March 31, 2016

Overnight Open Thread (3-31-2016) - [] Edition
— Maetenloch

Quote of the Day

When all is said and done, Civilizations do not fall because of the barbarians at the gates. Nor does a great city fall from the death wish of bored and morally bankrupt stewards presumably sworn to its defense. Civilizations fall only because each citizen of the city comes to accept that nothing can be done to rally and rebuild broken walls; that ground lost may never be recovered; and that greatness lived in our grandparents but not our grandchildren. Yes, our betters tell us these things daily. But that doesn't mean we have to believe it.

-- Bill Whittle in The Undefended City

Can You Spot the Marine?


Professors Call for Nationalizing the Endowments of Private Universities

Smash the ''"wealth hoarders"!

Reason #873 to Hate Obama: Making Us Coin the Term Funeral-Selfie


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OMG: Now There Are "Trump 2016" Chalkings at Kansas University!!!
— Ace

The University responded to an inquiry that yes, such political chalking were permitted, and then people who are in great need of psychiatry began screaming.

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Astronomers Map Surface of Alien Planet 55-Cancri-E; One Side Is Almost All Molten Lava and Over 2500 Degrees C, The Other Side is Solid Rock and a Comparatively Nippy 1000 Degrees C
— Ace

These are not the replacement planets we were hoping for.

Artist's Impression of 55 Cancri E.
Scientists say the planet has an exciting future ahead of it
as the subject of Heavy Metal album covers.

The study used NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope to produce a precision temperature (exo-)map of 55 Cancri e, which is approximately 40 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Cancer.

This is the first time such a map has been produced of such a small rocky world around eight times the mass of Earth.

As 55 Cancri e orbits so close to its parent star, completing one orbit every 18 hours, it has become tidally locked -- one hemisphere of the world is constantly facing the star, whereas the opposite side is trapped in eternal night.

Thus accounting for one side being all molten lava, and the other side being just extremely hot rock. But --

The researchers have realised that the day side of 55 Cancri e is a lot hotter than would be predicted from stellar heating alone -- there seems to be "extra heat" that, for now, will remain a puzzle until more advanced space telescopes can be launched.

Scientists speculate the planet is made entirely of Emily Ratajowski's ass.

More Science: Pentagon wonders if enemy nations will make autonomous killer robots. The US doesn't make such robots -- they kill only at the direction of a human being -- but other countries might not be so choosy about command and control of killer robots.

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Email Probe: "You Get One Shot At The Queen," Unnamed Source Says
— Ace


As the FBI enters the final phases of its investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of an unauthorized email server for government business, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and FBI Director James Comey are meeting frequently to discuss the progress and handling of the highly sensitive case, a source told Fox News.

Among the issues discussed in the meetings, which have been taking place several times per week, are who will be interviewed and in what order, according to an intelligence source close to the ongoing case. Emails released by the State Department have already shown Clinton and several key aides used the personal, unsecured network to send more than 1,000 messages which have been deemed classified.

"In a case like this you get one shot at the queen," the source, who was not authorized to speak on the record, said referring to Clinton, the former secretary of state and current front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination. "The pressures are enormous on the agents, as the case has to be airtight and perfect."

Lorreta Lynch is ordering a main dish of No Controlling Legal Authority with a side of Mistakes Were Made and an extra helping of If The Glove Doesn't Fit, You Must Acquit.

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Support for Border Wall Plunges to 38%
— Ace

Trump. #Winning.

The explanation is simple.

People have different responses to something claimed to be "racist." But let's speak of a few broad groups:

1. Progs/SJWs. For these folks, anything they don't like is "racist."

2. Upper Middle Class "Establishment" Republicans and Many Status-Conscious Moderates. For these status-craving folks, "racism" has a powerful charge to it, and they socialize mainly with liberals, so they are extremely jittery about any possible policy position which could be used to brand them as "racist" and thereby degrade their social status.

3. People Who Are Fucking Sick of Everything Being Called Racist and For Whom the Simple Dropping of the Word Has Little Further Power. This includes many GOPer, particularly Trump voters.

4. People Who Are Actually Racist. Enough said.

Whenever you talk about something like the wall, you have to keep in mind you automatically have group 1 against you.

You probably have group 4 for you.

You probably also have most of group 3 for you, too, for a simple reason: Because the "racism" charge is so toxic, especially among the Establishment-minded social climbers, it's likely that a lot of useful, common-sense measures have Not already been undertaken because Group 1 yells "racist" about everything and thereby shuts down any discussion about a plan.

Thus, obvious things, like building a wall, don't get done. Usually they should be done, and are only being stopped by farcical claims of "racism," so often most of Group 3 will support such measures.

So the only group in play is Group 2. People like Megyn Kelly. People who did well in school and have the psychological bent of wanting to Please Their Teachers, not being natural rebels or contrarians who say "Fuck Teacher."

And this is your swing constituency. And so you have to be careful to explain your support for a proposal in ways that make sense to Group 2, and in particular, with reasons that are sufficient for Group 2 to understand this is not about "racism" or other forbidden urges, but about acceptable political goals like security and economics and budgetary matters (and law and order, and sovereignty, and etc.).

Now, if you talk about these issues in a loose way that sort of suggests that it's simple dislike of Mexicans and other Latin Americans driving your policy position, they will run for the hills, because the defining psychological feature of people in this group is over-valuing of their status vis-a-vis their social class' norms of behavior.

And "being racist" (or even "being associated with things that might be racist") is completely unacceptable to this group -- less acceptable than adultery, alcoholism, and drug abuse.

Probably the only things worse to this group is child abuse or vehicular manslaughter while DUI.

So this is the key swing demographic you have to persuade, and make feel comfortable and even #Safe, on any issue which Group 1 might yell about and controversialize into sounding "racist."


How do you think the chief spokesman for the border wall has done on assuaging the social status anxieties of this group?

Oh Trump's moved the Overton Window, all right. Just in the wrong direction.

You may not be interested in Political Correctness, but believe me amigos, Political Correctness remains very, very interested in you.

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Is There Any White Knight That Can Emerge From the Shadows at the Convention?
— Ace

Imagine this plausible scenario:

Trump does not get to 1,237, and has become even more unacceptable to the party as a whole than he is now.

Trump carpet bombs Ted Cruz and makes him even weaker in the general election than he is now.

Kasich continues being Kasich.

Assuming the convention is contested and Cruz has been too damaged to be a strong candidate (a plausible thing because you know Trump's not going down alone), and assuming the party rewrites the rules (as you know it would, in this situation) to permit delegates to choose virtually anyone--

Can anyone think of anybody who would 1, be broadly acceptable to the party regulars, and 2, look good in a general election, that can suddenly emerge from the wreckage?

And no, not Paul "Professor Open Borders" Ryan. F*** that guy especially.

And No... Not other people who have already been rejected soundly by voters, like Rubio and Jeb.

Boy the Establishment just never gives up, huh?

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Trump's Narrow Path to 1,237
— Ace

It seems most likely he will not actually make it.

And losing Wisconsin -- where the latest poll has him down 40-30 to Cruz -- would make his difficult road even steeper.

One interesting thing from The Hill article -- in four of the remaining states, most delegates are elected by primary voters, but by state party officials.

Four states out of the remaining 20 break from the traditional primaries and caucuses held elsewhere by sending unbound delegates to the national convention.

These contests will test the organizational strength of the candidates.

Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota and Pennsylvania will either send unbound delegates to the convention, or will elect delegates who have already declared a preference for one of the candidates.

That puts the onus on the candidates to get their supporters elected to the national convention in those states.

So far, Cruz has proven most adept at this.

For instance, Trump won the popular vote in Louisiana, but Cruz might take home more delegates, having succeeded in winning over the five unbound delegates from the state.

It's possible that scenario could play out similarly in Pennsylvania, where party activists will elect 54 of the state's 71 delegates.

I had thought that Pennsylvania would likely go Trump, with Kasich dividing up the non-Trump vote with Cruz. It's possible that Cruz (or Kasich, frankly) could win the lion's share of the votes here.

Meanwhile, in Wisconsin, Trump's SuperPAC is going to work on Cruz, claiming he favors "amnesty" for Syrian refugees.

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Official State Department Travel Warning: If You're Ugly, Be Very Suspicious of Swarthy Foreign Hustlers Trying to Con You Into Buying Them Drinks, Because, Like We Were Saying Earlier, You're Ugly And Why Would Someone Be Interested In You, Uggo?
— Ace

It's been deleted.

To be honest, I'm not sure what the ruckus is all about, but this is an extremely slow news day and I'm willing to post just about anything.

"Not a '10' in the US? Then not a 10 overseas. Beware of being lured into buying expensive drinks or worse -- being robbed," the controversial tweet said.

I guess this warning is about strip-clubs or other clip-houses where attractive women suggest that you buy them a champagne and then it turns out that champagne was $200 for a mini-bottle?

But isn't that con well enough known in the US?

Or was that just me?!

From a Commenter: jwest i think.

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Greg Gutfeld: The Same Tension Pulling the GOP Apart Also Exists Among FoxNews Anchors and at The Five Itself
— Ace

Well this isn't exactly news, but it is news someone said it.

"We as a show," he said, "are facing internal strife, from a micro level to a macro level… Look at The Five. On any given day, we have tension over this nomination, over this candidate. You can look at our network as a whole."

He said this is true of pretty much "every area where there is conservatism" these days, but pointed to specific "issues within a family of anchors” that has fractured the anti-Obama unity they once enjoyed."

Video at the link.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]
— Open Blogger


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Morning Thread (3-31-2016)
— andy

We've almost made it through March. Don't quit now!

Except for you, Kasich.

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March 30, 2016

Overnight Open Thread (3-30-2016)
— Maetenloch

Death of the Slaying Hero

Has modern civilization lost its love for the warrior archetype?

The modern heroic ideal replaces the slaying hero with the individual whose higher purpose drives him to serve others - not battle or defeat them. The highest form of this heroism occurs when such service involves risking one's own life. Lindberg points to the New York City firefighters who rushed into the World Trade Center on 9/11 and to humanitarian aid workers who travel to the world's most dangerous places. Analyzing lists of Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, Lindberg spots a trend: the percentage of citations that include a life-saving narrative has escalated markedly in the modern era. "The increasing emphasis on life-saving activity over time is so starkly apparent that it is tempting to conclude that no one will get the Congressional Medal of Honor any more simply for exacting a price on the enemy," he writes. "Absent the saving function, the chance of a medal being awarded now seems vanishingly low."

I saw the same trend in reader reactions to my book. While speaking before audiences about the nine heroes profiled in Valor, I noticed a clear difference in the responses to stories in which the hero killed enemy forces versus those in which the hero saved lives. The distinction was so sharp that I revised my talks to emphasize the saving narratives.

If the American military - the most powerful fighting force in the history of the world-reserves its highest honor not for killing the enemy but for saving lives, "then we have perhaps reached the point in the development of the modern world at which the modern, saving form of heroism has eclipsed the vestigial forms of classical heroism and their slaying ways for good," Lindberg observes.


When Motivational Speakers Snap

Here motivational speaker Eric Thomas who clawed his way up from being a homeless high school dropout in Detroit comes to speak to high school students at Vashon High School, one of the worst schools in St. Louis. But when some students keep talking and texting, Thomas goes off script at the 3:30 mark.


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Obama Knocks the Press For Not Digging Into the Substance of a Politician's Lies, Hypocrisies, Demagogueries, and Failures
— Ace

As Dr. Evil would say, Riiiiiiight.

Open Thread.

Let me tell you my Arrow theory. My theory is that Laurel will be the one who dies. Felicity, meanwhile, will develop super-reflexes due to the spinal implant she got from Curtis.

Obviously, this means she must Fight Crime.

As Archer would say, "Oh, do you not...?"

She will become the new Black Canary. And to honor her dead friend Laurel Lance, she'll adopt the pseudonym Dinah Lance. Who knows, maybe she'll have to pretend she's dead by some plot convolution and will need to take on a new name.

That way, Arrow can comport itself with what's supposed to happen in the comics, that he marries a Black Canary called Dinah Lance.

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Not Only Is Obama Seeking to "Annex the Suburbs" As Part of His Plan to Force Suburbs to Erect High-Density Public Housing, but HUD Is Seeking a Court Order to Muzzle Critics of the Plan
— Ace

Apparently having a "tone" the Administration doesn't like when they arrogate unheard-of powers upon themselves is a legal basis for a court order to compel someone to parrot the Administration line.

Incidentally, the critic here is in Chappaqua. He tried to get Hillary Rodham to say if her own hometown (and her server's hometown) had discriminatory policies, as Obama's goons allege.

She refuses to say, and the media refuses to ask her.

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Trump: Nevermind What I Said About Punishing Women Who Get Abortions An Hour Ago. My Position Has Always Been Consistent. Reagan!
— Ace

Okay then, so long as I know you're taking this Commander in Chief and Leader of the Free World thing seriously.

In all fairness to Trump, he doesn't care about policy and isn't very smart.

Pro-life groups are piling on Trump, because, well, he tends to destroy the viability of any position he holds.

I'm pretty upset that he's clowning up the immigration issue.

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Video of Black Female College Student Harassing (And Grabbing) White Male Student Over His Wearing of Dreadlocks Goes Viral; College Allegedly Investigating the Incident
— Ace

"Do not put your hands on me," she demands, as he tries to pry her hands off of him while she drags him into a corner to further harass him.

She made this boy feel #Unsafe, and now I feel #Unsafe watching it.

Put her on College Show Trial and expel her.

But San Francisco State University sounds like they're in sweep-it-under-the-carpet mode.

We are aware of the video made of an incident which occurred on campus yesterday afternoon. University police were called to the scene of the incident when it occurred. The two individuals involved in the incident are not San Francisco State University employees. Further, no criminal charges have been pressed at this time to the University’s knowledge.

San Francisco State University promotes the rights of the campus community to engage in free speech, but does not condone behavior that impedes the safety or well-being of others. We are taking the matter seriously and will promptly and thoroughly investigate this incident through applicable University channels, including our campus student conduct procedures.

Sounds to me like they're saying "If it's a real crime, the cops will take care of it."


Is that their usual policy on matters of harassment or making people #FeelUnsafe, or is that a special policy when the attacker is black?

As a bonus, Christina Hoff Summers explains what "intersectional feminism" is -- an unhinged conspiracy theory conferring special self-regard to those who have accomplished little to justify it -- and how it empowers minority women to be the huge asshole bullies they accuse their imaginary oppressors of being. That video the next below.

Update: The victim responds on video. Thanks to Niedermeyer's Dead Horse. He's a weenie who takes "cultural appropriation" seriously; he just disagrees that dreadlocks are an appropriation of any particular culture, as it's been used by many cultures.


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France Scraps Plans to Revise Constitution to Permit the Forfeiture of Citizenship of Terrorists
— Ace


I'm aware this would have some serious slippery-slope consequences, but... oh well.

French President Francois Hollande said Wednesday he was scrapping his plan for constitutional reforms in the wake of the November 13 attacks on Paris, including a measure to strip convicted terrorists of their nationality.

Hollande announced in a televised statement he was "closing the constitutional debate" on the reforms after the lower house, the National Assembly, and opposition-dominated Senate failed to agree on the text.

Hollande proposed the reforms after Islamic State group suicide bombers and gunmen killed 130 people across Paris.

The right was in favor of this reform, as was Hollande's socialist government. But his actual Socialist Party strongly opposed it, because Terrorists Are Wonderful F***ing People.

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Trump: After National Defense, Health Care and Education are Two of the Federal Government's Most Important Functions
Oh, By The Way, Women Who Have Abortions Should Be "Punished" With a Legal Penalty

— Ace

Do go on.

This Wall is getting more and more expensive every single day.

On the Other Hand... Trump announces that we must "punish" women who have abortions, with a penalty to be determined later.

This will play well in the general so everything's cool.

PS, Yes, I know, no one believes him -- he's just pandering to social conservatives. I know everyone knows he's actually pro-choice.

Still, it won't play well, and it shows how little he's considered any of these issues.

Oh, and before the Trump People scold me for the anti-Trumpian heresy of reporting the news, you should know this is already making headlines in other countries.

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Marquette University Demands Professor Apologize to Colleague, For the Sin of Criticizing Her Anti-Free-Speech Classroom Policy
— Ace

She said that certain opinions (guess which ones) were inappropriate for her class and would not be countenanced; he wrote a blog-post criticizing her.

The university is now demanding he publicly apologize and sign on to a "guidance" reaffirming the university's core (leftist) values.

He's telling them to go hang -- but he knows they're doing this to gin up a pretext to fire him. But he's telling them to go hang anyway.

Meanwhile, linked at Instapundit, Virginia Postrel talks about conservative professors in the closet, and the jellyfish jackass dean of Emory is now pretending to be pro-free-speech, after having already promised the SJWs he'd prosecute the "Trump 2016" chalker.

Apparently Emory's alumna are circulating a petition demanding Emory re-commit itself to free speech.

No longer does Emory University serve as a beacon of intellectual diversity attracting some of the best and brightest young adults from across the world, much as it attracted us. Instead, Emory has become just another school in the well-documented pattern of universities that have surrendered to the demands of a vocal few that emotional comfort, ideological conformity and yes, "safe environments" trump fundamental notions of free speech. Critical thinking and exposure to other opinions are unwanted. But this does not have to be how the story ends. It is vitally important that we respond to this trend by reaffirming our foundational notions of freedom. Unfortunately, President Wagner and Emory University have thus far failed to rise to the challenge.

And that's a big deal, because the only pushback against the Adult Babies running the campuses (as AllahPundit called them) is for the trustees and alumna/donors to treat the Adult Babies the only way you can treat Adult Babies: by threatening to cut off the Adult Babies' allowance unless they get a haircut and fly right.

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