December 31, 2017
— Open Blogger
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.
So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.” ― Neil Gaiman
Guess the formatting errors will still be around.
Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man. Benjamin Franklin
The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective. Gilbert K. Chesterton
— Open Blogger
— Open Blogger
A note before we begin. 1926 copies sold! And you know what that means! We have cleared more than enough to write $2,500 checks EACH to Toys For Tots and Fisher House! Keep buying, and we'll keep sending checks to those folks. And...there is yet another Moron cookbook giveaway! This time Weasel has hooked up with some of Bluebell's "friends" on the outside, and there is rumor of a jewelry store heist...that's just idle talk. But all of a sudden there are a few more cookbooks to be given away! Coincidence? Of course. The Morons whose comments correspond to random times between 4:00pm and
6:00pm ESTwhen Weasel gets bored will receive a free cookbook. Of course the usual rules apply: nobody who has won a cookbook in one of the previous giveaways is eligible, the winners must provide a mailing address and the email address used in their comment to moroncookbook at gmail dot com by midnight tonight, and the winners must also submit hair samples and three vials of blood. And a bottle of Valu-Rite. And a good grilled-cheese sandwich.
That loaf is a rye-wheat-sourdough from Parc Restaurant, a bistro in Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. And as good as it looks, it tastes even better. It is a magnificent example of the baker's art, and their baguettes aren't far behind. The restaurant was packed, and the staff was a bit overwhelmed, and I think the my experience suffered for it. The Old Fashioned was thoroughly mediocre (on the rocks? Really?), and all the food came at once. That's just silly. But the bread was the star, and they sell it, so even if I don't feel like eating there, I will definitely pick up more of their baked goods the next time I am in Philly.
Bread is one of those elemental foods that is incredibly satisfying when done correctly, but can't be bothered with when done badly. Good scrambled eggs are fantastic! But when they are overdone, only liberal dousings in hot sauce can make them edible. And overdone bacon is...um....pretty good. Never mind.
So what foods do you love when executed well, but ignore when done badly, or even just "ok?" Because there are some foods that I will eat no matter what. Put a hot dog and a bun with mustard in front of me, and I will eat it no matter what its provenance. The finest German butcher or a ring-meat special in a convenience store. I don't care. more...
— Open Blogger Or why as a "True Blue Conservative" Brett Stephens still wishes Hillary Clinton was our president.
Tax cuts. Deregulation. More for the military; less for the United Nations. The Islamic State crushed in its heartland. Assad hit with cruise missiles. Troops to Afghanistan. Arms for Ukraine. A tougher approach to North Korea. Jerusalem recognized as Israel’s capital. The Iran deal decertified. Title IX kangaroo courts on campus condemned. Yes to Keystone. No to Paris. Wall Street roaring and consumer confidence high.
And, of course, Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court. What, for a conservative, is there to dislike about this policy record as the Trump administration rounds out its first year in office?
That’s the question I keep hearing from old friends on the right who voted with misgiving for Donald Trump last year and now find reasons to like him. I admit it gives me pause. I agree with every one of the policy decisions mentioned above. But I still wish Hillary Clinton were president.
I didn't vote for PDT to be the president of my church council. I didn't elect him to be my BFF. I voted for him to enact the measures that Brett Stephen thinks are good but not good enough. F*ck you.
Yeah, I want to be governed by an unindicted felon and lectured to by a douche bag.
— Open Blogger I want to thank Ace, Misanthropic Humanitarian, and the other Cobs for giving me this opportunity.
All Hail Eris deserves the credit for giving me the idea to ask AceCorp for this thread when a while ago in a comment she asked for a prepper thread, specifically for urban apartment dwellers.
This isn't going to be a prepper thread for coping with events that might take down the power grid for months or years, such as Coronal Mass Ejections (CME) or an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP),although both events have happened.
Having read many stand alone books and series about these and other events, I have no idea how I would really perform if they occurred. I don't have access to a mountain top bunker and am not part of a network of like minded people who discuss these things, or will gather at a predetermined and well stocked location.
But, having lived in an apartment on a barrier island in Florida for 36 years I do have experience preparing for and dealing with power and water outages, once lasting a week. Usually they are the result of hurricanes, but not always. Besides, how can you expect to cope with a really long power outage if you aren't prepared for a short one?
I will also go through my evacuation procedure and the items I carry in my car for normal and emergency situations.
— Open Blogger
2017 is going out with a bang...Global Warming is currently freezing the snot out of the Northeast and, for that matter, much of the rest of the country. The people of Iran are hinting that maybe, just maybe, they are tired of almost 40 years of a repressive dictatorship and are ready for something different. America's deep state is pulling out all of the stops in its attempt to destroy a legally elected president, and he is standing tall and proud in defiance, laughing in their faces, and is systematically dismantling the power structures that they have so carefully built since the Wilson administration. The "Palestinians" have just been very publicly punched in the nose by the United States of America, and the only people to come to their aid have been the neutered apparatchiks of the UN. The U.S. economy is doing well, and looks to do even better. Perhaps it isn't "Morning in America," but it sure does look brighter.
And with that, let us move on to your favorite book of 2017! And mine was a thoroughly enjoyable spy novel by Daniel Silva, with his inimitable Gabriel Alon kicking ass and taking names. "The Unlikely Spy" might not win any awards, but it sure was fun!
So...what was yours? Extra points if it was silly and simple and loads of fun, and would embarrass your favorite English instructor.
[Technically, the wildly successful best seller: HRCWNBPOTUS was published in November of 2016, and only hit the shelves on January 20, 2017, so it doesn't really count as a 2017 book. And it's everyone's favorite, so think of another if you can]
— Open Blogger This is the hallowed day where AoS morons can really let themselves go with all that drinking and carousing, without the concern that their drinking and carousing will be looked at as a departure from normal behaviors like it is for the other 364 days of the year.
Yes, this is that one day where all your bad habits are lost in the noise of the year-end reveling of "normals", and you can make countless resolutions that to your addled brain will seem like attainable compacts.
Jan 2nd will see the crash to reality for most, as they show up to work still reeking of cheap alcohol that none of your coworkers exhibit, given they took all of the 1st to sober up.
But forget all that for now: You will have all of next year to indulge in self-recriminations, but Today is YOUR DAY.
Carpe Ipsum! more...
December 30, 2017
— Open Blogger
“If the war against drugs is lost, then so are the wars against theft, speeding, incest, fraud, rape, murder, arson, and illegal parking. Few, if any, such wars are winnable. So let us all do anything we choose.” Theodore Dalrymple
“Jeff Sessions and the Trump administration are still trying to fight a 1980s drug war that is socially unjust, economically backward and against the will of the American people,” Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)more...
— Open Blogger The First Annual AosHQ Movie Awards
"Doesn't she look fabulous?"
"Yes, that bathrobe really becomes her."
"And him! He's really dressed up for the occasion!"
"He has. I've never seen him in a nicer pair of twenty year old pajama bottoms."
We're getting gussied up tonight to start a celebration of movies! Which is why we don't care what we wear, or how many times Jack Nicholson mugs for the camera. No! We come to celebrate the best of 2017, for a certain Moron point of view.
— Open Blogger Many of you have asked about when I'm going to bring back the chess thread. I really don't know the answer, but I'm going to try an experiment here and put up a smaller version. Instead of 5 problems, there will be only two, an easy problem and one that is more challenging. And of course, a bit of dress pr0n. My goal is to gradually bring in more and more material until the old thread is back, but time will tell if I can successfully do this. I don't know how this will work out, or even if I'll be able to do it every week, but let's give it a whirl and see what happens. Thank you all for your patience.
Of course, this is an open thread, so there is no such thing as being off topic.
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— Ace Honestly, can't West Virginia do better than this?
Are they really fooled by a progressive stooge because his tv ads show him firing a gun?
In particular, Trump mentioned how Manchin and other Democrats spoke about how they were willing to negotiate with Republicans on healthcare and tax reform, but then uniformly voted against those efforts this year.
"He talks. But he doesn't do anything. He doesn't do," Trump said in reference to Manching, while speaking with the New York Times at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla.
He then evoked what he views dealing with Manchin is like.
"'Hey, let's get together, let's do bipartisan,'" Trump said, imitating Manchin. "I say, 'Good, let's go.' Then you dont hear from him again."
This guy's a liar voting the liberal line while talking a conservative or "centrist" line on TV.
— Open Blogger
Welcome to the almost world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread. Grab a T-R-E-A-T & hang out for awhile with us.
Top photo too serious? How about this?
Dressed like that he must be a member of the Sporting Group.
— Ace Oh, they did cover the Iran rallies.
The pro-government Iran rallies, I mean.
Just incredible.. pic.twitter.com/jtlbqA0UYr— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) December 30, 2017
The New York Times chooses to pretend this is just about "economic woes," rather than a direct challenge to the clerical tyranny itself...
Scattered Protests Erupt in Iran Over Economic Woes. https://t.co/waB6Qrn2NC— Thomas Erdbrink (@ThomasErdbrink) December 30, 2017
A bit on this guy's reportage:
Last month Erdbrink, NYT's Tehran bureau chief, wrote a long, front-page story claiming that Trump had united the Iranian people behind the regime. Shouldn't he explain to NYT readers how he got it so wrong before filing more stories? https://t.co/J7BoZDWf9H— Noah Pollak (@NoahPollak) December 30, 2017
But you should trust him. He is an #Expert, and he's right in the thick of the action. If by "action" you mean "shopping opportunities on the Ginza strip in Japan."
NYT story by @ThomasErdbrink on Iran protests inaccurately reported size & cause. Said protests "scattered" & about "economic woes." Actually extensive & about regime.— Omri Ceren (@omriceren) December 30, 2017
Not disclosed: Erdbrink doesn't seem to have been reporting from Iran. He's in Japan
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This "scattered protests" and "economic woes" theory overlooks chants of "Death to Khamenei" and "Death to Rouhani." And propaganda posters of Khamenei being taken down:
Khamenei poster taken down economically, not, god forbid, politically https://t.co/KvW5rZsDgR— Benny Avni (@bennyavni) December 30, 2017
CNN and the New York Times (and the AP, and all the rest) are eager conspirators in Obama's Echo Chamber, and they will not let our "Partner in Peace," the rabid terrorist Ayatollahs of Iran, go down without giving their level best to prop them up.
How odd that the "mass rallies" Iranian state media insists is pro-government keep getting fired at by the government. pic.twitter.com/Tls3NjZmsp— Vincent Casimir (@vncnt_csmr) December 30, 2017
Update: CNN is now covering the story.
And the story is: It's Trump's fault.
— Open Blogger
Hello, gardeners and friends of gardeners. It has been pretty warm for this time of year in our part of California. The navel oranges are good. But I guess it is pretty cold in the East. Here at the Saturday Gardening Thread, we do not like wildfires. We do like cozy fires. In front of which one might look through some seed catalogs. The first image above is from the Los Angeles County Arboretum Fruit and Vegetable Seed Catalog Collection. The 1904 Vicks catalog cover is from the Biodiversity Heritage Library.
We also like cooking fires or fire substitutes for preparing treats saved from the garden. more...
— Open Blogger
Interested in a visit Montmartre? I'm not particularly interested in visiting at this time, but the history of the place is fascinating. It was named for Saint Denis, who was beheaded by the Romans, way back in 250 AD.
According to Hilduin, Denis collected his head and carried it as far as the fontaine Saint-Denis (on modern impasse Girandon), then descended the north slope of the hill, where he died. Hilduin wrote that a church had been built "in the place formerly called Mont de Mars, and then, by a happy change, 'Mont des Martyrs'
A lot of drama and gypsum mining occurred on the hill before this:
This hill outside the city was settled because, during the nineteenth century, the emperor Napoleon III had given much of the prime land inside the city to his wealthy friends, who were charged with the task of developing it. The original inhabitants were forced to move to Paris's outskirts where they quickly established their own "town" sans the rules and regulations of the city.
That's part of the reason why Montmartre quickly became a popular drinking area, and by the late eighteenth century, along with the liquor came a number of entertainment establishments that were less than reputable, like Moulin Rouge and Le Chat Noir (The Black Cat).
After the defeat of Napoleon III, Montmartre became the center of the short-lived Paris Commune.
— Open Blogger
Good morning. The last Saturday of 2017. The Staff here at weird news thought about recycling some weird news stories from the past year. But we said, "They pay big bucks for their subscription, let's give 'em new weird stories."
So here ya go. Some stories that didn't get too much attention at the AoSHQ. more...
— Open Blogger Oh crap...what was it again?
30 days hath September, April, June and somethingber, all the rest are too many frickn' words for me to keep up with at this particular juncture.
Ok, so my phone tells me that it is not New Years Eve yet.
So, officially there are 2 full days of winning left in 2017.
December 29, 2017
— Open Blogger It's time for the ONT! Everybody drink up and rest well, because
— Ace Day two of mass protests against the Mullahs.
How did the protests start?
The demonstrations began in the north-eastern city of Mashhad - the country's second most-populous - on Thursday.
People there took to the streets to express anger at the government over high prices, and vented their fury against President Hassan Rouhani. Fifty-two people were arrested for chanting "harsh slogans".
The protests spread to other cities in the north-east, and and some developed into broader anti-government demonstrations, calling for the release of political prisoners and an end to police beatings.
On Friday, despite warnings from authorities, the demonstrations spread further to some of the biggest cities in the country.
They represent the most serious and widespread expression of public discontent in Iran since mass protests in 2009 that followed a disputed election, correspondents say.
What are people complaining about?
What began as a protest against economic conditions and corruption has turned political.
Slogans have been chanted against not just Mr Rouhani but Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and clerical rule in general.
Demonstrators were reportedly heard yelling slogans like "The people are begging, the clerics act like God". Protests have even been held in Qom, a holy city home to powerful clerics.
There is also anger at Iran's interventions abroad. In Mashhad, some chanted "not Gaza, not Lebanon, my life for Iran", a reference to what protesters say is the administration's focus on foreign rather than domestic issues.
Via National Review, the mullahs' armed thugs may not be willing to shoot upon protesters calling for the death of the cleric tyrants:
A remarkable feature of current situationi n Iran is that more and more security units refuse to attack protesters as they did in 2009. This may change but feeling at the moment is that mullahs might find it hard to persuade their gunmen to kill unarmed protesters as before.— Amir Taheri (@AmirTaheri4) December 29, 2017
From Glenn Reynolds, Trump has issued a declaration of support of the protesters:
U.S. strongly condemns arrest of peaceful protestors in #Iran, urges all nations to publicly support Iranian people. As @POTUS said, longest-suffering victims of Iran's leaders are Iran's own people. #Iranprotests pic.twitter.com/mUTObTeHft— Heather Nauert (@statedeptspox) December 29, 2017
Because Trump has sided with the protesters against the terrorist-hiring apocalyptic dictators, David Frum, Jen Rubin, Tom Nichols, Bill Kristol, David French, and the rest of the #MuhPrinciples gang will have to swing swiftly to urging Obama-like support of the mullahs.
— Ace They're insane.
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