December 31, 2015

Overnight Open Thread (12-31-2015) – New Years Eve Edition
— Maetenloch

Happy New Year All!

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New Years Eve Open Thread
— Ace

In case I don't post again today -- I wish all of you the best this coming year.

Gotta be better than the last one!

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Forbes: A Peer-Reviewed Survey of Geoscientists Finds There's Actually a Consensus Against the Claimed "Consensus" on Global Warming
— Ace

Shut up, they lied.

Don't look now, but maybe a scientific consensus exists concerning global warming after all. Only 36 percent of geoscientists and engineers believe that humans are creating a global warming crisis, according to a survey reported in the peer-reviewed Organization Studies. By contrast, a strong majority of the 1,077 respondents believe that nature is the primary cause of recent global warming and/or that future global warming will not be a very serious problem.


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According to the newly published survey of geoscientists and engineers, merely 36 percent of respondents fit the "Comply with Kyoto" model. The scientists in this group "express the strong belief that climate change is happening, that it is not a normal cycle of nature, and humans are the main or central cause."

The authors of the survey report, however, note that the overwhelming majority of scientists fall within four other models, each of which is skeptical of alarmist global warming claims.

While this article takes shots at conservatives for denying the apparently non-existent global warming "consensus," it then relates that the biggest sins against science are committed by liberal scientists and liberal activists trying to bully science into saying what they've decided, politically, it ought to say.


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Obama to Begin Illegally Issuing Work Permits to Illegal Immigrants Already Formally Ordered Deported by a Court
— Ace

Another day, another gashing wound in the Constitution that once bound this nation together.

President Barack Obama's new 181-page plan to award work-permits to at least 100,000 foreign college-grads also contains a convoluted section that would also sneak work-permits to a huge range of foreign migrants -- even after courts have formally ordered their repatriation.

In plain English, the section in the rule would automatically provide updated work-permits to 15 categories of migrants who are appealing judges' deportation orders.

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Open Thread
— rdbrewer


Eyvind Earle, "Fir Tree In Snow" (1975)

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2015: A Year In Review
— Open Blogger

I've got nothing. It sucked. Real Bad.

Here's hoping 2016 is better.

I'm sure there will be more content next year.

Oh, there's this story. These stories always piss me off. Not because there is a double standard when it comes to teachers having sex with students when the teacher is a female and the student is a male, but because stuff like that never happened to me when I was a student. Was I just an ugly kid?

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December 30, 2015

Overnight Open Thread (12-30-2015)
— Maetenloch

Quote of the Day I

There is no racist like an antiracist: That is because he is obsessed by race, whose actual existence as often as not he denies. He looks at the world through race-tinted spectacles, interprets every event or social phenomenon as a manifestation of racism either implicit or explicit, and in general has the soul of a born inquisitor.

That is why a recent cartoon in the Australian newspaper aroused the ire - I suspect the simulated ire, the kind of pleasantly self-righteous ire that we can all so easily work ourselves into if and when we want - of the guardians of racism purity.

...The reaction to the cartoon, however, was indicative of what one might call the will to outrage. This will precedes any object to which it might attach, and many people wait as if in ambush for something to feel angry about, pouncing on it with leopard-like joy (the leopard, so I was told in Africa, is particularly dangerous, for it kills for pleasure and not only for food).

Outrage supposedly felt on behalf of others is extremely gratifying for more than one reason. It has the appearance of selflessness, and everyone likes to feel that he is selfless. It confers moral respectability on the desire to hate or despise something or somebody, a desire never far from the human heart. It provides him who feels it the possibility of transcendent purpose, if he decides to work toward the elimination of the supposed cause of his outrage. And it may even give him a reasonably lucrative career, if he becomes a professional campaigner or politician: For there is nothing like stirring up resentment for the creation of a political clientele.

-- Theodore Dalrymple

Quote of the Day II

Less discerning types than Snuggles have demanded to know what I'm doing releasing a cat album. Well, one reason for doing it is that I'm being sued for a sum in the high seven figures by global warming "hockey stick" inventor and self-conferred Nobel Laureate Michael E Mann, and the case is now well into its fourth year in the choked septic tank of the District of Columbia "justice" system. So one is obliged to be a little inventive just to keep oneself afloat.

-- Mark Steyn

Quote of the Day III

There you have it: middle-aged white guys, once again, oppressing hipsters. Couldn't see that coming. Time for a remake of Surf Nazis Must Die (which is starting to look more like a documentary in retrospect)?

-- Steven Hayward of PowerLine

Quote of the Day IV

"To drop off your children with your family, go for a nice walk, and then see Star Wars again with your wife."

-- Moe Lane in Mo-layn, What is Best in Life?
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Professor Whinybotom: Saying You Like the Beatles is a Microaggression That Invalidates My Puerto Rican Cultural Experience or Something
— Ace

Good God.

I'll believe people are oppressed when they can shut the f*** up about problems that aren't even First World Problems -- more like the problems of the most pampered, privileged cadre of the First World.

1963: Firehoses and dogs on civil rights demonstrators

2015: "My friend told me I should listen to Eleanor Rigby and it hurt me in mi corazon"

I'd say our civil rights work is done, then.


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Special One-Time-Only Double Post Open Thread
— Ace

Now available at the low, low price of zero dollars!

Now how many would you buy?

Proposition: Empire Strikes Back is overrated, and Temple of Doom is underrated.

True or false?

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Washington Free Beacon: The Year As MSNBC Saw It
— Ace

Christ Kyle was "going on killing sprees" in Afghanistan, and "nothing says 'killing Muslims' like country music."

Plus Chris Matthews' continued explorations into punitive ethnography.

Also great: Their "Men of he Year" awards, particularly the entries for Mike Elk and Dylan Byers.

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Kat Timpf: Hillary Acted as a Handmaiden to Bill Clinton's Spree of Sexual Assaults. On What Planet is She a "Feminist"?
— Ace

Hillary Clinton was to Bill Clinton's sexual assaults what quaaludes were to Bill Cosby's.

[W]e're talking about a guy who has been accused of the sexual assault of more than ten women. Think about it: How is her appointing him really any different than if she’d appointed Bill Cosby?

But here’s the thing: The real issue isn't whether or not to attack Bill to indirectly attack Hillary -- it's about directly attacking Hillary for how she herself treated the women involved.

Hillary Clinton claims to be pro-women, yet has actively worked to ruin lives of so many of them. She’s running on a "feminist platform" -- she's even dared to say that sexual-assault survivors have a "right to be believed" -- despite the fact that what she did to the women who accused Bill went far beyond not believing them.

She attacked them.

When allegations of sexual misconduct emerged during Bill's 1992 presidential run, she's reported to have said “Who is going to find out? These women are trash. Nobody’s going to believe them. Multiple people also report that she called the women "sluts" and "whores" -- you know, for daring to be raped.

A private investigator named Ivan Duda claims that, after Bill lost his second governor’s race, Hillary told him: "I want you to get rid of all these b****** he's seeing . . . I want you to give me the names and addresses and phone numbers, and we can get them under control."

Tough stuff -- read the whole thing.

Hillary's not pro-women-- she's pro one particular woman, and has never been about anything but that.

Glenn Reynolds also writes on the subject.

Reynolds writes that Trump took the #WarOnWomen card out of Hillary's hand by bringing up Bill -- but is that true? I don't really watch the media, so I don't know the answer here: Are they actually covering this angle, or burying it, as usual?


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Obama Caught Spying on Netanyahu -- And The US Congressmen Who Communicated With Him
— Ace

Obama promised to stop spying on our allies after there was a storm of (silly) anger in Europe over the US eavesdropping on Angela Merkel and others.

But note -- he said US allies.

And Israel is not an ally in the Long Years of Obama.

President Barack Obama announced two years ago he would curtail eavesdropping on friendly heads of state after the world learned the reach of long-secret U.S. surveillance programs.

But behind the scenes, the White House decided to keep certain allies under close watch, current and former U.S. officials said. Topping the list was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Obama targeted Israel for spying especially because of Israel's opposition to his Brilliant Plan to give Iran the bomb.

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The National Security Agency’s targeting of Israeli leaders and officials also swept up the contents of some of their private conversations with U.S. lawmakers and American-Jewish groups. That raised fears--an “Oh-s-- moment,” one senior U.S. official said--that the executive branch would be accused of spying on Congress.


White House officials believed the intercepted information could be valuable to counter Mr. Netanyahu’s campaign. They also recognized that asking for it was politically risky. So, wary of a paper trail stemming from a request, the White House let the NSA decide what to share and what to withhold, officials said. “We didn’t say, "Do it,'" a senior U.S. official said. "We didn’t say, 'Don’t do it.'"

That is Peak Obama -- we'll break the law, sure, but we're going to make the bureaucracy, and not us, sit on the hook for doing so.

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GOP Will Fight For Pause in Refugee Resettlement, Until Background Checks Are Actually Functional
— Ace

As Instapundit says: a proposal from Trump moves from "crazy" to "policy" in just a month.

I have a lot of concerns about Trump, but his I-don't-care-for-respectable-opinion attitude is, even his fierce critics must admit, a wonderful thing.

Our national policy discussion has become stultified, stilted, and hyperstylized, like the rituals of disagreement among the Japanese, to the point where no one can say what they think. And the people mediating this discussion-- deciding what is permissible, what is impermissible, and what is so impermissible it warrants the full power of social destruction -- are all of the hard left.

No one can or should agree to play a game by rules which are explicitly designed to cause his losing everything, always.

We've become too polite, too politic, and too protective of our status position within the left's hierarchy of morals and ethics conferring social standing.

Even Mark Kirk: @Tsrblke points out that Mark Kirk, a very RINOy RINO from Illinois, is spearheading this.



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Bill Cosby Charged with Felony Indecent Assault
— Ace

Good.

Here's a flashback via Yid with Lid" a former NBC employer said in 2014 the network used him as a conduit to women hush money to keep quiet about Bill Cosby's predations.

Back when Bill Cosby was the king of network television, veteran NBC employee Frank Scotti served as the royal fixer.

When Cosby invited young models into his Brooklyn dressing room, the megastar’s pal stood watch outside the door. When the married Cosby sought a Queens apartment for another pretty face, Scotti arranged the deal.

And when the man behind Fat Albert needed cash disbursed to his flock of single female friends -- hey, hey, hey -- Scotti became the conduit for payments of up to $2,000 a month.

Funny? Bill Cosby on his arraignment walk.

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Pretty Clever Ad
— Dave in Texas

A Las Vegas restaurant gets broken into and decides to make a commercial from the video surveillance footage.

Not bad.

Damn those tacos look good.

OH! Yeah, open thread.

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Open Thread
— rdbrewer


Samuel John Lamorna Birch, "Lingering Snows" (1906)

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Top Headlines Comments
— rdbrewer

Top Drudge headline: SPYING ON ISRAEL SWEPT UP MEMBERS OF CONGRESS

That Drudge place, you can get some news there. You guys should check it out.

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December 29, 2015

Overnight Open Thread (12-29-2015)
— Maetenloch

Quote of the Day I

By my count, there have been more than 100 movies made. And yet, despite this staggering number of attempts, Hollywood has still only managed to make one good one: The Fugitive, starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones. I mean, it has everything: fugitives, one-armed murderers-for-hire, trains, beards, dramatic standoffs in tunnels, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones, Harrison Ford confronting a corrupt doctor in front of a hotel ballroom filled with his peers, Julianne Moore for a second, everything. It should be on TV all the time, instead of just almost all the time. The Fugitive is the only good movie.

Don't believe me? Look at the evidence.

-- Danger Guerrero at Uproxx who grudgingly acknowledges at the end that there might be a second good movie as well

Quote of the Day II

It's a good thing he didn't shoot into a group of crows.

It would be awful to murder a murder.

-- Bob Owens on the WI Rep. who killed two birds with one shot and got cited for it

Quote of the Day III

Naturally, despite their obvious skill and inventiveness, the castaways never quite manage to put together a functional raft out of bamboo...

-- Gilligan's Island - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Quote of the Day IV

In sum, Samuel Jackson knows nothing about Christianity, Islam, medieval history, the Reformation, Vietnam, the Troubles, or American police departments, and the only people who would take his thoughts (or lack thereof) seriously are those who know even less. The dumb lead the dumber.

In other words, he's one good rant away from a MSNBC anchor gig.

-- Ian Tuttle on the deep thoughts of Samuel L. Jackson
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The Border Surge Continues, And No One's Doing Anything
— Ace

Over 10,000 unaccompanied minors have been caught at the border in the past two months, compared to around 5,500 in the first two months of this year.

Rubio, meanwhile, continues trying to wriggle free of the amnesty noose he put around his own neck, trying a new tact: Hey, sure, my Senate version of the Gang of Eight proposal sucked, but that's just because the Senate was controlled by Harry Reid.

I was counting on the House to put all the stuff into the bill that I couldn't!

Here's what our own Drew says about that bullshit: It's bullshit.


Rubio inteded the Gang of Eight to pass in the House as written in the Senate. As AllahPundit asks, how could Rubio believe that the Democrat-held Senate would approve the alleged "tough border provisions" he secretly wanted in the bill, just because now the House was asking for them, when the Senate was dead against them?

On what planet was a more conservative immigration bill somehow going to pass the House and Senate? As Rubio says, Democrats controlled the Senate at that point with 54 votes. The Gang of Eight was a reflection of the reality that only a delicate bipartisan compromise with goodies for both sides (but mainly for liberals) could possibly hope to reach 60 votes, which it did. Anything that came back from the House with some of the Democratic treats, like a path to citizenship, stripped out would have been DOA in the Senate.

AllahPundit points out that Ted Cruz tried to make the bill tougher in the Senate, but his amendments were blocked-- by Rubio's hand, as a matter of fact.

The only reason it didn't pass the House, as written, was because the Revolt Against the Establishment then began in earnest.

As I keep saying, Rubio's lies are the most optimistic, youthful, and forward-looking lies of any candidate this race.

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