard it all from this failure before.

The only guy I see which any chance to do some damage is Tim Kaine, simply because he's new and doesn't (yet) have the stink of failure all over him.

Posted by Ace at 11:12 AM Comments

Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]

—Open Blogger


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The Crusaders Reach Jerusalem
Designed by Domenico Paradisi (Italian, active 1689-1721)

What? No...There is no point to this choice. It's a complete coincidence.

Posted by Open Blogger at 09:45 AM Comments

Overnight Open Thread (7-26-2016)

—Maetenloch

Quote of the Day I - Motives Unclear Edition

Such is the state of affairs in Germany right now that there were two horrifying attacks by refugees in a single day yesterday. A Syrian refugee in a town south of Stuttgart murdered a pregnant woman with a meat cleaver and then attacked strangers in the street, wounding two people before he was hit by a car and arrested. Police have said the motive in that case was personal.

The second attack took place Sunday evening at an open air concert in the city of Ansbach where a suicide bomber, 27-year-old Mohammad Daleel, killed himself and injured 15 people. Authorities have now found a video in which the bomber pledged allegiance to ISIS.

Quote of the Day II

The circumstances of the attack raise yet more questions about the French government's response to the threat of terrorism. One of the attackers reportedly was a convicted terrorist being monitored with an electronic tag while living with his parents. He was allowed out unsupervised between 8.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. The mass he attacked began at 9 a.m.

--from In Normandy ISIS "Soldiers" Slit Priest's Throat, Take Nuns Hostage

Quote of the Day III

CalPERS on Monday announced a preliminary net return of 0.61% for the fiscal year ended June 30.

The latest fiscal-year return, coming on top of 2.4% in the prior year, means CalPERS has not met its expected 7.5% rate of return for the last 20 years, Ted Eliopoulos, chief investment officer, disclosed Monday at a press briefing on the returns.

-- from The California Pension Bomb Just Got More Explosive

These days CalPERS management is mainly focused on important things like getting more climate change activists onto corporate boards and divesting from icky firearms-related companies.

The Great Transgender Cover-up at the DNC

The all-gender bathrooms are a convention-only sham and literally a cover-up. Note though that they only made the women's bathrooms all-gender - the men's bathrooms were left alone. Which is terrible.

[quickly flashes secret bro-dude attaboy sign to the peeps behind this]

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Many patriarchs will know what it is to be smashed this week I can tell you.

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Posted by Maetenloch at 10:22 PM Comments

Cop Killin' Night at the Democrat National Coven

—Ace

Not cop killers, but a lot of agitation for killing more cops than are already being killed, as "Mothers of the Movement" of slain black men will agitate the crowd.

Remember, when Trump brought out family members of people slain by illegal immigrants, or those slain by illegal guns given to the Mexico narcoterrorists by the Obama regime, or those slain due to Hillary's inebriated disengagement from her actual job, that was "dark." Tonight's Parade of Horribles will be "uplifting," "important," and "fodder for a Great National Discussion that must finally be had."

But it was "dark" when Trump did similarly. That's all you need to know, peon.

BTW: Remember Reuters' poll having Hillary up by 11-13 points recently?


Note that Trump isn't really improving; it's just that Hillary is losing support. It's still very worrisome that Trump strains to even hit 45% in polls.

(Hillary usually hits that.)

What Are You, a Republican?


Posted by Ace at 07:42 PM Comments

Nate Silver Now Thinks Trump is the Favorite to Win the Election

—Ace

At the moment -- things can and almost certainly will change.

He puts it at 57.5% likely that Trump will win, the rest to Hillary.

Oh, and I guess the stupid roll call which will give The Haggard Queen the nomination is almost over.

Spooked?


The Horror. The Horror.


Posted by Ace at 07:25 PM Comments

In "Intentional Act," Man Rams Dump Truck Through Pittsburgh FBI Building's Gates

—Ace

No explosives in the truck -- but the FBI says he did it on purpose.

A dump truck crashed through the front security gate at the FBI building on the South Side on Tuesday morning, and authorities believe it was an intentional act by the driver.

Pittsburgh police said Thomas Richard Ross, 48, of New Waterford, Ohio, drove through eight or nine red lights and refused their commands to pull over as he headed toward the FBI building on East Carson Street.

Posted by Ace at 04:47 PM Comments

Steamed Clams: Gwyneth Paltrow Wants to Share Some Health Tips With You All

—Ace

I gotta up my game in the Moron Medical Monitoring thread if this is the new state-of-the-art.

Posted by Ace at 03:30 PM Comments

Project Veritas Undercover Video Shows DNC Delegate Explaining That Yes, Hillary Wants to Ban All Guns, But Can't Say Anything So "Extreme" Publicly

—Ace

In this video, he explains to the media what they already know and already believe.

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Posted by Ace at 02:02 PM Comments

NYT's New Ombudsman: Gee This Paper Sure is Stultifyingly Close-Minded

—Ace

Oh, well, that's not exactly said -- just that the paper has the reputation of being stultifyingly close-minded liberal.


Like the tiresome bore at a party, I went around asking several journalists in the newsroom about these claims that The Times sways to the left. Mostly I was met with a roll of the eyes. All sides hate us, they said. We’re tough on everyone. That’s nothing new here.

That response may be tempting, but unless the strategy is to become The New Republic gone daily, this perception by many readers strikes me as poison. A paper whose journalism appeals to only half the country has a dangerously severed public mission. And a news organization trying to survive off revenue from readers shouldn’t erase American conservatives from its list of prospects.


No one here would tell me the ideological breakdown of The Times’s total audience or subscriber base, numbers that are considered proprietary. I know only that there is unease in at least a few offices about whether The Times feels sufficiently relevant to a broad slice of readers.

...

For some print readers, the placement of an editorial calling for gun control on the front page last December, which garnered a record number of comments, was shrill proof of the kind of Times bias they expect. There was a torrent of debate over the appropriateness of its placement.

...

Imagine what would be missed by journalists who felt no pressing need to see the world through others’ eyes. Imagine the stories they might miss, like the groundswell of isolation that propelled a candidate like Donald Trump to his party’s nomination. Imagine a country where the greatest, most powerful newsroom in the free world was viewed not as a voice that speaks to all but as one that has taken sides.


Or has that already happened?


Posted by Ace at 01:41 PM Comments

Bernie, Hillary Fans Yell At Each Other at Texas Delegation Breakfast

—Ace

More evidence you should skip breakfast -- it is a Gruel of Hatred and Discord.


Posted by Ace at 11:50 AM Comments

On The Run: Two ISIS Attackers Take Mass Hostage in Normandy; Eviscerate Priest, Leave Nun Fighting For Her Life

—Ace

We can only guess at the motives of these men who shouted "Alluha Akbar" and whose actions were claimed by ISIS.

By the way, one of the attackers had links to one of the Bataclan attackers.

So: Stone-cold mystery.

Posted by Ace at 10:56 AM Comments

Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]

—Open Blogger


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Daniel In The Lions' Den
Peter Paul Rubens

This was suggested by commenter "Blacksheep," and I can see why. Great stuff.

Posted by Open Blogger at 10:00 AM Comments

Overnight Open Thread (7-25-2016)

—Maetenloch

Quote of the Day

Every discussion about bodies - whether in the media or amongst friends - is about how to avoid the horrible fate of looking like me. When you say that you shouldn't have eaten that lunch or dessert, or when you announce your new year's resolution to lose 5, 10, 25 pounds, you are saying that you don't want your body to end up like mine.

-- someone writing under the nomme de gras 'Your Fat Friend'

Status: True.

Valerie Jarrett Scolds Americans For Drinking Beer During A Heat Wave

And instead recommends staying inside with the air conditioning cranked up. Except....

John Kerry: Air Conditioners Are As Big A Threat As ISIS

So then dress lightly and try to catch a little breeze beneath your local wind farm I guess.

Clinton Campaign Manager: Russia Hacked The DNC And Is Releasing The Emails Now to Help Trump

Status:Very likely true.

So It Turns Out That The MH370 Pilot Flew a Suicide Route on His Home Simulator Closely Matching Its Final Flight A Month Beforehand

And the Malaysian authorities kept this fact from the public. Black holes and secret landing strips in Pakistan hardest hit.

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Posted by Maetenloch at 10:24 PM Comments

Democratic National Coven, Night One

—Ace

Yeah that was deliberate.


Posted by Ace at 07:11 PM Comments

Ghostbusters Falls Off 50% from Already-Disappointing Opening Weekend

—Ace

Not terrific. Really not very good. Sad!


Sony’s Ghostbusters took a tumble on its second weekend. The $144 million comedy earned $21.6m (-53%) to give it a new $86.8m ten-day cume. That’s a sharp fall for a comedy, and dreams of a 3.8-4x multiplier are now out the window. It’s about on par with Pixels and The Boss. So now it’s a question of which of those two precedents matches up. It’s still looking like a cume of $135m-$150m by the time it’s done.

Um, compare to how the media reported on Pixels' box-office. The media hates Adam Sandler.

So they portrayed it as a box office bomb.

So if Ghostbusters -- with a much, much better known IP than Pixels -- is doing about as well as Pixels, is it not a bomb as well?

Or are we just not saying, because that would be anti-Woman?

Are facts now Anti-Woman?

Answer: Yes, of course they are, they always have been. Any fact a liberal doesn't like is "anti-[some member of the liberal coalition]."

Posted by Ace at 06:34 PM Comments

Monday Moron Medical Monitoring

—Ace

Quick explanation of so-called "Bulletproof Coffee:"

The coffee was popularlized -- and I guess invented -- by David Asprey, author of "The Bulletproof Executive." Here's his video about it.

He makes various claims about the coffee which strike me as ludicrous -- he says his !Q has gone up 20 points on the coffee --- but there is one big part of the coffee that seems solidly-based.

The coffee recipe is just two tablespoons of grass-fed unsalted butter (Kerrygold has one of the most widely distributed of such butters; look for the silver label for unsalted (gold is salted)), and some medium-chain triglyceride oil, available from Amazon in various forms. I use coconut oil, but not for any particular reason. (SEE UPDATE.)

I also put a lot of Saigon cinnamon in mine, plus non-sugar sweetener (stevia for me -- I don't taste the bad taste many object to).

The point of the coffee for those doing Intermittent fasting and/or Low Carb High Fat is that you're actually having a small meal, composed of almost 100% fat, but this meal does not produce any insulin response, as fat doesn't trigger an insulin release.

So, as far as intermittent fasting, even though you actually are breaking your fast with a shot of calories and fat, you're not breaking your fast as regards the hormone you actually care about -- insulin. No insulin is being raised, so as far as your insulin metabolism knows, you're still in your fasted state.

Yet you're getting some calories, which will make it easier for you to hit the 16 (or 18, or 20) hour mark without eating.

If you're doing Low Carb High Fat, you just swapped out one meal for a small meal that's 100% dietary fat, so that helps you on LCHF ratios.

Remember, don't just replace carbs with protein. At some point your body will figure out the trick you're pulling on it and start burning protein for glucose (and producing the insulin response). Eat more protein, but not too much more. You want to swap the carbs for fat, not a ton of extra protein.

People add the cinnamon because it's a natural stimulant that adds to the kick of caffeine and also, I think, is supposed to have some additional fat-burning effect beyond the simple metabolism-boosting effect. I kinda doubt that though. But we have a doctor who prescribes cinnamon capsules to patients, so maybe he can elucidate on that for us.

Since I've been adding cinnamon I've gone from two cups of coffee in the morning to just one, which is good for me, because too much caffeine makes me jittery and trips my anxiety switches.

Now, I know people whom make their coffee with heavy whipping cream, which is also 100% fat (or nearly so). So the question arises: Why have your coffee with weirdo creamer like butter and coconut oil, when you could get the same basic metabolic effect from heavy whipping cream?

I have no idea why you wouldn't do that. I think Asprey just popularlized this butter-and-oil recipe (he claims that he drank tea with yak butter in the Himalayas and it endowed him with superior performance in all ways) and so this is what I'm doing. I don't see how the heavy whipping cream version would be inferior for IF or LCHF purposes.

I would say this, though: Butter keeps a long time. That means you pretty much always have creamer in the morning, and never have one of those oh-no-I'm-out-of-creamer-and-didn't-go-to-the-supermarket-last-night black coffee mornings. So even if you're going the whipping cream route, maybe just have a stick of unsalted butter in there. Just in case.

Okay so here are my accountability stats: Had another lame week of weight loss. I dropped through the 187 resistance point Friday, down to 185.5, but have lost nothing since then. I actually I gained slightly -- 185.7.

Still, 20 pounds down from two months ago, or around then. Maybe two and a half.

The last time I lost weight I was losing 3-4 pounds per week many weeks, but I was doing something else then too: Walking at a hard pace for 40-50 minutes, 4 times a week. I haven't been doing that. I might have to start doing that again, especially now that my shoulder's got me out of commission for weightlifting.

So: How are all of you doing?

PS: Broseidon King asked if he could post his lift figures here. Of course you can/should. Any medical/health/exercise goal can be posted here. It's not just weight loss.

If you want to talk about your GAINS, BRO, then talk about your GAINS, BRO~!

Oh: Last time people were debating the best way to drink two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (which might reduce insulin, especially at night -- though this is unproven).

I've been having it in coffee cups with cold water and ice and stevia. The water cuts the vinegar, obviously, but it's still a small enough amount to drink that you can power it down in a (not terribly pleasant) minute.

A coffee cup, especially a big coffee cup, seems to me to be the right compromise between cutting the vinegar and yet not making so much liquid it's hard to get down.

A Note on Adding MCT Oil to Your Coffee: Remember when I pooped my pants a few months ago?

Yeah, that was from MCT oil. You sort of have to add it slowly, to get your body used to it. It gets things moving smoothly out of your body -- a little too smoothly if you start with loads of MCT oil.


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BernieBoos: Now Sanders Booed When He Tells His Supporters to Vote for the Haggard Queen

—Ace

Off to a great start, fellas.


The Debbie Disaster has been averted, however: Debbie Wasserman Schultz has said she'll no longer be appearing at the convention.

Woman driven out of convention by threat that loud candidate's ill-tempered male fans would cause a disturbance.

That's how they would have played it if this was the RNC.

So Anti-Woman:


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Oh My: Sanders Supporters Plotting Challenge to Tim Kaine on Ticket

—Ace

There was talk about blocking Pence (and inserting a Cruz or someone else) at the RNC, but that fizzled.

The BernieBros are talking that up now, too.

A group of Democratic delegates backing Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) said Monday that they are actively exploring a challenge to Sen. Tim Kaine’s (Va.) vice presidential nomination.

...

Solomon said he hoped the DNC release information within hours on how to submit a challenger to Kaine, which he said would require the signature of 300 delegates.

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz Booed at Florida Delegation Breakfast at Start of Convention

—Ace

What a sweetie.

A meeting of Florida Democratic delegates descended into chaos when outgoing Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz took the stage Monday, with critics holding up signs with the word "Emails" and Bernie Sanders supporters booing the congresswoman loudly, even after she began speaking.

"We have to make sure that we move forward together in a unified way," Wasserman Schultz said during brief remarks. "We know that the voices in this room that are standing up and being disruptive, we know that is not the Florida that we know. The Florida that we know is going to make sure that we continue to make jobs."

The audience was roughly half supportive of Wasserman Schultz and half detractors, though the angry participants were louder than the other half. Those attendees began to chant, "Shame! Shame! Shame!" while Wasserman Schultz was speaking..

I like how anything you say to a Democrat is parried by "We shouldn't be talking about this, we should be talking about how to Make Jobs for the Middle Class."

Apparently even at breakfast, Democratic footsoldiers -- who probably have never worked in the private sector, let alone owned a company-- are expected to hush up and just Make Some Jobs while they eat their eggs.


Fearing an embarrassment when she approaches the podium, Democrats are now pressuring the sneaky snaggletooth to abandon her role at the convention altogether.

Oh, and Nancy Pelosi was booed at the California delegation breakfast.

Furthermore, they chanted "Lock her up!" at that breakfast.

Dudes: It's only breakfast and they're already in meltdown.

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Trump Takes the Lead in Two Post-Convention Polls

—Ace

CNN:

The bounce is back.

Donald Trump comes out of his convention ahead of Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House, topping her 44% to 39% in a four-way matchup including Gary Johnson (9%) and Jill Stein (3%) and by three points in a two-way head-to-head, 48% to 45%. That latter finding represents a 6-point convention bounce for Trump, which are traditionally measured in two-way matchups.

Morning Consult:

In the national poll, conducted from July 22 through July 24, Donald Trump pulls ahead of Hillary Clinton by 4 points, a sizeable swing from the past week, when the former secretary of State was clinging to a 2-point lead. In a three-candidate scenario including former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, the Libertarian nominee pulls in 10 percent of the vote, and Trump still leads Clinton by 4 points.

It's a popular thing among NeverTrumps to disclaim any responsibility in this election by saying "Trump is doomed anyway." It's a comforting way to evade making any hard choices. I know, because I said it myself four months ago when I said I wasn't going to say anything to help Trump, because he was doomed anyway, and I might as well keep my virtue.

But he could win. I still think he's disfavored to win (though I'm less confident of that now), but this idea that NeverTrumpers are enamored with -- that opposing Trump is an absolutely free choice with no downside consequences whatsoever -- appears to be a bunch of babytalk.

That doesn't mean anyone is obligated to help a man he or she considers unfit for office and a bad person besides. But the various Twitter-generated slogans exist to arrest thought, not spur it.

This is a serious choice and should be considered seriously, not simply by stringing together a series of Twitter argumentative memes that substitute for thought.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]

—Open Blogger


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Battle of Valmy
Horace Vernet

This overly propagandized battle had been used by France to tout the glories of the French Revolution, and to show that The People! were ascendent. But....the real reason they won this battle is the professional backbone of French Army regular cavalry and artillery who actually knew what they were doing. It wasn't even a big battle, unlike one that occurred about 50 kilometers to the east and 124 years later, near a little town called Verdun.

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Monday Morning News Dump (7/25/16) [Mis. Hum]

—Open Blogger

Democrat Convention Schedule
Monday, July 25, 2016
11:15 AM

Free lunch, medical marijuana, and
bus ride to the Convention
Forms distributed for Food Stamp enrollment.
1:30 PM

Group Voter Registration for Illegal Immigrants.
3:15 PM

Address on "Being the Real You"
Rachel Dolezal, former Head of the
Seattle NAACP and Caitlyn Jenner
4:30 PM

"How to Bank $200 Million as a Public
Servant and claim to be broke"
Hillary Clinton
4:45 PM

How to have a successful career without ever
having a job, and Still avoid paying taxes!
A Seminar moderated by Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson
5:00 PM

Medal of Freedom presentation to Army deserter Bo Bergdahl for serving with Honor and Distinction
National Security Advisor Susan Rice
5:30 PM

Invitation-only Autograph Session Souvenir photographs
of Hillary and Chelsea dodging Sniper Fire in Bosnia
6:30 PM

General vote on praising Baltimore rioters,
and on using the terminology "Alternative
Shoppers" instead of Looters"
7:30 PM

Breakout session with Bill Clinton for
women on avoiding the upcoming draft
8:30 PM

The White House "Semantics Committee" Meeting
General vote on re-branding "Muslim Terrorism"
As "Random Acts of Islamic Over-Exuberance"
9:00 PM

"Liberal Bias in Media How we can make it work for you!
Tutorial sponsored by CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, PBS,
The Washington Post and the New York Times
With Guest Speaker, Brian Williams
9:15 PM

Tribute Film to the Brave Freedom
Fighters Still incarcerated at GITMO
Michael Moore
9:45 PM

Personal Finance Seminar -
"Businesses Don't Create Jobs"
Special guest Pocahontas aka Elizabeth Warren
11:00 PM

Short film, "Setting Up Your Own Illegal
Email Server While Serving in a Cabinet
Post and How to Pretend It's No Big Deal"
Hosted by Hillary Clinton
11:30 PM

Official Nomination of Hillary
Bill Maher and Chris Matthews

Somebody spent a lot of premium time putting
this agenda together. Don't let it go to waste.

h/t The Internet

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Overnight Open Thread (7-24-2016)

—Maetenloch

Quote of the Day I

Ticino is one of Europe's loveliest places, combining a very Italian dolce vita with trademark Swiss efficiency. Things work here in a timely fashion as they don't always in neighboring Italy. It's a minor miracle that Switzerland has made Italians work like Germans - while losing none of their fine food, wine and culture. Locals aren't excessively fond of Swiss Germans - they find them stodgy - but they look down a bit on Italians across the border too, who never can quite seem to make their trains run on time. As they do in Ticino.

That said, not much exciting happens in Ticino. The canton seldom makes Swiss headlines - much less beyond this small country. About the only noteworthy thing that happens in Locarno, the canton's second city, situated on lovely Lago Maggiore under the Alps, is the annual international film festival every August. Since 1946, that draws movie stars and therefore press. Not much else gets the international media to Locarno.

Suddenly, that's changed. And the issue is one of the most hot-button ones in all of Europe, indeed across the West right now: the role of Islam in public life.

-- from Swiss Italians Say No to the Burqa

Quote of the Day II

And yet one thinks of the aphorism of the Roman poet Horace: Naturam expelles furca, tamen usque recurret - "You may drive out nature with a pitchfork, but she keeps on coming back." The issue of transgender bathroom integration in public schools may well come to resemble the debacle of forced bussing 40 years ago, where compulsory liberalism was forced into headlong retreat by a ferocious public backlash.

It is ironic that liberals who otherwise champion the sanctity of nature when it comes to global warming or endangered species or pristine forests draw the line when it comes to human nature.

-- Steven Hayward in The Genderfication of U.S. Politics

Quote of the Day III

Because her husband was intestate, she sought to dilate her fungible assets; despite cunctation for titivating, she managed to masticate and lucubrate far into the night.

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Stung by Wikileaks Revelation, Resigns as Chair of DNC

—Ace

Dirty deeds done Deb cheap.

The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee resigned Sunday after a trove of emails were disclosed showing DNC officials had worked to undermine the underdog presidential campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida congresswoman, said in a statement that she would leave her post at the DNC at the end of this week’s convention. She said she would still open and close the gathering and would address the delegates. ..

Given antipathy to her from hundreds of Sanders delegates who will be in the hall, it is likely that she will be booed each time she takes the stage.

Mr. Sanders has long accused Ms. Wasserman Schultz of favoring presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and had wanted her fired. But the Clinton campaign stuck by her and it was thought that she would survive until her term expires after the November election.

Then Friday, the WikiLeaks website released a database of more than 19,000 emails allegedly sent from DNC officials between early 2015 and mid-2016. Some of the emails show DNC staffers discussing ways to weaken Mr. Sanders’s campaign.

In one email to colleagues, a top DNC official suggested ways to undermine an unnamed person who appears to be Mr. Sanders: “Does he believe in a God. He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage. I think I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps.”

She's resigning to prove her objectivity, and to further prove her objectivity, she's taking a job with the Hillary Clinton campaign.

That's right: She has an entirely new job now -- doing anything necessary to get her corrupt bud elected.

Totally different from her last job.

The good news is, she's incompetent as f*ck.

Posted by Ace at 07:04 PM Comments

Food Thread: Packaged Food: Is Any Of It Good? [CBD]

—Open Blogger

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Nevergiveup's kosher lunch: courtesy of the United States Army

Our intrepid Navy dentist is slumming with the United States Army for awhile, but at least he is eating well! Any Morons actually enjoy these meals?

And....what are the best packaged foods? Obviously potato chips and other snack foods are pretty damned good most of the time, but how about other stuff? I remember as a kid getting immense enjoyment out of Swanson frozen dinners, but that's because it was a treat, and we had to behave really well to get them (yes, my parents were smarter than their children).

******

A Moron who shall remain nameless (because I simply cannot remember who) suggested this site, and it's sort of fun. The blogger is suspiciously SJWish, but I did get a chuckle out of the first part of her biography....

I am the crazy neighbor with paint under her nails, glitter everywhere, a cat in every window, & the Christmas tree up all year.

Anyway, the link goes to a post about great Depression era recipes and cookbooks. interesting stuff, and indicative of how incredibly well off even the poorest among us are....

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What Makes You Happy? [Y-not]

—Open Blogger

The news cycle has been unrelenting this year. I know it's taken its toll on me and those around me. I need a break, so this thread will be politics- and news-free.

Several months ago, I attended a funeral for someone I had never met. She was a long-time and much-beloved employee at my husband's new workplace. I knew very few people at the funeral (really more of a memorial service) and virtually none of the people or places or events in the stories that they shared about her.

It was one of the most moving services I've ever attended. The siblings and coworkers of the woman being honored were very eloquent, managing to express their love and admiration of this woman through their grief. (This greatly impressed me because when I attended my own mother's funeral, I could not even manage to muddle through a scripture reading without breaking down.)

I don't recall many specifics about what her loved ones said, except for one thing: in this woman's last months of life, after battling cancer for several years, she experienced a period of relative health. During that time she made sure she spoke frequently with her family, especially her sons, as well as with clergy, lawyers, and financial planners (one of her sons is disabled so much planning was needed). And she did one more thing: she threw herself into pursuing an exercise regime that featured pilates.

And it gave her joy.

This was a woman of considerable intellect and emotional depth who invested much of her final time on Earth in something purely physical. And she did it not because she wanted to look better in a bathing suit next summer, but because it made her happy.


What makes you happy?


Below are a few links related to this topic that might help get the discussion going:

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Open Thread for Politics, News, and Misery [Y-not]

—Open Blogger

Here's an open thread for those of you who don't want to hang out on the Happiness thread which is posted above.

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(Picture from here.)

Speaking of which, Deez Nuts is disappointed:

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Alcohol Is Your Friend...In More Ways than One. [CBD]

—Open Blogger

Cell phone water.jpg

A few months ago I was in need of the model number of a toilet. Of course the number was printed inside the tank -- how convenient! -- but they had put it behind the valve assembly, where no human could read it. So I took out my trusty cell phone, not realizing that for whatever reason, unknown to sentient humans, the plumber who had installed the toilet had adjusted the water level to within 1/2 inch of the top. I took a quick photo of the number as I realized that I had just plunged my phone a few inches deep into a tank of water.

I shook the excess water out, warmed it in front of a blow dryer (yeah, they say not to. Why?). And low and behold all of the buttons, except one, worked, and the screen wasn't cloudy.

But the lone holdout was the back button, and my phone is crap without it. So when I got home later that night I checked replacement cost, threw up a little, and then started thinking.

Water and alcohol are fast friends. In fact, alcohol would rather be around water molecules than other alcohol molecules (If Jay Guevara is reading this, please to check my work). So I pulled out my trusty bottle of 91% propyl alcohol, poured a few inches into a glass, and immersed my phone. After about 10 minutes I pulled it out, let it dry overnight, and presto! The back button worked perfectly.

I think a few things were going on. First, there was residual water in the phone that was shorting one button, and the alcohol slurped that up. Second, I got to it quickly and displaced the water, so little or no corrosion took place. Third, The water only rose a few inches into the phone, and I kept it upright, so it didn't flood the entire thing.

I was lucky, but if this were to happen again I would certainly try 91% alcohol over rice or some other desiccant.

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 07-24-2016: It's Commies All The Way Down [OregonMuse]

—Open Blogger


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University of Michigan Law Library


Good morning to all of you morons and moronettes and bartenders everywhere and all the ships at sea. Welcome to AoSHQ's stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, where men are men, all the 'ettes are lovely, safe spaces are for losers, and nobody cares about what kind of snowflake you are, so suck it up, buttercup. And unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. And these don't count.

Geez people, go home and read a book.

There's no hope.

Posted by: Country Boy at July 17, 2016 08:31 PM (zzzTG)

(The AoSHQ Sunday Morning Book Thread approves of moron Country Boy's take on the Pokemon Go fad craze national obsession)


Nood Communism

A couple of weeks back, I was complaining of Howard Zinn and other rat bastard commies rewriting of history to make the American founders out to be nothing but greedy, slaving rich guys. I got an interesting response:

#30: https://tinyurl.com/brjhz

Posted by: Country Singer at July 03, 2016 11:39 AM (GUBah)

The page links to a list of "Current Communist Goals", #30 of which is

30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the "common man."

Sounds about right. So, the question that occurred to me was, where did this list come from? It looks pretty much like the things the rat bastard commies have been up to for the past several decades, but I want to know where it came from. Did the commies just sit down one day and draw it up as a list of action items (perhaps inspired by Lenin's essay What Is To Be Done?) or was it put together by anti-communists who wanted to explain their own observations of what they saw the rat bastards doing?

As it turns out, it's more the latter: the list appeared, unsourced, in the book The Naked Communist by W. Cleon Skousen, who compiled it from a variety of material:

If the student will read the reports of Congressional hearings together with available books by ex-Communists, he will find all of these Communist objectives described in detail. Furthermore, he will come to understand how many well-meaning citizens have become involved in pushing forward the Communist program without realizing it. They became converted to Communist objectives because they accepted superficial Communist slogans. Soon they were thinking precisely the way the Communists wanted them to think.

TNC is an interesting book. In its day, it sold over 2 million copies, according to the Amazon description.

The Naked Communist contains a distillation of more than one hundred books and treatises on communism, many written by Marxist authors. This text that reviewers have called "the most powerful book on communism since J. Edgar Hoover's Masters of Deceit" sees the communist as he sees himself - stripped of propaganda and pretense. Readers are offered an explanation of the appeal of communism, its history, its basic and unchanging concepts - even its secret timetable of conquest.

It starts out with a biography of Karl Marx and his friendship with Engels. I did not know that he came from a long line of rabbis, but even so, one day when he was about 5 or 6 years old his father came home and announced "Hey, guess what, we're all Lutherans now." So young Karl was baptized into the Lutheran Church. This switcheroo was so sudden I think it must had quite an effect on how he came to view religion, i.e. all there is to the universe is a bunch of atoms banging around. Marx's materialistic philosophy is discussed in the next chapter, followed by bios of Lenin and Stalin and the history of communism in Russia

Skousen has also written many other books, such as The 5000 Year Leap (which apparently Glenn Beck used to hype back when he was on Fox), The Making of America: The Substance and Meaning of the Constitution, as well as a couple of other nood books, The Naked Capitalist and The Naked Socialist.

Also books on Mormon theology and history too numerous to list.

You can actually download The Naked Communist in a variety of formats for free here.

And on a biographical note:

Mr. Skousen and his wife, Jewel Pitcher of San Bernardino, California, are the parents of eight children, 50 grandchildren, and more than 120 great-grandchildren.

And this is why Mormons will soon be taking over the world. They're the only one having lots of children.

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