July 31, 2012

Overnight Open Thread (7-31-2012)
— Maetenloch

Why Right Wing Blogs Like AoSHQ Never Talk About Jihad or Sharia

Because it's true - we just *never* talk about jihad or sharia anymore.

Well according to this article at IOTW it's only because Ace and the cobs have shunned Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs and sold out to the MSM.

What's the message received? If you want to move up in the caste system you better clean up your act, and that, you'll see, includes any uncomfortable remarks about Islam.
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While reading this I immediately had 2 bloggers in mind that would fit this description. The first was Ace of Spades. Ace was a Perryite who famously published a public attack towards Pamela Geller. He's  also shown that he's willing to modify his act, and the reader's behavior.

Later the finger is pointed at Weasel Zippers as the shunful blog in question but still many ewoks and morons were dissed in the process.

Now I'm not saying that certain people's garbage should be routinely molested starting this very evening because of these slurs - that would be 'wrong' - but lets just say that both garbage and natives of Endor do have mutual needs...

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"What About Your Gaffes"/"Show Some Respect" Songs, Now With Videos
— Ace

These are easier to link, and to play as well.

For credit, please credit Ace Diddy as producer, for Serfs Up Records. The artists currently in my Stable of Hit-Makers are @rexharrisonshat and @championcapua.

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* Record Production * Talent Development * Management & Promotion *
* Check Cashing * Gun Rentals * Makin' All The Bitches Cry *

Serfs Up logo by @johnekdahl.
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Texas Senate Runoff Night: Cruzin' or Losin' update: CRUZ WINS
— CAC

Results here. The winner regardless will crush the Democrat in November, though having Cruz surge through would be nice.

Haven't had a Tuesday night worth blogging about since that glorious moment a few weeks back when Governor Walker was all out of bubblegum.

Polls close at 8pm EST

I'll also be watching turnout for the Democratic side, just for the lulz.
Updates will be here:

CURRENTLY - Cruz 236k to Dewhurst 202k
EARLY VOTE TOTALS- DALLAS COUNTY: Cruz 17,053 to Dewhurst 16,780
EARLY VOTE TOTALS- TARRANT COUNTY: Cruz 19,683 Dewhurst 15,078

CURRENT COMBINED D PRIMARY VOTE: <105,000

AOSHQDD call: Cruz has won the runoff

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CNN Nonpologizes For Sarah Palin "Stupid Girl" Intro;
In Completely Unrelated News, CNN's Ratings Down 20% From 2011, And They Were Bad in 2011 Too

— Ace

I don't even want to dignify this, but essentially what they're saying is that it was "unintentional," and they know this, because they asked themselves if it was intentional and they promised themselves that it wasn't.

Read down, and Stephanoplous insists the same thing about Brian Ross' eager-to-blame-the-Tea-Party "reporting," and, impliedly, also vouches for himself. He says he "doesn't think" there was a "political agenda" in Ross' false report; I assume then he "doesn't think" there was a political agenda in his own "Do tell more" posture.

CNN's ratings are down 20% July to July.

The media are dying, yes, and they deserve to. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

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No Coordination Whatsoever Between Harry Reid's "Investor" Story And A New Obama Ad Calling Romney a Felon on Taxes
— Ace

Nope.

It's not as if the Obama campaign spoke to its spear-carriers in the press and said, "Why aren't you covering Romney's taxes?"

And it's not like they said back, "Well, we did, but to really make it an issue we need a predicate, we need some hook to justify covering it."

And it's not as if the Obama campaign then said, "Well, fine then. Watch the skies, if you know what I mean." And because the press is dumb, they had to add "Wink." I mean, they both winked, and then said "Wink" aloud.

No, it's not like any of that happened at all, and it's not like the press will now dutifully execute the orders received from Obama Command.

Thanks to @johnekdahl.

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Harry Reid Unbound: A Conspiracy of Seventeen Old White Venal Men Is Putting In Their Dentures To Feast on the Meal of America They've Purchased
— Ace

The balls on this guy.

"We feel comfortable in the Senate," he said. "Where the problem is, is this: Because of the Citizens United decision, Karl Rove and the Republicans are looking forward to a breakfast the day after the election. They are going to assemble 17 angry old white men for breakfast, some of them will slobber in their food, some will have scrambled eggs, some will have oatmeal, their teeth are gone. But these 17 angry old white men will say, 'Hey, we just bought America. Wasn't so bad. We still have a whole lot of money left.'"

I didn't fucking get invited. Is there bacon? I like the eggs Benedict too. Will there be Hollandaise?

Then he goes on to say he "heard" from someone he can't name that Romney is a fugitive from the IRS. But the IRS doesn't know about it yet. Just Romney himself, and Harry Reid.

Saying he had "no problem with somebody being really, really wealthy," Reid sat up in his chair a bit before stirring the pot further. A month or so ago, he said, a person who had invested with Bain Capital called his office.

"Harry, he didn't pay any taxes for 10 years," Reid recounted the person as saying.

"He didn't pay taxes for 10 years! Now, do I know that that's true? Well, I'm not certain," said Reid. "But obviously he can't release those tax returns. How would it look?

"You guys have said his wealth is $250 million," Reid went on. "Not a chance in the world. It's a lot more than that. I mean, you do pretty well if you don't pay taxes for 10 years when you're making millions and millions of dollars."

I like how he says "I have no idea if this thing I just made up is true" but then says, "Hey, do the math, you don't pay taxes for ten years, you're sitting pretty, right?"

Prediction: The press will be far more interested in this made-up "I heard a story" claim than Obama's well-documented felonious property swap with convicted political fixer and bagman Tony Rezko.

Yeah I'm winning that one, eh?

By the way: He attributes this story to an "investor" at Bain. And you know, when someone invests in your company, naturally you share your personal income tax information with him. I mean, that's industry standard.

Harry Reid

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I can smell my gray old balls from up here. They smell like Gold Bond powder and shame.


Thanks to "interested."

And because Harry Reid is such a vile creature, here now a porcupine with the hiccups.

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The New Dance Smash, Presstitutes ("What About Your Gaffes?")
Uh-Oh: Competition From "Show Some Respect"

— Ace

From @rexharrisonshat, it's got a hot beat and just makes your ass wanna shake.

Thanks to @johnekdahl for figuring out how to upload that to a host.

Battle for the Top of the Pops: "Show Some Respect" from the artist formerly known as @ChampionCapua.

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DNC Counterprograms Itself: Bill Clinton Will Give Keynote Speech Explaining What He Did In the 90s To Make The Economy Cook, And Then Elizabeth Warren Will Explain Why We Need To Do The Exact Opposite
— Ace

Before you jump on me: I don't really think Bill Clinton was a free-market reformer. I just said that effect. Certainly he was less left-wing that Obama or Warren, which should make an interesting evening, and produce the same kind of "Huh?" reaction my headline suggests.

So, first of all, Bill Clinton will have the opening slot, and if we know anything about Bill Clinton, it's that the man enjoys an opening slot.

Hey, Mitt Romney, you're dating that woman in Tennessee now. Did you like that joke?

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Mitt Romney enjoyed that joke.

Brit Hume calls this a "distress call" from Obama. Vid at the link, here's some text:

The convention role being given Bill Clinton is proof that President Obama is in deep trouble and he and his political handlers know it.

Polls continue to show the race tied or Mr. Obama slightly ahead. But other surveys point distinctly in another direction. One out today from the Hill newspaper gives Mitt Romney an edge with voters on three key qualities: sharing their values, being a stronger leader and being more honest and trustworthy....

Add to that the Rasmussen survey in which voters by 62 percent to 30 said economic growth was more important to them than economic fairness....

Gallup reports that the number of Democrats who say they are more enthusiastic about voting this year is at 39 percent, down from 61 percent four years ago. 51 percent of Republicans, meanwhile, said they are more enthusiastic this year, that is up from 35 per cent in 2008.When you put all this together with the continuing bad news on the economy, you know why Mr. Obama is suddenly reaching out to Bill Clinton.

This is a distress call.

Even though Barack Obama says "You didn't build that," you know he's so egotistical that he credits himself 100% for his own (until now) success. As he said to his aides (from memory): You know, I could do your jobs better than you can.

But, if Obama wins, it will be due to Bill Clinton's intervention; and thus, whatever might be said of a second term, Obama didn't build that.

Once Clinton is done explaining how he pushed radicals and Marxists aside to say the era of Big Government is over, Elizabeth Warren will explain that rumors of the death of the era of Big Government have been vastly exaggerated, and in fact the era of Big Government is Bigger Than Ever.

Will she double-down on the "You didn't build that" rhetoric? Well, on one hand, she'll be speaking to a general audience which for some reason views the seventy year Soviet experiment with some degree of nonkulturny skepticism; but on the other hand, base turnout is the game these guys are playing (because "appealing to the country as a whole" went out the window sometime around the summer of 2009).

Below, a great video, totally stolen, so click on one of those links as a payment.

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Star Trek Stars Narrate NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Grand Entrance Video
— rdbrewer

From Universe Today, actors Wil Wheaton and William Shatner narrate video animation depicting NASA's upcoming seven minutes of terror Mars Science Laboratory landing at 1:30 a.m. EDT on August 6th.

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Longer Trailer For James Bond Movie Suggests It Might Actually Be Interesting
— Ace

I'm wary. Quantum of Solace was horrible, and a major step backwards into the Bad Years of the assembly line Pierce Brosnan movies. Then again, I think the movie was bad because there was a writer's strike; I think I remember Daniel Craig confessing it wasn't a good movie, because he and the director had to write it and they didn't know what they were doing.

Confirmed:

"On 'Quantum,' we were fucked," [Craig] said plainly. "We had the bare bones of a script and then there was a writers’ strike and there was nothing
we could do. We couldn’t employ a writer to finish it. I say to myself, 'Never again,' but who knows? There was me trying to rewrite scenes – and a writer I am not.’"

But a lot of stuff here looks cool.

A 22 year old Q? Okay. Well, fine. It's different. I'll give him a chance. No one's going to replace Desmond Llewelyn (even John Cleese failed) so might as well go in a different direction.

A couple of weeks ago, in the comments, I/whoever else was interested was discussing Ian Flemming's weird notion that the 9mm short Walther was a "real man-stopper." Well, in this clip he get back the classic PPK/s, but Q calls it (if I have this right) more of a "fashion statement," so that's something.

Oh one more movie observation: You guys see The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, the Fincher/English language version? Very so-so, easily missable, lots of highly objectionable content for conservatives pretty much anybody. It's one of those movies that's very smartly made and the lighting and camerawork and acting and technical skills are all first-rate but you sort of sit there thinking, "I really wish I liked this more." The plot is sort of James Patterson style upjumped trash.

But I really noticed in that movie "Hey, Daniel Craig's like a bona fide movie star." I dig him.

The other thing is that, the film being part of a scheduled series of films, it featured an extremely James Bond-esque opening credits sequence. Well, James Bond by way of Trent Reznor, the imagery very dark and weird.

And Daniel Craig appears in the sequence (or his digital avatar does, anyway), so it's the guy who plays James Bond doing a James Bond credit sequence for a film not about James Bond.

I'm linking that below (the most interesting part of the movie). The imagery is supposed to evoke the nightmares of the film's female main protagonist, and she's got a dark past which includes stays at mental hospitals, so it's a bit Geiger-esque. Led Zeppelin gave one of their very rare permissions to use one of their songs in a film; this is the Immigrant Song, redone by Trent Reznor and some other people I never heard of.


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Dana Carvey, Jon Lovitz Note Comics Refuse To Make Jokes About Barack Obama
— Ace

I listened to this yesterday. This clip misses some of Carvey's observations (and his impression of Barack Obama at the beginning), but it has a lot of it.

I've had this idea that Dana Carvey was fairly conservative for a while. It's no that he says conservative things; it's that when given an opportunity to say the easy, obvious liberal thing, he usually doesn't. I doubt he's any kind of solid conservative, and probably voted for Obama last time (as many people did), but I do get this vibe off him.

There are two things in this appearance that suggested further that he's conservative leaning. The first is that he makes reference to the idea (only briefly alluded to in the clip; earlier he was more detailed) that it is a standard method of shutting down conversation and discussion to label a statement as "hate speech" and, therefore, unworthy of any further consideration.

Conservatives don't own that idea, certainly, but it does seem like we're more keenly aware of it, as it's so often directed at us.

The other thing is that after this clip (again, not part of it), Lovitz states that he doesn't think that either Romney or Obama has actually explained how they'd fix the economy. This is one of those times where if Carvey were a liberal, I'd expect him to just agree, or tell Lovitz that Obama does indeed have a plan.

Instead he did the opposite, saying something like "well, actually, Romney says he wants to get the government out of the way and he thinks that will get business productive again."

It's not conclusive or anything. But I find it interesting that it was just so easy for him to sit there and just say "Yup, neither one of these guys has a plan." And yet maybe it wasn't easy for him.

The clip itself is about how comedians still won't make jokes about Obama, although both agree that there are "sensitivities" and "emotions" about it, and Carvey agrees it was hard to "find an angle" on Obama earlier. However, Carvey specifically goofed on comedians who are "still" making Sarah Palin jokes but apparently won't attempt to poke fun of the actual guy currently in power. "Question Authority," he notes, seems to be out the window.

I might be over-reading things here, because Carvey's main motivation seems to be balance, that is, not angering his fan base, keeping above it, keeping his eye on the fact that his job is "entertaining people" and not "preaching politics at them." That said, that's kind of a conservative stance too.

I'll see if I can dig up a longer clip of his appearance. Incidentally, this was yesterday, on the Dennis Miller show, Lovitz guest hosting, Carvey phoning in as a guest.

Link here, at Breitbart TV, if the embed below doesn't work.


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Guy Assaults Girlfreind, Smashes Computer, Because He Thinks She's Stepping Out With... Mitt Romney
— Ace

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Placed 6,567,938,229th in Genetic Lottery.
Won $0.25 towards the purchase of his next scratch-off.

It just feels malicious to even make fun of this unfortunate man. So, let's get right into it.

He suspected his live-in girlfriend of planning to have an affair. His suspicions were all but confirmed when he saw a man whose face he did not recognize on her FaceBook page.

That man? An internet lothario going by the screennames MagicUnderwear69 and TheRealChristianGrey.

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Her Mystery Lover Vowed: "I will transport you to a world
of sexual ecstasy and sustainable fiscal policy"

When the woman informed her understandably enraged boyfriend/abuser that this was just presidential candidate Mitt Romney, he was unmollified, and smashed her computer and, she says, hit him.

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"I will make you my Pleasure Whore,
and add you to my Erotic Stable of Passion,
as I did to these rentboys you see behind me."

The man is charged with one count of living in Tennessee, even though he is clearly a Florida resident.

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Any Musicians/Sound Editors Like This Idea?
— Ace

I really think the questions in Poland are so hysterically pathetic and whiny it would be a helpful thing, or at least a satisfying one, to get them out there.

So here's what I thought: A rhythm-and-drums techno sort of track, with the questions by the reporter looped in the mix. Like make the found dialogue part of the rhythm. Or the melody. Or whatnot. I don't do music.

Maybe finish and end with a brief snippet of Romney' speech, because he, presumably, sounds like an adult, and the contrast would be humorous.

I hardly need to inform you that press coverage will be about the Romney aide's "gaffe" and not about this obnoxious caterwauling by our intersex press corps. An entertaining little dance track could change that.

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"Kiss My Ass," Romney Aide Instructs Press, When They Shout Questions At Him At Poland's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
— Ace

Oh, f*** me, this is wonderful. Not just the instruction by the aide, Gorka, to "show some respect" at a holy site (wrong word-- not holy, but certainly sanctified).

The wonderful thing is the obnoxious hysterical whining -- "What about the Palestinnnnians" -- by the press.

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The media's trying to push this as another gaffe.

I liked @iowahawkblog's deadpan: "If there's anything the American public won't abide, it's someone who insults screaming reporters and Palestinians."

The press is claiming they were forced to whine out their inadequacies at the Tomb due to Romney having no press availabilities; in fact, he's been available for a hundred questions on the tour.

Dana Loesch compares the media's hair-on-fire reaction to Neil Munro's shouted question at Obama in the Rose Garden -- remember, he asked a question about Obama's new illegal immigration policy (double meaning intended) -- with its current claim that of course the media can whine and scream at a tomb for an unknown soldier.

Sometimes I appreciate the actual, by-the-letter definition of common words, and enjoy how fitting they are.

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New Ad Hits Obama on Broken Campaign Promise on Israel's Capital
— Ace

It's from a group called the Republican Jewish Coalition, which notes that during the campaign, Obama stated that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel, but then "evolved" in office.

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Colorado Democrat Ed Perlmutter: Damn, the Aurora Theater Massacre Makes Me Stoked About ObamaCare
— Ace

Without ObamaCare, the survivors wouldn't have received any treatment, it turns out.

PERLMUTTER: Affordable Care Act is in place. The Supreme Court approved its terms a couple, three weeks ago. And it will do some things that, in my opinion needed to be done. It will stop the discrimination against people with prior illnesses or injuries, or say some of the folks who were shot in the theater, they would be uninsurable now that they’ve had that wound, but under the affordable care act they can’t be discriminated against starting in 2014.

Apparently you can't ever get insurance if you've literally ever been sick or ever had a wound.

The headline joke ("Damn...") is a go-to joke from Hot Air. I figure it's Allah's, but I don't know.

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UK Experts To Assist In Destruction of Saddam Hussein's Remaining Stores of Chemical Weapons
— Ace

Yes, you read that correctly. Not even a hint of acknowledgement in this AP report that the question of Saddam Hussein's chemical warfare stocks is something of a contentious point in US and world politics.

So, these chemical weapons will be destroyed, without anyone much bothering to note that they exist.

Britain will help the Iraqi government dispose of what's left of deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's chemical weapons, still stored in two bunkers in north of Baghdad, the British embassy in Baghdad announced Monday.

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Saddam stored the chemical weapons near population centers so that he could access them quickly, despite the danger to his civilian population.

It's possible that these weapons were stored under UN seal, as some of Iraq's uranium was; that is to say, it's possible these stores were already acknowledged and hence already "counted." Bear in mind I'm just speculating about that possibility. The article doesn't point anything like that out.

Via @gabrielmalor

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Turnover in GM Management Suggests Rough Sledding Ahead
— Ace

If they're in the black, why all the pink slips?

t’s not that people are leaving GM. It’s how they leave. Two weeks ago, Opel chief Karl-Friedrich Stracke presented numbers to Dan Akerson. Akerson fires him. Opel gets two interim chiefs in a week. Last Thursday, Opel’s new design chief Dave Lyon doesn’t even start his job. Today, media in the U.S. and Germany report that Lyon had been escorted from the building and to a waiting car by GM’s head of personnel. A day later, global marketing chief Joel Ewanick suddenly leaves....

It all looks like Dan Akerson is panicking. The GM stock is at an all-time low. GM is losing market share. When July numbers will be announced this week, GM won’t look so good, industry oracles say. Mass executions always are great to deflect criticism – for a while.

GM's sales, meanwhile, increasingly rely on subprime lending -- lending, that is, to credit risks, who use that loan to buy GM stock. This is a problem, because these loans are issued by GM Financial, which is owned by GM, and, therefore, the American public.

Thanks to @johnekdahl.

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Milton Friedman's Centenary
— andy

There are several good pieces at NRO on the 100th anniversary of Milton Friedman's birth. Here's an excerpt from that of one of Friedman's former students, Thomas Sowell.

Like many, if not most, people who became prominent as opponents of the Left, Professor Friedman began on the Left. Decades later, looking back at a statement of his own from his early years, he said: “The most striking feature of this statement is how thoroughly Keynesian it is.”

No one converted Milton Friedman, either in economics or in his views on social policy. His own research, analysis, and experience converted him.

As a professor, he did not attempt to convert students to his political views. I made no secret of the fact that I was a Marxist when I was a student in Professor Friedman’s course, but he made no effort to change my views. He once said that anybody who was easily converted was not worth converting.

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Top Headline Comments 7-31-12
— Gabriel Malor

Happy Tuesday.

The pace of new voter registrations is off its 2008 high in Virginia, leading the Washington Times to conclude that low Democratic enthusiasm is sapping Obama's opportunities.

“Kiss my ass, this is a holy site for the Polish people,” said Romney aide Rick Gorka in response to shouted questions from the U.S. press as Romney was visiting the Polish Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. “Show some respect.”

In the land that lacks a First Amendment: UK police arrest teen over rude tweets at Olympic diver.

"Women and children first" is a shipwreck myth. Usually the captain and crew survive; the women and children don't.

WSJ has a nice page tracking which countries' athletes are winning medals at the Olympics.

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