April 28, 2016

Is ESPN a Hotbed of Over Racists?
— Ace

Yes it is, says fired former ESPN analyst Curt Schilling.

"Some of the most racist things that I've ever heard come out of people that are on the air at ESPN. There are some of the biggest racists in sports commentating, and you take it for what it is. You know who they are. You know what they are. I like that they are openly because then you know who they are. You know that they exist."

He needs to name names. If we're living in a Purge The Heretics Society now, all the Heretics must be Purged.

All. Not just the ones the left doesn't like.

Open thread.

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Is Millennials' Dislike of Capitalism Rooted in the Same Psychological Weakness That Causes Them to Want #SafeSpaces?
— Ace

I think David French is right -- we can see this broadly as a soft generation with no toughness or grit which is strongly adverse to any kind of challenge or competition.

They're very big on Reward, not so much on Risk.

We need a #SafeSpace in the economy.

[T]here is still startlingly broad opposition to capitalism, and I can't help but wonder if part of it springs from the same well-spring of risk aversion that gives us safe spaces, micro-aggressions, and trigger-warnings.

Actual free markets are risky. Companies can fail. Entire industries can vanish. Entrepreneurial dreams are crushed every single day. Free markets don't care for your feelings, your ethnicity, or your gender identity.

Is it any surprise that when millions of people demonstrate an extraordinarily low tolerance for emotional risk that they’d be hostile to an economic system that can so callously disregard their wants and needs?

When a generation of weak, soft imbeciles decides it is too #EmotionallyUnsafe to ever lose in a footrace, we see the end of Track and Field as a sport.

And when these same coddled weaklings and runts decide they can't stand to lose in the competition for innovation and hard work, we'll see the end of all competition in innovation a d hard work.

Economic Participation Trophies for Everybody!

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Eight Minute Abs
Seven Minute Abs
Six Minute Abs
Are You Ready for... One Minute Abs?

— Ace

It is now put forward that one minute of all-out exercise may deliver the benefits of 45 minutes of lower-intensity conditioning.

You know what I call one minute of intense exercise? Sex twice a day.

For many of us, the most pressing question about exercise is: How little can I get away with? The answer, according to a sophisticated new study of interval training, may be very, very little. In this new experiment, in fact, 60 seconds of strenuous exertion proved to be as successful at improving health and fitness as three-quarters of an hour of moderate exercise.

Let me repeat that finding: One minute of arduous exercise was comparable in its physiological effects to 45 minutes of gentler sweating.

They tested three groups: the control group, who did nothing; the typical conditioning regimen group, doing 45 minutes of moderate/high cardio; and a last group, which did 10 seconds warm up, 20 seconds all-out-intensity bike pedaling, ten seconds cool down, 20 seconds all-out-intensity pedaling.

Total workout time: 60 seconds. I guess maybe they did a short cooldown after.

[W]hen the scientists retested the men's aerobic fitness, muscles and blood-sugar control now, they found that the exercisers showed virtually identical gains, whether they had completed the long endurance workouts or the short, grueling intervals. In both groups, endurance had increased by nearly 20 percent, insulin resistance likewise had improved significantly, and there were significant increases in the number and function of certain microscopic structures in the men’s muscles that are related to energy production and oxygen consumption.

No but seriously: Sex takes care of that. You just have to do it once per day.

I need to find someone willing to let me put my shame inside them. For 20 seconds, then a ten second change-up slow-down, then 20 seconds to the fast finish.


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Economy Grows an Enormous Zero Point Five Percent In First Quater
— Ace

I knew they wouldn't let the number fall below zero -- they would fight that. Because two quarters of negative growth in a row is a recession, and they absolutely will not permit that before Obama's Legacy Election.

So they're making sure that can't happen. Even if we go negative next quarter -- and we may well might -- we can't have an official recession as we go to the polls.

So here's your Green Shoots: zero point five. Half of a percent.

Just enough to not be negative, and that's all that matters.

Gateway Pundit says that Obama now belongs to a very exclusive club: he is the only president in history, since we've been measuring economic growth, to not see a single year of (just better than the rate of population expansion) 3% growth.

What a guy.

What a god.

All hail King Obama, first of his name, the FOTUS -- Failure of the United States.

Or even FUOTUS.

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Cruz: The Alliance With the Idiot Prick John Kasich Is Dead
— Ace

Kasich needed Cruz to win Indiana as much as Cruz needed that -- both men's only hope relies on a contested convention, and a contested convention requires someone other than Trump to win Indiana.

But Kasich immediately repudiated their alliance and began making noises that he was competing there as hard as ever.

For some reason. Probably because he's a prick, and he's dumb, and has an ego more bloated than his stomach after all that disgusting eating.

Now Cruz acknowledges the reality of the situation: You can't trust the son of a federally-employed mailman to deliver anything.

Alliance is over.

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John Boehner: Cruz is "Lucifer in the Flesh;" Donald Trump Is My Texting Buddy
— Ace


I'd say that puts Cruz up over Trump 1-0.



"Lucifer in the flesh," the former speaker said [of Ted Cruz]. "I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life."

Boehner described other Republican candidates as friends. In particular, the former speaker said he has played golf with Donald Trump for years and that they were "texting buddies."

Most important endorsement Cruz has had so far.

But I'm sure the pretend anti-establisment stalwart Trump will say this just shows how Cruz "can't get along with people" to "make great deals."

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Vice: Here's What It's Really Like to Fight For ISIS
— Ace

Evil death-worshipping clowns -- they would be laughable, if their black hearts were not so set on murder.

They took this propaganda video using a head-mounted camera (which is always looking in the wrong place -- canted too far down -- because they're fuck-ups) and meant to show the world their might as they cruised around murdering people in their "improvised broke-ass Fat Albert Delta Deathmobile," as spongeworthy calls it. (Well, I added broke-ass and Fat Albert.)

Then they ran into the Peshmega.

If only more of them were killed it would be a great video.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]
— Open Blogger


The Anatomy Lesson
Rembrandt van Rijn

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April 27, 2016

Overnight Open Thread (4-27-2016)
— Maetenloch

Quote of the Day I - Because Attackers Like Have Rights Man Edition

The main problem with the notion of self-defense is it imposes on justice, for everyone has the right for a fair trial. Therefore, using a firearm to defend oneself is not legal because if the attacker is killed, he or she is devoid of his or her rights.

-- Justin Cormi in the Huffington Post which apparently does not have a drug testing policy

Quote of the Day II

In June 1893, nine cowboys raced across a thousand miles of American prairie to the Chicago World's Fair. For two weeks they thundered past angry sheriffs, governors, and Humane Society inspectors intent on halting their race. Waiting for them at the finish line was Buffalo Bill Cody, who had set up his Wild West Show right next to the World's Fair that had refused to allow his exhibition at the fair.

The Great Cowboy Race occurred at a pivotal moment in our nation's history: many believed the frontier was settled and the West was no more. The Chicago World's Fair represented the triumph of modernity and the end of the cowboy age. Except no one told the cowboys. Racing toward Buffalo Bill Cody and the gold-plated Colt revolver he promised to the first to reach his arena, nine men went on a Wild West stampede from tiny Chadron, Nebraska, to bustling Chicago. But at the first thud of hooves pounding on Chicago's brick pavement, the race devolved into chaos. Some of the cowboys shipped their horses part of the way by rail, or hired private buggies. One had the unfair advantage of having helped plan the route map in the first place. It took three days, numerous allegations, and a good old Western showdown to sort out who was first to Chicago, and who won the Great Cowboy Race.

-- from a review of American Endurance: The Great Cowboy Race and the Vanishing Wild West

Quote of the Day III

We're told although Prince hired and fired a slew of professionals, his most trusted advisers were "beautiful, 20-something women, all models with no experience in anything." It caused chaos in his life ... especially in the financial department.

-- from a TMZ article on Prince's lack of a will

Quote of the Day IV - Superfluous Masculinity Edition

The Turner prize-winning artist has turned his sights on the survivalist [Bear Grylls] and his exceptionally rugged version of masculinity, arguing that it isn't fit for the 21st century. "He celebrates a masculinity that is useless," [Grayson ] Perry said. Perry said that the masculine ideal presented by shows such as The Island, in which Grylls is currently putting a third group of hapless contestants through survivalist hell, is making it harder for men to successfully negotiate modern life. "Men might be good at taking the risk of stabbing someone or driving a car very fast, but when it comes to opening up, men are useless," Perry told the Radio Times in an interview to promote his new series, All Man.

Note that Grayson Perry's interests include pottery, writing, opening up emotionally along with the occasional transvestism.


Security Guards Stop Kids From Singing The National Anthem At the 9/11 Memorial

Because the rules say that you must have a required $35 permit to be allowed to sing at the site. Otherwise the terrorists have won.



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Feds: The Economy Has Slowed
— Ace

Obama's Miracle Economy of super-fast growth has slowed???!!

Well, when you're performing at this high a level, there's really no place to go but down.

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Guardian: Correcting Grammar is Racist
— Ace

I just saw this on The Five.

Apparently speaking non-grammatically is a treasured trope of minorities.

Boy, progressives sure have a low opinion of minorities, don't they?

Oh, I forgot to mention: Lena Dunham vows she will absolutely move to Vancouver if Donald Trump wins the presidency.

Speaking of obnoxious hefty gals:

I mentioned the Crowder/Milo/Hoff Summers panel earlier, and the disruptors at it.

Below you will see why they couldn't talk - the audio in the tape was skewed so you mostly hear Crowder et al. But below you will see an... interestingly shaped woman (???) screaming incoherent obscenities from a few yards away.

When I say "interestingly shaped," I mean that the way bean bag furniture with flapping armfat arms is interestingly shaped.

And of course she keeps drinking from her sippie cup. Must be water in that cup. I figure an active gal like her has to keep herself hydrated.

Are you sure you're angry about racism, sweetie? Because I can barely make out your race. It's rather buried beneath walrusian layers of flab. more...

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Will Ferrell to Play "Reagan" as Demented Basket-Case
— Ace

The script postulates that Reagan had dementia in office and was so out of it that an intern has to keep him on script by convincing him he's an actor playing the president in a movie.

Well, there you go.

It's interesting that their hate never diminishes.

Oh, Ferrell is also working on a movie with John C. Reilly where they will play, assumedly, misguided nativists who go on their own down the border to protect it.

So Ferrell is officially out of his making-profitable-films phase and deep into his low-budget vanity project phase.

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Ted Cruz to Make His Big Announcement Within Minutes
— Ace

In the meantime we can talk about Trump's foreign policy speech. Jonah Goldberg calls it "okay," but also wonders if Trump has any idea what some of the claims put into his mouth by writers might mean.

The major theme was "America First," which few can disagree with in broad strokes. Trouble is, most people say they're America first, even if they're not. Even Barack Obama, had you asked him in 2008, would have claimed to have been most interested in advancing American interests.

The trouble is, people define "American interests" differently. Obama, obviously, thinks America will somehow benefit by being weak and passive. (He also thinks the world will benefit from this -- which is his real motivation. But he thinks America will benefit too. Just less than everyone else.)

I suppose the general reminder that America should act in her own self-interests -- even if ruthlessly on occasion -- is a worthwhile thing to re-state.

Trump opened his speech Wednesday vowing to "shake the rust off America's foreign policy" and said he would outline a vision for a U.S. foreign policy "that replaces randomness with purpose, ideology with strategy and chaos with peace."

He added, "My foreign policy will always put the interests of the American people and American security first."

Very platitudey, though I have to say, every platitude is somewhat different and appeals to a different mentality. Obama's "Smart Diplomacy" and "community of nations" is a platitude.

But these two platitudes are obviously different, and signal, platitudinously, different things.

I prefer Trump's platitudes, at least.


He panned the Iran nuclear deal, a centerpiece of Obama's foreign policy, and claimed the President has "weakened our military by weakening our economy."
And he sought to wrap former secretary of state Clinton in his criticism of the Obama administration, referring to the "legacy of the Obama-Clinton interventions" as one of "weakness, confusion and disarray."


"We will no longer surrender this country or its people to the false song of globalism," Trump said, explaining that he is skeptical of international agreements "that tie us up and bring America down."

Okay, read the whole article at CNN if you want more. He also said that Muslim-American cooperation "must be a two-way street," suggesting that it's not at the current moment.

Meanwhile, I'm waiting to see the new tandem of Cruz and Fiorina.

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Former Speaker of the House and Serial Pedophile Child Molester Denny Hastert Sentenced to Fifteen Months in Prison
— Ace

The problem with his sentence is that he seems to be accused of an action which ought to not be a crime -- hiding one's transactions from the government by making them in increments below the level at which a bank must report them.

Which is insane. It's insane first of all that there's a law that says anyone has to report to the government any size transaction to make. And then it becomes positively Lovecraftian that that isn't enough -- no, now it's a crime to "structure" transactions below that threshold as well.

At some point, they'll expand the law to criminalize making transactions just below the phantom threshold to avoid being charged for the that.

First, it was illegal to cross the threshold without reporting.

Then, it was illegal to flirt with the threshold without reporting.

Soon it will be illegal to flirt with the threshold of flirting with the threshold without reporting.

As they often say: A government wants nothing more than to criminalize all behaviors. That puts all power of discretion into their hands, and makes the citizens scared and compliant.

His crimes against his victims are serious. But the "crime" he's being sentenced for today is no crime at all -- except on the government's part.

The statute of limitations ran out on his real crimes.

The AP article is about his actual crimes, and barely mentions the non-crime he's actually going to jail for.

Dennis Hastert, the Republican who for eight years presided over the House and was second in the line of succession to the presidency, was sentenced Wednesday to more than a year in prison in the hush-money case that included accusations he sexually abused teenagers while coaching high school wrestling.


In explaining his punishment, the judge called Hastert a "serial child molester" and described as "unconscionable" his attempt to accuse one of the victims of extortion.


Earlier in the hearing, a former athlete who said he was molested by Hastert decades ago told the courtroom that he was "devastated" by the abuse.

The man, now in his 50s, said Hastert abused him while they were alone in a locker room. He struggled to hold back tears as he described the incident in detail. In the years since, he said, he sought professional help and had trouble sleeping. He said the memory still causes him pain.

He said he trusted and looked up to Hastert.

In his own statement, Hastert admitted that he "mistreated" some of his athletes and said he was "deeply ashamed."

"I am sorry to those I hurt and misled," he said. "What I did was wrong and I regret it."

This article provides more grim details about Individual A and other victims.

Individual A was 14 when Hastert abused him, according to court documents filed by the government earlier this month. Hastert would have been in his 20s or 30s.

The teenager was one of around a dozen boys returning to Yorkville from a wrestling camp. Stopping at a motel, Hastert, the only adult on the trip, told Individual A to stay with him in one room. The other boys stayed in another room.

Hastert said he wanted to check a groin pull the boy suffered, ordering him onto a bed and telling him to take off his underwear. When the teen realized Hastert "was touching him in an inappropriate sexual way," he jumped up, ran across the room and sat in a chair, the court papers said.

Later, he walked back and apologized to Hastert, who then told the boy to give him a back message. Confused and embarrassed, the boy complied.

Hastert's attorneys questioned whether Hastert's actions legally constituted sexual abuse. Prosecutors hit back in their filing: "There is no ambiguity; defendant sexually abused Individual A."

Individual A confronted Hastert in 2010. At a prearranged meeting, he asked why Hastert had abused him. Hastert, the filing said, responded that it had been "a confusing and difficult time in his life."



Individual B was also 14 when he says Hastert abused him. It happened when he was alone in the locker room with Hastert after a workout. He told prosecutors Hastert offered him a massage, telling him it would help "loosen him up." Hastert then "performed a sexual act" on him, the court documents said.



Individual C had just stepped out of a locker room shower when Hastert offered him a massage. He didn't think it strange at first. But when his towel came off, Hastert brushed his hand against the boy's genitals. "Individual C recalls that it was 'very weird' and made him uncomfortable," according to the court papers. But Individual C wasn't sure the touching was intentional.

You get the pattern.

The guy Republicans called "Coach" for years.


The Flair Principle of Law: If the government will throw people in jail for not wearing 37 pieces of flair, they should at least make 37 the official legal requirement -- not tell them 15 is the minimum, but they'll encourage them (through prison sentences) to do more than the minimum.

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Steven Crowder Gives The Social Justice Warriors A Piece of His Mind
— Ace

The social justice warriors began the communal satanic chants, and acting like the assholes they are, and Steven Crowder tells them what useless assholes they are.

"You androgynous little amoeba."

A couple minutes in, I came.

Full Video: Lizzy says the 91 minute video is worth watching in full, so here it is.

Also embedded below.


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Cruz to Make "Major Announcement" at 4pm
Update: Carly Fiorina Will be His VP Running Mate

— Ace

Given that Trump exceeded his path-to-1237 pace yesterday, winning a luxurious 200 delegates, and that Trump is either tied or ahead in Cruz's absolutely-must-win state Indiana, Cruz is certainly looking for something that shakes up the dynamic of the race in his favor.

He let it be known that he was vetting Carly Fiorina for his VP running mate, and that she was on his short-list for that job. She could bring some strengths to the ticket, though warm-and-fuzzy likability isn't one of them.

Maybe we're past that kind of thinking, though.

Anyway, Cruz is going to announce something major. It might be that Kasich has agreed to a more tangible form of their deal -- though, in that case, I would imagine this would be a Cruz and Kasich statement.

He could also announce and end of the deal, given that it appears to have played badly in the public, and Kasich isn't even really honoring it.

It's hard to think what kind of big announcement Cruz could make at this point that isn't a VP pick or something to do with the deal with Kasich.

Update: Carly Fiorina scores a second huge win this election cycle.

First she was a guest on the Ace of Spades podcast. She probably thought it could get no better than that.

But it did.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]
— Open Blogger


Spring In Town
Grant Wood

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April 26, 2016

Overnight Open Thread (4-26-2016)
— Maetenloch

Quote of the Day I - Leftism in a Nutshell Edition

"We obviously have to do a whole lot more to avoid what they call the 'school to prison pipeline' and replace it with a 'cradle to college pipeline' and that really starts early, and it starts early with working with families, working with kids, building up community resources. I'm very supportive of the mayor's proposal to tax soda to get universal preschool for kids. I mean I don't, you know, we need universal preschool, and if that's a way to do it, that's how we should do it."

-- Hillary Clinton at a campaign event in Philadelphia

Quote of the Day II - Euphemism Edition

I'm not sure, but I suspect that once upon a time "juvenile delinquent" was a liberal euphemism for "young criminal." As often happens, however, eventually even the euphemism is thought to be too harsh, and so a better one has to be found. And so one has: This Obama-administration press release yesterday talked a lot about "justice-involved youth."

-- Roger Clegg

Quote of the Day III

Some of my nurses were great - concerned about my comfort and stress - but other hospital workers were indifferent. When the customer doesn't pay, customer service rarely matters.

-- John Stossel on his treatment for lung cancer

What economic lessons can we learn about the $15 minimum wage law from an $8 per pound minimum beef price law'?

Despite what we hear from labor unions and the "Fight for $15" crowd, employees compete not against employers for higher wages, but against other employees. And it's also the case that employers compete against other employers for the best employees. It's like that in every market: buyers (employers) always compete against other buyers (employers), and sellers (employees) always compete against other sellers (employees).
Economist Walter E. Williams has used the following example to illustrate the competition described above between unskilled and skilled workers by looking at the market for different qualities of beef (see examples here, here, and here). Suppose that hamburger sells for $4 per pound and sirloin steak sells for $8 per pound. Hamburger is a much lower quality variety of beef compared to sirloin steak, but can attract a significant number of buyers who choose hamburger over the higher quality option for the 50% savings in price. Likewise, many employers may choose lower quality, unskilled workers over higher skilled employees for the significant savings in labor costs.

But now suppose the government imposes a "$8 per pound minimum beef price law." In that case, most shoppers who buy beef will then purchase more sirloin steak and less hamburger because the lower quality meat has lost it main weapon to successfully compete against higher quality sirloin steak - a significantly lower price that compensates for the lower quality. Result? Hamburger sales will suffer due to the "minimum beef price law" and sirloin steak sales will increase. Just like in the labor market, a $15 an hour minimum wage will remove the most effective weapon that unskilled workers currently have to compete against skilled workers - the ability to work for a lower wage. Result? Employment opportunities for unskilled and limited-experience workers will contract, while employment opportunities for skilled workers will increase.


What Actually Happens When You Raise the Minimum Wage



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