March 24, 2017

New First World Feminism Problem: Cosmo Worries That Men Are Deriving Too Much Pleasure from Giving an Orgasm to a Woman

—Ace

The orgasm isn't the problem, you understand. The problem is that men are feeling pretty good about having delivered that orgasm, and, in a way, are therefore Controlling Women's Bodies or something.

Usually I'd avoid linking an article this hatefully stupid, but this is such an amazing display of feminist hysteria and Complaint Conjuration that I think this shitty writer deserves to collect her hate-link reward.

Why Guys Get Turned on When You Orgasm-- and Why That's a Bad Thing

Of course guys manage to make YOUR orgasm about themselves.

It's not enough that men are already having more orgasms than women. To make matters worse, a new study published in the Journal of Sex Research found -- aside from deriving pleasure from their own orgasms, obviously -- men also derive a specific sort of masculine pleasure from making female partners orgasm. The researchers in the study, Sara Chadwick and Sari van Anders, refer to this incredibly predictable phenomenon as a "masculinity achievement."

I'm not exactly sure what that means, but I imagine a "masculinity achievement" looks something like Super Mario punching a coin out of one of those floating boxes in the video game.

The study gathered 810 men to read a story where they had to imagine an "attractive woman" either did or did not orgasm during sex with them. Each man was then asked to rate their sexual esteem and the extent to which they'd feel "masculine" after experiencing the scenario. The results are what you'd expect: Men felt more masculine and felt high self esteem when they imagined a woman orgasmed during sex with them. "These results suggest that women's orgasms do function -- at least in part -- as a masculinity achievement for men," researchers wrote.

Where to start? First of all, look at the "study" itself. The study asks men to imagine having brought an "attractive" woman to orgasm (why does she need to be attractive? Lookist much? And why does she have to be a "she"?), and then asked if they felt an increase in "sexual self-esteem." I did not see them specify what question they actually asked. I doubt they asked if they felt "a boost in sexual self-esteem."

But maybe they did. I read as much as I could before throwing in the towel.

They probably asked if they would feel good or better about themselves, then they slapped on the "sexual self-esteem" and "masculine achievement' descriptors themselves.

Because they went into this study hypothesizing this. They say so right at the top.

They also say this feeling of "sexual self-esteem" was "exacerbated" -- which is a very negative way of saying "increased" -- in men with "high masculine gender stress roles," which is garbage phrase that could not possibly mean anything, and is in fact not really defined in the paper, though later they suggest it might refer to men with "fragile" masculine egos. It seems to be a term or art in the Gender Studies community, a term you're just supposed to know, because Of Course.

Let me quote liberally from this paper. I'm sure they want this out there. It's Science, after all.

This study aimed to empirically assess the link between women's orgasms and men's masculinity. To do this, we developed a novel design to assess how women’s orgasms influence men’s masculinity, the Imagined Orgasm Exercise (IOE), and employed it in an online survey. In the IOE, men imagined scenarios about themselves with a female partner; orgasms were either present or absent, and the partner had either often or rarely experienced past orgasms with previous partners. We then asked men to rate how masculine they would feel (along with a variety of other affect and arousal words) if they experienced the given situation, and we compared men’s self-reports of masculinity in response to the various IOE conditions.

Overall, we predicted that women's orgasms do function as a masculinity achievement for men and that this relationship is influenced by men’s individual differences. We outlined seven hypotheses in our experiment to show this. First, we hypothesized that (hypothesis 1) men would report feeling more masculine when they imagined that a female partner orgasmed with them compared to men who imagined that a female partner did not orgasm. In addition, we expected that the woman's sexual history would create a basis for social comparison, and we hypothesized that (hypothesis 2) men would feel most masculine in a "major success" situation, that is, where a woman orgasmed with them and had not previously orgasmed with others in the past. We also hypothesized the converse: that (hypothesis 3) a "major failure" condition would elicit the lowest feelings of masculinity in men, where a woman did not orgasm with them but had often orgasmed in the past. Finally, because we hypothesized that feeling masculine functions as an achievement, we hypothesized that (hypothesis 4) the word masculine would be related to constructs tied to success.

I don't know how to respond to this, except "No duh."

Yes, one feels "masculine" when having performed a man's side of sexual-pleasure duties and delivered the big O. Yes, obviously, one feels better if a woman has rarely had an orgasm and one delivers one. And yes, very obviously, if a woman actually says "Gee, I always have an orgasm, but not this time," that is a negative commentary on one's skills, right?

By the way: Most of the girls I've been with have asked if my orgasm was good. That's just good manners. I think this is just something people of both sexes want to know. One would like to be good at something one enjoys which is also an important thing, right?

Not to overshare, but I am a hard nut to crack, so to speak, when it comes to a specific kind of sex (which Bill Clinton says is not sex at all). I almost never, and I mean never, get to climax via this awesome form of sex which is not sex.

It's a weird thing I have. No idea why. I really want this sex-which-is-not-sex to work, but it never does.

Well, once every ten years it does. And guess what? I can't help noticing the girl who actually managed this nigh-impossible feat is rather pleased with herself for having done so.

I am too, obviously. But I've noticed a certain amount of "feminine achievement" trophy hunting on this score. Almost like she feels good about being good at something.

Which is now officially a Hate Crime in a Special Snowflake Participation Trophy world.

This idea that men alone are somehow guilty of Sex Esteem Oppression for wanting to be thought of as good sex partners is bizarre to me. It does not comport with my own experience -- at all.

Maybe I've just been lucky to be with people who actually kinda care if it was good for you too.

But I don't think so. I think this is pretty normal.

At least I hope it's pretty normal.

And are men more invested in this than women? Probably -- most women assume that a man's orgasm is pretty much automatic. And it usually is, I guess. (Except for my curse.)

Women are a bit trickier; they only bat .650 in the orgasm hitting department whereas men bat .999. So yeah, guys may consider it more of an "achievement" than women, but again, I find that women are interested in the quality of the orgasm their partner has had. Maybe less about whether it happened or not (because 1, it's usually a gimme, and 2, whether it happened or not is pretty obvious), but they do seem interested in how big of an orgasm it was.

Update: A commenter points out that it's a pretty bold move for Cosmo, of all blogs, to say that it's evil sexist oppression to feel self-esteem for delivering an orgasm when their bread-and-butter is pushing articles like "Five Tricks That Will BLOW YOUR MAN'S MIND In the Sack!" and has taken to publishing how-to guides on r*mj*bs every few months.

If there's no Female Ego on the line when it comes to sex, how does Cosmo make payroll every month?

That Update out of the way, let's get back to the Hags Who Will Die Alone Without Ever Knowing a Man's Loving Touch.

The ways that women's orgasm might function as a masculinity achievement for men might depend on a number of individual differences. For example, beliefs, personality traits, identities, and sexual experience may affect men's perceptions of women's sexual pleasure and men's feelings about their masculine identity. Thus, we also had a number of subhypotheses about the ways that trait variables would impact men's experiences of the IOE, including the presence of traditional versus egalitarian values, men's level of investment in a sexual partner's sexual satisfaction, and the degree of masculine gender role stress.

Specifically, we hypothesized that (hypothesis 5) traditional versus egalitarian values would influence the degree to which men would feel masculine in response to women's orgasm presence; but we did not have specific predictions about the direction of effect because there were compelling reasons to believe that traditional or egalitarian values could impact men’s masculinity in response to women’s orgasms.

We also hypothesized that (hypothesis 6) men’s level of investment in their partner's sexual satisfaction might function similarly because investment in women's pleasure could align with traditional or egalitarian approaches to sexuality. For instance, traditional views of sexuality strongly align with sexual scripts that position men as sexual agents and women as passive sexual recipients [dumb citations omitted], suggesting that traditional men might be more motivated to demonstrate masculine sexual behavior and thus experience women’s orgasms as more of a masculinity achievement than egalitarian men, whose feelings of masculinity are perhaps less dependent on such demonstrations.

And also, they're gay, so they really don't care if a woman orgasms or not.

But it could also be the case that men with traditional attitudes do not expect women to orgasm and are therefore not invested in whether a woman's orgasm occurs. In contrast, men with egalitarian values might resist traditional conceptualizations of masculine sexuality that require demonstrations of masculine sexual behaviors, such as "giving" women orgasms, thus disconnecting women's orgasm occurrence from their own sense of masculinity.

If you notice, we've moved very far now from the actual data set (of an online survey!!!) to now simply assigning tendentious readings to the data. We're now just into the Yay-Boo part of the "science," where we make up reasons why sad sloop-shouldered Brooklyn semi-gay hipsters are actually better lovers for not caring so much if their female partner had an orgasm.

In addition, it may also be the case that men with egalitarian attitudes expect women to want orgasms, positioning women]s orgasms an important to men's perception of what constitutes a positive sexual encounter. In support, some men believe that their investment in women's orgasms makes them "enlightened" men, feeling it is their duty to give women as much pleasure as they themselves experience [dumb citations omitted again -- you're welcome]. This indicates that egalitarian men's may be more concerned with women’s orgasms as a demonstration of masculinity, as women’s orgasms signal success as a liberal, egalitarian-minded man.

If you can't follow that, what they're saying is that when men with "traditional" values are happy when a woman has an orgasm, that's bad, because they're seeing women as passive sex objects to be manipulated the way that I skillfully manipulate my drill when putting up awesome shelves, but when "egalitarian" men similarly care about a woman's orgasm, that's because they view women as equal partners in the exchange and so they're "enlightened" that's good.

In other words: The data is not telling us this, but we're adding these interpretations of the same reaction in two different sets of men -- both egalitarian pussies and traditional men can be invested in a woman having an orgasm -- so we're just going to go outside the data entirely and postulate that our hypothesis is still right. When a traditional man is happy his partner had an orgasm, that's a due to him seeing the woman as a sexual object; when an "egalitarian" Starbucks Jockey is happy his partner had an orgasm, that's due to the ironically-mustached Fregan being "enlightened."

The actual science ended with the data (via online survey!!!). Now we're just assigning motives to people we like and don't like using nothing but bias and hatred.

As they say early in the Durants' History of Civilization: "90% of history is pure guesswork; the rest is just bigotry."

We also anticipated that men who feel that their masculinity is more fragile may be more motivated to prove themselves and gain masculinity achievements, whereas men who feel stable about their masculine identity may be less concerned [dumb citations omitted, but I will note they include "Harassment based on sex: Protecting social status in the context of gender hierarchy. Academy of Management Review," and "Sexual harassment under social identity threat: The computer harassment paradigm," and ."Heterosexual masculinity and homophobia: A reaction to the self? Journal of Homosexuality," -- kind of gives their agendas and biases away, no?]

Thus, we hypothesized that (hypothesis 7) men who had high masculine gender role stress would feel most masculine in response to situations where the woman orgasmed and least masculine in situations where she did not.

So they're saying a guy who usually can't deliver an orgasm has performance anxiety and is super-happy if the woman comes, and the guy who routinely delivers orgasms doesn't care so much on his occasional miss.

Ummm... I can't really argue with this. But I would only think I could get this observation published in the American Journal of "No Shit Really?" Studies.

By the way, you know when I said that the "egalitarian men" they found were actually gay?

Turns out I wasn't joking:

Analyses included 810 men (M age = 25.44, SD = 8.31) recruited through an introductory psychology participant pool and the community. To be eligible for this study, participants had to identify as a man, be 18 years of age or older, and be currently sexually attracted to women (participants did not have to be heterosexual to participate). We recruited specifically to increase sexual minority representation through similar advertisements targeted toward non-heterosexual-identified men who were sexually attracted to women. All nonheterosexual participants included in analyses indicated that they were sexually attracted to women, confirming that they met inclusionary criteria (via Kinsey scale responses, reported genders of sexual partners, and/or through qualitative responses). Participants were excluded from analyses if they did not fit the eligibility criteria (n = 10), if they indicated that they had taken the survey more than once (n = 35), or if they indicated that their responses were intended as jokes (n = 7).

So they specifically targeted gay men (and men who might actually be women), so long as they said they had some attraction to women (and, PS, many gay men will have sex with women on occasion).

They came the shocking conclusion that gay dudes don't really care that much if the woman they're indifferently banging while thinking about Channing Tatum have orgasms or not.

Oh -- and they only excluded answers if the participants answered "Yes" to the question "Are you doing this as a goof?"

To confirm that the study questions were answered seriously, participants were asked to indicate if they were joking when they responded to any of the survey items... Data from participants who indicated that they were joking or that they took the survey more than once were removed before beginning any assessment.

Now that's what I call scientific rigor.

By the way: I mentioned workin' my drill to put up awesome shelves earlier.

As you know, when I found out I had been mis-performing a basic task that most men can perform (to be specific, running the drill the wrong way), I did in fact feel less masculine, and then, when I put up my Rock-Hard Throbbing Shelves of Masculine Power, I did in fact feel like I had accomplished something manly.

Weird huh? It's almost as if men define "skill" and "success" as being intrinsically good things that make you more manly for having them then you would be without having them.

What a terrible character flaw of men!

(And women, of course. Or at least women who actually enjoy competition and challenge -- you know, actual women, not these superannuated little girls who work in Gender Studies labs, asking dirty questions on the internet.)

Anyway, I've yabbled on enough. Robert Traczinsky at the Federalist has more.

Posted by Ace at 02:55 PM Comments



TrumpRyanCare Vote: Paul Ryan Says We Don't Have the Numbers

—Ace

Going down, bigly.

House Speaker Paul Ryan is at the White House to brief President Donald Trump on the GOP health care bill, and it is not to deliver good news, a Republican source tells CNN.

Efforts on Capitol Hill to sway members are ongoing, but things aren't heading in the right direction.

"Not good. Not good at all," the source said.

Ryan is showing Trump the numbers, and asking what he wants the speaker to do because the votes aren't there, a GOP source said.

An idea that floats around a lot is the idea of political momentum, and that it's important for Trump to "win" on this to have "momentum" for his next agenda item. Otherwise, the king is wounded, and weakened. But if he wins, he has the high ground and the wind at his back and whatever martial metaphor you like.

I don't think I buy that. A presidential term is like a very long baseball season. You win some, you lose some, you have streaks going both ways. There is no such thing as a perfect season. You just try to get enough wins to make the playoffs.

I especially don't buy it now, given that the "newscycle" is now about six minutes long.

This was done too quickly with too little genuine persuasion or argumentation. I think a good part of populism is that people want to be consulted on these big moves, and do not just want our cadre of leaders telling us what they have decided on our behalf.

I want more time to debate. Maybe this actually is a damn fine bill. Might well be. But I really would like more information and more debate.

Remember the NAFTA debate? We had months of national debate on that. There was a famous televised debate on CNN (I think) between Ross Perot, taking the anti-NAFTA position, and Al Gore, taking the pro-NAFTA position. I had reservations, but I thought Gore won (certainly the pro-Clinton media thought he'd won).

I think maybe Gore won, but Perot's position was still right.

But that's besides the point I'm making. The point is that the public felt that it had had the major issue aired. The public felt as if it had been "checked in" with, at least.

Our current culture is of #HotTakes and pushing things quickly to make them #Viral, before anyone has a chance to think about them much.

Hasty thinking is bad thinking, or, usually, non-thinking.

While I'm open to the possibility that this bill is as good as we can get (keeping in mind the four RINO squishes in the Senate JackStraw always mentions), I'd sure appreciate more time to get this right.

Like Tom Cotton said: We don't need to get it fast, we need to get it right.

And if it's necessary to make some compromises we all don't necessarily like, we need a little time to get comfortable with those.

I like test-driving a car two or three times before I buy it. It's a psychologically important thing to feel like you've made the best decision possible under the circumstances, rather than having doubts linger with you for years as you wonder, "Did I really make the right major consumer purchase that I'm still paying for each and every month...?"

There's no need for all this stage-managing and conflict avoidance and top-down black box policy making. Conflict and argument are good. Broken bones heal stronger. Let's not be afraid to get into a rumble about something pretty important.

This isn't a Viking Saga. There are no epic heroes, there are no Valkyries sweeping the dead up to Valhalla. This isn't high drama.

This is the political process. Let's just work through the once-normal political process of dueling op-eds, televised debates, and exchanges of white papers.


Posted by Ace at 01:07 PM Comments



"Smoking Gun" Proof That Obama Spied on Political Opponents Coming This Week?

—Ace

By James Rosen, whom Obama spied on, not James Risen, whom Obama menaced to try to get him to reveal his sources.

Obama's spied on so many journalists you have to be specific about the spelling of their names.

Republican congressional investigators expect a potential "smoking gun" establishing that the Obama administration spied on the Trump transition team, and possibly the president-elect himself, will be produced to the House Intelligence Committee this week, a source told Fox News.

Classified intelligence showing incidental collection of Trump team communications, purportedly seen by committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and described by him in vague terms at a bombshell Wednesday afternoon news conference, came from multiple sources, Capitol Hill sources told Fox News. The intelligence corroborated information about surveillance of the Trump team that was known to Nunes, sources said, even before President Trump accused his predecessor of having wiretapped him in a series of now-infamous tweets posted on March 4.

The intelligence is said to leave no doubt the Obama administration, in its closing days, was using the cover of legitimate surveillance on foreign targets to spy on President-elect Trump, according to sources.

The key to that conclusion is the unmasking of selected U.S. persons whose names appeared in the intelligence, the sources said, adding that the paper trail leaves no other plausible purpose for the unmasking other than to damage the incoming Trump administration.

The FBI hasn't been responsive to the House Intelligence Committee’s request for documents, but the National Security Agency is expected to produce documents to the committee by Friday.

Also, a commenter pointed out this post from the Conservative Treehouse which reports that Judicial Watch says they've been contacted by a whistleblower with 47 CDs hard-drives' worth of downloads of intel reports on Obama political opponents. The whistleblower is trying to get legal whistleblower protection so he can actually release the documents to Congress without violating the law.

Freedom Watch notifies congress of a "Deep State" intelligence community whistle blower, Dennis Montgomery, with hundreds of millions of documents showing CIA and FBI and Intelligence Committees were spying on, and conducting surveillance on, American citizens for political purposes.

John Nolte wrote yesterday that Trump's surveillance (or "wiretapping") claims have already been 100% vindicated, but, I guess additional proof might be on the way.

PS, I'm seeing this is all officially Old by now, but I didn't see this stuff yesterday. I assume most readers have the good sense to get 0% of their news from any other source and rely 100% of the eminent Ace of Spades brand, so I'm presenting 12 hour old news for their benefit, and certainly not as an easy first-post-of-the-day slumpbuster.

And sure, I got these links from commenters posting in posts from yesterday at around 5pm and 6pm, but a mere commenter linking an article does not have the same first-draft-of-history imprimatur as an official Ace of Spades notification.

Posted by Ace at 12:17 PM Comments

Democracy Dies in the Newsrooms and Editorial Boards

—J.J. Sefton

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London, England, March 22nd, 2017

Combining ideologically-driven pig-ignorance with overt anti-Trump propaganda, "Time" Magazine's latest issue features this idiotic cover:

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Ironically, it's rather an appropriate one this week but for reasons the hacks at "Time" don't quite get (or perhaps they do and are understandably quiet about it). Last Wednesday, another "lone-wolf-whose-motive-we-may-never-know" went on a murderous rampage in the heart of London, mowing down several pedestrians with a car, then stabbing a police constable to death in front of the Houses of Parliament before being shot and killed himself. Almost immediately, the apologists were out in force, preemptively damning anyone who dared lay the blame at the feet of the 1,400-year-old fanatical gorilla in the room. At least there is one woman in Blighty who is making sure the truth still has a pulse; Katie Hopkins has the guts to tell it like it is, amazingly in a mainstream UK paper of all places.

No anger for me this time. No rage like I've felt before. No desperate urge to get out there and scream at the idiots who refused to see this coming. Not even a nod for the glib idiots who say this will not defeat us, that we will never be broken, that cowardice and terror will not get the better of Britain. Because, as loyal as I am, as patriotic as I am, as much as my whole younger life was about joining the British military and fighting for my country-I fear we are broken. Not because of this ghoulish spectacle outside our own Parliament. Not because of the lives rammed apart on the pavement, even as they thought about what was for tea. Or what train home they might make.

But because this is us now.
This is our country now.
This is what we have become.
To this, we have been reduced. . .

. . . As the last life-blood of a police officer ran out across the cobbles, the attacker was being stretchered away in an attempt to save his life.
London is a city so desperate to be seen as tolerant, no news of the injured was released. No clue about who was safe or not.
Liberals convince themselves multiculturalism works because we all die together, too.
An entire city of monkeys: see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. Blind. Deaf. And dumb.

Read it all and weep for England and Europe, and the future of this country if we do not stop this insanity now.

Posted by J.J. Sefton at 11:00 AM Comments

Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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A studio idyll
Carl Larsson

Apparently lutefisk is quite the impetus to get the hell away from the dining room table and out to the studio.

As usual, here is a fine artist I had never heard of. Thanks to grammie winger.

Posted by CBD at 09:30 AM Comments

The Morning Report 3/24/17

—J.J. Sefton

Good morning, kids. Before my computer dies I want to post this, sans artwork this morning. The big story is the President aligning with Paul Ryan and the GOP-e to force a vote on by any honest metric is a joke. I find it interesting that the same people who have been screaming for years about the sell-out traitors in the GOP are now complaining that the Freedom Caucus is grandstanding because they aren't getting 100% of what they want. Dear Lord, this is not a friggin' game to see who is swinging the biggest dick. We're talking about doing away with an evil edict that is the centerpiece of socialism that kills freedom, kills our economy and kills people. I voted for Donald Trump among other things to repeal this thing root and branch, not to suck up and appease the very people and forces he claimed to be fighting against. His ultimatum of take it or leave it is really, to be charitable, unacceptable to me and insulting. There's no defense of him hitching his wagon to this shit show and then railing against anyone who opposes him. I call it like I see it. YMMV. Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

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

Thursday Overnight Open Thread (3/23/17) Thirsty Thursday Edition

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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What goes with beer? Today's national day, National Chip and Dip Day.

Thirsty? Hungry? There is still time for a Beer Run. Don't forget the chips.

Quotes of The Day

Quote I

Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public. H. L. Mencken

Quote II

Political tags - such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth - are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. Robert A. Heinlein


Quote III

Generally young men are regarded as radicals. This is a popular misconception. The most conservative persons I ever met are college undergraduates. The radicals are the men past middle life. Woodrow Wilson

Think about that one.


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Posted by Misanthropic Humanitarian at 10:00 PM Comments

Bridge To The ONT Thread

—CBD

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This is a test. Can you resist commenting? I doubt it, but there are some who think you have some semblance of self control.

I'm not one of them.

Can you last 15 minutes? Inquiring minds want to know.

Posted by CBD at 09:45 PM Comments

John Gabriel: My Brave Journey of Transitioning Into an Avant-Garde Transgressive Artist, and the 45 Minutes of Copying and Pasting Google Images It Took Me To Become One

—Ace

Amusing and worth a read.

Note the article says he put Obama's face between the a-bomb mushroom clouds, but the picture shows Trump's face. That's because he's making the crap up about designing his own stupid anti-Obama "art," while showing the real "edgy" billboard that really was put up featuring Trump.

This is why I hated that Giant Purple Vagina stunt from yesterday -- first of all, it does not look like a Vagina. It looks like the Space Crib Jor-El packed his kid in before trundling him off to Dayschool Earth.

You see this in most of PETA's stunts. PETA's stunts always involve two things: Blood, and female public nudity. I have no objection to either, but the schtick does reveal an utter lack of creativity. It's always the same damn thing (even if PETA chicks are sometimes cute and look good naked).

See, for example, the newest PR stunt by women Fat Acceptance activists, who attempted to promote their cause by employing, get this, public (semi-) nudity.

If one wants to go searching for evidence of female inferiority, one does not have to look very far past feminists' notorious lack of originality of thought and expression.

How many times does the #SmartSet which presumes to do the world's thinking for us think it can go to the #VaginaWell and expect us all to be shocked, titillated, and shaken out of our #FalseConsciousness by their daring and novel eternal recurrence of the same?

Exception: I'll allow the girls of the Co-Ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society to continue using nudity to sell reading, because I'm a big fan of reading, and a couple of these girls are stacked like hotcakes made out of tits and smothered in ass. (Content warning for Meh Nudity occasionally spiced up with I Need to Be Inside That Nudity.)

Posted by Ace at 06:56 PM Comments

Jewish Community Center Bomb-Scare Caller Arrested... And Once Again, It's Not the Villain the Leftwing Media Was Looking For

—Ace

He's actually an Israeli-American dual citizen.

This article at the Jerusalem Post begins by telling us "he is not in the IDF, not Ultra-orthodox" -- that is, he's not even the sort of hard-core right-wing Jew we would have hoped for as even a tenth-best possibility.

So he seems to be a left-wing Jew, and not a right-wing Jew-hater. Once again, then, most likely a Social Justice Warrior hoping to agitate for the "cause" through a hoaxed persecution.

Why are all of these left-wingers perpetrating hate hoaxes?

Could it be for two simple reasons?:

1, the media runs any claim that furthers their agenda uncritically, without the bother of fact-checking or even a little due-dilligence skepticism.

2, society has unduly valorized victimhood, making it very easy to become special through the very easy expedient of claiming someone said something mean to you. Not only does this encourage victimhood hoaxing -- people are economical and seek the shortest and easiest path to anything, including attention and social value -- but it discourages the older, much harder methods by which people claimed social value, namely, stupid things as Old As the Constitution like working hard, achieving things due to effort and risk, cultivating virtue instead of just advertising fake virtue on Twitter, etc.

Obviously the same media which relentlessly hyped this story as a sign of the rise of Trump's allegedly-legion Nazi admirers and which demanded repeatedly that he denounce what must surely be his own supporters' anti-semitic brutality will not bother reporting much on this nor giving it the "thinky" spin-off stories and analysis pieces that keep an event percolating in the national consequences.

We will have no think-pieces about whether society is breeding a Generation of Bois Who Cried Wolf by unduly promoting the culture of victimhood.

The story of the JCC bomb threats had Profound Political and Cultural Implication when it was assumed by the media to be the work of someone from the other party. Literally, from the Party of The Others, the Otherized, the Strangers, the Foreign Invaders.

Now that we find the caller was calling from inside the house of progressivism, there's simply no story here at all.

As is always the case: Any misbehavior by any conservative or Republican (or, lately, any man or any white person, period) is the fault of the entire group. Some people are to be condemned for sharing similar politics or DNA with their misbehaving cousins -- where the perpetrator (or suspected perp) is white, male, or Republican, the entire group shares a Blood-Borne Guilt for the individual's crime.

But of course the media is simultaneously very defensive about any notions that one illegal alien's brutal rape implicates any other illegal alien -- they're so firm on this point that they babble about it even when no one has even hinted about such a thing.

They're very big on saying "an attack by a Muslim does not implicate all Muslims."

Okay, fair enough. Let the proposition stand as uncontested.

But why doesn't the same reasoning then apply to all whites, all men, or all Republicans?

Why, when Dylan Roof goes off on an insane racist murder spree, am I demanded to examine my own alleged unconscious racism and white privilege?

Why does a white racist killer somehow create an obligation in me to examine how my own internalized "white supremacy" might be part and parcel of the attack, whereas the terrorism committed by a Islamist is definitely not cause for any self-reflection within the Muslim community about how their own hatreds and ideas of Islamic Supremacy might have something to do with the latest jihadi rampage?

Why the two standards, media?

And why are the standards becoming even more divergent -- why is it now considered journalistically unethical to even report that a jihadist attack was carried out by a jihadist, or that a rape by an illegal immigrant of a 14 year old girl even happened at all?

Fake News isn't just the made-up news CNN cranks out daily -- it's the real news it refuse to mention.

Below, a great graphic by @exjon /Jon Gabriel about the media's simple scheme for determining the proper Narrative for all stories involving violence.


The Kardashian Option is a big one -- right now all the media except Fox is playing the Kardashian Card rather than report the Culture of Rape that's actually going on in Maryland high schools, with official state blessing.

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Ted Cruz Grills Neil Gorsuch on The Ultimate Question

—Ace

Kind of amusing, in a geeky way. The left is freaking out because this is obviously an effort to "humanize" Gorsuch and make him "relatable." That, they believe, is a dishonest strategy, because it takes away from their own strategy of dehumanizing Gorsuch and making him unrelatable.

I mean, when Al Franken was attempting to prove Gorsuch's deep partisanship based on his knocking on doors in support of his mother's bid for local minor office when Gorsuch was 8 years old, that was plainly a line of questioning just based on facts and evidence.

So much so that Gorsuch rolled his eyes at the unfunny former TV monkeyclown.

But Cruz's attempt to distract from Gorsuch's campaigning-for-mom scandal was just out of bounds, wasn't it?:

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RyanTrumpCare on Life Support?

—Ace


Couple of questions/thoughts:

1. Isn't it better to just do a full and clean repeal before attempting any fix? Consider: With no federal health care law existing -- and apparently that is too horrible a notion for even many Republicans to contemplate now -- that ups the pressure on Democrats to get on board with a replacement to be passed later.

If they filibuster and block that later replacement, they cannot execute their plan -- blame all of health care problems on Republicans, as they always have -- as cleanly as they'd like.

Doesn't a full repeal put the GOP in a much better bargaining position for any later health care moves?

2. Doesn't starting from zero get you to where you want to be faster? Some houses cannot be repaired. They have to be razed to the foundation. Then, the foundation needs to be jackhammered into nothingness. Then the dirt that surrounded the foundation has to be dug out, set inside a large weighted steel globe filled with air, dropped to the bottom of the ocean, and then set on fire at the bottom of the ocean.

Then you build a proper house. You do not attempt to patch up and add additions on to a crumbling, rickety house loaded with termites, asbestos, and mold-borne AIDS.

3. There is also that tiny concern about honoring promises you've made for eight long years too, if that even matters at all, and I'm quite sure it does not.

Vote Tomorrow at 9am? That's what some commenters are saying. Could just be yet another Strong Horse Bluff (we're definitely having this vote so you better vote for it!).

Could also be that my commenters are Big Huge Liars.

Here's McCarthy saying he just needs a few more votes and then he thinks they'll be ready for a vote.


Posted by Ace at 03:32 PM Comments

A New Low for the Partisan Fanatics at CNN

—Ace

Many are dismissing Nunes' disclosures as being too vague, too filled with "may be's" and "could be's," too reliant on Nunes' subjective assessment that the intel reports seem make him "uncomfortable" and strike him as "inappropriate."

Fair enough.

But is that the standard the media uses in examining all such leaks?

No it is definitely not -- this tough standard of review goes out the window when the leaks being discussed are anti-Trump.

At Powerline, check out CNN's maybe-kinda-sorta "breaking news."

The FBI is now reviewing that information, which includes human intelligence, travel, business and phone records and accounts of in-person meetings, according to those U.S. officials. The information is raising the suspicions of FBI counterintelligence investigators that the coordination may have taken place, though officials cautioned that the information was not conclusive and that the investigation is ongoing.

Odd how CNN comes together as a single mind to declare Nunes' claims as "too speculative" and not sufficiently backed by evidence which is disclosed and open to examination, while at the same time they essentially make up reasons to re-re-report the same unevidenced "suspicions" their Obama loyalist sources feed to them.

And note that none of this is new at all -- this is the same bullshit they've been feeding us for months. CNN's goal here is not to break new news but to maintain political pressure by simply re-re-reporting that which has been reported to death. The Democrats have an agenda item -- they are campaigning for a special prosecutor or special investigative committee which will have free reign to go on a fishing expedition on Trump for four or eight years -- and CNN is an important political operative in agitating for that scheme.

Meanwhile, where is CNN on the question of whether Nunes' charges similarly require constant re-reportage and their own special prosecutor who can go on a fishing expedition against Obama loyalists for two or eight years?

Nah, no need for that -- there is insufficient evidence for that sort of thing.

But for Trump -- we need that, stat. Also based on no evidence.

But CNN thinks its Obama loyalist sources are super-swell guys and Big Patriots and you should too!

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Is the GOP This Stupid, Or Just Almost This Stupid?

—Ace

The Democrats are proposing a "deal" in the Gorsuch confirmation: For promising to not block his nomination, which they can't do anyway, they want Republicans to promise not to nuke the filibuster for any subsequent nomination -- you know, the one that's really important because it might just well tip the Court's balance for 20 or 30 years.

In short, the Democrats are offering to take a Big Something from the Republicans in exchange for Nothing.

Here's the thing: The Republicans actually want the Democrats to keep the filibuster, because they actually don't want a conservative court. Or to have the power to enact any of their legislative measures that they claim they want to enact, but in fact do not want to enact. They like pretending they want conservative reforms, while loving the fact that the Democrats can block those reforms.

Then they get to have their cake and eat it too -- they perpetually run on issues they don't want a resolution on, while being able to explain away their failure by saying "Because Democrats" or "Because Political Reality."

So some Republicans -- I'm thinking of Orin Hatch and John "Build the Dang Fence" McCain and Lindsey Graham and Susan Collins and maybe Mitch McConnell -- might just seize this non-deal "deal" as a political fig-leaf for getting what they wanted anyway (keeping the Court "balanced") while citing their eternal excuse of "The Democrats made us do it, don't you Hobbits understand that?"

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In Wake of Alleged Brutal Rape of 14 Year Old By Illegal Immigrant, Maryland State Legislature Votes to Become a Sanctuary State

—Ace

They have their agenda and they're not changing it for anything.

Maryland Democrats this week took a major step to becoming a "sanctuary state," drawing outrage from Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and concerns it would protect an 18-year-old illegal charged with raping a 14-year-old girl in a school bathroom last week.

The Democratically-controlled House of Delegates voted 83-55 to OK the Maryland Law Enforcement and Trust Act. Generally, it would bar state and local law enforcement from helping federal immigration officials seeking illegals, including requests to detain inmates for deportation.

Bre Payton at the Federalist has more.

More: From JJ's Morning Thread, Tucker Carlson intergoofs leftwing shill who compares ICE to Nazis, and also makes excuses for the rapist of a 14 year old girl.

Also from JJ: "Major media" (um, a term which is increasingly divorced from reality) completely censored the story.

An uninformed public is a propagandist's best ally.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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The Artist's Garden at Vétheuil
Claude Monet

This is a nice Monet. Not my favorite, but it is undeniably a beautiful piece. I like Monet for his attempts to inject some relatively sophisticated brushwork into his painting. It's that hint of seriousness that pleases me, although Gauguin and sometimes van Gogh were primitive in comparison, and I love some of their stuff too.

I'll shut up now.

Posted by CBD at 09:30 AM Comments

The Morning Report 3/23/17

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning, kids. Well, it's the moment of truth for RynoCare which no matter what will soon have the moniker of TrumpCare whether it passes or goes down in flames. The other big story is the accidental jihadist who was trying to get his life back together when he mowed down pedestrians and seemingly inserted a knife into a constable. These things are always a mystery. Finally, it looks as if Gorsuch is more than likely going to be confirmed, but there's a rather alarming post from Paul Mirengoff at Powerline about potentially disastrous - and completely unnecessary- horse trading going on behind the scenes that will give away the store to the Dems when Kennedy's and perhaps Baader-Meinhoff's seats become vacant. Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

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Wednesday Night's ONT is Something Else, We're Just Not Sure What.

—WeirdDave

Tonight we've secretly replaced the fine ONT Weirddave usually writes with one dashed off between appointments at work. Let's see if anyone can tell the difference!


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Hmmmm...: Mike Lee Says Senate Parliamentarian Informed Him It Might Be Possible to Undo Obamacare Regulations Via Reconciliation

—Ace

So, reconciliation -- where you only need 51 votes for passage, and where a filibuster is not allowed -- is usually only allowed for budgetary measures.

It has been argued that Obamacare can only be repealed in multiple phases because step one has to be entirely budgetary in nature, in order to be doable via the reconciliation route in the Senate. Regulation reforms would have to wait for phase 2 or 3, which of course can then be filibustered. (This is why a lot of people argue phase 2 and phase 3 aren't going to happen.)

But now Mike Lee says he discussed things with the Senate Parliamentarian -- who rules on what can or cannot be done via reconciliation (among many other things)-- and it's his understanding now that some regulation repeal can be done via reconciliation too.

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, said on Wednesday that the Senate parliamentarian has told him that it may be possible for Republicans to push harder on repealing Obamacare's regulations than the current House bill, which contradicts the assertion by House leadership that the legislation goes after Obamacare as aggressively as possible under Senate rules.

"What I understood her to be saying is that there's no reason why an Obamacare repeal bill necessarily could not have provisions repealing the health insurance regulations," Lee said in an interview with the Washington Examiner, relating a conversation with parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough about reconciliation he had on Tuesday.

Lee also said that the parliamentarian told him it wasn't until very recently, after the unveiling of the House bill, that any Republican even asked her about the possibility of repealing regulations with a simple majority.


...

"One of the things we've been told over and over again is the bill was no more aggressive than it has been... in part because of Senate rules," Lee said. "And the Senate rules are something those defending the bill have repeatedly pointed to in defense of why they wrote it the way they wrote it. The parliamentarian said, there's not necessarily any reason that would categorically preclude you from doing more, both on the repeal front and the replacement front, all sorts of things are possible."

He continued, "What matters is how it's done, how it's written up. There are ways it's written up that perhaps make it not subject to passage through reconciliation, but there are other ways you could write it that might make it work."

The so-called American Health Care Act already looks dicey for passage, with Republican opponents claiming they have 22 or 25 Republicans ready to vote against it, and a claim that even more can be done via reconciliation will endanger it further.

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Feminists Write a Very Thoughtful Thesis to Trump About Their Concerns And Hopes for the Future
Nah, Just Kidding, They Did Another Stunt Involving a Giant Purple Vagina

—Ace

Their thinking is very inside-the-box, isn't it?

By the way, Resistance Ladies: If this is the way you think a vagina looks, please consult your gynecologist.

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Nobel Prize Committee: No One Can Top Our Giving the Nobel Prize to Obama For Doing Nothing
Variety Magazine: We'll Take That As a Challenge

—Ace

Variety Magazine to award Chelsea Clinton a lifetime achievement award for a lifetime of doing nothing at all.

Next month, Variety magazine will host its annual "Women in Power" luncheon, where it will pass out "lifetime achievement awards" to several lucky ladies who have dedicated their lives in the service of others.

This year, for no apparent reason, Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, will get a "lifetime achievement" award for her service to…well, that part's not quite clear.

But she'll get the lifetime achievement award anyway.

Okay, that doesn't top the Nobel Committee giving Obama the Peace Prize -- a president notable for spending every day of his two terms at war -- but still, come on. Giving Chelsea Clinton a "lifetime achievement" award? At a conference honoring "Women in Power"?

In power? My stars, she's not even in the workforce.

Anyway, this is all super-important stuff.

Other winners this year include Gayle King of "CBS This Morning," actresses Jessica Chastain, Blake Lively and Audra McDonald and media executive Shari Redstone.

According to Variety, Clinton is being honored "for her work with Alliance for a Healthier Generation, which empowers kids to develop lifelong healthy habits."

Ohhhh... her work "with" a group that tells kids to eat broccoli and avoid drugs. Okay, wow. I didn't know she was working "with" such a controversial, paradigm-changing group I never heard of.

Posted by Ace at 05:35 PM Comments

Turkey's Islamist Tyrant Erdogan: Europeans Will Not Walk Safely Down Their Own Streets Until They Change Their Policies To My Liking

—Ace

This said on the day of what appears to be an Islamist "marauding attack" in London that killed four and injured 20, including some visiting French schoolchildren.

(BTW, early reports naming the attacker as a Jamaican Islamic convert and murder-cleric seem to be wrong; sources say that guy is still in jaii.)

On to the Hamas-arming Erdogan and his new threats against Europe:

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that Europeans would not be able to walk safely on the streets if they kept up their current attitude towards Turkey, his latest salvo in a row over campaigning by Turkish politicians in Europe.

Turkey has been embroiled in a dispute with Germany and the Netherlands over campaign appearances by Turkish officials seeking to drum up support for an April 16 referendum that could boost Erdogan's powers.

Ankara has accused its European allies of using "Nazi methods" by banning Turkish ministers from addressing rallies in Europe over security concerns. The comments have led to a sharp deterioration in ties with the European Union, which Turkey still aspires to join.

"Turkey is not a country you can pull and push around, not a country whose citizens you can drag on the ground," Erdogan said at an event for Turkish journalists in Ankara, in comments broadcast live on national television.

"If Europe continues this way, no European in any part of the world can walk safely on the streets. Europe will be damaged by this. We, as Turkey, call on Europe to respect human rights and democracy," he said.

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Nunes Press Conference Bullet Points

—Ace

Just quick notes. Many of these are not exact quotes. They're as close as I could get them on a first pass-through. If there are quotes around a statement, that means it's closer to being an exact quote; no quotes means it's closer to a paraphrase.

1. "I briefed the president on the concerns I had concerning the incidental collection of data."

2. The reports I was able to see did not have anything to do with the Russian ties investigation.

3. Reporter gets huffy and demands to know why he is briefing the president about this matter, as the reporter thinks Trump is a criminal and should not be told about the Legal Noose tightening around his gangster neck.

4. He answers that the reason is that from what he saw, the surveillance had nothing to do with the Russian investigation.

5. "Brings up a lot of concerns about whether things were properly minimized or not" (minimized = masking/redacting names of US citizens before disseminating)

6. "What I've read bothers me, and it should bother the President himself and his team, because some of it seems inappropiate."

7. "It definitely goes beyond General Flynn." "We don't know how [that name] was picked up [collected, intercepted]."

8. "So far the FBI has not told us if they're going to respond to our March 15th [request for additional information]."

9. "What I've read seems to me to be some level of surveillance activity, perhaps legal, but I don't know if it's right and I don't know if the American people would be comfortable with [it.]"

10. Press continues attempting to Save Obama by focusing relentlessly on whether there was a physical wiretap of physical phone lines.

11. Asked if Obama ordered the surveillance, he says only "we don't know" who was responsible for "the taskings." (Which I take to mean the orders to survey.)

12. Intelligence reports were scattered across "a whole bunch of other agencies"

13. "I was only able to see a few dozen" of the intel reports. Some do have some foreign intelligence value -- implied, some don't.

14. "I think the president is concerned -- and he should be."

15. Again, a reporter digs down on "wiretap," trying to justify the Trump Lies article he's already pre-written in his brain.

16. Asked if he can rule out the possibility that "senior Obama officials were involved in this," he says "No, we cannot."

17. Nunes says that the monitoring is itself less of the issue (he seems to think this was permissible, or could be argued to be permissible), but the unmasking of names in intel reports is what he finds concerning.

18. "Yes," he says, when asked if actual Trump team communications are included in the intelligence reports.

19. Who brought him the information? "Well I can tell you this -- we've been asking people to come forward, and they came through through the proper procedures" (i.e., in comportment with whistleblower statutes, I think he means)

20. He thinks it was legal collection, but then possibly illegal dissemination. I thnk he's also suggesting that given that most of the intercepted communications have no foreign intelligence value, our foreign intelligence collection agencies should not have been typing them up, analyzing them, and then disseminating them -- what our our foreign spy agencies doing spying on US citizens? Or typing up the "incidentally intercepted" conversations of US citizens, if those conversations have no foreign intelligence value? Are they spying on foreign threats -- or against political opponents? Note all those questions are not quotes; they're what I think Nunes is getting at.

21. Was it information monitored in real time, or was it captured, stored, then sifted through later? He says it happened "pretty quickly," i.e., near real time.

22. Press: "Are you attempting to give the president cover for his wiretapping claim?" Of course they ask this. He answers that many documents do not seem to rise to having any foreign intelligence value, which makes him wonder why US citizens were unmasked in the reports.

23. Says he can't get into the issues here too specifically, but suggests people look into the "incidental collection" of data on Congress last year, because that case is similar to this one.

Update: When asked if he feels "vindicated" by what Nunes has told him, Trump says "I somewhat do, I very much appreciate they found what they did."

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Rep. Nunes: Trump Transition Team Members, Possibly Including Trump Himself, Were "Under Surveillance" After November Elections
Update: Nunez Says He's Seen "Dozens" Of Intelligence Reports That Indicate Some Kind of Surveillance

—Ace

Although he does go on to say this, which is just confusing:

Nunes said the surveillance appears to have been legal, incidental collection and that it does not appear to have been related to concerns over collusion with Russia.

This piece from The Hill makes the Politico piece look like it's been, get this, whitewashed to protect Obama.

The U.S. intelligence community incidentally collected information on members of President Trump's transition team and the information was "widely disseminated" in intelligence reports, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said Wednesday.

"I recently confirmed that on numerous occasions, the intelligence community collected information on U.S. individuals involved in the Trump transition," Nunes told reporters.

"Details about U.S. persons involved in the incoming administration with little or no apparent foreign intelligence value were widely disseminated in intelligence community reports."

The information was "legally brought to him by sources who thought we should know it," Nunes said, though he provided little detail on the source.

Nunes also said that "additional names" of Trump transition officials had been unmasked in the intelligence reports. He indicated that Trump's communications may have been swept up.


If it was "legal," I presume this means it was done after securing a warrant, in which case, I don't understand why various people have denied just this thing.

If this has nothing to do with Russia, then I assume it's part of a domestic criminal investigation -- and so I'm confused about the "incidental collection" part. I get that if you're talking about intercepting the Russian ambassador's calls; I don't get the usage in a domestic criminal case.

Also -- what crime?

Or -- are calls just generally intercepted?

"Incidentally" collected, but then deliberately disseminated -- with Obama's 11th-hour order permitting the names of US citizens caught up in alleged "incidental" collections to be unmasked.

By the way, when Nunes was asked if this establishes that Trump was being spied on, he said: "It depends on one's definition of spying."

Update: People are knocking Nunes for giving that answer, which they find "Clintonian."

Two points:

One, Nunes has been one of the guys pushing hardest to uncover the spying-on-Trump mystery.

Two, I can easily conceive of many scenarios in which one can honestly say "It depends on what you mean by spying."

Let me offer a few scenarios.

Scenario A: An intel group purposefully targets Trump personnel for data interception. Everyone would say this is spying. Though if it were done pursuant to a legal warrant, we wouldn't necessarily say that. We'd say they were lawfully surveilled. (Though we might also say they were surveilled by a warrent obtained for political purposes.) Even in this easiest-case scenario, there are arguments.

Scenario B: An intel group targets Russian officials, incidentally picks up Flynn conversations, then reviews its intercepts later specifically looking for Trump associates in the collected information. This seems like spying, but one can argue about it: the capture of Flynn's conversations was incidental, but the determined effort to sift through captured conversations specifically searching for Flynn's voice is deliberate. Is this spying? It's not before-the-fact spying, but it sure looks like after-the-fact spying.

Scenario C: Let's say Trump's team did not take the threat of Obama loyalists seriously enough for a while. Let's say that certain well-placed Obama holdovers could overhear Trump communications. Let's say the loyalists then collected the communications they had overheard to and began using them for purposes of Opposition Research.

Is this "spying"? In this scenario, the communications were not illegally intercepted. They're being used after-the-fact for purposes not intended by Trump, but they were not exactly "captured."

Anyway, Nunes seems like a pretty stand-up guy and I would not knock him for his statement. I would believe him when he says it's a bit complicated.

I mean, to me, this is "spying" at least in the broad, sloppy sense Trump intended, and vindicates Trump well enough.

But it wouldn't legally be "spying," and I think Nunes is probably just keeping safe and honest in not overselling what he knows. Otherwise, the next media attack will be "Representative Nunes Peddling Fake News."

I'd call it spying, in a general way. In a strict legal can-you-go-to-jail-for-it, maybe not. I wouldn't fault him for staying on-sides as far has actual level of information.


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Obama Loyalists In White House Caught Subverting Trump By Altering the Language of His Executive Orders

—Ace

Firing offenses.

The Obama administration worked in its final weeks in office to undermine the incoming Trump White and continues to do so, according to multiple sources both in and out of the White House.

Behind the effort, these sources say, are senior government officials who previously worked under President Obama and remain loyal to his agenda. These individuals leak negative information about the Trump White House and its senior staff to a network of former Obama administration officials who then plant this information in key media outlets including the Washington Post and New York Times.

...


"We have members of the former administration at the highest levels who through their actions after January 20 have demonstrated their refusal to recognize the results of the general election," one senior administration official told the Free Beacon. "They have pursued, organized, and managed a comprehensive subversion of the new administration."

In one instance, Trump administration officials found evidence that the administration's executive order banning travel from certain Muslim-majority nations had been selectively altered to bring it more in line with Obama-era talking points.

Several hours before the orders were set to be signed by Trump, officials noticed that language concerning "radical Islamic terrorism" had been stripped from the order and replaced with Obama-era language about countering violent extremism.

Couple more big details in the article, but you gotta click the link.

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—OregonMuse

CNN has become such a pathetic joke.


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Meanwhile, here's a photo that CNN didn't bother to show:

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Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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The Japanese Toilette
Marie-Francois-Firmin Girard

Incongruities aside, the detail in this painting is impressive.

Perhaps that is what frustrates so many of us with respect to much of the modern art we see. It doesn't seem particularly difficult to produce, and maybe we just want to see some effort in our artists!

[Oh...has anyone seen my keys?]

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The Morning Report 3/22/17

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning, kids. Lots of hot news so let's get to it. First up, the NorKs have reacted to PDT and SoS Tillerson by announcing plans to go all out for a nuclear first-strike capability and at the same time launching a missile test that seems to have fizzled. Neil Gorsuch hit a grand slam yesterday, but considering the enemy within disguised as a legitimate political party, I assume they will all vote "no." Lastly, the GOP health care plan is heading for a vote this Thursday. Some think it's great, others are sounding the alarm and the ones who think it's great are accusing the opponents of grandstanding. We shall see. On a sad note, Chuck Barris, who helped shape the landscape of television (or accelerated its descent into a vast wasteland) has passed away at the age of 87. RIP to one incredibly talented and zany guy. Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

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Tuesday Overnight Open Thread (3/22/17) Fill In The Blank Edition

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Thanks for stopping by. The ONT is always glad to see you Morons.

Quotes of The Day

Quote I

We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle. Winston Churchill


Quote II

People crushed by laws, have no hope but to evade power. If the laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to the law; and those who have most to hope and nothing to lose will always be dangerous. Edmund Burke

Quote III

Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties. Helen Keller

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Trump Bans Carrying Electronic Devices on Flights From 8 Airports in Majority-Muslim Countries

—Ace

The airports named include one airport in Istanbul, which lies of course in Turkey, and is a NATO ally, or, maybe, "ally."

Here's the why:

Intelligence obtained in recent weeks found that an al Qaeda affiliate was perfecting techniques for hiding explosives in batteries and battery compartments of electronic devices, according to a US official.

The discovery that al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was looking to exploit batteries and their compartments in laptops and other commercial electronic devices led the US and UK to ban devices larger than a cell phone from certain flights, the US official told CNN.

The new security restrictions, announced Tuesday, require airlines based in the Middle East and North Africa to prevent people flying from eight countries from bringing any device bigger than a smart phone on board their aircraft. Instead, those electronics need to be stored in the cargo hold.

The intelligence was discovered "in recent weeks?" Hmmm, why does that ring a bell?

U.S. special operations forces gathered valuable intelligence on the al-Qaida affiliate in Yemen in a raid last month, including data on the explosives they're manufacturing and the types of threats they're developing, a senior U.S. official said Tuesday.

President Donald Trump, in a speech to a joint session of Congress, sought to rebut the notion the raid didn't yield valuable information. Trump said he'd been reassured of that fact just before his speech by Defense Secretary James Mattis....

The U.S. official said a list describing the broad range of intelligence gains from the raid fills more than three pages. It includes information on al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula's training techniques and targeting priorities, said the official, who wasn't able to discuss details of the classified military operation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Such intelligence gives insight into the group's attack planning.


The UK and Canada are also ordering the ban on carry-on electronics from these airports. So they must be convinced as well.


I guess claims that the Yemen raid produced no significant intelligence was just more media/Deep State #FakeNews.

But this is all so anxiety producing. Let's have a bit of slapstick comedy to lighten the mood:


Interesting dilemma for the leftist judges now:

Their reasoning (or non-reasoning) for blocking the travel ban -- that Trump's EO was lawful but comments made by Rudy Giuliani proved he was animated by an impermissible discriminatory purpose -- applies equally here.

So: Do they permit it, and thereby undermine their travel ban decision?

Or do they dare strike it down -- knowing the entire judiciary will be discredited beyond repair should an Al Qaeda bomb take down a US-bound flight?

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Khizr Khan Changes Story Again

—Ace

He originally claimed that he didn't attend a speaking event in Canada because his "travel privileges were being reviewed."

A US citizen for more than 30 years, Mr Khan, a lawyer, was notified on Sunday evening that his "travel privileges had been reviewed," according to Ramsay Talks, the company behind the talks, based in Toronto and hosted by Bob Ramsay.

That claim came from the company announcing he had withdrawn from the speaking engagement hustle, but Khizr Khan backed it up with an attached statement:

"This turn of events is not just of deep concern to me but to all my fellow Americans who cherish our freedom to travel abroad. I have not been given any reason as to why."

When questioned about this hard-to-believe story -- as a US citizen, he can't have his "travel privileges" (which isn't even a concept in American law) cancelled -- he refused to comment further or explain his curious claim.

Khan himself is doing little to clear up the confusion. An email sent to the KM Khan law office, which lists Khizr Khan as an attorney, on Monday was returned with a brief response: “I have no comments." It's unclear whether it was Khan himself who replied. Multiple media outlets, including The Washington Post, Reuters, McClatchy, and Politico, reported that Khan declined or did not respond to additional requests for comment.

Khan himself is doing little to clear up the confusion.
William Stock, an immigration lawyer based in Philadelphia, professed his puzzlement about Khan’s account. “Mr. Khan has not provided any details that would allow me to figure out what the heck he’s talking about,” said Stock.

Well, now Khizr Khan has decided to make "comments," and the comments are, apparently, that he was not telling the truth the first go-round.

He now says the people reviewing his "travel privileges" were not the US government, but... just he himself.

Khan changed his story of what happened last week.

In a March 17 email to a Richmond, Va. radio station, Khan said that it was his own decision not to travel abroad.

"I did not want to go through the hassle of uncertain rules and capricious implementation," Khan told WCVE's Hawes Spencer.

Agitators of all stripes are given to creating hoaxing to advance their political agendas. The leftwing media is always suspicious that any right-leaning actor is just making stuff up, but tends to believe every damn claim coming from a lefty.

That didn't happen here, though -- Khan's claim was too silly for even our corrupt and incompetent media to believe it. They repeated Khan's claims, but were by and large skeptical.

But now he's confessed this was all bullshit from the start -- and I don't see anyone in the leftist media reporting this.

Posted by Ace at 06:14 PM Comments

Dianne Feinstein Attempted to Embarrass Neil Gorsuch. What Happened Next Will Astonish You.

—Ace

Well, it probably won't astonish you that much, though you may be surprised by how massive a pwning it was.

Oh it wasn't an insult or a Tu Quoque or anything like that. Just a guy who knows his own record, a lot better than the unhinged hacks who complied the dossier Feinstein has skimmed.

Somewhere around the tenth citation you can hear Feinstein's brain crackling with the thought, "I sure wish I hadn't asked this question."

Transcript of Gorsuch's answer at Hot Air, and video below.

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Posted by Ace at 05:07 PM Comments

A Common Language

—OregonMuse

I really like this piece Mr. Sefton linked to in the early morning thread. The author has a great observation as to why the left's 24/7 anti-Trump jihad is falling mostly on deaf ears. It's because

...most of their stuff is shouted out in language which doesn’t mean much to the natives of Brooklyn, Peoria or Biloxi. Not because they don’t know the definition of the words they’re hearing but because they rarely, very rarely, use them. I spent thirty years in manufacturing, I go to gun club meetings, American Legion meetings, I chat at the post office in the morning, I go to church and church affairs and have friends. But in all these years of mixing, I’ve only heard the word 'fascist' used by a man railing against his wife. Ditto for 'misogynist,' 'xenophobe,' 'Islamophobe' or 'homophobe'.

Contrast this with

The simple Anglo-Saxon terms Donald Trump used to describe Hillary – “liar,” “corrupt,” “crooked,” “nasty,” resonated with middle America where the East and West Coast Liberal inside-the-bubble-talk that Hillary and her advocates used to describe Trump drew a blank. And so went the election.

Exactly. If I want to insult some douche-y guy, I'll say 'you homo', not 'you homophobe'.

And he points out that the epithet 'nazi' pretty much gets used to describe a person who is extremely dogmatic about one thing or another.

For example, years ago when my children were young, Mrs. Muse and I ran across the La Leche League, a group that promotes breast-feeding of infants. And while that's great and and healthy and all, some of their members can get pretty strident about it, and after awhile I got tired of their constant harangues that implied that if a mother wasn't breast-feeding her babies, she must be a bad person. So I started referring to them as "nipple nazis".

But I never called them "literally Hitler."


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Two Immigrants, One Illegal, Allegedly Rape and Sodomize 14 Year Old Classmate in Rockville Maryland

—Ace

Strangely, one of the attackers was 18 years old, but had been put in the freshman class, making him the classmate of the 14 year old girl he allegedly raped.

Tucker Carlson video segment at the link. Apparently Rockville is considering becoming a sanctuary city, and Maryland is exploring the possibility of becoming a sanctuary state.

New, brutal details emerged Monday in the alleged rape of a 14-year-old girl at a Maryland high school by two male students, at least one of whom was in the country illegally.

The unidentified student at Rockville High School in Rockville, Md. was violently raped, sodomized and made to perform oral sex in a campus bathroom stall by the two males, according to court records.

Jose O. Montano, 17, from El Salvador, and Henry E. Sanchez-Milian, 18, from Guatemala, were charged with first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree sexual offense after they allegedly attacked the girl at 9 a.m. last Thursday.

By the way, the way I read this article, both attackers might be illegals. This sentence, for example:

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says they have a detainer on Sanchez, a citizen of Guatemala. The agency could not comment on Montano’s case since he is a minor.

So Sanchez is an illegal, and ICE won't comment on the other because he's technically a minor. But the first article noted he was from El Salvador.

Posted by Ace at 03:06 PM Comments

Company's CEO, Who Calls Herself a "She-E.O.," Sued for Sexual Harassment

—Ace

Teach women not to sexually harass other women.


Thinx (or SheThinx) is one of those chixsploitation companies that specializes in selling political statement wearables, like "Period Panties," panties that they say can absorb as much fluid as two tampons.

Which, frankly, doesn't sound like a bad idea to me but whatever, not the point Ace, keep on the subject.

But the company seemed to be mostly selling Empowerment.

When Thinx launched, it was known mostly for its boundary-breaking advertisements (their ads were the first to say "period" on the subway). Last year, for an article about ending period shame, Agrawal described Thinx's brand to The FADER by saying, "It's like texting your best girlfriend. Because [Thinx] talks about it without embarrassment, it gives permission to others to talk about it in the same way."

Agrawal continued, saying, "The entire period space has been so tired and so lame... [Now] it's artful, it’s beautiful, and it’s culturally relevant."

"Period space." I guess she means the artistic space, the frisson, of talkin' about periods.

The "She-E.O.," who I gather is actually a woman and not a transgender as I was expecting (though I'm open to being surprised on this point), is allegedly very sexually aggressive, particularly about women's breasts. Although she's also heterosexual. (Mostly, I guess.)

She sounds nuts. That is, she sounds exactly like the sort of person given to decrying the lame state of our current period space discourse.

I'll just excerpt here or there but you should just read the whole thing. It's nuttier than a Snicker's bar.

Miki Agrawal, the co-founder of Thinx -- a company that makes "period underwear" -- doesn't think much of boundaries. "I just love the taboo space"....

There she goes again with that usage of "space." Gender Studies major, I'm thinking.

According to a complaint filed late last week by a former employee (and echoed in interviews with multiple current and former employees), those things have included: the size and shape of her employees' breasts, an employee's nipple piercings, her own sexual exploits, her desire to experiment with polyamory, her interest in entering a sexual relationship with one of her employees, and the exact means by which she was brought to female ejaculation. Her alleged boundary-breaking in the workplace isn't just verbal. Per the detailed complaint, filed with the City of New York Commission on Human Rights, Agrawal also touched an employee’s breasts and asked her to expose them, routinely changed clothes in front of employees, and conducted meetings via videoconference while in bed, apparently unclothed. (She also is said in the filing to have shared nude photos of herself and others -- "including but not limited to her fiance" --with staff.) At least once, she supposedly FaceTimed into a meeting from the toilet.

...

The filing -- which also names the company's COO and CFO, for their failure to address repeated complaints about Agrawal's behavior -- comes on the heels, just over a week ago, of Agrawal's leaving from her post as CEO (as first reported in Jezebel) and the publication of an article in Racked that made clear that, despite the company’s feminist branding and mission, the women who worked there felt exploited by low pay and substandard benefits.

...

Leibow, who was fired in December after months of voicing concerns about Agrawal’s behavior, had started a year before and been promoted midyear. At first, the company culture seemed refreshingly "open and honest," she said to me over the phone. A month or two after her arrival, however, Agrawal said she had an "obsession" with Leibow's breasts, and "helped herself," as Leibow put it to me last week. "I didn’t say anything to her at the time. If you’ve ever been touched without your consent, you know it’s jarring. The whole atmosphere was one of: this is fine, this isn’t a big deal."

...

The incident, Leibow told me, developed into a pattern, with Agrawal regularly commenting on how Leibow’s breasts looked in various outfits, and touching them, both while the two were alone, and in front of others. Agrawal gave similar attention to other employees whose bodies Leibow described as, like her own, "curvy.' (According to the filing, Agrawal "molested at least one other female employee’s breasts." Agrawal denies any breast-touching.)

...

Agrawal-- whose brand was lauded for its body positivity, and for including visible stretch marks in its advertising-- also regularly engaged in what another employee termed "fat-shaming," commenting on people’s weights either directly or behind their backs. One of the perks of the office was ice-cream Fridays; Agrawal suggested that the treat ought to be changed to fruit because ice cream was unhealthy, and because employees were too heavy, said multiple former staffers.... When employees brought up the notion of expanding Thinx's offerings into further plus sizes due to customer demand, Agrawal replied that anyone larger than a 3X ought to go to the gym and lose weight rather than purchase new underwear, according to multiple sources. Agrawal calls the fat-shaming accusations "unfounded," and adds that she suggested having "fruit and berries to support healthy living."

From there it's a lot of stuff about her penchant for casual workplace nudity and other bits of harassment of women, and generally vicious treatment of her female employees. Worth reading, but I can't quote it.

I have to quote this kicker though. So much lunacy to unpack here:

...

Agrawal-- who recently raised $500,000 of funding for Tushy, her bidet venture -- is slated to speak on March 23 at the New Orleans Entrepreneur Week’s Women's Summit, directly following a discussion on "Navigating Sexuality at Work: Finding the Line Between Harmless and Harassment."

Oh you can also check out a post she wrote at Medium describing her trip to (where else?) The Burning Man festival. Apparently she wanted her employees to follow her crazy adventures.

4. Andrew and I went to the Orgy Dome to try and conceive for the first time ever. We just got engaged 2 weekends ago so what better time than to get baby making going! What was SO wild was that I really wanted to conceive on the Playa but I was supposed to ovulate the week before Burning Man. For whatever reason, my period was a week late, making my ovulation window during the week of Burning Man! The Playa Gods delivered once again! And what better place to attempt conception than the Orgy Dome? The Orgy Dome was another deep lesson on how to release the idea of being self-conscious, specifically in the sexual department.

They had a choice between the "Couples Only" and Group Grope sections of the Orgy Dome. Thankfully, they chose the former.

Apparently she's now pregnant so I guess the Playa Gods really delivered in the Orgy Dome.

And hopefully she'll get to experience her wish of having an "orgasmic" birth.

Thanks to The Dude/@woodwhisperers.

Posted by Ace at 12:54 PM Comments

Good Lord: Now Donna Brazile Says She Didn't Send Emails, After Having Just Said She'll "Forever Regret" Sending Them

—Ace

Forever isn't as long as it used to be.

As Andy Warhol said, in the future, everyone will "Forever regret" something for 15 minutes.

In an email exchange Saturday with the website Journal-isms, Brazile strongly denied that she had shared any debate questions with Clinton's campaign.

"At no time did I receive or participate in the drafting or dissemination of questions provided by CNN," Brazile told Journal-isms. In a follow-up telephone conversation, Brazile said, "I'm not going to allow the lies to stand."

Given that one of the debates in question was held in Flint, Mich., as the city dealt with a devastating contaminated water crisis, Brazile went into high dudgeon. "I as a black woman wanted Flint to be front and center in our conversation about who should be the next president," she said.

The website noted that Brazile, a Kenner native, "had witnessed Katrina," and quoted her as saying, "Am I supposed to sit there and let people get poisoned?"

Oh, she played the black card and the woman card again. That's so surprising!

Posted by Ace at 11:46 AM Comments

Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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Anne, Lady de la Pole
George Romney

Imagine how long it must take to paint the folds and imperfections and shimmers of that dress! My guess is that Romney had quite an attention span, and probably didn't even have his phone in the room when he was painting. No texting at work for him!

Posted by CBD at 09:40 AM Comments

The Morning Report 3/21/17

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning, kids. Spring has sprung though it looks like Old Hag Winter (SWIDT?) has one last gasp as we're in for a mini-cold snap here in Hymietown. Big stories of the day are 1) James Comey continuing to hurl wild insinuendos so that Democrats and DeepStaters can derail the Trump agenda, 2) the Gorsuch confirmation hearings where assholes like Patrick Leahy, who makes Thad Cochran look like Tom Brady, smear, slime and besmirch both an outstanding jurist and America in general and finally, the internecine wrangling over what the "new and improved!" repeal and renege bill will look like. Anyway, lots of other great links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

Posted by J.J. Sefton at 06:55 AM Comments

Monday Overnight Open Thread (3/20/17) Spring Edition

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Good-bye Winter!!! Hello Spring!!!!

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Posted by Misanthropic Humanitarian at 10:00 PM Comments

Open Thread

—Ace

I didn't cover the big stories today because they bore me.

I don't care about the FakeNews Russia non-story, and I think the Tomi Lahren story is a contrived bit of outrage against someone people were already annoyed with for being a pretty contrived media concoction herself.

All I know is that whatever side Glenn Beck is on, I'm on the other side.

I did really like this Byron York story about how the cherished media myth that Trump re-wrote the Republican Party platform to be softer on Russia and its invasion of the Ukraine is a complete fiction.

Oh and last week's Meals on Wheels one-day Tweetstorm turns out to be a lie, and the latest attempted hit on Neil Gorsuch turns out to be bullshit too.

I didn't know that -- I've heard My Media Betters repeat this lie so often I just assumed it was true.

Not consciously assumed -- conscious assumptions can always be analyzed. It's the unconscious assumptions that never get analyzed, because you don't even realize you've assumed them.

And that's what the media's good at -- just repeating lies enough times that your brain accepts them without even really having engaged with them or investigated the claims.

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