December 21, 2008
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June 24, 2018
— Open Blogger
Looks great, doesn't it? I love big thick sloppy burgers, as long as the bun doesn't dominate. The more the merrier! Fried egg? Hell Yes! Bacon and avocado and cheese and some gloppy sauce and lettuce (not too much) and even a thin slice of tomato. All of that, piled onto a nice juicy patty makes my heart sing.
Nope Nope Nope. Too much stuff. The proper clothing for a hot dog is a bun (not too big), some mustard, a bit of chopped onion, and maybe, just maybe, if I am feeling particularly peckish, a thin scattering of sauerkraut. No disgusting pile of sauerkraut that soaks the bun and overwhelms the flavor of the dog. And don't even think about that neon-green relish that is made in a factory in China using slave labor and coal tailings.
And if the hot dog is a really fine specimen, then just the bun and some good mustard. And I am not talking about fancy sausages, I am referring to that glorious creation of American Exceptionalism: the plain skinless frank. Good ones can be found, and they are worth the search. My local place I have raved about (The Swiss Pork Store) has spectacular hot dogs that I can cheerfully eat until I am sick.
Oh...a good corn dog is allowed. more...
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Imagine the ruckus a sign that says, "We Welcome Free Speech," would cause. Or, "We Support Your Right To Be Free Of Government Spying." Yeah...nobody would bat an eye. But a simple sign supporting the 2nd Amendment? Wichita Restaurant Sparks Outrage With Pro-Gun Stance seems to have struck a nerve with the no-nothings and the neo-fascists of the left.
But as the article points out, the really interesting stuff is the immediate extrapolation by the progressives from a simple pro-freedom stance to bigotry. Apparently if one believes that our natural and God-given right to self defense is important, then one is also reflexively bigoted. How and why? I have no idea. But I am sure that there is some hysterical fool spouting leftist platitudes and non-sequiturs who is more than willing to explain it to me, if I can tolerate his halitosis and body odor.
But there's more! Our dear friend and Goebbels look-alike is writing a book! And because he was in public in NYC, he needed to be defended by not one, but two armed guards. It must be nice to be able to afford that protection. more...
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June 23, 2018
— Open Blogger
The Saturday Night Joke
A father buys a lie detector robot that slaps people when they lie.
He decides to test it out at dinner one night. The father asks his son what he did that afternoon.
The son says, "I did some schoolwork."
The robot slaps the son.
The son says, "Ok, Ok. I was at a friend's house watching movies."
Dad asks, "What movie did you watch?"
Son says, "Toy Story."
The robot slaps the son again.
Son says, "Ok, Ok, we were watching Stormy Daniels movies."
Dad says," What? At your age I didn't even know what dirty movies were."
The robot slaps the father!
Mom laughs and says, "Well, he certainly is your son."
The robot slaps the mother.
Robot for sale.
June 24, 2018
— Open Blogger EMT: Fortified with Victamins.
June 23, 2018
— Open Blogger It was Terrible, Except…
I've stopped watching a movie part of the way through once. It was Sicko, the Michael Moore documentary about healthcare. It infuriated me to no end, not because it was an apologia for Cuban healthcare, but because it's manipulative technique was so obvious and forced that I just couldn't take it anymore. He'd start making a point with numbers, and then cut away to some sob story about a family who couldn't afford insurance. I found the technique itself infuriating, so I just stopped it (I paid no money to watch it, by the way).
However, with that said, I watch every new movie all the way through whether I love it or hate it. I don't need to explain the love it part, but why do I subject myself to a film if, through the opening minutes, I decide that it's garbage?
There are really two reasons. The first is that I always hold out hope that the movie will redeem itself. That it will build to some great ending that makes all of the mistakes over the previous 90 minutes or so completely worthwhile (this oh so rarely happens). The second is that even bad movies can have good elements.
You know what I'm talking about. That one scene or performance or design element that grabs you despite the awfulness of everything else around it. Yes, the movie as a whole is awful, except did you see that one part near the end?
— Open Blogger Your EMT: 100% on time 60% of the time.
June 22, 2018
— Open Blogger Below, some cute animal vids, starting with one sent along by steevy to brighten our moods: more...
— Open Blogger The actual facts:
The girl wasn't "separated" by Trump's policy. She wasn't separated from her mother at all. She was just standing slightly (slightly!) away from her mother while her mother was being patted down, that being what you do with criminals you're arresting.
She wasn't a first time border crosser: she'd already been caught illegally entering the US in 2013. A second offense makes her a felon.
She had left three other children back with her husband.
Her husband confirms she wasn't fleeing any sort of political persecution, but was just looking for a job.
One can surmise she brought the tot along as her Get Out of Border Jail Free card.
A border patrol agent actually present at this "separation" told CBS News the real story, as digested at the Daily Caller:
"The photo might be a little misleading," CBS News admitted before playing an interview they did with the border agent whose legs appear in the picture.
"We were patrolling the border, it was after 10-o'clock at night," agent Carlos Ruiz explained. "We asked her to set the kid down in front of her, not away from her... and so we can properly search the mother. So, the kid immediately started crying as she set her down," he continued. "I personally went up to the mother and asked her, 'are you doing OK, is the kid OK?' and she said, 'yes, she's tired and thirsty and it's 11 o'clock at night.'
"They're using it to symbolize a policy and that was not the case on this picture," he continued. "It took less than two minutes, as soon as the search was finished she immediately picked the girl up and the girl immediately stopped crying."
How does TIME respond? By invoking the Fake But Accurate defense, of course:
TIME defended its cover and its reporting Friday, essentially claiming the facts are irrelevant because of the propaganda value of the piece. The photo and story "capture the stakes of this moment," the editor in chief told reporter Hadas Gold.
That's not the only #FakeNews the media's cooking up for you, of course. The AP just vomited up some Journ0lizm about abuses of children in immigrant detention centers, which leftwing feckless cucks claimed was a new "Abu Ghraib," specifying that this abuse happened "after" Trump called MS-13 gangsters "animals."
In fact these abuses happened well before them -- the AP story is almost all about abuses that happened in 2015-2016 under Obama.
But you can almost excuse the Daily Beast's Justin Miller for getting the story so incredibly wrong -- because the AP wrote it up in a way that seemed calculated to produce exactly this misreading.
The AP story is very vague about the dates of these alleged abuses, and keeps mentioning Trump in a story about things that happened before Trump was even a candidate for election.
This sums it up well:
21— Lyndsey Fifield (@lyndseyfifield) June 21, 2018
That's the number of paragraphs you have to read into this story before being informed this was the Obama-era (2015-2016).
That's the number of times Trump is mentioned.
That's the number of times Obama is mentioned. https://t.co/B4L7ArBEjk
Of course, this entire contrived propaganda tornado began with #FakeNews: John Sexton runs down the #FakeNews beginnings of this Democrat-Media disinformation campaign, beginning with #Activists and #JournalistActivists pushing out photos that actually date from Obama's term as well as actually staged, completely fictitious photos of kids in dog cages, which activists had staged during a protest.
Meanwhile, there's some #RealNews the media can't cover, because it's too busy with the #FakeNews.
Angel mom Sabine Durden says Trump saved her from committing suicide after an illegal immigrant killed her only son.— Amber Athey (@amber_athey) June 22, 2018
"President Trump coming down that escalator that day and talking about illegal immigration stopped me in my tracks."https://t.co/YqOeYUkSXM pic.twitter.com/OsPXNUUsov
There's also the small matter of 11 MS-13 gangasters -- or should I call them Citizen-Activists? -- being charged with the murder of two teenagers, just a few miles away from Capitol Hill.
Eleven members of MS-13 have been charged with kidnapping two teenagers, ages 17 and 14, whose bodies were discovered buried in the woods in northern Virginia last year. Authorities claim each of the 11 gang members played some role in the murder of one or both boys.
All but one of the eleven men charged are immigrants from El Salvador. NBC 4 Washington reports the names and charges for each of the eleven individuals. Note the gang names of some of these individuals, i.e. "Killer" and "Horror."
Trump should call them "Killers" and "Horrors" -- then the media won't be able to debate whether they're animals or not. If they call themselves Killers and Horrors, who are we to argue with their own sense of self-actualization?
Eleven MS-13 members *all from El Salvador* have been charged with kidnapping and murder of two teenagers in *Alexandria, Virginia* https://t.co/KUpYqtViwd— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) June 22, 2018
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He RTed a literal Nazi the other day and now Congressman King is spewing pure bigotry about underage kids. https://t.co/LQq02D6x1x— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) June 22, 2018
Young boys all old enough to be tried as adults or serve in the military and are prime MS-13 gang material & certainly grew up in the culture of one of the top 10 most violent countries in the world. https://t.co/r8Ur40tqhd— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) June 22, 2018
Obviously underaged boys.
Here's video of these "underage boys."
Oddly enough, they're all about the same height as the adult man who's seen taking pictures of them, and one of them has a ferocious five o'clock shadow that would shame Homer Simpson.
Did Jake Tapper verify the age of these tykes or is he just being a feckless partisan as usual?
Are any of Jakey's Twitter Conservative Cucks going to question him about this, or are they all too afraid to, because he will YELL AT THEM IN DMs if they dare to question his Royal Jakeyness?
Isn't that great? The brave stalwarts of the TruCon Brigades are all too afraid to publicly criticize Jake Tapper because he'll give them nasty DMs.
They'll mock conservatives -- their actual readers! -- all day long, but they're too timid to say a cross word about Jake Tapper's "journalism."
A lot of the very same people decrying a "Cult of Trump" and bemoaning Republicans shying away from criticizing Trump have never pubicly criticized Jake Tapper.
Or maybe did, years ago, and got YELLED AT IN DMs, and have kept a civil twitter-tongue ever since. Or maybe they caught hell for a blogger on their site criticizing Jake Tapper and then laid down the fiat that there would be no Jake Tapper criticism permitted on that site any longer.
If they're so brave, why can't they ever criticize Jake Tapper? Or do they simply agree with him 100% of the time?
I cannot spare this man; he tweets.
Flashback: Even Buzzfeed Ben noted Jake Tapper's legendary reputation for twitter nastygrams -- a reputation so legendary, in fact, that people don't even talk about his addiction to screaming at people in DMs:
[O]ne of the great secrets to his professional success is his all-out defense of his reputation on all fronts at all times: Before the Tappergram about the dossier, I'd heard from him more commonly about stray tweets from BuzzFeed staffers about everything from the poop cruise (his own coverage, he wanted to point out, had been serious and policy-focused) to the usual arguments over ratings. No tweet about Tapper, not even a subtweet, falls without Tapper's notice.
"I don't have time for your high school drama club," he said recently in his fourth rapid-fire tweet to a BuzzFeed News reporter who had botched, then quickly corrected, a Tapper quote.
Perhaps the best evidence of how fiercely Tapper protects his reputation is that -- despite his irascibility being a kind of Washington legend -- I can't find any reference to it in a series of recent glowing profiles of the CNN anchor. These profiles tend to feature a relaxed-looking Tapper, surrounded by red, white, and blue memorabilia. Perhaps his feet are up on his desk. Tappers friends and acquaintances were rather surprised to learn, from the lede of a recent Times profile, that "Jake Tapper doesn't seem to get rattled easily."
Some of Tappers colleagues and Twitter enemies find the heated private responses to criticism over the top, a sign that he takes himself too seriously.
So, TruCon Tappercucks: Not a single point of disagreement with Jake Tapper you'd dare to share publicly?
— Open Blogger
Judicial Watch today released newly obtained internal IRS documents, including material revealing that Sen. John McCains former staff director and chief counsel on the Senate Homeland Security Permanent Subcommittee, Henry Kerner, urged top IRS officials, including then-director of exempt organizations Lois Lerner, to "audit so many that it becomes financially ruinous." Kerner was appointed by President Trump as Special Counsel for the United States Office of Special Counsel.
The explosive exchange was contained in notes taken by IRS employees at an April 30, 2013, meeting between Kerner, Lerner, and other high-ranking IRS officials. Just ten days following the meeting, former IRS director of exempt organizations Lois Lerner admitted that the IRS had a policy of improperly and deliberately delaying applications for tax-exempt status from conservative non-profit groups.
Lerner and other IRS officials met with select top staffers from the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee in a "marathon" meeting to discuss concerns raised by both Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) that the IRS was not reining in political advocacy groups in response to the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. Senator McCain had been the chief sponsor of the McCain-Feingold Act and called the Citizens United decision, which overturned portions of the Act, one of the "worst decisions I have ever seen."
In the full notes of an April 30 meeting, McCains high-ranking staffer Kerner recommends harassing non-profit groups until they are unable to continue operating. Kerner tells Lerner, Steve Miller, then chief of staff to IRS commissioner, Nikole Flax, and other IRS officials, "Maybe the solution is to audit so many that it is financially ruinous." In response, Lerner responded that "it is her job to oversee it all:"
Henry Kerner asked how to get to the abuse of organizations claiming section 501 (c)(4) but designed to be primarily political. Lois Lerner said the system works, but not in real time. Henry Kerner noted that these organizations don't disclose donors. Lois Lerner said that if they don't meet the requirements, we can come in and revoke, but it doesnt happen timely. Nan Marks said if the concern is that organizations engaging in this activity don't disclose donors, then the system doesn't work. Henry Kerner said that maybe the solution is to audit so many that it is financially ruinous. Nikole noted that we have budget constraints. Elise Bean suggested using the list of organizations that made independent expenditures. Lois Lerner said that it is her job to oversee it all, not just political campaign activity.
Judicial Watch previously reported on the 2013 meeting. Senator McCain then issued a statement decrying "false reports claiming that his office was somehow involved in IRS targeting of conservative groups." The IRS previously blacked out the notes of the meeting but Judicial Watch found the notes among subsequent documents released by the agency.
— Open Blogger
Good morning kids. The weekend is here and with it brings a mixed bag of news, and from my perspective it seems mostly positive, all things considered. As I had alluded to the other day, aside from its long-standing goal of flooding the country with a massive, permanent voting bloc, the Democrat-Left-Media complex manufactured a border crisis of migrant babies being torn from the arms of their loving parents by Adolph Trump and tossed into a concentration camp. The reason was the evaporation of the vaunted midterm Blue Wave along with the Mueller witch hunt and now the revelations that Obama and Clinton with a willing FBI, CIA and NSA conspired to sabotage the Trump campaign and subsequently overthrow his administration.
Well, after almost a week of non-stop lies, smears and utter fakery, the President singlehandedly exposed this sham for what it is by his executive order to reunite the children with their parents - without turning them loose. He made them admit that what he was doing was merely following a long-standing law, that the conditions he was blamed for were in fact the fault of Obama and most importantly that the Democrat-Left merely cares about these kids insofar as it gets them to their holy grail of open borders. The latest Rasmussen poll shows that a majority of Americans place the blame for this on the parents for placing their kids in mortal danger to be used as political pawns. Most importantly, the President's rhetoric on all these issues is plain, straightforward and brutally honest. It's also reassuring to hear for the first time a Republican president calling it like it is and calling out the Left for their intentions. Well played, sir. And with the embarrassing defeat of the first House bill to address DACA, Paul Ryno was forced tp postpone the more moderate bill (read: total sellout) for Monday and, as of this writing, the situation is in doubt if he'll be able to whip the necessary votes for passage, and even so, it would have to clear the Senate and then face PDT's veto pen. So, at least for now, the status quo such as it is is maintained.
From my perspective, when you consider the corrupt nature of the bureaucracy, a large portion of our judiciary and the rogue nature of blue states and cities where upwards of 20-30 million illegal aliens live, in a very real sense already have open borders. Unless and until you cut off the money and benefits that attract and keep these people here, and severely punish any person or enterprise that knowingly employs them, this problem is not going to go away. Along with that, if we are going to even have a chance at saving the nation and preserving whatever vestige of America as founded still exists, we must have a moratorium on legal immigration for a period of minimum 20 years. I realize that that is almost assuredly a non-starter given the political climate and mindset of a large part of the nation and more importantly those in DC and those with deep pockets. But it has to be said and it has to be proposed. In any case, all in all, it was a good week for the President and the American people on this most crucial issue.
That said, the rage and anger goes on and as the Media drum up more propaganda, the potential for violence ramps up. A former cop is being charged for making death threats to the President while some writer up in Canada is taking a cue from Petered-out Fonda and threatening Donald Trump Jr's 4-year-old daughter, and some raving college socialist burped out a sick, violent, inchoate diatribe against the GOP. Jackie Speier rushes to the defense of that Hrabar slag who verbally assaulted DHS Sec Nielsen at a DC restaurant while Cynthia "Tricky Dickless" Nixon has openly slimed ICE as a "terrorist organization." Considering an NYU prof doxed several thousand ICE agents' personal info yesterday, if one of them or a family member is attacked a la Friend-of-Durbin James Hodgkinson, then the Democrat-Left-Media will have blood on their hands. Meh, that's exactly what they want.
Moving along, the big news in the Mueller Flea Circus and Spygate is the DoJ has revoked Peter Strzok's security clearance (gee, that was quick /s) and Peter Kadzik, the DoJ official who sought a job on the Hillary campaign for his son while being part of the investigation into her e-mail servers will not even get a slap on the wrist. Not a smidgen of corruption. Nope.
On the 1st amendment front, anti-American front group SPLC is facing a potential huge lawsuit over its smearing of companies as "hate groups," and as goes Tommy Robinson, so goes whatever liberty and heritage of Magna Carta is left in the UK.
The big news from SCOTUS is its decision to allow states to collect taxes from internet sales. A boon for brick and mortar stores or taxation without representation? Discuss. On the political front, the question of California splitting up is causing heated debate over exactly what that's going to look like. My big fear is three state which have Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento as their capitals. That would be suboptimal to say the least.
On the international scene, the Russians and Chi-Coms are going ballistic over PDT's proposed Space Force. I see parallels with President Reagan's SDI, since despite their image, my gut tells me that the volume and intensity of their reaction indicates that they know they can't compete, technologically or financially, in this area. No doubt a Democrat will try and reassure them a la Ted Kennedy that once Trump's gone, they'll scrap the program. Meanwhile, GOP lawmakers want to isolate Iran form the international financial community and want Treasury Secretary Mnuchin to m'nuke Obama's secret side deals in the now defunct nuke deal.
From hither and yon, ABC is booting up a spinoff of "Roseanne" minus Ms. Barr, a rather sobering essay from the Federalist about the end of America and lastly, today marks the 77th anniversary of Operation Barbarossa, Nazi Germany's invasion of the Soviet Union which they boasted as a war of annihilation. It was the bloodiest, most savage battle in history taking nearly 20 million Russian lives. It also marked the ramping up of the annihilation of the Jews. Over 1.5 million people - nearly one fourth of all the victims of the Holocaust - were shot, one by one, by the Einsatzgruppen in cities, towns and villages from the Baltic to the Black Sea. The mind boggles.
Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.
- PDT: "The Democrats Want Open Borders... We Are Not Going to Let It Happen"
- FAKE: Iconic Photo of Crying Migrant Honduran Girl Said to Have Been Separated From Her Mother Wasn't Says... Her Migrant Honduran Father
- AP Deliberately Manipulates - Then Stealth Updates - Immigration Horror Story to Smear PDT with Obama-Era Abuse Case
- Guardians of Truth Facebook Allows Fake News Photo to Raise $18 Million for Open Borders Cause
- Embarrassing: Conservative Amnesty Bill Fails in House; Vote on More "Moderate" Sellout Postponed Until Monday
- Related: Levin - Is It Too Late to Have a Lawful Immigration System?
- Backfire: Rasmussen Poll Shows Majority of Americans Blame Illegal Alien Parents for Plight of Their Kids
- Lefty TV Writer Makes Disturbing Threat on Trump Jr.'s 4-Year-Old Daughter
- Weaponizing Compassion
- Speier Defends Sandersnista-Supporting "Heckler" Who Verbally Abused DHS Sec Nielsen (so she's totes cool with James Hodgkinson, right? - jjs)
- Grandstanding Commie DeBolshevik Turned Back at Texas Border Facility
- Dick-Less Nixon Smears ICE as a "Terrorist Organization"
SPYGATE, MUELLER WITCH HUNT, DEEP STATE
- Sessonszzzz Sez Strzok's Security Clearance Revoked
CLINTON SCANDALS, OBAMA SCANDALS, DEMOCRAT SCANDALS
- Peter Kadzik, DoJ Official Who Tipped Off Podesta,Likely Won't Face Any Legal Consequences
- Hillary's Friends in High Places
- The Real Lesson of the IG Report
- Why is the FBI Still Covering for Discredited Agents at the Heart of the "Investigation?"
- Media Lining Up to Defend Another of Obama's "Sons" Shot During Carjacking, Attempted Murder
FIRST AMENDMENT, MEDIA, FAKE NEWS
- Tommy Robinson's Last Stand
- 47 Non-Profits Warn Editors and CEOs "You're Complicit in SPLC's 'Hate Group' Defamation"
- Former Police Officer is the Latest to Be Charged for Making Death Threats Against PDT
- Big Loser/NSA Leaker Reality Winner Accepts Plea Deal
POLITICS, 2018 MIDTERMS
- California Separatists Argue Over How Best to Carve Up State (with a Dem shit-hole as capital for each, no doubt - jjs)
- Would the Virginia GOP Rather Lose to a Democrat Than Win with Corey Stewart?
- Liberals Are Crazy; Will Voters Notice?
- The Peril of Politicized Anti-Semitism
FOREIGN POLICY, INTERNATIONAL
- Russians, Chi-Coms Alarmed by PDT's "Space Force" Proposal (heh, like Reagan and SDI - jjs)
- First East Africa, Now US Pilots Targeted by Lasers in East China Sea
- Congress Seeks to Ban Iran from International Finance System
- Related: GOP Leaders Urge Mnuchin to Close Secret Obama Nuke Deal Loopholes
- Rift Grows Between Congress and Pentagon Over Weapons Transfer to Turkey (why the hell have they not been booted from NATO?! - jjs)
- Canada Moves Closer to Legalizing Marijuana
DEFENSE, MILITARY AFFAIRS
- How to Protect the Space Force from Critical Threat of... Krony Kapitalizm
ISLAM, TERRORISM, SHARIA, DHIMMITUDE
- Israeli Study Asserts Link Between BDS Movement and Palestinian Terrorist Groups
- Philly Schools Add Muslim Holiday by Cutting Jewish One
- Greenfield: Islamic Terrorists and Gay Targets
THE ECONOMY, STUPID
- Tax Reform Helping Main Street and the Energy Sector Grow (meh, Upton's a dim bulb but he's right - jjs)
- The High Cost of Tariffs
DOMESTIC POLICY, COURTS, BUREAUCRACY
- SCOTUS Decision Signals End of Tax-Free Internet Purchases
- Related: SCOTUS Authorizes Taxation Without Representation
- Related: SCOTUS Opens Door to Internet Taxes - What Comes Next Could Be a Lot Worse
- California Targets the SCOTUS
- Nikki Haley, Bernardo Sandersnista Get Into Heated Argument Over UN Report of Poverty in the USA
- HUD Sec Carson: "Real Compassion" is Tackling "Perverse Incentives" That Continue Cycle of Poverty (the ones created/pimped by Democrat-Socialists - jjs)
- Why is the GOP Rewarding Big, Liberal Hollywood Music?
- Link to Herpes Virus Offers Hope for Curing Alzheimer's Disease
- Opioids: The Child Separation Crisis No One is Talking About
- 1,000 DC Public School Teachers Reportedly Are Not Licensed
- College Socialist Goes on Lunatic Anti-GOP Rant: "Smash Them, Burn Down Their Tent"
- Why Isn't Personal Finance Taught in the Public Schools? (go axe the DC B-of-E - jjs)
RED-GREENS, CLIMATE CHANGE, LYSENKOISM
- Dem Senate Candidate Profits from Big Oil Despite Making "Renewable Energy" Pillar of Campaign
CULTURE WARS, HITHER and YON
- NO-seanne: ABC Orders 10-Episode Spinoff of "Roseanne" Without Namesake Actress
- America Is Over, But I Won't See It Go Without an Epic Fight
IN THE LEAD: THE AMNESTY SCAM
— Open Blogger ONT comments go here, on this thread. You can find the content here. The game is afoot!
June 15, 2018
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June 21, 2018
— Open Blogger Say, did anyone notice that the World Cup is going on? Does anyone care? Even though I played some soccer as a kid, and enjoyed it, I've never been interested as an adult. If the US is playing I won't turn it off, but that's about as enthusiastic as I can get.
June 23, 2018
— Open Blogger
GM Ju Wenjun
As always, the chess/dress pr0n thread is an open thread, so there is no such thing as an off-topic comment.
Easier Problem - Black To Play (694)
Hint: Black must prepare before taking advantage of the open 'h' file
r2qkb1r/pp3pp1/2pp2p1/4n3/P1BQP1P1/2N5/1PP2PP1/R1B2RK1 b kq - 0 1
June 21, 2018
— Open Blogger He was 68.
Charles Krauthammer, a longtime Fox News contributor, Pulitzer Prize winner, Harvard-trained psychiatrist and best-selling author who came to be known as the dean of conservative commentators, has died. He was 68.
His death had been expected after he wrote a heartbreaking letter to colleagues, friends and viewers on June 8 that said in part "I have been uncharacteristically silent these past ten months. I had thought that silence would soon be coming to an end, but I'm afraid I must tell you now that fate has decided on a different course for me...
"Recent tests have revealed that the cancer has returned. There was no sign of it as recently as a month ago, which means it is aggressive and spreading rapidly. My doctors tell me their best estimate is that I have only a few weeks left to live. This is the final verdict. My fight is over."
Tucker Carlson was on Fox, praising Krauthammer's spirit. He thought that because Charles Krauthammer faced his own death early in his life -- lying at the bottom of a pool, knowing immediately that he had severed his spine and would drown unless promptly rescued by someone else -- he was liberated from the sort of anger and frustration that consume many other people.
— Open Blogger Finally.
This probably had to do with the IG's inquiry. The IG can interview federal employees but not ex-federal employees (well, at least the IG has no authority to demand an interview).
People have said, erroneously I think, that Page and Strzok had "cooperated' with the IG. I think that is a misunderstanding. Their lawyered-up, "Gee I don't remember saying 'We'll stop it' and if I did say it I only meant we'll stop the exploitation of child labor" bullshit answers weren't "cooperation." They were just some lies they were telling because they had to offer some answers, so long as they were still sucking off the federal tit.
But now that the IG has probably gotten all of their bullshit answers, there's no reason to continue keeping these two as real employees.
This might be a move towards an eventual firing.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday that former FBI official Peter Strzok has lost his security clearance amid an internal disciplinary review.
"Mr. Strzok, as I understand, has lost his security clearance," Sessions told radio host Howie Carr.
Strzok was escorted out of FBI headquarters on Friday, the day after the Department of Justices Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released its long-awaited report about the FBIs handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
And we still don't know how it came to be that the most explosive of all of Peter Strzok's known texts came to be... unavailable, or at least not discoverable without some serious efforts by Horowitz to find it, which involved happening across the information that the FBI phones were capturing some old texts in their internal hard drive. Something that I guess most people didn't know.
Finally, Horowitz's staff went back to the FBI and did a final search -- this was just a few weeks ago, in May -- and discovered that the phone itself "had a database on it that was actually also doing a collection of text messages."
Using that method, on their fourth run through the data, the IG staff discovered the "We'll stop it" text from Aug. 8, 2016. "It turned out that the FBI wasn't aware that that database on there, which was supposed to be an operating function, was actually collecting data," Horowitz said.
But there was something odd about it all. The Strzok "We'll stop it" text did not come from that period of time, December 2016 to May 2017, when the FBI system was not working. It came from August 2016, when the FBI system was supposedly collecting every message. That was the period of time from which the FBI originally turned over tens of thousands of Strzok-Page texts.
And yet, that one-line message -- "We'll stop it" -- was not turned over to the IG, and not turned over to Congress, either.
"It's now clear to us that the -- even when the software at the FBI was collecting text messages, because the August 8th period was within the collection period, we had the incoming Page to Strzok text, we didn't have the response," Horowitz told the Senate. "It's now clear to us that even outside this blackout period, we're not convinced that the FBI was collecting, for obvious reasons, 100 percent of the text messages."
On Tuesday, speaking to the House, Horowitz faced some skeptical questioning. There were reams of Strzok-Page texts turned over to Congress last fall, Republican Rep. Jim Jordan said to Horowitz, "But there was one we didn't get to see -- one text message we didn't get to see that -- until last week, when your report came out, and it just happened to be the most explosive one, the one that says, 'We'll stop Trump.' How come we didn't see that beforehand?"
"There was, in that fourth recovery that we made in May, there was 100,000-plus lines of text to go through," Horowitz said. "Most -- all of them we'd found before. This one was one we hadn't. We didn't see it, or pick it up, until June."
"Did you not see it, or was it hidden from you?" Jordan asked. "Because we have the text message right before it, and the one that happened right after it, but somehow that one the most explosive one was missing from the pages that we got months ago."
Horowitz said he did not believe the Justice Department knew about the text before the IG's office discovered it. "I don't think the department had it," Horowitz said. But any chance for Horowitz to elaborate on that, or to satisfy Republican suspicions about the Justice Department's role, was lost when Jordan's time ran out, and no one picked up his line of questions.
As far as I can tell, no one directly asked Strzok if he deleted the text. And Strzok's official story is that he doesn't remember the text at all.
— Open Blogger Twitter addicts showing off their addiction to each other.
Most odious among them: Grandstandin' Jim Acosta.
SHE REMOVED THAT JACKET BEFORE GETTING OFF THE PLANE. STOP THE STUPID DRAMA.— Tanya Grimsley (@luvGodncountry) June 21, 2018
This is just like the media/twitter addict spaz out about Melania's stiletto heels when touring hurricane-battered Texas, except that it's exactly like that.
Trump trolled the twitter shut-ins where they live. Which is on Twitter:
I REALLY DONT CARE, DO U? written on the back of Melanias jacket, refers to the Fake News Media. Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2018
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