July 29, 2016

Mel Gibson Given a Second Chance as a Director
— Ace

And it looks like he's making it count.

It looks good. However, it's a "Four Feathers" type movie -- a movie that demonstrates that sometimes pacifists -- "cowards" -- are the bravest of all.

There may be truth in that -- and there's at least some truth here; this is based on a true story after all -- but I'm always very skittish about pushing pro-pacificism movies during times of war.

The Four Feathers was a very cruel piece of agitprop against any Dummy who ever signed up to fight for his country in battle. And yes, you can't read the Four Feathers as calling volunteers anything but Dummies. The pacifist keeps his body whole and strong; the warriors come back as cripples, headcases, and amputees.

And then, just for good measure, the pacifist also demonstrates he's a more daring fighter than any of the fighters, too.

Now, this movie isn't that. And it does look rousing. (The Four Feathers, if one gets past the intense anti-war, anti-warrior messaging, is a rousing revenge fantasy too.)

And perhaps this is the only kind of movie they'd let Gibson make. After all, liberals control Hollywood.

But I'd also note that, apart from being an intensely believing Christian, he's also very anti-war himself. So this is probably a film he wanted to make.

Again, this is based on genuine events, so it's not like one can object that this is fictitious agitprop. This guy was a pacifist, and was, despite that, enormously courageous.

I just find it distasteful to praise pacifism while boys are necessarily, unavoidably being asked to fight a war which must be fought.

But looking past my politics: Looks very good.


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Thoughts on Generalissima Clinton's Adress
— Ace

From Jane the Actuary,
who I agree with.

To add a little more to Jane's take:

To me, this was the first State of the Union address Clinton will never get to deliver. It was programmatic (without being specific -- a laundry list of destinations with no roads marked for getting there), enormously liberal, and very, very tired. Obama has delivered this laundry list thirty times, and he's The Greatest Orator Since Cicero; what new life can this brokedown old grifter pump into it?

Her criticisms of Trump might carry weight, except for the fact that an authoritarian, grasping con-artist and looter is calling Trump an authoritarian grifter.

One cut of Hillary's seems particularly un-self-aware. She recalled Trump's bluster in saying that he understood ISIS better than generals do. With the only approximation of humor in the speech, she deadpanned "No, Donald, you don't."

So: She's saying, essentially, it's dangerous to elect a megalomaniac to the presidency.

But our current president -- the one Hillary is now trying to emulate -- said this:

“I think that I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters. I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m gonna think I’m a better political director than my political director.”

Politico noted, just before the 2012 Denver debate:

This quote was attributed to Obama by Patrick Gaspard, who was Obama’s first White House political director, in an interview with The New Yorker in November 2008.

Obama biographers and even friends have noted his tendency from a young age to sometimes to let self-confidence curdle into excessive self-regard — a trait he will try to suppress in Denver.

I don't know how much Obama is really trying to suppress his narcissism, but he's failing in any event.

Obama's Chief Flatterer, Valerie Jarrett, opined that Obama was too smart to do his job as president:

In his biography of Obama, “The Bridge,” David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, quotes White House senior adviser and longtime Obama friend Valerie Jarrett: “I think Barack knew that he had God-given talents that were extraordinary. He knows exactly how smart he is. … He knows how perceptive he is. He knows what a good reader of people he is. And he knows that he has the ability — the extraordinary, uncanny ability — to take a thousand different perspectives, digest them and make sense out of them, and I think that he has never really been challenged intellectually. … So what I sensed in him was not just a restless spirit but somebody with such extraordinary talents that had to be really taxed in order for him to be happy. … He’s been bored to death his whole life. He’s just too talented to do what ordinary people do.”

Too talented to do what ordinary people do, like demonstrate a competency at their chosen occupation.

Now let's look at Hillary. Since the 90s, she has pushed one Branding Message to her media allies -- her Sisters in Solidarity -- relentlessly. That Branding Message is that she is, quote, "The Smartest Woman in the World."

She has pushed and pushed and pushed this claim out to her courtiers and haigiographers.

If you're lucky enough to be young, you don't know this. But when conservative deride Hillary, sarcastically, as The Smartest Woman in the World, we're doing that because Hillary cajoled her Distaff Praetorian to pump that out to the world for twenty years or so.

So is Hillary Clinton's complaint that Trump lacks humility, or is her complaint really that Trump has no right to his narcissism, unlike herself and her patron Obama, who clearly deserve to think of themselves as smarter than experts in their fields of specialization?

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Bill Clinton Sabotages Wife Yet Again
— Ace

I know you've seen it; but I need a time-filling post while I find something else.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]
— Open Blogger


Interior with Portraits
Thomas Le Clear

I think the portraitist is under that cloth because he is huffing paint thinner, which is understandable given the scary looking little troll he is being paid to paint.

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July 28, 2016

Overnight Open Thread (7-28-2016)
— Maetenloch

Quote of the Day I

The [feminist philosophy] movement also ignores the finding - consistently documented by a large empirical literature - that, on average, men have stronger interests in investigative and theoretical pursuits and women stronger preferences for social and artistic pursuits. These are just group tendencies of course, and we should be careful not to over-generalise, but they are pronounced and persistent. Yet when the New York Times invited five feminist philosophers to discuss the gender gap [in philosophy] in 2013, not one even entertained the possibility that women might tend to find other subjects more interesting. Instead, the group talked exclusively about things like male privilege, harassment, and stereotypes.

Philosophy departments are not biased against women in hiring. There may be fewer women interested enough in philosophy to pursue it as a career, but those who do are more likely to get hired. According to a study by the American Philosophical Association, between 2012 and 2015, other things being equal, female PhDs were 65% more likely than men to find a permanent academic job within two years of graduating. And look at the APA itself. Over the past 5 years, more than half of its divisional presidents have been women. For 2016, women hold all the top positions. It is difficult to see how a profession that hires women at a higher rate than men and awards them its top leadership positions is rigged against women.

-- Christina Hoff Sommers

Quote of the Day II - Mincing Frenchman Edition

Hanway was the first man to parade an umbrella unashamed in 18th-century England, a time and place in which umbrellas were strictly taboo. In the minds of many Brits, umbrella usage was symptomatic of a weakness of character, particularly among men. Few people ever dared to be seen with such a detestable, effeminate contraption. To carry an umbrella when it rained was to incur public ridicule.

...The rain-repelling revolution had begun, with the dearly departed Hanway as its pioneer. Not all heroes wear capes, but some carry umbrellas.

Quote of the Day III

I started giving quizzes to my juniors and seniors. I gave them a ten-question American history test. just to see where they are. The vast majority of my students - I'm talking nine out of ten, in every single class, for seven consecutive years - they have no idea that slavery existed anywhere in the world before the United States. Moses, Pharaoh, they know none of it. They're 100% convinced that slavery is a uniquely American invention. How do you give an adequate view of history and culture to kids when that's what they think of their own country - that America invented slavery? That's all they know.

-- Duke Pesta



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Finally: The End of the Ordeal
— Ace

It's a horror.

1163 Is Hillary getting $400k for tonight's speech?
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They maybe got the glow-in-the-dark t-shirts after the DNC began dimming the lights on them to reduce their visibility on TV?

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End of the Long, Long Road: Democrat National Coven and the Season of the Witch
— Ace

Nancy Pelosi's speaking now.

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Everything's Awesome, The God-King Proclaimed
— Ace

In Germany, nude bathers (at a legal nude beach) had to call police when harassed and threatened by "Mediterranean-looking men" who shouted "Allahu Akbar at them.

Anti-semetic attacks and vandalism are rising in Malmo, Sweden. Don't worry, though: The Mayor of Malmo has forthrightly stated who's responsible for the rising anti-Jewish crimes: the Jews themselves.

The Jews of Malmö, a community of about 1,500 in a city of 300,000, are living through a new form of anti-Semitism. This kind does not stem from neo-Nazis or right-wing extremists—traditional perpetrators of European Jew-hatred—but has come to the city through immigrants from North Africa and the Middle East and is part of a larger, countrywide problem of failed integration. According to the 2011 census, one in 10 Malmö citizens comes from the Middle East and North Africa, and ethnic Swedes are no longer in the majority among 15-year-olds. In 2009, 60 hate crimes against Jews were reported in Malmö, ranging from hate speech to assault. The city’s Chicago-born Chabad rabbi, Shneur Kesselman, estimates that he alone has been the victim of 100 incidents during his few years in the city. A dozen families have already left Malmö for Stockholm, Israel, or the United States because of anti-Semitism, according to community leaders.

If only this were the whole problem. But Malmö’s mayor of 17 years, Ilmar Reepalu, has “Tourettes syndrome with respect to Jews,” according to Kvällsposten, a Swedish newspaper. Last week, Reepalu, a Social Democrat, made headlines across the country after I published an interview with him in which he said that Sweden Democrats, an anti-immigrant party with its roots in the Swedish neo-Nazi movement, had “infiltrated” Malmö’s Jewish community in order to turn it against Muslims. On Monday, he was publicly reprimanded by the head of his party.

At a memorial for the victims of the shootings in Munich last week, angry Muslims chant "Allahu Akbar" at the grieving.

During the incident, a group of Muslim men arrived at the memorial and disrupted silent mourners who had gathered together at the scene to pay their respects to the dead.

They repeatedly chanted “Allahu Akbar!", an Islamic phrase that translates to “God is the greatest.”


The disturbance at the memorial became so fraught that police had to eventually intervene.

In the short video, a well-built man tries to shout down "a group of young Muslim men" who are all chanting “Allahu Akbar”.

One of the men in the video can be seen criticising the "unjust world we live in".

Angela Merkel, however, has a forward thinking plan to quell the rising tensions: import more immigrants from the Middle East.

But other politicians are now calling for Germany to change its immigration policy from "Wilkommen" to Auf Wiedersehen.

On this point, Byron York wonders if the American public has gotten sick of President Bobby McFerrin's act.

In the most recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, 73 percent of registered voters said the country is on the wrong track, while just 18 percent said it is headed in the right direction. The 73 percent figure is the second-highest in the president's nearly eight years in office.

The poll was no outlier. These are the wrong-track numbers for the last ten polls in the RealClearPolitics average of polls: 67, 70, 67, 71, 73, 69, 79, 68, 60 and 66.

And yet, in spite of clear evidence that a majority of Americans believe the U.S. is headed in the wrong direction, the president exhorted the nation, "Thank you for this incredible journey — let's keep it going."

Obama spoke as if broad areas of American life are better than ever, even if there remains work to be done. When Obama said, "My time in this office — it hasn't fixed everything," the millions of voters who believe the country is on the wrong track might have seen that as a significant understatement.

Another reason to support Trump: Only with the election of Trump will the media return to reporting bad news.

And boy how they'll return to it.

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Dems in Disarray: James O'Keefe Trolls Berniemaniacs By Posing as a Hillarymaniac
— Ace

Worth your time (it's short).

Despite people telling me otherwise, I assumed the Democrats would all fall in line, because they are high-socialized herd animals.

But maybe not.


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Megyn Kelly Partying with CNN at 3am: is She Finally Leaving Fox?
— Ace

This is what a feminist looks like.

Meanwhile, reports say that there is nothing but "icy silence" between Kelly and co-moderators Brit Hume and Bret Baier when the cameras are off. Mostly they just play with their smartphones during commercials.

Which, if I'm being honest, actually just sounds like Standard American Behavior in 2016. Plus, what the hell can you say to someone after three or four days of forced chirpy interactions for three hours a day? I was pretty much exhausted by the podcasts and they were only an hour and a half, once a week.

But anyway, I do figure she's going her own way.

Kelly was praised for bucking the party line while at Fox, showing her fiery independence.

Something tells me that when she gets to CNN, she'll be dropping that independent streak, and won't buck the CNN party line much at all.

I hate to be right about everything all the time -- believe me, it's a tedious existence when the world holds no surprises for you -- but my prediction of two or three years running that the college-educated cohort's absolute refusal to throw any bones to their non-partners the working class -- and the working class' inevitable revolt -- and then the college crowd's emotionally-wounded counter-revolt, would break this party in half seems to be coming true, exactly as predicted.

Now quick someone tell me there is no "class" in America and certainly no class-based politics.

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Watch This Very Policy-Specific, Solution-Oriented Horribly Botched Showtune Sung By Unknown Actors at the Democrat National Coven
— Ace

This is a vocal interpretation of a joyous late-term group abortion. more...

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Obama Refers to Himself 119 Times in Speech Allegedly About Hillary Clinton
— Ace

Obama's range of interests tend to be located within one yard of Obama.

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LA Times Tracking Poll Shows Trump's Lead Growing Through All Three Nights of the DNC, So Far
— Ace

Maybe Obama's nonsense speech will have some effect. I don't know.

But so far, as with her career of being a wife to a powerful man, #ShesHasntDoneAnything.

Via @allahpundit.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]
— Open Blogger


Baseball At Night
Morris Kantor

This painting was the product of the Public Works of Art Project (PWAP), a New Deal government program that was an offshoot of the Federal Emergency Relief Act.


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Early Morning Hamster Relief Thread [CBD]
— Open Blogger

Yeah....that ONT is getting long....and dank....

50+ Old Fashioned Insults We Should Bring Back

Death's Head Upon a Mop-Stick: A poor, miserable, emaciated fellow. He looked as pleasant as the pains of death.

Gollumpus: Large, clumsy fellow.

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July 27, 2016

Overnight Open Thread (7-27-2016)
— Maetenloch

Quote of the Day I - Tanned, Rested and Ready Edition

If you divided Richard Nixon into two and imbued each of the Redux Nixons with one part of the 37th president's ugliest features, you might get an election something like 2016.

-- Sonny Bunch

Quote of the Day II

Oh, and let's return to the fact that Bill needed to humanize Hillary Clinton. The woman has been in public life for three decades and the highest best use of her former president husband is to spend an entire convention speech trying to convince voters that she's human.

-- Jonah Goldberg

Quote of the Day III

The next decade will show how successful the Russians are with post-Soviet designs, but the last decade of the Soviet Union did produce some solid aircraft that are lending themselves well to modernization.

We'll see what the Russians can do with a soft economy head wind, but watch closely - the Russians are never as weak or as strong as they seem.

-- CDR Salamander

Quote of the Day IV

I don't even know what "Expanded Universe" is.

-- Steven Den Beste referring to this comic

Actress Amber Tamblyn Has a Lot to Learn About Trans Women's Reproductive Rights

When asked if trans women are "being denied their reproductive rights" Pressley was stumped.

"You got me on that one."

Tamblyn chimed in, arguing that the reproductive rights of trans women are at the forefront of the conversation at Planned Parenthood, where the Grudge 2 star sits on the board of directors.

"I wouldn't know any statistics on that but I would say that goes again with the same notion of community, and fighting for everyone together," Tamblyn said. "That for me as a heterosexual white woman to talk about reproductive rights and sit on the board of directors for Planned Parenthood, I have to not just talk about my people. I have to talk about everybody. And that's a huge thing, and that's a major part of the discussion."

Tamblyn admitted she has a lot to learn about whether biological men are being denied abortions.

And here is Muggeridge's Law in video form.



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And Now: The Greatest Orator Since Cicero, the Modern Day Prometheus, and the Twenty First Century Lincoln
— Ace

Biden looked weird and talked rubbish.

Let's see how Captain Kickass does.

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Excuse This Brief Interruption of The DNC's Abortion Joy/Showtune Festival
— Ace

Wikileaks now releasing DNC voicemails -- of ambassadors discussing high-dollar donors with Obama, and how to seat the biggest donors next to Obama.

A guy with cancer was booted out of his seat so they could put a bigger money man next to King Barky.

Panetta Heckled With "No More War" Chant.

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