March 29, 2015

Overnight Open Thread (3-29-2015)
— Maetenloch

Quote of the Day I

And since wealthy people don't spend nearly as high a percentage of their incomes as poor people do, much wealth is sitting around not doing its job.

-- NYT reporter Mark Bittman proving he has no clue about modern economics.

Quote of the Day II

This should be fun to watch. Admittedly, this should also be a gutter war without rules or mercy, but I can't imagine that Freedom Watch didn't know that, going in. Sometimes you just have to expect that it's all going to end in tears, recriminations, and blood on the floor.

-- Moe Lane on Freedom Watch's racketeering lawsuit against Hillary Clinton

Quote of the Day III

Go to Google News and search for "teacher + arrest + sex." How many times a week are public school teachers in America charged with illegally having sex with their underage students? My guess is that it happens more commonly than college students getting raped. So why aren't feminists marching into your local Board of Education meeting and demanding that something be done about the "rape epidemic" in public schools?

Think about that.

-- RSM on The 'Rape Epidemic' That Isn't

Quote of the Day IV

The primary purpose of race-talk in America today is to allow elite whites to silence and shame non-elite whites. Thus, it's not surprising that the people pushing it are...a bunch of elite whites.

-- Insty on Starbuck's lame race talk campaign

"Dog or Jewish Boyfriend?"

But I find it inconceivable that The New Yorker would have run this piece if it didn't have Lena Dunham or some other bold-face-name in the byline. Titled, "Dog or Jewish Boyfriend?" it's a pop-quiz for the reader to guess whether she's talking about her dog or, that's right, her Jewish boyfriend.

...Still, I don't think she was going for anti-Semitism, though she'll happily pocket the edginess that accusation brings. Rather, like so much of what Dunham does, it reeks of self-indulgence. She clearly think it's very clever. But as a piece of writing it's remarkably un-clever. It's not terrible. It's more like a solid B in a college-writing seminar. And, I suppose it is a sharp way for her to do what she loves: over-share the various details of her life, most of which, like this piece, are incredibly boring if ascribed to a person you're not fascinated by.

But that's just it. For some unfathomable reason, there are people who find Dunham fascinating. She clearly has a gift for convincing late-middle-aged white urban liberals that she's on to something big and important. I'm just amazed she's pulled off the con for this long. And I'm disappointed that even The New Yorker fell for it.

Iranian Defector: US Team 'Mainly There to Speak on Iran's Behalf'


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Emergency Backup Gun Thread [Weirddave]
— Open Blogger

Nothing much seems to be in the hopper right now, so here's stuff I've bookmarked over the past few weeks.

Gun of the Week

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The "Wow, it's been four hours since a new thread" thread - Niedermeyer's Dead Horse
— Open Blogger

Here's a bit of fresh thread to tide you over until something of value is posted.

How 'bout them 80's?


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Food Thread: Passover Edition [CBD]
— Open Blogger

This will be even more abbreviated than usual -- it seems that somebody sneaked into my bedroom a few nights ago and pumped several pounds of wet concrete into my sinuses, then used a blowtorch on the back of my throat. Impressively stealthy! It was probably Brian Williams tuning up his SEAL skills.

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This photo is captioned as "Seder on the U.S.S. Astoria in the Pacific, 1945." But the Astoria was sunk in the Battle of Savo Island on August 9th, 1942, after taking at least 65 hits. So this is either dated incorrectly or it is another ship, but the name on the table covering seems definitive.

Update: Courtesy of commenter DBA, the third U.S.S. Astoria was a Cleveland class light cruiser that was renamed Astoria in honor of the heavy cruiser that was sunk at Savo Island.

It is from a nice article in Tablet about How American Troops Celebrated Passover During WWII, but be warned, it is a far-left site; do not click on any other links without appropriate protection. more...

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Weekend Headlines: Clown Edition [CBD]
— Open Blogger

Senile Old Fool Calls For Rebuilding Nazi War Machine Gaza

And Open Thread.....

And why not?

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 03-29-2015: True Crime [OregonMuse]
— Open Blogger

"Oh Look, We've Found Hillary's Missing Emails"

Good morning to all of you morons and moronettes and bartenders everywhere and all the ships at sea. Welcome to AoSHQ's stately, prestigious, and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread. The only AoSHQ thread that is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Or kilts. Kilts are OK, too. But not tutus. Unless you're a girl.

Book Quote

You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.
-Paul Sweeney

Murder & Mayhem

Interesting review of the book Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy.

There's a statistic that surfaces early in...Ghettoside that should catch your attention: black men compose about 6% of the country's population, yet they are the victim in nearly 40% of homicides. And who's killing those black men? The answer is most often other black men. Leovy...explores the culture of black violence, specifically in South Central LA, describing a world that seems to exist hermetically sealed off from the rest of the city. With nearly zero mobility and little policing, the people of South Central are left to fend for themselves - further amplifying the devastating drumbeat of gangs and violence.

The reviewer notes that "Poverty deserves less blame" and "The US has long failed to punish blacks who kill blacks". This last bit brought on this one-star review on Amazon:

I can tell you from firsthand experience..that the blame for the inability to catch and convict violent criminals in predominantly black neighborhoods falls on the residents of those neighborhoods themselves. The culture of "stop snitching" means that people...who are literally shot point blank in the face by someone who they know from their neighborhood and survive, refuse to testify against that very person, and when forced onto the witness stand, lie and say that the person on trial is not the person who shot them. By the way, in the case I am talking about..there were at least 10 other people who witnessed the perpetrator shoot this person in the face, and not a single one voluntarily came forward.

So it looks like there's some sort of chicken-or-egg problem here. Crappy policing vs. the "no snitch" culture. Did the former produce the latter or did the latter produce the former? Or is there a third phenomenon that caused both?

I think the cop and detective shows on TV give the impression that murders are solved by forensic evidence acquired by sharp-eyed detectives combined with clever deductive reasoning, when in reality, most murders are solved by the police acting on information provided to them by informants, AKA "snitches". So when that source of information dries up, murders don't get solved.

And speaking of unsolved inner-city murders, there's Murder Rap: The Untold Story of the Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations by the Detective Who Solved Both Cases by Greg Kading, that claims that these murders were hits ordered by... wait for it... Suge Knight and Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs. Kading was unable to bring it home because he claims he was suddenly yanked from the case by LAPD higher-ups, after which it then sputtered and slowly ground to a halt.

Evidently, those rap guys play for keeps.

I had forgotten this book, but Steven Pinker, in his book The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, argues that, well, violence has declined. In the long term, that is. His is a sweeping view, which is admittedly hard to see from a place like, say, Mosul, or even from downtown Compton, but overall, but from prehistoric times to the modern day, civilizational, pacifying influences are slowly but surely winning out over the forces that encourage us to kill each other. Seriously. This 800+ page book is nothing if not controversial. more...

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Early Morning Thread 3/29/15 - Slugabeddin' Sunday [krakatoa]
— Open Blogger

Some days take a little more sleep to start than others. more...

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March 28, 2015

Overnight Open Thread (28 Mar 2015)

Seriously. W. T. F? Close media aide to President Rouhani defects during Iran nuclear talks, says U.S. negotiators acting on behalf of Iran. more...

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Hoops Thread [Y-not]
— Open Blogger

So, apparently there's some basketball occurring at present.

Your wish etcetera etcetera...

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Open Thread: I Like Gridlock [Y-not]
— Open Blogger

This is what you get when control of your state legislature is divided:


I like it!

Here's a round up of what New Mexico's legislature did.

Governor Martinez was trying to get them to repeal issuing drivers licenses to illegals, but they failed.

Open thread until something more interesting comes along.

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Saturday Gardening Thread: Bi-Polar Edition [Y-not and KT]
— Open Blogger

Y-not: Good afternoon, gardening morons and moronettes! Weirddave is indisposed so today's thread is a bi-polar edition featuring self and KT.

To get us in the mood, how about a song?

(You can read IZ's story here.)

The emergence of Spring coupled with those last few winter storms that are still hitting parts of the U.S. got me thinking about weather prediction, particularly almanacs. I have a feeling we have experts on this topic in our midst, so I'll just put together a few interesting links I found and let you all share your knowledge with the horde.

What is an almanac, anyway? Here's a brief summary from Mental Floss:

Historically, almanacs are annual publications that outline the days of the year alongside factors like sunrise and sunset times, holidays, moon phases, and solstices. The calendar hanging on your wall is an example of a simple almanac. Some of the earliest almanacs referenced celestial events to tell readers whether they would have good or bad luck on certain days, much like how we use horoscopes today. By the 17th century, the only publication more popular than almanacs in England was the Bible. Around this time, they began popping up in the America colonies, offering seasonal weather predictions, tips for household management, and entertainment like puzzles and jokes.

The Farmers' Almanac (founded in 1818 ) and the Old Farmers' Almanac (founded in 1792) are two of the most popular remaining almanacs. The former offers long-range weather predictions made two years in advance. Today it claims to have an annual distribution of more than 2.6 million copies and a readership of 7 million.

Both publications claim to have a roughly 80 percent accuracy rate. Their predictions are the products of top secret mathematical formulas that take into consideration things like sunspot activity, tidal action, and planetary positioning

For those of you who use Almanacs, especially for your garden planning, do you think this 80 percent accuracy rate is correct?

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News Roundup: Jew-Hate Edition [CBD]
— Open Blogger

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Virginia State Bar boycotts Israel
This is a ham-handed attempt to cater to the BDS crowd. But every time a seemingly legitimate organization (Yeah..I's lawyers) accepts the premise that Israel is outside of the world of nations it legitimizes attacks on its existence.

Jew, Or Dog? Our Favorite HBO Actor Opines
Williamson's caveat that Dunham is Jewish means nothing -- The Self-Hating Jew is an all-to-common thing. And Dunham is a leftist through and through. Her religion means very little in comparison to her political manifesto.

Speaking of Self-Hating Jews....Rep. Steve Israel Beclowns Himself
Rep. Steven King (R-IA) asked: "Here is what I don't understand, I don't understand how Jews in America can be Democrats first and Jewish second and support Israel along the line of just following their President."

Well Representative King, it's because they care more for their partisan politics than the survival of their religious and cultural origins and the existence of a staunch democratic ally in the ME.

But his colleague in the House had this to say: "Especially galling is pronouncements by people who've never been to Israel that Democrats like me are failing the loyalty test."

So...all of the Morons around here who profess unequivocal support for the State of Israel (but have never been there) are mere poseurs in comparison to Steve Israel, whose "support" of Israel includes accepting Obama's attacks on the only democracy in the ME and support for Leftist organizations that explicitly reject the concept of a free, democratic Israel.


Of course there is good news too...

Those who continue to hate Israel, hate America," Cruz said in Washington DC in September at an event called, In Defense of Christians. "Those who hate Jews, hate Christians. If those in this room will not recognize that, then my heart weeps for them.

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Fundamental Concepts - Why the Left Hates Families [Weirddave]
— Open Blogger

I know that many Progs will contest this. "We don't hate families! Why I have a mother/father/spouse/child/etc.. who means the world to me! That's crazy wingnut hater talk!". That's probably true, and as individuals I'm winning to concede that they may think families are spiffy. As Progressives, however, they are in service to an ideology whose greatest obstacle is the extended and especially the nuclear family. Not Conservatives, not Christians, not the Koch brothers. The family is the greatest threat to the Progressive worldview. more...

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Saturday Politics: The Totally Unofficial Pre-Primary HQ "Midterms" (and Steel Cage Death Match) [Y-not]
— Open Blogger

Good morning!

Are you ready to rumble?!

Today's thread is going to be a sort of "mid-term exam" of the politicians we've been tracking for the past eight months. I've resisted grading them as we go, because I think it's very difficult to do that without injecting my personal biases into it. Heck, even the CATO "scorecards" of governors seem highly subjective to me... and they're professionals.

But this week I'm going to tear off my mask and create a scorecard for the Magnificent Seven (Cruz, Haley, Jindal, Martinez, Pence, Perry, and Walker). And then I want you to do the same.

Here are the rules:

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EMT 3/28/15 - Pack up your Troubles edition. [krakatoa]
— Open Blogger

It's Saturday folks. Time to forget about the woes of the world, hit the links with a caddy named Jose, and pretend for the moment you can do no wrong.

You know: like Obumbles every day of the week. more...

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March 27, 2015

Overnight Open Thread (27 Mar 2015)

Is America in decline? Yup. Can we stop it? Not with the elected leadership we have now (both D and R). The electorate is gonna have to feel a lot more pain before it can influence the political process and the media that covers for it.


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— Ace

From Lauren French at Politico:

Hillary Clinton wiped “clean” the private server housing emails from her tenure as secretary of state, the chairman of the House committee investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi said Friday.

“While it is not clear precisely when Secretary Clinton decided to permanently delete all emails from her server, it appears she made the decision after October 28, 2014, when the Department of State for the first time asked the Secretary to return her public record to the Department,” Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi, said in a statement.

Clinton was under a subpoena order from the panel for all documents related to the 2012 attacks on the American compound there. But David Kendall, an attorney for Clinton, said the 900 pages of emails previously provided to the panel cover its request.

Kendall also informed the committee that Clinton’s emails from her time at the State Department have been permanently erased.


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Italian Supreme Court Reverses Conviction of Amanda Knox and Raphael Sollecito, Dismisses All Charges, Forever
— Ace

And finally.

JohnE, VerumSerum and I just did a brief 60 minute podcast. John will have that up soon. Andy will have that up at some point. He's traveling now.

Worth a Read: If you liked the vicious spectacle of the Mr. Plinkett review of the Star Wars films, you may like the Hellman-Zanotti Report, the actual appeals court ruling that ripped the Knox conviction to shreds and set her free (several years ago, before proceedings were started again).

It's a savage thing that leaves the original prosecution and judge with few tatters of dignity left.

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AoSHQ Podcast: Guest, @DanaPerino
— andy

Dana Perino, co-host of Fox News Channel's The Five joins Ace, Gabe and John to discuss her new book, And the Good News Is...: Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side.

Don't worry, though, this sunny optimism is balanced with the usual commentary on bad news from around the globe.

Intro: Right Where I Need To Be - Gary Allan
Outro: Long While Cadillac - Dwight Yoakam

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Don't forget to submit your Ask the Blog questions for next week's episode.

Open thread in the comments

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On Her Majesty's Personal Secret Service: Hacked Hillary/Blumenthal Emails Reveal She Was Being Fed Intelligence By Her Own Private Spy Service
— Ace

So many questions here.

One important question is: Did she disclose the emails containing these intelligence reports to the government? I strongly doubt that.

Is she claiming intelligence reports about Libya, during the civil war, and in the build-up to Benghazi, are "personal"? How could she possibly claim these are not work product?

But she will claim that -- she must be claiming that.

The question that strikes me as even more deadly is:


Hillary's spymaster was a former director of the Clandestine Service for the CIA in Europe. He now owns his own private intelligence firms. These are not the sorts of services purchased by poor men. These are the sorts of services purchased by very, very rich men, and big well-capitalized corporations, and even governments.


Indeed, who was paying Blumenthal himself, who seemed to be Hillary's liaison to her spymaster?

Was Hillary writing the checks from her personal account?

I have a feeling the answer will turn out to be: The "charity" called the Clinton Global Initiative.

But we will see.

Major scoop from Jeff Gerth, writing at ProPublica, co-published with, of all venues, Gawker. (Which has been revealing a lot of stuff lately, to be fair, including the fact that Bill Ayers was present and partying at the Wagner-Kass wedding Obama attended.)

Starting weeks before Islamic militants attacked the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, longtime Clinton family confidante Sidney Blumenthal supplied intelligence to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gathered by a secret network that included a former CIA clandestine service officer, according to hacked emails from Blumenthal’s account.

The emails, which were posted on the internet in 2013, also show that Blumenthal and another close Clinton associate discussed contracting with a retired Army special operations commander to put operatives on the ground near the Libya-Tunisia border while Libya's civil war raged in 2011.

Blumenthal’s emails to Clinton, which were directed to her private email account, include at least a dozen detailed reports on events on the deteriorating political and security climate in Libya as well as events in other nations....

It’s unclear who tasked Blumenthal, known for his fierce loyalty to the Clintons, with preparing detailed intelligence briefs. It's also not known who was paying him, or where the operation got its money. The memos were marked "confidential" and relied in many cases on "sensitive”"sources in the Libyan opposition and Western intelligence and security services. Other reports focused on Egypt, Germany, and Turkey.

Indeed, though they were sent under Blumenthal’s name, the reports appear to have been gathered and prepared by Tyler Drumheller, a former chief of the CIA's clandestine service in Europe who left the agency in 2005. Since then, he has established a consulting firm called Tyler Drumheller, LLC. He has also been affiliated with a firm called DMC Worldwide, which he co-founded with Washington, D.C., attorney Danny Murray and former general counsel to the U.S. Capitol Police John Caulfield. DMC Worldwide’s now-defunct website describes it at as offering "innovative security and intelligence solutions to global risks in a changing world."

Read it all. It's incredible.

Given Hillary's close relationship with a former head of the CIA's Clandestine Branch, I have new questions about Michael Morrell, the former CIA officer who was so very helpful to Hillary during her Benghazi tribulations, and who later wound up as a paid senior executive in the Beacon Global Strategies group, working under Hillary's top advisor Phillip Reines and alongside Hillary's man Leon Panetta.

Drumheller's Dossier:


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