February 28, 2017

Tuesday Overnight Open Thread (2/28/19) Good-Bye February Edition
— Open Blogger

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Fat Tuesday evening. Your humble Cob will be giving up caring for Lent. What are you giving up?


Quotes of The Day

Quote I

A stiff apology is a second insult... The injured party does not want to be compensated because he has been wronged; he wants to be healed because he has been hurt. Gilbert K. Chesterton


Quote II

If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing. Margaret Thatcher


Quote III

The minute health care becomes a huge, unwieldy, expensive government bureaucracy it's a permanent feature of life and there's nothing anyone can do about it. Mark Steyn

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President Trump to Rally Congress to Back His Plans, Whatever They Turn Out to Be
— Ace

"President Trump to rally Congress." What a weird sentence which I never thought I would ever write.

It's still very dreamlike and I'm not sure I haven't fallen asleep in the early evening of November 8th and will be waking up soon to find out Hillary Clinton is president.

Important Viewers Have Checked In:


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Media & Blue Checkmark Mafia Have Daily Freakout, This Time Over... Kellyanne Conway's Couch-Oppression By Foot-Privilege
— Ace

Oh go fuck yourselves silly.

Wait now, you already did.

The National Laughingstock's Chris Cilizza, who often promotes these silly Blue Checkmark Mafia panics, this time tries to... distance himself from his lunatic brethren, and shouts something like "WE ARE BETTER THAN THIS." (I don't have the quote handy -- something like that. On the last day of the month, I've finally run out of my allotment of free National Laughingstock articles.)

1. Who is "we"? Are you speaking for your whole media tribe? Do you think of yourself this way, as part of a guild whose members should be on guard for other guild members' behavior? Or do you think of yourself as an individual? It's kind of an important question, given loyalties to what considers his in-group.

2. In speaking of "we," do you confess the media is of a nigh-unified mono-consciousness? Do you plan to do anything to reform that, or just keep on with the same failed regime?

3. Obviously, a lot of your media guild members are not better than this, otherwise you wouldn't have to shriek. Like a girl. Why can't you just admit they fall short and are emotionally-spastic partisans?

And:

4. Shut the fuck up. You are definitely not better than this. This is what you are, Stupid. Read the tedious shrieking (a contradiction in terms, but I think an accurate one) that vomits out of your insipid clickbait shitrag every single day.

This is your comfort zone. This is your speed.

This is where you live.

You're nothing but clickbait, chickbait, and #Fakenews, all day long.

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"International Women's Strike" Manifesto Written by... Convicted Terrorist
— Ace

"I'm sure Jake Tapper will be all over this. He's very fair to both sides and really tries to cover the left's bad behavior as well as the right's." -- a lot of nitwits flattered and PR-massaged by Tapper talking to them on Twitter and deciding that everything he does must be unbiased*

Instead of milling around Washington, organizers have in mind a "general strike" called the Day without a Woman. In a manifesto published in The Guardian on Feb. 6, the brains behind the movement are calling for a "new wave of militant feminist struggle." That’s right: militant, not peaceful.

The document was co-authored by, among others, Rasmea Yousef Odeh, a convicted terrorist. Odeh, a Palestinian, was convicted in Israel in 1970 for her part in two terrorist bombings, one of which killed two students while they were shopping for groceries. She spent 10 years in prison for her crimes. She then managed to become a US citizen in 2004 by lying about her past (great detective work, INS: Next time, use Google) but was subsequently convicted, in 2014, of immigration fraud for the falsehoods. However, she won the right to a new trial (set for this spring) by claiming she had been suffering from PTSD at the time she lied on her application. Oh, and in her time as a citizen, she worked for a while as an ObamaCare navigator.

You can see why sh'’s a hero to the left. Another co-author, Angela Davis, is a Stalinist professor and longtime supporter of the Black Panthers. Davis is best known for being acquitted in a 1972 trial after three guns she bought were used in a courtroom shootout that resulted in the death of a judge. She celebrated by going to Cuba.

A third co-author, Tithi Bhattacharya, praised Maoism in an essay for the International Socialist Review...

Just a bunch of everyday moms and teachers. No leftist political organization going on behind the scenes here at all.

So organic, Whole Foods will sell it to you at a 125% mark-up!

* By the way, People Overly Flattered to be Tweeted to by Jake Tapper: Have you ever managed to actually get Tapper to change is coverage, or has he only succeeded in getting you to change your coverage of him?

Don't mistake vigorous PR brand-protection efforts for friendship or validation, guys.

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Former Labor Nominee Andy Puzder: Political Opponents Sent Threats and a Suspicious White Powder to My Wife
— Ace

While the media natters on about threats that have not been made, they are strangely quiet about threats that have actually been made.

Puzder said he received packages and letters that went beyond typical hate mail or opposition post cards distributed by left-wing groups and unions. A hazmat crew and FBI officials arrived at his Franklin, Tennessee home to retrieve and analyze a package containing white powder that his wife had opened, he said.

"There was an envelope left at our house addressed to my wife that had white powder in it, a pink piece of paper with 'Trump' written on it, and then obviously the white powder was in a plastic bag, but you open the envelope and a little powder came out," Puzder said. "We had an FBI terrorist team come to the house. We had a couple fire engines with hazmat teams come to the neighborhood."

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Activists from Fight for $15, a protest movement backed by Service Employees International Union, demonstrated at Puzder's front door. His wife opened another package containing a noose, though Puzder did not witness that incident.

"I didn't see it, but I was told there was a paper-doll with a noose around its neck and there was--again, addressed to my wife, not addressed to me, which shows the cowardice of these people," Puzder said.

SEIU did not respond to a request seeking comment about whether the union condemned such behavior.

Terrorist groups often form a supposedly "clean-hands" front group which can pose as a semi-respectable bargaining partner for those the terrorists terrorize. Black September created the PLO as their respectable front-face, for example. Correction: CBD tells me the PLO was formed several years before Black September. Okay - so swap in the IRA and the "political wing" Sinn Fein.

I kinda feel like the Democrat Party is the front group for the extremist and violent groups it actually works hand in hand with, and the media is their communications department and crisis management firm.


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Just Like Hitler Did in 1937, Trump Plans Deep Cuts to US State Department and EPA
— Ace

As Thomas Jefferson said: "Beware the tyrant who would cut the Environmental Protection Agency, because there is no tree of liberty without a tree. Google it."

Reuters:

The White House will send federal departments a budget proposal on Monday containing the defense spending increase President Donald Trump promised, financed partly by cuts to the U.S. State Department, Environmental Protection Agency and other non-defense programs, two officials familiar with the proposal said....

A second official said the State Department's budget could be cut by as much as 30 percent, which would force a major restructuring of the department and elimination of programs.

I don't know if this is true but just speculating: While you can't just fire civil servants without a lot of costly lawsuits, I imagine that process becomes eased if there's a general downsizing of the department.

Meanwhile, a GOP proposal on Obamacare could slash funding to states for the program by up to 80%.

A GOP proposal to repeal and reform parts of Obamacare could cut federal funding to state health care programs between 65 and 80 percent, according to one analysis.

There's a lot of mere talk on that issue and a lot of Republicans seem to be very reluctant to do what they promised to do. And Trump himself, and some in his circle of advisers, seem reluctant as well.

Jim Geraghty notes that tonight's SOTU speech to a joint session of Congress will be a moment that Trump will not be able to avoid being specific about his plans on Obamacare... though I imagine he will avoid doing so anyway.

Trump recently said, "Nobody knew health care could be so complicated."

As everyone knows, "It's complicated" means you are kinda-sorta free to date other policy options, though there may be some rules about what times of day you're allowed to call.

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The Contrived Campaign to Make Chelsea Clinton Happen
— Ace

Stop trying to make Chelsea Clinton happen, media. Chelsea Clinton is never going to happen.

To see why Chelsea Clinton is never going to happen, watch this horrorshow of her complaining with Paul McCartney's daughter about how difficult the children of the rich and famous have it.

Strange to say, but she lacks her mother's charisma and common touch.

JeffB. says Chelsea Clinton is the last hope for the would-be Clinton Political Dynasty.

Sorry to get all Yoda on y'all, but: No... there is another.

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Economic Migration and a Decline in American Nerve
— Ace

Tyler Cowen has a new book out and an excerpt is available on Time. (One of Time's other big stories today: "Why Applying To Be On 'The Bachelor' [Reality-TV Series] Was the Best Choice I Ever Made." I suggest you skip that in favor of the Cowen excerpt.)

Cowen frets about a loss of dynamism, vitality, and nerve in the American people. The stat he focuses on here is the percentage of Americans who have moved out-of-state -- it's fallen by 50% since the 80s.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not advocating leaving a hometown just to become a Cosmopoplitan. I have nothing against hometowns. But I have long sort of wondered why more Americans aren't pulling up sticks to move to states with dynamic economies, like Texas or North Dakota.

That was an impression I had before this article, that what was once commonplace and just something an American man, woman, or family -- move to where the work is, take that chance, suffer that temporary dislocation -- just didn't seem to be happening much anymore.

It's not the moving that missed so much as the spirit and guts that makes the move thinkable in the first place.

One of my more extravagant hopes for Trump is that at least his prosperity-first, let's-get-rich kind of energy and audacity might do something to re-invigorate that in Americans.

There's nothing wrong with this country that a little nerve won't cure.

Immigrants, legal or otherwise, by the way, obviously have a lot of that. Relocating to a country whose language you don't speak (or don't speak well, anyway) is a scary proposition.

Moving to North Dakota shouldn't be. It reminds me of Michael Keaton's Act III speech in Gung Ho -- "Yeah, the American can-do spirit is alive and well. It's just that they [the Japanese, in this movie] have it. And we've got to get some of it back."

David French uses Cowen's book as a jumping off place for his own thoughts on the subject. (Or maybe he's just expanding on Cowen's points -- I don't know.)

I recently read Tim Ferriss' book from a bunch of years ago, The Four Hour Workweek. It's a get-rich-quick-and-easy book, but, eh, I kinda liked it.

One point he made early (chapter 3) is that many people complain of a feeling of a lack of fulfillment. They set out to be "happy," and did things they thought would make them "happy," but are not in fact happy. They feel a void. In fact, many such people look back on their years of struggling as happier than their more-stable present, after they've mostly "made it."

Ferriss made what I think is a good point: People have a vague understanding of what "happiness" is in the first place so they have a very poorly-defined end-goal from the start of it.

What he suggests is that what people really mean when they think of "happiness" -- though they're not aware this is what they're thinking of -- is excitement. And I don't mean riding on roller coasters or even skiing or sex. He summons up the Greek word eustress, which is the positive sort of stress ("eu-" being a prefix associated with positive things, like euphoria).

What he's getting at is that what people think of happiness -- putting all challenges behind you -- is not in fact happiness. It's stability, yes, and it's achievement, yes. But it's also something else -- a bit boring. Lacking in important things -- excitement. A bit of danger. Stakes at play. Forward motion.

Happiness is, he's suggesting, the feeling we have when we feel we're working towards a goal or overcoming a challenge. A mix of sense of partial achievement, forward momentum, and hopes about the golden future.

The golden future isn't as golden as we ever think it is. It is better, an old saying goes, to travel hopefully than to arrive. Having a goal one is working towards permits the somewhat-deluded belief that accomplishing that will bring about happiness.

It won't, actually. It'll bring some good things, but not that sense of actual happiness the way people mean it, but don't realize they mean it that way.

And then people do dumb things to fill this void like having extramarital affairs or drinking too much or taking a few too many drugs.

When what they really should be doing is saying, 'Well, I accomplished X, Y, and Z. Now it's time to start working on what my real plan should have been all along -- Double Secret Probation Plan ZZZ."

The human mind is built to confront challenges and muddle its way through puzzles and dilemmas. Just as dogs and cats need stimulation and challenge to keep them healthy -- they need to retrieve the ball or stick, they need to hunt the mouse or the toy mouse -- humans need that too. A well-fed dog with no running and retrieving is an unhappy dog. A well-kept cat with no new nooks to explore or perches to climb is a cat with a case of feline ennui.

I think soft, easy, and unchanging has been badly confused with "happy" and it's causing problems of economic, sexual, psychological, and spiritual dimensions.

BTW: Not that I'm interested in get rich quick schemes, but, just out of curiosity, how much would you pay for an App that alerts you everytime someone you don't like (an enemy, an ex-) posts something indicating a negative emotion or setback on FaceBook?

I'm calling it ShadenFaceBook.

Few Points from the Comments:

1. Government welfare payments reduce the "stick" of being pushed to move, reducing the appeal of the "carrot" of finding new and better employment.

2. Divorced families with kids will find it very hard to move very far from each other or else they're lose most custody (or, even if they keep partial custody, it will be very onerous to visit the kids).

3. This decline in economic migration seems to track pretty closely with the rise and then domination of the two-income family. In the one-earner model, well, just the dad had to find new work. But when there are two-earners -- and they need to keep earning two incomes -- then relocating makes less sense unless you are pretty confident you can find two superior jobs, which is obviously a shakier bet than just finding the one.

I don't know if the book answers these objections, as I haven't read it, and just heard of it an hour ago.

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Very Cool Piece on the Echo Chamber
— Ace

Two Obama political appointees recently resigned from the Trump White House as you'd imagine they would do as a routine matter, without controversy.

But there was controversy -- both people claimed to have resigned from Trump's White House for reasons having nothing at all to do with politics, but just having to do with Trump's policies.

Um, I know that makes no sense at all. There was no way to digest it in a way that makes any sense, because you can't make sense of gibberific double-talk such as "With no thought of politics whatsoever, I am resigning in political protest."

In both cases, the media partners in Obama's old Echo Chamber orchestra dutifully sold these stories to their declining readership with no skepticism.

Lee Smith exposes this.

It's about informational operations conducted by Obama sleepers and their agents of influence in the media. It's "crunchy" with cool bits of insidery information.

H/t to Instapundit.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread
— Open Blogger

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The Artist In His Studio
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn

He died a poor man, was buried in a pauper's grave, so we don't even have a tombstone for one of the greatest artists the world has produced.

By the way, size isn't everything. This painting is tiny! 9 3/4" x 12 1/2"

And....any recommendations from The Horde for museums in the City of Brotherly Love?

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The Morning Report 2/28/17
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Good morning, kids. Lots of stuff going on, most notably this evening when President Trump addresses a joint session of Congress. Along with cunning stunts that will greet him via Code Pink-o and Fauxcahontas bringing a Muslim "victim" of cruel America, PDT is going to lay out his economic blueprint. Rush touched on this yesterday, but Trump himself has said that he will not move forward until Obamacare is repealed and replaced so the pressure is on his biggest enemy - the GOP - to actually deliver on seven useless years of promises. Anyway, here's the latest from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

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February 27, 2017

Monday Overnight Open Thread (2/27/17) Yup. It's Monday Edition
— Open Blogger

Monday

Monday is the day of the week between Sunday and Tuesday. According to the international standard ISO 8601 it is the first day of the week. The name of Monday is derived from Old English Mōnandæg and Middle English Monenday, originally a translation of Latin dies lunae "day of the Moon".

Day of the Moon? More like day of the suck.

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Quotes of The Day

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Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards. Robert Heinlein


Quote II

Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality. Edgar Allan Poe


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There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. Ernest Hemingway

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Nice: SpaceX Plans To Stage Its First Passenger Flight Around the Moon Next Year
— Ace

Expensive tickets, I'm sure. I don't think Kayak will turn up any discounts.

But this is big -- the first act of purely commercial space travel. (Note: I said "travel." I'm aware that deploying satellites into space has been a partly commercial venture for some time. This is the next step and it's a big one.)

Come on, you know you want to go. Just take off your Crocs and admit it.


SpaceX to fly two space tourists around the moon in 2018
by Matt McFarland


Two tourists are paying SpaceX for a trip around the moon next year.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced Monday afternoon that the travelers had already placed a significant deposit.

"Next year is going to be a big year for carrying people to the space station and hopefully beyond," Musk said in a conference call with reporters.

First they'll send a team to the International Space Station, which kind of makes the ISS semi-important for the first time just as a way station for commercial transport, and about six months later they'll send two passengers on a lunar fly-by.

No landings yet, alas!

Then Joe Biden's fixin' to have them build a train.

Oh wait he's gone now. Rewrite:

And then Donald Trump's fixin' to build a Moon Wall to keep the aliens out.

I have written about the Institutional Phase of space travel (governments do it) versus the Commercial Phase (private entities do it) before. Not only is the latter more pleasing to the conservative mind, but it also is undoubtedly more futuristic and advanced than the former.

(DON'T COMMENT ON THAT OLD THREAD -- INSTANT BAN. Automated thing to keep spammers out.)

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Done for the Day
— Ace

I'm not net-nannying anymore.

Congrats. You drove me off my own site.

For the night. That won't last, I promise you.


I don't have time to pick up your garbage, so you're being asked to leave.

Apologies to Insomniac. It was a misunderstanding on my part and I'm sorry I flew off the handle.

( I would have deleted this reference a long time ago, when I apologized to Insomniac in the comments, but I'd completely forgotten he was mentioned up here in the post itself.)

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George Bush Criticizes Trump
— Ace

Eh, kind of annoying.

After eight years of silence on Obama, now he's got some advice for a president.

Former President George W. Bush offered what appeared to be a thinly veiled critique of his Republican successor on Monday, as he defended the importance of the media and immigration policies that are "welcoming."

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"I am for an immigration policy that's welcoming and upholds the law," Bush said.

On the term "Islamic terrorism:"

He also echoed the reported comments of new National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, refusing to term terrorism as inherently Islamic.

"People who murder the innocent are not religious people," Bush said. "They want to advance an ideology. And we have faced those kind of ideologues in the past."

On Trump's battle with the press:

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"I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy," Bush said. "That we need an independent media to hold people like me to account. Power can be very addictive. And it can be corrosive."

And:

"One of the things I spent a lot of time doing was trying to convince a person like Vladimir Putin, for example, to accept the notion of an independent press," said Bush, who cautioned that "it's kind of hard to tell others to have an independent free press and we’re not willing to have one ourself."

Do we not have that now? Is the press being "chilled"? Are they so frightened by Trump they're rolling over for him?

Seems not. Pro-Tip: People who are calling someone "Hitler" with no fear of doing so are probably wrong in calling that person "Hitler."

On claims that Russia had contact with members of Trump's team, and the need for a special prosecutor:

Bush said it was important to know the truth about any relationship between Russia and members of the current administration -- "I think we all need answers -- but dodged when asked if a special prosecutor was required to look into collusion allegations.

The only supportive thing Bush said is that people should "take a man for his word" when Trump says he wants to unify the country. He did point out that Trump had only been in office for a month.

Most of Bush's statements are fairly anodyne Beltway pablum. In context, though -- being specifically prodded to criticize Trump -- they're a Beltway pablum rebuke.

Eh. Seems to me that by criticizing Putin, Bush is guilty of a LOGAN ACT VIOLATION.

Clips of the Matt Lauer (!!!) interview here.

One thing that strikes me is that Bush was pretty ignorant of the press as president or at least posed as being ignorant of them. On one hand, I guess, he was trying to float above them.

On the other hand, he very rarely rebutted the actual opposition party in the country, the national media, and I know many of his supporters pulled their hair out begging for him to actually do some presidential communications on this front. (And trying, futilely, to do for Bush what he couldn't or wouldn't do for himself.)

Strange to me that guy whose Administration was hit by a thousand Grim Milestones and cooked-up scandals (Valerie Plame, for example) would be so kind to the media.

My theory is that both the Democrats and the semi-deposed Establishment GOP have few hands at the levers of power -- except for their friends in the media and the permanent DC bureaucracy, so both have some investment in cultivating those power centers and pushing for them to have continued power.

Or even expanded power: Bill Kristol tweeted he favored the Deep State over the Trump state.

In the Democrats' case, it's just more of their same strategy of 60 years. In the Establishment GOP's case, it's making peace with an old adversary to destroy an even more dangerous, existential-threat adversary.

It just surprises me -- in a way that perhaps it should not -- that so many "conservatives" are now taking the media's side, as it's tottering and wounded in a way that it has literally never been in my lifetime.

For some, it seems, the leftist media isn't the hero they deserve, but it's the hero they need.

Clarification: There is no doubt it is best to have a fair and independent press, just as there is no doubt it is best to have a sober and kind mother.

But what if the press is unfair, biased, incompetent, and lies like an actual propaganda outfit?

Wouldn't you prefer they recognized the problem and reformed themselves?

Similarly, yes, you'd like a sober and kind mother. But what if a mother is a chronic junkie and abusive to her children? Shouldn't she de-toxify herself both chemically and psychologically?

And if you don't insist on that -- but just babble on about how important a mother is, no matter how unmotherly she may be -- aren't you just a damn enabler to evil?

A lot of "conservatives" -- Crocservatives, let's call them -- seem to be defending the media while the media still refuses to admit it's done a damn thing wrong, and in fact is just doubling down on all its sins.

Mollie Hemingway makes this point a lot. She's often badgered, "Don't we need an adversarial media?" She says yes, but then points out the need to reform.

No one in the media, nor the Democrats, nor the Establishment GOP, wants a reformed media. Not now, certainly.

They want it in full partisan War Room mode, because they are short of generals in their armies at the moment.

So to avoid conceding the very real need for media reform and reflection, they dodge the question by framing the only question as "Isn't the media important?"

Why yes, yes it is. And a mother is important too.

But when I tell her to get off the crack, she shouldn't keep telling me that mothers are important and that it's unamerican to criticize moms (or apple pie or baseball).

It's also amusing to me that an industry devoted to the idea that they should lodge criticisms of other institutions and the targeted institutions should change their behavior in conformance with the media's preferences itself refuses to change its behavior, or even to recognize the legitimacy of criticism of itself at all.

Hey media, know what else is an important institution that protects and defends our freedoms?

The military.

Have you ever taken that to mean that the military is beyond criticism? Have you ever accepted the proposition that criticizing the media was unamerican and dangerous to our very survival as a republic?

Or did you always snicker smugly at that, knowing that scoundrels often wrap themselves in the flag and deem all critics to be traitors?

What's the difference in your case, assholes?

Are you just a special Revolutionary Vanguard with greater rights and privileges with all the sub-castes beneath you?

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#NeverTrumper and Departed "Heat Street" Editor Louise Mensch: Not Only Did Russia Hack the Elections, They Assassinated Andrew Breitbart, Too
— Ace

Huge if true.



BTW, I know many people were suspicious about this, but Andrew Breitbart had been diagnosed with heart problems not long before his death. He began exercising and dieting -- with the benefit of hindsight, I assume this was on doctor's orders.

I saw him a bit before his death, and he told me he was getting in shape and was eating a lot of meat and keeping away from carbs. Whether it was Atkins or paleo or some other variation, I don't know. I was in a Fat Phase myself at that time (I think) and I didn't want to talk about health matters (as I generally don't, when I know I'm not very healthy).

He informed me that he was going to get into such great shape and be so hot "that even you [Ace, that is] are gonna want to s*** my d***."

But apparently he learned about his heart troubles too late in the game. Maybe with six months' earlier notice, he'd still be around and taking his well-earned victory laps around the dying Democrat-Media Establishment.

And I guess I'd be trying to blow him. So the prophecy foretold.

Anyway, while his death was certainly "sudden," it was not without prior medical incident. Most of us didn't know that, obviously; I didn't know that when he informed me that in the soon-to-come future I'd be interested in putting him in my mouth. I didn't know the reasons for his health kick and didn't ask. (Everyone goes through those periodically, right?)

I should note that Breitbart's death (and those of some other people I knew and liked -- Mike Flynn being the last straw for me) spurred my own started-and-abandoned health kicks. I finally got more serious in 2015, when I quit smoking, and last year, when I got to getting in shape with the promise that I would not stop until 1, I looked like Daredevil, or 2, even the male readers of this site would line up to s*** my d***.

A lot of sense-leaving going 'round.

A former Bill Kristol super-fan (a "stalker," maybe, she says) now writes to him to say she's all done with him now.

A lot of people have just lost all control. Trump drives people crazy.

By the way, I see a lot of dark conspiratorial stuff from the left. The media routinely mocked such stuff from the right -- but for reasons I cannot even guess at, they've chosen to suppress all stories about the rising hysteria among the left (except, of course, to feed into it and amplify it).

I was recently in the company of progressives who were seriously talking about bug-out bags, evacuation plans, and going "off the grid" should the Trump Death Police come after them. I wanted to ask them if they had, in the past, made fun of conservatives for buying survival seeds and gold, and if so, what their opinion was about that now.

I guess we can thank Trump for waking progressives up to the possibility is not always a benevolent entity that gives people free stuff, and that civilization is fragile thing that cannot sustain being undermined forever without consequence.

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Girl-to-Boy Transgender Wins Girl's Wrestling Championship, While Taking Testosterone
— Ace

In fairness, the transgender "boy" had wanted to wrestle against actual boys, and, I think, maybe should have been allowed to do so: The strict sexual division between boys' and girls' (or mens' and women's) sports is to protect a niche for girls/women; after all. A man competing in girl's softball would likely dominate the game, whereas a girl competing in football... well, I worry for her safety, but she doesn't have any unfair competitive advantage over the boys.

But this girl-to-boy transgender was taking testosterone, which of course promotes muscular growth (as well as stamina, etc.), and that did give her a major (and usually forbidden) advantage over the non-PED-enhanced girls she was competing against.

A transgender wrestler in Texas, who was born a female but identifies as a male, had been taking testosterone for over a year before winning state and regional championships against female wrestlers on Saturday.

Joe Rogan linked an older article, from 2014 I believe, noting that the UFC banned "therapeutic use exemptions" for exogenous testosterone supplementation. Basically, you can find a doctor to write you a note and prescribe anything, and it's not fair to other fighters that some others doctor-shop until they get one to write them a prescription for what is, in all other circumstances, considered a performance-enhancing drug.

When Nevada got rid of the therapeutic use exemption -- and the UFC followed, because the UFC uses Nevada rules on these things -- UFC chief Dana White said something like "It's about time" and "I'm glad we finally got rid of that trash." A trash exemption, I think he meant, a silly dodge in what is otherwise a flat-ban on PEDs.

I can only speculate that this Texas wrestling tournament permitted testosterone if there was some claimed "therapeutic use exemption," and the transgender had a note that the testosterone was "medically necessary" or something, and thus the transgender was allowed to compete.

If that's the case, states should follow Nevada's rule and get rid of the therapeutic use exemption. While it's not impossible that a high-performing athlete could have low testosterone to the point where medical intervention is needed, that scenario seems unlikely in the extreme to me.

It seems to me any high-performing athlete is going to have higher-than-normal testosterone levels, and anyone seeking to boost testosterone is just looking for a medical edge, either by finding a pill-mill doctor or by using some protocol to artificially and temporarily depress testosterone just to trick one test.

Oh, by the way, a Huffpo writer had her 2nd-place medal in a (half) marathon revoked after evidence of cheating surfaced.

"If you had asked me a year ago if I would do a running race of any distance--5K, 10K, or even a half marathon--I would have immediately brushed it off and said, 'No, I hate running,'" she said.

It turned out that she did not enjoy running enough to complete the full course in Fort Lauderdale. Her fitness tracker revealed that she had shaved one and a half miles off of the 13.1-mile course. She crossed the finish line in 1:22:07 having logged just 11.65 miles--a discrepancy first noticed by MarathonInvestigation.com. She initially denied any cheating, according to the blogger, and went so far as to cycle the remaining distance to cover up her tracks.

Cute. But I guess the distance run was already registered and recorded at the moment she finished the race. Adding a mile and a half after that time wouldn't really fool the system.

"Jane made a series of very bad decisions. From cutting the course, denying it initially, accepting the 2nd place award, covering her tracks, and not fully owning up to it," the site said.

Seo posted an apology to her now-deleted Instagram account, admitting to cheating during the race. She blamed the cheating scandal on a physical ailment.

Doctors say her physical ailment is Advanced Special Snowflake Disorder with complications due to Participation Trophy Syndrome.

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And the Oscar Goes to... The Pretend Competency of the Media-Political Complex
— Ace

Oh, boy. They gave Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway the wrong envelope -- they gave them a duplicate envelope containing the best actress winner, Emma Stone for La La Land. Faye Dunaway apparently ignored the "Emma Stone" at the top and read the Best Picture as La La Land.

These people have done this before. Shouldn't they have realized the Best Picture card shouldn't have the name of an actress on it?

At any rate, the Price Waterhouse accountants then had to come out and tell them that La La Land had lost, and Moonlight had won.

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Irony: DNC Required Voter ID and Paper Ballots for Chair Vote.
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You could feed all the villages of the world with the intellectual pretzels baked by Progressives.

“We have to make sure that we can not just count the ballots but verify every name and signature,” Brazile said as party members began applauding. “And I want to make sure that at the conclusion of all of our votes, that you, the members of this party, will be able to review those ballots.”

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Mid-Morning Open Thread
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First Come, First Served
Richard Brydges Beechey

Three pilot cutters are shown racing towards a ship on the far right waiting to come inshore. The first pilot to reach her will have won the right to board her and be paid for his services. This is the meaning behind the title. The image shows the boats skimming the waves, with the signifying letter 'P' on their sails. Four men are visible in the first cuttter, particularly the man in the stern with his hand on the tiller, steering.

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