August 21, 2018

Body of Mollie Tibbets, College Student Who Went Missing While Jogging, Found
Suspect in Custody, Subject to an Immigration Detainer

—Ace of Spades

I say we throw a parade in his honor.

After all, the Statue of Liberty has a poem on it.



His Defense? A commenter says -- not sure where he's gotten this -- that the killer claims to have "blacked out" and can't remember killing her.

Illegal claims he "tried to run alongside Mollie" and she told him to go away or something, and then he "blacked out" and remembers he dumped her body.
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April Dumb Ryan: Omarosa Pushed Her "Trump Said the N-Word" Lie to... Distract From Aretha Franklin's Declining Health
Update on Manafort: Guilty on 8 Counts, Mistrial on Ten

—Ace of Spades

Now, you might be wondering why on earth April Dumb Ryan wouldn't just say "OMAROSA'S TELLING THE TRUTH, TRUMP'S A RACIST, WHOO-HOO!"

Well, it's because Ryan and Omarosa had Mad Beef earlier. It's not because Ryan has somehow become an objective reporter. No, this stance isn't based on any kind of dispassionate analysis about the lack of evidence for and conflicting stories behind Omarosa's charge; it's because Ryan and Omarosa have had Queen Bee bitch-fights in the White House.

This is embarrassing even for April Dumb Ryan. She's not just stupid and incapable of logical thought, she's actually insane.

White House correspondent April Ryan claimed Tuesday that ousted West Wing aide Omarosa Manigault Newsman purposely pushed a story in early August that President Trump used the N-word because she wanted to get revenge on Aretha Franklin for an old fight by distracting the public from the singer's declining health.

"She did it because Aretha Franklin didn't want her at her birthday party," Ryan told the Hollywood Reporter. "That's how vindictive Omarosa is."

Tell me more, Journalist. I believe everything you say. Why shouldn't I? You're obviously very smart with a good bead on things.

Manafort Update: The jury got the media's message and decided to opt for "not being doxed."

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Trans Activists: The Word "Vagina" Is Too "Triggering" for Trans People Without Vaginas. May We Suggest the More Inclusive "Front Hole" as a Replacement?

—Ace of Spades

RUFKM?

In the "not enough mind bleach in the world to blot out what I just read" category of the week, Healthline has decided that the word "vagina" is too triggering for trans people and so they will now use the term "front hole" in their sex education materials. No, really. Please keep in mind that these are the same people who for years have told us that toddlers need anatomically correct vocabularies in order to be properly aware of body parts, lest they become victims of sexual abuse.

But now, we are going to stop calling a vagina a vagina and call it a "front hole."

Let's start calling breasts "artificially implanted saline sacs" too, just to increase transculsivity on that score too.

I am totally down with this program of re-architecting 200,000 years of social custom regarding men and women in order to spare 0.01% of the population into feeling like they're "different."

Spoiler alert: You are different from most people, at least in this one way. I'm sure people in wheelchairs wince sometimes at the mention of walking and running, given that such mentions remind them that they've lost this ability. Shall we begin forbidding people from using the words "walk" and "run" to spare some feelings, too?

Why not? Maybe we should erase walking and running from physical reality while we're at it-- maybe all people should get around in wheelchairs so as not to make people who are actually wheelchair-bound feel "triggered."

Kurt Schlichter has reservations, however.

Last week, "news" broke that nearly all heterosexuals -- and 75% of homosexuals, too -- would not date a trans person. It turns out that straight men prefer to date women, straight women prefer to date men, gay men prefer to date men, and gay women prefer to date women.

This was called "discrimination." Vice was very, very sad about it.

Interestingly, even those people (both straight and gay) open to dating trans people would mostly only date people born with the actual sex they're attracted to, not the "gender identity" that person claims.

In other words, even among the minority of lesbians open to dating trans people, the vast majority of them would only date trans men, which is another way of saying "biological women claiming now to be men." Lesbians open to dating trans people still want to date someone who's actually a woman, not a guy dressing like a woman.

Similarly, the even smaller percentage of gay men open to dating a trans person generally will only date a trans woman, also known as a "biological man who has transitioned, sort of, to appear as a woman."

In other words, people, both straight and gay, remain attracted to the actual sex they're sexually oriented to be attracted to, and do not just drop their basic sexual orientation because someone says "Now I'm the other one."

Apparently, trans activists are shocked that sex might be an important component in sexual attraction or sexual orientation. They've tried to rewire reality and claim that sex isn't important, that only expressed, performative "gender identity" matters -- but notice the terms aren't "gender identity attraction" or "gender identity orientation."

Oh, and there's that funny (bigoted!) little bit about the great majority of heterosexuals intending one day to have children as the ultimate product of a sexual union (not a gender identity union), and of course that is not possible with someone who has a nonfunctioning reproductive system due to drugs or surgeries.

But people who envision sex and coupling as directed towards family-formation must now drop their traditionist (bigoted!) preferences because it hurts trans people's feelings to be reminded that reproductive acts sometimes result in reproducing.

And sometimes, weirdly enough, that's the whole point of it.

We seem to have deviated quite far from the sexual left's previous slogan, "Love whoever you want." Now it's "Love who we tell you to love, bigot."

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Manafort Jury Hung on ALL Counts?

—Ace

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Woman Uses Dating App Tinder to Swindle Guys, Get Attention

—Ace of Spades

What's Instapundit's perpetual headline for this kind of story? 21st Century Dating Life or something?

So this guy, @Bvdhai, tried to date a woman using the hook-up app Tinder.

The thread starts here, digested below.

I am about to tell you an epic tale about subterfuge, dating in the 21st century and the fall of human civilization. This actually happened to me and it could happen to you too. Get some popcorn. *Thread*

So a weeks ago I was on the Tinder machine shopping my soul around and I match with a very attractive young lady. No bio. Fairly innocuous.

I message her some random shit and we chat for an hour or so and she says "here's my number text me" I'm like okay sure thing.

I text her n we make small talk abt work for a bit then she goes, "actually, I have this huge presentation Im workin on for my job, would you be offended if I got back to you in like a week or two when Ive got more free time? Youre cute and I want to meet you Im just too busy rn"

I thought well that's an overly elaborate way to ghost someone. I say "lol I wouldn't be offended, I totally get it. Hit me up when you're free"

She says "thank you, I was worried you would think I was trying to blow you off haha but for sure I'll text you in like a week, I'm excited" in my head I'm like sssssssuuuuurrrreeee I respond "[smiley face]"

Two weeks pass I completely forget about her then I remember and go back to tinder and I can't find the conversation... I think well that's weird she deleted her tinder but I take it as... overly elaborate ghosting methods

"Ghosting" is just blowing someone off, not replying, pretending they don't exist, etc.


Then yesterday I get a text "HEY IM FINALLY FREE LMAO... my friend is DJing near Union square around 6 tomorrow I was wondering if you wanted to go for a bit then we could go get drinks after and see what happens"


I'm like well I'll be damned. Genuinely didn't think she would message me. I reply "yeah I should be free, I'd be down" she says "amazing I'm gonna be running around today and tomorrow but just come around 6 and I'll meet you by the stage then we'll head out"

...

I play football with @mersrulesworld_ earlier today and express my incredulity at the situation. I find her Instagram it says singer, actress, model, 3000 followers and I'm like uugghhhh I dunno bro, THIS SHIT FEELS OFF but fuck it

I make my way to Union Square. Eat a hot dog and look over by this open lot by 17th Ave and there is a stage and a DJ and about 100 ppl and cameras and shit and I think well this is some random ass Manhattan shit.



She texts me "hey I'm running a little late but just meet me by the stage then we can go" I wasn't gonna stand in front of the fucking stage so I stand off to the side a bit

Eventually I see a girl moving towards backstage with two enormous bodyguards in sunglasses and realise it's her and I'm thinking WHAT THINE FUCKETH IS GOING ON

I stay back and assess the situation and I'm like fuck I'mma stay right where I am til she texts me. The DJ eventually stops playing and she gets on the stage and I'm so fucking confused but think well I guess she's a social media personality or some shit

I immediately think I'm too fucking old for this shit.

She gets the mic and is like thanks for coming out I bet you're all wondering what this is about and I'm like yeah what the fuck is this about

She then says so I know all of you here are on tinder and I'm like [lots of emojis which i guess mean "WTF?"]

Then she says I've invited you all here for a chance to go on a date with me and proceeds to give a hunger games speech about what its gonna take to date her

ALL THE DUDES THERE SHE FOUND ON TINDER AND TEXTED THEM THE SAME SHIT


Every man in the crowd looks down and mimes WHAT IN THE NAME OF SCOOBY DOO THE IS THIS SHIT to themself


At that point I am genuinely amazed at the fallopian fortitude this girl possesses. This is top 10 greatest finesse of all time. Dudes actually stayed and played.

I went home.

I TRUST NO ONE. I TRUST NOTHING ANYMORE. VANITY WILL BE THE DEMISE OF HUMAN CIVILIZATION. DON'T GET GOT. THE END.

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Manafort Jury Note to Judge: What Does It Mean for the Final Verdict If We Can Reach a Consensus on 17 Counts But Can't Reach a Consensus on One?

—Ace of Spades

Everyone's wondering what this means. CNN and MSNBC are, get this, assuming it means that the jury is convicting on 17 counts.

Bonus: NeverTrump is getting off to a genius start today, showing the world, as they do every day, the fine workings of their elegant brains.

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The Morning Rant: J.V. Edition

—CBD

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You want to accuse me of being a "nazi" because of my politics? Read a damned history book and learn what real nazis are. 60,000,000 people were killed during World War II. 6,000,000 Jews...2/3 of European Jewry...were murdered by the nazis. THAT'S what nazis are. Not people who disagree with your idiotic, ignorant, illogical political philosophy.

95-year-old Nazi war criminal deported from Queens back to Germany

Palij was ordered deported in 2004, but Germany wouldn't accept him. That changed this week.

The White House Press Secretary said in a statement, "Palij's removal sends a strong message: The United States will not tolerate those who facilitated Nazi crimes and other human rights violations, and they will not find a safe haven on American soil."

The Trump administration pledged to deport Palij, saying that he shouldn't live out his last days in this country.

Bush and Obama couldn't manage to deport one aging nazi. But Trump could. Yet he is accused of anti-Semitism, authoritarianism, dictatorial beliefs, and probably bed-wetting. Yet he thought it important enough to get rid of this prick. And he got it done.

Sure, this low-level scumbag is just one man, and in the grand scheme of things was just a tiny part of a global effort to destroy the Jewish people, but it still makes me smile that he got caught after all of these years, and is going to be uprooted from the life he built (on a lie) and die in a strange place, alone and unwanted.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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Moonlight on the Everglades
Paul Frenzeny

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The Morning Report 8/21/18

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. Tuesday's here so let's get to it. First up, the Mueller Witch Hunt and Flea Circus grinds on as the jury is still deliberating, which is not stopping the Democrat-Left-Media complex from doing whatever it can to influence, intimidate and threaten the un-sequestered jury. You'd think in a trial of this magnitude, they would have been held incommunicado, but of course not. Meanwhile Judicial Watch is going after the DoD for its persecution of the whistleblower who blew the whistle on Deep State spy and Obama/Clinton/Brennan conspirator Stephen Halper, and the whole thing with George Papadapoulos, the administration/campaign bit player whom the Deep State used as a means to nail candidate Trump only highlights the incompetence and corruption that is your FBI.

Sliding over to John Brennan, PDT is using his (Brennan's) rage and arrogance as weapons against him, for all the world to see. And some CNN stooge who also profits off of his security clearance went ape-shit on someone who defended the President's actions and now PDT is citing that as reason to revoke that clown's clearance. Heh. In any case, anyone and everyone regardless of political affiliation should no longer be privy to any classified materials once their public service career comes to an end. Executive order that one, Mr. President.

On to politics where Camera Hogg is raising his pimpled head and declaring himself the new head of the Democrat party; he told Nancy Palsi to fuck off and die, and I'm not exactly misquoting the little shitler either. And that Alcee Hastings. It was bad enough that he "joked" about applauding the President drowning to death, but then we find out that the "joke" was written by a 16-year-old. No worries; the Chappaqua Choad is hitting the fundraising trail (and the bottle) to sweep the Dems on to victory. Then there's poor Loopy Ocasio-Fiasco who stopped in to say farewell to the Union Square restaurant she used to tend bar at. They shuttered yesterday after 28 years because of the minimum wage laws she supports. Not to worry, though because Fauxcahontas has a sure fire plan for capitalism: communism. And as the Democrats seemingly swirl the bowl, the RNC just had another huge fundraising month in July.

In censorship news, Neil De Gas-Bag Tyson wants a "truth force" to confront enemies of the truth (read the Morning Report, jag-off), the President is calling out big social media for silencing conservative voices and two interesting links on the politicization of books and the hate speech inquisition.

On the international scene, PDT is hanging tough with the Turks vis a vis the American pastor they are holding hostage, two Farsi spies were nabbed scoping out targets here in the US, South Africa is descending into Zimbabwean madness as the first white owned farms are seized, the Chi-Coms are ramping up their spying and sabotage actions here (see also the link in the Education section), Venezuelan businesses are shuttering due to minimum wage laws (hello Loopy Fiasco!), a once very anti-Semitic PepsiCo has purchased Israeli owned SodaStream and the First Lady is off to Africa on a goodwill tour. She should stay away from Johannesburg lest she be seized.

There's quite a bit of interesting stuff about Obamacare-caused doctor shortages, the illegal drug addiction epidemic and the rush to free drug dealers, VW and the diesel wars in Deutschland, SJW madness in Richmond schools, and an Indiana ISIS wannabe gets 15 years for plotting a mass terror attack. He was allegedly inspired by the right-wing, anti-gay, Christian, Jewish, conservative, capitalist, Trump-loving, MAGA-hat-wearing, Republican Bircher... Omar Mateen.

From hither and yon, the Omarosa ploy to sabotage Black approval of PDT has flopped, the Pope's letter apologizing for priestly sexual abuse is not going down well, ESPN's president has a new policy on political punditry that will save the network, vandals destroy a memorial to our WW2 submariners and an essay from an eyewitness to the Soviet's brutal crushing of the Prague spring. 50 years ago today. Wonder what the Democrat-Left has to say about this. Not really.

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

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Monday Overnight Open Thread (8/20/18 )

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(America!)


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The Quotes of The Day

Quote I

“You shouldn’t own more than 25,000 acres of land. Therefore if you own more it should be taken without compensation. People who are privileged never give away privilege as a matter of a gift. ANC chairman Gwede Mantashe


Quote II

It's simply untrue that religion provides the only framework for a universal morality. Sam Harris


Quote III

Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted in spite of your changing moods." C.S. Lewis


Quote IV

“Everybody is pointing at somebody. The criminal, the criminal activity, the gang have to be raised, not just ‘what did the police do? Legitimate questions, but not in lieu of another set of questions, not in lieu of asking where is the individual or the gang or the culture who condones rather than condemns?” Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D)

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Early Quitting Day Open Thread

—Ace of Spades

Talk amongst yourselves.

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Unapologetic Racist and Asian Supremacist Sarah Jeong's New, Improved Twitter Feed: Sunrises, Butterflies, and Rainbows Are Pretty

—Ace of Spades

Sarah Jeong, no doubt under strict corporate direction, is mounting a Bland Offensive, by deliberately tweeting only links or stuff like...


So... the New York Times' new editorial board member cannot be trusted to share her actual editorial opinions publicly.

Top Ten Corporate-Directed Sarah Jeong Tweets

10. Two groups in America just don't get enough credit -- mothers, and eagles. Even the white-faced ones. Nay -- *especially* the white-faced ones.

9. Here's my unpopular opinion: Spats were a mistake whose time has gone. Unless more than 20% of you are pro-spat. In which case, people's individual senses of fashion should not be used to make sport of them. #WearWhatYouLove

8. I may get grief for this, but there's just nothing like mulled cider on a crisp autumn night, after a full day of washing the feet of the impoverished. Including poor white people, who I am informed also struggle in this wonderful country of dreams and possibility.

7. They say "Never Meet Your Heroes." Well, I think they're wrong. I met my Heroes the other day and they filled me with inspiration. And who are my heroes? *The Troops.* Fight me if you disagree.

6. Wal*Mart is underrated. Quality merchandise for very fair prices. The staff is lovely and the clientele? *Incomparable.*

5. This may get me in trouble with the Language Police, but all I can say about Aretha Franklin is this: Now that's one classy lady. She will be missed. She was a national treasure of her race -- the human race.

4. I'm going to break with a 35 year tradition and dye my hair to its natural color (if I can remember it) as a show of solidarity with Jerry's Kids.

3. If I could have dinner with any two people in history, I would dine with Jesus of Nazareth and Randy "The Macho Man" Savage. Who is white. And that's okay with me. In fact it's more than okay -- it's a delight.

2. When I see a baby's smile, I feel like that baby is smiling because he knows a joyous secret, and that secret is that life is good and worth living. #RealTalk #TimeForHonesty #SomeoneHadToSayIt

...and the number one new Sarah Jeong tweet...

1. Hall and Oates. Lynyrd Skynyrd. Joan Jett. David Bowie. Hanson. What do these legends have in common? They're all white. And that's just great. God must really love white people because he filled my upper-class gentrified neighborhood with so many of them. Also, some Indian doctors. Who are also great. In fact, who even sees color? I sure don't.

[Next tweet:] Wait, was Oates technically white? Well either way. Hall is white enough for the both of them.

[Next tweet:] And that's just great.

Update: This might explain a few things.


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David Horowitz Diagnoses Jonah Goldberg and the NeverTrumpers' Cowardly Positioning

—Ace of Spades

Goldberg attacked Horowitz nastily on Twitter; if you care about that, see the link.

In this new column, Horowitz discusses the NeverTrumpers' focus-grouped ploy of claiming they support Trump's conservative policy actions while still hating him -- some, like Bret Stephens, even admitting they "still wish Hillary Clinton were president" -- due to Trump's character defects.

Funny, they never seem to have much to say about Hillary Clinton's character.

Also funny: they seem much more emotionally traumatized by President Trump than they ever were by President Obama. One senses, rather acutely, that they rather liked Obama, but were required for careerist reasons to pretend they didn't.

But anyway, as to this supposedly-I-support-his-policies-but-I-hate-his-character posture: it is strange indeed that they spend so little time or effort or emotion talking up these conservative policies they allegedly support. I guess you'll just have to take their perfunctory word about that.

Horowitz criticizes this stance as cowardly and calculating, for maximum career protection and even career advancement:

The posture of these NeverTrumpers is transparently self-serving. It preserves their intellectual credentials as "conservatives," and simultaneously takes them out of the line of fire from an increasingly vicious Left whose goal is to destroy Trump and his presidency, and--incidentally--conservative America. Sitting on the fence affords them new career opportunities -- appearances on CNN and MSNBC and columns in the New York Times.

All that's required is that they avoid taking sides in the political war that is engulfing the country.

All this reminds me of a memorable Trotsky sneer about liberals, whom he accused of being reluctant to step into the stream of political conflict because they were afraid to get their moral principles wet.

He also says:

The nastiness of [Goldberg's personal attack on me] sentence shocked me. Evidently the hatred of Trump is so fevered it can burn through two decades of cordiality and acquaintance. I wonder if Jonah would be so hostile to someone who shared his view of Trump's character but thought Trump's policies were racist, and tyrannical.

No, he wouldn't be. He was never this purple-facedly enraged at Obama and was one of the guys you could count on to chide you if your criticism of Obama offended the sense of propriety of his liberal friends.


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Chelsea Clinton: I Haven't Ruled Out Running for Office

—Ace of Spades

The thing is, 330 million Americans have ruled you out, though.

From the Guardian:

"While I disagree with the president … I think my family … is being really well represented. But if that were to change, if my city councillor were to retire, if my congresswoman were to retire, my senators, and I thought that I could make a positive impact, then I think I would really have to ask my answer to that question [of whether to run for office].

"For me it's a definite no now but it's a definite maybe in the future because who knows what the future is going to bring?"

Not Worth Its Own Post Unrelated Update:

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#MeToo Leader Asia Argento Pays $380,000 In Hush Money to Underage Boy She Sexually Assaulted

—Ace of Spades

And by "sexually assaulted," I mean "statutorily raped."

Yeah this one's a beaut.

The Italian actress and director Asia Argento was among the first women in the movie business to publicly accuse the producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault. She became a leading figure in the #MeToo movement. Her boyfriend, the culinary television star Anthony Bourdain, eagerly joined the fight.

But in the months that followed her revelations about Mr. Weinstein last October, Ms. Argento quietly arranged to pay $380,000 to her own accuser: Jimmy Bennett, a young actor and rock musician who said she had sexually assaulted him in a California hotel room years earlier, when he was only two months past his 17th birthday. She was 37. The age of consent in California is 18.

That claim and the subsequent arrangement for payments are laid out in documents between lawyers for Ms. Argento and Mr. Bennett, a former child actor who once played her son in a movie.

The documents, which were sent to The New York Times through encrypted email by an unidentified party, include a selfie dated May 9, 2013, of the two lying in bed. As part of the agreement, Mr. Bennett, who is now 22, gave the photograph and its copyright to Ms. Argento, now 42. Three people familiar with the case said the documents were authentic.

The New York Times notes that Jimmy Bennet played Asia Argento's son in 2004, in a movie called “he Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things. Below is a picture of the two, to show the age difference:

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Of course both aged 9 years more before they hooked up. Still -- weird.

It gets weirder:

The script, based on a book by the pseudonymous writer JT LeRoy, depicts the grim relationship between a drug-addicted prostitute played by Ms. Argento and her son, played by Mr. Bennett and two other young actors. Ms. Argento’s character dresses her son as a girl to lure men, and the boy is ultimately raped.

In interviews and subsequent social media posts between the two over the years, they referred to each other as mother and son.

Although the American media managed to almost completely embargo it -- despite her boyfriend Anthony Bourdain's suicide being a top news story for a week, and Argento herself having been a hot news story for a year -- Argento was photographed in Rome embracing and holding hands with a French reporter, shortly before Bourdain's suicide.

Do I blame her? No. That was his choice. Someone who commits suicide over the possible/likely infidelity of someone he's only been dating for a year is someone who's probably going to find some reason to commit suicide.

But I think it's very interesting to watch the media embargo otherwise-newsworthy stories that conflict with their precious narratives.

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Netflix Cancels Michelle Wolf's Show

—Ace of Spades

Man, when not even Twitter Idiot Liberals are talking about your leftwing political agitation show -- and those stupid fucks will watch literally anything on tv to get their political-affirmation dopamine hit -- your show must really suck.

No one was watching it.

If you don't remember, Wolf is that very unfunny, very obnoxious screechy-voiced hag who the Washington Press Corps invited to emcee their stupid dinner (the one Trump boycotted), and she embarrassed them all by showing them the real face of progressivism.

She also did this:



How was everyone's weekend?

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The Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

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"If there's any organization that's even worse at self-awareness than the MSM, at how bad they look in the eyes of others, and are completely clueless about it, it would have to be the Roman Catholic Church. Last week, Pennsylvania investigators released a 1300+ page report that detailed thousands of cases of child molesting by over 300 predator priests in 6 dioceses, and what does the Church do? First, nothing. Yes, I heard about their official statement which I'll get to in a bit, but the important thing is that the Pope has not said one damn thing about it. A case of this magnitude demands some king of visible, demonstrable act of contrition from the man at the top, but Frankie has been completely AWOL. And the Vatican's official statement is mighty weak beer. First, there's blather about 'shame' and 'sorrow', but they always say that. And then, and this is where we get to the cluelessly unself-aware part, it says there's been 'almost no' cases 2002, so, presumably, everything is OK now. Really? Do they really think now is the time to brag about the new shiny lock they put on the barn after it has burned down? Even if it's correct, I don't think most pew Catholics want to hear about that just now. It's like the old Monthy Python skit about how there's no cannibalism in the Royal Navy. I don't think anybody is satisfied with statements about 'shame' and 'sorrow'. One can easily conclude that once again, the Catholic Church is circling the wagons to protect its own. Not until the Catholic Church opens up an independent investigation, starting with the College of Cardinals and working throughout the seminaries and then down to the ranks of the parish priests, and rooting out every last sexual predator and enabler, will justice be done. Because, despite the bragging about no cases since 2002, you can bet there is child molesting going on now that won't come out until 2025 or 2030 or later. The Inquisition has a bad rap, but maybe it's time for another one."



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Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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The Lute Player
Hendrik Martenszoon Sorgh

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The Morning Report 8/20/18

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. Another Monday and we're loaded up with link-fu so let's commence. First up, the absolutely justified revocation of John Brennan's security clearance is turning into yet another political victory for the President, as is evidenced by both the jerk's own walking back of his anti-Trump rhetoric probably at the urging of his fellow Deep Staters, such as James Clapper who is openly telling him to cool it on the State-run house organs. That didn't stop Michael Hayden from jumping on the self-righteous self-serving fake hero bandwagon to taunt the President into revoking his clearance. Which leads to two somewhat cromulent points; a) unless administrations are transitioning at a time of war or other national security situation, why does any former government official in those capacities get to retain security clearance after they leave the service? As is now clearly and painfully evident, those within the Deep State who are hell bent on seeing its preservation and the destruction of this President and all who support him will use their power and position and subvert the tools they are entrusted with in defense of the realm for political purposes and the accretion of power. That's a rather alarming, yet obvious, conclusion given the external threats posed by the rise of global Islamic totalitarian expansionism, petty tyrants flexing their muscles and for me the number one threat to America for the foreseeable future, the People's Republic of China (see a couple of links below).

That said, the President completely debunks the myth that revoking high level security clearances is a political move to silence free speech and dissent; in fact it does just the opposite since having that clearance in a sane and logical world means you are supposed to keep your yap shut. Not having one gives you the freedom to shoot your mouth off (without revealing state secrets) whenever and however you like. Anyway, Brennan has succeeded in scoring an own goal and looking like even more of an ass to an ever-widening group of people.

In Mewler-Gate news, the big story is that the White House counsel was allowed to be interviewed by Mueller and company. By all accounts nothing was revealed and, despite desperate hoping against hope by the Left, did not implicate the President in anything. That said, why allow him to be exposed to a process crime sting? Meh. They're desperate; they're praying for a Manafort conviction and of course if by chance he is acquitted you bet your ass the judge will be smeared as being in Putin's pocket. Anyway, we're 10 or so weeks from the Midterms when all of this will come to a head, one way or another.

Speaking of politics, after getting the rhetorical tar beaten out of him, Andrew Cuomo is back for more, spewing a litany of charges against Republicans and conservatives that he and the Democrat-Left have been wholly guilty of since the founding of the nation. And still are. Plus, we have several links that anecdotally debunk the notion of a blue wave coming in November. Meanwhile, the essentially Marxist Democrat Farm Labor Party in Minnesota is standing by he-man woman-hater Keith Ellison, despite the charges that he physically and emotionally abused his ex-girlfriend. I guess if you rub the pussy-hat it turns into a burqa with no eye slits, ja? And bipedal turd Alcee Hastings burped up that it would be catastrophic if Trump were drowning... and someone saved him. Where else but America can a judge who was impeached for taking bribes come back and become a 25-year congressman? Maybe Cuomo's got something; how can America be that great if cheap-suited, race-baiting dimwit goniffs like Hastings can serve in Congress? Meanwhile, the Feds have posted a reward for info leading to the capture of some punk who threatened the President. Meh, Hastings, Durbin, Waters, Booker et al are unindicted co-conspirators in my estimation.

Big news on the amnesty front; the hack-in-black has reversed himself and ruled that the Feds do not have to expand the illegal DACA program, the Media is now oddly silent since learning that the illegal alien apprehended and set to be repatriated away from his poor preggo wife is in fact wanted for murder. And of course, contra Cuomo, if we suck so badly why are foreigners flocking here by the millions? I can see the Arnold Horshack reaction through my USB.

Let's go to the economy where in something truly remarkable which will never be seen in the propaganda organs, US Steel has announced a $750 million investment in plant expansion at the Gary, IN facility and is crediting PDT's tariffs, 401(k)s are becoming great again, Chelsea Hubbel's aborting our way to prosperity is a sick joke, Fauxcahontas' plan to communize the American economy would be a disaster and a good essay on the myth of the Swedish socialist miracle, the one your libbo friends always crow about whilst avoiding Cuba, North Korea, Zimbabwe, Venezuela, Nicaragua...

Quite a good assortment of links on fake news fakery and censorship, as well as good news on the gun front, where Louisiana is going after corporations restricting gun rights, Washington state's latest gun-grab initiative is tossed from the ballot and concealed carry permits are skyrocketing.

I mentioned the threat from the Chi-Coms and while they are arming up everywhere they still have problems developing indigenous technology that can compete with ours, as evidenced by the jet engine link. Then again, whatever they can't steal with spies here (Feinstein) they are given on a silver platter by crooked stooges (the Clintons and Loral Space). Meanwhile, they are in our schools bigly and also in bed with Google et al. Thank G-d Trump is president is all I can say.

From hither and yon, the Catholic church sex abuse scandal needs to be addressed and the Bishop of Madison Wisconsin of all places puts the blame on the culture of homosexuality. I expect his home to be firebombed at any moment for that one. Michelle Wolf's sick abortion show gets canned by Netflix, Al Sharpton beclowns himself yet again, Mike Lindell stands by the President, the Left owns the Brit grooming gang and Tommy Robinson atrocities and, considering the Chi-Com school infiltration, a sobering piece on why a population of ignoramuses is the perfect opportunity for Leftism.

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

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Sunday Overnight Open Thread (8/19/18 )

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(Everybody wants to be, closer to The ONT)


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The Quotes of The Day


Quote I

Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the privacy of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded. Fyodor Dostoevsky


Quote II

You want to have two guys making out in front of your 4-year-old? It's OK with them. A guy smoking a joint, blowing the smoke into your little kid's face? OK with them. And I'm not exaggerating here. This is exactly what the secular movement stands for. Bill O'Reilly


Quote III

Intellectually I know that America is no better than any other country; emotionally I know she is better than every other country. Sinclair Lewis


Quote IV

“Before the camps, I regarded the existence of nationality as something that shouldn’t be noticed—nationality did not really exist, only humanity. But in the camps one learns: if you belong to a successful nation you are protected and you survive. If you are part of universal humanity—too bad for you.” Alexander Solzhenitsyn

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Food Thread: "You can have any color as long as it's black"

—CBD

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I realize that this is a tortured comparison, but I see in the typical food lunatic a touch of the Colorado bakery insanity. When I go to a restaurant I expect that the business will accommodate me...up to a point. Sure, asking for extra-crispy fries is a reasonable request, but there is a point at which those requests become too time-consuming and expensive for any restaurant to tolerate.

It is a view that places the individual at the center of the universe, and I simply cannot tolerate that attitude. We are a (mostly) free people, but that freedom does not extend to the power to control others.

But back to food...I am usually happy to accommodate guests in my home with specific dietary requirements, but I have a line that I will not cross. If you don't like it...don't eat it.

Lewis Carroll had it exactly correct:

..."don't give yourself airs!
Do you think I can listen all day to such stuff?
Be off, or I'll kick you down stairs!"

That being said, recently we had dinner guests* who brought a home-made gluten-free cake, and it was pretty damned tasty!

*Of course one was a conservative, and both loved baseball...

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Truth Or Consequences....Moron Edition

—CBD

Tell us a story...it can be true, or mostly true, or partly true, or a complete load of unadulterated bullshit.

The only rule is that it should sound good.

Whoever tells the best true one that sounds ridiculously farfetched wins a Platinum Membership with the ampersand utility and Troll-B-GonTM.

Whoever tells the best tall tale and passes it off as true wins a set of steak knives.

Oh...if you just feel like bragging about something, go ahead!

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THE SCIENCE IS SETTLED!

—CBD

The scientific method is unforgiving, and not quite as simple as one would think. I was having a conversation about it with a friend who knows a lot more about it than I, and he corrected my lazy definition with a more complete one:

Instead of "true" and "not true" I'd substitute "consistent with what we know so far" (i.e., not yet disproven), and "not true." The problem with characterizing an explanation as "true" is that it gradually accretes more and more credibility over time, until it becomes received truth. It's important to remind oneself that any explanation could be overturned tomorrow.
Does that sound familiar?

So I was immensely amused to find this article recently about a scientist whose theory is upsetting the "settled science" apple cart, and it is awesome. The Nastiest Feud in Science: A Princeton geologist has endured decades of ridicule for arguing that the fifth extinction was caused not by an asteroid but by a series of colossal volcanic eruptions. But she's reopened that debate.

There are many instances of accepted science that were disproven in a flash, and years or decades or centuries of fact were simply discarded. And that is as it should be. Having an emotional or financial or egotistical connection to a scientific conclusion is an invitation to sit at the head of the table and get the first and largest serving of crow.

I have no knowledge or expertise in this field, but her theory certainly makes sense. it may be right..it may be wrong, but it should battle it out honorably on the field of logic and science, not on the post-modern field of malleable rules and acceptance of the popular as the truth.

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 08-19-2018

—OregonMuse

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Rockingham Public Library, Bellows Falls, VT

Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes. Oh, and we've got a new category of readers, escaped oafs and oafettes ('escaped oafs' is an anagram of 'Ace of Spades'). Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, a weekly compendium of reviews, observations, and a continuing conversation on books, reading, and publishing by people who follow words with their fingers and whose lips move as they read. Unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these pants, which I don't understand why anyone would want to wear. They don't look comfortable, they're ugly, and if you suddenly need to run, you'll be doing an instant faceplant.


Pic Note

This week's photo is courtesy of a lurking moron who spent most of his childhood hanging out in this library. This was back in the days when you had to look up stuff in massive card catalogs. More here, but the site navigation is somewhat cumbersome.


It Pays To Increase Your Word Power®

To BRATTLE is to squander your money.

Usage: Is it a coincidence that Mary Cloggenstein lives in Brattleboro, VT?

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EMT 08/19/18

—krakatoa

I don't know if it's occurred to anyone yet, but I'm really not a morning person.

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Saturday Overnight Open Thread (8/18/18 )

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Saturday Night Joke

The teacher asked the class to use the word “fascinate” in a sentence.

Molly put up her hand and said, “My family went to my granddad's farm, and we all saw his pet sheep. It was fascinating."

The teacher said, “That was good, but I wanted you to use the word ‘fascinate,’ not 'fascinating'.”

Sally raised her hand. She said, “My family went to see Rock City and I was fascinated.”

The teacher said, “Well, that was good Sally, but I wanted you to use the word ‘fascinate’.”

Little Johnny raised his hand, but the teacher hesitated because she had been burned by Little Johnny before. She finally decided there was no way he could damage the word “fascinate,” so she called on him.

Johnny said, “My aunt Carolyn has a sweater with ten buttons, but her tits are so big she can only fasten eight!”

The teacher sat down and cried.

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Saturday Evening Movie Thread [Guest Blogger: Moviegique]

—CBD

We are going to try to expand the topics a bit for this time slot, so it is entirely possible that you will see fishing, Yoko Ono, macramé, Mechanical Engineering 228: Shelf Design, hacky-sack, the psycho-sexual politics of veganism, and other interesting topics. Or not.

It was an inauspicious start to "Incredibles 2" where some people who made the film (actors, in this case) come out before the movie to tell you how much you're going to like the movie that you paid for and are waiting to see. It feels positively needy. But "Coco" turned out okay,

The next thing that hits you—hard—is that they're all 15 years older. I don't know if Holly Hunter smokes, but her voice has gone from a charming whiskey-soaked Southern twang to...your grandmother. Craig T. Nelson is no spring chicken either. Writer/director Brad Bird's Edna Mode is fine, but she was an old lady all along. And while this may not bug most people, I sorely felt the absence of the late Bud Luckey (who plays agent Rick Dickey, the guy in charge in keeping Mr. Incredible employed, and the narrator of the charming "Boundin'" short that played before the first "Incredibles").

"Old"

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Chess Thread 08-18-2018

—OregonMuse

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British Actress Belinda Lee

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


Easier Problem - Black To Play (Ch. 4149)

Hint: hit the pawn


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AoSHQ Pet Thread [KT]

—Open Blogger

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Good Afternoon! Take a break and relax for a while in the world of animals. This isn't the almost world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread, but while Misanthropic Humanitarian is struggling to extricate himself from an alternate dimension, The Horde is stepping in with some great content.

The deeply philosophical photo above is from long-time lurker, occasional poster Scientist Captain:

Not actually my pet, but I saw this vehicle in Salt Lake City, and thought it would be appropriate for the Pet Thread. You have to look closely...

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Saturday Gardening Thread: Impatient for a change in the weather? [KT]

—Open Blogger

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Aug 10 after an early morning rain at Salishan resort on the Oregon coast

Please list me as a dedicated lurker on your marvelous site.

Wish I were there, Dedicated Lurker. It's been a long time since we've seen rain in the San Joaquin Valley. That photo is a beautiful reminder of what we're missing. It's been hot for too long, too. I'm ready for a change. You happy with your current weather?

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Late Summer Saturday Open Thread August 18 [KT]

—Open Blogger

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Worried about cow flatulence, too?

Cows are being allowed to visit nude beaches in Sweden. Some people are concerned about cow poop. There are some other places where human poop is a concern.

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EMT 08/18/18

—krakatoa

For EMT content, please refer to comments.

- The Management

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Did Somebody Axe for an ONT?

—WeirdDave

So, I've been outside splitting wood, with an axe. In 90 degree weather with 90% humidity. Tonight's ONT may be a little loopy.

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Y'all may remember when those trees came down in a storm in March. Well, better to chop them now than wait until there's a foot of snow on the ground. Besides, it's good exercise. Unless it's raining I do 12-15 logs a day.

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Tolerant, Totally Pro-LGBT Liberal TV Clown: Hey, the Owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop Looks Like Some Kind of a Queer Himself

—Ace of Spades

I bet this clip is available on Twitter, and Facebook, and YouTube, and all the other ones, and I bet the Jimmy Kimmel show will get no strikes or shadowbans for "hateful content" or "bullying" based on gender orientation.

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True Con Corporate Class Silent on Censorship of PragerU and the MasterCard-Ordered Banning of Robert Spencer from Patreon

—Ace of Spades

We just discovered that we are being heavily censored and shadow banned on @facebook. At least two of our video posts were removed last night for "hate speech" and our last 10 posts have reached 0 of our 3 million followers. More info and screenshots coming soon. STAY TUNED!

-- @PragerU

PragerU has updated that while previously-censored videos are still censored (FaceBook censors a lot of PragerU videos -- including ones simply condemning censorship), new videos are no longer being automatically banned.

For now.

For those amused at Milo and Alex Jones, how do you feel about PragerU being blacklisted?

Still funny?

You consider yourself above these people. Your enemies don't. In fact, you're more dangerous because your "hate" is respectable.

-- @MelissaTweets

Tim Pool did a video, linked here and embedded below, discussing the matter of MasterCard forcing Patreon to ban Robert Spencer's account. Patreon is not at fault here -- they wrote to Spencer in an apologetic tone letting him know that, by contract, they had to obey MasterCard (who processes the payments or something), and MasterCard had ordered them to terminate Spencer's account.

Tim Pool wonders who pressured MasterCard to do this -- was a leftist "anti-Islamophobia" group, or perhaps an Islamic nation in which MasterCard does business?

Is MasterCard now censoring American citizens in order to curry favor with foreign potentates? If so, don't corporate-but-supposedly-super-patriotic fake conservatives have a duty to find out what MasterCard did this, on whose orders? And maybe even consider -- gasp! -- a regulation that financial companies doing business in America can't deny American citizens services just because a foreigner demands it?

But they won't, because most of the Republican Party and FakeNews Conservative Media is bought off by mega-corporations and act as their mob lawyers and PR agents at every turn.

Are any of our alleged tribunes going to exercise their investigatory powers to ask MasterCard, under oath, why they tortiously interfered with a business relationship between Robert Spencer and Patreon?

Or is MasterCard's cash just too long, fat, and green?

Meanwhile, while the idiot FakeNews Conservatives continue to insist that "Private Business social media companies can do anything they want," that's not true -- at least, they can't do anything they want without serious legal jeopardy.

As Lee Smith again reminds us, social media companies only have a special exemption to the normal laws about liability for libel, conspiracy, facilitating the sale of contraband, etc., that most publications are subject to only because it is assumed that they are not acting as editorial overseeers of the content, picking and choosing what gets put into print.

If a newspaper publishes a defamatory letter to the editor, that newspaper is liable for that defamation. The newspaper picks and chooses what to print, after all; it is responsible for trumpeting that libel out to thousands.

But if libel is published on a social media, the social media company is not legally responsible for it by a special exception of the law.

But that law requires that the social media company act as a neutral platform and not act as newspaper would, exercising editorial judgment about what news is fit to print.

Newcomers like Facebook and Google had a huge advantage over the prestige press. Not only did they not have to pay their content providers, they were also exempt from press liabilities and responsibilities. Tech-optimists like Ron Wyden, then-congressman from Oregon and now senator, wrote it into the law.

According to section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, "No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider."

The point of the Wyden amendment was to protect providers from being sued every time someone objected to a post. Otherwise, they feared, America's great internet adventure would be strangled in its crib.

But when a social media company does begin picking and choosing what it permits to be published on its platform, it does in fact become a publisher like any other, legally responsible for what appears on it.

And yet our bought-off Republican representatives -- some doubt on that last part -- don't make an issue of this, by and large. There are noble exceptions -- Rep. Matt Gaetz bangs this drum, and Senator Cruz questioned tech executives closely on whether they were in fact now "publishers" given that they're exercising a publishers' right to select what's fit for their brand -- but most of them just take that sweet, sweet corporate cash and let tech giants take our rights away, one shadowban at a time.

I guess when the tech oligarchs take away our right to free speech completely, the Corporate Cons can pat themselves on the back while saying, "Well, at least it wasn't the government that stripped conservatives of the right to speak freely. At least we know that this repudiation of Americans' most fundamental right was done 'the right way' -- by private companies, acting with, admittedly, the blessing of the federal government which is ignoring its own rules in order to permit these megacorporations to do all this."

I thought the TruCons believed in the Rule of Law -- they claim as much every single day as they preen their dirty wings.

And yet the law says that a social media company is only immune from responsibility for a third-party's postings if it is a neutral platform and not a publisher making editorial judgments about what speakers are allowed to enter and what speakers aren't.

They seem to be ignoring that part of the law for the benefit of their Corporate Very Good Friends, as usual. The ones, of course, who subsidize them and gift them with nice travel opportunities.

Am I supposed to be heartened that my censors will be corporate rather than governmental?

As was said during the arguments over the Constitution and the need to limit legislators' power, "We didn't trade one tyrant a thousand miles away for 435 tyrants closer to home." (Or something like that.)

And I don't really see how I'm benefiting by exchanging one possible censor -- the government -- for ten or fifteen trillion-dollar tech and financial services giants.


More on this point from Instapundit.


Snark At the "Private Businesses Can Do Anything" Corporate PR Agents:



They keep saying "Don't like it? Then build your own."

And then people do that.

And then these megacorporations collude and conspire to shut down those as well.

Robert Spencer Used to Blog at HotAir: Commenters reminded me of this. You'd think Hot Air would at least publicize this on behalf of an alumnus.

Whatever. We're on our own.

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Andrew Cuomo: When I Said "America Was Never Great," See, I Meant to Say "America Has Always Been Great"

—Ace of Spades

Really?

Seems like you intended to say "We're not going to make America great again, America was never that great," because that's a coherent statement where all the parts of it reinforce the same meaning.

Also seems like if you had meant to say "America has always been great," but had a "speak-o" and said "America was never that great," the audible gasps of shock from even your leftwing supporters would have alerted to you that you had misspoken.

Yeah, the loud gasps of shock should have alerted you. (Video link.)

Also, you went on to say "We have not reached greatness, we will reach greatness" when your various Democrat client-groups get more free stuff from Daddy Sugar government.

But no. It turns out it was Opposite Day and he was saying the exact opposite of what he meant to say.

A tweet from Jon Campbell:

Andrew Cuomo on a conference call just now:

"The expression I used the other day was inartful, so I want to be very clear: Of course America is great and of course America has always been great."

Andrew Cuomo provided this update: "That whole 'America was never great' thing? What a boner! Boy is my face red -- red white and blue, I mean!"

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Judge Ellis in Manafort Case Denies Dox-Factory CNN's Demand for Juror Information; Says He Himself Has Been Threatened, and The Jurors Would Be As Well

—Ace of Spades

Of course.

That was the point.

Also the point? Letting the jurors know that the media is very interested in digging up their identities, and will keep on trying.

The judge in Paul Manafort's fraud trial said Friday he has received threats over the case.

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III made the comments as the jury deliberated for the second day, and as he rejected a motion to release information about the jurors. He said he's confident the jurors would be threatened as well if their information was public.

Ellis said that because of the threats against him, he travels with U.S. Marshals.


"The Marshals go where I go," Ellis said.

See the sidebar for Alex Griswold the cuckling jumping to his Very Good Leftwing Media Friends (and Possible Future Employer's) defense.

Spicy Take: @redsteeze writes on twitter:

We're not enemies of people. Also we want the names and addresses of jurors. No reason.


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CNN and Other Media Organizations Plead to Manafort Judge: Please Give Us the Jurors' Names So That We Can Dox Them Into Voting the Way We Demand

—Ace of Spades

CNN is a known doxxing organization.

The whole point of jury privacy is to keep them from being influenced by outside forces -- why would CNN and its co-conspirators want to breach that?

Citizen-doxxing organization CNN reports:

The judge will hold a hearing on a motion by CNN and media organizations to unseal the names and addresses of jurors as well as other parts of the trial that are currently secret.

"A thirsty press is essential in a free country," the Judge said in announcing the hearing.

Even the most cucked-out of cruiservatives actually understand what their Very Good Friends in the Leftist Media are up to here.

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Judge Tells the FBI That It Will No Longer Be Permitted to Hide Behind "We Can Neither Confirm Nor Deny" Answers, But Must Actually Answer Questions About How It Handled the Alleged Steele Dossier

—Ace of Spades

No more shuck-and-jive.



U.S. District Judge Amit P. Mehta has ruled that the FBI cannot issue a Glomar response when it comes to whatever verification attempts they may have used for the contents of the infamous Christopher Steele dossier. In other words, the FBI can no longer hide behind the "we can neither confirm nor deny" response in order to stonewall records requests regarding how they may have tried to determine the validity of the synopsis of the dossier that raised concerns President Donald Trump might be compromised by Russia, pee tapes and all.

BREAKING: In light of the release of the Nunes/Schiff Memoranda, Judge Mehta has reversed his prior decision and is rejecting the FBI's refusal to confirm or deny the existence of records reflecting an attempt to verify the 2-page synopsis allegations from the Steele Dossier. https://t.co/3QUo0nhyPV

— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) August 16, 2018


The judge had previously sided with the FBI and permitted them to evade answering. But, since Trump has declassified the Nunes and Schiff memos, the judge has ruled that this matter is taken out of the "can't answer for national security reasons" arena and the FBI must answer as in any other run-of-the-mill proceeding.

National security lawyer Bradley P. Moss, whose tweet on the news you can see above, told Law&Crime that this is a "major crack in the Government’s legal defenses."

"[Those defenses were] designed to conceal whether the FBI has taken any steps to verify the accuracy of the 'salacious' allegations outlined in that synopsis provided to then-President-elect Trump in January 2017," Moss said. "Ironically, if it turns out that the FBI has undertaken such efforts and has verified any of the claims, thereby embarrassing President Trump politically, the president will have no one to blame for that revelation other than himself."

Always looking for the bright side, eh?

Well, I have a sneaking suspicion that if this gang of political operatives and professional sneakers and leakers had confirmed a damn thing, we'd've known about it two years ago.

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The Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

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"So the MSM is all butthurt because Trump called fake news the enemy of the people. So they all wrote a bunch of editorials complaining about it. But last weekend during the protests and counterprotests, there were a number of incidents where antifa goons physically attacked reporters and damaged video equipment carried by the cameramen. I saw the video footage, but I did not see a story about this. Did CNN complain that their reporters were roughed up by antifa? I did not see the wall-to-wall coverage there would have been if any one of the 23 white supremacists had so much as given a reporter a dirty look. So, to recap this week's MSM follies, Trump hurt their feelings and it's a national crisis. But then reporters are physically intimidated and assaulted by antifa thugs, and it's a big nothingburger? You know, if I were a progressive reporter whose job it is to cover these clowns, I'd be rethinking that whole 'there are no enemies on the Left' thing they've been going with."




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Victor Davis Hanson: The Elitist (Media) War on the "Deplorables"
When I was in a Wal*Mart, I could SMELL the Trump voters. But even more than that, I could smell the whiff of revolution in the air. A revolution our genius self-declared elites just won't see coming.
Commenter "Trump Poisoned My Cat:" "Have either Jonah Goldberg or David French posted "The Conservative Case for Jury Intimidation" yet?"
Could also be a JV Last joint
The media demanded to know the jurors' names the day after the jurors asked about the definition of reasonable doubt and seemed to be thinking maybe Manafort didn't meet the legal requirements for having control over a foreign bank account.

I'm sure this is entirely coincidental. They didn't ask before this, and they didn't wait to find this out post-verdict. It just occurred to them to ask now.

When they get home, they'll find out the media is now hunting them so that they can bird-dog them for antifa. I'm sure that won't affect their process.
Shocker: Not-Even-a-Cuck Cuckling Alex Griswold Is Right There Defending His Very Good Friends in the Leftist Media Yet Again
Boy that Free Beacon sure is a grassroots conservative outlet that totally isn't a toady-front for liberal corporate backers
It's totes understandable why this quisling would give the Never Doxxed Anyone Crew at CNN the benefit of the doubt, I have to admit
A lot of "conservative" media people sure seem to have their eyes fixed on the real political prize of a contract at MSNBC or CNN. A middle-five-figures contract to appear occasionally on Cuomo Prime-- now that's a hill worth dying for!!!
Hey maybe the Free Beacon should just give CNN Fusion GPS' phone number to do dossiers on the Manafort jurors. Oh wait, pretty sure CNN has that number seared, seared into their memories.
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