December 29, 2017

Sean Davis: The Top Ten Underreported Stories of 2017
— Ace

Spoiler alert: Most involve good things happening under Trump, or bad things happening with Obama protecting Hezballah's cocaine smuggling operation.

As Mollie Hemingway said (in a different context), maybe the media's view of these stories was blocked by a white truck.

Here are just the first four:

1. "Russian collusion" charges were a dud

Despite a year's worth of investigation into the matter, zero independently verifiable evidence of alleged illegal collusion between Donald Trump and the Russian government has been offered to the public. In fact, there's far more evidence that President Obama's Department of Justice colluded with a shady DNC-funded outfit - Fusion GPS -- to cook up a pretext for spying on the administration's political opponents. The anti-Trump collusion hand played by Trump's detractors is so far a complete bust. The real story is a journalistic jackpot that for some reason nobody wants to claim.

2. The economy roared

The U.S. economy came roaring back in 2017. GDP growth is strong and steady, and the unemployment rate now approaches lows not seen since the early 2000s. The economy has added over 1.9 million payroll jobs this year. Consumer confidence is at a 17-year high. The 2017 economic recovery is nonetheless a major story widely ignored by the political press.



3. The stock market boomed

It's not just the economy, though. The stock market, following a lost decade of equity returns, also came roaring back over the last year. Although New York Times columnist Paul Krugman predicted after Trump's election that the stock market would "never" recover, the exact opposite has happened, with the Dow Jones industrial average repeatedly posting record highs throughout the year.

4. Islamic State was crushed in Raqqah and Mosul

A year ago, the Islamic State wasn't just on the rise in the Middle East, it was firmly in charge, with wide swaths of the region under its control. But in October, U.S.-backed forces completed the total liberation of Raqqah, the Islamic State's Syrian capital. That followed the liberation of Mosul, a major Iraqi city captured by the Islamic State in 2014. In less than a year, Trump and his national security team accomplished what the previous administration suggested was impossible.

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New Years GAINZZZ Thread: I Hit a Goal (Almost!)
— Ace

For a bunch of Morons (TM), some of you guys are pretty smart.

I have a big accomplishment to mention, and a big thank you to one or two (or all?) of you morons.

One of my goals has been to do a pull-up. I never have done a real pull-up in my life. In high school, when I was probably at my best strength-to-weight ratio, I was able to do 3 or 4 chin-ups, but they're different than pull-ups. Chin-ups work the biceps more than the back/lats, and, being a bro, my biceps were developed while my back was Chernobyl. And I don't mean radioactively strong like the Hulk. I mean it was a disaster area, a forlorn place devoid of life.

As far as an actual pull-up? As far as I know: Never in my life.

I've done sporadic exercises to work on this -- like just doing a pull up from a barbell held in the squat rack, using my legs to provide just enough push to let my back and arms pull me up -- but not a lot.

It's hard to do an exercise when the top amount of reps you can do is, literally, zero. I'm pretty sure that's what puts most people off trying their first pull-up.

When you can do one, it's not a big thing to set a goal of doing two, but when you can only do zero, just one seems like an impossible hurdle.

I mentioned that in the last GAINZZZ thread about two weeks ago, and one of you morons told me: Then just do the negative.

Which means, push yourself up to the bar in the contracted, completed position, with a jump or just stepping up a step-ladder, and then let yourself down as slowly as possible.

If you can't do the positive -- the up part of the pull-up -- then just do the negative, the down part, very slowly, to maximize time under tension.

It works pretty much the same muscles as the positive, just maybe in a different sequence of activation.

Now I've read that lots of times before, but I never really bothered to try it. Not with any kind of consistency or purpose.

Until a moron in one of these threads said to.

The negative is demonstrated here.

So for two weeks, I actually did, for once, commit to working the negative.
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DC Finally Overtakes SJW Marvel as Top Comic Book Company of 2017
— Ace

Marvel recently fired its SJW Editor in Chief, and cancelled a slew of SJW titles in what butthurt SJWs are calling an apocalypse, but they're still pumping out already-written-and-drawn SJW comics. It won't be until the 2nd quarter 2018 that we'll start to see if Marvel is still an SJW clownshow.

But as for 2017 -- the damage was done. Looking at the entire year, DC beat Marvel.


Looking at the most-ordered comic books in the North American comic market, DC Entertainment had a particularly strong year, with seven of the top 10 issues of the year being published by the home of Superman, Batman and the Justice League. The numbers illustrate how much the market has changed in the past few years -- in more ways than one.

Comparing this year's most-ordered issues with the top 10 from 2014, the scale of DC's success becomes more apparent; just four years ago, not one DC title made it to the list, with nine titles coming from Marvel alone. (By comparison, Marvel takes just three places this year, with one of those due to its inclusion in a subscription mystery box service.)

They mean that Spectacular Spider-Man #1 was included in one of those Loot Crate or Geek Box type services, so there was a big order for that from that company.

If you check the list of the top ten, most of DC's biggest sellers were either Batman, or the Batman-related event "Dark Knights/Metal," or the big event merging the regular DC universe with the Watchmen characters.

DC is a little too Batman-o-centric, I think, for its own health. Fashions change. What happens if (or when) Batman falls out of such high favor?

They really need the rest of the A-list to get closer in popularity to Batman.

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Devin Nunes Slams the FBI and DOJ for Its "Intransigence" In Stonewalling Lawful Congressional Requests for Documents and Witnesses
— Ace

There's no greater threat to public order than a crooked policeman.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes on Thursday slammed the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for their "failure to fully produce" documents related to the Trump dossier, saying that DOJ and the FBI should investigate themselves.

"Unfortunately, DOJ/FBI's intransigence with respect to the Aug. 24 subpoenas is part of a broader pattern of behavior that can no longer be tolerated," Nunes wrote in a scathing letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in which he complained about information and witnesses subpoenaed by his committee earlier in 2017.

"As a result of the numerous delays and discrepancies that have hampered the process of subpoena compliance, the committee no longer credits the representations made by DOJ and/or the FBI regarding these matters," Nunes added in the letter obtained by Fox News.

Nunes demanded records and available dates for witnesses to testify be given to Congress by Jan. 3., threatening to introduce a contempt of Congress resolution if his request is not met.

He says the FBI/DOJ claimed the documents he sought "did not exist" -- but it turned out they did exist, and involved the numerous high-ranking DOJ officers and FBI investigators reassigned for bias and conflicts of interest.

Here are the witnesses Rod Rosenstein is attempting to hide from Congress:

He is also demanding that Rosenstein set dates for next month for interviews with former DOJ Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok, FBI general counsel James Baker, FBI lawyers Lisa Page and Sally Moyer, and the FBI’s congressional liaison, Greg Brower.

He also wants the notes of a meeting that involved Andrew Weissman, the Hillary Partisan who attended Hillary's Victory Night celebration (whoops):

Nunes also revealed the existence of a meeting involving a lawyer working on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe that was held in April.

That meeting that took place between DOJ/FBI personnel and members of the media. Andrew Weissman, a Justice Department attorney who now works on Mueller's team, took part in the meeting, which has not previously been reported.

Weissmann also sent an email to disgraced former DOJ official Sally Yates, praising her for insubordination in refusing to execute a lawful order of the President's.

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McCain Associate Subpeonaed in Russia Probe
— Ace

He said he knew who Christopher Steele's Russian sources were, but refused to name them. Now he might have to.

McCain, recovering in Arizona from treatments for cancer, has long refused to detail his actions regarding the dossier. For his part, Kramer was interviewed by the House Intelligence Committee on Dec. 19. The new subpoena stems from statements Kramer made in that interview.

In the session, Kramer told House investigators that he knew the identities of the Russian sources for the allegations in Steele's dossier. But when investigators pressed Kramer to reveal those names, he declined to do so.

Now, he is under subpoena. The subpoena, issued Wednesday afternoon, directs Kramer to appear again before House investigators on Jan. 11.

Byron York explains why this information is important, at the link.

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Checkin' In With the #SalonHot25: David Frum Has a Great Idea of How Liberal States Can Avoid the "Unfair" New Rules on Deducting State and Local Taxes: A National Carbon Tax!!!
— Ace

True Conservatism and Enduring Principles you can rely on:



Here's some of this crook-backed Renfield's simperings:

Those extra funds, squeezed disproportionately from states like California, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York, just suffice to offset the revenue loss from the GOP's tax cuts to corporations and pass-through businesses.

Hang on, buddy. Those states impose those taxes themselves, and citizens of those states routinely elect politicians who say we should tax people at higher rates.

Why shouldn't they actually have to live by their own decisions, instead of being subsidized by the rest of the country (by allowing them to deduct their high state taxes from their federal tax payments), and thus held harmless from their own political prescriptions?

He goes on to say that the move should not be undone, because this true blue conservative just generally likes higher taxes. And he's not quite done yet.


Rather than restore these deductions, which have subsidized bad policies, especially in the blue states, the right way to redress Republican sectional chauvinism is by addressing the biggest subsidy to the worst policies of the red states--and especially their profligate spewing of greenhouse gases. Just as the blue states have used the mortgage and state-and-local deductions to offload the cost of their generous state governments, so red states have inflicted on others the climate consequences of their lifestyles.

The map of carbon-intensity by state looks like the map of state and local spending, upside down.

The top five most carbon-efficient jurisdictions are D.C., New York, California, Vermont, and Massachusetts. The five worst: Wyoming, North Dakota, West Virginia, Alaska, and Louisiana.

A carbon tax of $15 per ton would raise something over $700 billion over the next 10 years. That money would a) very neatly balance the 2017 GOP revenue raid on blue-state tax deductions, b) reduce the current carbon-dioxide emissions trajectory by about 10 perent, and c) reduce by half the GOP plan's estimated increase in the federal debt. The revenues from the tax would help to avert the impending cutbacks in Medicare and other health programs about which the GOP House leadership is now noisily contemplating.

It's very odd that the "conservatives" claiming to be most filled with Sacred Honor are simultaneously the most liberal, isn't it?

Meanwhile, Vox is also trying to cook up schemes to help wealthy liberal taxpayers avoid paying the higher taxes they all claim they want to pay:



Under current law, taxpayers not claiming the standard deduction can deduct both their state and local property taxes, and either their state and local income taxes or their state and local sales taxes, whichever is higher. The Republican bill added a new $10,000 maximum for all state and local tax deductions, effectively raising taxes on wealthy people in those states and reducing a key federal subsidy that makes it easier for states to charge high taxes on rich residents.

A few possible options have emerged to evade the new limit, reduce taxes on blue state residents, and reduce future pressure for state tax cuts that the federal law could create. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, and the government of DC are urging residents to prepay their 2018 property taxes in 2017, so they can still be deducted. Another route would be for states to create dollar-for-dollar tax credits for all charitable contributions made to the state government. Charitable donations are still deductible under the GOP, so reclassifying state taxes as charity would enable residents to still deduct them at the federal level.

But perhaps the most promising option, teased by a large group of tax law experts and vocally championed by prominent liberal economist Dean Baker, is for states to repeal their income taxes and replace them with employer-side payroll taxes. This might appear like a minor technical change. But it would not only totally offset the new limit on deducting state taxes -- it would amount to a sizable tax cut for many middle-class families and would vastly simplify tax preparation by freeing people up from filing their own state taxes.

So the idea is to make the employer pay taxes, not the employee. This is thus not income to the employee, and so escapes the tax.

Note that this burdens job creation.

Also note that since people can still in fact deduct state and local taxes -- up to $10,000 -- Vox is now championing various dodges so that high income people can specifically avoid "paying their fair share."

Strange, isn't it? It's almost like it's all just a culture war, and that progressives believe in exactly none of the things they claim to believe.

You want to pay higher taxes, babies?

Well here's your big chance.

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CNN Jerks Itself Off for 48 Hours Chasing Pictures of Trump Golfing, and a Mysterious White Truck Known Only As "Doctor Axles"
— Ace



CNN has been trying to get to the bottom of "#TruckGate" -- the major, major story of a white truck that blocked their attempt to embarrass Trump by photographing him playing Trump -- for two straight days.

CNN, always focused on the most important stories of the day, had a meltdown when a white box truck blocked them from filming President Donald Trump on the golf course.


On Tuesday, a CNN reporter peeked through the bushes in order to videotape Trump golfing in Palm Beach, Florida. The shot was awkward -- and arguably a bit creepy -- but CNN bragged about the exclusive shot they got of the president.

Unsatisfied with just one day of footage, CNN went back to their spot on Wednesday, only to discover it had been blocked off by a white box truck. CNN repeatedly complained about the truck blocking their view on Twitter and on air, whining that they were on public property and suggesting they had a right to film the president on his own golf course.

See the videos and CNN's tweets about this at the link.

The Secret Service and the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office both denied responsibility for the truck, causing CNN to launch into full-on conspiracy theory mode.

"Today this truck showed up out of nowhere and actually moved at one point when our journalists tried to get a different angle," CNN’s Ryan Nobles cried. "It's clear no one wanted us to get a picture of the president golfing."

Although the Secret Service issued a very snarky denial...



...that did not discourage the Truth Warriors from CNN from sleuthing out the #TruckGate scandal.

And so the Great Truck Hunt entered Day Two.
Yesterday, CNN Ahabs harpooned their White Whale. Well, White Truck. Or at least -- a truck that looked similar to the White Truck that blocked their view.

CNN's quest to uncover an explanation for why a truck blocked its view of President Trump's golf course in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Wednesday stretched into a second day and once again bore no concrete answers.

Noah Gray, a producer for CNN who tweeted a picture of a white box truck in front of hedges adjacent to the golf course on Wednesday, tracked down what looked to be an identical, if not the same, truck parked Thursday in a parking lot at the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department.

Although the sheriff's department denied having ordered any truck to block CNN's Important Camera Views, CNN wasn't going to be put off the hunt just yet.

CNN's John Berman, who sat in for Anderson Cooper on his "360" evening program on Thursday, said that the truck, which was in a lot behind a fence, was parked in such a way that they could not compare license plates.





When Obama jaunted off the links to announce the beheading of American James Foley by ISIS, and then jaunted off to play the back nine, CNN reported only that it was "bad optics" and poor "theater" which Obama couldn't be faulted for, because (according to Obama) he's just to honest to even consider the "theater" of things.

But don't worry-- when there's news to be broken on #TrumpGate, CNN, which is real news, Mr. President, will be there.


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Mid-Morning Open Thread
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Sarah Bernhardt As Pierrot
Giuseppe de Nittis

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The Morning Report 12/29/17
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Good morning kids. Friday and the weekend is here, and the last Morning Report for the year. And what a year it has been. Grab yourself a nice hot cup of coved-foo-foo and let's dive in. First up, Daniel Greenfield breaks down, in his own inimitable style, why Donald Trump is Front Page Mag's man of the year for 2017. Obviously, all of us around these parts know the reasons but it still makes for a great read. Meanwhile, Breitbart stalwart James Delingpole delivers a sobering warning about the formidable challenge presented by the New Red-Green Movement's infestation into the world of high finance and investment. What they could not or cannot achieve through the courts and Congress, they will get through coercion, corruption and outright sabotaging of venture capital markets. Nothing to sneeze at given the staggering value of money we're talking about. Kill the Green Blob, indeed.

And there is still a shit-ton of house cleaning that needs to be done at the State Dept., which is more like the Deep State Dept. as Obama holdovers are still infecting the joint and derailing our efforts with Iran and elsewhere. Foggy Bottom needs to be fumigated, as well as the DoJ, FBI, CIA and all the rest, given the most recent revelations from Judicial Watch vis a vis the Kollusion Kangaroo Kourt.

Moving right along, in the vein of looking back on the year that was we have some popcorn worthy replays of some of Tu-Ca's greatest hits, as well as Conservative Review's 10 best and worst of PDT's foreign policy moves for his first year.

Roy Moore maintains, and not without good reason, really, that a fair amount of fraud and shenanigans may have cost him the Alabama special election. Even still, Doug Jones will be certified by Alabama's Secretary of State and the lawsuit Moore brought has been tossed. I have mixed feelings about this. It would've been nice for the lawsuit to occur even if Moore had no shot at winning if for no other reason than for the testimony to reveal the Democrat Left fraud operation and its machinations.

In a couple of somewhat tangential links, Rich Logis at American Thinker warns that in the wake of Alabama, the concept of a permanent and solid red state is dead and that we would do well to take heed of the implications going forward. And yet at the same time, in the wake PDT's first year, the Left is eating itself alive vis a vis Groperdammerung and the internal civil war between the Trotskyites and the Shining Path Maoist faction. And bereft of any solid policy ideas, they are yet again devolving to playing the race card as a strategy as well as running on impeachment. Interesting how, as I scan the inter-webz for links, you either see 2018 as a disaster for the GOP or the Democrats will be wiped out in an electoral tsunami as PDT's tax cuts and other policies kick into high gear. I guess bottom line is I'm expecting the latter but we should do all we can to not rest on laurels and prevent the former.

From a purely anecdotal standpoint, I have a poll (yes, I know) indicating that half of all Americans across all political lines now believe that the Media is absolutely generating fake news in order to damage the President. All things considered, I do believe that their power to shape and control the narrative has been seriously torpedoed and that is a good thing in the long run. The tell is the absolute shrillness, volume and open partisanship of those who are supposed to be impartial, not the pundits.

From hither and yon, we have Coulter on Kwanzaa, a record number of Americans are now on Social Security, an Oregon Court upholds a huge fine for the Christian bakers who refused to bake a homo wedding cake, a deadly fire swept through a Bronx apartment building killing at least 12, including a one-year-old infant, and lastly, we note the passing of actress/comedienne Rose Marie at age 94. RIP.

Before I leave, I just want to give a shout-out to Bluebell and Weasel for the Moron Cookbook. I got mine the other day and it is impressive. Thick! Seriously, The quality is both rare and well done.

Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed. Wishing you all a happy, healthy and safe new year!

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December 28, 2017

Didja Know That This is the ONT?
— Open Blogger

Didja know why sometimes you get small items in great big boxes? I ordered school supplies for Little once and got a ruler in a box that could have held an end table.

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That's fascinating, I can't wait until they outsource health care to Amazon and they start optimizing for the whole, not the individual. more...

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CNN is Real News, Mr. President
— Ace




CNN is immune to the freezing cold because only their hate keeps them warm.

Well, just two things: their hate and their permanent, quivering outrage.

Just three things, then: their hate, their permanent, quivering outrage, and their pink pussy hats.

Okay, just four things keep them warm: Their hate, their permanent, quivering outrage, their pink pussy hats, and rousing recitations of poetry by #SassyJim Acosta.

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NFL Cancels Final Sunday Night Game of Season
— Ace

Well, the game isn't cancelled exactly; rather, its Sunday night airing time is. The NFL uses some kind of "flex time" system to change the kickoff times of Sunday games so that they put the best game available on Sunday night.

This year they're not bothering to move any games into the Sunday night slot.

It's New Years Eve -- when few people watch anyway -- and the only games they could move have little interest for fans.

And also, people are just kind of sick of the NFL.

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Is The Last Jedi Underperforming? Is There a Backlash Against It?
— Ace

I've been seeing a lot of fan backlash on YouTube. It turns out that while The Last Jedi is making what is indisputably a lot of money compared to any other movie, it's underpeforming compared to the most direct analogue -- the first Star Wars reboot movie, The Force Awakens.

That reviewer (who's pretty good, I think) says something that occurred to me: Is The Last Jedi Disney's own Justice League? Does Disney have a DCEU problem brewing?

Also note that she gets one day's box office wrong. For Christmas, she says The Last Jedi made $32 million; in fact, it made $27.5 million. Making it a bit worse of a performer compared to the first entry. This guy pointed that out.

She probably was working with some kind of early-release estimate, which then got reduced when all theaters reported the real numbers.

In the first week of release, The Last Jedi dropped 77% in ticket sales, the worst ever performance for any Star Wars film. It hasn't really recovered or found fresh legs since.

You can compare The Last Jedi's daily box office figures to The Force Awaken's take. On all days, TLJ does much less box office than TFA; it's currently taken about $200 million less than the TFA did by this point. Through 14 days, TFA made $640 million; through 14 days, The Last Jedi has made $445 million.

Obviously, $445 million is a good haul, but the trend is not Disney's friend.

Batman V. Superman and Suicide Squad also made a fair amount of money (while disappointing fans); the real problem showed up for Justice League, when people had stopped giving Warner Bros./DC slack, stopped giving them "one more chance," and just decided to sit that one out.

So what's going on? Well, in addition to Star Wars Fatigue -- people realizing in retrospect what I said at the time, that The Force Awakens was a weak rehash and demonstrated that really only six things can happen in the supposedly huge canvas of the Star Wars universe. They've similarly turned on Rogue One shortly after its release, and now seem to be turning on The Last Jedi at an even more expedited pace.

These movies aren't special when they come out at this pace; as I think the reviewer Beyond the Trailer said, they're not events, they're more like obligations.

Another problem is that popular geek review sites are annoyed at the film's heavy-handed SJW #MuhPatriarchy/#MuhRepresentation tendencies.

Caution: those links contain lots of spoilers, and a fair amount of cursing. Also, they're by black guys, which I should warn you about, because of course we're all #Racist.

BTW, people really seem pissed off about The Last Jedi's treatment of Luke Skywalker. Among those pissed off about TLJ's treatment of Luke Skywalker? Mark Hammill, apparently, who was grouchy, gruff, and a bit too honest in interviews about the film (noting that it doesn't matter if the movie is good, just if it makes money).

That's another weird Star Wars/DCEU similarity -- Ben Affleck was also miserable and depressed on his obligatory promotion tour for Batman v. Superman.


Even Grace Randolf (Beyond the Trailer), who seems generally high on TLJ's feminist impulses, and was one of the critics annoyed by Justice League's alleged oversexualization of Wonder Woman and the Amazons (I wouldn't know, I haven't seen it), recognizes that Kathleen Kennedy is driving this messaging a bit too hard, and thinks the backlash is real.

She makes an interesting point: The DCEU became clownified, and that led to it becoming lucrative for clickbait sites to put up clickbait links clowning on the DCEU.

This might be happening to Star Wars now, though of course the SJWs of the media will join Disney in fighting this possibility.

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Lawsuits Filed Against Apple Due to Older Phones Being Slowed Down By Updates
— Ace

Apple says the slow-down is needed to conserve declining battery reserves. But they didn't tell anyone about the deliberate slow downs until last week.

Now come the lawsuits.

Apple Inc defrauded iPhone users by slowing devices without warning to compensate for poor battery performance, according to eight lawsuits filed in various federal courts in the week since the company opened up about the year-old software change.

The tweak may have led iPhone owners to misguided attempts to resolve issues over the last year, the lawsuits contend.

All the lawsuits - filed in U.S. District Courts in California, New York and Illinois - seek class-action to represent potentially millions of iPhone owners nationwide.

Also, a recent report claimed that Apple was cutting the sales projections of its new Apple X, which has pushed down Apple's stock price some and has generally taken some of the wind out of the sails of Wall Street.

Apple is trying to undo the bad press by offering battery replacements -- but only for phones of the 6 model or later -- for $29 through the next year, which is $50 off the usual cost.

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#FakeNews: CNN "Journalist" Whines that Company Bonuses to Employees May Help GOP, Suggests They Could Have Given the Bonuses Before to Help Obama
— Ace

"We are real news," Jim Acosta lied.



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#Triggered! Hillary's Braindead Minions Freak Out When Vanity Fair Suggests Hillary Clinton Take Up a Hobby, Like Knitting
— Ace

Vanity Fair did some dumb clickbait videos of New Years' Resolutions that various celebrities should undertake, and the one for Hillary suggested she pursue a variety of hobbies, knitting being one suggestion -- "anything to keep you from running again."

As noted by HuffPo, progressive trolls responded with their typical restraint and cool:

Many people were offended by [the] condescending tone, especially considering Clinton's extensive political resume. Others argued that the video was flat-out sexist.

See some of the Outrage-Based Community reacting at the link or in the responses to the tweeted video.


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GOP-Bashing Detroit Free Press Editor Fired... For Sexual Harassment
— Ace

If you're firmly on the left wing, your right hand is free to roam as it pleases.

That's just a joke, by the way. I have no idea what the sexual harassment consisted of. It's just a general observation that if you "fight for women" in public, you get to take some privileges with them in private.

See Bill Clinton.

Stephen Henderson, the managing director of opinion and commentary at The Detroit Free Press and a Pulitzer Prize Winner, was fired for alleged sexual misconduct, the outlet reported. Henderson is accused of sexual harassment to women over the years following the results of an internal investigation.

Also, Buzzfeed has fired a "reporter" for "inappropriate comments."

I can imagine some sexualized comments that go so far beyond the pale that they'd be a firing offense, but generally, "comments" ought not be grounds for termination.

But I don't know what this guy is alleged to have said.

What if it was just some friendly banter between colleagues?

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The Morning Rant
— Open Blogger

talking ape.jpg"So ISIS is dead. Finished. Kaput. Their fighters have perished by the tens of thousands. So why the silence? The MSM, of course, believe that Trump's consumption of diet cola is a more important story to cover, and there may be valid reasons why the president isn't talking. This must be the first war that no one is claiming victory for."


I Wish This Were My Kid:

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Mid-Morning Open Thread
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Adoration of The Shepards (The Holy Night)
Antonio Allegri da Correggio

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The Morning Report 12/28/17
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Good morning kids. The computer is back up and running so let's get on with the show before it winks out again. Up front, a new and very extensive report has been published entitled "Mapping the Swamp" by the watchdog group Open the Books. Ironically, it's only 35 pages long but the revelations about just how insanely profligate, wasteful and corrupt our government is goes beyond anything even I had ever imagined. From the IBD editorial:

The report even suggests that the government has an unofficial minimum wage: $100,000 a year. That's the minimum average salary for 78 out of 122 federal departments and agencies, although some individuals make less. Even so, the report notes, "29,852 federal employees out-earned each of the 50 state governors receiving more than $190,823." It used to be people went into government to do good. Now, apparently, it's to do well.

In Insurrection news, a couple of links including the subpoenaing of a McCain flunky to the House Intel Committee to answer questions about the Pee-Pee Gate "dossier" as well as another excellent outing from Horde favorite Daniel Greenfield as he rips into Leftist hack Eric Schneiderman, AG of the Empire State, who has openly declared it his mission to use the law as a means to sabotage, if not overthrow, President Trump.

It's no wonder; among the President's many accomplishments in not quite his first year has been, along with the seating of originalist justice Neil Gorsuch to the SCOTUS, dozens of similar appointees have been seated in lower courts across the country. This could be a major body blow to the Democrat Leftist movement for several decades to come, since that movement relies heavily on the courts to advance its agenda, or that is to say hack Leftists in black robes posing as judges to advance its agenda. Hence the follow on piece where still-seated hacks are now reluctant to retire and yield their seats to any PDT picks.

During an interview about his latest endeavor, director Ridley Scott was asked about the Trump Tax Bill and instead of spouting the usual Leftist pablum, Scott approved of the bill in terms that would've made Rush or Levin proud. I suppose Scott is at that level where he doesn't have to lie to protect his career. Good for him. Further down are two related links, one about blue states' hypocritically bashing Federal Tax Refrom while having similar laws on their own books and a thoughtful essay from City Journal about the implications of tax reform on the indoctrination centers masquerading as public universities.

While yesterday's bombing of a St. Petersburg, Russia supermarket has yet to produce a suspect, it should be noted that that city was an Islamic terror target in the past as is Russia in general, considering some of its former republics are either wholly or predominantly Muslim. Somewhat related, a man named Alexei Navalny must be jonesing for a polonium-tini; he has run in the past against Vladimir Putin, seeking yet another 6-year term as Russia's prexy, and was running again before the Moscow wing of the Democrat National Committee decided to disqualify him. He's now calling for massive protests ahead of the vote.

From hither and yon, a point-counterpoint about the decimation of ISIS by PDT and yet reports of reluctance to go after them in Assad territory, and lastly, from the Day-Ending-in-"Y" Department, an unhinged freak who has weaponized chalk and a blackboard is essentially demanding his students engage in the violent overthrow of the United States. I will leave it to your imagination, gentle reader, as to my own opinion of the deviant in question and the appropriate disposition of same.

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

UPDATE: Link fixed to City Journal piece on universities

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