May 29, 2015
What Team Hillary Means It To Say: We're fun, silly, and gay friendly
What It Actually Says: We'll give under-bridge hand-jays in exchange for donations to our "charity"
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— Ace Motherf***ers.
There is a special place in hell for this clan of grifters.
Deborah Sontag reports:
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Petra Nemcova, a Czech model who survived the disaster by clinging to a palm tree, decided to pull out all the stops for the annual fund-raiser of her school-building charity, the Happy Hearts Fund.
She booked Cipriani 42nd Street, which greeted guests with Bellini cocktails on silver trays. She flew in Sheryl Crow with her band and crew for a 20-minute set. She special-ordered heart-shaped floral centerpieces, heart-shaped chocolate parfaits, heart-shaped tiramisù and, because orange is the charity's color, an orange carpet rather than a red one. She imported a Swiss auctioneer and handed out orange rulers to serve as auction paddles, playfully threatening to use hers to spank the highest bidder for an Ibiza vacation.
The gala cost $363,413. But the real splurge? Bill Clinton.
The former president of the United States agreed to accept a lifetime achievement award at the June 2014 event after Ms. Nemcova offered a $500,000 contribution to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. The donation, made late last year after the foundation sent the charity an invoice, amounted to almost a quarter of the evening's net proceeds -- enough to build 10 preschools in Indonesia.
Happy Hearts' former executive director believes the transaction was a "quid pro quo," which rerouted donations intended for a small charity with the concrete mission of rebuilding schools after natural disasters to a large foundation with a broader agenda and a budget 100 times bigger.
"The Clinton Foundation had rejected the Happy Hearts Fund invitation more than once, until there was a thinly veiled solicitation and then the offer of an honorarium," said the former executive director, Sue Veres Royal, who held that position at the time of the gala and was dismissed a few weeks later amid conflicts over the gala and other issues.
A longer digest at Business Insider-- which notes it is "extremely rare" for one charity to pay money to another so-called "charity."
It also notes the charity that was supposedly getting the benefit of Clinton's star power raised less money the year he got his "award" than it did the previous year.
Meanwhile, the New York Times' resident Goof Nicholas Kristof claimed that we shouldn't blame the Clintons for the "charity" greed -- we should blame the campaign finance system.
One problem with this absurdity. Okay, two problems. Obviously, this is the go-to spin whenever a Democrat is found to be dirty -- it's the fault of the system, not of the person.
But Jim Geraghty points out a a problem so glaringly obvious you may have missed it -- The Clinton "charity" is not about financing any campaigns, at least not admittedly, and if we ever discover this "charity" is in fact about financing Hillary Clinton's campaign, it will be a serious criminal breach demanding of serious jail time.
This "Charity" is about personal enrichment -- and what the fuck does that have to do with campaign finance?
— Ace I was asked yesterday what I thought Denny Hastert's big secret was.
I said, "Diddling a boy during his wrestling coach days."
Ding ding ding ding, says the LA Times.
Indicted former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was paying an individual from his past to conceal sexual misconduct, two federal law enforcement officials said Friday.
One of the officials, who would not speak publicly about the federal charges in Chicago, said "Individual A," as the person is described in Thursday's federal indictment, was a man and that the alleged misconduct was unrelated to Hasterts tenure in Congress. The actions date to Hasterts time as a Yorkville, Ill., high school wrestling coach and teacher, the official said.
"It goes back a long way, back to then," the source said. "It has nothing to do with public corruption or a corruption scandal. Or to his time in office." Thursday's indictment described the misconduct "against Individual A" as having "occurred years earlier."
He stepped down after Republicans lost the House majority in the 2006 midterm elections. Those elections took place in the middle of an investigation into the GOP leaderships handling of allegations that a Republican Florida congressman, Mark Foley, had engaged in inappropriate explicit communications with House pages, who were of high school age.
— Ace This must be due to the lingering effects of the Bush economy, now six and a half years in the past.
No wait, this must be due to the 2013 Republican Government Shutdown.
May 29, 2015 - BEA Reveals that 1st Quarter 2015 GDP Shrank at -0.75%:
In their second estimate of the US GDP for the first quarter of 2015, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reported that the economy was contracting at a -0.75% annualized rate, down a full percent from the +0.25% estimated last month, and down sharply (-2.97%) from the +2.22% growth rate recorded for the prior quarter. And according to the "real final sales of domestic product" (BEA's very own "bottom line" for the economy), the economy shrank at more than a percent (-1.08%) during the quarter, down -3.40% from last quarter's +2.32%.
A look at the details provides little comfort....
The markets fell on the news, as well as some other bad economic news:
OTHER BAD DATA: Investors also had two other disappointing pieces of economic news to work through. A Chicago manufacturing survey fell to a reading of 46.2, well below the reading of 53 that economists were hoping for. Also a report on consumer sentiment for May fell to a six-month low.
This sounds like a perfect time for Obama to Pivot to Foreign Policy or whatever.
One more negative quarter and we're officially in recession.
WH spin on negative GDP: ...the result of harsh winter weather, tepid foreign demand, and consumers saving windfall from lower oil prices.— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) May 29, 2015
Thomas Moran, "Sunrise Landscape" (1897)
— Open Blogger Sorry, busy this morning. more...
— andy Late start this morning. I blame the central time zone.
May 28, 2015
Well with the help of commenters I was able to finally find it in Tuesday's Morning Jolt.
TC: How do you find your obsession? Then, how do you turn it into a lucrative career?
GM: Just watch less TV, I don't know. It's hard to tell people how to live their lives, but just work hard. Find your compulsion and do it, become consumed by it. Charles Bukowski was all about this; he said he didn't even like writing, but he couldn't not write. It's like these kids with Asperger syndrome. They become obsessed with one thing at a certain age. They're looking at dryers and that's it. The only thing they care about for the rest of their life is dryers. They end up working at Maytag or whoever makes dryers because they know everything about them and they love their job. I don't think it matters what your obsession is and it doesn't have to be an Asperger's level of obsession, but if there's enthusiasm, it will work out. Look at Nick Weidenfeld; he took over Comedy Central's Adult Swim because he went to interview the head of it, Mike Lazzo, and Lazzo could sense his enthusiasm. Nick had no experience with television or the entertainment industry, but he got the job because he was obsessed with it and he did well at it, too. Opportunities just come when you blindly tumble through life with your eyes open.
TC: So recklessly and passionately pursue your gut instincts and impulses.
GM: Yeah, and don't complain. I don't have any sympathy for complainers in the Western world in 2012. All this shit about the middle class. "they have no jobs," "they can't pay their bills." I have been creating my own jobs out of thin air for twenty years and I was providing shit to people for free. When I couldn't do that I was planting trees, or teaching English, or traveling the world and staying in squats.
TC: The appetite grows while eating.GM: Exactly, "If you want something done, ask a busy person." If I email Jimmy Kimmel and ask him a question, there's an answer a few minutes later. Then you ask someone who is unemployed and five days later they say "Oh, sorry for the delay, man, I was very sick."
And here is Gavin in rare form live trolling/dropping truth bombs on Tamara Holder on Hannity:
— Ace As you may or may not know -- well, you almost certainly know it; I don't know why I'm low-balling you here -- it's illegal to "structure" withdrawals from a bank in order to evade the IRS $10,000 (?) threshold which triggers a reporting requirement.
Well, Denny Hastert did that, feds claim. He is indicted for Malicious Withdrawals of His Own Money.
Now, the reason he seems to have done this is to pay off an alleged "victim" of "prior bad acts" -- someone I guess who could expose him. Maybe a blackmailer, maybe not. So he took the money in sub-$10,000 withdrawals to avoid federal reporting and embarrassment about paying off a legitimate victim and/or blackmailer. (Sometimes it's hazy.)
Now, those "Prior bad acts" are not specified, and further, are not part of the charges against Hastert -- whatever those acts are, they are not the feds' concern.
However, they are indicting him for Withdrawing Money With Intent To Withdraw Money.
Someone on Twitter -- didn't see who -- noted that they wouldn't be crying for Hastert, as Hastert is a member of the political class who has conspired to make everything illegal, and how he's hoist upon his own petard.
I think it's about time we stopped merely complaining about this shit and started demanding the feds repeal this bullshit law and their many other we'll-get-you-on-something laws.
— Ace They have to be viewpoint-neutral in decision-making. They can't just not run her ad because they don't like it. So, they've decided to "neutrally" ban all issue ads.
Question: How on earth is this "neutral"? Philadelphia did the exact same thing. The decision to accept issue ads at all is Not a neutral one when they accept issue ads so long as no one wants to run an anti-Sharia ad.
This doesn't even have the superficial look of a "viewpoint-neutral" decision. They have decided against issue ads, all of them, based on their disagreement with the viewpoint of Pam Geller's ad.
She should re-sue, and force them to accept issue ads again, including hers -- or else at least they should be forced to demonstrate that they were already planning on rejecting all issue ads independent of Geller's offer.
If this decision was made due to Geller's proposed ad-buy, then the decision is not viewpoint-neutral.
As Allah points out, at least the DC Metro is admitting why they're not running the ad.
Metro official says agency fears a cartoon ad of the Prophet Muhammad would make buses and subway stations "terrorists targets."— Paul Duggan (@dugganwapo) May 28, 2015
I just love how immigration-without-assimilation is transforming America.
It's becoming such a better place, don't you think?
Claims her Twitter Account Was Hacked By People Who Just Wanted to Favorite Tweets
— Ace #Hacked.
By the way, there are a bunch of headlines I have to do so I'm going to start banging out very thin link-posts like this. Only way I can catch up.
— Ace Oh, yes.
MRC dug up Sanders' 1972 essay, "Men-and-Women." Why the headline has weird punctuation, you'd have to ask this old chicken-necked pervert.
Anyway, this fruity weirdo has some problematic notions of male/female sexuality. MRC quotes him:
"A man goes home and masturbates his typical fantasy," wrote Sanders. "A woman on her knees. A woman tied up. A woman abused."
Sanders didn't specify as to how he had gained such a deep understanding of the male psyche.
In terms of his understanding of female sexual fantasies, Sanders provided similar insight.
"A woman enjoys intercourse with her man--as she fantasizes about being raped by 3 men simultaneously."
Charles C.W. Cooke says that we should not unduly persecute Bernie Sanders for his sexual heresies, so you have some idea of the perverted antiques roadshow Cooke has going on in his bedroom.
You know how it is with British men. The bizzare seeds planted in boarding school sprout wicked fruit throughout their lives.
Cooke is arguing for what he conceives of as free speech absolutism -- one does not demagogue speech to whip up feeding frenzies of angry lynch mobbers about something merely said.
I agree with this, naturally, except that I don't. As a tactical matter, there is no way to get the left to stop with its incessant Censorship Crusades except to visit equal pain upon them.
The greatest ethical precept in the world is the do-unto-others-test, which I usually think of as the shoe on the other foot test.
One can discover a lot of moral and ethical rules -- and separate out actual rules of good behavior from self-serving rationalizations designed to punish one's enemies -- by always asking, "Would I support this rule if I were forced to live under it?"
The trouble is, of course, the left is almost never asked to wear the shoe on their own foot.
They think censorship, Speechcraft Trials, and mob justice for Thought Heretics is just awesome.
And why shouldn't they?
These things are almost never visited upon they themselves-- they have only the upside of a dark, censorious, paranoid regime. Almost all of the downside falls upon their enemies-- just where they'd want it.
So the question is, and this is where I depart from Cooke, how best to secure an open, vibrant and, I'll say it, sophisticated public culture?
I disagree that this will arise from treating the left as we would wish to be treated. The left is unscrupulous, nasty, and often borderline insane, and will take the benefit of that bargain every time.
Punish my enemies with Speechcraft Trials while my enemies scrupulously refrain from doing the same to me? Yes, please!
No, the right way to bring about a more open, permissive, and adult tone in civic culture is to treat the left according to its own obscene rules, while always making it clear: We are prepared to abandon these darkly stupid rules you've constructed the minute you agree to do the same, Genius.
You may wonder why I am still so opposed to demagoging ordinary civilians: Well, because they're ordinary civilians. Bernie Sanders is not an ordinary civiilian, he is a politician, and a well-compensated and donor-cash-rich avatar for Social Justice. He also has a Big Microphone, unlike your average everyday citizen caught up in a Social Justice Lyniching.
As I've said before -- I support political tactics, such as whipping up public opinion against someone, in actual political circumstances, with respect to actual political actors (including the undisclosed lobbyists of the media) -- but not in everyday life.
from Bernie Sanders' collection of classic 8-tracks
People don't like the Tit For Tat regime because it sounds simple-minded, punitive, and awful. Well, it is these things.
It is also, as Steven den Beste persuasively argued, very effective for bringing about a more ethical environment. Meaning that while it may be crude in method, it is enlightened in outcome.
After introducing the well-known Prisoner's Dilemma game, den Beste observes:
There's been a lot of analysis of this, and it turns out that honesty isn't the best policy. One guy decided to run a computer tournament; people were permitted to create algorithms in a synthetic language which would have the ability to keep track of previous exchanges and make a decision on each new exchange whether to be honest or to cheat. He challenged them to see who could come up with the one which did the best in a long series of matches against various opponents. It turned out that the best anyone could find, and the best anyone has ever found, was known as "Tit-for-tat".
On the first round, it plays fair. On each successive round, it does to the other guy what he did the last time.
When Tit-for-tat plays against itself, it plays fair for the entire game and maximizes output. When it plays against anyone who tosses in some cheating, it punishes it by cheating back and reduces the other guys unfair winnings.
No-one has ever found a way of defeating it.
Now let's analyze two different and even more simplistic approaches; we'll call them "saint" and "sinner". The saint plays fair every single round, irrespective of what the other guy does. The sinner always cheats.
When a saint plays against another saint, or against tit-for-tat, the result is optimum but more important is that everyone gets the same result. When a sinner plays against another sinner, or against tit-for-tat, everyone cheats and the result is still even, though less than optimal.
But when a sinner plays against a saint, the sinner wins and the saint loses.
Which brings me back to the point of all this: Is there anything I would rule out in war? Nothing I'd care to admit to my enemies, because ruling out anything is a "saint" tactic. The Tit-for-tat tactic is to be prepared to do anything, but not to do so spontaneously. In other words, if the other guy threatens to use poison gas, you make sure you have some of your own and let him know that you'll retaliate with it. That means that he has nothing to win by using it, and he won't. (A war is a sequence game and not a single transaction because each day is a new exchange. If you gassed my guys yesterday, I can gas yours today.)
I think it's pretty stupid to demagogue people over statements like this, honestly. I know where Sanders go this from: He got it from Nancy Friday's My Secret Garden, supposedly a book containing all of women's private fantasies (she says she surveyed women), and rape was indeed a major part of the female sexual imagination, she was surprised to find. (Psychologically, it has been explained to me that women feel guilty about sex, but still enjoy sex; the fantasy of being under someone else's sexual control allows the woman, in fantasy, to enjoy sex, because she's not making any of the decisions that she would otherwise feel guilty about.)
I don't know if I buy any of that; I'm just remarking that this isn't the first time I've heard this.
I do know that if I wrote that paragraph not in response to Bernie Sanders, there's a pretty good chance that the left would demagogue me and Speechcraft Trial me as a Thought Rapist.
And that's why we must do the same to Bernie Sanders, and make him defend these So Problematic You Guys words.
The left has drawn us all into its insecure, neurotic, grasping, wanting, stupid, paranoid darkness. They have effectively criminalized it to say anything other than "Women are just terrific" and "everything is awesome!"
They are broken, warped people inflicting their psychic tumult on the rest of society.
I would like to get to place where we have conversations which are no longer mediated by the mentally unstable and undermedicated.
But to do that, we have to teach these wretched monsters the evils of their own ways. And to do that, we need to play tit ofr tat.
— Ace Tell me again you're serious people, and not vapid little children in need of instruction.
That tweet went viral over Memorial Day weekend. It all started when Ash Hernandez saw the statue on her way to take a teacher's certification test. She was so outraged that she ran back to her car to get her phone to snap a picture.
"The sculpture just screamed mansplaining," Hernandez told Women in the World, a New York Times affiliate.
Hernandez sent the picture to her friend Cathy de la Cruz, who tweeted it out. The tweet went viral, prompting other Twitter users to post photos of statues they found sexist.
Look, I have bad news for everyone: The world's about to be destroyed. How, I'm not sure. But destroyed it shall be.
Now what I propose is the building of three Space Arks.
The second arc, Ark B, is the one I really want to talk about. On this Ark, we'll put all the most important people in our society: The radfems, the genderf*cks, the censors, the quivering priestesses of false rape allegations, the trans-women seeking abortions, Matt Bai.
We'll send this Space Ark first because it's imperative that whatever planet the rest of us settle on be certified, from the start, to be gender-sensitive and trans-friendly.
What do you guys think of my plan?!?!
— Ace Charles Cooke discovers, get this, Matt Bai making a case for Hillary Clinton quite opposite to his former rhetoric about Mitt Romney.
Bai, quoted by Cooke, is responding to Bernie Sanders' (mild) attacks on Hillary Clinton as "not like us."
Hillary Clinton's not like the rest of us? Good!
Senator Sanders made this comment while sitting in what CNBC described as a bistro near the Capitol, which doesnt exactly sound like Applebee's, but you get the point: Clinton is out of touch with regular Americans because she doesn't buy used cars or stockpile CVS coupons or save up for Disneyland like the rest of us do. To which I would only ask: why on Gods earth would we want a president like us? . . .
If you're asking me to choose between the self-made man or woman with resentments and identity issues, on one hand, and some arrogant oligarch who serves no financial master and is compelled to seek office mostly by some patronizing sense of altruism on the other (Michael Bloomberg, New Yorks former mayor, comes to mind), then I'll take out-of-touch every time, and so should you.
Well gee that's awfully funny because the American people could have elected such a man in 2012 but the Matt Bais of the world screamed about Car Elevators.
Gioachimo Galbusera (Gioachino), "Landscape in Autumn Forest" (n.d.)
— Open Blogger
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- The First Principle Of US Foreign Policy
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- Why The Next President Will Face A Dangerous Predicament Abroad
- China Puts Weapons On Its New Artificial Islands
- Bernie Sanders Save The Children Fund
- The Media Is Gladly Playing Along With Hillary's Staged Events
- Immigration Overhaul On Hold
- She'll Continue To Poll Badly And Still Win
- Clinton Foundation Received Money From FIFA
- This Is CNN
— andy "I don' know nuthin' 'bout birthin' no babies." ~ Hillary Clinton, later today. Probably.
May 27, 2015
Thanks to a sinus infection that's been grinding me down please accept this stripped-down even pithier ONT.
Oh and I agree about the superheroics to a certain extent but I think the real issue didn't start with Stan Lee as much as it did the people after him. Yeah, he only hired fellow political travelers but I doubt even he realized how far they would go. I doubt he thought they would quit writing to kids either and write comics solely to aging leftists and weird grad-school sex-scenester kids (LGBTABCEFG) to slowly diminishing returns propped up only by films and cartoons for children. In fact, if anything, that's the biggest knock on what superheroes have become. It's adults stealing the dreams of children to prop up their own sad fantasies. Sort of a good picture of the current Left in the world. Globalized and living off the young for the privilege of the few. Who'd a guessed there was so much in comics
-- Greg Nielsen in an email to Mark Steyn
There's a certain kind of behavior in the Arab world that, to me, resembles the way young men behave when there is no significant influence from women in their lives.
-- PJ O'Rourke
One of the scariest aspects of our times is how seldom either people or policies are judged by their track record.
-- Thomas Sowell
She's now senior advisor for strategic communications to Secretary of State John Kerry and will play a key role in developing communication strategies for our negotiations with Iran over how they'll keep their nuclear weapons program. It's nice to see that all her hard work, consistent stylishness, and peppy can-do attitude was finally recognized by the
Pan-Hellenic Council State Department.
According to unnamed sources Harf is already bursting with ideas to make this year's negotiations the most AWESOMEST EVER! Now don't get too excited but rumors are that Lady Gaga(!) has already been booked and that Aerosmith(!!) may make an appearance during the karaoke cruise!!!
We're in the best of hands.
So we have that going for us.
But hey here's some Kate Upton to cheer you right up!
Apparently as part of a movie scene. In real life models just grab the first non-serial killery-but-has-a-401K guy they see and ask to borrow his car for a while and continue on their merry way.more...
— Ace Of course.
For the Haters of Me: It's all too real.
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