October 30, 2017

Obama's Campaign Paid Nearly a Million Dollars to Law Firm that Was Secretly Funding FusionGPS
— Ace

So the sitting president's campaign was funding the pass-through law firm paying for oppo dirt which would later serve as the basis for that president's administration getting a FISA wiretap warrant on the opposite party candidate, and then sparking a special counsel investigation.

As with the Hillary campaign's and the DNC's payments, these payments were claimed to be for "legal services" in official, mandatory FEC filings.

OFA, Obama’s official campaign arm in 2016, paid nearly $800,000 to Perkins Coie in 2016 alone, according to FEC records. The first 2016 payments to Perkins Coie, classified only as “Legal Services,” were made April 25-26, 2016, and totaled $98,047. A second batch of payments, also classified as "Legal Services," were disbursed to the law firm on September 29, 2016, and totaled exactly $700,000. Payments from OFA to Perkins Coie in 2017 totaled $174,725 through August 22, 2017.

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The Morning Rant: J.V. Edition
— Open Blogger

Our esteemed OregonMuse is comporting himself well in rehab. He has not been tossed out by the bouncers, and didn't even chastise the SJW with the sprained pinky finger for crying over being asked to walk to the dining room. He will be enjoying the cruelty of the physical therapists for a few more weeks, but rest assured, you won't have to tolerate my blather for very much longer. He also asked that I thank those of you who have expressed concern for his well being...both on the blog and privately.


I think they think this is a bad thing. No...really! Can they be this stupid? Is this what they mean by, "And this is why you got Trump?" I mean...I'm a monkey and I get this. I think I shouldn't throw poo at them because they might not get it.

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The arrogant no-nothings over at Time seem to thing that changing the paradigm of government -- a paradigm that has resulted in a $20,000,000,000,000 debt and an economic stagnation that has injured the great unwashed in the flyover states -- is an unconscionable attack on our system of government and our way of life. But what they do not understand, in spite of abundant evidence right in front of their smug, latte-sipping faces, is that our system of government is based not on the theoretical knowledge of the elites, but on a formerly robust but now-tattered document called the US Constitution. And any executive action that reduces the influence of our federal government is almost guaranteed to bolster the Constitution: the real law of the land. more...

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Mid-Morning Open Thread
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Incredulity Of Saint Thomas
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio

There are some interesting theological things going on in this painting that I do not quite grasp....

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The Morning Report 10/30/17
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Good morning kids. The news dropped over the weekend that Robert "Torque-your-mudder" Mueller is going to lay off the first charges in this phony PDT/Russia Collusion witch hunt. After 10 months where it has now been confirmed that that so-called "dossier" was a fabricated piece of fiction cooked up by a left-wing smear agency disguised as opposition researchers, and that said fiction was bought and paid for by a combination of a never-Trumper media outlet and Clinton & Obama, then disseminated by Hillary's campaign and the Obama-corrupted intelligence/law enforcement apparatus, we now have a crooked cop who is up to his long neck in real corruption and collusion with the Russians to goniff 20% of our strategic uranium and payoff the Clinton Crime Family while covering it up about to railroad an innocent party and perpetuate the lie that Trump is illegitimate and attempt to overthrow the 2016 election.

I apologize for my William Faulkner imitation with that sentence, but a run-on seems the only way I could get that all out. Robert Mueller should have been fired months ago. Actually Snoozy McSnoozerson should never have recused himself and then allow Deep State insurrectionists like Mueller, Rosenstein, McCabe and all the rest to have metastasized to where we are today. Water over the bridge. Mueller must be fired immediately, no matter what the political fallout may be. In any case the media, Democrats and their RINO confederates have been so thoroughly exposed that I expect a majority of real Americans would cheer the firing and amp up the cries for real justice to be visited upon Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Loretta Lynch, James Comey, Mueller himself and anyone connected with Uranium 1 and the Clinton/DNC e-mail cover-up. We are rotting from within and if justice is not done, as I fear it will not be, it will be a cancer on our society with extremely dangerous repercussions.

In other news, which tangentially explains the attempt to overthrow PDT, it looks like the administration's policies are going to give us 3% growth, instead of the Obama-era doctrine of manage/enable the decline. And Time Magazine, which evidently is some sort of newsletter, has the sadz that PDT and his administration is ending government as we know it. If we can somehow continue to neutralize the GOP, perhaps even with a watered down version of tax reform, the economic boom will be felt for years to come, like after Reagan's tax cuts were finally implemented in 1983, lasting all the way through 2008.

In a somewhat disturbing piece, a new book has come out that claims a link between the Oakland so-called "Antifa" rioters and ISIS. There is a natural affinity between anti-American/anti-Western Leftists and Islam. They share the same goals and there are indeed documented instances of collusion (heh) between the two over the years. But considering Mandalay Bay and the Dick Durbin-linked Hodgkinson terrorist, this is something that needs to be addressed and like yesterday.

Fallout from the Perveywood scandal continues; first, Kevin Spacey revealed the not-so-secret secret that he is a homosexual in a shambling, barely coherent statement when it was learned that back in 1986 he tried to convince a then 14-year-old male actor to have sex with him. Meanwhile, the first film released from the Weinstein Company in the wake of the scandal has grossed a whopping $742 dollars. In show biz, box office dogs were referred to as "stealth turds" because they were in and out of the theater so fast they didn't have time to stink. But $742 is a disaster even by that metric. And on a related note, I cannot recommend highly enough the three-part series over at Breitbart about what amounts to a terror campaign against conservatives in the industry. I mean, as a former insider, I knew it was bad but this series is just chilling. At least part three chronicles the Shia LeBouef fiasco and also gives a bit of hope.

Lastly, sh*t's getting real in Spain with the Catalan vote for independence. There is rioting in Barcelona with thousands of marchers doing the Nazi salute (the real one) and chanting "Viva Franco." Meanwhile the head of Catalan's parliament is evidently a wanted man and may flee to Belgium. I will try and write a separate post about this issue as there seem to be differences of opinion as to whether an independent Catalunya is a good thing or not. I have jury duty today so that might (or might not) put the kibosh on things. Stay tuned.

Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

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October 29, 2017

Sunday Overnight Open Thread (10/29/17) Where Did The Weekend Go Edition?
— Open Blogger




Quotes of The Day

Quote I

Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance.”
Yoko Ono

Quote II

People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy. Anton Chekhov

The ONT calls Bull Shit. What does the Horde say?

Quote III

People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring. Rogers Hornsby

So you ask, why the winter quotes? Mother Nature's idea of Trick or Treat.


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Goodbye, Meh Economy (MJ)
— Open Blogger

There are a ton of reasons why I could never vote for Clinton--the lying, the corruption, her inability to conquer modest level changes...

But there's only one reason I voted for Trump.

Many of you have had the pleasure of working in a decent economy. Many of you may even remember what it was like when Reagan was in office and an audible BOOM could be heard as America realized decline and malaise were not our destiny.



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Always Ready To Take The Easy Way Out
— Open Blogger

Leave it to the Episcopalians, not content to slide on the basic tenets of Christianity. They decide to forget American history George Washington unwanted at his church.

York-Simmons would not discuss whether there were parishioners who advocated for keeping the plaques. “I’m not going to speak for my parishioners. We have been through an intense process of listening to our community’s thoughts on all sides of the complicated issue,” she said.

The nation’s first president and the commander of the Confederate army both played significant roles in the early history of Christ Church.

Washington was a regular worshiper. Lee and his family were also parishioners. Mary Custis Lee, Robert E. Lee’s wife, gifted the church $10,000 to help begin its endowment.

Even though much of the recent national debate has centered around Civil War memorials, church leaders said they thought that it was important for the plaques to be considered together. They noted that both were placed at the same time and visually balance each other in a way that “maintains the symmetry of the church’s sanctuary.”

I can understand the Lee issue. Doesn't mean I agree with it. I suspect the church won't return the Lee family their $10,000 gift with interest.

But George Washington?

Some could say go to Hell. But, it doesn't appear that it would be too much of an insult.

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Food Thread: Best Before? Drink By? Oh Hell, Just Drink Fast
— Open Blogger

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I recently drank a can of Big Muddy Brewing Galaxy X2, which is a fine double IPA, and one that I am finding increasingly difficult to find. It was the last of a four-pack I had bought a month or two ago, and I found it to be flat tasting and thin, a far cry from its expected glory. It's a dirty little secret among beer makers that even stored correctly, some beers decay much more quickly than others.

This is not a criticism of Big Muddy Brewing....I just bought some more Galaxy X2 and am happily contemplating when to drink it. In fact, it is an indictment of my sloth. I should have never procrastinated; when there is good beer in the house...drink it!

As for the photo....yes, that is a Playboy guide to cocktails. And it's a valuable resource. And behind that? There is only one commenter I know of who has the slightest idea what that is. more...

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Schadenfreude Alert: Two Middle-Aged Leftist Men with Bad Dye Jobs Have Public Tiff
— Open Blogger


Andy Cohen Pretends Not To Know Who Kathy Griffin Is In Bizarre Interview

To be fair, I don't know who Andy Cohen is. But I know who Kathy Griffin is, and she's a horror-show, so I am assuming anyone remotely connected to her is pretty unpleasant. SO I am rooting for a mutual knockout.

And Open Thread

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Jew-Hate: It's Got A Good Beat And It's All The Rage On Campus
— Open Blogger

Anti-Semitism is a huge and growing problem on college campuses in America. UC Irvine is probably the worst of the bunch, with San Francisco State University a close second. But Rutgers seems to be trying its best to get into the big leagues of Jew-hate.

Rutgers Prof Publishes Anti-Semitic Vitriol Reminiscent Of Nazi Era

I cannot imagine being on a university campus and being exposed to this sort of hatred. The academy has lost its mind.

Michael Chikindas, who also serves as director of the school’s Center for Digestive Health, has charged the Jewish people with responsibility for the Armenian genocide, termed Judaism as “the most racist religion in the world,” and sniped that Israel is a “terrorist country.”

He seems nice.....

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Sunday Morning Book Thread: 10/29/2017
— Open Blogger


Morrison Reading Room, Doe Library, U.C. Berkeley

No desks, just comfortable chairs and couches. I think they had a newspaper rack when I was there. It was definitely intended for reading for pleasure; none of that awful studying.

I think everyone remembers the important but tedious and boring books we had to read in school. What's that? Did you say "The Faerie Queene?" That's one! "Ulysses?" That's another! But the other side of the ledger had some wonderful and world-expanding stuff like Shakespeare (pretty much all of it), and the Russian writers who were impossible and glorious, often at the same time. And some of the stuff we all read in high school but got to reread from a different perspective...for me that was some of Hemingway and a few great English poets.

So....what was some great/horrible stuff you read in school? Not necessarily best and worst, but for every positive you have to provide a negative. more...

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EMT 10/29/17
— Open Blogger

This.... is EMT.

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October 28, 2017

Saturday Overnight Open Thread (10/28/17) Minimal Content Edition
— Open Blogger


(There's your cat)


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Saturday Evening Movie Thread [Hosted By The JamesMadison]
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The Reason for the Season

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It's Halloween! At least it will be in a few days. So, why not take the time to talk about horror movies?

Look Behind You!

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Weekend Gun Thread
— Open Blogger

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(No 12 Step Program here Baby!)


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Ace of Spades Pet Thread
— Open Blogger

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(It's Here!! Wait No Longer!!)


Welcome to the almost world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread. Where Morons 2 and 4 legged hang out. Grab a T-R-E-A-T and enjoy!!!!



(Can't argue with that. h/t ALH)

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In Interviews With Congress, John Podesta and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz Denied Knowing Who Paid for the Dossier
— Ace

Despite the fact that it was them, through their lawyer Marc Elias.

Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta and former Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz both privately denied to congressional Russia investigators that they had any knowledge about an arrangement to pay for opposition research on President Donald Trump, three sources familiar with the matter told CNN.

The interviews happened before this week's disclosure that the Clinton campaign and DNC paid for the research. Senate investigators may seek to further question the two top Democrats and dig deeper on the origins of the so-called Trump dossier, one of the sources briefed on the matter said.

Their remarks to congressional investigators raise the stakes in their assertion that they knew nothing about the funding because it's against the law to make false statements to Congress.

By the way, this being #FakeNews CNN (and I don't suggest you click), the next sentence is something very much like "Republicans have seized upon this controversy as a way to deflect..." You know -- Republicans are epileptics. Always seizing, seizing, seizing.

Or pouncing.

Shorter CNN: Republicans are seizing on this proven lie to Congress to distract from Democrats' unevidenced claims of lawbreaking.

This gets better. I mentioned earlier that Marc Elias was both Podesta's and the DNC's lawyer -- as well as being the pointman at the law firm that actually laundered Clinton's and the DNC's money to pay Fusion.

But I didn't notice the context in which he served as their lawyer.

Marc Elias, representing both Podesta and Wasserman-Schultz, said nothing as his clients made false statements to Congress about having "no idea" who funded Fusion, and despite himself being in a position to know with certainty.

Whether or not this testimony was under oath, it is a crime to provide false testimony to Congress. Elias certainly knew about the funding and its connection to the DNC and Team Hillary, and yet remained silent. He may not have been a witness, but as the attorney representing Podesta -- who served as Hillary's campaign manager -- wouldn’t he have at least leaned over and advised his client not to answer that question? And given that sources close to Hillary Clinton claim she found out about it in January, long before this probe began, wouldn't Podesta have known about it by the time he answered this question?

CNN is already tipping how they'll play this -- arguing against the White House suggesting that the gag order on the Uranium One informant be lifted.

That is, they're arguing against government transparency.

BTW, Sessions says he's aware of no such suggestion and he was discussing this with the Senate for a while now.

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Saturday Gardening Thread: Otherworldly Plants [KT]
— Open Blogger


Hello, gardeners and friends of gardeners. Hope today's gardening thread will help get you tuned in to the Halloween spirit, one way or another. We have a ghostly legend, some Halloween veggies (Halloween veggies?) and other timely information.

First, our real-life ghost. The plant shown above is known as "Miss Willmott's Ghost". The very rich, elegant Miss Willmott is reputed to have scattered seeds of this plant, Eryngium giganteum, in other peoples' gardens. The essay about her life from The Independent is interesting. Though this obsessive plant collector was blessed with gobs of money from her parents and a godmother, she was not given much business sense. She ended up broke. Not much is left of her gardens in England, France and Italy.

Her name remains in the scientific names of several plants and the name of her British estate, Warley, in others. And we still have Miss Willmott's Ghost.

The photo above is what Miss Willmott's Ghost looks like in less than full sun, at Sissinghurst. Take a look around the site at the link. Great information and photos from a Frustrated Gardener in the UK. more...

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Halloween Treats [KT]
— Open Blogger


This Baby Animal is ready for Halloween.
Are you?

Greetings! Hope the Saturday Before Halloween is going well for you. I thought that today it might be a good idea to prepare something besides candy to pass out to Halloween visitors. Especially the teenagers. Maybe some adults and older children, too. Especially the ones who are afraid of Tiki torches.

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Weird News Dump
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This wouldn't happen if you did this first :

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