Sunday Overnight Open Thread (2/24/19)
The rule of law is indispensable to a thriving and vibrant society. It shields citizens from government overreach. It allows businesses to invest with confidence. It gives innovators protection for their discoveries. It keeps people safe from dangerous criminals. And it allows us to resolve differences peacefully through reason and logic. 7789026700
“This president is trying to keep a campaign promise to all of those people that he swore he would build a wall! And those people who want the wall are not patriots.”
“They are not people who love this country. They are not people who stand up for what’s right!” 251-439-4933
“I don’t come here for this rag every day, and it’s a rag. That’s all it is to me,” said Chambers about respecting the flag. “When you show a way to persuade Jews to sanctify and worship the swastika, when you show me that I’ll come up here and stand while you all hypocritically pretend that rag is something that it definitely is not.“ Nebraska state Sen. Ernie Chambers
The fly-over states have become the passed-over states, that’s why red state voters are so pissed off. They don’t hate us, they want to be us. They want to go to the party. It’s like we’re the British royal family and they’re Megan Markle’s dad. Bill Maher
One way or the other, (985) 317-4566
John Wayne Airport Could Be Renamed After New Upset Over an Old Interview
The first shots may have been fired in a war against The Duke.
A debate is now underway over whether a Southern California airport should bear the name of screen legend John Wayne, who died nearly 40 years ago at age 72.
The discussion stems from the recent social media uproar that followed the resurfacing of a 1971 Playboy interview in which Wayne made remarks that critics described as racist and homophobic.
They really have more in common with Stalin then they probably know.
Tonight's Deep Thought
A message to us from Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN)
US President Donald Trump today urged wireless carriers to deploy 5G and "6G" networks "as soon as possible," seemingly ignoring the small problem that 6G technology doesn't exist yet.
"I want 5G, and even 6G, technology in the United States as soon as possible," Trump wrote on Twitter this morning. "It is far more powerful, faster, and smarter than the current standard. American companies must step up their efforts, or get left behind."
The opioid crisis (844) 646-9562
The opioid epidemic has become a national crisis. While most victims of this modern phenomenon are addicted adults, there are newborn babies born of those addicts who suffer from withdrawal the moment they enter the world. These babies end up in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) an ICU for infants and experience pain and suffering before they can experience anything else in their world.
For every action there is..........
Paul Joseph Watson and the ISIS Bride NSFW-Language
Munchausen syndrome is a factitious disorder, a mental disorder in which a person repeatedly and deliberately acts as if he or she has a physical or mental illness when he or she is not really sick. Munchausen syndrome is considered a mental illness because it is associated with severe emotional difficulties. via WebM
To paraphrase the oft-misquoted Mark Twain, rumors of the death of the California Republican Party are greatly exaggerated. The results of the November 2018 elections, while not completed until December, got worse each passing day until we came up with the final tally. It was, to use the technical terminology preferred by political pundits, a massacre, a slaughter, a bloodbath. As I’m an eternal optimist, and in an effort to stop myself from curling up into the fetal position and avoid making plans to flee the once-Golden State like so many others, I am able to see the good news buried within these dismal results. (“There’s got to be a pony in here somewhere!”)
I wrote in October that the continued leftward lurch of California Democrats would result in such dismal living conditions that voters would have to take notice. Unfortunately, it’s going to take a bit longer.
Fishermen, campers and the back yard enthusiast all know the dread bzzzzzz sound. Perhaps that noise will be a distant memory. Genetically engineered mosquitoes are on the way.
Scientists have launched a major new phase in the testing of a controversial genetically modified organism: a mosquito designed to quickly spread a genetic mutation lethal to its own species, NPR has learned.
For the first time, researchers have begun large-scale releases of the engineered insects, into a high-security laboratory in Terni, Italy.
"This will really be a breakthrough experiment," says Ruth Mueller, an entomologist who runs the lab. "It's a historic moment."
The goal is to see if the mosquitoes could eventually provide a powerful new weapon to help eradicate malaria in Africa, where most cases occur.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders made several claims about wealth inequality and the economy in a 2020 presidential campaign announcement video released Tuesday.
Danny Glover, Sean Penn and the congress critter Donkey-Chompers Occasional Cortex, No where to be seen or heard from.
What makes Venezuela’s food crisis all the more grim is that experts agree it is a result of human decision-making. “It’s not due to droughts, or floods,” Deborah Hines, the World Food Program Representative in Colombia, told me. “The situation is purely political.” Far from alleviating the crisis, Maduro has made basic necessities contingent on political loyalty. In 2016, to preserve his support, he launched a government-subsidized food program, known as the Local Food Production and Provision Committees (claps). Venezuelans are eligible to receive a monthly food handout, and other benefits, as long as they register for the Fatherland Card, which officials use to track voting participation. clap boxes usually arrive late and half-empty, but, during election seasons, they are stuffed, and recipients like Vegas get text messages from local representatives such as “Love is repaid with love.”
A few days ago, the Twitter account of Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic, published a post calling for the murder of the British novelist Salman Rushdie.
Under the account called @khamenei_ir, (which, while not blue-checked, is the account Iranians say the mullah uses), Khamenei tweeted that the death fatwa pronounced in 1989 by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic, against Rushdie for his book, The Satanic Verses, was "solid and irrevocable."
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But police were still left quite surprised when a woman called in to report that her drug dealer had sold her brown sugar instead of the cocaine she ordered. She told officers in Craigavon, Northern Ireland, that she paid £200 for the transaction only to then realise she had been ‘scammed’ afterwards.
"I said, 'motherf*****, if you come any further, you're a dead son of a b****'," she recalled. Tonight's Feel Good Story of The Day.
Pistol-packing grandma describes confrontation with naked burglar
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Gun Thread: Shooting and 40's [Weasel]
Preferred refreshment of your higher-class MoMe.
Whaaa? You Gangstas thought I was talking about these 40's?
Nah, Bro's and Bro-ettes! You never, evah shoot while sippin' a 40! That's pretty much Rule Number Uno. So what the hell am I talking about? Good question! Let's jump on down below and find out together, shall we?
.40 Smith & Wesson
No, I'm not talking about your "other" favorite beverage, I'm talking about the .40 Smith and Wesson! A relative newcomer to the Wonderful World of Cartridges, the .40 S&W was developed by Smith and Wesson (duh) in 1990 at the request of the FBI. At the time, the Bureau was searching for a replacement for their 9mm Parabellum duty weapons, apparently then using ammunition little changed from it's inception in the early 1900s. During the selection process, a 10mm Auto with a light load was tested, and the rest, as they say, is history. What the Bureau found was a reduced 10mm load achieved the desired ballistic performance without the heavy recoil of standard 10mm Auto ammunition. The reduced powder charge also required less case volume and the subsequent shortening of the cartridge allowed it's use in a smaller frame pistol. With that, the .40 S&W was born.
The Bureau's fascination with the new cartridge lasted about 20 years. Around 2007, or about the time law enforcement agencies around the country finished following the FBI's lead and transitioned to the .40 S&W, the Bureau was contemplating a return to the 9mm Parabellum. Citing advances in bullet design, among other things, the Bureau completed the change back to the 9mm with ballistically improved ammunition around 2015.
Gratuitous picture of Sig P229 in .40 S&W
All sorts of factors are taken onto consideration when comparing weapons and ammunition. Design ergonomics, magazine capacity, recoil and economics are all important before ever beginning to consider ballistics. Terminal Ballistics is the science of what happens when a bullet hits a target, and includes all sorts of ways to measure the resulting transfer of energy and destructive power. Factors influencing the amount and effectiveness of this kinetic energy transfer primarily involve bullet design, mass, and velocity. Suffice it to say, terminal ballistics is a field of study unto itself.
To greatly oversimplify the issue, you can have a light fast bullet, or a heavy slow bullet. What matters most is the shot placement, the energy delivered and the behavior of the bullet once it arrives on target. The reality, I believe, is there is no magic bullet. Everyone has their favorite, but at the end of the day, you cannot shoot someone in the toe and reasonably expect to do much more than make them mad. Not even with the latest sooper-dooper maximum coolness defense load. While advances in bullet expansion technology have helped tremendously, time spent reading (any other) gun blogs might be more profitably spent at the range making sure you can consistently hit a target with whatever you're shooting.
So all of this is just fine and dandy, but there needs to be some basis for comparison between calibers and loads. One practical way to at least get some idea of cartridge performance comes in the form of muzzle energy, or ME, which is a calculation of the energy a bullet has when leaving the barrel. Many times this value is listed on the cartridge package, but the math isn't too difficult.
Muzzle Energy Calculation
So a 180 gr bullet exiting the barrel at 990 fps has a calculated ME of about 392 ft lb, while a 230 gr bullet with a velocity of 835 fps has a calculated ME of about 356 ft lb. Again, this formula is a simplified method of computing energy and generally comparing one load to another. It does not take into consideration the performance of the projectile once it enters the target, for example, when comparing the effectiveness of a hollow point bullet with a regular ball bullet. Many will disagree with the use of muzzle velocity altogether, and I will not argue with the observation it only paints part of the picture, but I do think it offers a valid starting point for general comparison.
left to right: .45ACP, .40 S&W and 9mm
Using the energy formula formula to evaluate the three ball cartridges above we get:
- 45ACP: 230gr, 835fps = 356 ft lb
- .40 S&W: 180gr, 990fps = 392 ft lb
- 9x19mm: 115gr, 1150fps = 338 ft lb
Again, this does not necessarily indicate the effectiveness of these rounds because key variables are missing, chiefly penetration and expansion, but it might help you in thinking about which caliber and powder charge to begin with when selecting a defensive bullet.
So what do you all think? Any opinions of the .40 S&W from those with a law enforcement background? Did the FBI rush to make the change without giving adequate consideration to advances in ballistic performance? Was their reversion to the 9mm a good idea based on ballistics alone? Which other factors might have been involved? How about the rest of you? Do you own a pistol chambered in .40 S&W, and what are your opinions of the cartridge?
Muzzle Energy Calculator
Article: 9mm vs .40 S&W
Article: .40 S&W Still a Good Round?
Article: 10mm Gel Tests
"The Harasser" by Dildo Arms
Speaking of advances in cartridge development, the Gun Thread has obtained this photo of a new prototype cartridge from Dildo Arms. Dubbed "The Harasser" it has already generated significant "buzz" in the firearms community, and received very solid endorsements from both the Career Criminal and Street Thug lobbies. Congratulations to the developer, Mr. Charles B. Dildo!
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That's it for this week - have you been to the range?
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Food Thread: Carbs May Be A Dirty Word, But They Sure Taste Good!
I hope Ace doesn't revoke my coblogger credentials and make me clean the barrel, but sometimes a big plate of pasta is the absolute best thing in the whole world. Yeah, yeah, carbs are bad. But pasta should have an exemption.
[this is going to be an abbreviated Food Thread, because your host feels like death warmed over.]4162960176
And bread. A great loaf of crusty bread with butter? Come on....even you "Paleo Or Die" people would gobble up a piece or five of that!
By the way, part of the learning curve in bread baking is the placement and depth and number of cuts made to the surface of the dough just before baking. The cuts relieve the pressure of the expanding interior against the developing crust, but it seems to be a complicated thing to do correctly, or maybe I'm just not cutting deeply enough. It's not the end of the world if done poorly, and it is sort of entertaining when the loaf comes out of the oven with unexpected fault lines and odd patterns.
Oh...a burger? How can you eat a burger without a good roll? I prefer potato rolls with smaller burgers like the ones above. The bacon is of course axiomatic, but underneath is a dollop of "Spicy Chili Crisp", which was a curious but spectacular condiment for those burgers.
I am thinking about doing a Food Thread dedicated to good paleo/low-carb dishes. Not the freakish ones with weird replacements, but the stuff that normal human beings would enjoy...like a burger with a bacon bun. So cogitate a bit and think of the best ones you have tried...
This guy has become a fixture in the high-end beef market, and while I dislike having to pay an extra couple of bucks for a burger just because it came from his company, the dude knows what he is talking about. And his cookbook is fantastic, so...
If I had a dollar for every time someone at Bon Appétit raved about a spatchcocked chicken, I’d be a wealthy woman. Add to that our enthusiasm for deploying the technique on a Thanksgiving turkey, and I might just quit my day job. But even after years of hearing all that’s good and glorious about the flattened, backbone-less version of the bird, I never thought to try it at home. That’s because I shop at a regular grocery store and not a specialty butcher shop, where a butcher with knife skills that I do not possess can remove said backbone for me.I'm sorry, all this says is that you are a lame. lazy, pompous fool with more money than brains. Spatchcocking is pretty much the easiest technique there is, and anyone who can't learn it or won't do it is an ass.
And if I catch any one of The Horde buying one of these I'll....no...I won't say.
The man is a fine talent in the kitchen, but he is a pompous ass, a hypocrite, and a preachy prick as well.
Crazy simple fish pie
400 g undyed smoked haddock, skin off, from sustainable sourcesNope. Screw your sustainable sources; I'll make my own decisions thank you very much. And I am going to make a version of this with Black Rhino meat in place of the haddock. Or maybe baby harp seal? Or panda? How would California Condor taste?
This may look stupid, but in reality it is an incredibly useful technique to learn. And it can be extended to bowls and pots and such, so if you don't know how to do it, watch the video, by some cheese balls and beer, and start practicing. There will be a test next week.
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The Law Of Unintended Consequences...How Does That Work?
Who'd a think it! Raise the minimum wage, and employers are more aggressive in ensuring that they are getting their money's worth out of their expensive employees!
If I am paying some knuckle-dragging, booger-eating retard $10/hour to do something simple, and he's okay at it, but certainly not good enough, then I might keep him on until he does get better to avoid the costs of hiring and training a new employee. But increase that hourly wage by 50% and his leash is going to get a lot shorter.
This ain't rocket surgery.
City Councilman Brad Lander said he planned to introduce a bill on Wednesday that would require fast-food businesses to show "just cause" for firing workers and give them a chance to appeal dismissals through arbitration.I love the subtextual outrage that somebody was fired for "not smiling enough." In other words, she wasn't doing the job, part of which was to interact with customers with a smile on her face. That doesn't sound too tough.
Mr. Lander, a Democrat from Brooklyn, said he was responding to surveys of fast-food workers indicating that "there's a substantial percentage of employees that have been fired unfairly." One woman said she was fired from a Chipotle restaurant for not smiling enough.
In case you aren't exercised enough by this violence against free markets, there's a doozy below the fold...this time it's violence against traditional culture, which is increasingly obviously the only culture that has any success.
The innumerable challenges of raising a feminist boy
We’ve taught Rafi to tidy up after himself, rather than expecting his parents to do it. Even though he is abominably ineffective, I still feel a flush of pride when he attempts to wipe up his messy placemat after dinner and puts his bowl in the sink.What's that? Child Abuse? Yup...I agree.
He thinks helping me take washing off the line is fun and asks inquisitively about how daddy’s iron works. I hope this early modelling sticks and that he never assumes it is the lot of women to clean and take care of him.
Yet more and more, I cannot seem to shut out the avalanche of influence that exists beyond the walls of our home. Television, child care, kids at the park, neighbours, extended family and friends are unwittingly starting to sway the views and expectations of my son.
Gender stereotypes become entrenched and along with them, Rafi's world begins to narrow. Like all three-year-old kids he parrots back what his parents teach him. My son calls himself a feminist, but his actions don’t reflect that in the way they used to.
I really love the ass-backwards way this twit thinks. "Gender stereotypes become entrenched..." Uh, no. Gender stereotypes are baked into the cake. Put these kids into Skinner boxes and they would still separate into boys and girls. There's just no way around that.
And thank God for the difference!(856) 383-9344
A Chicken In Every Pot, And A Reactor On Every Block: That's My Idea Of A "Green New Deal!"
I have a little sympathy for people who are reflexively afraid of nuclear power because they simply don't understand it. I guess at first glance it is sort of scary, because...um...actually I have no idea why. We are surrounded by "nuclear" power in our everyday lives; from the sun, the isotopes that we use to diagnose and cure disease, the plants that power our navy ships, and the commercial power plants that have a rather remarkable safety record (show me the injuries and deaths from Three Mile Island and I will delete that statement). Hell, there are smoke detectors in use all over the world that use Americium-241.
Ordinary people tell pollsters they want renewables for the same reason they buy products labeled “natural”: they are in the grip of an unconscious appeal-to-nature fallacy.I think we should have a "Green New Deal." It should start with the construction of 100 of a standardized nuclear reactor series with specific pre-approval from the federal government and a state of emergency declared that will preempt any state challenges to their construction. The state of emergency would require that for each reactor going on line the most CO2-intensive power plant in the country would be shut down, or the least efficient generation facility in terms of kilowatts/square foot could be dismantled and the land returned to its previous use. In addition, regulations limiting the locations of these reactors could be written to avoid construction on active fault lines, such as the Hayward Fault and the San Andreas Fault.
The appeal-to-nature fallacy is the mistaken belief that the world can be divided into “natural” and “unnatural” things, and that the former are better, safer, or cleaner than the latter.
In reality, solar farms require hundreds of times more land, an order of magnitude more mining for materials, and create hundreds of times more waste, than do nuclear plants.
And wind farms kill hundreds of thousands of threatened and endangered birds, may make the hoary bat go extinct, and kill more people than nuclear plants.
But because of our positive feelings toward sunlight, water and wind, which we view as more natural than uranium, many people unconsciously assume renewables are better for the environment.
Any state that chose to prevent construction of these new plants because of fear of earthquake damage will not be able to purchase power generated by any of the new plants.
Let's face it, if we had nuclear power plants spread across the United States, with the expectation that they were there for the long haul, the issue of the small amount of radioactive waste would be less compelling. Store it on site, because that site will be a plant for the foreseeable future. And lest the no-nothings are confuse by the volume of waste produced by even the messiest plants, it is nothing in comparison to the huge waste of space that solar and wind generation creates.
I wonder whether Alexandria Donkey-Chompers will be interested in my plan, since she challenged us to come up with alternatives!
Sunday Morning Book Thread 02-24-2019
Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes, wine moms, frat bros, and everybody who's holding your beer. Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, a weekly compendium of reviews, observations, snark, and a continuing conversation on books, reading, writing, and publishing by escaped oafs 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 (470) 402-4281, which make you think, hey, maybe she'd better ease off a bit on the lunch-time burritos.
From the Cuypers Library web page:
The Cuypers Library is the largest and oldest art historical library in the Netherlands. Visitors, students and art historians alike are welcome to use the library to delve deeper into the Rijksmuseum collection. iPads are available for general use and there is free WiFi access both in the library and throughout the museum.
Click on the photo to see a much larger version.
(h/t Hank Curmudgeon)
It Pays To Increase Your Word Power®
If youre (980) 216-9530 then you love animals.
Usage: I'm not carnivorous, I'm philozoic.
Homeless in Seattle
When I was a young conservative, I read 318-714-2031 (it was one of the first books I ordered from the Conservative Book Club) that presented statistical evidence correlating homeless rates with the presence of laws enforcing some sort of rent control. I forget if he was also arguing causation, but, using New York City as an example. the author described how rent control messes up housing markets so that renters tend to grab whatever housing they can, especially the rent-controlled units, and hold onto them rather than going with the natural ebb and flow of a free market. Housing becomes less available and the prices of non-controlled housing goes up. He had examples of people living in the same apartment for 25-30 years because the rent was fixed at an absurdly low level, like $125 per month, and they weren't about to give that up.
I was convinced that all we had to do was get rid of rent control and the homeless problem would take care of itself. Of course, I was being hopelessly naive. And the homeless problem has gradually gotten worse and now in many urban areas, it is completely out of hand.
All of this came to mind when I was reading this long City Journal article, Seattle Under Siege, the main point of which is this:
At the same time, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal, the Seattle metro area spends more than $1 billion fighting homelessness every year. That’s nearly $100,000 for every homeless man, woman, and child in King County, yet the crisis seems only to have deepened, with more addiction, more crime, and more tent encampments in residential neighborhoods. By any measure, the city’s efforts are not working.
I guess every major urban area has got a homeless tent camps now. I've heard that the one in Los Angeles stretches on for miles and miles. We've even got one here where I live in Oregon, and one of my friends has had her house broken into several times after the camp sprung up went up a mile or two away.
The City Journal piece references a book as "the definitive book on homelessness", A Nation in Denial: The Truth About Homelessness, written in 1993
Homelessness is a condition of disengagement from ordinary society—from family, friends, neighborhood, church, and community.... Poor people who have family ties, teenaged mothers who have support systems, mentally ill individuals who are able to maintain social and family relationships, alcoholics who are still connected to their friends and jobs, even drug addicts who manage to remain part of their community do not become homeless. Homelessness occurs when people no longer have relationships; they have drifted into isolation, often running away from the support networks they could count on in the past.
Causes not on this list: poverty, injustice and access to affordable housing. Including rent control. I was making the same mistake the poverty pimps were making, i.e. all we have to do is to
pass repeal some laws and the problem will go away.
Because even if they're not addicts or mentally ill, they're bums. I've worked with bums and I can tell you that once the bum attitude sets in, it is dang near intractable. Some guys simply prefer that itinerant, low-responsibility lifestyle. In the past, these guys tended to be few and far between, but now, their numbers are legion.
The best way to prevent homelessness isn’t to build new apartment complexes or pass new tax levies but to rebuild the family, community, and social bonds that once held communities together. As Richard McAdams, a recovered addict and current outreach worker for the Union Gospel Mission, told me: “There are 6,000 people on the streets in Seattle. I know 3,000 of them by name and know their stories. It’s not a resource issue in this city, it’s a relational issue. The biggest problem is broken relationships.”
Which is not what progressives want. They don't want strong families or churches or self-governing communities. What they want is a bunch of atomized individuals, all dependent on the almighty State. So these broken relationships are a feature, not a bug, of progressive ideology, and the homeless tent cities are the broken eggs of the progressive urban omelet.
A Scathing Review:
Erich, a book thread lurker, e-mails one in:
America Through the Spectacles of an Oriental Diplomat by Wu Tingfang. The auther was Minister to the US, Spain and Peru for the Qing dynasty 1896-1902 and 1907-1909. He was also the first ethnic chinese admitted to the British Bar (1876). He served as Foreign Minister for the RoC under Sun Yat-Sen till he died in 1922. The book is available on Project Gutenberg and Librivox though I very much prefer my 1914 first edition.
Bootleg by Alex Shearer (a manga adaptation was done under the title Chocolate Underground). It is about Britain ruled by the Good For You Party, which would be very funny except...
Yeah, I can see how that might hit a bit too close to home. Specifically:
The Good for You Party is improving the health of the nation. Fruit and vegetables are compulsory and chocolates are banned. When best friends Smudger and Huntly discover an overlooked stock of cocoa and sugar, their secret chocolate-making business takes off fast. Can they stay ahead of the law?
The book is out of print, I think. But 703-368-0008 are available.
No one expects the Spanish Civil War!
I have two [recommendations]. Begin with this six part BBC documentary available on YouTube:
Then Stanley Payne's The Spanish Civil War.
Caution: It does rhyme with today and is therefore scary as hell.
I recommend the YouTube first to get an overview on the incredibly complex political situation with numerous acronymed parties you may have difficulty keeping track of such as the "Radical Republicans" who were, in fact, a law abiding center right party.
Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at February 17, 2019 11:13 AM (+y/Ru)
(941) 806-0984 by Paul Stanley
This book presents a new history of the most important conflict in European affairs during the 1930s, the Spanish Civil War. It describes the complex origins of the conflict, the collapse of the Spanish Republic and the outbreak of the only mass worker revolution in the history of Western Europe. Stanley Payne explains the character of the Spanish revolution and the complex web of republican politics, while also examining the development of Franco's counter-revolutionary dictatorship. Payne gives attention to the multiple meanings and interpretations of war and examines why the conflict provoked such strong reactions at the time, and long after. The book also explains the military history of the war and its place in the history of military development, the non-intervention policy of the democracies and the role of German, Italian and Soviet intervention, concluding with an analysis of the place of the war in European affairs, in the context of twentieth-century revolutionary civil wars.
Or, if $13.30 is too much, the Kindle edition of 6308466217 can be had for only $6.15.
I also read Loki's Child by Fenris Wulf about a metal rock band with... unsuspected depths. It begins as a marvelous expose of how the pop music hit sausage gets made and moves on in fun, convoluted, and unexpected ways. Highly recommended.
Posted by: Hans G. Schantz at February 17, 2019 09:55 AM (1pQvR)
3309752763 sounds like a real wild one. It claims to be
...a tale of music, revolution, and revenge. A pagan dystopian paean to chaos, a libertarian manifesto, and a scathing insider's critique of the music industry, this is a book that Robert Anton Wilson might have written if he had known how to play electric guitar. This is a book so metal that even the consonants require umlauts. This is a book that will make you first question the author's sanity, and then the sanity of the society in which you live.
$4.99 to drive yourself screamingly insane sounds like a real bargain.
132 I read that the Brits had made a TV series from a book called A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. I usually don't like tv made from books as much as I like books, but it does mean that a lot of people liked the book. Picked up a well worn copy at the library and immediately was completely fascinated by it. A lot of paranormal romance books are pretty formulaic but this one creates an earth populated by witches,vampires and demons integrated into society but invisible to humans. It opens in Oxford, England in a library(of all places!) with a woman researcher studying old books on alchemy which is her specialty. She asks for an old manuscript to be retrieved from the archives which turns out to be a magically spelled book that all three creatures,as they call themselves, have been looking for for generations as it has hidden itself waiting for the one person who could open it. She immediately becomes a target. So, there is a mystery, sexual tension, history, poetry, and lots and lots of references to real historical books. Can't wait to read the next two in the trilogy. Enjoy!
Posted by: Sharon at February 17, 2019 10:09 AM (QzF6i)
In addition to that, the Amazon blurb for 956-222-4957 says
Harkness has created a universe to rival those of Anne Rice, Diana Gabaldon, and Elizabeth Kostova, and she adds a scholar's depth to this riveting tale of magic and suspense. The story continues in book two, Shadow of Night, and concludes with (780) 351-3834.
$10.99 on Kindle.
Don't forget the AoSHQ reading group on Goodreads. It's meant to support horde writers and to talk about the great books that come up on the book thread. It's called AoSHQ Moron Horde and the link to it is here: /www.goodreads.com/group/show/175335-aoshq-moron-horde.
So that's all for this week. As always, book thread tips, suggestions, bribes, insults, threats, ugly pants pics and moron library submissions may be sent to OregonMuse, Proprietor, AoSHQ Book Thread, at the book thread e-mail address: aoshqbookthread, followed by the 'at' sign, and then 'G' mail, and then dot cee oh emm.
What have you all been reading this week? Hopefully something good, because, as you all know, life is too short to be reading lousy books.
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Developing: This is a big week for me. Either the biggest mistake I've ever made, or the first step towards financial independence.
I'll be my own boss starting on Friday. I won't say exactly what, just because social media is a tool for tiny despots with an effective professional strike rate far exceeding their biological capacity.
Pray for me.
Saturday Overnight Open Thread (2/23/19)
A functioning alcoholic on the top of his game. Yet, really totally unhappy. 8069446864
I was never falling-down drunk. I was never belligerent. I always got my work done. I was never unkempt. I was always clean, I was always shaved, I always performed at work. I was always kind and gracious in the dining room. But I lived in hell.
When we opened Joe Beef in 2005, we were inspired by Martin Picard at Au Pied de Cochon, by these grandiose bistros of Paris, by seafood towers, by excess. We were two portly men who ate and drank well. I was and still am very insecure about anybody coming to the restaurant and not having a spectacular meal. I want people to drink and eat to excess. I promote it.
Our forefathers settled this country with blood, sweat and tears. Do you think they would have uttered the following sentence? "My left shoe won't even reboot." H/T Maetenloch
Nike users are experiencing some technical difficulties in the wild world of connected footwear. Nike's $350 "Adapt BB" sneakers are the latest in the company's line of self-lacing shoes, and they come with the "Nike Adapt" app for Android and iOS. The app pairs with the shoes and lets you adjust the tightness of the laces, customize the lights (yeah, there are lights), and see, uh, how much battery life your shoes have left. The only problem: Nike's Android app doesn't work.
Android users report that their new kicks aren't pairing with the app properly, and some customers report failed firmware updates for the shoes, which render them unable to pair with the app at all. Nike's app on Google Play has been flooded with 1-star reviews in response to the faulty update.
Three Swedish feminist organisations, Sweden's Women's Lobby, the National Organisation for Women's Shelters and Young Women's Shelters (Roks) as well as the empowerment organisation Unizon have published a joint appeal in the newspaper Expressen, in which they demand a state ban on "dangerous" sex robots for men.
The debaters noted that today's sex robots often have the "appearances and attributes typical of the objectifying, sexualised and degrading attitude to women found in today's mainstream pornography".
"Why are men willing to pay tens of thousands of dollars for a robot that obeys their smallest command?" the feminists asked rhetorically. "A female robot cannot say no to something that the man wants, if she is not programmed to do so", the feminists complained.
The next time you get to Kewaskum, WI, you will want to stop and patronize the local Dairy Queen. H/T Bitter Clinger
A Dairy Queen restaurant in Kewaskum Wisconsin, has refused to tender public apologies over a sign inscription posted at its door entrance. This comes after the sign post showing bold inscriptions of various controversial messages to patrons, went viral on social media the previous week.
Note that this same notice had been hanging on the restaurant’s door post for over four years, with no initial record of dissatisfaction or disgust for the conveyed messages.
Contrary to popular belief, The ONT is always looking out for you. 83 restaurants that give you a freebie on your birthday.
No musical history just some good tunes...........
So when headed to Rehab, don't eat the f*cking Meth. Genius Award Winner.
Crew members “became concerned” about his behavior almost immediately and about a half hour after takeoff, the pilot decided to land in Portland because he was afraid Smyser would rush the cockpit.
Passengers helped keep Smyser in his seat by physically blocking him until officers arrived and took him into custody.
Smyser allegedly wrote an apology letter and admitted he’d eaten meth prior to boarding the plane.
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An Occasional Fishing Thread [Bandersnatch]
Hello happy Piscators and Piscatrettes, this is the Next Occasional Fishing thread. All things fishy are on topic. I, your humble narrator, am merely suggesting some jumping off points.
Is there anything as full of promise as the start of a fishing trip? Maybe the weather’s not what you planned on or you got up too late for the tide you wanted, but you’re going fishing. Anything can happen. At the end of the day there will be brag stories, or excuses, or lies. Fishermen are proficient at all three.
I use “fishermen” in the all-encompassing fisherfolk sense. When searching for a good fly fishing video, below, I found that Orvis has a commitment to gender parity in fly fishing, which includes a harangue against men. Goodness gracious, I did not think it would visit itself upon fishing, but here we are. (Naturally, that’s not the video I chose. I’d sooner give you Yoko on an Ottoman).
The other thing about the start of a fishing trip is that you’re going fishing. You’re going to be someplace wild, or wildish, and you’re not going to be getting nagged by work or a significant smother or telemarketers or liberals.
Now, for most of us fishing is mostly seasonal and I expect the actual fishing content to increase when we start fishing for real. Like, come to the thread and tell us about your fishing trip. Even in the Northeast there is year-round fishing. Streams still hold trout and while most striped bass are migratory some mostly young fish “winter over” in estuaries. I’ve caught them in every month but by March they’re pretty sorry looking and we tend to take pity on them and wait for fresh fish, fish with sea lice, which is a sign of recent migration.
Some places have an Opening Day:
Now, that doesn’t look like my idea of fun, but one of the things I’m trying to not do here is to be a Fish Snob. I am actually a Fish Snob, but I’m trying to be inclusive. I may snob in the comments. Anyway, there are obviously people who love opening day, because look how many of them are there.
Other places either don’t have a closed season or keep certain rivers open year-round for catch and release fishing or whatever local management has decided.
We will wrap things up with a brief introduction to fly fishing. You may wonder how fly fishing is different from other forms of fishing. I wondered quite a bit as a youth. I had books and magazines that demonstrated how to wave a rod back and forth, I had sent away to a catalog for a Royal Coachman fly (because they looked so cool), but no matter how much I waved the rod I couldn’t get a fly to go six feet. Because flies for freshwater are tiny and weightless and look like this:
Well, with spin casting or bait casting or surf casting gear you are taking a weighted lure and using the rod to fling it as far as you can. It’s a straightforward concept and from there you just try to get the line to come off the reel as efficiently as possible so that you’re throwing the lure.
The fly is functionally weightless. Randy Johnson couldn’t throw one ten feet. So in fly fishing it’s the line that does the work. It’s heavy, sort of like a garden hose, and you snake the hose back and forth to get it moving toward your target. At the end of the heavy line is a stretch of light leader (like regular mono fishing line) and at the end of that is a fly. This is how you get a weightless thing out to the seam in a current where a trout is going to think that some fur and feather is a tasty bug.
Fly casting is also rhythmic, meditative, and an all around great way to pass time, whether or not you’re catching fish.
Angling may be said to be so like the mathematics that it can never be fully learned.
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Chess Thread 02-23-2019
Neil Plays Chess In the Park, 1972
25th May 1972, Neil Diamond, born 1941, American singer and songwriter playing chess in Kensington Gardens, before a European tour. Lady is Joy Anderson, 25, of Kensington,a member of his fan club. The chess set was presented to Diamond by his British fan club.
From what I can see, the pieces appear to be a metallic version of the Peter Ganine Gothic design. I don't think the Ganine sets and boards are still being manufactured, but they're quite common on ebay. Also, it's the only set I would ever consider owning other than the standard Staunton pieces. I don't know, something about them, they just look sort of badass.
As always, the chess/dress pr0n thread is an open thread, so there is no such thing as an off-topic comment.
Easier Problem - White To Play (911)
Yes, this is obviously a won position for White. So the question is, in how few moves can the mate be forced, and what moves are they?
Goal: White can force mate in 2 movies
Hint: White's first move is not a check
k1q5/8/N1N5/KQ6/8/8/8/3R4 w - - 0 1
Lurker 'Spade' has a request:
In the 1970s when my dad got his PhD my grandparents gave him a chess table as a gift. The squares are inlaid different colors of wood, with his initials on the side. As he's getting up in age and my parents are in that mood, he gifted it to me (I play chess, and we have the same initials) and it now resides in my library. Only issue with the table is that after decades of use and moving a couple have popped up and one cracked. May have to get it repaired. Oh, and there's nowhere to actually put captured pieces. But that's not the main issue overall.
My major issue is that the squares are 3.5 x 3.5 inches. My grandmother made large ceramic chess pieces for my dad but those have long since broken. As a kid we mostly used regular small chess pieces, which look silly. So now I need pieces of an appropriate size that also look good. What I really want is a set of the Lewis Chessmen, but I'm afraid all available ones might be too small. I found some sets that seemed to be the appropriate size (like, 6" tall kings here), but I kinda don't want to spent like $500 on pieces.
So if maybe you could post up a question about this in the post somebody might have an idea of what I should get that will look good, is playable, and isn't going to eat too much into my gun budget.
I couldn't find any 'Isle of Lewis' type chess pieces of that size, they're all for smaller boards, so I thought I'd throw this request out the Horde and see if anything can be turned up.
More Challenging Problem - Black To Play (916)
Goal: Not a quick mate, but Black can get an overwhelming positional advantage
Hint: A rook sac at the appropriate time is key
2b2r1k/7p/8/4b3/p1PBB1qP/P2Q2P1/2R3K1/8 b - - 0 1
Dress Pr0n For The 'Ettes:
Greetings From Bulgaria
Easier Problem - White To Play
k1q5/8/N1N5/KQ6/8/8/8/3R4 w - - 0 1
White can force a mate in 2 with:
So now the Black king can't move and the Black queen needs to keep an eye on b8 to keep White from playing Qb8#. That leaves Black with limited options, each one resulting in a quick mate by White.
A: 1...Qc7+ 2.Nxc7#
B: 1...Qxa6+ 2.Qxa6#
C: 1...Qxc6 2.Qb8#
D: 1...Qxd7 2.Qb8#
E: 1...Qd8# 2.Rxd8#
More Challenging Problem - Black To Play
2b2r1k/7p/8/4b3/p1PBB1qP/P2Q2P1/2R3K1/8 b - - 0 1
I'm sure you all saw this move.
And not 2... Bxd4+ which allows White time to counterpunch: 3.Qxd4+ Kg8 4.Qd5+ Kh8 5.Qe5+ Kg8 6.Qg5+ Kh8 etc. and White could probably go for the perpetual check here.
5.Qg2 also works: 5...Bxf2+ 6.Kf1 (6. Kh1 Qxh4+ 7. Qh2 Qxe4+ 8. Qg2 Qh4+ 9. Qh2 Bb7#) 6...Bh3 7.Qxh3 Qxh3+ 8.Kxf2 Qxa3 etc.
11.Ke4 Bb4 and wins
Hope to see you all next week!
Note: that cryptic line of letters and numbers you see underneath each board diagram is a representation of the position in what is known as "Forsyth-Edwards Notation", or F.E.N. It's actually 8674711424. Most computer applications nowadays can read FEN, so those of you who may want to study the position, you can copy the line of FEN and paste into your chess app and it should automatically recreate the position on its display board. Or, Windows users can just "triple click" on it and the entire line will be highlighted so you can copy and paste it into your chess app.
So that about wraps it up for this week. Chess thread tips, suggestions, bribes, rumors, threats, and insults may be sent to my yahoo address: OregonMuse little-a-in-a-circle yahoo dott com.
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Ace of Spades Pet Thread
Welcome to the almost world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread. Kick back and relax. And while relaxing enjoy the world of animals.
Meet a puppy that has at least 2 lives. bolster
"We just let them out and then the bird swoops in drags her and is like choking her, it stood on her," Celis told KVVU-TV of the security camera footage of the incident.
Celis rushed to rescue Lulu, grabbing a patio furniture pillow and swatting at the bird of prey four times to drive it away.
If you care to watch there is a video of this incident.
Of course, 830-589-2243
Do you lock yourself out of the house on occasion? Perhaps you need to train your cat to help you out.
My daughters cat Libby (for Liberty not the obscene "L" word) was found "mostly dead" but not completely dead by her husband in a trash can when she was only a few weeks old. After more than a year of TLC she is trying to figure out if these things outside the window are edible.
L is one lucky cat. Don't be afraid to submit a photo of her from the front. Looks like she has some friends outside. Thanks for sharing Grandpa.
Long time lurker here. This is Dallas. Shes half American Staffordshire Terrier and half Pug according to her DNA test. She was found abandoned in an apartment complex near a dumpster at about 1 year old. Ten years later and now her favorite things are removing squeakers from toys, chewing rawhide bones, snuggling under blankets with her humans, and snoring in front of the fireplace. But mostly snoring. - Shawn
That is a great story Shawn. Dallas looks like a totally cool dog who has life made. It sounds like she has quite the home.
The black and white dog is Kis (I call her my Star Trek dog). I adopted her when she was a year old. She's a border collie/
heeler mix,the sweetest dog and not hyper. She's also Alpha Dog since I lost Ike. She never challenged his position, but she campaigned for it like Elizabeth Warren at a casino. She would sit for pets and belly rubs all day if someone would accommodate her. She's around 5 yrs. old now.
And then there's Maizy, the German shepherd. She's now about 17 months and still a little ringy. She's Amazing Maizy when she's good
and Crazy Maizy when she's...not. Is it just me, or does she have the Trudeau eyebrow thing going on? She's got a strong
prey drive and the cats loathe her. She's been a bigger handful than all my male shepherds put together. But she's getting better as she grows up and I think she'll be a great dog. She ain't stupid. I'll get around to cat pictures next if that's OK. I only have two cats.
Bean Counteress of Rohan
First of all, beautiful looking dogs. The GSD pup? Well, she's a girl that explains a lot. My history with dogs is that dogs are easier to train than the bitches. Good luck with her, she definitely has some mischief in her eyes. Thanks for sending us their stories and photos.
A fine group of pets today who have very proud humans. Thanks for submitting their photos and stories.
Would you like to see your pet as a PetMoron? Do you have an interesting story, video or tidbit you would like to share? Well you can reach us at petmorons at gmail dot com.
Have a great week!!!910-833-3314
Saturday Gardening Thread, February 23 [KT]
Wow. Weather continues around the country. Just short of three feet of snow in Flagstaff in one day! Snow in the Los Angeles Basin and Las Vegas! Not to mention all the excitement in the East. Don went to an orchid show. That's one way to beat back winter. Be sure to check out the photos and follow the link. So fun.
We have some other nice photos from The Horde this week, too.open-fire
Further to last week's post
Sounds like some members of The Horde are starting some plants indoors. Progress?
We got to see Wee Kreek Farm Girl's (604) 345-1587 We're going to have to discuss some other types of Passiflora and the butterflies they host soon. Meanwhile, here's another photo from the desert:
Another one of my garden areas. Mr. Wee Kreek and I built a hoop structure over this area (on our Anniversary two years ago) to keep the birds out as they were always digging up my seedlings and flinging them about. Nothing says romance like bleeding fingers from working with chicken wire. I have beets, kale, bok choy, carrots, borage, lettuce, arugula, two kinds of garlic, and some i'itoi onions which are a multiplier onion that does very well in our heat. I had some cucumbers, tomatos and peppers here as well but the cold snap did them all in. I will plant those again in March.
And a question:
Yesterday we got some Kiwi vines in the mail and planted them up. We have to build a trellis but I will send pictures when we get it all done and it looks like something other than 4 sticks. I got 3 female Vincents and 1 male Tomuri, any of the hoard have any advice on growing Kiwi? They are supposed to grow in zone 9 which I am but after I ordered them someone said they wouldn't fruit. I of course am always up for a challenge and I hope they are wrong.
Any feedback for her?
By-Tor went birding in Southern Utah recently. Here are some of his photos:
Some birding pics from today.
White Crowned Sparrow
Canon EOS 50d, Sigma 100-300 EX lens
He also has a couple of photos of the San Gabriel mountains with snow. The first one was taken before the storm this week. Already had some snow.
If you are up for a hike, somewhere in the San Gabriel Mountains is the
506-861-0829 Reportedly the only place to legally bungee jump in California.
One of the cities along the mountain front, Ontario, was originally planned to balance agriculture with other civilized activities. Maybe the streets there don't follow cow trails, maybe they do. Lots of plant nurseries in Ontario, and in other communities along that mountain front. A few famous ones.
Gardens of The Horde
Le Vieux Garde sent in a photo of a forlorn abandoned cherry at an abandoned house recently.
Have you had success renewing a blossoming tree like this?
And this week:
My sainted neighbor says these are called Narcissis and are related to Daffodil's. She says she rescued them from a previous house so IDK. They look like overgrown snow drops to me. Very nice fragrance.
Think they're jonquils? It's Alabama.
Couldn't resist this tune posted by Don.
Anybody planning to plant corn?
If you would like to send information and/or photos for the Saturday Gardening Thread, the address is:
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Last week, we discussed here how Gavin Newsom planned to destroy the planet by shortening the California high-speed rail project from the big dream of a three-hour trip from LA to San Francisco to a sort of fast trip between Bakersfield and Merced. If we are not all dead in 12 years, how will we get around in the future?
The Sacramento Bee has a few corrections to the information we had last week. And the Babylon Bee reminds us that our Washington legislators remain undeterred in their(614) 463-5698
A new environmental proposal would have the US replace all public and private spacecraft with high-speed trains by the year 2030, reports confirmed Thursday.
"We are wasting so much rocket fuel to generate the thrust necessary to leave Earth's orbit when we could just build a train track all the way to Mars or Jupiter," said a lobbyist for the train industry. "And just think about how pleasant a ride from Earth to Mars would be, coasting along the space tracks at 200 miles per hour for the next 193 years." . . .
California is ahead of the curve and has already begun work on its own high-speed space rail, but it was immediately delayed for 770 years and will now cost 52x the original estimate.
Meanwhile, back on earth, a piece in the Sacramento Bee assures us that Gavin Newsom did not kill high-speed rail. Instead, Newsom's plan is an improvement on the original plan for the Central Valley segment of high-speed rail:
Administration officials point out Newsom's plan expands the high-speed rail line by about 50 miles in the Valley. Under his revised concept, trains will run into downtown Bakersfield, rather than stopping outside the city. And Newsom plans to extend the line farther north to Merced, instead of the previous Valley terminus at Madera.
Think about that: The original plan was to have a bullet train STOP OUTSIDE THE CITY.
I saw a few more surprises in the revised map from the HSR authority:
Although the big selling point for this plan was the LA to San Francisco run, there is no future plan for high-speed rail from Los Angeles to San Francisco shown on the map. What about that ultra-expensive new terminal in San Francisco?
Also note that the current planned HSR route parallels the existing Amtrak route. There is a plan for a future "express" route to Manteca. So there's that.
We also touched on Gavin Newsom's emphasis on planning future housing in California, including planning for alternate modes of transportation like electric scooters. Here's a story about(475) 444-5094 in San Francisco, Santa Monica and elsewhere around the country. Electric scooters might make a nice replacement for high-speed rail in Frisco.
The latest way to sightsee requires an app, a sense of balance and a thumb to operate a throttle. Dockless electric scooters are a great way to explore a city, says Paul DeMaio, who manages the bike- and scooter-share programs in Arlington, Virginia. "It can be a lot of fun." In some areas the programs, which offer short-term rentals for just a few dollars, have been controversial: Parked scooters can block sidewalks, and inexperienced, unhelmeted riders have been injured. But cities have adopted regulations, and the popularity is booming.
Have you ever done this? Would you do it? More importantly, should neighborhoods be planned for electric scooter travel, as suggested in last week's commentary on Gavin Newsom's State of the State address?
I am not up to talking about autonomous "green" cars today. You can bring the topic up in the comments if you know anything new. Meanwhile, Chevy is discontinuing the Volt.
While politicians make plans like these, space travel using fossil fuels moves forward. Insty is always a good source for the latest in formation. I just did a search for "space" and got recent results on Virgin Galactic reaching space again, a successful launch by SpaceX, possible lunar travel, asteroids, space junk and more.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez probably does not approve.
Some Practical Green Transportation?
Insty also linked a piece on a study suggesting that electric bikes increase brain function in older adults. As long as you don't fall on your head, of course.
And here's a guy dealing with the recent effects of global warming in a creative way: a bicycle snowplow.
Looks like good exercise. I can imagine certain members of The Horde coming up with something like this.
Nice thread (on Thread Reader) concerning 703-223-6695 by John Hayward:
One important point to understand about the #GreenNewDeal mindset is that socialists HATE middle-class people having access to cheap energy. They really thought they were going to put a stake in the middle-class heart under Obama, who dreamed of $10/gallon gas.
When vital goods and services are cheap and readily available, people don't think an all-powerful maternal government is necessary. Attacking the American energy industry offers the Left a way to make EVERYTHING more expensive, all at once. . .
Another side effect of the war on cheap energy the Left would find very useful is reduced mobility for the American people. They HATE it when the serfs move around too much.
Highly mobile people can seek out opportunity and move out of Democrat-run hell hole districts. More expensive energy would destroy the mobility that makes rural and suburban living attractive. As you might have noticed, the Left loathes rural and suburban living.
Hope you are able to get out and about some this weekend. Have a good one.
Yes, this is the Thread before the Gardening Thread.
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Saturday Morning Coffee Break
Holy crap, the last Saturday of February. Time is flying, so are the stories that didn't get too much attention here at the AoSHQ this past week. Let's take a gander........
Enjoy these stories or something else in this open thread. Rules? Yeah, there are a few: No running with sharp objects, the 'ettes don't have cooties and leave their hair alone, and be nice to one another. Remember the toes you step on today may be connected to the ass you have to kiss tomorrow.
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EMT nerd talk.
Hoping some of the horde will have some good tips for me here.
I'm looking to run a linux virtual machine to use for secure comms between the home office and business. Email, messaging, video streaming and large file transfer are the main needs.
The one distro I was really interested in was SubgraphOS, but it doesn't run in a virtual environment.
Whonix looks to be a good option, but it runs on Virtual Box vm enviro, and I'm currently working with a VMware ESXi setup that I can't get away from for the time being. I could probably nest VB into a Windows or Linux VM off of VMware if I had to, but it's added complexity that I'd just as soon avoid for now.
Security & privacy are key. I expect to be using NordVPN as well.
I can pay for good advice with a free Nigerian beatdown.
This Is How The ONT Ends. Not With A Bang But With A Whimper
You may have seen the story last week. Travis Kauffman was out jogging in Colorado when he was attacked by a mountain lion. He fought back and killed the beast with his bare hands. Well, it seems that his troubles are not over. Here he is at a press conference, and by the looks of things, he's about to be attacked by a cougar.
Anyone who thinks modern women don't respond to masculinity needs to take another look at that photo.
In The Navy
Cdr salamander talks about the Navy's (expected) retreat from the goal of a 355 ship navy, and what they should do instead.
The Next Big Thing
If you can find someone who will talk honestly about single-payer, you will usually find the pro side talking about how it's “fairer” or “cheaper” than market-based systems (I'd contest the second, but we don't really have any market-based systems to compare with) but will usually admit that the outcomes are better in our system (as I said, you have to find someone on the pro side willing to be honest, which is rarer than a hen's tooth). That's bullshit. What it's all about is, like most lefty garbage, is manufactured virtue. “Oh, look at how COMPASSIONATE I am, I want healthcare to be FREE”. In fact, isn't that kind of a hallmark of all left-wing, totalitarian systems? Using force and theft “for the greater good”, the unstated premise being that individuals won't do it on their own. Thus the entire wold view of left wing systems is inherently contradictory: Their totalitarian approach is necessary because people are inherently bad (Hmmm, smells a lot like “original sin” to me), yet their systems won't work unless you also believe in the perfectibility of man (which will be accomplished through force). No wonder these people are crazy.
Look for the Union Label
Wait, what? Unions are good for workers, why would they opt out? Guess that's why unions had to conspire to make union membership compulsory. Pro tip: If you provide value with your service, people will voluntarily support it.
Is This Real Life or a Scene From The Incredibles 2?
Remember Reflux from The Incredibles 2? (802) 753-0474— Dave's Not Here (@Weirddave0) February 23, 2019
I think this article is spot on. Question: When do we reach the “enough is too much” point? Or do we? Do we just apathetically descend into perverted morass with the good people content to ignore the evil as long as it doesn't touch their families?
Related: Shall We Defend Our Common History?
22 inventions that are saving the Earth (870) 206-9082— Nature is Amazing ☘️ (@AMAZlNGNATURE) overglass
I could give a shit about “saving the Earth”, anything we do in this country is meaningless on a global scale unless and until the third and second world starts to care about the issue as a positive goal and not just as a tool to extort money from the first world, but some of these are pretty neat for their own sake. (822) 549-5691 is something of a local celebrity, with its own line of merchandise (plushies!), and I confess that I like to stop and watch it work when I'm at the Inner Harbor, it's just so cool. Water balls are a great idea too, but the one I really like is the whirlpool generator. It seems like just the ticket for a house off the grid, on land with water and some type of terrain gradient. It'll do until Thorium reactors become available.
These Letters Were Different Back in My Day
From (no fooling) Penthouse: MY WOKE BOYFRIEND AND I ALMOST BROKE UP OVER JORDAN PETERSON
I am so glad I'm not twentysomething trying to date these days.
World-Wide Spider Web
I don't understand hooking up everything in your house to the internet, truly I don't.
One For Bluebell
Since she was the point person for a fantastic NoVa MoMe, here's a clip just for her:
For Bluebell pic.twitter.com/mWWI62s5VR— Dave's Not Here (@Weirddave0) (937) 455-5381
She did a wonderful job, and I want to join everyone who attended in giving a (belated) acknowledgment of her hard work. Well done.
Tonight's ONT brought to you by civics 101:
Finally, I have a question for the IT types. What's up with Java? I don't use it much, in fact it's something I'd like to block more often than not, but suddenly it doesn't work. There are a couple of browser based games that I like to play occasionally, and suddenly they don't work. Java says that Firefox, Pale Moon and Chrome no longer support it, and they don't even work in IE. Anyone know what gives?
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Trump's Title X Rule Change Could Effectively Defund Planned Parenthood
—Ace of Spades
The "True Conservatives" ran on this issue and did nothing about it, because they're liars who only care about doing favors for their actual constituents, large corporate interests with deep-pocketed donors.
Trump, the former Democrat with liberal instincts, hurkle probably because he is too unschooled in Conservatism, Inc. politics to know that his job is to Trick the Rubes, not attempt to accomplish their political agenda.
The major changes include a new requirement that all participating Title X providers "maintain physical and financial separation from locations which provide abortion as a method of family planning." This means that any clinic or doctor's office that also offers abortions is no longer allowed to receive federal grants that would help provide free or low-cost birth control for low-income women.6812512389
Reproductive rights advocates say this is a direct attack on Planned Parenthood, which via the organization's nationwide network of family planning clinics, is currently the largest provider of Title X-funded birth control services. Roughly 41% of patients receiving birth control funded by Title X get those prescriptions at a Planned Parenthood clinic.
Which, again, fine, I can see a moral argument for doing so. I'm just saying that you can't expect to have a functioning vessel -- or a crew to man it -- anytime soon. Underneath all of this is a very real rot in the modern Republican Party. The intellectual apparatus . . . 12/— Sean T at RCP (@SeanTrende) 267-778-7443
Over the course of roughly 2005-2016, the GOP base started to call the party out on this. And let's just say the behavior of the NT folk I view online dealing with Trump voters hasn't done much to suggest that I'm wrong here. 14/— Sean T at RCP (@SeanTrende) February 22, 2019
The "True Cons" are attempting to sell us Rockefeller Republican social liberalism while claiming they're giving us 100% pure uncut Reaganism.
Yeah, good luck with that, "Elite" -- you "Elite" who did not see your own destruction coming, even though you were warned of its coming for three or four years.
Actual Elites do not get deposed from power. They're too smart for that. They tack and trim and co-opt key constituencies and always stay a few steps ahead of the trend.
FakeNews Elites -- incompetents and nepots who were Sired Not Hired into positions of power -- are the ones who get tossed out on their fat, donor-padded asses and then have dinner meetings for three years after where they just keep asking each other, "What happened? What is going on in the party?!"
And yeah, that's what I hear the "Meetings of the Concerned" mostly consist of, from one attendee.
It's been three fucking years and they still haven't formulated a coherent theory about their defenestration, besides the one they've always had -- that they despise the base for being unsophisticated, racist, and liking Jesus too much.949-456-2307
Open Thread, Plus Some Links of Possible Interest
—Ace of Spades
If you're confused, the "alleged" incident is the one with the video. pic.twitter.com/9syht3kNZA— David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) February 22, 2019
There had been a joke that the minute Trump spoke out against anti-gay violence, the gay left would declare anti-gay violence a vibrant thread in the wondrous fabric of American values.
It's not a joke any longer.
334-984-2552 surely signaling that he thinks the Mueller report will be of little help to him.
Kim Strassel writes of Little Schitt's "new phase" in the Russia Collusion investigation, in which they admit there was no Russian collusion but come up with Exciting New Conspiracies to investigate:
The collusionists need a "new phase" as signs grow that the special counsel wont help realize their reveries of a Donald Trump takedown. They had said Mr. Mueller would provide all the answers. Now that it seems they won't like his answers, Democrats and media insist that any report will likely prove "anticlimactic" and "inconclusive." "This is merely the end of Chapter 1," said Renatto Mariotti, a CNN legal "analyst."
Mr. Schiff turned this week to a dependable scribe--the Washington Post's David Ignatius--to lay out the next chapter of the penny dreadful. Mr. Ignatius was the original conduit for the leak about former national security adviser Mike Flynns conversations with a Russian ambassador, and the far-fetched claims that Mr. Flynn had violated the Logan Act of 1799. Mr. Schiff has now dictated to Mr. Ignatius a whole new collusion theory. Forget Carter Page, Paul Manafort, George Papadopoulos--whoever. The real Trump-Russia canoodling rests in "Trump's finances." The future president was "doing business with Russia" and "seeking Kremlin help."
So, no apologies. No acknowledgment that Mr. Schiff & Co. for years have pushed fake stories that accused innocent men and women of being Russian agents. No relieved hope that the country might finally put this behind us. Just a smooth transition--using Russia as a hook--into Mr. Trumps finances. Mueller who?
A British (or "British") ISIS war bride now wants to keep her UK citizenship back now that ISIS is collapsing and about to be on the run. She implores the UK to 515-240-4214 So, she'll only slaughter some of the nonbelievers or something.
248-956-3842 And they shut off the internet.
Maybe they shut the internet off to block this video from November 2017 from being shared further:
Venezuela's president, already mocked for gaining weight amid a hunger crisis, pulls out an empanada from his desk during a live TV address. 8183314307— Hannah Dreier (@hannahdreier) November 3, 2017
Finally, a quote from The Atlantic's squealing fart of a puff piece about The Cuckshed:
Before leaving the office, I bumped into Jim Swift, a 35-year-old Weekly Standard alum.— Julie Kelly (@julie_kelly2) (581) 221-8972
I asked him if he worried that he was limiting his future job prospects in the conservative press, but he seemed confused by the question: Where is someone like me going to go?
Brit Hume Mocks Ana Navarro Tweet, In Which She Accuses Covington Kids of "Taunting" Nathan "Big Chill" Philips
—Ace of Spades
That sounds like a potential lawsuit.8608533409
Must Watch: Native-American elder taunted by racist MAGA-hat wearing teens, speaks and cries for America, the country he defended and sacrificed and wore the uniform for. It is people like Nathan Phillips who make America great.— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) Sinico-japanese
Thank you for your dignity, sir. 231-547-8843
This held up well. /t.co/jJtzTN3ig3— Brit Hume (@brithume) February 22, 2019
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What Is NeverTrump's Great Strategic Plan for Regaining Power, Exactly?
—Ace of Spades
This strain of anti-Trumpism is so fascinating to me, mostly because I have no idea what they think the endgame is? Like, do they think they have the ability to reach a position of power within the Republican Party again? Or at least a Republican Party that can win nationally? 404-712-6120— Sean T at RCP (@SeanTrende) February 22, 2019
I mean, if you didn't like Trump, there were three basic things for the Republican Party establishment types to do: (a) grudgingly accept the loss, and say "okay, we'll fight this out again in 8 years"; (b) leave the Party or; (c) declare a civil war. 2/— Sean T at RCP (@SeanTrende) 8166446270
Which, on (c), fine, but once you've basically declared that you're not going to accept a fair-and-square win by a large group that you're in a coalition with -- setting aside the fact that a lot of these folks helped that win by sinking $$$ into a non-starter like Jeb. -- 3/— Sean T at RCP (@SeanTrende) bandster
It's basically over for you. Because the other group is just going to do the same thing if you/your candidate comes out on top next time. The correct analogy isn't "civil war" or "guerillas" or whatever, its a kamikaze strike. You're not coming out alive. 4/— Sean T at RCP (@SeanTrende) 629-212-5603
In their own bizarre way, this brand of NeverTrump are basically operating under the exact same theory as Anton's famous "Flight 93 election," except applied to an intra-party contest. Gotta risk destroying what we believe in, because the alternative is so terrible. 5/5— Sean T at RCP (@SeanTrende) February 22, 2019
He talked about the break-up of the party being about the "Senior Partners" in the coalition -- the Establishment, which actually had a relatively small popular base of support but was closer to power, as they ran magazines and lived in DC -- not being willing to cede any amount of power-sharing to the "Junior Partners" in the coalition -- religious cons, real conservatives -- despite the fact that the Junior Partners were not willing to be mere Junior Partners any longer.
Yeah, I think that's right. I think what I'm really saying is that this group was happy to be in coalition with the others, as long as they were the senior partner and convinced the others to go along with things they didn't like.— Sean T at RCP (@SeanTrende) February 22, 2019
I just wonder if they think things are going back to the way they were? They might have, if they'd taken junior partner status for 4-8 years. And I understand why they wouldn't do that. I just am not certain they understand the consequences of that refusal. It's fascinating.— Sean T at RCP (@SeanTrende) February 22, 2019
I talked about this Senior Partner/Junior Partner dispute back in February 2016, and I predicted, because it was obvious, the sweeping away of the "Senior Partners" if they refused to share partner and decision-making with no-longer-willing-to-be-pawns Junior Partners. And of course the Establishment did just what I expected them to do -- the stupid thing, because, despite their protestations and egos, they are simply not very intelligent at all. They decided to make all-out war not only on supposed allies but allies who actually outnumbered them, and then were shocked when those allies made war back and deposed them from power entirely.
As I've repeatedly shouted, the GOP must be open to a more equitable division of power through its ranks, or it will simply split apart.
It's true that Trump's 40% is not all of the party, nor is Cruz's 30% -- but then, neither is the "Senior Partner" wing's 30% all of the party, either, though they frequently act as if it is.
But they desperately want their 30% of the vote to continue giving them 100% of the veto power.
BTW, I was long a nonpartisan in this fight and considered the fights between the wings to be inside baseball and petty palace intrigues. But now that the fight is out in the open, and consuming the party, it will have to be engaged with and settled with some sort of resolution.
"We will continue to win all the important fights" is not an acceptable resolution.
A big reason for this, of course, is Obama: Obama is actually the transformationally figure he wanted to be. He is hyperpartisan, and his hyperpartisanship has exerted such pressure on the conservative coalition that the weak fissures in it have begun to crack wide open.
Nevertheless, it is clear to many people that the "Senior Partners," as Douthat calls them, seem to call all of the shots, and they are no longer content with this arrangement.
The Senior Partners simply must permit some reorganization and some serious power-sharing and decision-making, or else they'll be left a rump party, a bunch of chiefs in search of Indians to follow them.
I keep saying this, and I'll keep on saying this: You can attempt a winner-take-all strategy against an actual enemy, in this case the Democrat Party, but you cannot, or rather must not, attempt such a winner-take-all strategy against allies.
Because if you employ this All Out War attitude against allies, they'll first attempt to rebel, and then, failing that, they'll secede.
Trende argues some with that Obese Idiot Tom Nichols, (551) 218-0469
I don't know why it's satisfying to read someone else writing extremely obvious things, things we've written ourselves ten billion times, but it is. I guess it's just good to see someone else finally figuring it out:
Agreed. A large portion of the GOP establishment loathes their base. The base figured it out.— Sean T at RCP (@SeanTrende) multifid
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Rapper/Molester R. Kelly Charged With Ten Counts of Sexual Battery Against an Underaged Girl;
Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Charged With Asking for a Rub-and-Tug in a Florida Massage Parlor
—Ace of Spades
R. Kelly was charged Friday with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse on Friday morning in Cook County, Illinois.
A Cook County judge then approved an arrest warrant for charges on Friday afternoon, the Chicago Sun-Times first reported.
The R&B superstar has faced nearly two decades of accusations of sexual abuse. And last Thursday, Cook County prosecutors reportedly received a 45-minute videotape that is said to show Kelly performing multiple sex acts with an underage girl, whom both Kelly and the girl describe on tape as being 14 years old.
Celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti said he turned over the tape to the Cook County State's Attorney Office. "My client knows the identity of the girl and R. Kelly. He identified the two of them on the videotape," Avenatti told CNN last week.
Two other women have come forward charging that Kelly had sex with them (610) 922-1092 One woman is alleging that Kelly raped her, taking advantage of her when she was drunk and unable to give consent.
Robert Kraft, meanwhile, has been charged with two counts of solicitation of prostitution, I guess for seeking a Happy Ending at an Asian massage parlor in Jupiter, Florida.
Why would he be arrested for such a thing? Well, apparently the cops have had a major surveillance and investigation into massage parlors, suspecting some of them of human trafficking, enslaving illegal aliens (I guess) into the sex trade.
I assume Kraft wouldn't know about that part of it.
It should also be noted that none of the women involved were underage.
The charges against Mr. Kraft, 77, were part of a broad investigation into prostitution and human trafficking in day spas and massage parlors in Florida. The police said that the parlors were used for prostitution, and that many of the women involved were considered to be victims.
The investigation involved multiple law enforcement agencies, and resulted in raids and arrests connected to nearly a dozen businesses in the region. At least one person, Lanyun Ma, 49, was charged with human trafficking. More than two dozen men, ranging in age from 34 to 81, have been arrested.
The charges would be pretty minor -- a maximum of sixty days in jail for each.
Apparently they plan to charge 200 people with soliciting prostitution, though only a few have been charged so far.
There is already chatter (courtesy of the NYTimes) that the NFL "could" discipline Kraft for this. Roger Goodell does seem to have a hardon for the Pats. Liberals, generally, do -- the team is not Sufficiently Anti-Trump enough for them.
The charges could lead the N.F.L. to discipline Mr. Kraft, even if he is not convicted. The league's commissioner, Roger Goodell, has broad authority to hold players and owners accountable for conduct he deems detrimental to the league.
#Woke former sportscaster Jemele Hill apparently thinks that Kraft should be charged as if he's a part of the sex-trafficking operation:
1000 percent. All the headlines are saying Kraft solicited a prostitute, when in fact, he is participating in a trafficking ring.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) queen truss
Trump's Proposed Title X Rule Change Could Cut Tens of Millions of Dollars From Planned Parenthood, Would Ban Federal Family Planning Funding Recipients From Referring Patients to Abortion Providers
—Ace of Spades
The Bulwark Boyz will object to this. Their game is pushing liberal social policy on us while claiming to be "True Conservatives."
BREAKING: Trump's Title X rule, which could cut tens of millions of dollars from Planned Parenthood, just dropped. Among other things, it bans federal family planning grantees from referring patients to abortion providers. 734-587-3345— Alice Miranda Ollstein (@AliceOllstein) February 22, 2019
Remember, all of the Conservatism, Inc. grifters -- including many elected Republicans -- have been telling you they just couldn't do this sort of thing for 40 years. They con conservatives with mere lip service, while fighting as hard as they can to preserve liberal policy victories.
Justice4Jussie: Smollett Being Written Out of Season's Final Two Episodes; Rest of Cast Allegedly Furious That Smollett Lied to Them and Embarrassed Them, Per TMZ
—Ace of Spades
He wanted to be more famous. He succeeded.
Fox just announced it's scratching Smollett from the end of the current season. The statement says, "The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us. Jussie has been an important member of our EMPIRE family for the past five years and we care about him deeply. While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out."
The statement continues, "We are also aware of the effects of this process on the cast and crew members who work on our show and to avoid further disruption on set, we have decided to remove the role of 'Jamal' from the final two episodes of the season."
Jussie Smollett betrayed the trust of his "Empire" coworkers and damaged the show's image, and now several cast members want him written off immediately ... according to our sources.
We're told many of the "Empire" actors are "f**king furious" and feel if FOX honchos don't fire Jussie, he should quit on his own ... because he doesn't deserve a spot on the hit show.
Tucker Carlson took the opportunity to have some fun at the expense of Jussie Smollett's superfan/stalker, Don LeMon.
"Yes, he's a highly-paid news anchor with his own TV show; yet like Jussie Smollett, Don LeMon is a holy victim. So there's a mad scramble over who is the victim here. Who is the victim? Well, there is one. What Smollett did was not a victimless crime. There's no such thing as that. An entire group of people did get slandered by this hoax. People with the wrong political beliefs and the wrong skin color. Smollett and his many defenders savagely attacked these people and are not apologizing for doing it. Instead they are telling you, you hear this everywhere, that the real losers here are the authentic victims of hate crimes who wont be believed the next time.
"What about the innocent Americans they just poured venom on for two weeks because it matched some bigoted stereotypes they had about middle America? What about them? There's no mention of them," Carlson added. "Don LeMon would very much like to keep up those attacks on those people. Attacking them allows him to feel oppressed. That is why when Smollett was finally caught, Lemon reacted in a very puzzling way. He didnt seem especially concerned that his buddy had lied to further divide the country to hurt America--which he did--no, that wasn't the real problem. The real problem, according to Don Lemon, is that Smolletts arrest might discredit the cult of victimhood."
Video at the link.
Jussie Smollett did some psychic precognitatin' this past October:
So we just doing auditions in prison now? 🤨 #empire— Jussie Smollett (@JussieSmollett) October 4, 2018
Leftwing Washington State Man: Sheriffs Who Do Not Enforce a Gun Control Law "Will Be Shot, By Me"
—Ace of Spades
Around dinner time on Feb. 1, Jaydin Ledford's ultra-left leaning commentaries took a twisted turn. He went on the offensive and quickly landed himself on law enforcement's radar, and ultimately behind bars.
"I love how all my nightmares come true," a self-indulgent Ledford, 23, posted early in the day.
On that day and stretching until Feb. 4, the self-proclaimed Marxist (who also claims to "speak for the trees") teed up a series of deleterious threats aimed squarely at Washington State sheriffs.
Deleterious? You might want to look up the definitions of words you plan on using, Newsweek.
Ah, what can you do. Newsweek. Garbage-tier.
The social media salvo came as Ledford's retribution for many of them waging a public declaration against the merits of a gun control bill called Initiative 1639. (The new law which passed in November, seeks to put more protections on gun ownership when it goes into effect in July.)
"I-1639 is law," read one of screeds composed by Ledford, whose Facebook profile photo features a headshot snap of a burly Karl Marx wearing a pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarers.
"sheriffs that are non compliant will be shot. by me."
Another post reads: "I really want to kill a police officer."
Washington man arrested after allegedly vowing sheriffs who oppose gun control law, "will be shot, by me" /t.co/og062wprRe— Cam Edwards (@CamEdwards) 2104179954
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The Morning Rant
"So, it is now being claimed that Jussie's hiring of extra help to shoot himself in the foot was due to a salary dispute. Oh. How much was he making? According to this article, he was pulling in somewhere around $125,000, or maybe a bit below. That's right, 125 large. Oh, and that's *per episode*. And most shows nowadays have, what, 10, 13 episodes per season? You do the math. Heck, *I'll* do the math: Smollett's salary could be as high as $1.625 million per season. And he's complaining? Seriously? Tell you what, Jussie, you don't like your salary, just send it to me, I'd be happy to take it off of your hands. Then you wouldn't have to complain no more, you could stop faking hate crimes, and I could retire with a whole troop of females to keep me suitably entertained. It's win-win."
Sounds About Right:
Jussie Smollett, Sooooooper Geeeeenius:
Here It Is, the Smoking Gun:
Solid Thinking Here:
If a woman has a penis, her penis is a biologically female penis.— IAM (@IndyaMoore) February 17, 2019
Dumb Level = 985 milliKohns, approaching singularity.
Hooray For Tollywood!
And all of these different regions have one thing in common: they all produce spectacularly beautiful actresses. Like the beauty shown above. Look at her eyes. Aren't they amazing? You can get lost in there, so be careful. Here's another beauty, from (905) 244-0275:
Of course, unless you're really into Indian cinema, you, like me, won't have any idea who these ladies are, so I'm just going to tell you:
Tollywood beauty: Payal Rajput
Kollywood beauty: Shriya Saran
For the 'Ettes:
Friday Shoe Pr0n:
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Mid-Morning Open Thread
The Listening Room
The Morning Report - 2/22/19
Good morning kids. Friday and the weekend is here and (say it with me) "what a week it's been." Lloyd Billingsley at FrontPage Mag wins the internetz with the headline "FAKE NOOSE." In the wake of the Jussie "Galore" Smollett hoax - which from very early on we all strongly suspected was bullshit - the Democrat-Left-Media complex is taking the opportunity not to apologize but to equivocate, obfuscate and cast the blame on "the system" and the climate of hate brought about by the election of Donald Trump - all of this also as predicted would happen. Before going further, I want to actually apologize to the Chicago PD for accusing them of dragging their heels on this for political reasons, though I still think they were doing everything they could to avoid turning Chicago into Ferguson. Not that it would help because even when confronted with facts and reality, the Left makes the good bad, white black and turns the world upside down to preserve its fundamentalist belief system. Kudos to the police chief Eddie Johnson for laying the blame squarely on those who continued to pour rhetorical gasoline on the match Smollett lit. And mercifully they succeeding in snuffing out the flame, although to underscore what I have just stated, the beat goes on vis a vis perpetuating the blood-libeling of America as founded. Two links of note, Milwaukee Sheriff Dave Clarke isn't buying the excuse that Smollett did this to boost his career but in fact did it as an act of political terrorism (my words) and Andrea Peyser in the NY Post with the sad but probably accurate prediction that Smollett skates.
And look a little further down and you will see that Coonman Northam, Poonman Fairfax and the other lawn-jockey wannabe Herring in Virginia are all going to survive scandals and even alleged crimes that in normal (read: Republican and Conservative) circumstances would mean certain political death. Plus, the calm, cool, collected Eichmann-with-a-southern-drawl promotion of infanticide which was covered up by the Media, and is vile beyond belief.
What do you want, egg in your beer? We are living in a country where the former political leadership with the eager cooperation of the highest levels of law enforcement and the intelligence communities used their power to attempt to sabotage the presidential campaign of Donald Trump and then failing that, by concocting evidence to be used as a pretext to game the judicial/court system into conducting a witch hunt that would both overthrow his presidency and simultaneously cover up all of the aforementioned high crimes and treason in service of that aim. And still they walk scot free. And still they persist. Happy fucking Friday.
Among today's notable links...
Immigration/Amnesty: Iowa has the right idea. Walls are for sure great and necessary but if you punish those aiding and abetting the invaders as well as cut off all the welfare and bennies, watch how fast they self-deport and don't come in the first place.
Democrat-Left Official Anti-Semitism: Not a fan in general of David Marcus but he nails it with the epidemic of anti-Jewish non-hoax hate crime in, ironically, the world's biggest Jewish population center.
Democrat Scandals: Despite Comey the Homey, top FBI officials wanted to charge Hillary and Daniel Greenfield on the execrable Mel Watt.
Politics: As Fauxca-Has-Been fades she gets louder, shriller and crazier, Bernie Sanders wanted to puke when JFK confronted (or attempted to confront) Castro, Donkey Chompers whines like a bug-eyed little titty-baby, Agarn O'Rourke allegedly is being courted by Slow-Hand Bidet to be his running mate, Nazi collaborator Soros is already investing in rigging swing state elections for 2020 and Palsi Pelosi doesn't understand the Constitution and separation of powers. Not that she wants to or that anyone obeys that document anyway.
Mueller Witch Hunt and Coup: Conrad Black is dead on that this whole thing is as big a crisis as the Civil War.
First Amendment and Fake News Fakery: Justice Thomas freaks the media out by wanting to revisit a decision that protected them from accountability and F. Lee Levin concurs, the NY Times runs cover for religion of peace propaganda California to persecute Christians, hell freezes over as the leftist rag NY Daily News endorses the GOP candidate for NYC public advocate in the wake of the Amazon debacle (and see the link in the politics section where the entire Democrat field goes after DeBolshevik), and the Other McCain rips into the SPLC.
Foreign Desk: Maduro is a murdering tyrant that has got to go, NorKs kidnap daughter of their man in Rome, Turk Turdogon cozies up to Putin after we embargo sending him fighter jets, and soy-boy Trudeau in hot water over doings in Libya. Meanwhile the Farsis claim to have sabotaged our drone operations in Iraq and comparing Snowden to Witt, the USAF intel dame who betrayed us and went Farsi.
We-All-Slam-For-I-Slam: CAIR naturally demands we take back the traitorous slag who joined ISIS and played Lord Haw Haw for them in Syria. And the 50th anniversary of a notorious terror bombing involving one of "Bro-Fo's" and T-Labia's heroes. Piss be upon them.
Domestic News: Blue States - come for the high taxes and stay for the shitty services, the US hits 12 million barrels a day oil production way ahead of predictions, Nike tanks thanks to sole-lessness, and Donkey Chompers hates billionaires but loves their money.
Crime Blotter: Judge goes after prosecutors who gave Clinton friend and pedophile Jeffrey Epstein an horrendous plea deal, and a look at the abuse of civil asset forfeiture.
Education: The same Santa Barbara parents who vote Democrat 100% are going after the schools over Commie indoctrination. *cue the giant virtual noogies* Hello!? McFly!?
Feminazism, Transgender Psychosis and Perversion Politics: Gay marriage? Check. Transgender madness? Check. Normalization of Pedophilia?... [ _ ] German whorehouses are not what they're, er, cracked up to be and the feminazis have sown the wind and are reaping the whirlwind.
Lastly: 39 years ago... "Do you believe in miracles?! YES!!"
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. Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.
BORDER WALL, MIGRANT INVASION, AMNESTY, IMMIGRATION, BORDER SECURITY
- Iowa Looks to Punish Businesses Hiring Illegals After Mollie Tibbetts' Death (this X infinity - jjs)
- DHS Secretary Nielsen: Central America, Mexico Agree to Cooperate to Confront "Irregular Migration," Migrant Caravans
- 30-Foot Border Wall Project Begins In California (is that 30-feet high or long? - jjs)
JUSSIE GALORE HOAX
- Rahm Emanuel: National Media and Politicians Rushed to Judgement on Smollett (tell that to Kavanaugh and Sandmann, jagoff - jjs)
- (724) 360-9730
- Kamala-Toe Harris Meets With Sharptone, Ignores Questions About Smollett Case
- Toto: Celebrities Make Smollett's Arrest All About Trump
- Former Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke Not Buying Salary Motive: Smollett "Was on a Political Mission for the Left"
- The Sad Reality of Why Jussie Galore Will Likely Skate
- (920) 992-8328
OFFICIALLY-SANCTIONED DEMOCRAT PARTY ANTI-SEMITISM
- The Epidemic Of Anti-Jewish Hate Crimes In Brooklyn Is No Hoax
DEMOCRAT-LEFTIST SCANDALS, CRIMES, CHUTZ-POCRISY, MESHUGAS
- Democrat Privilege: Governor Coonman and AG Poonman Likely to Surive Blackface, Sexual Assault Scandals (infanticide is not a scandal - jjs)
- FBI Officials Wanted To Charge Hillary Clinton... Turns Out, They Should Have
- Fauxca-Has-Been Warren: My "Ultra-Millionaires Tax" Is a "Big Down Payment on a Green New Deal" (it's a floor polish AND a dessert topping! - jjs)
- Flashback: Bernardo Sandersnista Describes Wanting to "Puke" When He Heard JFK Get Tough on Castro
- Report: Beta Beto O'Rourke Is Prepared to Be Biden's Veep and He May Have Already Been Offered the Job
- (530) 460-1817
- With Bread Line Bernie Rising, Expect Michelle-Mentum
- Palsi Pelosi Urges Members to Sign Resolution to Terminate Trump's Emergency Declaration (this is what's referred to in the trade as "unconstitutional" - jjs)
- Palsi Pelosi's Threatened Use of Democrat President's State of Emergency to Quiet the Right is a Nonstarter
- NYC Dem Public Advocate Candidates Slam DeBolshevik's Tenure as Mayor, Don't Think He Should Run for President
SPYGATE, MUELLER WITCH HUNT, DEEP STATE, COUP
- Black: The Greatest Constitutional Crisis Since the Civil War
- 6 Takeaways From Andrew McCabe's Double-Dealing 60 Minutes Interview
- (916) 722-6560
- Holding Abortionists Accountable
FIRST AMENDMENT, CENSORSHIP, FAKE NEWS
- Journalists Alarmed by Justice Thomas' Call to Reconsider First Amendment Ruling (it shields hacks from consequences of libelous reportage - jjs)
- Levin: Freedom of the Press Is Not Freedom to Libel
- Leftist Rag NY Daily News Bypasses Democrats, Endorses Republican for Big City Position After Amazon Disaster
- Sacramento Attacks the Sacraments
- The New York Times' Islamic Flimflam Man
- (469) 910-6097
- The Other McCain: Another Dot on the "Hate Map"
- A Prayer and a Pistol Keep 79-Year-Old Woman Safe From Home Intruder
FOREIGN AFFAIRS, INTERNATIONAL
- Maduro Closes Venezuela's Borders to Prevent Aid From Flowing In (how do you say "holodomar" in Venezuelian? - jjs)
- Report: Daughter of NorK Ambassador to Italy Abducted, Returned to Pyongyang
- Defiant Turk Turdogon to Go Ahead with Buying Russian Missile System, Despite US Opposition
- Scandal Involving Canuck PM Turdeau Linked to Libya (scratch a little deeper and I bet to Clinton and Obama too - jjs)
DEFENSE, MILITARY, SECURITY AFFAIRS
- Iran Claims Infiltration of US Command Center, Commandeers Drones
- A Tale of Two Defectors (more like traitors - jjs)
ISLAM, TERRORISM, SHARIA, DHIMMITUDE
- (312) 764-8357
- "Anti-Crime" Groups Legitimize a Notorious Anti-Semite's Jew-Hate
DOMESTIC AFFAIRS, THE BUREAUCRACY, WASTE, FRAUD, CORRUPTION
- The Real Problem with the Blue-State Model: Not Just High Taxes But Lousy Services Too
THE ECONOMY, STUPID
- (416) 688-2354
- (605) 622-4244
- Donkey Chompers Ocasio-Cortez Has a Serious Billionaire Problem
CRIME & PUNISHMENT, NON-DOSTOYEVSKY
- Judge Rules Federal Prosecutors Broke Law Making Plea Deal With Clinton BFF/Pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and Not Informing Victims
- Parents Sue to Fight Anti-White, Anti-Male, Anti-Christian Communist Indoctrination in California
FEMINAZISM, TRANSGER PSYCHOSIS, HOMOSEXUALIZATION, WAR ON MASCULINITY
- The Pedophile Project: Your 7-Year-Old Is Next On the Sexual Revolution's Hit Parade (Bob Menendez, zombie-Mohammed just popped boners - jjs)
- FemiNazis Screaming About "Transgenderism," Their Own Demon Child (reaping the whirlwind, girls - jjs)
CULTURE WARS, HITHER & YON
- The Biggest Little Whorehouse in Germany
- That Other Time Bernie Wanted to Puke: Today Is the 39th Anniversary of the Miracle On Ice
Imgur Style ONT
Join us now as we enter the uncharted wilds of the internet for...
...an image dump.
If you think political debate in the US is rough, you should see it in Europe. Try the Polandball Reddit for starters.
I wonder why those pushing us to run the republic based upon a Emma Lazarus poem never mention this?
I also wish that more people on our side would make arguments like this. SS is the biggest con-job in Washington.
I try to keep abreast of weather news. Mmmmmm Polar vortex.....
The barter economy
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Idiot terrorist takes selfie with bomb trigger phone and blows up the whole squad. pic.twitter.com/z0UnLHpH14— Imam Mohamad Tawhidi (@Imamofpeace) February 21, 2019
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Meredith Watson, Second Accuser of Justin Fairfax: "I'm Willing to Testify Publicly"
—Ace of Spades
She writes in the Washington Post (archive.is link in link above):
Fairfax denied that he raped me, and he denied Tyson's account as well. And for many in the public, the media and the Virginia General Assembly, that was that. In one week, they moved on.
I told my story, and in a single week my life was probed, exposed, examined and picked over. This is what women who come forward know to expect, and to fear. Few rape victims do come forward. The rapists shake free what soon becomes just a slight taint, and they move on.
Women of color who report rape know to expect a dismissive response characterized by even greater disbelief and more abuse, if not complete and utter indifference.
I am frustrated by calls for an investigation rather than a public hearing into these matters. Such investigations are secret proceedings, out of the public eye, leaving victims vulnerable to selective leaks and smears. And we all know how such investigations end: with "inconclusive results."
My privacy has already been violated, yet I am still willing to testify publicly under oath. Tyson has made the same offer. Our plea to the Virginia General Assembly to require the same of Fairfax has been met with inaction.
Despite every attempt to shame me, I am not ashamed. It is Justin Fairfax who should be ashamed. It is the Virginia legislature that should be ashamed. And it is the media that should be ashamed.
Yes -- why is the media moving on? Do they just flatly refuse to report alleged crimes where the perpetrator is not white and wearing a red hat? Do only white people crimes matter?
Trump Trolls With His 404 File Not Found Page
—Ace of Spades
Some other amusing stuff below.
What's this guy training for? I think he's doing some kind of Samurai Cavalry training regimen but maybe it's just a Crossfit workout of the day.church-ale
What is he training for...? pic.twitter.com/CeVxx455X2— Guy (@apiecebyguy) 3342876596
I don't love this one, as it involves a bird being killed by a snake. But it is 9718081049
This animated chart of how the top 15 global brands have grown and overtaken each other since 2004 shows the rise and rise of Big Tech.
This attempt at a stunt sequence is a game try, but also a game failure.
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A Conservative Gets Sucker-Punched in the Face at Berkeley; University Fails to Condemn
Update: They Finally Condemned
—Ace of Spades
While the left continues to not condemn violence from the left, and even make excuses for it, right?
Because that's how we Show We're Better or something, right?
So far, the media isn't even covering it.
Which means they're covering it up.
So to sum this up: Fake attack gets national attention which begets real attack which gets...? Will the national media work itself into a frenzy over this too or will this be treated as local news? It would be interesting to hear CNN's Don Lemon trying to find some way to defend this. Will CNN even run the clip? Start holding your breath now!727-705-7705
Another conservative student was assaulted on 256-356-1863's campus. I just spoke to the survivor of the attack who is a dear friend of mine. He is in good spirits and plans on continuing to fight for conservative values on campus once his black eye is gone! What a bad a**! pic.twitter.com/g67Y9pAszD— Brad Devlin (@bradleydevlin) February 21, 2019
Here is the altercation from my friends perspective. Conservative activists, take note. This is exactly the right thing to do, and I am so proud of him for recognizing the situation and not retaliating with violence. pyrewinkes— Brad Devlin (@bradleydevlin) February 21, 2019
Why, you may ask, is this the right thing to do in this situation? Because now we have this perfect image of the perpetrator's face! If you know who this man is, PLEASE DM ME! pic.twitter.com/r90A8ozcfS— Brad Devlin (@bradleydevlin) February 21, 2019
There was a police alert about the assault. The administration did the right thing by condemning the violence when asked by the media. However, there has been no campus wide announcement or letter from Chancellor Christ to the entire Berkeley community. museumize— Brad Devlin (@bradleydevlin) February 21, 2019
I will shortly begin an email campaign encouraging the administrators to publicly condemn these acts of violence and stand in solidarity with campus conservatives. I hope everyone who cares about upholding student's rights on campus joins me in this mass effort.— Brad Devlin (@bradleydevlin) (432) 286-0333
Dear Chancellor Christ,— Brad Devlin (@bradleydevlin) (951) 314-7345
My name is _______, and I am from ________. I am sure you are aware of an incident that happened on campus last Tuesday, February 19, 2019. A conservative activist on UC Berkeleys Campus was assaulted while tabling on Sproul Plaza.
My friend, Hayden, wants to thank all of you for the love and support. Hes giving you a wink, and wanted to let you know youll be hearing from him soon! 7156736913— Brad Devlin (@bradleydevlin) February 21, 2019
You know how you get vigilantes? You get vigilantes when the authorities either can't or won't do their fundamental job of protecting the populace and punishing those who attack citizens. When the state can't do that -- or refuses to do that -- the state loses its monopoly on the use of force and citizens begin forming vigilante groups to protect themselves.
The leftists really seem to want vigilante squads. They're doing their level-best to provoke people into forming them.
This video says it in a much cuter way, but there is nothing really cute about the low-level civil war the left has started.
I don't know if it will remain low-level once people besides the left start joining in.
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IRS Analyst Charged for the Criminal Leaking of Michael Cohen's Financial Records to Michael Avenatti, Ronan Farrow
—Ace of Spades
In pages of 7-8 of the criminal complaint, it notes that the analyst, John Fry, leaked to the man who wrote this article, who they call "Reporter 1," but the article is bylined by Ronan Farrow.
For some reason, CNN isn't reporting John Fry's name:
Federal authorities just charged IRS agent John Fry with illegally leaking Michael Cohens bank records to creepy porn lawyer Michael Avenatti. CNN for some reason refused to include Frys name in its writeup of his indictment. /t.co/Q0IvXV6Jsc— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) February 21, 2019
Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris Back Reparations for Blacks
—Ace of Spades
Meanwhile, the NeverTrumpers scheme about how to put a Democrat in the White House. To teach us a lesson.
(That lesson is, "Never trust us nor ally yourselves with us ever again." A lesson we've already fully internalized, Ladies.)
From the very first day of the 2020 presidential race, when Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts blamed "generations of discrimination" for black families earning far less than white households, Democratic hopefuls have broadly emphasized racial justice and closing the wealth gap in their policy platforms.
But in recent weeks, some candidates have started embracing specific goals and overtly race-conscious legislation that even the most left-wing elected officials stayed away from in recent years.
Last week, Senator Kamala Harris of California agreed with a radio host's recent suggestion that government reparations for black Americans were necessary to address the legacies of slavery and discrimination. Ms. Harris later affirmed that support in a statement to The Times.
"We have to be honest that people in this country do not start from the same place or have access to the same opportunities," she said. "I'm serious about taking an approach that would change policies and structures and make real investments in black communities."
Ms. Warren also said she supported reparations for black Americans impacted by slavery -- a policy that experts say could cost several trillion dollars, and one that Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and many top Democrats have not supported.
Isn't that something.
Coming Next: The NeverTrumpers and cucks propose a "moderate, incrementalist, market-based plan for reparations."
Alysin Camarota: Our Bosses, Who Tell Us Dummy Puppets What To Say, Told Us to Tap the Brakes on Hyping the Smollet Story
—Ace of Spades
Oh really? Why did CNN not report any of that skepticism on-air?
Over at CNN, anchor Alisyn Camerota says the bosses at her network were skeptical of Smollett's story from the start, noting that she was "surprised" to see how many people enthusiastically believed him.
"I remember in the hours right after this happened that CNN, that our bosses were advising to pump the brakes a little bit because there were things already that didn't add up," Camerota told Brian Stelter, according to The Blaze. "I was frankly surprised how many people jumped on board to side with Jussie Smollett before there were photos, before there were police statements, before all that stuff."
Below, video of the media's performance, with a lot of clips of CNN and especially Brooke Baldwin.
Is Brooke Baldwin so much of an Intersectionalist NPC partisan that even when her "bosses" tell her to cool it, she ignores them and presses forward 100% anyway?
Will she be getting reprimanded for her insubordination, or is CNN just going to pretend this away?
SPOILER ALERT: The second one.940-333-7343
FBI's Top Lawyer Thought Hillary Clinton Should Be Prosecuted Over Email Crimes, But Was Talked Out Of It
—Ace of Spades
Well, sure -- I mean, except for the FBI's own top lawyer.
Turns out "A Higher Loyalty" refers to Hillary Clinton.
For most of the past three years, the FBI has tried to portray its top leadership as united behind ex-Director James Comey's decision not to pursue criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for transmitting classified information over her insecure, private email server.
Although in the end that may have been the case, we now are learning that Comey's top lawyer, then-FBI General Counsel James Baker, initially believed Clinton deserved to face criminal charges, but was talked out of it "pretty late in the process."
The revelation is contained in testimony Baker gave to House investigators last year. His testimony has not been publicly released, but I was permitted to review a transcript.
During questioning by Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), Baker was unequivocal about his early view that Clinton should face criminal charges.
"I have reason to believe that you originally believed it was appropriate to charge Hillary Clinton with regard to violations of law -- various laws, with regard to mishandling of classified information. Is that accurate?" Ratcliffe, a former federal prosecutor, asked Baker.
Baker paused to gain his lawyer's permission to respond, and then answered, "Yes."
He later explained why he came to that conclusion, and how his mind was changed:
"So, I had that belief initially after reviewing, you know, a large binder of her emails that had classified information in them," he said. "And I discussed it internally with a number of different folks, and eventually became persuaded that charging her was not appropriate because we could not establish beyond a reasonable doubt that - -we, the government, could not establish beyond a reasonable doubt that -- she had the intent necessary to violate (the law)."
Ah yes, intent -- something the law does not require to be proven. Something Comey straight-up invented as a Double Secret Probation Element of the Crime only for Hillary Clinton.
Don Lemon: The Really Sad Thing About Jussie Smollett Is That He Got Bad Advice and Lost "In the Court of Public Opinion," And Now Fox News Hosts and Trump Are Going to "Eat His Lunch"
—Ace of Spades
Jussie Smollett is now in custody. And I don't mean he's in the custody of the court of public opinion. I mean he was arrested and booked in a physical jail.
Next Up: Don Lemon argues that Jussie Smollett lied for the noblest of reasons.
In a tough statement, Chicago police chief Eddie Johnson tells the press that Jesse Smolletts earlier racist letter was also bogus. He further says Smollett felt he was not being paid enough.— Brit Hume (@brithume) February 21, 2019
I am at a loss for words... what exactly are you saying here (614) 575-3640?— Carpe Donktum🔹 (@CarpeDonktum) February 21, 2019
Are you saying that if Jussie would have played it differently and had better advisors, he could have gotten away with a hate crime hoax? Am I hearing this right?
CNNs Don Lemon panics over Jussie Smollett's felony charge: Sean Hannity is going to eat Jussie Smolletts lunch every single second. Tucker Carlson is going to eat Jussie Smolletts lunch every single second. The President of the United States is going to eat his lunch (419) 381-8762— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) 6305225440
The Morning Rant: J.V. Edition
Admiral Painter was correct, but these fools have no idea what they are bringing down upon their heads. I wonder whether these intense but ignorant folks at "Out" know what Mao (or for that matter any totalitarian regime) did with homosexuals in China? The idea that President Trump is in any way antagonistic towards homosexuality is idiotic, easily refuted by facts. Yet they are so rabidly AntiTrump that they willfully ignore reality in service to their masters...the deep state, the Left, and every other lunatic-fringe organization dedicated to totalitarianism. Because that's what the alternative is...
Yeats knew what was happening too:
The darkness drops again but now I knowMy coreligionists (cultural, not religious) may be even stupider. Any Jew who supports Ilhan Omar is a self-hating fool who is actively subverting the concept of freedom of religion, of speech, of association. A cursory examination of her oft-stated beliefs will yield a chilling reminder that she is the spawn of a vile and despicable political philosophy, and the 21st century version of Nazism. She wants us dead, and no massaging of the facts can hide that.
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
Amazing how politics trumps everything. I guess these fools believe in the perfectibility of Man, and believe that the explicit goals of the Iranian regime and the Jew-haters that Ilhan Omar embraces really aren't serious, and it's just rhetoric. Once they take power everything will be fine; they will moderate their behavior and everyone will live in peace and harmony because ORANGEMANBAD!
I am not particularly impressed by James Baldwin; his work is a bit overwrought and, frankly, not all that well written. I'll take Richard Wright any day. But his perspective on being Black in mid-20th century America has value, and the quotation in question has real merit.
How a Dispute Over the N-Word Became a Dispiriting Farce
A series of dismaying events has transpired at Augsburg University, in Minneapolis. According to several undisputed news reports, it began in October, when a student read a sentence in class from James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time: "You can only be destroyed by believing that you really are what the white world calls a nigger."The Left consuming itself is always a good thing, but their censorship rapidly bleeds into polite society. What's next: banning Joseph Conrad's "The Nigger Of The Narcissus?"
Airing the N-word caused a commotion. The professor leading the class, Philip Adamo, asked the students if they felt it was appropriate to voice the word Baldwin had written. In doing so, Adamo repeated the word. Later, he sent to the class two essays on the politics of the N-word. The next day, some students asked Adamo to leave the classroom while they discussed the lingering controversy. They were joined by other students who were not enrolled in the course. He complied with their request. Later, after a flurry of emails in which Adamo continued to try to explain himself, the university removed him from the course. He has since been suspended, pending the outcome of a formal review.
But what is even more troubling is the ceding of power in the lecture hall to the mob. It happened in the 1960s, and it is happening again, with equally disastrous results.
Duke University forward Zion Williamson, the top college basketball player in the nation and one of the best NBA prospects in the past decade, was lost to a knee injury just seconds into a key game against North Carolina when his foot slid on the floor and his Nike-made shoe exploded, twisting his knee and sending him sprawling.I'll bet the meetings at Nike this morning are entertaining!
Weasel's Gun Thread has motivated me to start reloading. This my first attempt.
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The Morning Report - 2/21/19
Good morning kids. Thursday is here so let's get to it. First up, now that he's
been finally asked to turn turned himself in to face criminal charges, it's official: Jussie Smollett perpetrated an insidious, sick hoax in order to boost his flagging career. The way in which he did it is worse than the hoax itself, IMHO: to attempt to throw dynamite on a bonfire of the Democrat-Left-Media complex's own making, which is the disgusting blood libel of America as an unjust, racist nation with its illegitimately-elected President hoping to restore and revive the injustice and racism that undergirded its illegitimate founding. Interesting to note that it seems as if the Chicago Police had to almost be dragged kicking and screaming to look into this because of the nature of Chicago ethnic-driven politics combined with the fear of the city turning into the next Ferguson, MO.
The whole thing was so patently fraudulent and ineptly executed, to the extent that the closed circuit security camera that Smollett thought would capture the incident was pointed in the wrong direction. And that there is a massive bullet that was dodged. Even with the confirmation of this as a hoax, that video would no doubt have joined the pantheon of racialist fraud memes alongside "Hands-Up-Don't-Shoot!," "I Can't Breathe!" and the innocent-as-the-day-he-was-born graduation photo of Trayvon Martin (not the one of him flashing Flava-Flav dentures and gang hand signs).
But where is everyone in the Media, the show business self-proclaimed elite and the Democrat politicians - most notably the likes of Cory Booker and Kamala-Toe Harris - who took to the microphones and cameras within seconds of this story initially breaking to denounce Trump, whitey, heterosexuals and America for this heinous act? It's so silent, the friggin' crickets are starting to stare at each other. But that was a rhetorical question. The aforementioned are fully vested in perpetrating and perpetuating the blood-libeling of America as founded because that is how they will ultimately bamboozle enough people - as well as import them by the millions from south of the border and elsewhere - into destroying it and seizing absolute power once and for all. Several good essays on this as well as at the tail end of the politics section capped off by the always eloquent Victor Davis Hanson.
But, never fear. Just as all of the aforementioned explodes in their faces, the media no doubt is going to seize upon this next item as proof positive that Trump's America is dangerous and evil. A Coast Guard officer (not sure if he's active or ex) was arrested in Maryland yesterday with a cache of weapons as well as a hit list of politicians and journalists. Supposedly, he was inspired by the Norwegian mass shooter Anders Brevik and wanted to take out millions of people. Unless his bullets were nuclear-tipped, I don't know how he was going to do that. In any case, after all the Nidal Hassan's, Omar Mateen's, bike-locks-to-the-head, and Dick-Durbin-linked James Hodgkinson's that have been either ignored, explained away as lone wolves or excused owing to Trump and or the usual Leftist Emanuel Goldstein trope a la mode, this for me is a local crime story with no real significance whatsoever. Hell, not that I am advocating or agreeing with this individual, but considering the constant hate-filled rhetoric pumped out 24/7 by the Democrat-Left-Media complex, they alone are responsible for this guy almost doing the unthinkable. Enough pixels. By your standards, you created this guy, Lefties.
Immigration: GOP Congressmen are urging the administration to designate the Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations.
Democrat-Sanctioned Anti-Semitism: Another Democrat Joo-hater joins the House by winning a Virginia special election and Rancida T-Labia's website has icky Joo-cooties.
Democrat Scandals: Donkey Chompers Ocasio-Cortez broke campaign laws by giving a job to her red-headed stepchild of a boyfriend, and Bernie Sanders hates the Saudis so much his media firm lobbies for them. Meanwhile the Koch
Brothers Whores are spending bucks to sabotage the Trump economic agenda, Fauxca-Has-Been threatens all sorts of national emergencies to seize power while pimping the usual free-shit garbage as a means to nationalize your children, Donkey Chompers gets slapped hard by a billboard in Times Square, Sherrod Brown-Note is a hypocrite, Alabama Rep Bradly Byrne to challenge Doug Jones for the Senate seat, and the GOP candidate for mayor of Philly has been on disability for 8 years due to mental illness. That still makes her light years better than any Democrat, so I endorse her wholeheartedly.
Abortion: You thought New York and Virginia were bad, get a load of the proposed Vermont law.
First Amendment, Fake News Fakery: Sharyl Atkisson on fighting the corrupt DoJ, Trump slams the NY Slimes, NPR runs cover for traitor Andrew McCabe, Disney and Nestle pull ads from YouTube after pedophilia channel exposed and can Nick Sandmann restore the first amendment?
Mueller Inquisiton: Andrew McCabe deserves Leavenworth, then a long drop at the end of a short rope.
Foreign Desk: Another Venezuelan military official backs Guaido, Putin is a borscht-belch blowhard (the hypersonic missiles are mostly hype, minimally sonic), Dondi Rubio warns about the Chi-Com threat as Chi-Coms buddy up with the Farsis to preserve their nukes, the Space Force to counter the anti-satellite threat, and Michael Ledeen on a Jewish renaissance in Italy.
Domestic News: Saboteurs in the administration are hoping Trump loses in '20 to preserve the Iran nuke deal (weed them out and throw them in prison).
Economic News: Several pieces focusing on New York, including De Bolsheviks war on Air-BnB (considering the latter's Joo-hate, I have little sympathy), Democrats look to bamboozle voters with the old withholding tax as evidence that the tax cut is harmful lie, lots of blame to go around for Amazon pulling out of NY and a trillion here, a trillion there, sooner or later you're talking about real money... and real societal collapse.
Crime: Story about the dark web and massive identity theft.
Healthcare: Maybe that crackdown on opioids wasn't such a great idea after all.
Education: Marxist-inspired teacher strikes are busting out all over, Cornell hates Joos again, look at the insanity you are paying for, how academia helped hatch the Green Nude Eel, and yes we need K-12 reform.
Real Science: 1,000 researchers are rejecting the Darwinian model of evolution.
Feminazism, Homosexualization, Transgender Psychosis: Trump championing international gay rights is evidence of his homophobia and hatred of homos, only Progressives can tell a dame to get her ass back in the kitchen and get me a sammich and some transexual freak extorts money from the courts and can use the mens room in jails.
Lastly, a look at the life and legacy of Pat Cadell, who passed away last Saturday at 68. RIP.
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. Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.
BORDER WALL, MIGRANT INVASION, AMNESTY, IMMIGRATION, BORDER SECURITY
- (330) 838-2359
JUSSIE SMOLLETT HOAX
- (714) 421-9388
OFFICIALLY-SANCTIONED DEMOCRAT PARTY ANTI-SEMITISM
- (705) 454-9438
DEMOCRAT-LEFTIST SCANDALS, CRIMES, CHUTZ-POCRISY, MESHUGAS
- Report: Donkey Chompers Ocasio-Cortez is a Swamp Socialist, Boyfriend Paid by Friendly PAC
- Media Firm for Anti-Saudi Bernie Sanders Performed Work for Saudi Lobby
CIVIL WAR 2.0
- Ohio Music Shop Owner Posts Sign Turning Away Trump Supporters (now we all know whom to boycott, genius - jjs)
- (503) 881-0364
- (760) 486-7061
- GOP-Endorsed Philly Mayoral Candidate Says "Mental Illness" Has Kept Her From Working for 8 Years (I'd still vote for her, all things considered - jjs)
- Fauxca-Has-Been: Climate Change, Gun Violence, Student Loan Debt Constitute for National Emergency Declaration
- "Thanks For Nothing!": Times Square Billboard Blasts Donkey Chompers Ocasio-Cortez Over Killing Amazon Deal
- Sherrod Brown-Note Rejects Corporate PACs... After Taking Millions From Them
- (559) 556-3475
- A Fine and Dangerous Madness
- V.D. Hanson: Changing Reality With Words
FIRST AMENDMENT, CENSORSHIP, FAKE NEWS
- (770) 382-4931
- (803) 540-0897
- Can Nick Sandmann Save the First Amendment?
- (608) 931-6274
- Aurora, IL Mass Shooting Shows Why Gun Control Doesn't Work
SPYGATE, MUELLER WITCH HUNT, DEEP STATE, COUP
- Andrew McCabe: Faux Hero of Our Times
- Andrew McCabe Can't Keep His Story Straight
FOREIGN AFFAIRS, INTERNATIONAL
- Putin Warns US to "Calculate the Range and Speed" of Planned Russian Weaponry Before Exiting INF Treaty (okay, give us the blueprints and we'll be happy to - jjs)
- Chi-Coms Team Up with Iran to Preserve Nuclear Deal
- Ledeen: Why the Italian Jews Are Winning
DEFENSE, MILITARY, SECURITY AFFAIRS
- Growing Anti-Satellite Threat Behind New Space Force
DOMESTIC AFFAIRS, THE BUREAUCRACY, WASTE, FRAUD, CORRUPTION
- Desperate Trump Administration Saboteurs Hope to Save Iran Deal
THE ECONOMY, STUPID
- De Bolshevik Wants 20,000 Air-BnB Records Because "People Want to Know What the Hell Is Going On" (and because the Marxist needs to crush free enterprise - jjs)
- (801) 508-2782
- CBO: Feds Will Borrow Another $13 Trillion Over Next 11 Years
CRIME & PUNISHMENT, NON-DOSTOYEVSKY
- (650) 589-5847
- 700 Million Stolen Accounts Go Up for Sale on the Dark Web (if only Al Gore hadn't invented the internet... - jjs)
- Study: Crackdown on Prescriptions Drove up Hep-C Infections
- #RedForEd: West Virginia Teachers Strike Over Charter School Bill Despite Governor Promising to Veto
- (604) 533-0917
- Anti-Israel BDS Campaign Returns to Cornell (when did it leave? - jjs)
- How Higher Education Incubated the Eco-Socialism of the Green New Deal
- K-12: Reformers Needed
ACTUAL SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY
- (579) 360-7837
FEMINAZISM, TRANSGERDERISM, HOMOSEXUALIZATION, WAR ON MASCULINITY
- Homosexual Magazine Accuses Trump of Racism In Response to International Gay Rights Effort
- "Know Your Place, Woman" Is Back In Fashion In Progressivism
- (620) 983-1431
CULTURE WARS, HITHER & YON
- Pat Caddell's Second Act
Wednesday Overnight Open Thread (2/20/19)
“We need to kick luxury real estate lobbyists to the curb and defend working people’s way of life. Skyrocketing cost of living is a national crisis that CAN be addressed. It’s not just an NYC issue - it’s happening in every US metro area.” Rep. Alexandria Occasional Cortex (D-Mars)
“In terms of policy, I don’t have a lot of problems with what he’s doing. He’s a bit of a brat, I guess you could say. And that is astounding for people especially for people who come from the more liberal side of politics. They’re used to being the brats.” 917-978-6962
"I think Bernie did an incredible service for this country in his campaign in 2016, and it fundamentally changed the debate. I think we’re in a new situation here. There’s obviously a different dynamic, and I think everyone should assess the current situation we’re in.
"I do not rule out any particular path for myself," Mayor
Warren Wilhelm Jr.Bill De Blasio
The demand for racism has far outpaced the supply, so radicals like Smollett now use homemade alternatives. unconspicuous
“If the U.S. armed forces made such short work of a hardened goon like Saddam Hussein, imagine what they could do to the soft and sybaritic Saudi royal family,” 4704816443rubedinous
Mercedes AA Class
Fake stories can be propelled by fake surveys. The NRA calls out the Giffords Law Center.
Where it becomes a real problem is when those numbers used are false or misleading, and the National Rifle Association is calling out Giffords for using those kinds of numbers [emphasis NRA]:
In a 2/14/19 article by Julia Manchester posted on The Hill.com, the reporter says that “The Giffords Law Center, a gun control advocacy group, found in a poll one month after the Parkland shooting last year that 69 percent of National Rifle Association members expressed support” for gun control.
You and I deal with people frequently that we don't care for. Yet we don't become unhinged and become complete assholes. Store employee becomes unglued at teenage customer.
After all the controversy, children are still being berated by grown adults for wearing President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” hats.
The latest incident making the rounds occurred recently at a Vans store in Overland Park, Kansas, according to a video posted online by Ryan Fournier, the National Chairman for Students for Trump.
“Trump Derangement Syndrome is real,” Fournier tweeted. “A Vans store employee at Oak Park Mall, Kansas told a 14-year-old “f*ck you” for wearing a MAGA hat. Let’s get him fired.”
Just a guess. This little prick never faced any consequences for his crappy behavior early in life.
Did you ever wonder why your car made a weird noise when just one window is open? 858-754-9582 H/T Hank Curmudgeon
It can be as loud as standing alongside a Boeing 767 at takeoff. And it’s about as irritating as having someone thumping on a bass drum in the back seat. Whether you call it wind throb or buffeting or just plain annoying, it happens when someone in the car opens a single window at speed and it stops when a second window rolls down.
The phenomenon that produces this noise is the Helmholtz Resonance, the same principle that makes a bottle hum when you blow over its open top. It’s the interaction of the gas in a container with a single orifice and the other gases that are, um, passing over that orifice. In this case, the container is the car. The interaction between the two masses of air produces vortexes that compress and decompress the air, producing the throbbing effect. Hermann von Helmholtz, the German physician and physicist who described this interaction, died in 1894 and was thus unavailable for comment.
Fake News? You decide.
The United States is doing pretty poorly in reducing emissions. For The New York Times, Brad Plumer and Blacki Migloiozzi, show the current status and what could happen if the U.S. adopted more drastic plans already in place around the world.
Maybe you forgot to turn your slow cooker on before heading out on your hike, you had to endure a traffic jam that made you 20 minutes late to work, or a colleague made a passive aggressive comment in a meeting. Suddenly every minuscule inconvenience, from misspelled names on lattes to missing the elevator door, seems like a plot to incite your inner fury.
When one small event throws a wedge into our day it can sometimes send us down a slippery, hours-long slope of exasperated huffs and cranky faces. But why is it so hard to shake the frustration or anger?
In the 1940s, most people in a relationship in the US reported meeting their partner in one of three ways: through family, friends, or school.
But starting in the 1970s, as the share of women in the workforce rose, so did the ratio of couples who started out as coworkers. From the late 1970s to the early 1990s, nearly one in five US couples reported having met in the workplace.
I met the fabulous Mrs. Mis. Hum. on the job. If we met today I would be to frightened by the harassment rules/laws that are in effect in the work place.
Shoe0nHead of course NSFW
Rib eye steaks should come from a farm or a ranch and not a Lab.
A FUTURE IN which your hamburger is grown from animal cells in a lab is rapidly approaching. The idea is that by culturing meat in a vat, you not only cut down on animal slaughter but greatly reduce emissions, on account of cattle taking a lot of energy to raise and butcher and ship. That's not to mention their digestive systems venting a significant amount of the greenhouse gas methane into the atmosphere.
That’s the idea, anyway. The problem is that there’s very little data to back up the assumption that in vitro or cultured meat, as it’s also known, would be better for the environment than cattle. Scientists know the impact of that cattle; in the US, animal agriculture is responsible for around 4 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. But we hit a snag with quantifying the impact of wide-scale production of in vitro meat, because it, um, doesn’t exist yet.
As long as our country has these type of people we have a chance. A young man with solid values. H/T Bitter Clinger
AUSTIN, Texas (KXAN) – A 7-year-old boy is going viral in a community northwest of Austin after he set up a hot chocolate stand to raise money for President Donald Trump’s border wall.
Jennifer Stevens says it all began when her son, Benton, watched Trump’s State of the Union Address on Feb. 5.
“He wanted to know about the wall so we explained what it was about and he (Benton) was like ‘I want to raise money for the wall,’” she said.
February 20, 1980, AC/DC singer Bon Scott was pronounced dead on arrival at a London hospital after a heavy night's drinking. Scott was found in the passenger seat of a friend's parked car. The official coroner's report stated that he had "drunk himself to death", after suffocating on his own vomit. via thisdayinmusic.com
February 20, 1950, Born on this day, Walter Becker, bass, guitar, vocals, songwriter with American group Steely Dan who had the 1973 US No.11 single 'Reeling In The Years' and nine other US Top 30 hits. Steely Dan's 'Two Against Nature' won a Grammy in 2001 for Album of the year. Becker has produced records for Rickie Lee Jones, China Crisis and Michael Franks. Becker died on 3 September 2017 aged 67.via thisdayinmusic.com
Streaming is the most popular way people listen to music, but old formats like cassettes and vinyl have both seen an increase in sales in recent years. In fact, vinyl has seen a remarkable sales increase of 1,427% since 2007, selling around around four million LPs in 2018 in the UK alone. Since the popularity of vinyl shows no signs of stopping soon, this means that more non-recyclable discs will be manufactured – which could have a negative impact on the environment.
From the Drudge Report to The New York Times, sex robots are rapidly becoming a part of the national conversation about the future of sex and relationships. Behind the headlines, a number of companies are currently developing robots designed to provide humans with companionship and sexual pleasure – with a few already on the market.
Unlike sex toys and dolls, which are typically sold in off-the-radar shops and hidden in closets, sexbots may become mainstream. A 2017 survey suggested almost half of Americans think that having sex with robots will become a common practice within 50 years.
Hey, I thought Orange Man was going to put all the gheys into concentration camps. 'Trump administration launches global effort to end criminalization of homosexuality.
The administration is responding in part to a reported hanging of a young gay man in Iran, Trumps top geopolitical foe.'
The Trump administration is launching a global campaign to end the criminalization of homosexuality in dozens of nations where it's still illegal to be gay, U.S. officials tell NBC News, a bid aimed in part at denouncing Iran over its human rights record.
U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, the highest-profile openly gay person in the Trump administration, is leading the effort, which kicks off Tuesday evening in Berlin. The U.S. embassy is flying in LGBT activists from across Europe for a strategy dinner to plan to push for decriminalization in places that still outlaw homosexuality — mostly concentrated in the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean.
“It is concerning that, in the 21st century, some 70 countries continue to have laws that criminalize LGBTI status or conduct,” said a U.S. official involved in organizing the event.
Lucy Alexandria, you have some 'splaining to do. Once again, do as I say not as I do.
Writer/reporter Luke Thompson divulged last week that Rep. Alexander Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, set up her boyfriend, Riley Roberts, with an official house.gov email address, noting that he was “drawing a salary on the taxpayer’s dime.”
The self-avowed democratic socialistic was quick to dispute that notion, responding to say Roberts was set with the email account to access her Google calendar, which may not be entirely within House rules, given that they don’t appear to be married — the haste in which Ocasio-Cortez responded verified the accuracy of the boyfriend having a government email address.
“Manifestly under the influence of alcohol to the point (police) felt she was a danger to herself or others,” So of course she is our Genius Award Winner.
Kilee Nicole Cunningham, of the 100 block of Indian Spring Drive in Hamilton Township, was reimbursed for the money lost in the machine but punched the glass on the game, police said. She was told to leave Blue Mountain Lanes in the 400 block of East Morrestown Road, but instead requested more alcohol, police said. When she was refused, she threw a cup of water in the face of an employee before heading out, police said.
An officer caught up to Cunningham and a man walking north of East Moorestown Road near Route 33, police said. When asking for identification, the officer noticed both smelled of alcohol, police said. Cunningham refused the request and after yelling obscenities, slurring her words and losing her balance, the officer determined she was “manifestly under the influence of alcohol to the point (police) felt she was a danger to herself or others,” police said.
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