January 30, 2017

The Morning Report 1/30/17
— Open Blogger


Good morning, kids. First off, and still developing, is the mosque shooting up in Quebec City. As of this writing, the names of the captured perps have not been released. So, local crime story and workplace violence memes are no doubt being hashed out by the propagandists right about now. But of course the big story that caps off a big week is the President's temporary ban on immigration from countries awash in terrorism. Besides the shit-storm raised from the usual quarters, GOP-e collaborators are in full attack mode. One of the commenters posted this gem last week and it's up there with Home Sweet Home as sampler-worthy:
Bipartisanship means Dems get to be "partisan" and the GOP gets to be "bi."

So far, Trump has not only not caved but has slashed back. Don't go wobbly, Donald. They are testing you. Have a better one and remain blessed.

UPDATE: Credit to Blaster for that gem.

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January 29, 2017

Sunday Overnight Open Thread (1/29/17) Earlier Than Normal Edition
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Quotes of The Day

Quote I

“I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.” –- Ronald Reagan

Quote II

“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.” –-Thomas Jefferson

Quote III

"The message that President Obama delivered in his speech at Notre Dame was: morality is immoral. Pro-life is the extremist position, not a moral position. Yet we should compromise and work to reduce abortions. Where's the compromise between life and death - and why work to reduce the number of them occurring if there's nothing wrong with them? "-Rush Limbaugh

Quote IV

I never expect to see a perfect work from an imperfect man.-Alexander Hamilton.

Maybe the NeverTrump crowd could brush up on some early American history.



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Food Thread: Lemon Meringue Pie: A Gloppy Mess, Or Something Better?
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A few weeks ago a carrier pigeon dropped an urgent message on my doorstep. Arlene M, intrepid AoSHQ reader and pie-maker extraordinaire was having a pie crisis. Specifically, her lemon meringue pie filling was insufficiently firm (or totally soupy).

Unfortunately,the recipe she was using is exactly the same one used by both people I asked! So I couldn't swoop in and save the day with a different recipe, although most of them seem to be quite straightforward.

The trick seems to be cooking the sugar, cornstarch and egg at a high enough temperature to allow it to set, obviously without making sweet scrambled eggs. The empiricist in me (or is that just obsessive-compulsive?) would like a specific temperature and length of time to shoot for, but I haven't found one yet. Here's a fun looking one, or maybe it's appealing because it has lots of pictures....

Any suggestions from The Horde? more...

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Are Western Pluralistic Societies Incompatible With Islam?
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German Muslim students protest Holocaust remembrance, attack Israel

Or maybe we did such a good job de-fanging Germany that they are unwilling to fight for anything, and see all philosophies as superior to their own.

The school director said that it was good there was student opposition to the memorial event because it "is the basis of discussion."

I am curious what discussion was had whose basis is the rejection of Holocaust education, and demonization of Israel...but that's just me.

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 01-29-2017: Crying Wolf
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Library of Moron Author Bob Hostetler
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(Bob is the author of the devotional book The Bard and the Bible that I mentioned a few weeks ago)

Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes. Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, where men are men, all the 'ettes are hotties, safe spaces are underneath your house and are used as protection against actual dangers, like natural disasters, Russians hacking, "Mad Dog" Mattis, and special snowflakes do not get respect, but instead, a big load of guffaws. And unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these pants, which are a powerful disincentive to take up the game of golf.

"Beware the man of one book."
--St. Thomas Aquinas

The Outrageous Conservative

I remember back in the old days, public conversations between liberals and conservatives usually went something like this:

1. liberal: says something
2. conservative: responds
3. liberal: you're a racist | sexist | bigot | pejorative du jour
4a. conservative: I am not a racist | sexist | bigot | pejorative du jour
4b. conservative attempts to give evidence for statement 4a.
5. liberal: not good enough
6. Goto step 3

Pussification: The Effeminization of the American Male by Doug Giles

This is how he advertises it:

PUSS-I-FI-CA-TION*: The act, or process, of a man being shamed, taught, led, pastored, drugged or otherwise coerced or cajoled into throwing out his brain, handing over his balls and formally abandoning the rarefied air of the testosterone-leader-fog that God and nature hardwired him to dwell in, and instead become a weak, effeminate, mangina-sporting, shriveled up little pussy.

* From The Doug Giles 2016 Dictionary of Grow the Hell Up, You Pussy!

Doug Giles, best-selling author of Raising Righteous And Rowdy Girls and Editor-In-Chief of the mega-blog, ClashDaily.com, has just penned a book he guarantees will kick hipster males into the rarefied air of masculinity.

That is, if the man-child will put down his frappuccino; shut the hell up and listen and obey everything he instructs them to do in his timely and tornadic tome.

There is a lot of hype here and I don't advise going to Giles' ClashDaily.com site without first strapping on an extra-strength ad blocker. Anyway, he is obviously being deliberately provocative -- he's all but mooning feminists and progressives. This would not be possible 30 years ago. But it's been a long time coming.

Progressives aren't interested in what we have to say, or in having a "reasonable dialog" with us. It's nothing but "shut up or we'll shut you up!". This is what their shouty, dialed-up-to-11 rhetoric is designed to do. And this generally works, or at least, that's how it has worked in the past. But what has happened over time is a process very much like how we produced antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Like a dose of penicillin, the shouty rhetoric takes out "nice" conservatives or conservatives who decide they have better things to do than to get shouted at by shouty progressives. But some conservatives manage to survive, so the dosage is upped: the shouts get even louder and the attacks get more vicious and are extended beyond the political arena into personal lives. This creates a very hostile environment. But even it drives out or silences many conservatives, it also creates a new strain of tough conservatives who don't mind fighting, who like to fight, and can throw 2 punches for every one they take. I'm thinking of Ann Coulter, Andrew Breitbart, and Milo Yiannapoulos. To this we can add the guy who wrote this book, Doug Giles, and Townhall.com columnist Kurt Schlichter. There are probably others I've missed. And of course, what is now the most imperviously resistant conservative ever, Donald Trump, who is so impervious that nobody really knew for sure until a couple of months ago that he even was conservative. Oh sure, there were indications, but there were indications the other way, too, so it was kind of a guessing game as to how he would actually govern until he started naming individuals to fill the various open cabinet positions.

Nothing in the progressives' conservative eradication toolkit has worked against Trump. They keep upping the dosage, the shouting gets more shouty, but it all just bounces right off. They've actually got a new drug they've been trying to use, they've left off calling Trump a "racist" because the word has lost its effectiveness due to overuse, like the little boy who cried 'wolf', after awhile, people stop responding. This new drug they've rolled out is "white supremacist", which I guess is supposed to a more potent version of "racist." They first tried it out on Trump aide Steve Bannon. But even though it didn't work, the specialists haven't figured out that it didn't work, and is not working on Trump, either. Another "next-gen" drug they're using is "literally Hitler." They tell us that Donald Trump is "literally Hitler." Now, at this point, the progressives have pretty much shot their wad. What could possibly be worse than being "literally Hitler"? Literally Hitler's mom? Literally double-secret Hitler?

There have been downstream consequences of the progressive failure. Many conservatives simply don't care anymore. Warden's excellent piece earlier this week makes this clear. The new, Trump-era "honey badger conservative" playbook appears to be this:

1. conservative: says something
2. liberal: you're a racist | sexist | bigot | pejorative du jour
3. conservative: fcuk you.

Somewhere, Andrew Breitbart is smiling.

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EMT 01/29/17
— Open Blogger

That rustling sound you hear is me rolling over to get more sleep.

I mean that figuratively. I'm not in bed next to you.

That'd just be weird.

I get my best sleep under your bed.

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January 28, 2017

Overnight Open Thread (01-28-2017)
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31 years ago today, the space shuttle Challenger (OV-099) broke apart 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral. All seven crew members were killed.

The engineering and management failures that led to the catastrophe are well known, in part because of the work of The Rogers Commission, which was formed by President Reagan to examine the causes and suggest solutions to the issues that caused the mechanical failure.

One of my heroes was on the commission that examined the accident (incident?). Richard Feynman was quite the physicist, but also quite the rigorous thinker, and he brought that to bear on the commission, to the point that he began to irritate the establishment members. more...

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Them Dem Kickers
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Mike Hammer came up with this and I added a few touches to it:

Them Dem Kickers

How 'bout Them Dem Kickers,
Ain't they fun?
Kickin' them Dems,
Right in they buns.
Kickin' them snowflakes,
Kickin' them sluts,
Kickin' them feminists,
In they butts
Look at Them Dem Kickers,
Ain't they cute?
Some use a shower-shoe,
Some use a boot.
Kickin' them yuuge
Kickin' them tiny
Kickin' them hipsters
In they hiney
Them dadgum Dem Kickers,
Ain't they a scream?
Runnin' 'round kickin',
Ever Dem what's seen.
How to be a Dem Kicker?
Don't need a ticket.
Find a dirty old hippie,
Haul off and kick it!

(of course, h/t to Mason Williams who has a few more 'Them' poems) more...

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Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread 01-28-2017
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Warning: Extreme Nerds

(OK now, be honest: how many of you could have been in this photo?)

Good afternoon morons and moronettes, and welcome to the Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread, the only AoSHQ thread with content specifically for all of us chess nerds who pay homage in the temple of Caïssa, goddess of the chessboard. And, for those of you who aren't nerdly enough for chess, you can use this thread to talk about checkers, or other games, or politics, or whatever you wish, only please try to keep it civil. Nobody wants to get into a pie fight on a Saturday afternoon. Unless you've been on a diet.

“The chessboard is the world, the pieces are the phenomena of the Universe, the rules of the game are what we call the laws of Nature and the player on the other side is hidden from us”
--Thomas Huxley

Problem 1 - White To Play (385)

Can White do anything about Black's two connected pawns that are on the verge of queening?

Hint: Limit Black's moves to force a mate in 2

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6QK/8/8/8/8/p7/1p6/1k6 w - - 0 1


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Ace of Spades Pet Thread
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Hello Morons and pets, curl up on the couch. Grab a beverage and enjoy some animal tidbits and photos of PetMorons.



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Saturday Gardening Thread: Dreamlands [KT]
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Lemon Dream Peony

Itoh intersectional peonies are a hybrid cross between a bush peony and a tree peony. They are often referred to as Itoh peonies, after the first successful breeder of these magnificent peonies, Mr. Toichi Itoh.

Does that peony make you dream of a Japanese garden? Our hot, dry climate with little winter chill is not particularly well-suited for regular bush peonies. Sunset rates this type for the same climates, including ours, where both types are said to need part shade. I don't know anyone who grows them around here. At least until the price comes down, I'm not gonna try planting them. I'll probably settle for dreaming about seeing them in a Japanese garden. Somewhere. Anybody got suggestions?

Not all dreams are pleasant. And not everyone has the same image of a dream destination. I think the plant below, and its native habitat, might rank as nightmares for some people I know.

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Thread below the Gardening Thread: Intersectionality [KT]
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Serving your mid-day open thread needs

I have discovered that I am totally behind the curve when it comes to understanding intersectionality. In 2015, a piece entitled Why Intersectionality Can't Wait ran in WaPo. Just in time for Donald Trump. The piece was written by the "leading scholar of critical race theory" who coined the term in 1989.

Ed Driscoll has linked a piece on how The Democrats Retreat from Reality:

"We did a poor job of communicating intersectionality," one candidate said. "I'm a walking intersectionality," said another. Millions of Americans have dropped out of the workforce, families struggle with addiction, crime is rising, and how do the men and women and non-binaries running for DNC chair respond? "Let them eat intersectionality!"

We are all walking intersectionalities now. Right along with Ashley Judd and David Brock. Do you feel better now that they have decided to learn how to talk to you?

Related: Driscoll's post on how Trump turned postmodernism against itself. Interesting reading. Thoughts?

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Saturday Morning Weird News Dump
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Good morning Morons.
Saturday already. Where the hell did the week go?

Do you resemble this guy? I think I do, today, anyway. more...

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EMT 01/28/17 Catchetism of the Sciencytists edition
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Nice to see such boundless faith awakening in the hearts of those who pursue skeptical inquiry.

"There are certain things that we accept as facts with no alternatives."

You know how granola sciencytists such as Neil DeGrasse Tyson like to go on about the multiverse? One of the more fanciful postulations is that in the multiverse, all things are possible, and the laws of physics are infinitely malleable.

To wit: there are universes where pigs fly, where apples levitate, and where Hillary is President.

So, and don't blame me if upon reading this you cease to exist, it stands to reason within this school of thought that there is a universe out there whose laws of physics absolutely prohibits the existence of any other universe.

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January 27, 2017

ONT #2: There's #FakeNews and #FakeNews
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The regularly scheduled ONT is bulging up faster than Megyn Kelly's sense of self-importance, so here is an emergency ONT which I hope will tide us over until morning. Open thread, of course, and I've managed to scare up a wee bit of content.


There's actually two kinds of #FakeNews. The first occurs when CNN reports stuff that isn't true. The second is when CNN doesn't report stuff that should be reported, stuff that really is kind of noteworthy, stuff that they'd report if circumstances were different. Such as this article from Investors Business Daily, Here's One Poll The Press Doesn't Want You To See:

Gallup report that came out last Friday, which took a final look at the President Obama's popularity over his eight years in office.

That poll found that Obama's overall average approval rating was a dismal 47.9%.

Only three presidents scored worse than Obama since Gallup started doing these surveys in 1945: never-elected Gerald Ford (47.2%), one-termer Jimmy Carter (45.4%), and Harry Truman (45.4%).

But, but... How could this be? Hasn't CNN been continually assailing us with poll numbers for Obama that make him sound like he's right up with Kim Jong Un? Didn't CNN highlight these high numbers for 8 years, just as they highlighted the low numbers for George Bush during the 8 previous 8 years?

Didn't they? I feel so, so... cheated, I guess the word is. It makes we wonder what else is out there waiting to be reported, now that Obama out of the picture and CNN doesn't have to suck up to him anymore.

By the way, how did 'W' do, compared with Obama?

Obama even did worse overall than Richard Nixon, whose average approval was 49%, and was less popular overall than George W. Bush, who got an average 49.4%.

Alrighty then. So basically CNN has been lying to us all this time. Good to know.

Actually, we already did.

Theologians divide sin into two categories, sins of commission, wherein you do wrong things, and sins of omission, wherein you don't do right things. We could name them #FakeNews1 and #FakeNews2, which would give us a little more information about what form CNN's malfeasance is taking.

But kudos to IBD for covering this Gallup report. I'm sure it will be on CNN Real Soon Now.

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ONT - Everything According to Plan edition
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Whathisname is indisposed, and the other whatstherenames are drinking. Or sleeping. Or most likely looking at pr0n, like whathisname.

So your extra special Friday ONT is produced by your friendly neigborhood krakatoa, and Hot Pockets the Clown.

Swamp is draining.

Federal Expenditures are dropping, dropping, dropping.

Immigration laws are laws again.

Walls are being erected.

In other news:

To err is human. To errs is the MSM.

Nasty girls, ranked in order from least important and culturally relevant to most:

10: Madonna
9: Ashley "Puffy" Judd
8: Some teenage slam poet from Tennessee
7: Shia LaBeouf

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>-Exponential Gap-<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<


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Why We March
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*Mumble mumble* years ago, a young woman found her life shattered. She had fallen for a man who turned out to be a cad.

He left her alone and pregnant, to return to a wife and kids that she had known nothing about. Scared and humiliated, she traveled to Texas.

There she gave birth to a son. The nurse handed her the baby, and then realized that this was an adoption case and took him away.

Sobbing, she thought “He's going to a better life. He's going to people who will love and care for him, as I can't”

And I did.

But she was wrong. She may not have been able to care for me, but I never for a moment believed that she didn't love me.

35 years later we met again, for the first time, and I told her that. And that's why I have 2 moms.

This is what #MarchForLife means to me.

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Open Thread
— Ace

I've had a really hard day of not working. I spent so much time not working today, I can't not work any longer.

Now get out there and grab the weekend by the pussy.

I'm allowed to say that now. We're "taking pussy back" or whatever.

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Honored Speaker at Women's March Abducted, Raped (With a Three Foot Pole) and Killed Man; Later Said, "He was a homo anyway"
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When you make monsters your heroes, you announce yourself as a monster.

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OMG: Leftist Media Now Proposing Conspiracy Theories That the White House Photoshopped a Picture of Trump to Make His Hands Appear Bigger
— Ace

Update: Here are the (now deleted) Tweets which proposed this lunatic conspiracy theory.

Here is the debunking.

Philip Bump -- of "What about your gaaaaffes?" infamy -- is actually forced into the position of being the voice of reason and debunking his fellow leftists.

The picture shown on ABC isn't even the picture on the White House wall. Rather than photographing the picture on the wall (taking a picture of the picture), they simply edited in the original photo into the broadcast, to illustrate the photo Trump was talking about.

Here's the video I mean -- the photo of Trump touching Obama on the shoulder was not photographed in the White House at all. It was added into the report from ABCNews' own Getty Images collection.

Thus, the Internet Detectives are actually claiming Trump photoshopped a picture in ABCNews' possession.


Even putting that aside (and that's a lot to put aside), a Rathergate style GIF shows the picture shown on ABCNews is the same photo from the Getty Collection.

The hand size matches, like the Rathergate fonts.

At some point, the alcoholics will have to admit they have a problem with alcohol.

While the National Laughingstock does debunk this, note what they're not doing -- reading the woman who made up this ridiculous conspiracy theory out of polite society, along with the thousands who eagerly retweeted it. (Many of whom were in the media, I'll bet -- but I can't know for sure, as the original tweet is now deleted.)

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