July 31, 2015

Overnight Open Thread (31 Jul 2015)

I guess tonight's ONT is a once in a blue moon edition!

Bonus celestial viewing tonight. You can also try to catch the Delta Aquarids. Best time to view is after midnight and there are about 20 per hour. Don't forget to put your pants back on if you go outside to view. more...

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Evening Open Thread
— rdbrewer

François Charles Cachoud, "Clair de lune sur le lac d’Aiguebelette" (1906)*

*Thanks to commenter "NaCly Dog" for providing the title and date. --RD

Added: We were talking about improving the composition in the thread. How about this crop... more...

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Chris Matthews to Debbie Wasserman-Schultz: What's the Difference Between a Democrat and a Socialist?
DWS: Well I Don't Know, But Let Me Tell You What, Those Republicans Are Extremists

— Ace

"I used to think there was a big difference between a Democrat and a Socialist," Chris Matthews says, suggesting that perhaps there's not so much of a difference any longer.

But remember, it's officially Racist Hate Speech if you call Obama, who is a socialist, a socialist. See, it's a "Code Word."

Which should tell you something about progressives right there -- they don't understand that the term "socialist" is itself a derogatory term, so they're are convinced that if you call someone a "socialist," you must mean something else -- you know, something that's actually a bad thing.

And, by the way, Hillary Clinton is running to Bernie Sanders' left, except for corporate cronyism, so that makes her a socialist of the corporatist bent.

You know, like they had in Germany and Italy. Worked out famously well for all concerned.


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MSNBC Axes Ed Show, Alex Wagner; Lets Go Krystal Ball, Toure.
But Now They're Bringing In Their Big Guns -- Brian Williams

— Ace

That'll fix things up just right.

Shows being canceled outright include The Cycle, a multiple-host show similar to Fox’s The Five, Now with Alex Wagner, and The Ed Show. Politico reports that MSNBC President Phil Griffin is expected to make the formal announcement as soon as Thursday.

Not all of the hosts of the three canceled shows are leaving. Alex Wagner is expected to remain with the network as is Ari Melber, one of the co-hosts of The Cycle. However, TV Newser reports that Ed Schultz, Abby Huntsman, Toure, and Krystal Ball are "out."

Brian Williams will be hosting a new "News" show, with the actual quotes actually in the title.

Actually, the full title is

Breaking "News" & Storytime Adventure Hour with Your Host, Captain Brian Williams

Okay I made all that up, but seriously, they should put "News" in quotes. That would be funny.

No longer having steady employment on TV, Ed Schultz, Krystal Ball, and Toure announced their plans for a more "interactive" sort of programming, which they described as "annoying people on a one-on-one fashion in the streets or shopping malls."

The network’s decline is being blamed on the heavy focus on progressive commentary over straight news. A Pew Research report published in 2013 found that MSNBC was 85% commentary and 15% "factual reporting."

Brian Williams is hoped to bring that up to as high as 17% "factual reporting."

Meanwhile, there's just more Democrat/Media incest-- Alex Wagner's husband (whose wedding was attended by both the Obama's and the Ayers/Dohrn coupling), former White House chef Sam Kass, has been hired by NBC.

NBC is said to be "excited" (no really) to have yet another Obamoid on the payroll.

Co-host Savannah Guthrie gushed: "...we've got an exciting announcement. You guys remember Sam Kass, of course he’s the former assistant White House chef, executive director of the First Lady's Let's Move campaign, and nutrition advisor to the President....He is becoming an NBC News senior food analyst."

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Are These Somethings?
— Ace

Amazon has started selling, for $5, wired, physical buttons you can stick on to your appliances, refrigerator, pantry, etc. -- to order something from Amazon at the touch of a button.

People thought this was a joke as it was announced on April 1 -- but apparently it's real.

A picture is worth a thousand words, or even 150 of mine:

I'm torn is that neat and simple, or is that proof we have become too lazy, and are evolving into bloblike sexless creatures who will feed only on vitamin-enhanced Doritos and the EM radiation of our 24/7 television screens?

I'm pretty convinced This one is something: Michael Bey's Benghazi Attack Movie.

The trailer has just dropped for Michael Bay’s "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi," based on the book by Mitchell Zuckoff, which in turn is based on the eyewitness reports of five of the six CIA contractors present that night. The sixth, Tyrone Woods, perished in the battle.

Due Jan. 15, "13 Hours" seeks to continue the winning streak of fact-based military movies released in January: Two years ago "Lone Survivor" attracted a huge audience, and this winter "American Sniper" ruled the box office.


That story is that four Americans, including a US ambassador, died in an all-night terror attack, receiving no help from anyone in Washington. Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton isn't expected to be a character in the film --but just as she is heading into the first primaries of the 2016 campaign, the nation will be reminded that she was in charge...

Kyle Smith notes the film is not about decisionmaking in Washington, so there will be no direct criticism of La Clinton. Just the sort of suggestiveness about the entire issue.

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Get Ready for a Shock: Far-Left Cartoonist Ted Rall's Claims About Being Oppressed After 9/11 Are Contradicted By Recorded Reality
— Ace

Like Neil DeGrasse Tyson, though, he stands by his memory.

A left-wing cartoonist’s recent depiction of a 14-year-old encounter with the LAPD has gotten him canned as a freelance contributor to the LA Times after the paper said it had "serious questions" about the accuracy of the encounter.

He claimed that he was "roughed up" by a cop for jaywalking in 2001.

But there's an audiotape of the encounter, as well as multiple paper records (including Rall's own complaint).

These appear to disagree with Rall's newer, more histrionic memories of the minor, barely-worth-mentioning encounter.


"An audiotape of the encounter recorded by the police officer does not back up Rall's assertions; it gives no indication that there was physical violence of any sort by the policeman or that Rall's license was thrown into the sewer or that he was handcuffed," the [Los Angeles] Times wrote on Thursday in the space above where Rall’s blog post was originally published. "Nor is there any evidence on the recording of a crowd of shouting onlookers."

Rall says he stands by his post.

This is hard to square with what the audiotape recorded. If he was so roughed up by the cop, abused, with his license tossed in the sewer as a crowd of frightened onlookers cried out to let this innocent man go free -- why oh why did he ask the cop for recommendations for what restaurant to eat at that night when the encounter was over?

No, that's not a joke. That's apparently what happened.

Here's Rall's explanation. You might want to brace yourself against something solid, but with some cushioning.

"Listening to the tape now, I can't imagine what I was thinking," Rall writes. "The only explanation I can fathom is that I had classic Stockholm Syndrome. I was stunned at the time. Not that I'm comparing myself with a rape victim -- far from it -- but now I better understand why sometimes a raped woman will question pressing charges or call a date-rapist at home hours after he left her. I was blathering nonsense, I guess."


I frequently discuss the left-wing as not being possessed by a politics so much as by a psychological disorder -- neuroses and hysterias which they project on to the world. They scream at their hysterias the same way as any disordered mental patient might, except they've ritualized and codified their hysterias in a cant which they've taught the other hysterics. This cant, this jargon of disordered-mind speech, is the leftist Culture of Complaint.

Walk into any mental health clinic and you will find dozens of patients there claiming to be raped on a weekly (or daily) basis by the staff, and much abused by conspirators in their families or at their jobs.

These people have simply taken the standard paranoid hysterias known to every psychiatrist and given them the veneer of a passable "reality," by claiming them to be "political," and hence part of the actual world.

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Oh, Yes: White House Declares Planned Parenthood Videos "Fraudulent," Because Planned Parenthood Said So
— Ace

Alternate realities.

The White House expressed its firm belief Thursday that recently-released videos attacking Planned Parenthood are "fraudulent." Their source: Planned Parenthood.


[E]arnest indicated that the reason he thought the videos were fraudulent was because, well, Planned Parenthood had told him as much.

“Planned Parenthood has indicated that's exactly what occurred here," he said. "And any review of the policy that PP says they implement indicates the views expressed in the videos, or at least the way they’re pictured on the videos, is entirely inaccurate."

In other words, Earnest said, because the images on the videos don’t correspond to Planned Parenthood’s official policies, they must be untrue. Earnest even encouraged reporters looking for more information to simply contact Planned Parenthood.

Yes, of course.

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Hillary Clinton, The Walking (?) National Security Disaster Area
— Ace

In this awful woman's quest to hide things from the American public and congressional overseers, who should have access to her emails, she shared it all with foreign intelligence services, who should not.

The U.S. intelligence community is bracing for the possibility that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's private email account contains hundreds of revelations of classified information from spy agencies and is taking steps to contain any damage to national security, according to documents and interviews Thursday.

The top lawmakers on the House and Senate intelligence committee have been notified in recent days that the extent of classified information on Mrs. Clinton’s private email server was likely far more extensive than the four emails publicly acknowledged last week as containing some sensitive spy agency secrets.

A U.S. official directly familiar with the notification, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity, said the notification of possibly hundreds of additional emails with classified secrets came from the State Department Freedom of Information Act office to the Office of Inspector General for the Director of National Intelligence.

Quick, let's make her president so she can do even more damage.

Hillary Clinton Letter to the New York Times: "I Am Not a Crook." Hillary is fuming that the NYT reported the Inspector Generals sought a "criminal" referral, when, apparently, they didn't mention the word "criminal."

So Hillary wants you to know -- per the current posture of the Inspectors General, her illegal email system merely has the appearance of criminality. It's not officially criminal.


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Marco Rubio Commits An Act Of Political Competence, Immediately Outpaces Most Republicans
— DrewM

People have been bemoaning the fact that Cecil the Lion was getting far more attention the Planned Parenthood videos. Some were frustrated that every GOP candidate will now be asked about this.

My counter argument to that is, yes every Republican candidate for office at every level should be forced to answer a question about the damn lion and those that can't *effectively* turn it into a discussion about Planned Parenthood need to self-identify as incompetent and removed from the electoral pool.

Amnesty advocate Marco Rubio was asked by a TMZ stringer about Cecil and much to my chagrin, did what needs to be done over and over and over again, redirected it to Planned Parenthood.

It's not a terribly strong turn but it was an ambush thing so I'll cut him some slack. At least he got the camera guy to agree with him. On TMZ! That's the kind of place where this message needs to be heard the most. Candidates have to be ready to take pop culture questions, acknowledge them (don't belittle people who care about the lion, they'll tune the rest out) and move on to a serious subject.

I'll never vote for Rubio but he deserves credit for at least getting the basics right here. That's not a given with the GOP for the most part.

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Open Thread
— rdbrewer

Paul Schaub/Schaub, "Rowing Alone" (1962)

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Morning Thread (7-31-2015)
— andy

Happy Friday, all.

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July 30, 2015

Overnight Open Thread (7-30-2015)
— Maetenloch

Quote of the Day I - Everyone Knows That Edition

At a hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Secretary of State John Kerry was asked why the administration did not submit the Iran nuclear agreement to the Senate for its advice and consent as an Article II treaty.

Kerry responded that the agreement wasn't treated as a treaty "because you can't pass a treaty anymore."

Quote of the Day II

Modern journalism is all about deciding which facts the public shouldn't know because they might reflect badly on Democrats.

-- Jim Treacher

A Case in Point:


What could it possibly be? Oh right:


Quote of the Day III

"I started the relationship with [Soon-Yi Previn, his then-girlfriend Mia Farrow's adoptive daughter, who was---at most---21 years old at the time to his 56] and I thought it would just be a fling. It wouldn't be serious, but it had a life of its own. And I never thought it would be anything more," Allen revealed. "Then we started going together, then we started living together, and we were enjoying it. And the age difference didn't seem to matter. It seemed to work in our favor actually."

-- Woody Allen further revealing his moral blindness and bankruptcy

Quote of the Day IV

"Wherever I go to speak, whether it's Brazil or Italy or Norway, I find that upper-middle-class professional women are very unhappy. This is a global problem! And it's coming from the fact that women are expecting men to provide them with the same kind of emotional and conversational support and intimacy that they get from their women friends. And when they don't get it, they're full of resentment and bitterness. It's tragic! Women are blaming men for a genuine problem that I say is systemic. . . . Now we're working side-by-side in offices at the same job. Women want to leave at the end of the day and have a happy marriage at home, but then they put all this pressure on men because they expect them to be exactly like their female friends. If they feel restlessness or misery or malaise, they automatically blame it on men. Men are not doing enough; men aren't sharing enough. But it's not the fault of men that we have this crazy and rather neurotic system where women are now functioning like men in the workplace, with all its material rewards."

-- Camille Paglia

Quote of the Day V

Nope. But it provided an excuse for people who want to turn college campuses into man-hating sexual police states. And that was the goal.

-- Glenn Reynolds on the bogus campus rape studies

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Glenn Loury, John McWhorter Discuss the Religion of Antiracism, and Its Current Pope Ta-Nehisi Coates
— Ace

A very interesting Bloggingheads (and every Loury/McWhorter dialogue on Bloggingheads is interesting, and is recommended). Now, they talk about how Obama has "evolved" (in a good, embiggening way) in office, but here's the easy way to avoid that nonsense: skip to 7::06 as they begin to discuss race, and the Religion of Antiracism, generally.

McWhorter is chiefly there to put forth what I'll call the Ace of Spaces Conjecture that most of tribal signaling -- genuflecting to Ta-Nehisi Coates, for example -- is not a form of politics, but is properly understood as a form of religion. You're not supposed to ask about the parts of Ta-Nehisi Coates' claims that don't make sense, in the same way you're not really supposed to ask how Noah fit all those animals on the ark. These are not political arguments, he asserts, but "sermons."

(I've previously called such non-political "political" statements "prayers" and "devotions.")

Glenn Loury entertains that idea, but he's chiefly there to criticize the low state of racial discourse in America, focusing on the black side of that racial discourse, and Charles M. Blow in particular, whom he calls a "disgrace."

Later in the discussion, he also challenges Ta-Nehisi Coates' particular expression of Black Male Authenticity (the street bravado, noting he had a "tool" (a gun) with which to fix a "motherf**cker") as damaging and degrading.

Oh, and he rails against people like David Brooks for their racial condescending -- if you didn't read that already, for one thing, well played, but you can read it here, and see David Brooks ask, solicitously, if he's even permitted to comment upon Ta-Nehisi Coates' book.

This angers Loury, who demands, sensibly, that black people be treated just as you'd treat any other political actor. You are, in short, permitted to disagree with them or critique them without securing permission to do so beforehand.

McWhorter has meanwhile fleshed out the Ace of Spades Conjecture in an article in the Daily Beast.

McWhorter objects to the anti-intellectual, religion-like screams of "heresy" which are spat at anyone (including himself, a black man) who challenges the religion:

One is not to question, and people can be quite explicit about that. For example, in the "Conversation" about race that we are so often told we need to have, the tacit idea is that black people will express their grievances and whites will agree--again, no questions, or at least not real ones. Here and there lip service is paid to the idea that the Conversation would not be such a one-way affair, but just as typical is the praise that a piece like Reni Eddo-Lodge’s elicits, openly saying that white people who object to any black claims about racism are intolerably mistaken and barely worth engagement (Eddo-Lodge now has a contract to expand the blog post into a book). Usefully representative is a letter that The New York Times chose to print, which was elicited by David Brooks's piece on Coates’s book, in which a white person chides Brooks for deigning to even ask whether he is allowed to object to some of Coates’s claims....

As such, even Brooks has gotten the religion, critiquing Coates’s book while also making sure to say that "every conscientious American should read it." Brooks, here, is genuflecting, as America now does in general to Antiracist scripture. One is to accept that beyond a certain point--and one arrives at the point quite quickly--one is to treat logic as optional and simply have faith....

The call for people to soberly "acknowledge" their White Privilege as a self-standing, totemic act is based on the same justification as acknowledging one’s fundamental sinfulness is as a Christian. One is born marked by original sin; to be white is to be born with the stain of unearned privilege.

The proper response to original sin is to embrace the teachings of Jesus, although one will remain always a sinner nevertheless. The proper response to White Privilege is to embrace the teachings of--well, you can fill in the name or substitute others--with the understanding that you will always harbor the Privilege nevertheless. Note that many embrace the idea of inculcating white kids with their responsibility to acknowledge Privilege from as early an age as possible, in sessions starting as early as elementary school. This, in [one] sense, is Sunday school.

One objection McWhorter lodges is that there is no actual political demand here -- he feels, in many ways, this spares white people from any further need to act politically, because they've already Confessed Their Sins and hence are, as the catechism has it, now forgiven from sin.

And not just white people -- both Loury and McWhorter note the underperformance of black students in school, and want to know where are the calls for tangible action to address this in the black community. Actions beyond merely demanding that white people Confess Their Original Sins.

He doesn't dwell on that too long, but notes that's one of the things that differentiates an actual politics from a religion -- politics implies tangible political action, whereas religion can be a purely metaphysical gesture.

A very interesting dialogue -- well worth your time (as long as you skip that first 7:05).

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Rolling Stone Editor Who Oversaw Jackie's Rape Hoax Story to Step Down, Be Promoted Into a More Prominent Position and Be Paid Much More Money
— Ace

I merely assume all that stuff at the end -- isn't that always how it works?

You cannot fail in the progressive politico-corporate-media complex. If you publish things that aren't true, but help The Cause (and why would you ever publish something that doesn't help The Cause?), your failures will be rewarded.

After all -- your heart was in the right place.

So congratulations, Will Dana. I see wonderful things in your future due to your catastrophic failure.

The editor who oversaw Rolling Stone magazine’s erroneous story about a fraternity gang rape at the University of Virginia will leave the magazine, more than eight months after the story was published.

Will Dana, Rolling Stone’s managing editor, will step down next month after nearly two decades at the magazine. His departure comes amid a series of defamation lawsuits against the magazine as a result of its publication in November of "A Rape on Campus," which described an alleged gang rape that authorities determined never occurred.

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What a Coincidence: Swiss Bank's Donations to Clinton Foundation Increased Tenfold After Hillary Intervened On Their Behalf in a Tax Dispute
— Ace

There's just no "smoking gun" at all here, so long as you ignore all those guns on the floor, from which smoke is trickling.

Donations to the Clinton Foundation by Swiss bank UBS increased tenfold after Hillary Clinton intervened to settle a dispute with the IRS early in her tenure as secretary of state, according to a published report.

According to the Wall Street Journal, total donations by UBS to the foundation grew from less than $60,000 at the end of 2008 to approximately $600,000 by the end of 2014. The Journal reports that the bank also lent $32 million through entrepreneurship and inner-city loan programs it launched in association with the foundation, while paying former President Bill Clinton $1.5 million to participate in a series of corporate question-and-answer sessions with UBS Chief Executive Bob McCann.

Though there is no evidence of wrongdoing,


The media, and people generally, misuse the word "evidence," conflating it with the word "proof."

There may not be any firm proof of wrongdoing -- but there's a lot of circumstantial evidence.

But they're The Experts, you know. And they're Master Wordsmiths and such. Words are their stock in trade and words, allegedly, mean something to them.


The UBS case is unusual in that it shows a top U.S. diplomat intervening on behalf of a major overseas bank in a situation where federal prosecutors and the Justice Department had been the lead entity.

UBS' legal battles with the U.S. government date from 2007, when a whistleblower told the Justice Department that UBS had helped thousands of Americans open secret accounts to avoid U.S. taxes. In 2009, the bank paid a $780 million fine and turned over the names of 250 account holders to U.S. authorities as part of a deferred-prosecution agreement.

The Justice Department sought the names of 52,000 Americans who had secret accounts with the Swiss bank. But then Hillary intervened, and this ask was scaled back to 4,500, less than one-tenth the original demand.

And then the money flowing in increased by a factor of ten.

Meanwhile, there is a two-month gap in the emails Hillary provided that cannot be explained, except, of course, by the glaringly obvious way that everyone understands is actually what happened.

The emails embarrassed Hillary, so she erased them.

But there's "no evidence" of this, you understand, except for the fact that she was supposed to turn them over, and instead, erased them.

Among the hundreds of emails released by the State Department from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private account, there is a conspicuous two-month gap. So far, there are no emails between Clinton and her State Department staff during May and June 2012, a period of escalating violence in Libya leading up to the September 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that left four Americans dead.

A State Department spokesman told The Daily Beast that for the year 2012, only those emails related to the security of the consulate or to the U.S. diplomatic presence in Libya were made public and turned over to a House committee investigating the fatal Benghazi assault. But if that's true, then neither Clinton nor her staff communicated via email about the escalating dangers in Libya during those two crucial months. There were three attacks during that two-month period, including one that targeted the consulate...

Emails from that two-month period have also drawn outside interest for an entirely different reason. In the spring of 2012, a senior Clinton aide obtained a special exemption that allowed her to work both as a staff member to the secretary and in a private capacity for Clinton and her husband’s foundation.

Understandably, the State Department hasn't turned over any emails about the employment status of that aide, Huma Abedin, to the Benghazi Committee, which asked only for Libya-related material. Less understandable is Foggy Bottom's continued rebuffing of journalists' requests to obtain those messages under the Freedom of Information Act. The Associated Press has sued to obtain emails from Clinton’s account about Abedin.

It's all perfectly understandable: She's a criminal, and she routinely destroys records of her criminality.

Can anyone really blame Bill Clinton for his allegedly blonde, allegedly busty mistress?

[Author Ronald Kessler] reports some very scandalous stories in the book, including allegations of former President Clinton carrying out liaisons with another women when his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is not around.

"He has a blonde, busty mistress, and she’s been code named Energizer by agents. This is unofficially, but that is what they call her...She comes in to the Chappaqua [NY] home whenever Hillary leaves. The details coordinate to make sure they don’t cross paths. She, unlike Hillary, is very nice to the agents. She’ll bring cookies."


And the agents assigned to Hillary’s detail, says Kessler, don't usually look forward to the assignment.

"Hillary Clinton pretends to be this champion of the little people -- she's gonna help the middle class, she’s compassionate. But the reality behind the scenes is she treats her agents and others less powerful than she is with contempt. In fact she's so abusive to her agents that behind assigned to her detail is considered a form of punishment," he said. "That tells you something about her character."

But there's no evidence of that.

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Wreckage of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 Washes Up On Reunion Island, 4500 Miles From Where Expected to be Found
— Ace

One part of the mystery is now over, but the rest of it remains.

American investigators tell The New York Times that a part of an airplane found washed up on a beach on the Indian Ocean island of Réunion is from a Boeing 777. "A person familiar with the matter" tells Reuters the part was almost certainly from a 777.

This can only be MH370....

The piece of debris is part of a wing and probably a control surface from that wing. Control surfaces are among the most likely part of airplane wreckage to survive for a long while as flotsam...

Why is it so far from where the experts involved in the search had predicted the wreckage would show up? The Australian authorities leading the search for Flight 370 said last fall that they were working on a drift model to accurately plot where wreckage might first show up. Their prediction: the southern coast of Sumatra--4,500 miles away from Reunion.

Don "Black Hole" Lemon Hardest Hit

There's more there, about the possible reasons why Computer Modeling failed to predict its drift.

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US Dentist Sought by Zimbabwean Police in Connection With Shooting of Beloved (Protected) Lion
— Ace

The lion, named Cecil, lived in a protected state park.

The dentist, for his part, says he paid local guides to find a lion for him, and relied upon them to know where they were, and what laws applied, and what lion they had actually found.

It's a mess.

Cecil, who was 13, was a prized lion in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park, where visitors reportedly sighted him frequently. A video of the animal, regal, indifferent and sleepy-eyed, has been widely disseminated.

He was a participant in a study that Oxford University in Britain was conducting, and he had been outfitted with a GPS collar.

A police official in Zimbabwe said that two Zimbabweans had been arrested in the case and that police were looking for Palmer.

The Zimbabwean guides were arrested but have been freed on bail.

I'm sure this will shock you -- the dentist is now being hunted by internet vigilantes, despite the fact that we don't know yet if his claims of innocent intent are true or not.

Two signs posted on the door of a nondescript dental office here asked passers-by to mourn the death of Cecil, a lion who was lured off his sanctuary and killed during a game hunt this month in Zimbabwe.

"WE ARE CECIL," one read; "#CatLivesMatter," read another. Nearby was a sign with a darker message for the dentist who said he killed the cat: "ROT IN HELL."

In the hours since Dr. Walter J. Palmer apologized for killing the lion, he has gone from a dentist and longtime hunting enthusiast to a villain at the center of a firestorm over the ethics of big-game trophy hunting.


The outrage and attention surrounding the lion’s death online caused Dr. Palmer to keep his office closed on Wednesday as he joined an ever-expanding group of people who have become targets of Internet vigilantism, facing a seemingly endless shaming until the next issue comes along.

Frequently outraged hysteric Mia Farrow of course had to tweet the man's home address, an action that even Salon has criticized. (No link; you can google if you like.)

She wasn't the only hysterical actress tweeting his personal information, either.

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Open Thread
— rdbrewer

C. Morgan McIlhenney, "Nantucket Sand Dune" (1890)

--via @JohnPlunket

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Fourth Planned Parenthood Video Released
— Gabriel Malor


This one stars Dr. Savita Ginde, of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains.

This requires criminal investigation:

In the video, actors posing as representatives from a human biologics company meet with Ginde at the abortion-clinic headquarters of PPRM in Denver to discuss a potential partnership to harvest fetal organs. When the actors request intact fetal specimens, Ginde reveals that in PPRM’s abortion practice, “Sometimes, if we get, if someone delivers before we get to see them for a procedure, then we are intact.”

Since PPRM does not use digoxin or other feticide in its 2nd trimester procedures, any intact deliveries before an abortion are potentially born-alive infants under federal law (1 USC .

Note, in case you missed it in the second video, the reason they don't use feticide is because then the organs aren't viable. Meaning they crush the babies and tear them apart while they are still alive and able to feel pain.


Yesterday, a judge in California issued a temporary injunction barring CMP from publishing videos that include footage from a May 2014 meeting between officials at StemExpress and CMP investigators posing as potential buyers of fetal organs. The StemExpress lawsuit alleges the covert recording of that meeting at a restaurant is the product of unlawful electronic eavesdropping.

California has unusually tough prohibitions on electronic recording. One of those restrictions is that all parties must consent to the recording of "confidential communications." This isn't my area of law, but a quick survey of the case law suggests that recordings in restaurants may sometimes be considered confidential communications and sometimes not, depending on the circumstances. It's going to be a fact-specific determination, so CMP may ultimately be in a bit of trouble there depending on what the testimony and evidence turns up. On the other hand, the temporary injunction is a prior restraint, which typically isn't the right solution to alleged newsworthy conduct that can be remedied post-litigation. The temporary injunction was ordered to last until a hearing can be convened on August 19. StemExpress also alleges theft, fraud, and interference with contract.

Other CMP videos can be released, so long as they don't include the StemExpress meeting.

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