June 28, 2016
— Ace Not sure this will work.
I have to confess: I'm starting to get depressed. Not so much that Trump will lose, but that Hillary will win.
I'm not saying this to demoralize anyone or to do the "ha ha told you Trump would lose" thing that so many Mario Fans want to do.
Just really starting to wrap my head around the 9th through 12th uninterrupted years of Democratic misrule, this time by the most corrupt female schemer since Olivia Medicci.
Open, depressive thread.
— Ace Definitely give Marvel, ABC, ESPN, and Disney your money.
Because this is quality Entertainment. You'd be missing out if you didn't watch this silly bullshit.
— Ace Obama is so determined to not call terrorism terrorism that terrorists have to change their targeting just to get some blame for their murders.
n an article first reported by The Foreign Desk, Al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) called for more self-directed Muslim terrorists to kill in America. But the article, titled Inspire guide: Orlando operation, tells terrorists to avoid targeting places and crowds where minorities are generally found because if gays or Latinos appear to be the targets, the federal government will be the one taking full responsibility.
So when ISIS strikes a bunch of white people, you can credit Obama for having chosen the target.
You may remember that Obama has bragged that he's very good at targeting which people to kill.
— Ace They never stop coming.
It is now reported that two suicide bombers were attempting to enter the airport, but were fired upon by security/police. They then detonated their bombs. I suppose that means the carnage was less than it was planned to be.
I wonder if [omitted] had anything to do with the Istanbul attack.— James Taranto (@jamestaranto) June 28, 2016
Another Attack: A female suicide bomber woulds 13 near Grand Mosque in Turkey.
— Ace From @MWR, this twinkie.
He looks as you'd expect.
(Old Toonces sketch here.)
— Ace Democracy is for the Big People.
The foreign ministers of France and Germany are due to reveal a blueprint to effectively do away with individual member states in what is being described as an "ultimatum".
Under the radical proposals EU countries will lose the right to have their own army, criminal law, taxation system or central bank, with all those powers being transferred to Brussels.
Controversially member states would also lose what few controls they have left over their own borders, including the procedure for admitting and relocating refugees.
The plot has sparked fury and panic in Poland - a traditional ally of Britain in the fight against federalism - after being leaked to Polish news channel TVP Info.
The public broadcaster reports that the bombshell proposal will be presented to a meeting of the Visegrad group of countries - made up of Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia - by German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier later today.
Britain voted to leave the European Union in an historic referendum last Thursday
Responding to the plot Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski raged: "This is not a good solution, of course, because from the time the EU was invented a lot has changed.
The mood in European societies is different. Europe and our voters do not want to give the Union over into the hands of technocrats.
Therefore, I want to talk about this, whether this really is the right recipe right now in the context of a Brexit."
Only true "elites" have grandly retarded ideas like this.
— Open Blogger I am an absolutist when it comes to the 2nd Amendment. I am even uncomfortable with felons who have served their time being denied the ability to defend themselves. And yes, that is a contentious topic that can be discussed rationally. Just like other parts of gun control can be discussed with well-meaning opponents of the 2nd Amendment. I know, I know, they don't exist....but they really do. I have had discussions with knowledgeable people who are willing to consider my viewpoint, but simply disagree.
And that is fine.
But people like Steve Kerr, who are profoundly ignorant of even the most basic facts about guns are incapable of having rational and reasoned discussions, and he clearly demonstrates his abject, blinding stupidity here. Warriors coach Steve Kerr on gun control: 'Our government is insane'
When 90 percent of our country wants background checks on gun purchases and we've got our senate and our house not only voting it down but using the Bill of Rights as a reason for people to have rights to carry these automatic weapons, and we're getting people murdered every day at an alarming rate.
I'm shocked...SHOCKED...that our congress is referring to the founding documents when they protect our rights. I honestly have no idea why they didn't just pick up the phone and call Steve Kerr...he clearly has a handle on the issue, and we should all be grateful that he not only is a great coach, but he knows the Constitution too! My God...the man coached the Warriors to a record-breaking regular season and then took that incredible momentum into the play-offs....and got his ass kicked by an inferior team.
Yeah....Steve Kerr got out-coached. So his intellect is clearly not top-notch, especially when all he had to do was run an offense a little bit more sophisticated than playground basketball. But he couldn't even do that, and we are supposed to take him seriously as a critic of our basic rights? more...
— Ace And you know how distasteful that can be.
I'm just catching up with this now.
Also see Steve Hayes contrasting the public lies and private truths told by Hillary Clinton.
— Open Blogger
[Hat tip: AtC]
And something a bit more traditional below the fold.... more...
— Open Blogger
- Good bye EU say hello to Superstate.
- We might have been born at night, but not last night.
- TFG administration pushed video for Benghazi.
- DoJ employees get to go to Reeducation Camp.
- ISIS, things aren't so rosey?
- CIA weapons for Syrian rebels being sold on black market. Brilliant!!!
- Pat Summit, RIP.
- US diplomats in Europe are being harassed by Russian agents. Part of the reset button?
- MO Gov vetoes CCW and Stand Your Ground legislation.
- SCOTUS strikes another 2nd Amendment blow.
- France leaning towards ruling out terrorism on EgyptAir crash?
Tough guyPaul Ryan won't tolerate anymore Democrat antics.
- Presumed W VA drowning victims found alive.
- Not a comforting fact concerning nuclear plant security.
- Hezbollah's budget can thank the U.S. of A.
- The cure for violence, want world peace? End occupation of West Bank. (Older story)
- Cuba flips off USA.
- Genius Award.
- Feel good story of the day.
June 27, 2016
— Maetenloch Quote of the Day I
Interviewed by Kyle and Jackie O on the KIIS Radio Network on Wednesday, the Opposition Leader was asked whether he'd ever been inside a strip club.
"I have," he began, confidently enough, before going to water altogether.
" ... once or twice, way back in the day, uni days.
"I left once I realised what it was."
-- Australian opposition leader Bill Shorten explaining that he was shocked, shocked to find naked women dancing in establishments targeted at gentlemen
Today, you can see Wynton Marsalis playing mid-60s-era cool jazz in freeze-dried form at Lincoln Center. Or as Mick Jagger quipped when he inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, "Jean Cocteau said that Americans are funny people: first you shock them, then they put you in a museum." As with rock and roll and old media's Newseum, which John Podhoretz accurately dubbed "The News Mausoleum," once a genre builds a museum for itself, it's effectively over as a creative form.
-- Ed Driscoll explaining why jazz qua jazz is dead
Cameron and the Remain campaign made a final mistake. At one point, Cameron's pollster tweeted that virtually every intelligent person thought leaving the EU a stupid idea. After the horrible murder of the Labour MP Jo Cox, "Stronger In" became "Kinder In." The implication was that people concerned about immigration or just not happy being governed from Brussels were narrow-minded, xenophobic, or worse.
When you try to delegitimize somebody's vote, you don't change his mind, only his willingness to talk about it. The effect was to understate Leave in the polls. Of the nine final polls, seven showed Remain in the lead, with Remain's pollster showing a ten-point lead. The same effect was present in exit polls commissioned by hedge funds, which led to Brexit campaigners prematurely conceding the result of the referendum and to markets confidently pricing in a Remain win. There was a spiral of silence at work which deceived the Remain camp about where it stood and the campaign it should have fought.
Some big money bets were made on Remain while lots of smaller bets were made on Leave. And bookies set the odds to divide the money evenly so they're guaranteed a profit off of the vigorish. (h/t to Christopher Taylor)
So if most of the cash went on Remain, as it did, bookies would have to follow the money and make Remain the favourites.
Which meant that what Mr Shaddick called "The supposed helpful side effect of these markets, their potential to help understand the probabilities of the various outcomes," was just that - a side effect, and the not main aim of the odds set.
Ahead of voters going to the polls, all the bookies warned that favourites sometimes lose. (They might be more likely to win, but their victory could not be guaranteed.)And the bookies all agreed that while three-quarters of the £40 million eventually gambled on the referendum was placed on Remain, when it came to counting individual flutters, bets on Leave far outnumbered punts on staying in the EU.
From sending agents to private social events to following their children around to breaking into their apartments and rearranging furniture and killing their pets.
Why? Because Putin has Obama's number: He's a pussy. And therefore the US under his leadership is also a pussy.more...
— Ace The pattern seems to be that she deleted emails about her illegal email system.
And she's claiming those are "personal."
Indeed. Crime is a personal kind of thing.
An additional 165 pages of emails from Hillary Clinton's time at the State Department surfaced Monday, including nearly three dozen that the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee failed to hand over last year that were sent through her private server.
The latest emails were released under court order by the State Department to the conservative legal advocacy group Judicial Watch. The batch includes 34 new emails Clinton exchanged through her private account with her deputy chief of staff, Huma Abedin. The aide, who also had a private email account on Clinton's home server, later gave her copies to the government.
The emails were not among the 55,000 pages of work-related messages that Clinton turned over to the agency in response to public records lawsuits seeking copies of her official correspondence. They include a March 2009 message where the then-secretary of state discusses how her official records would be kept.
"I have just realized I have no idea how my papers are treated at State," Clinton wrote to Abedin and a second aide. "Who manages both my personal and official files? ... I think we need to get on this asap to be sure we know and design the system we want."
In a blistering audit released last month, the State Department's inspector general concluded Clinton and her team ignored clear internal guidance that her email setup violated federal records-keeping standards and could have left sensitive material vulnerable to hackers.
The audit also cited a then-unreleased copy of a November 2010 email Clinton sent Abedin in which the secretary discussed using a government email account, expressing concern that she didn't want "any risk of the personal being accessible."
Meanwhile, Citizens United is also accusing the State Department of delaying the release of emails involving "Diane Reynolds," which is actually Chelsea Clinton's nom de cybercrime.
A watchdog group asked a federal court on Thursday to order the State Department to expedite its release of Chelsea Clinton-related records, arguing that at the current rate it would take the department 38 years to produce all the documents.
Citizens United has been suing the State Department to turn over correspondence between department officials and Chelsea Clinton, who used the pseudonym Diane Reynolds in many of her emails. It is also asking for emails between State Department officials and the Clinton familys long-time aides Amitabh Desai, Justin Cooper, and Oscar Flores.
The D.C. district court ordered the State Department to release portions of the records to Citizens United on a rolling basis every four weeks, but did not specify an end date to complete the production.
— Ace Democracy can't be left in the hands of the filthy commoners.
Zero Hedge also excerpts this good Matt Taibi column about "the elites" (sneer quotes definitely sneering) who are constantly seeking little exceptions to the democratic practice in certain circumstances-- those circumstances being every single time they don't get their own way.
Is it any wonder that citizens of one of the greatest and strongest nations in human history would recoil from an international order that was proving mainly that it could enrich an elite without seeming to lift a finger to preserve the nations core values and traditions -- the very things that had made it great and strong? Is it any wonder that citizens of other great countries are -- wondering what loyalty they owe to that same elite?
— Ace Ed Driscoll wants to know why this Global Warming advocate was even within spitting distance of a gas guzzling high-performance vehicle.
— Ace Elizabeth Nolan Brown on the "elites" no longer even bothering to pretend they're interested in democracy.
The transnationalist cosmopolitans of both the left and right have tapped their Inner John Olivers and they're ready to shove aside the consent of the governed and just rule by fiat.
This is as ugly an anti-masses sentiment as I can remember. And the consequences of it are likely to be dire. Ordinary people are effectively being told they're too dumb for politics. And democracy is being treated as a negotiable commodity that can be cast aside if we the stupid people make the wrong decision. This is a species of tyranny. The mask has slipped. Our normally conscientious elite, feeling bruised and aloof after the referendum, has dispensed with its usual platitudes about "respecting all views," and shown that beneath the polite veneer there lurks an ancient fury with the least and the dumbest; with the masses; with the people.
This piece similarly collects up the "elites'" fury at their inferiors.
— Open Blogger
Most of them are not surprising, but a few are real head-scratchers. Pacific-Island languages in Utah?
Anyway, it's a fun diversion to try to figure out exactly why some of these languages are spoken in each state.
— Ace Mm-hm.
The U.S. Justice Department will announce on Monday that more than 33,000 federal agents and prosecutors will receive training aimed at preventing unconscious bias from influencing their law enforcement decisions, department officials told Reuters.
The training will bring Justice Department employees in line with many local police departments across the country that have implemented bias prevention plans following a spate of shootings of unarmed black men by white police officers.
Nationwide protests following those shootings blamed police bias for unnecessary use of force against minorities.
Maybe part of this bias training could involve stripping the left of its right to riot. The government seems to believe the left has such a right. Over and over again, we see the left rioting without any legal consequences; now they're actually assaulting people, and even stabbing them.
And still the government gives the Space to Destroy.
— Ace The Court leaves intact the possibility of a new trial, so he's not out of the woods yet.
— Ace General exit?
Angela Merkel has said the EU needs to stop other countries following Britain out of the door amid market fears that the bloc is 'no longer governable' after Brexit.
The German Chancellor told her conservative party board in a conference call that it was necessary to prevent other European Union members going down the same path as Britain.
Merkel is also said to have revealed that international financial markets are concerned the EU is 'no longer governable' in the wake of Britain's exit vote.
She added that it was not the right time to pursue a quick deepening of cooperation between euro zone member states.
The EU should instead act on popular concerns such as securing the bloc's borders, creating jobs and improve internal security, she said.
By the way, a British butcher is now selling meat in pounds and ounces.
— Open Blogger
Three Figures Pink And Gray
James Abbott McNeill Whistler
This guy's range was impressive. From soft, gauzy works like the above, to impressionistic landscapes to crisp and detailed realism (look for "Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1"). He could do it all.
Well, he couldn't hit a curve ball, but that's beside the point.
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