September 21, 2019

Saturday Gardening Thread, September 21 [KT]

—Open Blogger

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Hello, Gardeners and friends. If you are seeing this thread on Saturday, you are seeing it without KT, who is away from the internet. Why not visit with some other members of The Horde who have garden, puttering, vegetable cookery and nature-related observations and experiences to share? The photo above is from Hrothgar:

Walking Conor Dog through local nursery, when I spied a butterfly, fumbled with my phone/camera and it flew away. As I prepared to put the camera away he reappeared and posed so I got this. Have no idea what the flower or butterfly are, but I was pleased with the picture.

Thanks as always for you work on the blog.

Thanks for the photo, Hrothgar.

The underwings of that butterfly have such intricate markings. Think it is a Painted Lady? Or maybe a Red Admiral? They like dog poop.

What do you think the flower is?

The Edible Garden

Something a little different this week. From Floridachick:

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Jury Duty (and Open Thread) [KT]

—Open Blogger

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The history of jury duty

Why exactly are people randomly picked to serve on a jury? Wouldn't it be better to let legal experts decide important court cases, and not a dozen random strangers? Who came up with this system, anyway?

The answer to that last question, like most, is the ancient Greeks. In the groundbreaking Athenian democracy created in 507 B.C.E., all court cases were decided directly by the people. Huge juries of 500 people or more were selected every day from a pool of roughly 40,000 adult male citizens to rule on everything from murder cases to neighborly squabbles. . .

A jury of 500 sounds a little unwieldy to me. What do you imagine that was like?

The Magna Carta and the U.S. Constitution both emphasized the importance of juries.

"Why" could be a good topic for the comments.

Today, U.S. federal law states that juries must be "selected at random from a fair cross section of the community ... wherein the court convenes." Hence the computer-selected names from a list of registered voters and licensed drivers. The law further states that "all citizens shall have the opportunity to be considered for service ... and shall have an obligation to serve as jurors when summoned for that purpose" . . .

These two components of the U.S. jury system -- randomness and compulsory service -- combine to ensure that a jury is a representative sample of the community regardless of race, gender, political affiliation or ability to weasel out of jury duty.

My recent jury service

I was recently summoned to jury duty. I noticed a few changes from prior experiences, based on government ineptitude, mostly. I think. Maybe there are other factors. I wondered what the experiences of others were like. I started thinking about whether our jury system was serving the country well.

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Saturday Morning Coffee Break

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(H/T ibguy)


Truth in advertising mugs.

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EMT 09/21/19

—krakatoa

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Not The ONT You Were Expecting, But The ONT You Deserve

—WeirdDave

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Democrats Invite Idiot Antifa Supporter to Address Congress

—Ace of Spades



The Babylon Bee is covering Thunberg:


Government That Wants You To Take Climate Change Seriously Invites Foreign High School Kid To Testify Before Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The government wants you to take climate change seriously, like really bad. So bad in fact, that they showed how very serious they are about the "climate crisis" by inviting a foreign high school kid as their star climate witness.


"Climate change is a real, super serious thing," said Rep. Kathy Castor of Florida at a hearing at which the high schooler had been invited to testify before the legislative body. "And to let you know that this is something that mature adults need to address---mostly by giving me more money and power---here is a 16-year-old girl we are going to exploit for maximum emotional impact."

The girl then gave her testimony, though she was interrupted multiple times by Democrats breaking into tears and screaming, "THINK OF THE CHILDREN!"

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The NPC Left's War on... Chicken

—Ace of Spades

Ikea announced that it would be adding a menu item to its cafe -- Jamaican jerk chicken.

Do you see the problem?

If you don't, you've resisted even getting a vaccination-level dose of the left's viral lunacy.

But many of you got that immunization-spurring dose, and you've successfully guessed: Because Cultural Appropriation.

IKEA, the Swedish furniture company famous for their affordable, assembly-required home goods as well as their delicious meatballs, came under fire recently after adding "Jerk Chicken" to their cafe menu in some U.K. locations.


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IKEA's jerk chicken was served with a side of white rice and peas, which caught the attention of some on social media, who castigated the furniture giant because traditional "rice and peas" doesn't actually feature green peas, but kidney beans (or gungo peas) steeped in coconut milk.

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[I]t seems the pressure was too much as IKEA has issued a formal apology and removed the item from their menus:

IKEA is a Swedish home furnishing company with a much-loved food offer. We take inspiration from many countries around the world and have always worked to combine different flavors and ingredients to offer delicious, healthy and affordable dishes. ... We're aware that our new jerk chicken, served with rice and peas has created some conversation and in some cases offense. Our intention was to create a dish for many people to enjoy but we appreciate that we may have got it wrong. We apologize and we are now relooking at the dish.

Tim Pool suggests boycotting Ikea for bowing to NPC pressure, which only encourages them and results in further loss of liberty.

Also from Tim Pool: Since the leftist Alphabet People NPCs started boycotting Chick-Fil-A almost ten years ago, it has merely doubled its annual sales.

Under Dan T. Cathy's leadership, Chick-fil-A has grown to be a $10.5 billion company, the third-largest in the nation behind Starbucks ($20.5 billion) and McDonald's ($38.5 billion) in 2018, according to Nation Restaurant News.

Those numbers represent a 16.7% increase in sales for Chick-fil-A last year, more than four times that of Starbucks.

"Can they reach $30 billion? I think that's also a realistic goal if you give them enough time, And that should put them ahead of Starbucks," Kalinowski Equity Research founder Mark Kalinowski told Business Insider.

There are more than 2,400 Chick-fil-A locations nationwide, compared to more than 14,000 Starbucks' and McDonald's locations each.

Start-up costs for an operator for a Chick-fil-A are only $10,000, just 10 percent of the minimum cost for a McDonald's. The average Chick-fil-A location brought in $4.6 million in annual sales in 2018.


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Joe Biden Bragged That, With Barack Obama's Permission, He Threatened To Withhold Billions in Aid to Ukraine Unless They Fired a Prosecutor Investigating His Son's Company.
And Now, The Deep State Refashions This as a Trump Scandal

—Ace of Spades

From April 2019:

Two years after leaving office, Joe Biden couldn't resist the temptation last year to brag to an audience of foreign policy specialists about the time as vice president that he strong-armed Ukraine into firing its top prosecutor.

In his own words, with video cameras rolling, Biden described how he threatened Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in March 2016 that the Obama administration would pull $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees, sending the former Soviet republic toward insolvency, if it didn’t immediately fire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.


“I said, ‘You’re not getting the billion.’ I’m going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said: ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money,’” Biden recalled telling Poroshenko.

“Well, son of a bitch, he got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time,” Biden told the Council on Foreign Relations event, insisting that President Obama was in on the threat.

Interviews with a half-dozen senior Ukrainian officials confirm Biden’s account, though they claim the pressure was applied over several months in late 2015 and early 2016, not just six hours of one dramatic day. Whatever the case, Poroshenko and Ukraine’s parliament obliged by ending Shokin’s tenure as prosecutor. Shokin was facing steep criticism in Ukraine, and among some U.S. officials, for not bringing enough corruption prosecutions when he was fired.

But Ukrainian officials tell me there was one crucial piece of information that Biden must have known but didn’t mention to his audience: The prosecutor he got fired was leading a wide-ranging corruption probe into the natural gas firm Burisma Holdings that employed Biden’s younger son, Hunter, as a board member.

Ukranian officials began looking into why this investigation was shut down, and offered information to US Attorney General Bill Barr.

[A]s Biden's 2020 campaign ramped up over the past year, Lutsenko — the Ukrainian prosecutor that Biden once hailed as a "solid" replacement for Shokin -- began looking into what happened with the Burisma case that had been shut down.

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Lutsenko said some of the evidence he knows about in the Burisma case may interest U.S. authorities and he'd like to present that information to new U.S. Attorney General William Barr, particularly the vice president’s intervention.

"Unfortunately, Mr. Biden had correlated and connected this aid with some of the HR (personnel) issues and changes in the prosecutor's office," Lutsenko said.

Ukraine did in fact re-open the case -- without any bidding by Trump.

But the Ukrainian police failed to pursue the case aggressively, due to "external influence."

Nazar Kholodnytskyi, the lead anti-corruption prosecutor in Lutsenko's office, confirmed to me in an interview that part of the Burisma investigation was reopened in 2018, after Joe Biden made his remarks. "We were able to start this case again," Kholodnytskyi said.

But he said the separate Ukrainian police agency that investigates corruption has dragged its feet in gathering evidence. "We don't see any result from this case one year after the reopening because of some external influence,”"he said, declining to be more specific.


Reportedly, on July 25th, Trump urged the Ukranian president to re-open the case as well.

Perhaps he wanted the President to address this "external influence" blocking investigation of the matter.

And this is now an impeachable offense, according to the Democrat Party, its owned and operated media, and the NeverTrumpers. (But I repeat myself thrice.)

But it's an impeachable offense against... Trump?!?!!

Trump urged the Ukranians to look into a case of official corruption and unethical exertion of political pressure openly boasted of by Joe Biden himself and the guy who needs investigating is... Trump?!!?

Hey, AllahPundit, jerking yourself over your newest Jake Tapper Conspiracy Theory -- will the investigation you're masturbating over also probe Joe Biden's admitted billion dollar coercion of Ukraine, or would it "threaten the very foundations of our democracy" to investigate the actual crime here?

Wait, I know the answer: We just have to investigate the Trump Pressure part. The Biden Pressure part? That's just good ol' fashioned diplomatic log-rolling.

And I'm sure that determination has nothing to do with the fact that NeverTrumpers are backing Biden as a "moderate" candidate for president.

By the way: the Deep State source who illegally leaked this to the media (of course) doesn't even allege there was any quid pro quo -- just what xhe claims was an improper "urging" of action.

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It's now illegal and impeachable for a president to urge a foreign leader to open a corruption probe?

The things one learns from our very educated and very rational NeverTrump Genius Brigade.

I wonder if Obama and Biden will also be prosecuted for sending out their agents to enlist the UK and Australia into a covert op against their party's opponent in the 2016 election...?

Make no mistake, the Deep State operatives NeverTrump has aligned themselves with are in actual legal jeopardy and could, maybe, be bound for prison.

This is their last-gasp attempt to persuade the liberal jurors at their trials to engage in Jury Nullification.

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Vice Praises Serial Killer Aileen Wuornos As a Feminist Avenging Angel, Then Suggests That Brett Kavanaugh Should Meet Justice at the Hands of Someone Like Wuornos

—Ace of Spades

Let me just say this:

We on the right have noticed that the supposedly inviolable rule against suggesting violence against political figures is plenty violable to the leftist media.

We're noticing, and we'll adjust our own levels of restraint accordingly.

And if the left thinks that puts their own favorites in too much danger -- oh, welp!

The rules you make for me you make for yourself as well.

The Vice article is basically a celebration of America's most famous female serial killer -- they call her a "cult hero" -- and then gets wistful about the possibility of another female serial killer taking out their enemies.

Oh -- remember: "Rambo is too dangerous because it might give people bad ideas." -- leftist Bernie Bro and MSNBC superfan James Hodgkinson



Oh -- remember:

"Rambo is too dangerous because it might give people bad ideas."
-- leftist Bernie Bro and MSNBC superfan James Hodgkinson

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Epstein Accuser Virginia Guiffre: Prince Andrew Said "Thank You" For Having Sex With Him When I Was 17

—Ace of Spades

What a gent. Now that's class.

Via FoxNews:

Giuffre says that night she went to a London hotspot with Maxwell, Epstein and Andrew, where the prince gave her vodka and said, "Let's dance together."

She says that at the end of the night, Maxwell told her Andrew was coming back with them back to Maxwell’s place.

"Ghislaine said he's coming back to the house and I want you do to for him what you do for Epstein," she says in the interview. "I couldn't believe it."

Giuffre says the encounter took place first in the bathroom and then the bedroom.

"He wasn’t rude or anything about it, but he said thank you – some kind of soft sentiment like that – and left.

A little tip for MI-5 -- be on the look-out for an obese, unstable woman who frequently falls down stairs and is prone to "sun-seizures," which she POWERS THROUGH.

She might be targeting a member of the royal family.

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Polling Average: Trump's Approval Rating Higher Than Obama's at This Point In Presidency

—Ace of Spades

From Newsweek, which still exists. Sort of.

President Donald Trump's job approval rating this week averaged across major polls surpassed that of his predecessor President Barack Obama at the same time eight years ago, giving some actual good news to Trump who is known to cite only conservative-leaning polls to bolster his image.

Trump's approval rating on Wednesday was 44.3 percent, according to a Real Clear Politics average of more than a half-dozen major polls. That is higher than Obama's average approval rating of 43.9 percent on September 18, 2011, by the same measure.

Gallup showed Trump rising four full approval points. But he's not doing great with Independents, aka Wealthy Suburban Wine Moms.

President Trump's job approval rating rose 4 percentage points in a Gallup poll released Thursday that also found the partisan divide between Republicans and Democrats at a record high.

The president's approval rating now stands at 43 percent, compared to 39 percent in August, according to the polling giant.


Gallup also noted that the 86-point gap between Republicans and Democrats in the new poll tied a record. An overwhelming 91 percent of Republicans now approve of Trump's performance, compared to just 5 percent of Democrats. More than one-third of independents -- 38 percent 00 approve of the job he is doing.

Below, CNN talks to voters in a Minnesota town who say they didn't leave the Democrat Party, the Democrat Party left them.

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NJ Man Scouted Landmarks For Potential Hezballah Terror Attacks

—Ace of Spades

Foreign terrorist scum are the best of all Americans.

A New Jersey man served as a US-based operative for Hezbollah's terrorism-planning wing for years, scouting landmarks like the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building for possible attacks, a federal grand jury has alleged.

Alexei Saab, a 42-year-old Lebanon native and naturalized US citizen, was charged in an indictment Thursday with nine offenses, which include providing material support to Hezbollah, the US Justice Department said.

Saab, of Morristown, is in federal custody, awaiting trial in federal court in New York. He was arrested July 9.

He is at least the third American charged since 2017 with being an agent for Hezbollah, an Iranian-linked, Lebanon-rooted Shia Islamic group considered a terrorist organization by the United States.

The Conservative Case for Alexi Saab.

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Robert Francis "Blotto" O'Rourke: Hey, I've Got a Great Idea. Let's Pay Government Money to Illegal Marijuana Dealers as "Reparations" .

—Ace of Spades

Beto: Let's pay reparations for non-violent marijuana offenders

Yes, reparations for those who have served jail time for nonviolent marijuana charges.

That means at least dealing -- it has long been virtually impossible to go to jail on mere possession.

It's the latest big idea coming out of Robert Francis O'Rourke's presidential campaign.
[Washington Post] The former congressman from Texas would combine a newly regulated marijuana market with restitution for policies that resulted in lengthy prison time for low-level drug crimes. The goal is to see that those who were harmed by the strict "war on drugs" policies of the past can now benefit from the money made in the marijuana business.

"We need to not only end the prohibition on marijuana but also repair the damage done to the communities of color disproportionately locked up in our criminal justice system or locked out of opportunity because of the War on Drugs," O'Rourke said in a statement.

The plan is on his campaign website and it is worth taking a look at, if for no other reason than to see just how far the left is going in their war on the American taxpayer.

Go home, Furry. You're drunk and high. As usual.

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NPC Critics Hail "Rambo: Last Blood" as a Triumphant Call for a Border Wall

—Ace of Spades

Well, I mean, they're not hailing it so much as resorting to their typical tactic of "reviewing a movie" according to what impact it will have on elections.

In the film, Rambo goes up against a Mexican cartel involved in both drug trafficking and human trafficking -- which is a weird term. He's up against men who enslave underage girls into forced prostitution.

These are real things that happen in the real world.

But leftists in Hollywood insist these are fictions, just as they shriek that MS-13 is a fantasy concocted by Trump.

The new film's signature sin, though, is Trump-style "racism."

The official Variety review calls the film a "cruel and ugly showcase of xenophobic carnage."

"Screenwriters Matthew Cirulnick and Stallone adopt the racist view of Mexicans as murderers, drug dealers and rapists, devoid of cultural context or exceptions, beyond the "independent journalist" (Paz Vega) keeping tabs on their whereabouts."

It's a shame "Last Blood" concocted vicious Mexican cartels out of thin air of the purposes of this movie.


Oh, wait.

This critic also has the sads that these evil cartel types, who force innocents into sex trafficking, get their comeuppance.

Yes, but they deserve it, one might argue. This is the reductive one-man-against-the-world reasoning by which Rambo has always operated, and I don't buy it.

Of course, vigilantes are often problematic to film critics, especially if they happen to be both white and male.

Suddenly, the infamous wall along the U.S.-Mexico border seems inadequate -- less in containing the cartels than in protecting them from Rambo’s brand of vigilante justice.

A Trump reference in a film review? Who saw that coming?

I unsubbed from Grace Randolf yesterday over this bullshit. I just got sick of each and every one of her movie reviews being one third (or more) about "diversity issues" and how the movie "positively or negatively portrayed the LGBT community."

You're supposed to be reviewing movies, not the GOP. Enough. Do your actual jobs, NPCs.

Or Learn to Code.

This guy, a lifelong fan of the Rambo series, has a review I trust. He says the movie is definitely not the best in the series -- that honor belongs to either the first First Blood or the 2008 reboot Rambo -- but it's good.

His one major criticism is about pacing and tone. The movie is determined to present a depressive, "grounded" kind of feel, and imitates the tone and pacing of Unforgiven and Logan to accomplish this. He thinks the movie feels longer than it is.

But, that aside, he says it's very good.


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The Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

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"Hey look, everybody, the progs have invented a couple of new terms. The first is 'BROWN-face'. It's kind of like "blackface", but its use is reserved for prog politicians in order to minimize any potential damage to their careers or reputations. See, 'brownface' is not as bad as 'blackface'. This will come as good news to Justin Trudeau. You don't ever want to be caught in 'blackface'. But if there's a photo of you in 'brownface', hey, it's all good. If you're a prog. Republicans, needless to say, will never be caught in brownface, only in the blackest of blackface.

"The second term the progressives have just made up is 'credible accusation'. It's been used extensively in the recent media coverage of those two NY Times hack reporters who set out to smear Brett Kavanaugh by resurrecting bogus charges that didn't pass muster the first time around. In order to add rhetorical 'oomph' to the old, previously discarded accusations to make them look like new accusations, they got magically turned into 'credible accusations.' So, you might ask, what is the difference between an 'accusation' and a 'credible accusation'? Well, a 'credible accusation' is much better than a standard, run-of-the-mill accusation. How so? Well, a 'credible accusation' is one that you should believe, that ought to be believed. Why? Because it's 'credible'.

"No one has ever said why exactly these accusations have suddenly become 'credible'. Particularly since no new evidence has been introduced and none of the principal actors actually remember anything. It's kind of like the 2004 election when the media kept referring to the Swift Boat veterans' testimony about the character of John Kerry as 'discredited', as in 'the discredited Swift Boat vets', although I never saw any of the actual discrediting that supposedly took place. They were just assuming what they needed to prove. Or, more precisely, they wanted you to assume that what they needed to prove had already been proven. That, since they had used the word 'discredited', it had actually been 'discredited' (even though it really hadn't).

"What it boils down to is that the latest round of accusation against Kavanaugh are 'credible' because a couple of progressive hack NY Times reporters say so.

"Progressive definitions of words are like progressive definitions of gender, i.e. fluid, amorphous, and, basically, whatever suits their purposes at the time. It's just rhetorical sleight-of-hand."

(h/t Cruadin on Twitter)

Oh, one more thing: You know how there's usually a theme or connection between the celebs whose photos I post? Well, this week, I've been running what you might call a "meta-theme" involving a number of this week's celebs. Hopefully, some of you will be able to figure out what it is.



"Face-Darkening"


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Mid-Morning Art Thread

—CBD

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House By The Railroad
Edward Hopper

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The Morning Report - 9/20/19

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. The weekend is here so let's just dive right in. Nothing really new in the NY Times' orchestrated smear campaign to both oust Justice Kavanaugh and implicitly threaten the entire judiciary. There is this outstanding expose by the invaluable Discover the Networks website on the revolting Maizie Hirohito, the daughter of a cheap Yokohama child-pimp and anti-American fiend who has openly called for the Justice's removal from office.

On to the other closely related subject of the attempt to overthrow the 2016 Presidential election. The latest is this absolutely idiotic claim of an ex-staffer coming forward as a whistleblower, stating that Trump talked with a foreign leader on the telephone - shocking! - and that he allegedly either promised some quid pro quo or revealed sensitive information. So incensed was this whistleblower that he/she/xer/Xuxa contacted the IG. Naturally, the "sources" for the National Laughingstock, aka the Washington Post who are pimping this dreck are unnamed and spoke on condition of anonymity. Of course they did. Even worse than this is OrangeManBad's taking to Twitter to call this total bullshit for what it is: total bullshit.

Meanwhile, a mere seven years ago, we have the ex-President caught on a hot open microphone (no, that's not a menu item at the diner) as he spoke with Russian foreign minister Dmitri Medvedev to "tell Vladimir [Putin] I'll have more flexibility after the election." That "flexibility" was to severely cripple or dismantle our nuclear deterrent, without suffering political consequences owing to being in his second term. But you see, this verified and confirmed borderline treasonous behavior was described by the aforementioned cat-box liner as merely "political sniping."

Meanwhile, despite the pantsing of the Cutty Sark mainsail-sized pants of Jerry Nadler by Corey Lewandowski, the impeachment/non-impeachment circus goes on, further dragging down the Democrats' already dim prospects for 2020. Nancy Palsi knows this and her bug eyes are bugging out even more, indicative of the fact that she has indeed lost all control of the Democrats in the House. Lastly, the chutzpocrisy of the day belongs to four-eyed fascist Andrew McCabe. See you at your arraignment, fuck-face (please G-d).

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

NOTE: The opinions expressed in some links may or may not reflect my own. I include them because of their relevance to the discussion of a particular issue.

ALSO: The Morning Report is cross-posted at CutJibNewsletter.com

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Boys Night ONT

—WeirdDave

Howdy ho, neighborinos! Tonight's ONT is all about boys and things boys like.

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There's always one

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Judicial Watch FOIA's Documents Which May Prove That Felix Sater Was/Is an Agent Provocateur Recruited by Andrew Weisman and Tasked With Attempting to Entrap Trump Into Traveling to Russia to Make a Business Deal

—Ace of Spades

If there's no evidence for a crime that Empress Hillary needs to exist, just invent the evidence.

Sater reportedly "began working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1998, after he was caught in a stock-fraud scheme." It was Andrew Weissmann who, as supervising assistant U.S. attorney, signed the agreement that brought Sater on as a government informant. Federal prosecutors wrote a letter to Sater's sentencing judge on August 27, 2009, in an effort to get him a lighter sentence: "Sater's cooperation was of a depth and breadth rarely seen."

Sater also was reportedly a CIA informant in the mid-2000s for the CIA during his undercover work with Russian military and intelligence officers.


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The Mueller report mentions Sater more than 100 times but fails to mention that he was an active undercover informant for the FBI/CIA for more than two decades.

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Beginning in late 2015, Sater repeatedly tried to arrange for [Trump attorney Michael] Cohen and candidate Trump, as representatives of the Trump Organization, to travel to Russia to meet with Russian government officials and possible financing partners.

Though his proposal appears to have been rejected by the Trump campaign, Sater persisted. "Into the spring of 2016," the Mueller Report notes, "Sater and Cohen continued to discuss a trip to Moscow." Sater emails Cohen that he is trying to arrange a meeting between "the 2 big guys," Putin and Trump.

Sater’s re-emergence "suggests the possibility of a more sinister counter-narrative: that someone may have been trying to lure Trump into a trap--a politically damaging entanglement with Moscow money," Morrison wrote.

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Mortifying: Media Invents So Many Convoluted Euphemisms to Protect Justin Trudeau From the Charge of "Blackfase" That Trudeau Himself Is Forced to Correct Them and Say "It's Blackface, Guys"

—Ace of Spades



Incredible.

The guy they were trying to protect with euphemisms and evasions had to tell them that their euphemisms and evasions on his behalf were embarrassing and wrong.

Some called it "skin-darkening make-up." Via Twitchy, CNN called it "Darkface," like he was just dressing up as a C-level Batman villain.

Slate showed why they're Slate and called it, "dressing up like Aladdin."

Twitchy points out that Slate seems to be actively trying to mislead its readers into thinking this is the picture of Trudeau "dressing up as Aladdin:"



Justin Trudeau had to chide them to stop spinning on his behalf.


As you certainly know by now, the Canadian Minister of Cultural Appropriation and Pageantry has now been confirmed as having worn blackface three times. Once was in high school -- though I don't remember blackface being acceptable in 1997 or whatever -- and the next incident was in college, and the next one when he was an adult teaching at a school.

Below, he's playing a character that... well, you be the judge. This isn't dressing up as Aladdin or Michael Jackson or someone; this is just doing a crude "Sambo" type character.

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Federal Judge Blocks California Trump-Harassment Law Which Demands His Tax Returns

—Ace of Spades

They blocked on the basis of federal pre-emption.

Federal pre-emption is a doctrine that starts first from the very well-settled principle that federal law trumps state law.

In federal pre-emption, a court decides that the federal government's silence on a matter indicates that the federal government has decided against any additional laws in the area under consideration, and that lack of federal law also trumps state law.

The reasoning goes: If the federal government has so regulated a particular field, with the regulation being well-developed and touching on most matters in the field, then an inference can be drawn that they intended that federal exercise of jurisdication to be the exclusive law in this area, and that state laws which purport to merely "supplement" federal law or expand upon it will be struck down as being inconsistent with the federal scheme.

Obviously, there are a lot of federal laws and regulations in the area of elections and candidate qualifications.

On Twitter, @johnmyers reports that a federal judge has issued a temporary injunction against the Made For Trump "law" demanding Trump turn over his tax returns. The reasoning is, the federal government has promulgated lots and lots of laws and regulations in this area, and the fact that they did not additionally make tax returns a prerequisite for seeking federal office implies that they chose against that, and a state can't override that decision to not require tax returns.

States can do whatever they like with requirements for state office, but the federal government obviously has a lot to say about requirements in federal elections.

Breaking: a federal judge has temporarily blocked implementation of the California election law requiring Trump tax returns.


Story coming shortly, but in essence, Judge Morrison England, Jr. raised a number of Qs about whether federal financial disclosure rules, under the Ethics In Govt. Act (EIGA) supersedes any state law like #SB27

In other words, that the Ethics in Government Act pre-empts state lawmaking in this area.

I'm not a legal reporter, but hard to not see that Judge England had serious concerns that #SB27 could be pre-empted by federal Ethics In Govt. Act and language that it supersedes other financial disclosure requirements. EIGA forms are more broad in their info than tax returns.

That is, if the federal government wanted to demand tax returns, they could have done so easily. But they chose not to, asking for "broad" disclosures regarding finances but not the particularized run-down of a tax return.

An armada of lawyers were on hand to represent the five plaintiffs in Eastern Dist. cases against #SB27. Two representing President Trump, others representing voters and CAGOP. England didn't seem to buy all of their points, but EIGA was key issue.

I think we also get into Constitutional questions here. The Constitution specifies the qualifications for a candidate running for office -- and those qualifications do not include "has submitted his tax returns to California partisans to be leaked to the media." Courts use that particular objection to stamp out, for example, state laws that limit the number of terms federal office holders can serve -- if the Constitution doesn't impose such a restriction, how can a state pass a law requiring it?

But federal pre-emption will get you there too.

BTW: You might wonder why, if the Constitution forbids certain additional requirements on federal office seekers, why the Ethics in Government Act can stand and remain in operation. The answer is: Pff the top of my head, I don't really know.

I mean, most stuff in law has some kind of Goldilocks Rule (whatever it might be called in any situation) that says "This rule asks too much, but a different rule might be just right."

In other words, a kind of bullshit vague standard that lets the Court bless laws they like but not the ones they don't like. Federal law, and especially Constitutional law, is choked with "balancing tests" and "three-factor analytical frameworks."

They put a lot of effort into never offering a clear black-and-white yes-or-no rule. (Except for people like Clarence Thomas.)

I don't know what rule is in operation here but I would guess there are a series of cases that lay out what is effectively a Goldilocks Rule.

Also, Congress, a federal creature, is owed more deference in laws about the operation of the federal government than state legislatures.

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New York Times "Reporters" Kate Kelly and Robin Pogrebin Keep Digging, Keep Lying

—Ace of Spades

Below, some interesting claims:

Kate Kelly tries to minimize Leland Keyser's rejection of Blasey's story by claiming "she still doesn't remember for sure."

Blasey claimed Leland was at the party and a witness to the events leading up to the fictitious assault.

Um, Leland has said she doesn't remember it. Period. She also says that there are aspects of the claim that strike her as hard to believe.

Kate Kelly is recasting this rejection of the story -- saying there was no party, that she never met Kavanaugh (which she would have had to do if she were at a party with him), and she would not have just let Blasey leave without leaving with her or trying to make sure she had a way home -- as Keyser just failing to be sure one way or the other.

In other words, Kate Kelly is claiming the standard for a dispositive memory here is that Keyser would have to say, "I specifically remember that party and I specifically remember it not happening."

You can't prove a negative, of course. But that's what Kelly is claiming would be the only definitive memory worth crediting here, that Keyser does remember the party not happening.

You can't remember something not happening. If it didn't happen, you don't remember it. You cannot affirmatively remember a non-event which did not occur in the time-space continuum.

But that's this "reporter's" way of explaining away a crucial witness saying that this didn't happen.

Next, Robin Pogrebin is asked why she is blaming Fox for their error. She says she's not blaming Fox -- she merely retweeted a Vox article (what a great and trustworthy source!) that blamed Fox.

An absurd evasion.

Next, Pogrebin and Kelly are asked why they failed to disclose that the man they heard (indirectly -- this is double-hearsay, hearing from someone who heard from someone) this story from was Bill Clinton's lawyer during the Whitewater investigation, specifically fighting against Kavanaugh, who was a Whitewater lawyer.

They claim that just because he has a vendetta against Kavanaugh doesn't mean he can't be trusted. They ask, rhetorically, if Kavanaugh's own bias should be noted, to which the guy interviewing them says "Yes, it's germane." But they claim they it's just entirely irrelevant that this guy is a longtime Clinton partisan and a specific enemy of Brett Kavanaugh's.

They claim they reported the important stuff, like that he's a "good government" guy.

Here's a rule: If you're making up absurd excuses why something isn't relevant to someone's credibility, it's almost certainly relevant, and you're just a partisan looking to hide critical information from readers (or would-be customers -- they are obscuring key details in order to sell books).

Prosecutors do this a lot -- they don't disclose exculpatory information to the defense, which they are required by law to disclose, by inventing convoluted theories about why the exculpatory information is either just "irrelevant" or actually inculpatory.

These are lies. If you're fighting hard to keep information away from your opponent or an impartial trier of facts, then that information is keenly relevant and you know goddamn well it is. Otherwise you'd just turn it over, thinking not much of it either way.

These are viciously partisan liars who spent months writing a dry-hole book with no new information (except for Leland Keyser coming forward to say she thinks Blasey is a liar) and so they're repackaging old information -- shit that was repeatedly rejected for publication by other news outlets, for being without any real sourcing -- and then they hide the stuff that proves just how weak and unpublishable this shit is.

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Robert Francis "Blotto" O'Rourke Holds a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything); Half of the Questions Are About His Hitlerian Position on Guns, or Internet Scuttlebutt That He's Secretly a Furry

—Ace of Spades

I don't know if there's any real reason for the furry thing, whether it's a "real" rumor or just something made up to troll.

Answer: I'm told that Blotto dressed up as a furry for some of his stupid Rich Kid "Punk" Band shows, and some suspect he took his work home with him.

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But all the people on the internet seem to believe it, and I think that means it's true.

Here are the a non-fursona-related questions, mostly about guns:

In fall of 2018, during a CNN town hall, you famously said "I don't want to take yours, or anyone else's guns," which is a position echoed by many politicians, such as former President Barack Obama, when discussing gun control proposals.

You've now flip-flopped on that position, and are unabashedly campaigning for outright gun confiscation.

Many gun rights advocates have claimed throughout the years that either it's only a matter of time before gun control advocates push for confiscation even if they don't actively push for it at a certain point in time (the "slippery slope" argument), or that they secretly desire confiscation the entire time, but refuse to admit it or lie about it. Which case did you fall under during that 2018 town hall? Were you lying about your desires for confiscation then, or have you proven the "slippery slope" argument completely true?

He didn't answer.

Hey Beto! 2 parter if you don't mind.

How much did you pay your advertising firm to come up with the Beto for Senate campaign logo that looked like a spicy ketchup packet from Whataburger? Did you know it was plagiarized before it was released? Were you upset at the company or did you get your money back?

How much did you pay your advertising firm to come up with the "Hell yes, we will take your AR-15" campaign slogan that looked just like a Eric Swalwell slogan? Did you know it was plagiarized before it was released? Were you upset at the company or did you get your money back?

Another no-answer.

What makes you qualified to even run for president? You're a wealthy white guy who got handed everything, escaped punishment for a serious criminal act, and then lost an election to the least popular senator in America despite tens of millions in outside funding.

You've never done well in national polling despite a glowing media painting you as a Kennedy like figure, and you've never won a national or statewide election.

Is there a plan for victory beyond saying fuck a lot?

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As a Texan who looked to give you every chance to get my vote during your Senate race against Ted Cruz, why does it seem like your policies changed dramatically between your failed Senate run and your now current Presidential one?

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Is it true that you and your wife have over 400 Million in assets? How do you think being ultra wealthy affects your policy choices?

Obviously, no answers to these questions.

This is a question we've all asked. No answer, obviously.

Why do you insist on using the name Beto, when your name is Robert and you're a white guy?

Also, good luck with taking firearms away from millions of law abiding citizens. Your little remarks about that subject were that of an aspiring tyrant.

Oh, another poet!

Hi Beto, thanks for stopping by. As we all know you were pretty active in the early hacktivist community, as well as moonlighting as an amateur poet. At some point are you planning to livestream a reading of your seminal work of art, “The Song of the Cow”? I feel that ass waxing and butt-shining are two very relevant issues many politicians are faced with daily in the modern political arena. If you had any insight on the future of cyber security in American voting we would be interested to hear about that as well, but the poetry is the priority. Again, thank you for your time and say hi to Texas for me. (Yeehaw)

About his criminal record:

Hey Beto. Is it true that the real reason you wanna confiscate AR-15s and AK-47s is because your DUI and subsequent fleeing from the scene (edit: forgot about your burglary charges, sorry I left out one of your achievements) makes it illegal for you to own them and you're jealous? Also, I have seen you say that Texans you’ve met have been asking you to do this. I think you're misunderstanding the intent behind the phrase "come and take it"

A question on drug policy:

how much coke do you and your dad do together you fake fuck?

stop saying you represent texas, you dont, not even close. couldnt even beat that shithead cruz.

Some furry-related questions:

Hi, Beto. My question is about your furry band in college. Can you tell us a little bit more about that? Just from a human interest perspective.
Hi Beto! Thank you for doing this AMA. The rise of the internet has led to a resurgence among many groups and ideologies incompatible with modern American society. Unfortunately, these groups have also begun to organize outside of the internet in the form of rallies, meetings, and even full-blown conventions in our communities. Many people, myself included, are beginning to fear that the only way to prevent large scale violence is for the government to intervene, with force if necessary. With all of that said, would you like to address the allegations that you're a fucking furry?

I love the technique of starting off with a real-sounding question and then getting in the dig at the end. Howard Stern's prank callers popularized this technique.

I'm thinking of buying a new fursuit. Do you think it's worth it to get the custom-made ones off Etsy, or should I just go for the $400-500 ones on ShopMascot and cut out the holes where I need them?
Hi Beto. As a member of the furry community, what steps would you take to stop any further marginalization of our community?

We're often the subject of hostility and brutal memes like "GAS ALL FURRIES," but outside our fursona, we're all just regular people trying to make our way in the world.

I know you've donned the war paint before, so I ask if you're elected to please help out a group of people that have flown under the radar when discussing underrepresented groups of Americans.

This question is about guns, not Blotto's fursona, but the writer calls himself "ComeAndTakeItFurry."

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Robert Francis, given your criminal history, which includes burglary and a drunken hit and run, wouldn't you fail a background check? Why then do you believe you can require law-abiding Americans to sell you their guns?

Furry "Rock:"

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Posted by Ace of Spades at 03:17 PM Comments

Hillary Clinton: I Only Lost the Election Because It Was Rigged by Voter Suppression

—Ace of Spades

I trust everyone remembers the hysteria the media engaged in -- especially people like Jake Tapper -- claiming that Donald Trump's doubts about the fairness of our elections threatened to undermine our republic.

But now that Hillary Clinton isn't expressing a hypothetical concern, but is flatly asserting that the election was rigged, hey, maybe she's got a point, right?



So let me tell my favorite Jake Tapper story again. I think this is the first time I've mentioned it in a main post, rather than in a comment.

You may have heard that Jake Tapper is a deranged obsessive and near-stalker when it comes to hounding his Twitter critics with Nasty Jake DMs. (DMs are Direct Messages, private messages that no one but the sender and addressee see.)

DM abuse that sometimes ends with torrents of profanity.

I've gotten so many Nasty Jake DMs I had to unfollow or block him (or both; I forget), thinking that would block his DMs (it didn't).

Then I escalated, telling him, "Do not DM me any longer. You are being specifically told your DMs are not wanted. I will tell you further that if you continue with this DM harassment, your DMs are not private and will be enthusiastically shared publicly, so that everyone can see your behavior."

I did tell him he could contact me publicly-- so that people could see the bullshit claims he was making. But I was tired of the "I'm going to keep my bullshit reputational management efforts secret."

No, public or nothing.

It didn't work, though.

This was shocking to me -- he didn't even stop after that. He just tried to keep it more even-tempered so that the DMs, if revealed, wouldn't be quite as embarrassing.

Anyway:

Back when I was on Twitter, after Trump was elected and when Hillary Clinton and her media supporters were advancing their "Hillary really won, but Russia stole the election" storyline, I saw a story on a news network that Hillary Clinton claimed at a fundraiser that Russia had hacked our "vote."

This was a major conspiracy theory Rubicon to cross -- Democrats usually used vaguer terms like "interfered with our election," referring to the scary-influential $150,000 in FaceBook ads. Or talked about hacking the election generally, meaning, "hacked John Podesta's email account using the silliest most basic trick an eight year old would know."

But now Hillary Clinton was alleging that Russia changed our vote totals.

Because I knew Jake Tapper was one of the Leftwing TV Moralists who had screamed and cried the loudest when Trump suggested the election might be rigged, I wrote something like "For some reason I don't think CNN will be decrying Hillary Clinton's claim that the vote was actually hacked by Russia."

Jake Tapper, you might have heard, is an absolute obsessive about protecting his Twitter Image, and even protecting CNN's Twitter Image as that reflects on him, and within moments DM'd me demading, "Cite?"

Jake Tapper uses the "Cite?" rebuttal the way all leftwingers use it. It's their way of saying "You're lying, so I don't have to respond to this." But every time you actually do provide the citation, it changes absolutely nothing -- they do not concede the point, they just move on to their next defense.

It's a pointless exercise.

But in this case I had the cite very handy. Very handy indeed.

In fact, Jake Tapper also had the cite handy, but apparently he was too busy patrolling Twitter for Negative Mentions of Jake Tapper or CNN to notice.

See, I never watched Jake Tapper's show, but for some reason (I can't remember why) I was watching it on this day. Or at least I had it on in the background.

So at around 4:25 pm or so, Jake Tapper, on his very own show, introduced a report from some CNN "reporter" who dutifully reported that Hillary Clinton had claimed Russia hacked the vote.

After the package, they went to commercial.

At around 4:27, I posted my tweet, and at about 4:28, Jake Tapper demanded: "Cite?"

So my answer was simple: "Jake, my cite is your own show. You literally just ran a package including a videotape of Hillary Clinton claiming the 'vote was hacked' two minutes ago. It literally just happened. It literally just happened on a screen your face was tilted towards."

Jake Tapper said something like "Oh I'm so busy in the studio" or whatever.

And I'm thinking: "You little narcisisstic, megalomaniacal, Twitter-addicted OCD freak."

He's super-busy in the studio -- busy patrolling Twitter for aspersions on the good name of Jake Tapper.

I mean, I know Jake Tapper has low ratings, and basically the people who watch him are just his Twitter Beta Orbiters hoping for a shout-out or whatever, but shouldn't he at least be expected to watch his own show? Especially while he's performing it?

But no, this little pissant is so busy scouring Twitter for negative mentions he introduces news packages which he apparently hasn't watched previously nor read the script for, and then doesn't even bother watching the news package he's running on his own show.

He's just sitting there on Twitter doing Vanity Searches for his name or CNN.

Even when he's on the air.

Now, a lot of people have Nasty Jake DM stories, but I bet you very few have a Nasty Jake DM story like this.

Or who knows -- maybe a lot of people do. I can't imagine this was the only time someone caught Jake Tapper doing some Twitter Reputational Management when he was on-air and supposedly on CNN's clock.

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Silicon Valley Star Thomas Middleditch: I Love Watching My Wife Get Railed by an Amateur Weekend Volleyball Team

—Ace of Spades

Jonah Goldberg just emailed me: "I knew there was something about that guy that I just liked."




Someone commented in a tweet, "No, she's a swinger, you're a cuckold."

More from The Wrap:

Playboy: Do you have any advice for couples who may be exploring that lifestyle?


Middleditch: For anything sexual -- whether in terms of the sex act or identity or kink -- you want to know where the walls of the box are. Mollie and I have created our own rules, and compared to most of the people we've met who do this kind of shit, our rules are strict. We're not off on our own; we're together, a unit. It's a perpetual state of management and communication, to the point where it’s like, "All right, we've got to stop. Chill." I'm gas, and she's brakes. This is actually the premise for a comedy series we're writing together.

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Mark Meadows: Comey Told Conflicting Stories to Congress and the AG. We Need a Criminal Referral to Find Out Who He Lied To.

—Ace of Spades

Straight arrow.

"I'll give you one example," Meadows said. Referring to testimony Comey gave in December of 2018, Meadows continued, "Mr. Gowdy was asking, he said 'Did you initiate an obstruction of justice investigation based on what the president said?' It was a very clear question. Mr. Comey said 'I don't think so. I don't recall doing that so I don't think so.'

"However, on page 13 of your IG report, it says that Comey purposefully leaked the memo so that they could have a special counsel appointed to investigate obstruction of justice. So two of those can not be true. They're at opposite dynamics in terms of what they’re constructing. And we have dozens of examples where that has happened."

Meadows added, "So we'll be referring those inconsistencies to you today, Mr. Horowitz, and I think that it’s important that the American people get to look at this."

Posted by Ace of Spades at 12:15 PM Comments

The Morning Rant: Minimalist Edition

—CBD

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Anyone wonder whether there has been a sea change among the "Palestinian People?" Poke through this poll and be amazed at the dysfunction and savagery that is apparent in their society. It amazes me that after 70 years they still won't admit that they would be much better off living in Israel than under the thumb of their kleptocratic, murderous current rulers.

Public Opinion Poll

In light of the suspension of peace negotiations, Palestinians support various alternative directions: 62% support popular non-violent resistance; 50% support a return to an armed intifada; 40% support dissolving the PA; and 32% support abandoning the two-state solution and demanding the establishment of one state for Palestinians and Israelis.

I had two interesting topics about which I was going to rant, but that early-rising, shape-shifitng, time-traveling, weather-manipulating landsman down below stole my links!

Posted by CBD at 11:11 AM Comments

Mid-Morning Art Thread

—CBD

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Portrait of Pope Julius II
Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino

Raphael is one of my favorites, but I had never seen this until recently, and boy am I glad I went looking. When I think of Raphael I think of grand paintings, but this is relatively small...only about one meter high. According to the history it was ahead of its time for portraiture, especially that of popes, and laid the groundwork for the next few centuries of papal portraits. Not bad for a guy who died in his mid-thirties!

Posted by CBD at 09:30 AM Comments

The Morning Report - 9/19/19

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. Before we begin the daily dumpster dive, a point of personal privilege if you will in marking the third anniversary of this column. A big thanks to Ace for allowing me to do this, to the Cobs for their support and encouragement and to all of you commenters for your daily birthday wishes and making this place what it is. And when you can figure that out, you win a cookie. Basta cosi so lez-be-on our way.

The Kavanaugh smear continues to top the list for today. Despite the complete lack of any evidence to back up the current and all previous claims that the associate justice was a serial rapist and/or sexual abuser of women, the real story here is the SOP of the Democrat-Left-Media Complex: it's not about guilt or innocence but the seriousness of the charge. Of course, it's the Democrat-Left-Media Complex that is the sole arbiter of who is guilty and innocent, and they who bring the charges, but I digress.

In the real world, this entire episode is an obvious, orchestrated smear campaign wherein all of the conspirators are hardcore Leftists that are connected via Democrat Party apparatchiks, the new media donor class or some combination of both. In point of fact they are intertwined to the extent as to be one in the same. The objective in trying to politically assassinate Justice Kavanaugh is an extension of the ongoing attempt to overthrow the 2016 election and erase all trace of Trump. Aside from the economy, his greatest success and what will hopefully be his lasting legacy for at least several decades beyond 2025 (please G-d) will be the realignment of the court towards more originialists and Constitutionalists. Just last week, Trump's 150th nominee was confirmed, and that is a staggering blow to the Democrat-Left. Since a corrupt judiciary is one of the main fonts from whence the Democrat Left draws its power to subvert the will of the people, it cannot be allowed to stand. And so, the media will now have that asterisk next to his name along with the prefix "accused rapist" on any story covering a SCOTUS decision going forward. Especially involving women's issues, primarily if Roe v Wade is ever overturned.

The question is, will Justice Kavanaugh buckle under this? In this case, I mean throw a decision to the Left even if he knows its wrong. Despite his having already sided with the Left on two issues (which may or may not be an indicator of anything), they have renewed the effort to destroy him. So buckle could mean resigning from the court to spare himself and his family from the abuse, or quite possibly physical harm. We have seen the mostly peaceful acts of the Democrat brownshirts-in-black as well as Dick Durbin-linked James Hodgkinson.

All of this is meant to send a message not only to Kavanaugh but anyone who might consider accepting a nomination from Trump on SCOTUS or even a lower court for the next one to five years. They were already trying to torpedo Steven Menashi's confirmation to the DC Circuit when the latest Kavanaugh smear was unleashed. As the last link states, the NY Times' retraction doesn't make a damn bit of difference. For them, as Rush stated the other day, it's high fives all around; mission accomplished.

What we're seeing is disgusting but it's not surprising. Because anytime the Left wins an election, legitimately or otherwise, or some decision goes their way, legitimately or otherwise, it's always "the people have spoken," "the Court has spoken" or "our Democracy works." Funny how that's never the case when they lose. Time to abolish the Electoral College, pack the Supreme Court, impeach the President, Justice Kavanaugh and white male Christians, etc. ad nauseum.

I think that what they are attempting to do here will ultimately fail in the eyes of the public. They see through this for the cheap smear that it is, and that is mostly because this President has utterly exposed them because they have attempted the same thing on him since July of 2015. The big question is will Kavanaugh hang tough? Indeed, will all of us who have teachers, employers and our peers as well as the professional goon squads and pressure groups arrayed against us hang tough as well?

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

NOTE: The opinions expressed in some links may or may not reflect my own. I include them because of their relevance to the discussion of a particular issue.

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Wednesday Overnight Open Thread (9/18/19)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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THE QUOTES OF THE DAY


Quote I

"If they have to pull the South Africa model to maintain power forever they will do it, and they're not afraid of it, and they're increasingly open about it. Donald Trump is merely the avatar for this, he didn't create it. He simply benefited from it, and I think the sooner that the majority, the actual numerical majority in this country, figures that out and stops treating these elections as just foregone conclusions that you can fix it with just a simple election and that it will be free and fair, the sooner that we will wake up and actually have majority rule in this country."Joy Reid


Quote II

Trump continues to be slammed for not “denouncing” white supremacy, no matter how many times he actually has. Can’t at least one “black leader” issue one tiny statement about how blacks should maybe not kill their bosses and co-workers after getting fired?

Is that too much to ask?

Of course it is, silly! Of course it is. David Cole


Quote III

“He could have passed on our methodologies, our tactics, and our whole covert infrastructure. If it is true that he is dealing with some of the worst people in the world, they will be looking for what do the police know, how do they do stings on us?

“The damage he has potentially done could be quite massive and it could be generational.” Bill Majcher, a former RCMP officer


Quote IV

So, the question remains – a question our much-worse betters most definitely do not want you asking because its answer will make every Normal American less likely to support our garbage elite’s scheme. The question, you furry freak and all you bloodthirsty leftist Venezuelaphiles, is how many Americans are you willing to see die to realize your dream of an America composed of disarmed serfs? Kurt Schlichter


Quote V

Your rights get lost when you depart from the original meaning. And then sometimes, wait, it gets worse. Not only does it take stuff away, it puts stuff in there that isn't." Justice Neil Gorsuch

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Justin Trudeau: If I Have Any Regrets, It Is Only That I, A Completely Straight Man, Love Playing Dress-Up With Colorful and Exotically Theatrical Costumes Too Much

—Ace of Spades

That, and sucking dick as if there were a brick of gold lodged in the vas deferens.

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Related: Toronto Star Publishes Opinion Article Claiming 'Eating at Chick-fil-A Will Increase Suffering of Queer Kids'



Oh, the draaamaaa!

Sidney, relax, have a cream soda, do some fucking thing.

Posted by Ace of Spades at 09:03 PM Comments

Canadian PM and Woke Icon Justin Trudeau Wore Blackface -- Or "Brownface," Which Is Two Shades Less Serious -- At Party, Canada's Liberal Party is Forced to Admit

—Ace of Spades

I think we're going to find out that liberal dogmas about race-shaming aren't quite as dogmatic as applied in the cases of non-leftists.

A lot of nuance will be discovered here.

Note this isn't back in the sixties, of course.

This is just a few years back, when American Idol was still a big deal.

Justin Trudeau, Canada's prime minister, wore brownface makeup to a party at the private school where he was teaching in the spring of 2001. TIME has obtained a photograph of the incident.

The photograph has not been previously reported. The picture was taken at an "Arabian Nights"--themed gala. It shows Trudeau, then the 29-year-old son of the late former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, wearing a turban and robes with his face, neck and hands completely darkened.

In fairness, playing Cultural Appropriation dress-up is kind of his bag, baby:

And I just got tipped this: Twitter is actively censoring accounts which retweet Trudeau's brownface picture.

Always protecting the left, always punishing the right.

But censorship is great when monopolies do it!!!!

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Iraqi Immigrant Who Sabotaged Plane Denied Bail After Violent ISIS Videos Discovered on His Phone

—Ace of Spades

I didn't jump on this story when it came out a week or two ago, waiting for evidence to justify my suspicions that he didn't sabotage a plane's engine only to get more overtime pay fixing it.

Well, the evidence is in.




From AP, quoted from Katie Pavlich's entry:

A federal judge cited new evidence of potential terrorism sympathies in denying bail for a mechanic charged with sabotaging an American Airlines jetliner.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Chris McAliley imposed pretrial detention for 60-year-old Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani at Wednesday’s hearing.

The new evidence presented by prosecutors includes that Alani has a brother in Iraq who may be involved with the Islamic State extremist group as well as statements Alani made about wishing harm on non-Muslims.


Here's something that will shock you: Ilhan "Omar" Nur Said, who is herself an imprudently-permitted immigrant with deep terrorist sympathies, wants to forbid the US government from screening would-be immigrants' social media profiles for signs of terrorist action or terror sympathies.


Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar said in social media post Monday night that law enforcement vetting immigrants social media profiles is a form of "fascism."

"Make no mistake: This is fascism in action," Rep. Omar tweeted. "There's no guarantee that the Trump administration won't weaponize immigrants' political views against them by denying entry."

She said this the day before 9/11.

Some people did some things.

Posted by Ace of Spades at 07:10 PM Comments

Brutal New Ad Questions -- Or Rather, Denies -- Joe Biden's Mental Fitness

—Ace of Spades

Before that, check out this admission against interest from this fat soy-based baby bitch:

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Ilhan Omar Tweeted To Her Father, Nur Said, Who Just Happens to Also Be Her Ex-Husband's Father. Then She Deleted The Tweet.

—Ace of Spades

Ilhan Omar may have a different last name than her brother Elmi, but they share a father.

She denies this, but in 2013, she thanked "Allah" for a father like Nur Said.

Nur Said just happens to also be her ex-husband's father as well.

Recently she deleted this tweet. She sent out a flack to lie and claim Nur Said isn't her father's name, it's just a... nickname. It's just a nickname she uses for her father which just happens to also be the real legal name of her ex-husband's father.


More from Powerline.

Case closed: Ilhan "Omar," actually Ilhan Nur Said, entered the country originally by fraud, posing under an assumed name, and then later committed fraud again by marrying her actual biological brother.

Posted by Ace of Spades at 04:44 PM Comments

New York Times Shuts Down Spanish-Language Platform

—Ace of Spades

Aw, I imagine there are some layoffs involved here.

The New York Times on Tuesday announced the closure of its Spanish-language platform, NYT en Espanol.

"As of today, we've discontinued NYT en Español as a separate, standalone operation. Since it launched in 2016, the site published around 10 high-quality original [stories] and translated New York Times stories…in Spanish," a New York Times spokesperson said in a statement to The Hill.


"We launched NYT en Español as part of an experiment to reach and engage more international readers by extending our coverage to different languages," the statement continued.

"While the Español site did attract a new audience for our journalism and consistently produced coverage we are very proud of, it did not prove financially successful. Our strategy is now focused on our subscription-driven core news report for a global audience."

Aprende a codificar.

Posted by Ace of Spades at 03:54 PM Comments

Clinton Mega-Donor Ed Buck, Who Has Had Two People Die of Drug Overdose In His House, Is Finally Arrested After Third Man is Nearly Killed by Drugs

—Ace of Spades

My suspicion is that he has a very weird Gay Angel of Death compulsion.

He seems to get off on injecting people with drugs and watching them die.

This last guy reportedly tried to escape from Buck's house to get help, but Buck stopped him.

In 2017, a young African American man, Gemmel Moore, 26, was found dead inside the home of Democratic donor Ed Buck under suspicious circumstances.

There were demands for an investigation and protests. But in the end, authorities said there was not enough evidence to charge Buck with a crime.

Then in January 2018, a second man, Timothy Dean, 55, was found dead in Buck’s West Hollywood apartment. There were more protests and demands for action, but Buck remained free and denied any wrongdoing in either case through his attorney.


Now, prosecutors say a third man tried to escape from Buck's home in September after being drugged. They claim Buck prevented the man from getting help.

This time, authorities took action.

Buck was arrested and charged this week with operating a drug house, with prosecutors calling him a violent sexual predator who preys on men struggling with addiction and homelessness.

The wealthy gay-rights activist is accused of injecting a 37-year-old man, who overdosed but survived, with methamphetamine on Sept. 11. Buck's attorney could not immediately be reached for comment, but activists who have long demanded action say they are relieved by the arrest.

...

The latest man found in Buck's home, identified in court papers as Joe Doe, went to the apartment on Sept. 4, where Buck "personally and deliberately" administered a large dose of methamphetamine, prosecutors said. Concerned he was overdosing, the man left Buck's apartment to get medical help.

He returned to Buck's apartment a week later, on Sept. 11, when Buck again injected him with "two dangerously large" doses of methamphetamine, prosecutors said.

But this time, prosecutors say, Buck thwarted the man's attempts to leave. The man eventually fled the apartment and called 911 from a gas station. He was taken to a hospital for treatment. Sheriff's investigators found hundreds of photographs in Buck's home of men in compromising positions.

...

Buck is accused of luring his victims into his home and then baiting them with drugs, money and shelter.

"From his home, in a position of power, Buck manipulates his victims into participating in his sexual fetishes," prosecutors wrote in court papers. "These fetishes include supplying and personally administering dangerously large doses of narcotics to his victims. ... Not deterred by the senseless deaths of Moore and Dean, the defendant nearly killed a third victim last week."

Was Buck's status as a gay activist and Democrat donor (investing heavily in local politicians) and Friend of Hillary's what protected him for so long? No one knows, but the answer is "Clearly Yes."

While Buck once identified himself as a conservative Republican, according to the Los Angeles Times, he became a national figure when he spearheaded the effort to impeach Arizona's Republican Gov. Evan Mecham in the 1980s. He later made large donations to Democrats, including more than $500,000 since 2007, according to court documents filed by Moore's mother in a wrongful death suit pertaining to her son.


At the federal level, those include contributions to prominent Washington lawmakers as well as 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. At the local level, Buck has donated more than $51,000 to Los Angeles city and county officials, candidates, and affiliated parties dating to 2008.

In 2012, Buck contributed $100 to the campaign for Jackie Lacey for Los Angeles County District Attorney, and four years later, gave $1,400 to Eric Garcetti for Mayor of Los Angeles. Both Lacey and Garcetti still hold their titles.

The highest contribution was $13,000, according to the court papers, to former West Hollywood Mayor John Duran when he ran for county supervisor in 2014.


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Georgia Man Kills Three Youths With Semiautomatic Assault Weapon
PS, The Three Youths Were Trying to Rob His Home and Were Shooting at Him

—Ace of Spades

Citizens never stop criminals with guns, and certainly not when using Hate Guns like semi-auto rifles.

Georgia homeowner shot and killed three teens as they approached his residence with their faces covered, authorities said.

The masked teens -- a 15-year-old and two 16-year-olds -- approached three residents around 4 a.m. Monday at the front yard of a home just outside Conyers and tried to rob them, the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office said.

One of the would-be robbers took out a gun and fired shots at them before one of the residents returned fire, authorities said.

"The victims of the attempted robbery were all uninjured, but the three attempted robbery suspects were all shot during the exchange of gunfire and succumbed to their injuries, one on scene and two at a local hospital after being transported," the sheriff's department said in a news release.

One neighbor heard someone asking for help, he told CNN affiliate WSB.

"I heard a guy yelling for help. 'Help me, help me, I'm dying, I'm dying, help me, help me," Brian Jenkins told the station.

lolgf

Posted by Ace of Spades at 01:53 PM Comments

NYT Employed Racist, Homophobic Fact-Checker

—Ace of Spades

A long, long history of racist and homophobic abuse.

But of course the rules are different for New York Times employees.

A researcher and fact checker for the New York Times has a history of using racist and homophobic slurs on Twitter, according to a journalist for Newsmax. Gina Cherelus -- who on her LinkedIn page describes herself as "a researcher and fact-checker for The New York Times' Opinion section" -- appears to have deleted the offensive Tweets on Tuesday. But some were still accessible on her Twitter account.

But Newsmax host John Cardillo has posted screen hots of tweets apparently from Cherelus’ account in which she used words like "faggots" and "dykes" while also referring disparagingly to Asians, Latinos, and "white people."

...

Some of Cherelus’s tweets apparently date as far back as 2011. In one screenshot, Cherelus wrote, "Nahh, too many dykes on my floor."

In another apparent tweet, she wrote: "I know, I'd rather that too :/. Not faggots smh lol."

Cherelus appears to have used the term "wetback" in one tweet and made repeated disparaging remarks about white people.

"Some white people really just don't get it… Trying so hard to argue against something you JUST DON'T GET," one screen shot shows.

Via Ed Driscoll at Instapundit, this exit question that answers itself:



Posted by Ace of Spades at 12:55 PM Comments

Kamala The Kop: Just Because There's No Proof Against Brett Kavanaugh Doesn't Mean He's Not Guilty

—Ace of Spades

Spoken like a true conspiracy theorist.

"Someone should investigate this because the fact that something has not been proven, it doesn’t mean it didn't occur, right?" Harris said.
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