April 29, 2015

Morning Thread (4-29-2015)
— andy

Not to steal Ben's link dump thunder, but this is the only thing you need to read about Baltimore today: Riot-Plagued Baltimore Is a Catastrophe Entirely of the Democratic Party’s Own Making

Yes, Baltimore seems to have some police problems. But let us be clear about whose fecklessness and dishonesty we are talking about here: No Republican, and certainly no conservative, has left so much as a thumbprint on the public institutions of Baltimore in a generation. Baltimore’s police department is, like Detroit’s economy and Atlanta’s schools, the product of the progressive wing of the Democratic party enabled in no small part by black identity politics. This is entirely a left-wing project, and a Democratic-party project.

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April 28, 2015

ONT - OMN / krakt
— Open Blogger

Someone may have forgotten something. In case they don't remember or don't wake from their blackout, consider it open mic night.

But if you must lip sync Beat It, you better have the moves to back it up.
Update (CAC): I pity the horde so here's how you can catch all six Apollo landing sites with a 4" telescope

and the worst way to go out I can possibly imagine.

Tonight's skeletal ONT brought to you by conditioning:

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The Flash Thread
— Ace

Hey sorry, I don't have anything to post so I'll just post this.

I know I'm supposed to not be watching TV, but I do watch The Flash.

I gotta say, it's a good show. The cast is good, it's got the right tone (well, maybe too silly, but close enough).

The best thing about it, though, is the villain.

In case you don't watch it, but might start watching it on iTunes or whatever, I won't mention anything about the villain.

But the whole first season has been built around the meta-plot of Who is this guy? And it's actually an interesting mystery.

Anyway, tonight's episode was pretty good (lot of revelations about the villain), and the trailer teased next week's villain: Grodd.

Yes, the highly intelligent gigantic criminal gorilla. As with most successful exploitations of comic book IP, the Flash embraces the source material pretty hard, rather than running from it.

So, that's something.

They have a couple of other good villains on the show too. "Michael" from Prison Break, forget his name, plays Captain Cold, and he's so naturally chilly and cool he just owns the part. They wanted to cast someone as Captain Cold's sometime partner, Heatwave, so Michael from Prison Break said "Hey what about Lincoln from Prison Break?," and they said, "Great idea." So now those two actors are frequently paired again (and "Lincoln" does a good performance very different from his turn as a hapless lunkhead on Prison Break -- much angrier and meaner.)

Meanwhile, they haven't done the full Prison Break reunion yet -- "T-Bag" from Prison Break plays the Clock King. They just have to unite those three one of these days.

Anyway, good show. A lot of you would probably like it.

But TV is still terrible, obviously.

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Salman Rushdie: The Writers Boycotting the PEN Awards Over Their Honoring of Charlie Hebdo Are "Pussies" In Need of "Character"
— Ace

Six writers have announced they will boycott the PEN awards, when they recognize Charlie Hebdo for courage in the face of Islamist threats (and perseverance after Islamist mass-murder).

The leftists offered a rationale similar to that offered by Garry Trudeau: To attack Muslims would be (and explain to me why this is not itself "racist") "punching down," which the Superior White Race ought not do.

"A hideous crime was committed," novelist Peter Carey generously concedes, "but was it a freedom-of-speech issue for PEN America to be self-righteous about?"

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As short-story writer Deborah Eisenberg argued in a long letter to the executive director of PEN, satirizing Catholicism is fine because it "has represented centuries of authoritarian repressiveness and the abuse of power."

Islam in modern Europe, in contrast, "has represented a few decades of powerlessness and disenfranchisement."

Free Speech means attacking my enemies -- and only my enemies. Everything else is "hate speech."

Well, Salman Rushdie, who of course has been under death threats from Islamists since the 80s, has a hot take of his own.

Replying that the award would go on without Carey and the others, Rushdie responded in uncompromising language: "The award will be given. PEN is holding firm. Just 6 pussies. Six Authors in Search of a bit of Character".

The Daily Telegraph reports the further comments of Rushdie, who responded to the suggestion that France somehow had it coming, remarking: "This issue has nothing to do with an oppressed and disadvantaged minority.

"It has everything to do with the battle against fanatical Islam, which is highly organised, well-funded, and which seeks to terrify us all, Muslims as well as non-Muslims, into a cowed silence.

"These six writers have made themselves the fellow travellers of that project. Very, very bad move".

True, true.

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Sigh: Feminist Social Justice Warriors Badger Another Company, and that Company of Course Buckles
— Ace

A fat-loss supplement company called "Protein World' began running this ad:


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This upset the Social Justice Tumblrinas, who began arguing that Everyone already has a "beach body," because everyone -- well, every woman -- already has the perfect body with no need of improvement. (Note that feminists are usually critical of men who could stand to do some pushups.)

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So all the feminists began attacking them, and now Protein World has retracted its entire ad campaign and issued a fulsome apology.

Wait, that's not what they did at all.

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Anyway, they claim the nontroversy has been good for them, and that the feminists have made them one million pounds over four days.

Good. I'm glad to see someone tell these caterwauling monsters to shut the hell up for once.

More on this at Breitbart London.

Oh, and Protein World called the feminists -- many of whom are vandalizing their advertisements, or even threatening to destroy their offices -- "terrorists."

Tumblrina video h/t to ConservativeMonster.

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Clinton Foundation Official: "This is not charity... The whole thing is bankable. It's a commercial proposition."
— Ace

Ira Magaziner laid it out in 2007. Sean Davis:

An analysis by The Federalist showed that the Clinton Foundation spent less than 10 percent of its budget on charitable grants from 2011 through 2013....

One argument offered by Clinton defenders is that the former first family’s charitable organization isn't a grant-making foundation and instead chooses to do much of its charitable work in-house. The result, according to these defenders, is that the group’s charitable work won’t really show up on a tax form since the bulk of it is done by salaried employees of the foundation.

There's only one problem with this rationale: it was resoundingly rejected by Ira Magaziner, the CEO of the Clinton Health Access Initiative and the brains behind the Clinton Foundation. "This is not charity," Magaziner told The Atlantic in 2007. “The whole thing is bankable. It’s a commercial proposition.”

Speaking of Clintons telling you exactly who they are: Hillary pretty much told the world "This is going to be a huge conflict of interest Money Machine" in her confirmation hearings -- but Republicans apparently didn't accept the threat was real, and passed her comfortably into power. Betsy McCaughey:

Contrary to what is widely reported, the Clinton Foundation never agreed to stop raising money from foreign governments while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state. Such funding should have been off limits -- because it risks the appearance that US foreign policy is up for sale.

Quick note: It also risks the reality that US foreign policy is up for sale.

But even after Republican and Democratic senators pressed her in 2009 to accept limits, she refused. That should have red-flagged the Clintons' intentions.

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At Hillary's Jan. 13, 2009, confirmation hearing, members of the Foreign Relations Committee expressed their concerns. But Hillary stonewalled them.

She'd already worked out an agreement with President-elect Barack Obama's transition team, and she refused to change it in any way. The agreement imposed no limits on who could give -- including foreign governments -- or how much.

If the State Department or the White House had concerns about a proposed gift, the foundation would listen, the agreement said. But the Clinton Foundation, not the White House or State Department ethics officers, would have the final say.

Remember, she violated even that -- this agreement required her to disclose such donations, so that at least other people could at least offer Her Majesty an outside opinion on their propriety. But Hillary Clinton hid the Algerian government's $500,000 donation.

And of course all during this period, Bill Clinton was pocketing -- personally; not even with the pass-through cover of the "commercial proposition" charity -- an enormous amount of money from foreign governments who wanted favors.

And domestic corporations that wanted favors, too. Andrew Perez:

Former President Bill Clinton accepted more than $2.5 million in speaking fees from 13 major corporations and trade associations that lobbied the U.S. State Department while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, an International Business Times investigation has found. The fees were paid directly to the former president, and not directed to his philanthropic foundation.

Many of the companies that paid Bill Clinton for these speeches -- a roster of global giants that includes Microsoft, Oracle and Dell -- engaged him within the same three-month period in which they were also lobbying the State Department in pursuit of their policy aims, federal disclosure documents show. Several companies received millions of dollars in State Department contracts while Hillary Clinton led the institution.

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The revelation that the Clinton family accepted money from 13 firms actively working to influence the Clinton-run State Department follows IBTimes' report on Monday showing that Goldman Sachs paid Bill Clinton $200,000 just before the banking giant began lobbying the State Department. It also follows earlier IBTimes reports on money flowing into the Clinton Foundation from Pacific Rubiales and Cisco Systems just before Clinton took actions at the State Department that benefited those companies.

Ten of the 13 firms that both lobbied the State Department and paid Bill Clinton speaking fees did so within the very same three-month reporting period. This group includes five technology firms -- Oracle, Dell, Microsoft, SalesForce and VeriSign -- that collectively paid Bill Clinton a total of $1.05 million.

You can click the link to see what those firms got for their money.

Hint: It wasn't just $500,000 worth of wonderful, wonderful words from Bill Clinton.

Some of the words they got for their money were in the form of contracts issued by the State Department.

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Governor Hogan: I Wanted To Send In the National Guard Immediately, But Mayor Space-To-Destroy Dragged Her Feet
— Ace

Asked why he was slow in sending the National Guard-- and can you believe the I Believe Trayvon media is complaining about a too slow law enforcement response?! -- Maryland's Governor Hogan wasn't having it.

Some questioned why it took so long for the Guard to be activated, to which Hogan responded that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was slow to make the request. He said he executed the request 30 seconds after it was made. Rawlings-Blake had initially said she wanted to give to protestors the "space to destroy" their environment.

...

"When the mayor called me, which quite frankly we were glad that she finally did, instantly we signed the executive order. We already had our entire team prepared," he said. "We were trying to get in touch with the mayor for quite some time, she finally made that call and we immediately took action."

In Katrina, the Democrat Mayor, the Democrat Governor, and the Republican President could all be argued to have some degree of authority for the response to the emergency -- but the Mayor and the Governor had the most, and the President could not act without their asking.

Nevertheless, the media decided the President was guilty.

In this case, the Mayor is Democratic, the President is Democratic, and the Governor is Republican.

Who will the media decide was too slow in reacting this time, I wonder.

By the way, I just heard from Limbaugh: You know where Mayor Space-to-Destroy graduated from?

Oberlin.


Update: This update was in the last post, but in case you didn't see it, here it is again:

It's all Republicans' fault, says Obama.


As JWF's article notes, what's foremost on Obama's mind is "restraint" by police, because so far, that Space to Destroy policy is working great.


Oh, and there's this:
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Obama Press Conference: "We As a Country Need to do Some Soul-Searching;" Some Police "Aren't Doing The Right Thing"
— Ace

On now, essentially validating the rioters.

Another point: As usual, Obama acts as if he is simply a commentator or blogger. He speaks about the riots as if his role is entirely one of analysis or to provide inspiration.

I didn't hear him say anything about taking action to actually stop the rioters.

He does say that those stealing aren't "making a statement," but are merely stealing.

Oh God -- he's claiming that the media (and society) are to blame, because "one burning building" is put on a "loop" on news shows, whereas the people "doing the right thing" weren't shown on TV.

Yes, Obama, the media should focus on the people doing the normal things they're supposed to do.

Update: It's all Republicans' fault, says Obama.


As JWF's article notes, what's foremost on Obama's mind is "restraint" by police, because so far, that Space to Destroy policy is working great.



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1. Iran Boards Marshall Islands-Flagged Ship
2. The Marshall Islands are In Free Association With the US; The US is Treaty-Bound to Protect Them
3. Obama Administration & Media Start Shouting "The Ship Wasn't US-Flagged!"

— Ace

There seems to be a lot of shouting from the Pentagon, from the Obama Administration, and from Obama's outsourced communications shop (the media) that the ship boarded and seized by Iran is not a US ship:


Or see here:

American officials have denied media reports that a US cargo ship had been seized by the Iranian navy.

...

However, a Pentagon spokesman said a Marshall Islands-flagged ship had been boarded by the Iranian navy.

But funny thing, I remember seeing the Marshall Islands on maps, and whenever I see it on a map, the map says:

Marshall Islands (U.S.)

In fact, a simple look-up on Wikipedia confirms the Marshall Islands are in "free association" with the United States, and has its defense provided for, by treaty, by the United States.

In fact, citizens of the Marshall Islands serve in the US Armed forces:

The COFA allows the United States to operate armed forces in Compact areas, to demand land for operating bases (subject to negotiation), and excludes the militaries of other nations without U.S. permission. The U.S. in turn becomes responsible for protecting its affiliate nations and responsible for administering all international defense treaties and affairs...

Commentators have noted that the ongoing presence and recruitment efforts of the U.S. military in the Compact areas [which includes the Marshall Islands] may have resulted in the high level of military enlistment by Compact citizens. For example, in 2008, the Federated States of Micronesia had a higher per-capita enlistment rate than any U.S. state, and had more than five times the national per-capita average of casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan (9 soldiers out of a population of 107,000).

Though once a US territory, the Marshall Islands became independent in 1979. Nevertheless, it is still in such close "free association" with the US that the US Postal System delivers its mail.

It is true that this ship was not "US flagged." However, it is flagged by a country which was until recently a US territory, and which the US is treaty-bound to defend, particularly as regards its maritime commerce.

But I don't hear the media or agents of Obama (but I repeat myself) making that clear -- all they're shouting is that the ship wasn't a US ship.

They are acting as if the Marshall Islands are a completely different country, in order to diminish how provocative an action Iran has taken, and to spare Prince Barry further embarrassment and further difficult questions.



More: The Pentagon, which is now simply Barry's Club for Men Who Dig Uniforms, is saying, essentially, "It was the ship's fault" for going into "Iranian waters."

However, Morgen Richmond points out that while Iran claims almost the entirety of the Strait of Hormuz is "Iranian waters," US presidents haven't accepted this claim before.

Is Prince Barry making new concessions about Iran's territorial waters now, too?


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Arguments Begin In the Supreme Court in the Ultimate Gay Marriage Case
— Ace

The issue before the court is whether states even have the right to define marriage as "one man, one woman" at all.

If they decide "no" on that question, gay marriage is the law of the entire country.

Notice that the question presented isn’t whether the Constitution recognizes a right to same-sex marriage, per se. Instead, the question posed is whether there is a right to marriage between two people. And if marriage is defined as a union between two people, it is a foregone conclusion that the Court will conclude that it should be permitted between two people of the same gender. The counter-argument is that "marriage" isn't just a union of "two people," but inherently and necessarily a union of "one man and one woman."

On FoxNews, they reported that Anthony Kennedy, a big-time Swinger, had just made this statement in oral arguments: "The definition of marriage has been the same for millennia... it is hard to say, 'We know better.'"

That said, I think this big Swinger will wind up saying just that. This is just some rhetorical throat-clearing to show he's "really considered the issue."

More: Ruth Bader Ginsburg has of course already announced her vote.

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Open Thread
— rdbrewer


Winslow Homer, "Among the Oaks" (1886)

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Morning Thread (4-28-2015)
— andy

Ahhh, I see project Burn Baltimore to the Ground continues apace.

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April 27, 2015

Overnight Open Thread (4/27/15) [tmi3rd]
— Open Blogger

Hi guys. Me again, and Maet should be back from his assignment somewhere around the end of next week.

If you can believe this, I still have stuff I didn't use from last night, so let's dive right in...

More below the fold.

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The Culmination of Obama's America: "Space to Destroy"
— Ace

Obama gave ISIS space to destroy. He also gave space to destroy to the IRS.

The mayor will be speaking in a press conference soon to explain she didn't mean to say "we gave them space to destroy" when she said "we gave them space to destroy."

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So Now They're Cutting Firehoses, to Keep Fire Fighters From Putting Out the Fires They Set
— Ace




And thanks to @comradearthur, this is a great way to watch the End of America -- Anthony Cumia (formerly of Opie & Anthony) is adding deadpan commentary to the news stations' video feeds.

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Live Video as One of America's Largest Cities Enters Third Day of Riots
— Ace

Via HotAir.

The most biased channel on the riots at this moment is FoxNews, where Global Warming Expert Shep Smith is lecturing all and sundry that riots are useful and educational protests and that it would be very wrong to ask "civil rights leaders" to tell the rioters to stop.


How much longer will FoxNews' viewers accept the channel being hijacked by an MSNBC personality whenever there's breaking news?

I haven't seen an unjustifiably smug lefty surrounded by so many computer screens since my last visit to an Apple Store.

(Though I bet you any amount of money the heavily made-up Smith was watching "Nerd Prom" instead of the riots on Saturday night.)

Update: Governor Hogan (R) activates the National Guard.

Orioles game cancelled.


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Is It Time to Formally Separate America Into Two Or More Sovereign Countries?
— Ace

The fascist SJWs, and their easy way with all corporations (such as GoFundMe), plus Saturday night spurred me to say aloud what I've thought to myself for years:

It's time to begin seriously discussing secession.

As the man says: the center cannot hold.

No one actually seems happy in this national marriage.

It's time to admit this and separate.

Update: GoFundMe has taken down another fundraiser page for another Christian besieged by radical homosexual zealots.

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GoFundMe Blocks Fundraising for Embattled Baker Who Refused To Make Gay Wedding Cake, Citing "Hateful" Acts
— Ace

They shellacked Sweet Cakes by Melissa, a Christian-owned business, with a $135,000 fine for refusing to bake a gay wedding cake.

So people tried to chip in -- through GoFundMe -- to pay that fine.

And the "Jalverts of the SJWs," as Rod Dreher calls them, demanded GoFundMe block the use of its site for this purpose.

And GoFundMe -- which now enters the list of companies which must be boycotted and hopefully destroyed -- complies.

So, there we have it: the Social Justice Warriors, not content to have driven this bakery out of business, are now trying to prevent people from giving the bakers money to pay their monumental fine. It is not enough for the SJWs that the Klein family business was destroyed. And it is not enough that the Kleins are now struggling to feed their five children, and facing a $135,000 fine that will probably drive them to bankruptcy.

Nope, the progressive stance is now to grind those people to dust, in the name of social justice.

And yet Hillary Clinton took millions and millions in "charitable donations" despite being a legislator who could block gay marriage -- and claimed the desire to do so, until the polls on the issue shifted in 2013.

Great video showing Hillary "evolve" precisely as the polls changed.


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