June 28, 2013

Overnight Open Thread 6/28/13 (tmi3rd)
— Open Blogger

Good evening, and TGIF, Morons and Moronettes. Hard to believe we're halfway through 2013, but I ain't complaining. Your usual hosts are unavailable this evening, so I've got the duty.

Thanks to the rest of the co-bloggers, we have a fair amount of content this evening, so please proceed below the fold to begin. Remember to keep your arms, legs, and any other appendages inside the car while on the ride.
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New App Teaches Women How to Find Their Vaginas
— Ace

I think GOP senators must have the Beta of this app.

Anyway, I could summarize the summary, but then, you could just click that link. It's easier for both of us if you do that. Note: The link goes to ViralRead, a conservative news site, but it does contain highly-stylized Hello Kitty cutesy-cartoon representations of a vagina.

Anthropomorphization of poon, if you will. I think it's pretty safe because it's not immediately obvious what they cutesy cartoon creature is supposed to be, and also, the point of the article is news/commentary, not porn or anything. Though, as usual, sexual language is in play (the app is designed to teach women that snicking their snootch feelz good, because apparently that's a Big Secret That Society Is Hiding From You.)

It's my belief it's Safe For Work, but that's just my belief, and I don't know your boss.

The only thing shocking about this story is that, apparently, US taxpayers are not, I repeat not, paying for it. Man bites dog! What a mitzvah!

Hallelujah! And they said it couldn't happen!

There's a ridiculous cultural-left woman-infantilizing boondoggle going on somewhere and we're not paying for it!!!!

That said, I bet you in two weeks we find there's some sort of NEA grant flowing into this dope's pocket pool.

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Sign of the Times: Ivy League Killer Accidentally Butt-Dialed His Cellphone While He Was Murdering His Girlfriend
— Ace

The New York Post reports on this incredible bit of evidence.

The prosecution has a recording of the killer telling his victim he was about to kill her, thanks to the butt-dial.

Apparently the rage broke out when the killer saw his girlfriend had dialed a 508 area code number -- I guess he suspected she was unfaithful.

This is the recording made just before the murder:

“Why did you call 508, why did you call that number?” Jason Bohn asked Danielle Thomas just before the June 2012 slay in his Astoria apartment.

Thomas said, “I don’t know” and “Jason, I love you” a dozen times, according to a transcript obtained by The Post.

Bohn replies “You have five seconds and then…and then I’m going to kill you.”

The accused killer then gives his victim instructions, telling her “I’m going to let you up and then you need to answer quickly or else you die…Danielle, why did you call that number?…Danielle you are so stupid. You think I’m going to stop, I won’t stop.”

I'm trying to imagine what the defense would be. I guess he can't contest that he killed her. He'll try some temporary insanity thing, or extreme emotional state thing.

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Serious You Guys, Global Warming Is Melting the Streetlights!!11!
— Ace

Damn you, Devil Sun, and your satanic rays.

Think Progress has the story and the big scoop. (Update: The story is from last August. True, but old.)

Meltingstreetlight.jpg

WOW. It’s so hot in Oklahoma that the streetlights are melting. …

Meanwhile, a senator from Oklahoma, James Inhofe (R), is a major climate denier.


Progressives are all tweetin' angry at James Inhofe, who obviously Hates Streetlamps. Why don't you try illuminating the street with your Bible, Lite-H8r!

There is one small update to this major, major scoop:

AOh, wait! More information is coming in about that melting street light! It turns out it melted because it was right next to a dumpster fire:

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Well that's just nitpicking, isn't it?

Or, as GOB Bluth would say, "Yes, but how did the fire start?"

Or, finally, as the Zimmerman Prosecution's star witness would say: "That is real retarded, Sir."

By the way, FYI, and apropos of nothing, Think Progress is a part of the Center for American Progress' leftist fundraising empire. Specifically its "Center for American Progress Action Fund" organization. Which you can donate to. Because the Center for American
Progress Action Fund is...

... a non-partisan, 501 (c)(4) organization dedicated to achieving progress through action.

Per its website.


thanks to alexthechick.

Urk: The story is true, and Yahoo, naturally, fell for it.

The story is also from last year. Alas, it's old.

Well, it was New To Me (TM).

It's Not Merely Old... But it has, embarrassingly enough, already appeared on the site, when it was far more timely (that is to say, when Andy covered it day-of).

Eesh.

Look, I'm willing to accept blame when it's called for. In this case, though, it's alexthechick's fault.

This was all due to low-level rogue commenters operating out of Cincinnati.

I had noting to do with this. I learned of this from the newspapers, when you did.

Please believe me. This is all I got. I can't dance.

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Prosecution Witness: Pretty Much Everything Zimmerman Claimed Is Correct
— Ace

This is a prosecution witness?

(Whoops, I knew I saw this story from somewhere; turns out I got it from @drewmtips' open thread from just 90 minutes ago. Ah well, it's important.)

Here's what eyewitness John Good said: The man in the hoodie, who he identified as Trayvon when shown a picture, was on top of the other man (Zimmerman). Further, the man on top was doing a "ground and pound" on the man on the bottom. When asked if he would describe Trayvon has having "rained blows" down onto Zimmerman, he agreed.

Furthermore, rebutting a key prosecution claim, he says that all the screams for help were coming from the man on the bottom. The prosecution has called a witness to claim the screams sounded like a "boy's" voice. Yeah, a man crying out desperately for his life will tend to sound a little callow and maybe a little feminine.

The prosecution earlier sought to bring in experts to say that George Zimmerman's speaking voice is inconsistent with the screams heard in 9/11 call recordings. The judge refused because the weight of scientific evidence is that such a determination can't be made -- people sound different when they're screaming in terror, and there is no scientific basis for saying that this scream couldn't have come from this man.

So this is a key prosecution suggestion, that it was Trayvon screaming for help as he rained blows down on Zimmerman's head (what?), and their own witness says it's false.

This would be a farce if it weren't so vicious and actually criminal.

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Muslim Brotherhood Local Headquarters Attacked; One Killed
— Ace

Tensions between the Muslim Brotherhood and its many opponents are turning into actual violence.

A Muslim Brotherhood member was killed and 60 people were injured on Sunday in an attack on the main office of the Brotherhood in the Egyptian Nile Delta town of Damanhour, the website of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party said.

“Brotherhood member, Islam Fathy Masoud, 15, was killed and 60 were injured after thugs attacked the Muslim Brotherhood’s headquarters in Damanhour in the total absence of police forces,” the website said.

Judges are revolting against Musilm Brotherhood rule in their own way, with words, accusing the regime of asserting unrestricted executive power and thus diminishing the powers of the judges (which are supposed to serve as a check on the executive).

The country awaits big protests this weekend.

For the past several days, Morsi’s opponents and members of his Muslim Brotherhood have battled it out in the streets of several cities in the Nile Delta in violence that has left at least five dead. The latest died Friday from injuries suffered in fighting the day before, security officials said.

Many fear the clashes are a sign of more widespread and bloodier battles to come on Sunday, the anniversary of Morsi’s inauguration, when the opposition says it will bring millions into the streets around the country.

The protesters insist there should be new elections. The army's position in this so far is deliberately vague:

That has set up a showdown in the streets in the coming days. Mursi's Islamist supporters and some opposition groups plan rallies on Friday, and the broad opposition coalition hopes to bring millions out on Sunday to demand new elections.

The army has urged both sides to reconcile and has warned that it could step back in to impose order if violence spins out of control – though it insists it will defend the democracy born out of the uprising against Mubarak in early 2011.

I note the Army does not say it will defend Morsi -- it says it will defend democracy. I don't know if they've decided Morsi = democracy.

And yet Obama remains silent, and seems to be supporting the Muslim Brother government at least through inaction.

Egypt appears to be on the brink of chaos this week but the best advice America’s ambassador has for an embattled religious minority in the world’s most populous country is to stay home. The report about the visit of Ambassador Anne Patterson to Coptic Pope Tawadros II came from an Egyptian paper but is spreading rapidly around the Internet and being cited as an example of the tacit support the United States continues to show for the government of President Mohamad Morsi even as the country starts to fall apart But with a mass protest scheduled for Sunday — the event Ambassador Patterson wanted Copts to stay away from — the president’s attitude toward the demonstrations that are shaking Morsi’s grip on power is more than a matter of curiosity.

This is, after all, an administration that did a lot to encourage the first round of Arab spring protests in Egypt that took down longtime U.S. ally Hosni Mubarak and ultimately replaced him with a Muslim Brotherhood government that may be far worse than deposed authoritarian.

And that support may be more than tacit.

A senior Obama administration official confirmed to Fox News that members of the National Security Council staff met with a controversial Muslim scholar, but stressed that they were focused on his recent efforts to counter the Al Qaeda narrative.

The official was responding to a report on Wednesday from The Investigative Project on Terrorism, which uncovered a statement on the website of Sheikh Abdullah Bin Bayyah claiming he met June 13 with Obama administration officials at the White House.

Bin Bayyah is vice president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, a group founded by Egyptian cleric Yusuf Qaradawi -- a Muslim Brotherhood leader who has called for the death of Jews and Americans and himself is banned from visiting the U.S.

Bin Bayyah, for his part, has urged the U.N. to criminalize blasphemy. His group has spoken out in favor of Hamas and in 2009 issued a fatwa barring "all forms of normalization" with Israel.

He also has said that terrorism cannot be justified by the text of the Koran, but we've heard people say that before, and not seem to mean it terribly much. The leader of the organization has also...

....urged Muslim nations to acquire nuclear weapons, demanded the death of American soldiers in Iraq, and defended Hitler.

Anti-Morsi protesters are displaying Obama's image, and not in a Hopey-Changey way, either.

Those must be the Extremist Tea Party Types at Tahir Square.

The latest news on the protests, via Twitter (unreliable) and Russia Today (Soviet agitprop remnant which is also unreliable), is that 70 have been injured in the Alexandria protests, and that Muslim Brother headquarters in three cities have been set on fire.

Here's a picture of (I think) one headquarters "on fire," thought it appears, at least at this point, the office isn't on fire. There is a large bonfire outside it and near it, but I don't know if that grim concrete fasçade is going to catch fire anytime soon. But it does seem like a threatening protest.


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House Committee Decides Lois Lerner Waived Her 5th Amendment Rights; Will Recall Her to Testify
— Ace

Good.

That link doesn't say anything much more than the headline. I imagine she'll repeatedly invoke the 5th to each question but at least we'll have that spectacle.


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Open Thread
— DrewM

Interesting morning at the Zimmerman trial. The prosecution team called a witness to the fight and um, he pretty much laid out the entire defense case.

So, a witness says....Martin was on top, straddling and pounding on Zimmerman when Zimmerman shot him? There's no way murder sticks.

What a travesty this murder charge is.

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Best TM comment I've seen so far
— Purple Avenger

Down buried in the comments here

..."Martin was running for his life and made a phone call"...WHAT?? a phone call to this girl? Not the cops? Not his father? this strange, ineffective human being was Martin's savior? He might as well have called for pizza. He didn't [c]are about Zimmerman...he laughed at him...at wanted his girl hear him deal with the "creepy assed cracker"...
Pretty good point. Even a call to Dominos for a pizza would have been a more effective defensive move. It would have gotten another person on site.

Unofficial trial comments thread until
something better happens along.

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Top Headline Comments 6-28-13
— Gabriel Malor

Happy Friday.

Occasional guestblogger Ben Domenech linked this old "Libertarian Purity Test" on Twitter last night, which provided a couple amusing hours of discussion. I (and others) were interested to discover just how wide the range of outcomes within the GOP blogosphere and twitterverse.

Among the cobs, I scored a 65. JohnE scored a 68. Andy scored a 56. Fairly close together.

For comparison's sake, Adam Baldwin scored a 73. Kathleen McKinley, who commented here years ago as RightwingSparkle before going on to blogospheric success of her own, scored an 82. Domenech himself scored a 92.

On the low end, John Gabriel, who joined us for the podcast two weeks ago, scored a 41. Guestblogger Ben Howe, of Red State, scored a 31. And Townhall blogger and radio host Guy Benson scored a 26.

Domenech said he's going to tally last night's responses and share the results.

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June 27, 2013

Overnight Open Thread (6-27-2013)
— Maetenloch

Ex-Vegans Being Outed by Website

Because they're more caring, sensitive and thoughtful than you knuckle-dragging flesh-eaters - so don't you dare ever leave their fold.

If you're no longer vegan, you're going on the list.

The spirits of the billions murdered have risen to deliver: The Vegan Sellout List - an online directory of those who have regressed from moral consistency to moral depravity.

The Vegan Sellout List is our answer to the epidemic of vegan sellouts - those who are aware of the suffering caused by meat, dairy, egg, fur, and leather production, yet choose to look away while the animals suffer.

And this is what it's like to live a life of lies deep in the meat closet.

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Even Open Thread/Headlines Thread
— Ace

I thought gloating like a lunatic monster was uncouth until I read this.

Left-wing Rolling Stone reporter Matt Taibbi: You shouldn't hold it against Glenn Greenwald that he's a biased advocate with agenda, because all journalists are biased advocates with agendas. Some are just honest about it.

For once I agree with Matt Taibbi.

I couldn't draw you a picture of how stupid this is if I had a thousand crayons and a team of artists, 500 retards strong. Sir.

Stuxnet leak investigation turns to man who oversaw the program under Bush and then Obama, our former vice chair of the Joint Chiefs, General Cartwright.

Demented fantasist randomly chooses man on FaceBook to accuse of rape; ruins man's life, obviously.

In an act of inexplicable viciousness, 31-year-old fantasist Linsey Attridge chanced upon a photograph of Philip and his then 14-year-old brother James and used it to back up a story she’d concocted. She’d done it, apparently, in order to win some sympathy with her boyfriend, when she feared his affections were waning.

Let me note something obvious: When the loudest bloc of society has declared that it is a near-crime to suggest a woman may be lying about a rape charge, a rape charge is naturally the most attractive safe-harbor for an enterprising liar. It's almost bulletproof.

And here's some perspective for you. ("Too bloody much," David St. Hubbins just emailed me.)

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Are Carbs Addictive? One Study Suggests They Might Be, for Some
— Ace

I think I post these just because it's kind of odd how vehement the reactions are sometimes -- the "Calories In Equal Calories Out" guys are pretty adamant that the human body is perfectly similar to a test tube and the effect of any food on the body can be determined simply by burning the food and measuring the heat output via a calorimeter.

Other people suspect that different food chemicals may have different effects on the complex system of glands that regulates the human metabolism, but we always but we'll be told we're wrong by the Calories In Calories Out guys.


Oh by the way:

1-Minute Muffin
1/4 cup Flax Meal (best with bleached almond flour, I think)
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 packet Splenda (Personally I like more)
few drops of vanilla extract
optional: dash of cinnamon
1 Egg
1 tablespoon Butter
I tablespoon of either sour cream or cream cheese (for heft and texture)
Other stuff for flavor, like low-carb chocolate chips or blueberries.


1.5 Carbs

Mix the dry ingredients in a large coffee cup. Add egg and pre-melted butter; mix well. Microwave for one minute, then another; you have to eye it to see when it's done. "Done" means it's risen and fallen and most liquid seems to have steamed off.

Let it cool and set for two minutes. Put butter on it.

It's not great, but if you miss bready things like muffins, it is reasonably close enough to a muffin to enjoy.

I haven't tried this in an oven. I imagine it would be better.


Damn: I know what I'm eatin' in like six minutes.

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Star Witness Jenteal in Response to Defense Attorney's Question: "That's Real Retarded, Sir."
— Ace

I like the "sir" at the end. It shows respect and class.

Oh, and when (she says) Trayvon called George Zimmerman a "creepy ass cracker," he was just being "descriptive," and not racially insulting. In fact, "cracker" isn't racially insulting at all, she announces.

And speaking of retarded, cretinous low-watt Spinner of Last Resort Tommy Christopher is more than willing to jump on that particular Stupid Grenade and announce that Yes, White Southerners love being called "cracker" by outsiders. It's a source of pride, you see, to be demeaned as a "cracker."

Seems to me that if Jenteal is telling the truth about this (and who knows about that) then there was one person out that night who was racially profiling and immediately jumping to racial conclusions.


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Boehner: I Will Also Require a Majority of the Republican Caucus Approve of Any Conference Bill
— Ace

He's saying that if the House passes a bill on immigration, and the House and Senate get together to work the two bills into a single one, he will not bring the new conference bill is reporter to the House unless a majority of the Republican caucus agrees to do so.

Which may marginally strengthen our negotiating position.

The only fear I have about this is that it seems to preclude the very effective tactic of simply doing nothing except to tell the Senate to start over and try again.

Make your opponent negotiate with himself before he negotiates with you.

And it would be an effective gambit. Every day the calendar moves closer to the 2014 election is a day which strengthens our position, I think. More squish Republicans will get off the amnesty train, and more very hard leftwing Democrats will get off it too (Open Borders or Nada!).

So there's no downside to simply waiting and forcing the Senators to craft something more realistic.

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"The Tyranny of Choice" and the Loki-ite Left
— Ace

A left that is unashamed to speak pretty openly about simply removing decision-making from people, on the theory that thought, decisions, choice, and accountability cause anxiety and mental unwellness and that people should be told what to do, because they will be happier as children or pets.

And if you think that sounded better in the original Norse, I agree.

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Cloture Vote for Final Comprehensive Piece of Shit Fails to Garner 70 Votes;
Final Vote on Bill Slated for 4PM

— Ace

They got 68 votes for cloture earlier today, not 70. Now they proceed to the bill on the merits. It will certainly pass, and possibly with 70 -- some Democrats haven't been voting. Thus they will contrive some momentum -- "from 68 to 70 in just three hours, wowsers!" -- and the Liberal Spirit Squad in the media will talk that up.

Allah has a big round-up, including this interview with Senator Hoeven on his amendment.

And even liberals at TNR are noticing that gee whiz, a big influx of low-skilled labor willing to work for low wages sort of hurts our current pool of low-skilled laborers:

All in all, I became convinced that high levels of low-skill immigration are good for wealthy Americans and bad for poor Americans. Far more important, high levels of illegal immigration—when you start to get into the millions, as we have—undermines unions and labor standards, lowers wages, heightens social tensions, strains state budgets, widens income inequality, subverts the rule of law, and exacerbates class divides. The effects go far beyond wages, because few undocumented workers earn enough to cover anything close to the cost of government services (such as education for their children) they require, and those services are most important to low-income Americans. In short, it’s an immense blow to America’s working class and poor.

Rubio gave his closing argument in favor of the bill, which consists, like so much of speechifying, as 1, My Mom and Dad Are Awesome, 2, Yay America Iz Awesome, and now 3, Amnesty iz Awesome and America Iz Awesome and They Go Together Like a Reeces'.

People (including me) have long liked the idea of Rubio while not being particularly impressed about the reality of Rubio. We gave him an Obama-like pass-- he just talked about his biography and spoke vaporously about America 'n Stuff and we all gave him some Hopey-Changey credit.

But in reality, he doesn't speak often about tangible conservative goals and there are a truckfull of specific conservative commitments on immigration he made in 2010 which he's now basically told us were all just politically-useful lies.

You can watch this betrayal on CSPAN 2 or here.

They Passed It... with 68 votes. Joey Bides claimed the vote was 68-32 but isn't that wrong? Didn't he just subtract 68 from 100? But there aren't 100 senators, right? With Lautenberg dead and not yet replaced, there are 99, right?

Update: @benk84 tells me I'm wrong and Uncle Choo-Choo is right. There is already a NJ replacement in the Senate (Chisea) and the vote is 68-32.

Okay, I'm stupid. You knew this. There isn't any unfair surprise here.

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Women Plump Weiner Up in Poll
— Ace

Yeah I know, I saw the pictures.

Weiner trailed Quinn among men, 23 percent to 19 percent. But among women, they were tied for the lead, with each candidate garnering 16 percent of support.

And in a separate Wall Street Journal/NBC 4/Marist poll released Tuesday, Weiner actually leads Quinn among all Democrats by a margin of 25 percent to 20 percent, and he also bested her among women -- though by a smaller margin.

So this is really, actually going to happen, huh?

This isn't really important but I had a joke so I posted it.

The joke wasn't really that good either.

I suck.

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New York Times to Unload Boston Globe For Less Than 10% of the Price They Bought It At
— Ace

They bought the Globe for $1.2 billion. Seems incredible now, doesn't it? They hope to unload it for $100 million.

Making the sale more difficult is the fact that the NYT is currently on the hook for $110 million in pension liabilities, which a buyer might agree to pay for, but the New York Times wants... cash.

Let me throw my mind back in time to 1993 to see what I can remember. My memory might be wrong on this point, but I believe, at the time, there was quite a lot of belief that a company's brand recognition -- the size it occupied in "mindspace," I think was the sort of buzzword used -- was more valuable than any tangible asset.

There was a belief that all of these media companies were substantially undervalued and that they would own the future -- if "mindspace" is the big thing, then the most important companies would be not only those that cast a long shadow in the public's mindspace but whose business was actually colonizing the mindspace of their programmed drones customers.

If I'm remembering right, there were a lot of big media acquisitions and mergers between, say, 1988 and 1996. I had the feeling that a lot of companies trying to get bigger for the big Keiretsu Wars coming in the near Neuromancer-like future.

Yeah. Remember all the stupid things smart people used to believe?

I don't know how all of these mergers and acquisitions worked out. I think many of the entertainment companies are still profitable, though I don't know if particular purchases (like Sony's then-huge purchase of Columbia Studios) actually wound up making money for the purchaser.

It certainly does seem that newspapers and magazines were the big losers, and most people not named Rupert Murdoch who sunk lots of money into major "mindspace" newspaper properties took a bath.

I hear you can buy Newsweek for nickel.

I was going to say "Maybe I was just watching Rising Sun too much on cable." It turns out the movie version actually came out in 1993, when the NYT bought the Globe.


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