November 30, 2017

Thursday Night ONT
— Open Blogger

Crazy week, huh? We even had to spend some time on the blackout blog, and man, that place hasn't be dusted in YEARS. How about we start with some good advice for the holiday season?


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Jury Finds Kate Steinle's Murderer Not Guilty of Murder
— Ace

#Sanctuary, even for killers.

Jose Ines Garcia Zarate has been found not guilty of second-degree murder

Garcia Zarate admitted to shooting 32-year-old Kate Steinle last week

But he said he was holding gun on San Francisco pier when it accidentally fired

Garcia Zarate is a Mexican illegal immigrant who has been deported five times

He just picked up a gun from the pier he'd never seen before and then bang, it accidentally went off, killing someone dead-bang perfectly.

Happens all the time.

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Music Mogul Russell Simmons Accused of Rape by Model, Then 17 Years Old; Now Accused by Second Woman
— Ace

Flashback to a story I didn't post on:
The rape allegedly occurred with Brett Ratner present.


The model says she begged Ratner, "Help me," when Simmons began to rape her, but then realized they were acting in concert.


Interestingly, after this news dropped, Terry Crews -- who recently named the agent who groped his penis -- released this email from Simmons, asking Crews to give the groper a "pass:"

Russell Simmons released a statement insisting that the sex was consensual and that also he's totally enlightened or something.

Now Jenny Lumet (daughter of Sydney) tells her own story, in an open letter addressed to Russell Simmons.

I got into the car with you. The driver began to drive. I assumed you knew where I lived, because you had sent me 250 balloons, but I gave the driver my address on 19th Street and 2nd Avenue.

You said to the driver: "No."

I didn't understand, so I said: "Russell?"

I said, again, to the driver: "19th Street."

Again you said to the driver: "No."

Then the car doors locked. It was loud. The noise made me jump.

I didn't recognize you at that moment. It was disorienting. It was disorienting. I say it twice now because you said "No" twice then.

I couldn't open the doors. I couldn't open the windows. The car was moving. The driver did not stop. He did not take me to 19th Street. He took me to your apartment.

I didn't try to kick the windows out. I didn't punch or kick. I didn't say, "What are you doing?" My voice left me after the second "No."

I felt dread and disorientation. I wanted to go home. I said I wanted to go home. I didn't recognize the man next to me. I didn't know if the situation would turn violent. I remember thinking that I must be crazy. I remember hoping that the Russell I knew would return any moment.

The car stopped at the curb. I don't recall the street. I recall the driver opening the door from the outside, and you behind me. I was between the two of you. Not wedged, just in the space between you. I remember exchanging a look with the driver. He was unreadable. It was chilly out. It was me and these two men.

I felt dread. I was tremulous. Off my feet. I felt an intense need to keep both of you calm. Was there a time or a space to run? I have no idea. Would somebody else have run? I have no idea. There were two men. One of whom obeyed the other. It was an overwhelming feeling.

There was no well-lit lobby or doorman at the entrance we used. I would guess it was not the main entrance to the building. I believe there was a door from street level that opened into a space beneath the residential area of the building, in which there was a small back elevator. If I am wrong about the layout, then I am wrong. There were two men, and I was afraid.

You didn't punch me, drag me or verbally threaten me. You used your size to maneuver me, quickly, into the elevator. I said, "Wait. Wait." I felt dread. I was very, very sad. I didn't know if the driver was a further threat, or an ally. I was both relieved and terrified when he did not get into the elevator. Alone in the elevator, you pressed me into the corner with your body, your hands and your mouth.

The elevator did not stop on the way up to your apartment. I was moved very quickly inside. I recall hearing the apartment door closing behind us.

I saw no one else. I recall you were behind me. I was still hoping the Russell I knew would reappear, as I could not recognize the man moving me deeper into the apartment -- the man who had said "No" to his driver. Twice.

You moved me into a bedroom. I said, "Wait." You said nothing.

I made the trade in my mind. I thought, "Just keep him calm, and you'll get home." Maybe another person would have thought differently, or not made the trade.

It was dark but not pitch-dark. You closed the door.

At that point, I simply did what I was told.

There was penetration. At one point you were only semi-erect and appeared frustrated. Angry? I remember being afraid that you would deem that my fault and become violent. I did not know if you were angry, but I was afraid that you were.

Pretty horrifying. Here is part of Simmons' statement about the alleged rape. See if you can see any similarities between this statement and Al Franken's and Matt Lauer's and all the rest of them:

I have been informed with great anguish of Jenny Lumet's recollection about our night together in 1991. I know Jenny and her family and have seen her several times over the years since the evening she described. While her memory of that evening is very different from mine, it is now clear to me that her feelings of fear and intimidation are real.

So once again: I deny your recollection, which differs from my own, but my Crisis Communications adviser tells me to validate your feelings (while calling you either a liar or a delusional hysteric).

A lot of that going on lately.

Russell Simmons has now stepped down from his position as head of his businesses (though I'm sure he'll still draw income from them), as HBO and JC Penny distance themselves from him.

HBO had announced a new "Def Comedy Jam" in association with Russell Simmons even after the first rape allegation. Now it says they'll remove Simmons' name from the show and he won't appear on it -- but they're still doing the show, and Simmons will still get paid.

They claim they don't want to deprive comics of the opportunity. Is it necessary that the show have the Def Comedy Jam imprimatur? Can't HBO just call another black comic, like Kevin Hart, and do a Kevin Hart's New Kings of Comedy or something? The way Rodney Dangerfield used to brand his own shows of young comics?

Not even close to enough, HBO. Not even close.

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McCain, Murkowski Announce Support of Tax Reform Bill
— Ace

Murkowski had a demand: opening a small part of the Alaska National Wilderness Refuge to oil exploration.

That's like the easiest, gimmie-est demand ever. I'm not sure why we weren't acting on that already.

McCain also announced he will support a Republican measure, just to prove that it can actually happen.

“After careful thought and consideration, I have decided to support the Senate tax reform bill. I believe this legislation, though far from perfect, would enhance American competitiveness, boost the economy, and provide long overdue tax relief for middle class families," McCain said in a statement.

The DJIA spiked 332 points to close over 24,000 for the first time in history.

The stock market rally of 2017, which has pushed the Dow up nearly 23%, has been fueled by a global economic recovery that has been a boon for corporate profits and lifted consumer confidence to its highest levels since 2000.

Here's the Director's Cut of the Wii Fit Cowbell Girl: more...

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Two More Women Accuse Franken, One of Groping Her Breast, The Other of Forcing His Tongue Down Her Throat
— Ace

Three incidences make a pattern. Six incidences make a compulsion.

Another grope on a USO tour, this one of a female veteran, via CNN:

"When he put his arm around me, he groped my right breast. He kept his hand all the way over on my breast," Kemplin said in an interview. "I've never had a man put their arm around me and then cup my breast. So he was holding my breast on the side."

Kemplin repeatedly used the word "embarrassed" to describe her immediate reaction at the time.

"I remember clenching up and how you just feel yourself flushed," she said. "And I remember thinking -- is he going to move his hand? Was it an accident? Was he going to move his hand? He never moved his hand."

Via Jezebel, a minor elected liberal politician in New England (who's remaining anonymous) says Franken stuck his tongue in her mouth during an Air America sketch show.

As for the first new allegation, Franken issued another one of his "I'm very sorry but my memory is so fuzzy about grabbin up on tits I can't remember" specials.

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Of Course: Judge Decides She's Commander in Chief and Orders Military to Continue Recruiting Transgenders, Because We're Now In a Lawless War of All Against All
— Ace

It seems that judges should have some regard for the constitutional scheme of separation of powers, but apparently Social Justice imperatives trump any notion of democracy and lawful order.

The military must begin accepting transgender recruits Jan. 1 despite a ban ordered by President Trump this year, according to a D.C. district court judge.

Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly had already granted a preliminary injunction in the Doe v. Trump lawsuit filed by a group of transgender troops. She clarified this week that her order also blocks Defense Secretary Jim Mattis from delaying the recruiting.

Mattis had planned to begin accepting transgender recruits on the first of the year before Trump tweeted in July that they would not be allowed to serve in the military in any capacity. The president later followed up with an order telling the Pentagon to abandon the plan, which got underway during the previous administration.

"Secretary Mattis is a defendant in this case, he is directly bound by the injunction and he cannot change the policy that existed before President Trump issued his order," the judge said.

In other words, Obama's executive orders as president are still in force because this judge likes Obama better and elections don't matter.

I honestly don't see how the United States remains a coherent unified nation.

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Nancy Pelosi, Jim Clyburn-- Previously Defenders of the "Icon" John Conyers -- Call for His Resignation; Conyers Hospitalized
— Ace

The man Nancy Pelosi called an "icon," and Richard Speck called an "inspiration," is now being asked to resign.

Before asking for Conyers' resignation, the racist Clyburn offered this White Devils Lie defense of him:

Incidentally, it turned out that Conyers' chief accuser was not a White Devil Woman but a black woman. Interesting that Clyburn went right to the "it's all a white devil con" defense, though.

But we're not done with the White Devil card just yet -- Conyers' attorney is also playing it, kinda. He wants to know what the difference between Conyers and the White Devil Al Franken.

Corrected: I initially believed Clyburn had posed the what's-the-difference-between-Conyers-and-Franken question. He didn't. It was Conyers' attorney. I apologize for the error.

It's a fair question, and one I'll be asking myself, but it's interesting that Clyburn keeps going to the same White Devil well, isn't it?

Catch me up -- racism is supposedly a bad thing, right? I guess that rule isn't as firm as I had been previously been led to believe.

Possibly because he had offered multiple racist defenses in a row -- one of which turning out to be a misplaced racist defense, as Conyers' chief accuser is black -- Clyburn went into Save Your Own Ass mode and called on Conyers to resign.

Maybe it's just that it turned out at least one of the women accusing Conyers wasn't white and therefore not necessarily a White Devil Liar.

Believe all women... unless they're white.

Racism is bad, right? I keep getting confused because "icons" keep saying some really ignorant racist hillbilly shit and they get a complete pass for it.

Conyers has now checked into the hospital with crybabyitis and a bad case of Sympathy Seeking and apparently it's all the White Devils fault for this "media assault."

Meanwhile, via @gloomhauer, Jen Rubin, who, like many "NeverTrumpers" is now simply a partisan liberal Democrat, looks past Pelosi's five days of praising Conyers as an "icon" and Clyburn's multiple racist conspiracy theory defenses, as well as the case of the unrepentant, still-not-being-pressured-to-resign Al Franken, and makes this astonishing claim:

AllahPundit refers to her as "Center-Right," which doesn't surprise me. The #SalonHot25 have to stick together in all this.

Guess Rubin didn't notice Kristin Gillibrand, who demands zero due process for college males accused of sexual impropriety, saying it's up to Franken whether or not he resigns:

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CNN Producer Fired Over "Inappropriate Behavior"
— Ace

The producer served under... Good Guy Greg pretender Jake Tapper.

"The behavior attributed to Mr. Davis does not align with the standards and values of CNN," the network said in a statement.
CNN has fired senior producer Teddy Davis over claims of inappropriate behavior.

"A comprehensive investigation was conducted as soon as this matter was brought to our attention. The behavior attributed to Mr. Davis does not align with the standards and values of CNN and Mr. Davis is no longer with the company," a CNN spokesperson said in a statement Wednesday.

Davis served as producer on the network's State of the Union, hosted by Jake Tapper, prior to his termination.

According to a source at CNN, the network's internal investigation into Davis surfaced instances of the ousted producer making fellow colleagues uncomfortable. There were no reports of physical or sexual assault.

In response to news of Davis' firing, Tapper tweeted that he was "fully supportive" of CNN's decision.

A lot of "reporters" don't seem to have any idea what's happening right in their offices and sets.

And what's this crazywoman mean by this?

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NFL Partner-Networks to Lose $500 Million Due to Declining Ratings
— Ace

You can't fight a Social Justice War without expecting some collateral damage.

Outkick the Coverage offers four reasons for the decline in ratings besides turning the NFL into MSNBC with 30% more Repeated Trauma Brain Damage. One of them is the NFL's greed in expanding the game into new hours (the morning London game) and new nights (the Thursday night game, once a welcome once-in-a-blue moon novelty, now a permanent drag).

One of the reasons I used to like the NFL was the specialness of each game, as there were so few. In baseball and basketball, individual games aren't so important; it's winning and losing streaks.

Now, teams don't play more games (the NFLPA resists that, I think: the NFL has entertained an 18-game schedule, I think), but the NFL now has games on Sunday morning, the typical Sunday 1pm game, the 4 pm game, the Sunday night alleged game of the week, the Monday night even more dubious game of the week, and the not-even-pretending-it's-a-game-of-the-week game on Thursday night.

There's just a loss of specialness there.

I think there might also be a Completist Revolt going on too. People with the Completist Bug -- who need to watch every episode, buy every videogame sequel and DLC, etc. -- used to be able to be NFL completists, watching all games available in their markets.

But you can only push a Completist so far before he can no longer even attempt being a Completist and stops even trying. If a Completist football fan now tried to watch all the games available to him, he'd pretty much have to be unemployed and without a family, or he would be after a season of attempting this feat.

That observation may be a stretch too far, but I think it's a factor in bubble markets. As long as you're not trying to extract too much from your Completist types, you can flood the market with product and basically tax them for revenue. They'll pay the tax on their time and money and you'll reap rewards.

But if you flood the market beyond that, the Completists begin abandoning the hobby. Which is bad for business, because you can really milk a Completist for a lot of their time and money. Right up to the point where they give up and tune out.

That said, I think this is mostly about the politics. Conservatives used to love football almost without reservation, not just because of the product, but because of the values (tradition, family, respect for the military) they thought the NFL shared.

Now it's just another SJW TV show with a lot of progressive actors and executives.

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


If another male chimp tries to kiss me I throw poo at him. Maybe those bonobos in the next cage do that shit, but not us!

New study finds straight men in 'bromances' often kiss and cuddle

A new study, published in Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, asked a series of in-depth questions to 30 British undergraduate sport students to try and discover what straight men really get up to with their best friends.

The results were surprising, and suggested that when behind closed doors, heterosexual men don't let masculinity get in the way of forming close bonds.

Really? Because behind closed doors the men I know are pretty much the same as when the doors are open, except that they fart more and curse a bit more and say things like, "Wow...what a rack on that waitress!"
Even more interestingly, all but one of the men asked said that they regularly engaged in "non-sexual physical intimacy," such as kissing, cuddling, and spooning with their best friend.

Yeah...that's called "being gay." In fact it's sort of the definition of being gay, having a romantic connection with a member of the same sex. And kissing and cuddling and spooning is a pretty basic signal of a romantic connection.

But let's back up a bit and look at the massive study that they use to bolster their bullshit normalization of homosexual behavior. It has 30 subjects. And it was a written survey. For all we know it was from a single class, and a bunch of dudes got together and decided to screw with the idiotic research associate who asked them to do a survey on their "bromances." Or maybe this is actually the way British men act, which would explain a lot. And let us not forget where it was published:

"Sex Roles: A Journal of Research" is an interdisciplinary behavioral science journal offering a feminist perspective. It publishes original research reports and review articles that illuminate the underlying processes and consequences of gender role socialization, gendered perceptions and behaviors, and gender stereotypes.

Well that makes it much better. I always take more seriously the suggestion that I am gay when it comes from a feminist perspective. But I am open to the suggestion that "bromances" are real. So here's some homework for all of the men in the audience. Go cuddle and spoon and kiss (non-sexually of course) with your best man friend. Then tell us how it went. In fact, I'll bet that just imagining it will be a fairly good test of the theory.

I'll take the responses in the comments. more...

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Mid-Morning Open Thread
— Open Blogger

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The Morning Report 11/30/17
— Open Blogger


Good morning kids. We are loaded with linkage today so let us get to steppin' as it were. I suppose there's no one story that is really in the lead, but the combined Democrat-Depravity Debacle that seems to be utterly destroying that party, the media-propagandist complex's messaging notwithstanding. On top of that President Donald Trump is using this weapon, which let's recall was crafted to take him down, and just hammering away at them with it. I am now convinced that Trump is a genius; he is a master of the media and has them wrapped around his finger. And yes, with regards to "banjo-boy" Joe Scarborough, he brought up the dead intern. We are about to find out if there is such a thing as peak schadenboner.

First, on things that are buried or ignored, the economy is roaring; over 3% GDP growth in three consecutive quarters which we have not seen in 12 years, the stock market is about to crash through the 24,000 point mark, unemployment is way down, business and consumer confidence is rising - and all of this without any legislation passed in a hostile congress.

Related, the President has maneuvered Schemer and Palsi into the hot seat vis a vis a government shutdown by calling them out on wanting to put Amnesty into the budget. And by labeling Fauxcahontas as Pocahontas, which was a completely calculated move, he has forever labeled her as a liar at the very moment she was poised to make a stink about her pet money laundering scheme the CFPB. And meanwhile, he has struck back at Theresa May and the supine toothless British lion for coddling Islamic terrorism in their home, completely flipping their baseless claim that PDT is "islamophobic."

Meanwhile, back to the Democrat sex scandal, they are so utterly bereft of a defense that James Clyburn, who has the intellectual agility of a small soap dish and the ethics of used car salesman, has just utterly debased himself in defense of John Conyers. Mark Levin blasted him yesterday (see the link) and has called for him to resign along with the octogenarian Marxist he is shielding. Gerrymandering; is there nothing it can't destroy?

On the downer front, the administration is going to leave the PLO office open. I smell Obama holdovers and an all-too malleable Rexxon have a hand in this. But Nikki Haley continues to shine at the UN and she is sounding the alarm bells about the NorKs. That situation, and perhaps the not necessarily unrelated one in the Gulf (Arabian/Persian) may be coming to a head in the not too distant future.

In other news, the lawyer for Imran Awan is desperate to prevent Debbie Wasserman-Test's laptop to be used as evidence. The lawyer is a Clinton acolyte and is obviously shielding information on that laptop that would (in a Jeff Sessionszzzz-free DoJ) send her to Leavenworth or worse.

Noted at press time several other Hollywood and news media types have stepped away so I'm sure some others will go down before the day is through. Anyone have Colbert or Stewart in the Pervnado Pool? Still not tired of winning!

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

UPDATE: Late entry and a must-read from Mark Steyn - Washington's Redskin

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November 29, 2017

Wednesday Overnight Open Thread (11/29/17) Plenty Of Videos Edition
— Open Blogger


(Flying off towards The ONT)


Quotes of The Day

Quote I

Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. Mark Twain

Quote II

All [zoos] actually offer to the public in return for the taxes spent upon them is a form of idle and witless amusement, compared to which a visit to a penitentiary, or even to a State legislature in session, is informing, stimulating and ennobling. H. L. Mencken

Quote III

Bore: one who has the power of speech but not the capacity for conversation. Benjamin Disraeli

Quote IV

And not because I’m against learning or education—it’s because American colleges no longer teach people how to think; they command people what to think, with the constant looming Sword of Damocles hanging over the head of anyone foolish enough to express a dissident thought. Jim Goad

Quote V

“With Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs still in shock over their communities’ losses, Congress is actually moving to weaken our public safety. It’s an extraordinary violation of the public’s trust. Elections have consequences. We will be watching—and acting.” Gabby Giffords


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CNN Boycotting White House Christmas Party Because the White House Threatens Press Freedoms or Something
— Ace

Think of all the poems Jim Acosta would have read off his phone.

“CNN will not be attending this year’s White House Christmas party,” a CNN spokesperson told Politico. "In light of the president’s continued attacks on freedom of the press and CNN, we do not feel it is appropriate to celebrate with him as his invited guests. We will send a White House reporting team to the event, and report on it if news warrants."


News of CNN's plans to boycott the event was greeted positively by White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. "Christmas comes early," she tweeted. "Finally good news from @CNN."

BTW, PJ Media's Morning Briefing reminds us that CNN did not skip the WH Christmas party under Obama for similar threat-to-the-press reasons, despite Obama having done more to threaten the press than calling them #FakeNews.

Remember when the DOJ claimed Fox News' James Rosen was a "criminal co-conspirator" so they could access his (and his parents'!) digital communications? Or when the Obama administration subpoenaed phone records for 20 AP reporters? Where was CNN's righteous indignation over freedom of the press when that happened?

Alleged "reporter" April D. Ryan, who recently called Sarah Huckabee Sanders a liar over a pecan pie, whines like a bitch that she isn't invited.

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Former Intelligence Inspector General: The State Department and Hillary Presidential Campaign Hit Me With Pressure and "Blowback" Over My Email Probe
— Ace

Shocking no one.

An ex-intelligence watchdog says that from the very start of the Clinton email investigation, Hillary Clinton's campaign coordinated with the State Department and Democrats on Capitol Hill to push back against him with threats and intimidation.

"There was personal blowback. Personal blowback to me, to my family, to my office," General Charles McCullough III, former inspector general for the intelligence community, told Fox News' Catherine Herridge on Monday.

McCullough was back on Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight on Tuesday to provide further details about Hillary and her Democrat allies' coordinated campaign to thwart his investigation...

"You were acting as the inspector general," Carlson noted. "You're supposed to have some independence here. Again, you're a career government employee and former FBI agent -- why would the Clinton campaign have anything to do with this conversation?" he asked.

"They shouldn't have!" McCullough answered, adding, "I'm well aware there was strategic coordination between the campaign... certain officials in the State Department, certain law firms in town, and people on Capitol Hill."

More quotes at the link. more...

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Cokie Roberts: Every Woman in the Press Corps Knew to Never Get In an Elevator Alone with John Conyers
— Ace

Okay -- then why was this concealed for years?

Although the CBC is pressuring Conyers to resign, supposedly, he ain't goin' anywhere. Probably mostly because his brain has turned to pudding and he can no longer find his way out of his offices.

Update: While he won't resign, apparently this deranged old scumbag has been pressured into the compromise of not seeking re-election.

Meanwhile, Democrats continue rallying around the decrepit coot who likes walking around in his droopy underwear. Nancy Pelosi said that he's not going to be asked to resign because he's an "icon" -- to Democrats:

"We are strengthened by due process. Just because someone is accused -- and was it one accusation? Is it two?" Pelosi said. "John Conyers is an icon in our country," and finally, "He has done a great deal to protect women."

BTW, the number of women accusing the doddering old pervert Conyers is five, not two.

And, when asked about private sector people being fired much, much faster than Conyers -- who isn't resigning or being expelled -- CBC member Jim Clyburn asked, regarding private sector people, "Who voted for them?"

In other words: You shouldn't resign or be expelled because people voted for you. As an elected official, you have more latitude to sexually harass people, not less, compared to mere private sector CEOs and producers and anchors and such.

Rep. Linda Sanders also made a similar case: She thinks Congressmolesters are being held to too high a standard.

The Daily Caller reports this is provoking a bit of a war in the Democrat party, with the old guard wanting to keep the Shush Funds alive and the molesters in office, and mostly younger SJW types wanting the party to (giggle) actually patrol its own for the sins it accuses others of.

That's just silly, that's what that is.

One Representative, Kathleen Rice, left a congressional meeting on sexual harassment, which one might suspect was really about how to cover up sexual harassment, early, quipping "I don't have time for meetings that aren't real."

She's also calling for an end to the gag order on sexual harassment payouts from Congress:

"The accuser who attempted to seek help through a deeply flawed system should not continue to be silenced by the institution that failed to protect her in the first place," Rice said in a letter to Ryan.

You probably will not be surprised to hear that the Democrats' nuanced stance on sexual misconduct -- supposedly a "zero tolerance" stance, but with lots and lots of tolerance for fellow Democrats -- is partly fueling a resurgence by Roy Moore, whose supporters probably think, "Why should I be the only chump who takes this shit seriously?"

One last little bit from @TheLastBigNurse. It's about Matt Lauer. I just can't quit him. more...

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Apologies, But Vanity Fair Just Published Its Hit on Matt Lauer, and Whoo Doggy, I Gotta Post It
— Ace

What a lovely day that greets me after the site got taken down yesterday.

I know you may be sick of derogatory stories about Matt Lauer, if you're a Communist who hates joy, but I'm not.

I hate this guy.

As the co-host of NBC's "Today," Matt Lauer once gave a colleague a sex toy as a present. It included an explicit note about how he wanted to use it on her, which left her mortified.

On another day, he summoned a different female employee to his office, and then dropped his pants, showing her his penis. After the employee declined to do anything, visibly shaken, he reprimanded her for not engaging in a sexual act.

He would sometimes quiz female producers about who they'd slept with, offering to trade names...

Despite being married, Lauer was fixated on women, especially their bodies and looks, according to more than 10 accounts from current and former employees. He was known for making lewd comments verbally or over text messages. He once said made a suggestive reference to a colleague's performance in bed and compared it to how she was able to complete her job, according to witnesses to the exchange. For Lauer, work and sex were intertwined.

"There were a lot of consensual relationships, but that’s still a problem because of the power he held," says a former producer who knew first-hand of these encounters. "He couldn't sleep around town with celebrities or on the road with random people, because he's Matt Lauer and he's married. So he'd have to do it within his stable, where he exerted power, and he knew people wouldn’t ever complain."

Lauer had a "secluded" office permitting him trysts at work, and if the seclusion wasn't enough, he installed a special feature: He could lock the door by remote control with a button on his desk, making sure no one could just walk on in while he was doing... whatever. I guess getting up and just locking the door might have given his lovers/victims a chance to reconsider or object, so he'd just hit the button and the door would lock itself.

He's the Ernst Stavro Blofeld of sexual harassment.

By the way, Matt Lauer seems to have come down with a case of Stage 3 Mummyface:

Update: Linking a tweet is not an endorsement. But this is a funny way to put it.


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Updates on Matt Lauer, Garrison Keillor
— Ace

As for Matt Lauer: It seems unlikely that NBC president Andy Lack just heard of this allegation against Lauer, because Variety and the New York Times have been working on stories about him for "weeks." Further, it seems unlikely that Lack believes that it merely "may" be the case that additional allegations are put forth, as he almost certainly knows the Variety and NYT stories are about multiple women.

Further, it appears that the allegation that caused the firing was about a "non-consensual" bit of touching (or worse), that is, some kind of sexual assault.

And it's not just the alleged touching -- it's the alleged intimidation of victims.

"Among the worst" in a grouping that includes Harvey Weinstein? This sounds like it will get worse before it gets worse.

As to Garrison Keillor, apparently there are allegations from two women, or two women reporting the same event. Keillor only seems to acknowledge a single event, which he claims was innocuous and a misunderstanding.

In a statement to the Minneapolis Star Tribune Keillor wrote: "I put my hand on a woman's bare back. I meant to pat her back after she told me about her unhappiness and her shirt was open and my hand went up it about six inches. She recoiled. I apologized. I sent her an email of apology later and she replied that she had forgiven me and not to think about it. We were friends. We continued to be friendly right up until her lawyer called."


He indicated in that email that two employees had made allegations.

"I have to respect the privacy of the two employees who made the allegations," he wrote. "I have my own recollection of events, but I don't want to take issue with Jon McTaggart's decision. I think the country is in the grip of a mania -- the whole Franken business is an absurdity -- and I wish someone who resist it (sic), but I expect MPR to look out for itself, and meanwhile I feel awfully lucky to have hung on for so long."

There's that "my recollection differs" defense we've heard from fellow Minnesotan Al Franken.

Speaking of the My Recollection Differs defense, magnate Richard Branson says he can't remember if he groped a woman in his Caribbean home or nah.

Richard Branson says he has no recollection of an episode at his Caribbean home in 2010 that led a woman to accuse him of sexual assault.

The billionaire has been accused of putting his face in the breasts of an American who was working as a backup singer for the English artist Joss Stone. The group was attending a party at Branson's Necker Island.

"He went 'brrrrrr' and just walked away. It was surreal, totally out of the blue," Antonia Jenae told British newspaper The Sun.

"His behavior was disgusting. I feel like it was sexual assault," she added. "Everyone was wondering why I wasn't angry because I'm usually a firebrand. But I was just too shocked."

His statement says that it's not just he himself who doesn't remember this, but his "family and friends" who were with him at the time. So this edges towards an actual denial (without quite being one).

Tucker Carlson had a very good commentary about the power of accusations, and the fact that some accusations are false. He even disclosed the (false) rape allegation made against him by a woman he calls "delusional." Definitely worth a watch, just as a reminder that not every accusation is true.

[N]ot everyone accused of a sex offense is guilty. Not every accuser is telling the truth. I learned this the hard way a number of years ago when I was accused of felony rape by a woman I had literally never even seen.

She was a certified public accountant in Indiana, upstanding member of her community and also apparently delusional. Her claims were grotesque, but they were highly specific. The assault she said took place in the back room of a restaurant in Louisville on a specific day at around 10:30 p.m. She included loads of graphic and horrifying detail. It was stomach-turning.

And, yet, none of it, none of it was true. I spent the next two months trying to stay out of jail.

I couldn't tell my children because I knew they would be ashamed. I couldn't tell my employer because I knew I would be fired immediately.

I spoke only to lawyers and I paid them a fortune. I took a polygraph exam from the former head polygrapher at the FBI.

I never stopped worrying that the charges would become public and destroy my life.

Everyone accused of sex offense did something wrong. Everybody knows that. And I knew no one would believe otherwise. This isn't a defense of sexual harassment or misbehavior, obviously. It is just a reminder that real life is complicated. More complicated than sermonizing on Twitter.

Sometimes the mob is wrong. Sometimes the innocent are crushed. That's always a tragedy, no matter what the charge is.

Of course, crushing the innocent also may be the point of the exercise and we are seeing that.

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ESPN Exceeds Expectations and Fires 150 More People
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Pretty soon "The Ocho" will refer to the number of employees on ESPN's payroll.

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Sexual Harassment Leftist Scalp Tally: Matt Lauer, Garrison Keillor
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Last night Keillor opined in the Washington Post that it was "absurd" that Al Franken would be pressured to resign over some groping allegations:

All from PJ Media. They also report that an NPR Chief News Editor has resigned in the wake of sexual harassment allegations.

More: May be more incidents?

All About the Bass:

More Women Who Spoke Anonymously, But Were Too "Terrified" of Lauer to Come Forward:

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